Centennial Celebration


 

The much loved Berry College tradition, Mountain Day, recently celebrated its 100th anniversary on a beautiful fall weekend. Mountain Day, the observation of Berry College founder Martha Berry’s birthday, is always the first weekend in October though Miss Berry’s actual birthday is Oct. 7.

The festivities started Friday afternoon when  classes were concluded for the  day. Students split up by residence halls and dressed up according to their theme for the Mountain Day parade and olympics. Dana and Thomas Berry hall residents went with a military theme this year. Other themes included  “Space Jam,”  marauders, Pac-Man, and 101 Dalmatians. Faculty and staff also participated in the parade and events, dressing up as elderly centenarians. 

“I just have fun with all my colleagues,” said Kathy Ray, special events coordinator for the Office of Public Relations and Marketing. “I just think this is a great, great thing for Berry.” 

The Mountain Day Convocation opened Saturday morning with guest speaker Billy Blanchard, president of Columbus Bank and Trust and a Berry alumnus. Blanchard spoke  of his time at Berry and gave advice to students for finding success. Mountain Day Weekend is not just for current students and faculty. Many alumni  attended their class reunion brunch and then headed up to Mountain Campus for the annual picnic and Grand March.  Dressed in blue, pink, and white, students marched on Lavender Mountain gradually joining hands with more and more students. The Grand March had more than 1,000 students participating – a record number. 

Alumni and students were treated to the Berry College Theatre Company’s production of “The Fantasticks” and cheered on the winning teams of men and women’s soccer as well as football. The football game was Berry’s first program win and was capped with a spectacular fireworks show.

“My favorite part of Mountain Day was being able to spend time with my friends,” said senior Kyle Dodrill. “One thing that I believed Martha Berry wanted out of this day was comradely and after the day, you realize that your friends are some of the most important people you can have.”

Written by Student Public Relations Assistant Jess Bozeman and photos by Blake Childers, Sara Leimbach and Lauren Neumann.