McMurdo Holidays – Part II

2013!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

Continuing with the McMurdo tradition of dressing up for just about anything, here are tons of pictures from the other “holidays” that we have celebrated so far, and the events associated with them.
Enjoy!

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16-December-2012: McMurdo Prom, the Big Gym, McMurdo Station, Antarctica

The McMurdo Prom is meant to bring back those youthful high-school memories for all of the people in McMurdo… except with costumes and full-grown adults behaving like teenagers. And of course, Prom pictures are mandatory.

2012 Prom Photoshoot, the Big Gym, McMurdo Station, Antarctica.© JT Thomas
2012 Prom Photoshoot, the Big Gym, McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
© JT Thomas
Bev and Abe at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.© R. Piuk
Bev and Abe at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.
© R. Piuk
Obligatory prom picture, arm's length away; 2012 McMurdo Prom.© R. Piuk
Obligatory prom picture, arm’s length away; 2012 McMurdo Prom.
© R. Piuk
Bev and Abe at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.© R. Piuk
Bev and Abe at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.
© R. Piuk
Crary Staff at the 2012 McMurdo Prom. Left to right: Liz, Mitch, Elisha, Mindy, Abe, Travis, and Bev.© R. Piuk
Crary Staff at the 2012 McMurdo Prom. Left to right: Liz, Mitch, Elisha, Mindy, Abe, Travis, and Bev.
© R. Piuk
Bev, Fanny, and Sue at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.© R. Piuk
Bev, Fanny, and Sue at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.
© R. Piuk
Abe, Mitch, and Charlotte at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.© R. Piuk
Abe, Mitch, and Charlotte at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.
© R. Piuk
Abe and Jeremy at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.© R. Piuk
Abe and Jeremy at the 2012 McMurdo Prom.
© R. Piuk

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23-December-2012: McMurdo Christmas Weekend the VMF Christmas Party, Building 143 (the Vehicle Maintenance Facility), McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Really, all there is to the VMF Christmas Party is the opportunity to take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Oh, and some dancing and holiday drinks and snacks.

Bev and Abe with Santa (Joe Shubert - our resident doctor) and Mrs. Claus (Lea Claus - flight nurse).© R. Piuk
Bev and Abe with Santa (Joe Shubert – our resident doctor) and Mrs. Claus (Lea Claus – flight nurse).
© R. Piuk
Bev and Abe with Santa and Mrs. Claus, at the VMF Christmas Party.© R. Piuk
Bev and Abe with Santa and Mrs. Claus, at the VMF Christmas Party.
© R. Piuk
The Crary Staff with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Left to Right: Elisha, Travis, Abe, Mindy, Bev, and Mitch.© R. Piuk
The Crary Staff with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Left to Right: Elisha, Travis, Abe, Mindy, Bev, and Mitch.
© R. Piuk
The Crary Staff with Santa and Mrs. Claus.© R. Piuk
The Crary Staff with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
© R. Piuk

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24-December-2012: McMurdo Christmas Weekend and MAAG (the McMurdo Alternative Art Gallery), Building 191 (the Carpentry Workshop), McMurdo Station, Antarctica

MAAG, or the McMurdo Alternative Art Gallery, gives all of the McMurdoites a venue for showcasing their many hidden artistic talents. Whether it is music, art, performance, poetry, or simply imaginative art, this is the place for all art!

Our Christmas Portrait, in front of our decorated door at home.© A. Padilla
Our Christmas Portrait, in front of our decorated door at home.
© A. Padilla
Bev. Testing the setting for our Christmas Portrait.© A. Padilla
Bev. Testing the setting for our Christmas Portrait.
© A. Padilla
Christmas dinner: delicious lobster tails, salmon sashimi, and potatoes, paired with an incredible Saison D'Erpe-Mere, by KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren.© A. Padilla
Christmas dinner: delicious lobster tails, salmon sashimi, and potatoes, paired with an incredible Saison D’Erpe-Mere, by KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren.
© A. Padilla
Building 191, The Carp Shop, hosts of the annual McMurdo Alternative Art Gallery, or MAAG.© A. Padilla
Building 191, The Carp Shop, hosts of the annual McMurdo Alternative Art Gallery, or MAAG.
© A. Padilla
Entry way to MAAG.© A. Padilla
Entry way to MAAG.
© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit A:  Adult Teeter-Totter.   Artists: The Carp Shop.© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit A: Adult Teeter-Totter. – Artists: The Carp Shop.
© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit B:  Adult Rocking Horse.   Artists: The Carp Shop.© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit B: Adult Rocking Horse. – Artists: The Carp Shop.
© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit C:  The Human Hamster Wheel.   Artists: The Carp Shop.© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit C: The Human Hamster Wheel. – Artists: The Carp Shop.
© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit C:  The Human Hamster Wheel.    Artists: The Carp Shop.© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit C: The Human Hamster Wheel. – Artists: The Carp Shop.
© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit C:  The Human Hamster Wheel. Matt Blackwell takes it to the next level. Sort of. - - Artists: The Carp Shop.© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit C: The Human Hamster Wheel. Matt Blackwell takes it to the next level. Sort of. – Artists: The Carp Shop.
© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit D:  The World's Largets Hailstone.    Artists: Fleet Operations.© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit D: The World’s Largets Hailstone. – Artists: Fleet Operations.
© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit D:  The World's Largets Hailstone.    Artists: Fleet Operations.© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit D: The World’s Largets Hailstone. – Artists: Fleet Operations.
© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit E:  McMurdo Apocalypse Waste Repositories.    Artists: The McMurdo Waste Department.© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit E: McMurdo Apocalypse Waste Repositories. – – Artists: The McMurdo Waste Department.
© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit F: rocket model made from spare instrument parts.    Artist: I don't know.© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit F: rocket model made from spare instrument parts. – Artist: I don’t know.
© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit G: Rock climber created from waste metal pieces.    Artist: Orin Salah.© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit G: Rock climber created from waste metal pieces. – Artist: Orin Salah.
© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit H: Rose created from raw copper plates.    Artist: Brian Gardner.© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit H: Rose created from raw copper plates. – Artist: Brian Gardner.
© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit H: A poem to accompany the Copper Rose.    Author: Brian Gardner.© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit H: A poem to accompany the Copper Rose. – Author: Brian Gardner.
© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit I: Leatherwork, Discovery Hut, Winter Quarter's Bay, and McMurdo Station.    Artist: I Can't Remember.© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit I: Leatherwork, Discovery Hut, Winter Quarter’s Bay, and McMurdo Station. – Artist: I Can’t Remember.
© A. Padilla
MAAG Exhibit J: Mythical McMurdo Postcard - what the general public believes Antarctica is like.    Artist: Kelly Swanson.© K. Swanson
MAAG Exhibit J: Mythical McMurdo Postcard – what the general public believes Antarctica is like. – – Artist: Kelly Swanson.
© K. Swanson
MAAG Exhibit J: Mythical McMurdo Postcard.    Artist: Kelly Swanson.© K. Swanson
MAAG Exhibit J: Mythical McMurdo Postcard. – – Artist: Kelly Swanson.
© K. Swanson
Cabaret! The theme of McMurdo's 2012 MAAG.© A. Padilla
Cabaret! The theme of McMurdo’s 2012 MAAG.
© A. Padilla
MAAG Performance: Cabaret. The only actual cabaret-themed performance of the night.© A. Padilla
MAAG Performance: Cabaret! The only actual Cabaret-themed performance of the night.
© A. Padilla
MAAG Performance: Cabaret!© A. Padilla
MAAG Performance: Cabaret!
© A. Padilla
MAAG Performance: Cabaret!© A. Padilla
MAAG Performance: Cabaret!
© A. Padilla
MAAG Performance: Special Project Other.© A. Padilla
MAAG Performance: Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla
MAAG Performance: Special Project Other. This was their 3rd dance performance of the season.© A. Padilla
MAAG Performance: Special Project Other. This was their 3rd dance performance of the season.
© A. Padilla
MAAG Performance: Special Project Other. - - Left to right: Kris, Bev, Sue, Grace, Carolyn, and Travis.© A. Padilla
MAAG Performance: Special Project Other. – Left to right: Kris, Bev, Sue, Grace, Carolyn, and Travis.
© A. Padilla

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And a video of the Special Project Other MAAG performance! YAY!

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31-December-2012: Antarctic New Year’s Eve, and Ice Stock, McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Ice Stock is McMurdo’s annual outdoor musical festival, organized to ring in the Antarctic New Year. There is never a shortage of musical talent on station, which makes it that much more fun to attend. Some of the bands that get together when they arrive in McMurdo are incredibly talented, and we always get a wide range of music styles, from classic and modern rock, to pop, country and sometimes even folk! Also, there’s an annual chili cook-off that takes place during Ice Stock, so you get to eat chili AND listen to music… all in the wonderful Antarctic outdoors!

The Ice Stock Stage!© A. Padilla
The Ice Stock Stage!
© A. Padilla
The Ice Stock Stage. Observation Hill makes quite an awesome backdrop for the festival.© A. Padilla
The Ice Stock Stage. Observation Hill makes quite an awesome backdrop for the festival.
© A. Padilla
The awesome backdrop for Ice Stock: Observation Hill.© A. Padilla
The awesome backdrop for Ice Stock: Observation Hill.
© A. Padilla
Bev, enjoying a cup of chili at the 2012-2013 Ice Stock.© A. Padilla
Bev, enjoying a cup of chili at the 2012-2013 Ice Stock.
© A. Padilla
Abe, enjoying a cup of chili at the 2012-2013 Ice Stock.© A. Padilla
Abe, enjoying a cup of chili at the 2012-2013 Ice Stock.
© A. Padilla
Bev and Elisha, enjoying a cup of chili at the 2012-2013 Ice Stock.© R. Piuk
Bev and Elisha, enjoying a cup of chili at the 2012-2013 Ice Stock.
© R. Piuk
First Band we saw (not the first of the evening, though): Tennessee.© A. Padilla
First Band we saw (not the first of the evening, though): Tennessee.
© A. Padilla
Kris Perry on the saxophone, and Jen Rhemann on guitar for Rock Candy.© A. Padilla
Kris Perry on the saxophone, and Jen Rhemann on guitar for Rock Candy.
© A. Padilla
Ukuleleist PJ, for Rock Candy.© A. Padilla
Ukuleleist PJ, for Rock Candy.
© A. Padilla
Dragon Tiger live at Ice Stock!© A. Padilla
Dragon Tiger live at Ice Stock!
© A. Padilla
Dragon Tiger's lead Guitarist, Kevin Pettway.© A. Padilla
Dragon Tiger’s lead Guitarist, Kevin Pettway.
© A. Padilla
Dragon Tiger's drummer, Eli Duke.© A. Padilla
Dragon Tiger’s drummer, Eli Duke.
© A. Padilla
Abe, ringing in the new year at Ice Stock 2012-2013.© T. Buchanan
Abe, ringing in the new year at Ice Stock 2012-2013.
© T. Buchanan
Bev, ringing in the new year at Ice Stock 2012-2013.© T. Buchanan
Bev, ringing in the new year at Ice Stock 2012-2013.
© T. Buchanan
Abe with a special beer to ring in the New Year 2013, the 2007 Belgian Vintage Geuze Mariage Parfait by Brouwerij Boon! Yes, I also brought this one from home, and yes, I also managed to NOT drink it until New Year's Eve.© R. Jeong
Abe with a special beer to ring in the New Year 2013, the 2007 Belgian Vintage Geuze Mariage Parfait by Brouwerij Boon! Yes, I also brought this one from home, and yes, I also managed to NOT drink it until New Year’s Eve.
© R. Jeong
An Ice Stock dancing flash mob - organized by Special Project Other.© A. Padilla
An Ice Stock dancing flash mob – organized by Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla
Ice Stock dancing flash mob - organized by Special Project Other.© A. Padilla
Ice Stock dancing flash mob – organized by Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla
Bev, perfoming in the dancing flash mob with Special Project Other.© A. Padilla
Bev, perfoming in the dancing flash mob with Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla
Ice Stock dancing flash mob - organized by Special Project Other.© A. Padilla
Ice Stock dancing flash mob – organized by Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla
Ice Stock dancing flash mob - organized by Special Project Other.© A. Padilla
Ice Stock dancing flash mob – organized by Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla
Ice Stock dancing flash mob - organized by Special Project Other.© A. Padilla
Ice Stock dancing flash mob – organized by Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla
Ice Stock dancing flash mob - organized by Special Project Other.© A. Padilla
Ice Stock dancing flash mob – organized by Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla
Bev, dancing in the flash mob with Special Project Other.© A. Padilla
Bev, dancing in the flash mob with Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla
The Ice Stock dancing flash mob - Special Project Other.© A. Padilla
The Ice Stock dancing flash mob – Special Project Other.
© A. Padilla
Sawbucks Coffee - always there to provide you with caffeinated goods! If Ivan Padilla came to Antarctica, this is where you would find him most of the time.© A. Padilla
Sawbucks Coffee – always there to provide you with caffeinated goods! If Ivan Padilla came to Antarctica, this is where you would find him most of the time.
© A. Padilla
The wonderful baristas, Forrest and Sparky, serving up caffeine at Sawbucks Coffee.© A. Padilla
The wonderful baristas, Forrest and Sparky, serving up caffeine at Sawbucks Coffee.
© A. Padilla
Our barista, Forrest, well equipped to stir any drink for you at Sawbucks Coffee.© A. Padilla
Our barista, Forrest, well equipped to stir any drink for you at Sawbucks Coffee.
© A. Padilla
Sharing a glass of champagne with friends, from left to right: Liz, Dave, Janae, Abe, & Bev.© A. Padilla
Sharing a glass of champagne with friends, from left to right: Liz, Dave, Janae, Abe, & Bev.
© A. Padilla
Tongue sticking out competition. Apparently we can all stick our tongue out quite far.© A. Padilla
Tongue sticking out competition. Apparently we can all stick our tongue out quite far.
© A. Padilla
Bev and Mitch, proud of their colorful legs.© A. Padilla
Bev and Mitch, proud of their colorful legs.
© A. Padilla
Travis, Bev, and Mitch proudly display their legging colors.© A. Padilla
Travis, Bev, and Mitch proudly display their legging colors.
© A. Padilla
Stephanie and Elisha getting a better view at the Ice Stock performances, complements of Jeff and Travis.© A. Padilla
Stephanie and Elisha getting a better view at the Ice Stock performances, complements of Jeff and Travis.
© A. Padilla
Taking a break from the music and chili. Left to right: Stephanie, Elisha, Travis, Bev, and Abe.© A. Padilla
Taking a break from the music and chili. Left to right: Stephanie, Elisha, Travis, Bev, and Abe.
© A. Padilla
Abe and Jeremy celebrate the new year with champagne.© A. Padilla
Abe and Jeremy celebrate the new year with champagne.
© A. Padilla
Abe, Bev, and Abe, enjoying the music and champagne at Ice Stock.© A. Padilla
Abe, Bev, and Abe, enjoying the music and champagne at Ice Stock.
© A. Padilla
Jeremy, Kris, Bev, and Abe, enjoying the music at Ice Stock.© A. Padilla
Jeremy, Kris, Bev, and Abe, enjoying the music at Ice Stock.
© A. Padilla
Ringing in the New Year 2013 at Ice Stock, McMurdo Station, Antarctica. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!!!© A. Padilla
Ringing in the New Year 2013 at Ice Stock, McMurdo Station, Antarctica. 
© A. Padilla

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!!!

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