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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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Mountain Day BannerThere’s no denying that the very best Berry experiences are those that bring us together. That’s certainly true of Mountain Day! From the Mountain Day Olympics to the Grand March to the gifts of pennies students drop in the basket at the foot of Lavender Mountain, everything about this grand Berry tradition revolves around our powerful sense of togetherness.

Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the things we have planned for this year’s celebration, which is just a few weeks away. Visit berry.edu/mountainday for a complete schedule (be sure to note special dedications honoring legendary faculty members Dr. Ouida Word Dickey (50C) and the late Dr. Peter Lawler).

As you make your plans, we hope you’ll symbolically join our students in the Mountain Day tradition of giving – it is Martha’s birthday, after all – by supporting crowdfunding projects and other special initiatives. Watch for more information as the event date draws closer.

Reunion BrunchClass Reunions and Related Activities

High School/Academy Reunion Brunch (10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, Hill Dining Hall): Classes of 1973, 1978 and 1983. Registration is $15 for individuals, $25 for couples and $5 for children 6 to 16; cost covers brunch, Mountain Day T-shirt and admission to Saturday night football game. Coffee will be served at 9:30, brunch at 10:30. Register.

College Reunion Brunch (10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, WinShape Hub): Classes of 19731978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008. Registration details are same as above. Register.

Berry football team takes field at Valhalla. 2013C Reunion (Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, Schroeder’s Deli on Broad St.): Dutch treat; couple and individual price packages available for Mountain Day T-shirts and football tickets. Register.

Milestone Class Reunion Tailgate (3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, Dickey Field adjacent to Valhalla stadium) and Football Game (6 p.m. kickoff vs. Sewanee): Mountain Day football is back! While all alumni are invited to the game, members of our milestone reunion classes (1978, 1993 and 2008) also have the option of attending a free pregame tailgate. Game tickets can be obtained by registering for reunion events above or purchased separately for $6 apiece at berrygameday.com. A huge crowd is expected, so get your tickets early! RSVP.

Other Notable Events

Mountain Day Golf Scramble (Noon, Friday, Oct. 5, Stonebridge Golf Club): Registration is $95 per person. Contact Brian Farrer (02C) at 706-238-5904 for details. Register.

Carl Tallent

Carl Tallent (01C)

Berry College Theatre Company Presents Neil Simons’ Rumors (showtimes all three days at Sisters Theatre): Features scenic designs by Carl Tallent (01C). Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors and $6 for students. Call 706-236-2263 or visit berry.edu/bctc-tickets.

Examples of Al Christopher's Berry-inspired woodturnings.

Examples of Al Christopher’s Berry-inspired woodturnings.

From Tree to Treasure (10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum): Don’t miss this exhibit showcasing the woodturning artistry of Al Christopher (61c). Admission is free.

Alumni Choir Concert (2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7, Ford Auditorium): Alumni under the direction of guest conductors Ross Magoulas (FFS) and Harry Musselwhite (FFS) will lift their voices in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Berry Singers, founded by Magoulas in 1958. A reunion lunch will be held at noon ($30 registration; $15 for each additional participant). Contact Dr. Paul Neal for more information. Register for lunch.

Special thanks to Plainville Brick Company for providing support for this year’s Mountain Day celebration. These longtime friends of Berry provided bricks for several campus buildings, so it’s only fitting that they now step forward as Mountain Day’s first community sponsor.

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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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Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … Pennies for Martha Man? Yes, Pennies for Martha Man. The heroic (and shameless) alter ego of freshman Connor O’Sullivan took to the skies (OK, the streets) in early fall to spread the word about Berry’s Mountain Day-inspired day-of-giving campaign. Sporting the requisite mask and cape, he elicited more than a few laughs (and perhaps a few eye rolls) with a series of short videos meant to inspire others to make a gift in honor of Martha Berry’s birthday. Nearly 2,300 gifts resulted, so we can only assume his enthusiasm was contagious!

Thanks to all those who answered Pennies for Martha Man’s call to show their Berry pride by making a gift of any size! We appreciate your support AND your sense of humor! Be sure to take a moment to watch Pennies for Martha Man’s thank you video above. Other videos can be viewed by clicking the links below.

Videos: Suit Up!, Around Campus, Trick Shots, Call Center

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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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Alumni Council in Pennies for Martha T-Shirts

CAPTION: Berry Alumni Association President Frances Richey (83A, 87C), kneeling, and other members of the Berry Alumni Council model their 2017 “Pennies for Martha” t-shirts.

As long as there has been a Mountain Day, Berry students have been dropping pennies into the basket at the foot of Lavender Mountain – first as a birthday gift to Martha Berry and more recently to support scholarships and student work. Last year, this longstanding tradition was extended to alumni and friends through the Pennies for Martha day-of-giving campaign, and more than 2,300 in-person and online gifts resulted.

With another Mountain Day just around the corner, we hope you’ll help us build on this new tradition by making a gift of any size between now and Oct. 7. Contribute online at berry.edu/pennies for martha or, even better, in person at Mountain Day. Anyone making a gift of $10 or more will be entered in a raffle for a Pennies for Martha t-shirt.

Whether you make a gift or not, we hope you’ll keep an eye on the Pennies for Martha website for news of a rumored “super fan” who could be making an appearance in the days ahead. If the stories are true … well, you’ll have to see it to believe it.

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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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Mountain Day GraphicYou wouldn’t know it by the sweltering heat, but another Mountain Day is almost upon us. The fun starts Friday, Sept. 30, and continues throughout the day Saturday, Oct. 1.

Highlights for alumni include three special events for our reunion classes:

High School/Academy Reunion Brunch
Saturday, Oct. 1
9:30 a.m., Hill Dining Hall

High school and academy alumni from all years are welcome at this gathering honoring the reunion classes of 1971, 1976 and 1981. The cost is $12 per person (free for children 12 and under). Register online.

Class Reunion Brunch
Saturday, Oct. 1
10:30 a.m., Ford Reflecting Pools

Alumni in the college classes of 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011 are invited to join us for brunch before heading to the mountain campus for the Grand March and other traditional favorites. The cost is $12 per person (free for children 12 and under). Register online.

Milestone Class Reunion Reception
Saturday, Oct. 1
4 p.m., Oak Hill

New this year, the milestone reception will welcome college and academy alumni from the classes of 1976, 1991 and 2006 for an afternoon of fun on the grounds of Martha Berry’s estate. Register online.

That’s just a hint of what we have in store. Other events of note include Friday’s golf scramble and Saturday’s reunion reception for KCAB, SOAR and SGA alumni. Click here for a complete schedule.

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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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David Crook of Mike Crook Garden and Stone uses a mixture of clay composed of Berry sand, quicklime and sawdust to seal the walls of Roosevelt Cabin. (Photo by student Lauren Neumann.)

A preservation and restoration effort years in the making is breathing new life into Berry’s iconic Roosevelt Cabin. Built in 1902, the structure has served many purposes during the past century, but it is most famous for hosting former President Teddy Roosevelt during his 1910 visit to Berry.

The restoration process, which entered its final stages this summer, began about 10 years ago thanks to a donation from the Jarrett family and grants from the Georgia Department of Natural Resource’s Historical Preservation Division. According to Dr. Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C), consultant for the project and former director and curator of Historic Berry, the work included rebuilding the foundation, replacing multiple logs, reconstruction of the roof frame, addition of a new roof, restoration of all the windows and doors, and application of new chinking.

Those attending Mountain Day will get a look at the restored Roosevelt Cabin during an open house scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 3.

Media coverage: Restoring the past

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