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Friends Reunite at College Reunion Brunch.

Friends from the class of 1978 reunite during the college reunion brunch, held this year at the WinShape HUB on the mountain campus.

What do class reunions, carnival rides, cupcakes, football and soaring voices have in common? All were indispensable ingredients adding flavor to Mountain Day 2018!

Thousands of alumni, students, parents, faculty/staff and friends took this year’s theme of “Better Together” to heart by packing the world’s largest campus for the 104th edition of Berry’s one-of-a-kind homecoming celebration. Those who couldn’t make it back in person joined in the fun via social media thanks to a new tradition rooted in Mountain Day’s origins as a birthday celebration for Martha Berry herself.

Highlights included the Mountain Day Olympics – Friendship and Morgan/Deerfield claimed victory, for those keeping score at home – a glorious fall picnic and the Grand March of Students. Adding to the fun was the return of Mountain Day football, which drew a record crowd of more than 4,600 to Valhalla for another win by Berry’s nationally-ranked Vikings, and the annual Marthapalooza carnival. Campus visitors also got to enjoy two home volleyball matches (both wins!) and daily performances of Neil Simon’s Rumors by Berry’s student theatre company.

Sydney Adams (18C) and Lauren Richardson (18C) shared this Mountain Day selfie from Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. "Cupcake for Martha" during Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

Sydney Adams (18C), left, and Lauren Richardson (18C) shared this Mountain Day selfie from Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

Reunion events included a brunch at the WinShape HUB, a pregame tailgate for the “milestone” classes of 1978, 1993 and 2008, and an inspiring 60th anniversary concert by the Berry Singers at Ford Auditorium. There were also alumni games for returning student-athletes and special events honoring beloved faculty members, past and present.

New this year was “Cupcakes for Martha,” a tasty way to toast Martha’s birthday. Alumni and friends made short work of the 1,000 free cupcakes available on campus, while those checking in from the road were more than happy to provide their own sweet treats while sharing selfies from as far away as London and Munich. Search #cupcakesformartha on Instagram and Facebook to view some of the photos.

We’re grateful to everyone who took part in this year’s celebration, as well as Mountain Day sponsor Plainville Brick Company and other community partners for their role in helping to make the event a success. If you missed out, don’t worry – we’re already making plans for Mountain Day 2019!

Related: Photo gallery; Berry Singers concert coverage (with audio); choir photos; reunion photos

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With their traditional home temporarily unavailable due to ongoing construction of Berry’s new theatre and associated work in Blackstone Hall, the Berry College Theatre Company took its show on the road in early December — spreading a little Christmas cheer in the process.

Following up on an impressive outdoor production of Peter and the Starcatcher staged at the BOLD ropes course in early fall, the troupe decked the halls of Krannert Center the first week in December for A Charlie Brown Christmas, doing one matinee for local schoolchildren and four others for the campus community and general audiences.

Student director AnnaBeth Crittenden enjoyed bringing the Charles Schulz classic to Berry, noting, “Even after watching the Christmas special upwards of 100 times, I still get chills. There is so much humanity and light in the show that I’ve loved to bring out onto the stage.”

According to Director of Theatre Dr. Anna Filippo, the students are making the most of their temporary displacement from Blackstone (the new theatre will be completed in time for fall semester). She stated, “While not having a conventional stage has posed several challenges for the students, they have gained experience in mobile set building and outdoor performance.”

The Berry troupe will continue its “road tour” April 4-9, performing Shakespeare’s The Tempest in Kilpatrick Commons.

By Katherine Edmonds, philanthropic communications student writer

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Mountain Day Football

Rival campus literary societies square off in a Mountain Day football game in the early 1970s. Photo courtesy of the Cabin Log.

Mention the Georgians and the Syrrebs to alumni of a certain vintage, and they’ll no doubt recall the football rivalry between the two campus literary societies that for decades was a Mountain Day staple. The longstanding tradition of Mountain Day football went on hiatus in the 1970s when the Georgians and Syrrebs dissolved, but now it’s back, just in time for the 100th anniversary of Berry’s most cherished celebration. The game, pitting Berry’s second-year varsity team against Washington University of St. Louis, will take place at Rome’s Barron Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 4. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m., leaving plenty of time for alumni to attend traditional Mountain Day favorites like the picnic lunch and Grand March before heading off to Broad Street for pregame activities at various local restaurants. Check the Mountain Day website for more information on participating restaurants and planned gatherings.

Advance tickets to the Mountain Day game can be purchased Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 by calling 706-236-2260 or emailing athletics@berry.edu. They also will be available at the gate. Don’t forget to wear your Berry blueMountain Day Logo!

The football game is one of many highlights planned for the Mountain Day centennial. Others include the mega reunion brunch for the classes of 1974A, 1974C, 1979A, 1979C, 1984C, 1989C, 1994C, 1999C, 2004C and 2009C, and the Marthapalooza Family Hour on Saturday afternoon in the Clara Bowl. Also on tap for the weekend are the annual Friday afternoon golf scramble, home games for men’s and women’s soccer, performances of The Fantastics by Berry’s acclaimed theatre company, and numerous alumni gatherings. A complete schedule of events and registration information is included in the printed brochure that should be arriving in your mailbox shortly. Information and online registration for the mega reunion brunch can also be found online.

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Letters to SalaSenior Benson Phinazee’s scenic design work on the set of the Berry College Theatre Company’s fall production of Letters to Sala (pictured) has earned him the opportunity to participate in an intensive two-week program at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas this summer. The all-expenses paid trip is part of a regional design and technology award presented by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Berry speakers continued their dominance of the Georgia Intercollegiate Forensic Association state tournament by claiming top honors for the 19th consecutive year. Berry students won an impressive 40 awards in the competition, including a 1-2 finish in persuasive speaking by senior Alexandria Wisner and sophomore Nicole Wilson, both of whom will compete for national honors in the prestigious Interstate Oratory Contest later this spring.

Senior Sydney Kelly scored a third-place award for Best Review in the Georgia College Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Her individual honor was one of seven awards claimed by the Campus Carrier in this year’s contest.

Berry baseball alumnus John Burnett (10C) recently sang in the chorus for The Atlanta Opera’s production of La Traviata. Later this spring, he will lend his voice to another production, The Italian Girl in Algiers.

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