By Kelsey Rettke
“Holy apples, Batman!” This is really the only appropriate summation of what has come to be known as Apple Day. Being a first year, I was a bit puzzled as to what all the hype was about. Surely a day where dinner’s theme was apples, and where desserts abounded couldn’t be as great as everyone claimed. Exclamations could be heard from the lips of all returning students throughout the week; and when I asked what it was that had them so excited, they all replied with a simple, “Commons. Dinner. Wednesday. Go early.”
So I did. Needless to say, it was a smart decision! I arrived in Chapin at approximately 4:35 p.m. and already there were people lined up at the gate, hoping for the workers to let them in early, and sure enough, as the gates were raised (not as early as everyone had
hoped) people began jumping up and down and declaring they were “lucky to have gotten
here so early!”
Students raced straight to the dessert line, not even bothering to look at the entrees. Indeed, it was a sight! There were apple cheesecakes and apple pastries, flaky and full of yummy filling, caramel apples and pumpkin pies, apple cider donuts, fresh gigantic apple muffins, cream pies, chocolate cakes heavy with four different kinds of chocolate, raspberry cheesecakes covered in walnuts and topped with raspberry sauce, chocolate cheesecakes laced with peanut butter, apple pies, caramel cheesecakes, more desserts than I could have ever imagined.
Directly behind the Fresco Grill where everything was set up, there sat trays and carts full of desserts, ready to replace a treat when it ran out.
We were only allowed two desserts! Complaints and grumbles could be heard, but they were immediately replaced with shouts of delight when hungry customers found that perfect slice of whatever, piling their plate with thick, tall slices of the various choices.
The entire hall was filled by 5:30 p.m. Students came in and went straight for the desserts. Having satisfied their desire for sweets and picked a few apples from the numerous, fresh bushels of Gala, Jonathon, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and other types, people feasted on juicy pork loin topped with sliced, cooked apples, baked beans with apple bacon and potato pancakes with applesauce.
Students showed their excitement for the annual apple event by coming early and staying late, wearing an Apples to Apples board game over their shirt, dressing as Eve, and— much to my surprise—breaking out into “Happy Apple Day” sung to the tune of “Happy Birthday.”
All in all, the food was good, the people were excited, and the time was well spent. My first Apple Day was quite the experience, and, yes, now I truly understand the anticipation for such a day!