The 1998 International Snow Sculpture Championships, Jan. 6 to 11 at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, will feature teams from Austria, Canada, England, Italy, Singapore, Switzerland and the U.S., as well as the defending champs from Russia. Each team, working on 12-foot-tall, 20-ton blocks, has a theme. The Swiss block will depict a grasshopper. The sculptures usually last a week after the judging. Contact the International Snow Sculpture Championships, P.O. Box 1567, Breckenridge, CO 80424; telephone (970) 453-6018.
Art Deco Weekend, Jan. 16 to 19 in Miami Beach, is the largest public event in the world devoted to the Art Deco era. Last year's event drew more than 400,000 fans and collectors. Activities include trolley, walking and bicycle tours of the Art Deco Historic District, vendors from around the U.S. at a lively street festival, lectures and films. Most events are free. For more information, contact the Miami Design Preservation League, P.O. Box 190180, Miami Beach, FL 33119-0189; tel. (305) 672-2014.
The New Bedford Whaling Museum's 24-hour Moby Dick Marathon begins at noon on Jan. 3 and runs through the night. (Last year's reading ran a little long, at 25 hours, 12 minutes.) Readers, including Sen. Edward Kennedy, change every 10 minutes. The event is held in the museum's Lagoda Room, where a half-scale whaling ship and whaling murals set the mood. Contact the New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Road, New Bedford, MA 02740; tel. (508) 997-0046.