40th Anniversary Celebrations

Join us Friday, September 17th – Sunday, September 19th for our 40th Anniversary Celebrations!


40th Weekend Schedule

Friday, September 17th

5-8pm (suggested) – Gatherings by class year and otherwise
Kick off the weekend by reconnecting with classmates and close friends from your days at The Academy! Contact Katherine Anderson for support scheduling a gathering for your cohort, and be sure to let us know what you have planned. Suggested locations: Ashfield Lake House (Ashfield), Floodwater Brewery (Buckland).

8-10pm – Bowling at Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley
Join us for socializing and bowling in a likely-nostalgia-invoking spot as we gather all together and begin celebrating four decades as a community. Food and drink available for purchase.

Saturday, September 18th

12:30-2:45pm – Pickup Soccer (12:30-1:30) and Ultimate (1:45-2:45) at The Academy
Dust off those cleats, revive your antique Aardvark swag, and join Ben Thompson P09, 12 and Katherine Anderson ’16 for an afternoon of fun and friendly competition! All skill levels welcome; participants encouraged to join for either or both games. Light refreshments provided.

Local Opportunities
Take a white-water rafting trip with Zoar Outdoor, explore the Deerfield Craft Fair, wander through Art In the Orchard, or visit the Big E for opening weekend! We invite you to take advantage of your weekend in the Hilltowns and Valley in these and other ways and encourage you to let us know of any other events taking place locally at this time.

5pm – Reception & Auction at The Academy
A special 40th Weekend iteration of our annual Cornucopia Auction! Gather with us at The Academy for late afternoon socializing, finger food and appetizers, beverages, and an opportunity to bid on a small selection of exciting items, including a weekend on Martha’s Vineyard, a Greek dinner for 6, and a local wine tasting. Have something you’d like to donate to this year’s auction? Let us know!

7pm – Dinner at The Academy
Our keynote event: a casual and inviting meal catered by former Academy chef Stan Langston and an opportunity to hear and share Academy memories, followed by dessert, campfire, and music.

Sunday, September 19th

10am – Virtual Coffee
Wrap up the weekend, connect with Aardvarks near and far in breakout rooms, and continue to celebrate all that’s made The Academy special for four decades and counting.


Complete the form below to register! Register before August 15th for reduced ticket price.

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