“It was a very surreal moment to be standing at the very front, walking down the mountain. I saw my time at Berry flash before my eyes. I was surrounded by the people I love and I truly felt that I was home. It reminded me how much I have to forward to for my senior year and the next chapter beyond Berry as well,” senior Kassie Jones said about her Mountain Day experience.

Mountain Day weekend, the annual homecoming weekend that celebrates founder Martha Berry’s birthday, kicked off Friday Oct. 6 with the Mountain Day Olympics. Students dressed as Ancient Romans, river rafters and farmers competed in a variety of contests that pitted residence hall teams and a faculty/staff team against each other. The river rafters of Dana/Thomas Berry residence halls grabbed the gold in both men’s and women’s divisions.

Later Friday evening, Berry College officials dedicated the new Sisters Theatre in honor of Audrey Morgan, an honorary Berry alumna and member of the Board of Visitors, and her late sister Dr. M. Bobbie Bailey. The new theatre is a 9,226 square-foot addition to Blackstone Hall which includes a black-box stage with adjustable seating for up to 276, depending on the needs of a particular production. After the dedication, students, faculty, staff and friends enjoyed the Berry College Theatre Company’s production of “Crimes of the Heart,” which wrapped up over the weekend.

On Saturday, 592 students took part in one of the oldest traditions at Berry College, marching up and down the mountain, holding hands with classmates and dropping pennies into a basket. The class of 2018 wore blue and white as they participated in their last Grand March as seniors which happened to be on Martha Berry’s actual birthday.

Other events included an alumni brunch at the Ford complex, a Hall of Fame celebration for the Berry High School and Academy Athletics, milestone class reunions and of course the highly anticipated carnival, Marthapalooza. During Mountain Day weekend, the historic Old Mill is operational and grinds corn. For the past 25 years, Bruce Nickelson has operated the mill and packed the meal it’s produced. The corn meal is then sold at Mountain Day.

Written by Public Relations Student Assistant Alexi Bell. Photos by Marketing and Communications Student Photographers Jacob Bushey, Lindsey Campbell, Kathryn Lanyon and staff photographer Brant Sanderlin