‘Twas the night of Mountain Day, when all through campus
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
Homework was done, all with great care,
Even with hopes that Mountain Day would prevail.
All the students were nestled into their beds,
With visions of canoes, kayaks, and food swimming in their head.
Even Dr. Troha put on his sleeping cap,
Settling down for a short fall nap.
When all through the dorms there arose such a clatter,
All freshman sprung from bed to see what was the matter.
Away from their beds they flew like a flash,
Tore open the doors and joined in the clash.
“It’s Mountain Day! It’s Mountain Day!”
Cried the students, “Let us celebrate without delay.”
But in those wee hours they all fell back,
And settled down for another short nap.
The busses will soon arrive, driven with great care,
And students will play, full of joy that none can compare.
To all of you we cry out, filled with celebration:
HAPPY MOUNTAIN DAY TO ALL, AND TO ALL A DAY OFF!
*Mountain Day is Juniata’s oldest tradition, in existence in some form since the late 1800s. On a beautiful fall day, classes are canceled and everyone flocks to one of the state parks in the area for a day of outdoor fun including a picnic lunch, nature walks, crafts, music, tug-of war, and the spirited faculty/staff vs. seniors co-ed flag football game.
The most unique element of Mountain Day is that no one knows in advance when it is going to occur! Trying to guess our date of Mountain Day is one of the most-popular topics of conversation among the students and faculty in the weeks leading up to the even.