Nearly 75 years after the tradition began, Mary Baldwin hosted its first Apple Day as a university. More than 120 students started the day with a trip to Woodbine Farm to glean 4.250 pounds of apples. The fruits of their labor were donated directly to Noah’s Ark charity foundation in Washington, DC, to be distributed to those in need. Following the gleaning, a special Apple Day feast was prepared in Hunt Dining Hall with food that complimented the day’s theme such as apple cider, apple and walnut salad, and apple pie.
Student clubs and organizations hosted an afternoon carnival in the Student Activities Center parking lot. The carnival was complete with a mechanical bull, an inflatable bounce house, and dozens of club tables with unique items for sale.
“I love Apple Day because it brings the Baldwin campus together through community service and fundraising,” said student Samuel.
Senior Madeline Stout wanted to memorize every moment of the day. “This was my last time participating in apple gleaning. As a senior I found Apple Day this year to be bittersweet. I found myself throughout the day a little sad because it marks another last time. I always enjoy myself, and this year was no exception,” she said.