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Mountain Day: October 1, 2007

Mountain Day is a surprise break from classes. The president chooses a beautiful fall day and announces the holiday by ringing the college bells. A picnic lunch can be provided by the college to be carried to the students' various outdoor activities on campus or to nearby parks.

Classes and academic appointments scheduled before 7 p.m. are canceled. Evening classes, films, lectures and other events will be held as planned.

Many on campus have already firmed up their plans.

Lamont House will pick apples at Quonquont Farm in Whately, and Lawrence House will pick at Outlook Farms in Westampton. The students will return to campus to spend the afternoon making apple crisp. Washburn has a tradition of eating bag lunches together on the boathouse dock and spending the afternoon together. The Ada Comstock Scholars took orders last week for apple-crisp kits as a fundraiser. And Staff Council will serve a delicious apple dessert a la mode on the College Hall lawn to passers-by.

The first Mountain Day was held in 1877.

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