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Holiday Cheer at the Winter Wonderland Café

by Andrew Peters ’15

Holiday cheer filled Cole Hall on Dec. 4 as BC students showed their talents during the third annual Winter Wonderland Café presented by the Mass Communications Organization (MCO).

Started three years ago, with the return of MCO to the list of Bridgewater clubs, only a few acts performed in the first Winter Wonderland Café. Now in its third year, the popularity of Winter Wonderland has swelled, forcing the event to move from the Boitnott Room to the larger Cole Hall. Additionally, the event was in its inaugural year of being listed as a convocation.

Twelve acts ranging from songs to dance routines to a radio drama performed, bringing BC into the holiday season and filling Cole Hall nearly to its 600-person capacity.

Jennifer Jewell ’14 and Zachary Mollica ’15 hosted the event that was meant to celebrate the season, while giving students a much needed break from preparing for exams in the coming week.

A perennial favorite, the communication studies professors gave a rousing Elvis-themed rendition of “Blue Christmas.” Additionally, Rihanna Hill ’15, Miss BC 2013, pumped the crowd by enthusiastically singing “Sleigh Ride.”

BC Spark Radio was quick to forgo their traditional studio broadcast for a special edition on-location broadcast of the entire event. Not content with just broadcasting, they performed a radio dramatized version of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”

Brand new for this year, the Sweata Weatha Steppers pumped the crowd with their sweat-filled stomp routine. Their performance was so enthusiastic, that they returned to the stage to give the entire auditorium a quick stomp lesson, assisted by hosts Jewell and Mollica.

The evening concluded with a Christmas mash-up by the band Much More starring BC’s own talent, Bashar Murad ’14, Morgan Alexander ’14, Lauren Gordon ’14 and Jennifer Jewell ’14.

“I had a bit of pre-game jitters,” said Jewell, “but I really enjoyed being up there.”

“I hope that [Winter Wonderland] brought a sense of relief [to students] from the pressures of finals next week,” Jewell concluded.

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