The weekend of the second Saturday in August continues to be, as it has for nearly 100 years, a homecoming for friends and alumni of Lee Academy who gather on campus each summer to enjoy good food, good company, and good memories at Lee Academy Reunion Weekend. The events of the weekend are a joint effort of the Lee Academy Alumni Association, the LA administration and staff, and the town of Lee. Events and activities include celebratory dinners for honored classes, campus tours, a buffet picnic and program on the academy lawn, and a fireworks display over Silver Lake, among many other events. Traditionally, the second Saturday in August has been a homecoming day for 200-300 people who have ties to the 170 year-old town academy.
Beginning on Friday, August 14th, the classes of 1965 and 1955 will host their reunion dinners at the Academy Dining Hall and Mallett Hall, respectively. Both meals begin at 6:30pm.
On Saturday, August 15th, registration for reunion day begins at 8:00am, along with refreshments and social time. At 9:00am, campus tours begin and alums, former staff and friends (and their families) can revisit classrooms in the historic Haynes Building, and wander through Dingley Auditorium and the athletic facilities and grounds as well as other campus buildings. Individual, group, and class photos will be taken beginning at 9:00am near the exhibit tent. A buffet luncheon, catered by LA chef Scott Murchison and his staff, will be held under the main tent, beginning at 12 noon.
During and immediately following lunch, many items and services donated by area businesses and friends of the school, will be auctioned off as a fundraiser. The reunion program will feature comments from Headmaster Gus LeBlanc and members of the Board of Trustees, and presentations for awards developed and sponsored by the Alumni Association. These honors include the Panda Award, given to someone who has had a strong, positive impact on Lee Academy since his or her graduation; the Achievement Award, which acknowledges special life achievement or success; and the Inspiration Award, given to an individual who has weathered trials or challenges in a manner that could inspire others.
The events of Saturday conclude with individual class gatherings in the afternoon at area homes, camps, and other locations, and an evening fireworks display over Silver Lake.
On Sunday, August 16th, the Panda Golf Scramble commences at JaTo Highlands in Lincoln with registration at 7:30am and the scramble beginning at 9:00am. Contact Randy Harris at 290–7844 for more information. Immediately following the scramble, a barbecue and raffle will be held for all participants.
Concurrent with the golf tourney in Lincoln, the Lee Historical Society will host the “ColorLee Run”, with registration at 10:00am on the Academy campus. The race begins with a 1-mile kids run at 11:00am, followed by the 5K race at 12:00pm.
For more information about general reunion activities, contact Emily Love at Lee Academy (738-2252). We hope to see you there!