"Pangy Day" Community Festival April 27

Posted: April 17, 2007

Updated: April 27, 2007 - Due to the wet conditions and threat of heavy rains in the area of Pageant Green and the amphitheater the Pangy Picnic for 4/27 is cancelled.

On Friday, April 27, Mount Holyoke will host the Pangy Day Community Festival, an afternoon of outdoor fun to celebrate traditions old and new. "Pangynaskeia" is a word loosely defined as "cultivating the total world of women--physical, intellectual, and moral," and was one of the names that founder Mary Lyon considered for the institution before the name "Mount Holyoke" won out. Debuting as a Mount Holyoke College tradition in 1979, Pangynaskeia became a festival celebrating this "total world of women."

This year College programs, offices, and student organizations have joined together to revive the Pangy traditions and spirit of years past with several exciting events on Arbor Day. The festival will usher in the arrival of spring with the more-than-century-old May Pageant and traditional Celtic maypole dance, and it will offer a newer tradition called Roots of Community, celebrating community in the valley, environment, and sustainability.

This year dining services will once again present the Pangy Picnic from 11:30 am to 1 pm on Pageant Green. 

The Pangy Day Community Festival will run from 1 to 4:30 pm on Skinner Green, following the arrival of the Green Parade from the all-campus picnic at Pageant Green. Everyone is invited to be part of this afternoon festival consisting of community exhibits, an eco-friendly marketplace, music, entertainment, canoe rides, info tables set up by local organizations, outdoor games and activities, and, of course, the May Pageant. All events are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. Also, a free incandescent-to-fluorescent lightbulb exchange will be offered to students and employees of the College.

Participating local businesses and organizations include Nuestras Raices, Living Routes, Nature Photography by Patrick Zephyr, Trustees of Reservations, Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Sirius Community, CISA, Inspirit Commons, plus Mount Holyoke's Green Partners (Center for the Environment, Botanic Garden, Department of Earth and Environment, Environmental Action Coalition (EAC), Environmental Health and Safety Office, Five College Energy and Recycling programs), Pagan Wiccan Collective, Office of Student Programs, Multifaith Council, CAUSE, Outing Club, UMMA, African Dance Sudan Project, and Dining Services.

The rain plan will move the maypole, festival marketplace, and most activities into Chapin Auditorium; a few will be moved to Blanchard Campus Center.

Following the festival, there will be a contra dance sponsored by the Outing Club at 7:30 pm in the Great Room, Blanchard Campus Center.