Gala, Jonagold, and Golden Delicious were among the varieties of apples gleaned by Mary Baldwin University students, faculty, staff, and friends on October 1, kicking off a day of revelry that echoed Apple Day festivities from more than 70 years ago. Spectacular weather helped about 120 participants gather 5,630 pounds of fruit at Woodbine Farm Market — the Strasburg orchard owned by the family of alumna Kara Jenkins ’11 where Mary Baldwin has gleaned since 2010. Washington DC-area churches and food banks will receive the donated apples.
Closer to campus, students pitched in by working in Mary Baldwin gardens, and volunteering with Rebuilding Together, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, and the SPCA.
Continuing in the spirit of a tradition that began with a picnic in the college-owned orchard, Dining Services contributed to the festivities with a mouth-watering, apple-infused brunch. A lively carnival featuring a class tug-of-war, booths by student clubs and organizations, a slip-n-slide, and — of course — an appearance by Gladys the squirrel completed the afternoon celebration. Photos by Woods Pierce.