It’s Finally Pinwheel Day 2014!

It’s Finally Pinwheel Day 2014!

As you probably know, it was an unusually long and snowy winter here at Haverford, as it was in many places across the U.S. (It will actually be recorded as the second snowiest in Philadelphia history with its almost 68 inches of snowfall!) At times it felt like spring would never come. On March 20 it officially did. And then it snowed again.

So today is the day that everyone on campus has been waiting for: our unofficial start of spring when we celebrate the sunshine and warm weather with cheerful spinning pinwheels on Founders Green. This year we REALLY earned it.


The Haverford tradition known as Pinwheel Day is a mysterious one. But once a year, to celebrate the start of warm weather, a secret group of Fords transforms the Green into a festive field of spinning pinwheels to commemorate the beginning of warm weather.

So whether in person or via one of our social media channels (use #pinwheelday), let’s celebrate spring together as only Haverfordians can!

Photo by Thom Carroll. 

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  1. 1985: Chuck Foster (’86), Alex Russin (’86), Kevin Kopczynski (’87), Kathy Rexrode (’86), Kathy’s sister Betty from Carnegie Mellon, and I (Julie Jernberg, ’85) stayed up all night to make a cardboard village with houses, cars, stop signs, painted lanes on the Founders Green sidewalks for the cars, and TONS of HANDMADE PINWHEELS!! (Betty and Kathy’s idea)… we made it and set it up so that the campus would wake up on April Fools day to this miniature little Pinwheel city…

    Today my senior roommate, Sue Skeath (’85), was visiting campus for her son’s tour and visit and texted me that we had started a tradition!

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