Mountain Day is here!

Mount Holyoke College students are invited to put down their books and put on their boots for a hike up the mountain and a day of celebration.

By Keely Savoie

It’s Mountain Day!

With the sounding of the Mary Lyon Hall clock tower bells at 7:00 am,  President Lynn Pasquerella made the official declaration that today, October 6, is Mountain Day.

Mountain Day is Mount Holyoke's oldest tradition and dates back to 1838, one year after the College's founding. As its actual date varies year to year and is kept a secret, Mountain Day provides a precious and spontaneous break from classes and other obligations. In keeping with Mary Lyon’s belief that students should balance their intellectual pursuits with outdoor activities, the classic way to celebrate is by hiking up Mount Holyoke in Skinner State Park.

Everyone is invited to hike to the Summit House atop Mount Holyoke, where Dining Services staff will serve ice cream from 9:00 am through lunchtime. The trail is through a heavily wooded area, and those who plan to hike should dress accordingly and remember to bring water.

Classes scheduled before 4:00 pm are cancelled for the day. Beginning at 9:00 am, shuttle vans and bus transportation leaving from behind Blanchard Campus Center will provide transportation to the foot of the mountain. The shuttle van is an accessible vehicle and will also provide transport to the top of the mountain. The last shuttle to the mountain leaves Blanchard at 1:30 pm, and the last return shuttle is at 3:00 pm.

Staff members who cannot get away are invited to celebrate Mountain Day back on campus by enjoying a free piece of pie, which will be served by members of the Staff Council from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on the Blanchard patio. Alumnae across the globe also celebrate Mountain Day in local venues by eating ice cream together.

You can follow Mountain Day reports on Twitter and Facebook throughout the day, and you are invited to join the conversation. Twitter users are asked to use the hashtag #MtnDayMHC, and students and alumnae are encouraged to share their photos on the MHC social media sites.

Because Mountain Day is a Mount Holyoke-specific holiday, off-campus events, PVTA buses, and Five College classes all proceed as usual. Regularly scheduled Mount Holyoke classes resume at 4:00 pm.

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