Mountain Day 2020

Happy 24 hours of Mountain Day!

To facilitate participation from around the world during this atypical fall, Mountain Day 2020 is a 24-hour, self-directed and physically-distanced adventure. Students, we send our best wishes as you finish your Module 1 assignments and exams and invite you to kick off Mountain Day with virtual M&Cs tonight at midnight EDT.

It's a 24 hour global and vitual Mountain Day 2020
It's a 24-hour, global and virtual Mountain Day!

Once your exams are complete, be sure your Mountain Day plans include not only outdoor experiences but also prioritize community-building and information-sharing with faculty and fellow student-scholars during Friday’s virtual Academic Fair events. Faculty, staff and alums are invited to launch their activities today as early as 4 pm EDT and continue through 4 pm EDT tomorrow. Ideas for inclusive celebrating are below. Check out the World Clock to sync up your Mountain Day time!

While making plans to gather virtually, please be aware of needs within our diverse community. For example, please refrain from extending any programming during Shabbat (sundown Friday to sundown Saturday). The College will sponsor a Jummah Reflection at noon tomorrow, and we share our warmest wishes for happiness and joy as the celebrations of Navaratri begin this weekend.

I look forward to the moment when the campus community can again celebrate together in person. In the meantime, please share your pictures and celebratory comments with us on social media by using the hashtag #MtnDayMHC.

Marcella Runell Hall
Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students

Mountain Day bells are ringing!

It’s one of Mount Holyoke College’s oldest traditions, and in this unusual year we will still take time to enjoy the outdoors, be in (virtual) community and eat ice cream and pie: Mountain Day is here!

Get outside, eat ice cream or a frozen treat, sing the “Alma Mater,” join us for Midnight Virtual Community M&Cs, watch a livestream of a Mt. Holyoke hike on Friday, check out our curated Mountain Day playlist, and take time for rest and rejuvenation. Make this Mountain Day your own.

You’ll find ideas about how to celebrate below, and to everyone in the Mount Holyoke community: Enjoy the day, and share your pictures with us by using the hashtag #MtnDayMHC

Create Your Mountain Day Experience!

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Ice Cream and Treats

  • Make your own ice cream or find a local ice cream shop. What's your favorite combination?
  • Try sorbet. Dairy alternatives help everyone participate.
  • Make sure to mark 6:37 pm (1837) by taking a photo of your ice cream or frozen treat and sharing it with the community with the tag #MtnDayMHC
  • Eat pie! For those staff and faculty craving Mountain Day pie, you can make your own apple pie with Dining Services’ recipe.
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MHC Gear

  • Order MHC gear online from the Odyssey Bookshop.
  • Create your ideal MHC gear with a white t-shirt.
  • Twin with a friend! The more gear, the better.
  • Download and print Flat Jorge or Flat Paws and take a picture with them to share at #MtnDayMHC
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The Outside

  • Plan to watch  the Mount Holyoke hike video livestream on Friday, October 16 at 7:30 am EDT.
  • Hike a mountain or a small hill! We recommend using All Trails to find a local hike or walk. If you’re interested in hiking a similar distance as the one to the Summit House, that’s 0.5 to 2 miles depending on where you start!
  • Visit a state park. Keep in mind social distancing and your state's guidelines.
  • Watch a documentary. We recommend “Mountain.”
  • Check out the Campus Living Laboratory Webcam to see if you can spot Jorge!
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Mountain Day Memories

Enjoy these photos submitted by the community.

Celebrating Mountain Day


Zoom Backgrounds and Social Graphics

Choose a background for Zoom conferencing, or download and share a Mountain Day graphic on your social media account. Scroll through and click on the image you like. When the image opens, click on the download icon in the lower right corner.

Mountain Day and Fall Backgrounds

Mountain Day Instagram Graphics

Apple Pie

Recipe courtesy of Dining Services

Ingredients for Pie Filling

  • Apples: 2lbs. peeled, cored and sliced
  • Sugar: ¾ cup
  • Cinnamon: 1 ½ tsp
  • Flour: 1 T
  • Cornstarch: 2 T
  • Lemon juice: 2 tsp

Ingredients for Pie Double Dough Crust

  • Pastry flour: 1 ½ cups
  • Shortening: 9 T OR ½ C +1 T
  • Cold water: 1/4 c
  • Sugar: 1 ½ tsp
  • Salt: ⅛ tsp
  • 10 in. pie pan- 1 (Not ingredient)


Pie Dough: Mix together ingredients to form dough. Form two equal sized disks. Chill dough for 1 hour. Spray pie tin, roll out one disk of dough and place in 10 inch lightly greased pie pan.

Apple Pie Filling: Mix together all ingredients until well combined. 

Fill the pie pan with dough with apple mixture. Mound apples in the center. Roll out the second dough disk and cover the top of the pie. Crimp your edges and make small cuts on top of the pie for venting steam.

Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F for 45 minutes to an hour. Pie should be brown and bubbly.


2020 Mountain Day Planning Committee members

  • Olivia Aguilar, Director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment 
  • Jenna Caputo, Area Coordinator, Be Well 
  • Latrina Denson, Associate Dean of Students for Community and Inclusion 
  • Alicia Erwin, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Involvement
  • Ymani Francis, Coordinator of Student Involvement and Events 
  • Kellie Gallivan, Benefits Administrator 
  • Janet Glick, Associate Director of On-Campus Events 
  • Jane Kvederas ’22
  • Jordan Lassonde, Sustainability Program Coordinator 
  • Elena Marione, Communications Manager for the Division of Student Life 
  • Audrey Markarian, Senior Officer for Volunteer and Class Management 
  • Alexandra Puffer, Associate Director of Marketing, Communications and Social Media 
  • Wendy Rua, Program Coordinator
  • Jonencia Wood, Director of Alumnae Inclusion and Events


Mountain Day 2020 FAQ

Why is Mountain Day happening during the break?

With the break time between Modules being longer than a traditional Fall Break, the decision was made to hold Mountain Day during this time to best maximize the academic schedule for curricular content and the break for time to rest and rejuvenate.

What can I do to celebrate Mountain Day this year?

Make sure to check out the Mountain Day 2020 checklist on this page There are a number of ways you can take in the spirit of Mountain Day and create your own experience from wherever you are.

Have more Mountain Day 2020 questions?

Please email