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Fall Retreat at Snipes Farm

Snipes Farm and Education Center's mission is to model and teach sustainable farming, while building community and reconnecting people to the land. Find out more about the work of this local, Quaker-run farm at their website and in a variety of local media including the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"A certain lingering feeling of joy remained even after we had returned to campus, that blanketed us on our return trip in the little car. It had been a packed day, and I hadn’t even been to all of it—apparently the earlier group had been able to spend even longer soaking up the wonder that is Snipes Farm, having the unique opportunity to go sweet potato farming and to have a personal introduction from Mr. Snipes himself. However, the time I spent was certainly something exquisite. Somehow fortuitously congregating for our arrival around the barn, we all listened to the music from the folk festival there that day and then, strangely moved to Quakerly violence, decided to take up a game of Wink. For those not familiar with Wink, perhaps the attached pictures can do more justice to it than sheer words—it’s sort of like “Big Wind Blows” except for the active prevention of movement taking place, which of course involves intense strategy and good, old-fashioned strong-arming. Hilarity, of course, ensues. We were just starting in to yet another round, anxiously debating various full-body binds, when Emily Higgs announced that it was time for dinner! Oh, the food! Feeling suitably exhausted from winking, we dug into a scrumptious enchilada spread complete with a mound of guacamole and sweet peppers and onions. Full, content, we naturally entered the next phase of dinner: dessert, a la watching several lovely friends compete in CHUBBY BUNNY. The objective is simple: continue shoving marshmallows into your mouth until you can no longer say the words “chubby bunny”. Though the efforts of all involved were immense, Andrew Thompson eventually won out with the legendary accomplishment of thirteen marshmallows! And so, still rolling with laughter, we ended our evening the way all Quaker retreats should: with a hearty sing. Teaching each other our favorites, celebrating the classics, it was very hard to stop. Finally, with one last round of “Circle Game”, we slowly closed up the barn, said warm, reluctant goodbyes, and headed back home. A very, very good day." - Nell Durfee '14

The ramp from Magill Library with Ryan Gym and Sharpless Hall in the background.

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