Apples Are a Girl’s — er — Squirrel’s Best Friend

September 29, 2010

The sophomore class invites the Mary Baldwin community to get its swag on October 5 for the annual celebration of service, fall, and fun — Apple Day. This year’s theme? “Apples Are a Squirrel’s Best Friend.”

Traditions old and new highlight this year’s Apple Day festivities. Members of the Mary Baldwin community can start the morning by heading to Woodbine Farm Market in Strasburg to glean as many fallen apples as possible, enjoy a traditional apple-laden brunch in Hunt Dining Hall, and finally unwind in the Student Activities Center parking lot for the Apple Day carnival from 2 to 5 p.m.

“This year we really focused on making all the activities more engaging and fun,” said Tesla Goodrich, one of four sophomore students charged with organizing the event. “Every single club will be sponsoring at least one active event at the carnival so there will be lots of fun things to do.”

Students, faculty, and staff also can join in the kick-off event for the newly formed Apple Corps from 9:30 to 12 p.m. Tuesday by working in the community garden next to the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs house and preparing two new gardens — an asparagus garden behind the President’s House and an herb garden behind the dining hall. Part of a Spencer Center initiative, the group will give students the opportunity to get involved in the local food movement.

Apple Eve kicks off at 8 p.m. October 4 with Attack the PAC. The evening’s events run until midnight and will include a dodge ball tournament, Apple Day Princess speeches, mocktails and snacks, and a game of glow stick capture the flag.

“We will conclude the evening with a black-light highlighter rave party,” Goodrich said, “so make sure to bring a white T-shirt to color on!”