On February 17, approximately 50 Allston-Brighton residents of all ages laced up their ice skates for an evening of skating and mingling with neighbors at Harvard’s Bright-Landry Hockey Center in Allston.
This year marked the 25th anniversary of this annual event, which is often considered a family-favorite among Allston-Brighton residents and members of the Harvard Allston Education Portal. For many, the event provides an opportunity to skate indoors and enjoy the expanse of the 204 foot by 87 foot rink, which serves as the home for the Harvard men’s and women’s hockey games. Festive music played on the speaker system, as skaters took laps around the rink – some skating solo, others hand-in-hand with friends or parents. The large space allowed skaters to spread out so novice skaters could learn the basics of how to skate, while more experienced skaters could practice going backwards and performing twirls and jumps.
Harvard Athletics office and the Harvard Public Affairs and Communications office hosted the event to coincide with Boston Public Schools’ February vacation week to provide a fun, free activity for families. Attendees participated in a free raffle for Harvard Athletics gear and tickets to upcoming Harvard hockey and lacrosse games, and a pizza dinner and beverages were provided for attendees to enjoy while taking a break off the ice.