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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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Another Mountain Day has come and gone, creating memories to last a lifetime for the many alumni, students, parents, faculty/staff and friends who once again gathered on the slopes of Lavender Mountain to celebrate Martha Berry’s birthday. Traditional favorites such as the Grand March of Students, Mountain Day Olympics and Marthapalooza carnival were complemented by special events such as the Sisters Theatre dedication and the induction ceremony for the Berry High School/Academy Sports Hall of Fame, a new addition to the Dickey Hall of Sports History in the Cage Center. The latter drew guests from as far away as California to honor the proud athletic tradition of Berry’s former high schools.

Photo Galleries: High School/Academy Sports Hall of Fame, College Class Reunion Brunch

 

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Say the words “Mountain Day” to any Berry alum, and you immediately call to mind such longstanding traditions as the Mountain Day Olympics, plates of barbecue (and ice cream cups!), the Grand March of Students, and, of course, that iconic penny basket. The memories are different, depending on your “vintage” – older alums recall the annual tackle football game between rival literary societies, while the youngest among us smile at the thought of Marthapalooza – but the annual celebration of Martha Berry’s birthday remains a touchstone for all.

With this year’s celebration – to be held on Martha’s actual birthday of Oct. 7! – now just two weeks away, it’s high time you made plans to be here. Registration is underway for many events, including reunion brunches for the academy classes of 1972, 1977 and 1982 and the college classes of 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012. There’s also a milestone reunion reception at Oak Hill for the classes of 1977A, 1977C, 1992C and 2007C.

Peter Lawler

Dr. Peter Lawler

Other alumni highlights include the Mountain Day Golf Scramble benefiting the Berry Vikings Booster Club on Friday afternoon, Oct. 6, and a special induction ceremony and dinner for the new Berry High School and Academy Sports Hall of Fame to be held the following evening. Click the corresponding links to register.

A complete schedule is available here. Of particular note is the Friday evening reception and Saturday afternoon picnic for students and alumni of Berry’s government and international studies program. The picnic will feature a remembrance of legendary professor Dr. Peter Lawler, and you can bet many memories will be shared at the reception as well. Email Dr. Kirsten Rafferty Taylor at ktaylor@berry.edu for more details.

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A year after torrential rain forced some of Berry’s most beloved traditions to be moved indoors or cancelled all together, Mountain Day returned in all of its glory in 2016. Sunny skies and beautiful fall weather were the order of the day as 6,000 students, alumni, parents, faculty/staff members and friends turned out for the annual celebration of Martha Berry’s birthday. While students enjoyed the revelry of Friday afternoon’s Mountain Day Olympics and Saturday night’s Marthapalooza carnival, alumni swapped stories and renewed friendships during the annual picnic and other events, among them a special “milestone” reception at Oak Hill for classes marking their 10th, 25th and 40th reunion years.

Other highlights included convocation remarks by Michael Maney (98C), senior director of communications for Target, and the birth of a new giving tradition rooted in a shared Mountain Day experience, Pennies for Martha. Click the links for coverage of each.

Additional coverage: Around Berry Photo Gallery

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Pennies for Martha CollageThere are few more recognizable symbols of Mountain Day than the basket at the foot of Lavender Mountain into which generations of students have tossed gifts of pennies. This year, alumni, faculty, staff and friends got into the act through Berry’s new day-of-giving program, Pennies for Martha. Volunteers donned unmistakable red t-shirts on campus and in photos shared via social media to help promote the effort, and the community responded with 2,316 in-person or online gifts totaling more than $20,000 for student work and scholarships. Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun!

To see more photos, simply click the link above and use the scroll bar in the left-hand column.

 

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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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The most unique homecoming celebration in America starts its second century Oct. 2-4, and this is one you don’t want to miss. Click here for a complete schedule of events. Be sure to make note of the second-annual Mega Reunion Brunch, which this year will host the academy and college classes of 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010.

After Saturday’s traditional picnic and Grand March, we hope you will make plans to stick around for the first Mountain Day football game to be held on campus since the Georgian and Syrreb literary societies concluded their gridiron rivalry decades ago. Kicking off at 6 p.m. at Berry’s new on-campus stadium, Valhalla, the contest will pit coach Tony Kunczewski’s Vikings against Washington University of St. Louis in a rematch of last year’s overtime thriller won by Berry at Barron Stadium in Rome. Alumni tickets are available for purchase online at www.berrygameday.com.

A printed brochure will be arriving in your mailbox soon with details on the Mega Reunion Brunch and other Mountain Day events. Information also will be posted to www.berry.edu/alumni as it becomes available.

Traffic advisory: This year’s Mountain Day celebration coincides with the Wings Over North Georgia Airshow at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport, located just north of the Berry campus on U.S. Highway 27. As you make your way to Berry, please build extra time into your travel schedule to account for traffic generated by this event.

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What do you get when you mix a gorgeous fall weekend, a steady diet of tradition-rich events, a fantastic finish on the football field and a fireworks display worthy of July 4th? Why, it’s the perfect Mountain Day!

The 100th anniversary of Berry’s one-of-a-kind homecoming celebration exceeded expectations in every way. A stormy forecast threatened to force Friday’s Mountain Day Olympics indoors, but then the skies cleared and a glorious weekend dawned. Saturday got off to an early start with a convocation speech by Board of Visitors member Billy Blanchard (93C) and the new reunion brunch, which drew 330 to the Ford Reflecting Pools. From there, it was on to the Mountain Campus, where 7,500 students, alumni, parents and friends gathered for the annual picnic and Grand March, which this year took place to the strains of a new Mountain Day March composed by longtime faculty member Dr. Stan Pethel.

Victory ScoreboardLater that evening, 4,200 fans at Rome’s Barron Stadium celebrated as Berry’s second-year football team claimed its first-ever varsity win. Students and other Viking supporters poured onto the field after Dale Jackson’s 25-yard pass to Josh Bullock won the overtime thriller. The victory was followed by a spectacular fireworks display. The night ended with a festive crowd of approximately 2,500 filling the Clara Bowl for the 10th annual Marthapalooza student carnival.

Bonny Harper (13C) captured the spirit of Mountain Day in her column for the Barrow County News. As she expressed, “it is truly a pleasure to return and watch the current students taking part in such a time-honored tradition and experiencing the same joy I did.” To that, we can only say amen!

Special thanks to all those who made a gift to the 1914 Challenge in honor of Martha’s birthday. The students set a goal of 1,914 gifts to commemorate the very first Mountain Day; we wound up with 2,014. Great job everybody!

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Mountain Day LogoAs Berry alumni, we all have memories of the Grand March of Students on Mountain Day and the penny basket at the bottom of the hill that symbolizes the spirit of giving at the heart of this cherished celebration. As we approach this year’s centennial, students in Berry’s Firsthand4You program are honoring that heritage with the 1914 Challenge, an ambitious effort to collect 1,914 gifts in recognition of the first Mountain Day a century ago. The challenge begins online Sept. 29 and concludes Oct. 4 at the Mountain Day picnic. An old-fashioned scoreboard on the slopes of Lavender Mountain will track our progress.

Participants will feel t1914 Challengehe satisfaction that comes from helping Berry students AND receive a 10% discount at local restaurants in the hours preceding the 6 p.m. kickoff for Berry’s Mountain Day football game. Pregame partners include Johnny’s Pizza, Mellow Mushroom, Brewhouse, Jefferson’s, Schroeder’s on Broad Street, Harvest Moon and O’Charley’s, with others joining by the day.

“We’re excited to do something special this year to mark the 100th anniversary of Mountain Day,” said Ashley Swanson, student chair and senior class representative for Firsthand4You. “Our goal is to bring students, faculty, staff, alumni and family together to celebrate Berry and our legacy of giving. We’re a little nervous to see if we can collect all the 1,914 gifts – but we’re going to definitely give it our best shot!”

Reunion Brunch: Those planning to attend the Mountain Day reunion brunch have until Sept. 26 to complete the online registration form. The cost is $12 (children 5 and under eat free). Participating classes include 1974A, 1974C, 1979A, 1979C, 1984C, 1989C, 1994C, 1999C, 2004C and 2009C.

Football: Alumni wishing to obtain single-game tickets for Mountain Day can make their purchase online (available now) or in person at the Krannert Center information desk beginning Sept. 24. Tickets also can be purchased at the stadium gate (pending availability) on game day. There are three price levels ranging from $5 to $25 per seat.

A full schedule of Mountain Day events is available online.

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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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Mountain Day Brochure CoverAs the first hint of fall kisses the morning air, our thoughts invariably turn to Mountain Day – now less than three weeks away. Highlights for alumni are plentiful this year, including the fifth-annual Mega Reunion and several different affinity group reunions.

Reunion List

Class years (at Mega Reunion): 1972A, 1972C, 1977A, 1977C, 1982A, 1982C, 1987C, 1992C, 1997C, 2002C, 2007C.

Affinity groups: Charter Fellows Conference, Longleaf Pine Alumni Reunion, Pathways Program Reunion Breakfast, Psychology Alumni Breakfast, Study Abroad 40th Anniversary Reunion, Latino/Latina Alumni Merienda, Recent Graduates Reception.

The Mountain Campus will be a focal point of alumni activity throughout the day Oct. 6, beginning with the morning convocation at Frost Chapel. This year’s speaker is Brian Brodrick (97C), an All-American runner at Berry who now serves on the Board of Visitors.

Online registration for several events (including the Friday afternoon golf scramble, Saturday morning 5K and ALL reunions) closes Friday, Sept. 28, so sign up today! If you can’t be there in person, Virtual Mountain Day will bring the fun to you via streaming video of the Grand March and a live chat.

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