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Lance Simpson and Dnika Joseph at the Reunion Brunch

Lance Simpson (09C) and Dnika Joseph (09C) share a hug at the annual reunion brunch. Photo by student Matthew McConnell.

Berry was the place to be Oct. 4-6 as alumni, students, parents and friends joined faculty and staff for the 105th celebration of Mountain Day. Those who couldn’t make it back took part via social media, posting hundreds of photos using the #mtnday19 and #cupcakesformartha hashtags.

On-campus highlights included traditional favorites such as Friday’s Mountain Day Golf Scramble and Olympics and Saturday’s picnic, Grand March and Marthapalooza carnival. There were also games featuring the men’s and women’s soccer teams and sold-out performances of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, presented by the Berry College Theatre Co.

Hundreds of alumni turned out for reunion events at the WinShape Hub and Oak Hill’s Christopher Browning Pavilion, and a crowd of more than 400 students and family members attended the Class of 2020 Breakfast hosted by senior class officers and the Berry alumni office.

Mariel Trosa celebrates Mountain Day in China

Mariel Trosa (15C) celebrates Mountain Day in China.

On campus and online, alumni and friends once again raised “Cupcakes for Martha” in honor of Martha Berry’s birthday (search #cupcakesformartha on Instagram and Facebook to see photos). Student entrepreneur Jorie Hodapp supplied hundreds of sweet treats for distribution in Krannert Center and also took the time to provide a quick baking lesson for President Steve Briggs, which you can watch here.

The ever-popular Mountain Day t-shirt soared – literally – as alumni from as far away as California, Colorado, Texas, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Ohio took advantage of a new option to purchase shirts online and have them shipped to their homes. Many of those alums then joined us in spirit by posting selfies in their shirts with the hashtag #mtnday19.

Thanks again to everyone who joined us this year, both on the mountain and digitally! We’re especially grateful to our Mountain Day sponsor, Plainville Brick Company, and other community partners for their role in helping to make the event a success.

If you missed the fun this year, don’t worry! We have several more alumni events scheduled this fall. Watch our Facebook page and your email inbox for updates!

Related: 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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