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It takes more than torrential rains to put a damper on Mountain Day. Despite cancellations, rescheduling and mud – lots of mud – the annual celebration of Martha Berry’s birthday was a successful and enjoyable event.

More than 200 alumni representing 12 classes took part in Saturday morning’s Mega Reunion Brunch – held in Ford Dining Hall due to the rain – while approximately 1,600 turned out for the traditional Saturday afternoon picnic, which were relocated to Krannert Center from the mountain campus (the Grand March was postponed until spring).

A break in the rain allowed attendees to enjoy the Marthapalooza carnival rides in Clara Bowl for several hours late Saturday afternoon. That night, a crowd of nearly 3,700 braved the damp conditions at Valhalla stadium to cheer the Berry football team to a 20-13 victory over Washington University of St. Louis.

Other weekend highlights included a lively convocation presentation by Tony Brown (79C), an acclaimed actor, Southern Baptist minister, and Berry speech and theatre alumnus. Mountain Day Photo Gallery

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Amelia Earhart

Three years before disappearing over the Pacific while attempting to circumnavigate the globe, Amelia Earhart (third from right) posed with Martha Berry during a 1934 visit to Berry.

If the results of our latest Alumni Accent poll are any indication, Berry alumni LOVE their campus landmarks!

Our January question – Which Berry landmark is your favorite? – drew unprecedented response. Two mountain campus favorites – Frost Chapel and the Old Mill – led the way, each drawing 30 percent of the vote. Ford Dining Hall was next with 21 percent, followed by the House ‘o Dreams (9 percent), Oak Hill (6 percent), Possum Trot (2 percent) and Roosevelt Cabin (2 percent).

This month, we turn our attention from famous places to famous people. Scroll to the footer to tell us which notable Berry visitor you would most like to have met.

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