Though meteorologists, astronomers and almanacs tell us that the official first day of spring occurred with the vernal equinox back on March 20, it doesn’t quite feel like spring here on campus until Pinwheel Day. (It hasn’t helped that temperatures since March 20 have mostly required that we keep wearing our winter coats.)
There are conflicting reports as to the exact genesis of Pinwheel Day, but most people agree that it took off sometime in the 1990s. And though it is a relatively young Haverford tradition, it is already much beloved. Under dark of night, a mysterious cabal of Fords transforms Founders Green into a festive field of spinning pinwheels to commemorate the beginning of warm weather. It’s quite a sight! Haverford’s arboretum campus is beautiful year round, but never more so than on Pinwheel Day.
Come and see for yourself. If you live nearby, please swing by campus today and take in the sea of spiraling pinwheels. It—along with the abundant spring sunshine—will put a smile on your face.