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Work Day, Warren Wilson’s annual rite of spring, set for April 2

Work along the Swannanoa River will again be part of Work Day


Early April means a lot of things: April Fool’s Day, yes, in addition to major league baseball, early-spring wildflowers and NCAA Final Four basketball. For more than 30 years at Warren Wilson College, it also has meant a campuswide Work Day on the first Wednesday of the month, falling on April 2 this year.

WWC Dean of Work Ian Robertson has likened Work Day to “the Fourth of July in April,” even if capricious early-spring weather sometimes falls far short of matching that of July. But Robertson is correct in noting that, despite the hard work and heavy lifting done on projects across the 1,130-acre Warren Wilson campus, the atmosphere on Work Day is decidedly festive.

A wide range of projects is planned for Work Day 2014, from fence building to pond cleanup. See this map of places and projects. Afterward, a celebration of the day begins at 4:30 p.m. at Morris’ Community Pavilion, featuring a campus community picnic with College Farm pork, raffle prizes, and live music by WWC’s Gamelan and The Cider Gang. In short, in all of higher education there’s no day quite like this Warren Wilson College rite of spring.


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