'Maryville College Day' is this Saturday at Maple Lane Farms

'Maryville College Day' is this Saturday at Maple Lane Farms

Oct. 24, 2012
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications
865.981.8207; karen.eldridge@maryvillecollege.edu

The final “Maryville College Day” at Maple Lane Farms takes place Sat., Oct. 27, at the farm in Greenback owned by Bob Schmidt, a 1978 alumnus of the College.

From 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., prospective students and their families are invited to visit the maze and stop by the Admissions marketing tent to talk with counselors and current students about academic programs, financial aid and unique opportunities for study.

Alumni, parents and friends of the College also are encouraged to visit the farm from 4 until 8 p.m., when a country fair, face painting and “Farm Olympics”-type games will be set up for children. A few items from the College’s Archives will be on display.

Dinner (Dutch treat) will be available at the farm’s concession stand, and tables and chairs for MC guests will be set up under a tent near the entrance. Starting at 5:30 p.m., Schmidt will share the story of his farm, and Maryville College President Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart will be available to discuss the renovation project and answer questions about other initiatives on the campus.

Schmidt, who had designated Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 27 “Maryville College Days,” is donating $1 of every corn maze admission on these four days to the campaign to renovate the interior of Anderson Hall.

This year, Maple Lane Farms’ corn maze features the stylized Anderson Hall bell tower image, the Maryville College name and the words “Towers Above.”

Completed in 1870 and named for the College’s founder, the Rev. Isaac Anderson, Anderson Hall has long been the campus’ icon, with its unique bell tower that rises against the Chilhowee Mountains.

Anderson Hall holds the most classroom space of any building on campus and is home to three very large academic divisions of the college: Education, Humanities and Languages and Literature.

The planned renovation will bring a 19th-century building up to 21st-century technological and environmental standards, as well as provide adequate classroom and office space.

The project is estimated to cost $6.8 million.

Schmidt said in choosing the Anderson Hall tower, he wanted to let others know about his alma mater.

“My experience at Maryville College – my education, particularly – changed the way I think about and look at situations, and it was there that I developed a creativity that serves me well every day,” he said earlier this fall. “Plans just came together with the Anderson Hall project, the college staff and the maze to make this the year to ‘get it done.’

“I cannot give enough in return for what Maryville College gave me, but I can offer up my farm and this opportunity to ‘spread the word’ a little farther about what a special place the College is.”

Tickets to the maze range in price from $8 to $10 for the regular corn maze. Children 5 and younger are admitted at no charge.

Pumpkins are available and priced by size, and people can pick their own during a hayride. (Hayrides are an additional fee.)

For more information on Maryville College Days, contact Mary Leidig, director of marketing, at 865.981.8079. For more information on Maple Lane Farms or to get directions, visit tnmaplelanefarms.com.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.