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Meadow Day

Happy Meadow Day

Tiny green plants emerge from the earth.
Birds are singing the sky into place.

—Joy Harjo, U.S. Poet Laureate and 2021 Commencement speaker
(from “For Keeps,” 2019)

Introducing Meadow Day! Classes are canceled as we welcome the spring by taking time out to enjoy our beautiful campus and surroundings. Let’s celebrate with seasonal activities, both outdoor and indoor; creative projects; cultural events; nature walks and entertainment—and, of course, food. Together, we can use this time to observe the changes that come with the new season, relax, rejuvenate and rejoice.

Meadow Day T-Shirts

T-shirts are available for students in the asymptomatic screening program during the scheduled pick-up times below. Remote seniors will receive their t-shirt via mail. Remote first-years, sophomores and juniors can pick up their shirt in the fall when they return to campus.

Missed picking up your shirt?
Leftover t-shirts will be available in the Office of Student Engagement, Campus Center 106, from 1:30–4 p.m. First come, first served.

Photo of the green Meadow Day t-shirt

Schedule for April 6, 2021

Time Event Mode Details Registration/Access
7 a.m. Ringing of the College Bells      
8 a.m–1:30 p.m. Brunch In-person Enjoy favorites, including pancakes (chocolate chip, vegan, blueberry), frittata, yogurt, oatmeal, avocado toast and fruit. Brunch will be served at King, Cutter and Tyler houses. Order through Grubhub. GRUBHUB
9 a.m–Noon Meadow Day T-Shirt Distribution In-person Scheduled pick-up by houses. Enter the president’s driveway from Paradise Road (inclement weather location is the main level of the Campus Center).
  • 9 a.m. Mountain Neighborhood
    Capen, Cutter, Lamont, Northrop, Park Annex, Parsons Annex, Talbot, Ziskind
  • 9:30 a.m. Paradise Neighborhood
    Cushing, Emerson, Jordan, King, Park, Parsons, Scales
  • 10 a.m. Garden Neighborhood
    Comstock, Gardiner, Gillett, Morrow, Sessions Complex, Wilder, Wilson
  • 10:30 a.m. Ivy Neighborhood
    Albright, Chapin, Chase, Duckett, Hopkins, Hubbard, Lawrence, Morris, Tenney, Tyler, Wesley
  • 11 a.m. River Neighborhood and approved off-campus students (with lanyard)
    Ada Comstock Scholars and graduate housing and approved off-campus students with lanyard
  • 11:30 a.m. Approved off-campus students with lanyard

 

10 a.m.–Noon
2–4 p.m.
Lyman Plant House Open Hours In-person Decompress in the Botanic Garden’s beautiful greenhouses. Thirty-minute time blocks with eight students per block. Limit one visit per student. A jade plant is available for first-years. RESERVE

 

11 a.m–2 p.m. Lunch In-person Extra grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and packaged items will be available.
  • Lamont: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Dawes: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
  • Chase: 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
 
1–3 p.m. Well-Being Activities on Chapin Lawn In-person Get creative with tie-dying and a Smith-2-Do craft with the OSE, register your bike with Campus Safety and chat with Wellness about healthy sleep routines and walking around the area.
  • Sleep kits sponsored by Wellness
  • Smith-To-Do craft projects sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement. Bring your own item to tie-dye.
  • Bike registration sponsored by Campus Safety
  • Wellness 1–10 Mile Map
  • Labyrinth on Seelye Lawn, co-sponsored by Counseling Services and Religious and Spiritual Life
 
1–4 p.m. Museum Visits In-person Celebrate Meadow Day in the art museum. All four floors open for visits by appointment. RESERVE
1–1:45 p.m.
2–2:45 p.m.
Meditation In-person & virtual Join Center for Religious and Spiritual Life staff for mindfulness exercises to reflect, renew and become more present as you navigate the semester. Two 45-minute sessions:
  • In-person meditation: 1–1:45 p.m. Meet on Seelye Lawn.
  • Virtual meditation: 2–2:45 p.m.
RESERVE IN-PERSON EVENT

RESERVE VIRTUAL EVENT
3 p.m. Pilates Virtual Taught by local instructor and personal trainer Rosalie Peri. RESERVE
3–5 p.m. Outdoor Adventure: Bike Ride In-person Open to all skill levels and includes on-road travel. Bikes and helmets provided or feel free to bring your own. Dress in closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing for the weather. Meet at the boathouse. RESERVE
4–5:30 p.m. Snack Surprise on Seelye Lawn In-person In case of rain, this pop-up event will happen the following day, April 7.  
5–8 p.m. Dinner In-person Served in all regular venues. Order through Grubhub. GRUBHUB
7:30 p.m. Poetry Center Program Virtual Hear poet Erika Meitner and the winners of the High School Poetry Prize. RESERVE
8 p.m. Movie Night Virtual Enjoy a collegewide streaming of the film Mamma Mia! WATCH THE FILM

Schedule for April 7, 2021

Time Event Mode Details Registration/Access
7 a.m. Ringing of the College Bells      
8 a.m–1:30 p.m. Brunch In-person Enjoy favorites, including Belgian waffles, Atkin’s cider donuts, homefries, pierogies, yogurt, oatmeal, avocado toast and fruit. Brunch will be served at King, Cutter and Tyler houses. Order through Grubhub. GRUBHUB
8:30 a.m. Birding Around Paradise In-person Join local bird experts to learn the basics of bird watching, including observation and awareness techniques. Investigate birds that are returning to the Connecticut River Valley as spring arrives. Meet at the boathouse.

RESERVE

9–10 a.m. Mushroom Hunting and Growing In-person Walk around campus to look for mushrooms, talk about their secret lives and plant spores in dead logs with the hope of harvesting next fall. Meet by the Chapin House loading dock. RESERVE
10–11 a.m. Signs of Spring with CEEDS & Botanic Gardens In-person Explore all the signs of spring that can be found and observed in the trees, sky, soil and flowers. Meet by the Botanic Garden main entrance. RESERVE
10–Noon MacLeish on Campus In-person Join the MacLeish Field Station Manager and CEEDS on Chapin Lawn for a construction adventure in 30-minute sign-up blocks. Build the tallest structure possible out of branches, twigs, vines and twine. Instructions are few and options are limitless. Meet in front of Wright Hall. RESERVE
11 a.m–2 p.m. Lunch In-person Extra grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and packaged items will be available.
  • Lamont: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Dawes: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Chase Grab & Go: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
 
Anytime Well-Being Walk In-person Wellness 1-10 Mile Map  
1 p.m.
3 p.m.
Zumba® In-person Join Jade Rivera-McFarlin of Exercise in Disguise. All fitness levels welcome. Mix low- and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Meet on Chapin Lawn. RESERVE
1–3 p.m. Outdoor Adventure: Bike Ride In-person Open to all skill levels and includes off-road travel. Bikes and helmets provided or feel free to bring your own. Dress in closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing for the weather. Meet at the boathouse. RESERVE
3 p.m. Yoga Virtual Join local instructor and personal trainer Rosalie Peri. RESERVE
5–8 p.m. Dinner In-person Served in all regular venues. Order through Grubhub. GRUBHUB
7 p.m. “Far Beyond the Stars” Digital Archiving Workshop Virtual “Far Beyond the Stars” is a project by Ayana Jamieson that encourages participants to engage in the practice of self-curating an archive for the Black future. This practice is inspired by the late, great Octavia Butler—science fiction literary genius and expert at manifesting one's future. Hosted by Associate Director Whitley Hadley, the workshop will engage participants in the practice of digital archiving and refining their vision boarding skills. Open to all students with an interest in the topic. RESERVE
8 p.m. Movie Night Virtual Enjoy a collegewide streaming of the film Dreamgirls. WATCH THE FILM

Meadow Day Zoom Background

Click on the thumbnail to view a larger version. Right-click on the download link and “save link as” to save the image to your computer.

Please note: To ensure that the logo and text do not appear reversed, you must uncheck the “mirror my video” option in your Zoom settings.
 

  1. On your Zoom home screen, click the gear icon in the top right-hand corner. A settings window will appear.
  2. Click on “Virtual Background” in the left-hand column.
  3. Click on the plus sign icon to the right of “Choose Virtual Background.”
  4. Click “Add Image.”
  5. Browse for the saved background image on your computer and click “Open.”
  6. Verify that the “Mirror my video” option is unchecked.

 

Screenshot of Zoom home screen
Screenshot of Zoom settings