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Pats Peak will celebrate its 16th Diversity Day Jan. 16. Courtesy photo.




Diversity Day at Pats Peak

When: Monday, Jan. 16; POP discount program available from 3 to 9 p.m.; Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Pats Peak, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker
Cost: $49 per person or $44 per person for groups of 15 or more; includes skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, lessons, and admission to attend the celebration at the lodge
Visit: patspeak.com




Ski & celebrate
Pats Peak holds 16th annual Diversity Day

01/12/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Pats Peak will celebrate its 16th Diversity Day, with international music and dancing, presentations and more, on Monday, Jan. 16. 

Festivities are open to the public, and the event also includes Pats Peak’s POP (Pay One Price) package, offering group discounts on mountain lift tickets and rental equipment.
Pats Peak’s director of services, Jim Wall, started the event back in 2001. 
“[The event] is meant to provide an atmosphere to bring individual skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing to people who may think it’s out of their reach,” said Lori Rowell, Pats Peak’s director of marketing and sales. “It also focuses on different cultures throughout the world.”
Rowell said there will be world music and dancing complete with a DJ who will be set up in the lodge from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will also be a special commemorative ceremony led by Pats Peak staff members on what Martin Luther King Jr. Day is all about.
More than 200 youth and teen members of the Youth Enrichment Services organization in Boston make the trip up to Pats Peak by bus each year for the event. YES students will kick off the event at 4:30 p.m. by performing a makeshift “torch-light parade” down Pats Peak’s bunny slope toward the lodge, using glowstick necklaces with rainbow colors. Concord DJ Franklyn Rosario of The Room Records, who is from the Dominican Republic, will be providing the music.
“Jim works with the YES program, so between him and them, some of the students of the program might do their own presentations, or he might speak,” Rowell said.
Wall said this year’s presentations will include words from himself as well as YES Executive Director Bryan Van Dorpe. Memoirist Zoie Little, author of Black, White or Other, will also be speaking. (Little, who was born and raised in Concord, will also be appearing at Gibson’s Bookstore on Jan. 15 to present her book.)
“Some representatives from Pats Peak … will address the audience in several different languages,” Wall added.
Presentations will be wrapped up by about 6:15 p.m., Wall said, but the special discounts to use the slopes will be available until 9 p.m.
The cafeteria and Sled Pub will also be open for the duration of Diversity Day. 





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