Berry College’s annual Mountain Day celebration is this Saturday: Events really begin on Friday, are almost nonstop on Saturday and continue into Sunday on the campus of Berry College. The Grand March, sports, the arts and more are included as returning Berry alums pack area motels and restaurants — as well as the campus itself. A brief outline includes the following; please see the full outline here:
Mountain Day Olympics are held on Evans Lawn and are sponsored by KCAB. This is one of our largest student events of the year. Residence halls, commuters, and faculty and staff compete in “field day-type” events, such as egg toss and tug-o-war, for the title of Olympic Champions. Prior to the Olympics, each team participates in a parade down Opportunity Drive during which team “themes” and t-shirt designs are revealed. Families are welcome to watch the Olympics in the designated spectator areas.
KCAB’s Mountain Day Talent Show takes place Friday evening in the Ford Auditorium with cash prizes awarded to the winners. Tickets are sold at the Campus Information Desk the week prior to the event. This event typically sells out so make sure your student purchases tickets in advance!
The Picnic & Grand March are held on Mountain Campus. Several thousand people attend this event. Students, faculty and staff can enjoy a FREE picnic lunch with Berry ID and ticket, which can be picked up at the Campus Information Desk during the week prior to the event. Guest meal tickets may also be purchased at the Campus Information Desk for a discounted price or day of at the picnic site at full price. Families are also welcome to bring their own food for the picnic. Traditionally, students who elect to participate begin lining up around 12:45 p.m. They wear specific colors based on their class year and have pennies ready to drop in the basket at the base of the hill. This tradition celebrates Berry’s history and the required uniforms that students used to wear based on classification. Prior to the march, students, alumni, family members and other guests are treated to a concert performed by the Berry College Symphonic Band.
Marthapalooza is the main student event for the weekend and takes place from 10 .p.m until 2 a.m. in the Clara Bowl. This event includes carnival rides, booths and games, food, live music and overnight camping. Students get in FREE with ID and event wristband, which is distributed the week prior the event. Guest tickets for Marthapalooza may be purchased the week prior to the event at the Campus Information Desk or at the event entrance gate.
Athletics – The Berry Volleyball Team will play at home in the Cage Arena Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The Berry Football Team will also host a home game Saturday evening at Valhalla against conference foe Sewanee. Football tickets may be picked up at the Campus Information Desk the week prior to the game. Tailgate and spirit activities, as well as food trucks, will be located around the Viking Village area outside of the stadium during the late afternoon hours. Families may elect to bring their own food and set up a tailgate area prior to the game or purchase concessions in the stadium. For additional football pre-game information, visit www.berrygameday.com. The Berry Baseball and Softball Teams will host alumni events and games on their respective fields around the Ford Complex on Saturday afternoon.
Berry College Theatre Company production – Friday/Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at Blackstone Hall. Tickets are sold in advance and reservations advised.
Tent “Village” – Saturday during the picnic. Stop by the Alumni welcome tent to purchase the official Mountain Day t-shirt and check out Student Enterprise tents. The official weekend shirt will also be sale the week prior to Mountain Day during lunch time hours in Krannert Lobby.
Family fun activities – Following the Grand March and Picnic, inflatables, snow cones, music and more will be available at the base of Lavender Mountain. Additionally, the Marthapalooza Committee provides a “Family Hour” option Saturday afternoon for faculty, staff, and alumni with children ages 5-12. Cost is $5 per person and children must be accompanied by an adult. Current Berry students with younger siblings in this age group may also attend, and student must present Marthapalooza wristband for entry.
Historic Berry – Several of the college’s historic sites are open for guests on Mountain Day Weekend. Locations include House O’ Dreams, Old Mill, Martha Berry Museum and Oak Hill. Additionally, on Saturday morning the Daughters of Berry host a graveside memorial service honoring our founder Martha Berry. Check the full Mountain Day Weekend schedule for scheduled times and tours.
More than 50 unique woodturnings by Berry College alum Al Christopher will be on display for the first time beginning Saturday at Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum.
The exhibition, “From Tree to Treasure: Woodturnings by Al Christopher,” features a sampling of Christopher’s portfolio, and it celebrates and explores the journey of turning raw wood into intricate artwork. His knowledge and understanding of the process are evident, yet his work is approachable for visitors who are unfamiliar with woodturning.
Christopher began turning wood after he retired in 2004, following a long career in custom millwork and construction. This familiarity with wood behavior and the exposure to domestic and exotic species encourages Christopher to be adventurous in his turning. In his retirement, he has also participated in and supported building projects on Berry’s campus. The most recent project was a new event facility located on the grounds of Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum named the Christopher Browning Pavilion, in honor of his wife, Becky Browning Christopher.
Christopher’s art includes hollow vessels with natural edges as well as carved and painted pieces highlighting the flexible nature of woodturning as an art form. This is the first public showing of his works outside of woodturning symposiums. The exhibition will also have interactive components including a touchscreen showcasing videos of woodturning, and books and documents used by Christopher for inspiration. In addition, the artist will give woodturning demonstrations. Dates will be released for the programs as soon as they are finalized.
The exhibition will be open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and runs through May 25. Museum admission is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for students. For more information about the exhibit, please visit: http://www.berry.edu/oakhill/