JAY, Vermont — Things are done a bit differently in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont but the only shift in the craziness of Jay Peak??в„ўs traditional Mardi Gras celebration this season are the dates. Beads, baubles, crawfish, and Cajun cuisine highlight the festivities of Mountain Mardi Gras 2007, Feb. 25 ??вЂњ March 1.
???Our celebration is a combination of traditional Mardi Gras style with family-friendly events,??? said Steve Wright, vice president of sales and marketing. ???Events like mask-making, snow sculpture and snowball throwing contests, and a Louisiana family-style Cajun dinner are fun events for all ages. When the sun sets, live music from the Tammy Fletcher Band and Skinx turn Jay Peak into a winter-version of Bourbon Street. Oh yes, and there are beads??В¦ plenty of beads.???
The sights and smells of New Orleans will abound this week as well, with lunch and dinner specials served up daily including Seafood Gumbo with Shrimp, Crawfish, Oysters and Rice; Crawfish and Tasso Pasta Monica; Chicken Creole with Rice, Smoked Turkey, Andouille and File Gumbo, Roast Pork Loin with Sugar Cane, Pineapple & Peppers with Corn Macque Choux, and Pecan Encrusted Talapia Meuniere, just to name a few.
The Mardi Gras 2007 line-up includes*:
Monday, Feb. 25:
Welcome Party with Parade in the IR, 4 ??вЂњ 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 26:
Viscus – Live Jazz Band in the Golden Eagle Lounge, 4 ??вЂњ 7:30 p.m.
Mask Making – Featuring Maggie Sherman in the IR, 4 ??вЂњ 6 p.m. and 7 ??вЂњ 9 p.m. ($10)
Wednesday, Feb. 27:
Snow Sculpture Contest, Snowball Throwing Contest – Longest/Fastest/etc, ALL DAY, Judging 2 p.m. North Meets South – Cooking Demo w/ Chef Joey Buttendorf in the Tram Lodge, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 28:
Skinx – Live New Orlean’s Groove Band in the IR, 4 9 p.m.
Louisiana Family-Style Mardi Gras Dinner in the IR, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 29:
DJs FRICK & FRACK in the Golden Eagle Lounge, 4 ??вЂњ 6 p.m.
Cooking Demo by Cocoplum Corporate Chef Jim Zipko in the Tram Lodge, 6 p.m. Saturday, March 1:
Tammy Fletcher and the Disciples in the IR, 4 ??вЂњ 9 p.m.
Crawfish Boil in the IR, 5:30 p.m.
*Events are subject to change. Please visit jaypeakresort.com for the latest on the week??в„ўs activities.
A Mardi Gras 5-night lodging package is available either Stoney Path, Mountainside, or Trailside condomonium, from $121 per person per night (based on double occupancy). The package includes 5 nights lodging, a 5 ?? day lift ticket, 5 breakfasts, and 5 dinners. For those who can??в„ўt swing a 5-night stay, other rates are available for the week as well. For more information or to make a reservation securely online, guests may go to jaypeakresort.com or call 1.800.451.4449 to make a reservation via phone.