Pangy Day and Earth Day Celebration April 24

Posted: April 22, 2009
Updated: April 29, 2009 - 2009 Photo Gallery

It’s that time again … Pangy Day at Mount Holyoke. The celebration--part Earth Day, part MHC tradition--will take place Friday, April 24. This is a day that has come to mean food, fun, and festivities at Mount Holyoke.

Pangynaskeia, a word loosely defined as “cultivating the total world of women--physical, intellectual, and moral,” was one of the names that Mary Lyon was considering 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.”

The Pangy Fest starts with the all-College picnic from 11:30 am to 1 pm at Pageant Green and then moves up to Skinner Green for a “fun free-for-all” with more music, sports, the Pangy Thrift Store, the Ritual Maypole and Spiral Dance (around 1 pm), face painting, ice cream, and more. The celebration of community and fun goes until around 6 pm.

“This year we invite you to become a part of Pangy,” said Ruby Maddox-Fisher, program coordinator for the Center for the Environment. “Dress up, paint your face, dance, all in the name of the season of renewal. Let the day inspire you!”

New this year is the “Pangy Day Thrift Store,” which will incorporate the community participation of a clothing exchange and craft table with experiential learning about the importance of reducing fabric waste through recycling unwanted clothes. There will also be a community art installation for, to represent alternative forms of energy production and a call to action. The MHC Bike Share Project will provide bike repairs and information about the progress of developing a Bike Share program for the Mount Holyoke campus.

The Green Partners have teamed up with Student Programs, Dining Services, and the Pagan Wiccan Collective to make this event a celebration of the Earth and the onset of spring. There will be a mass distribution of daisies at the Pangy Picnic by the Environmental Action Coalition in the spirit of May Day to encourage everyone to join the maypole dance.

The MHC Green Partners will host a sustainability exhibit on Pageant Green during the picnic, showcasing MHC’s “green” initiatives on campus. The Green Partners include the Center for the Environment, the Environmental Health and Safety Office, the Environmental Stewardship Group, the Environmental Action Coalition, the Five College Recycling and Energy Group, Food Justice Society, and the Botanic Gardens. The Green Partners offer many opportunities for students to get involved in environmental issues on campus.

All Pangy Day events are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. Rain plans will move the maypole, and most activities, into Chapin Auditorium; a few will be moved to Blanchard Campus Center. The picnic will be canceled in the event of rain.

This event is sponsored by Student Programs, the Center for the Environment, Pagan Wiccan Collective, Dining Services, the MHC Green Partners, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

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