Pangy Day—a day that brings to mind food, fun, and festivities—is just around the corner. The celebration, which is part Earth Day, part MHC tradition, will take place Friday, April 29.
Pangynaskeia, a word loosely defined as “cultivating the total world of women—physical, intellectual, and moral,” was one of the names founder Mary Lyon considered for her new seminary before the name "Mount Holyoke" won out. In 1979, Pangynaskeia (now commonly called “Pangy Day”) debuted as a Mount Holyoke College tradition celebrating this “total world of women.”
Pangy Day will begin with a College picnic at 11:30 am on Pageant Green. The celebration will continue through the afternoon on Skinner Green with music, games, the Ritual Maypole and Spiral Dance, face painting, ice cream, and the first-ever Pangy whiffle ball game. President Pasquerella will throw the first pitch at 3:30 pm.
“Another focus this Pangy Day is bicycles,” says Kris Bergbom, assistant director of operations in the student programs office. “Community members are encouraged to come show off their wheels, decorate them, visit the bike repair tent, and ‘talk rides’ with their fellow MHC'ers.”
For the second year, the MHC Eco-Reps will host “Mega Free Bin.” Students can drop off gently used items until April 29 in the “free” bins located in residence hall laundry rooms. The Eco-Reps will collect everything and create a “Mega Free Bin” on Pangy Day for community members to bring unwanted items and/or take something they're interested in.
In the event of rain, the maypole and most activities will be in Chapin Auditorium; a few will be moved to Blanchard Campus Center. The picnic will be canceled.
This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Programs, the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, the Pagan Wiccan Collective, Dining Services, the MHC Green Partners, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.