Husky Nation was greeted with a special video message from Head of School Joe Williams earlier this month as the highly anticipated Foliage Day, a fall highlight, was announced. As the nights get cooler and bright colors begin to replace the green of the New England forests, campus begins to buzz with speculation. Foliage Day is a traditional one-day surprise Head’s Holiday each fall at New Hampton School, and students love to try and guess which day it will be in advance of the Head’s announcement.
Though the activities have changed over the years, Foliage Day is one of the most beloved memories that alumni share with us. Whether hiking up Cardigan or walking the two miles to nearby Burleigh Mountain through forested paths, the tradition has lasted for many years, and it brings current and former students and faculty together across generations.
The ingredients to a successful Foliage Day emphasize our exceptional location in Central New Hampshire, always identifying a quintessential New England fall day with sunshine, color, and dry air. With perfect weather, we also embrace our community, and all faculty and staff spend the day enjoying each other’s company.
Foliage Day is a respite from our academic routine, but at the same time it is a day of togetherness. You can see the spirit and the beauty of the tradition captured in photos and a short video.
In recent years, Foliage Day has taken place on Burleigh Mountain, the school’s wilderness property just two miles from our main campus. Hiking, climbing, games and bonding time were enjoyed by all, alongside a barbecue lunch. Pictures from the day’s events are available on Flickr.