BRIDGTON – With 200 years under its belt, Bridgton Academy is planning to celebrate this weekend.

The academy, founded in 1808, offers a one-year postgraduate program for young men preparing to go to college. Jessica Priola, assistant director of constituent relations at the school, says the bicentennial celebration will be combined with a reunion weekend.

At noon on Friday, the academy will hold a golf tournament at the Bridgton Highlands Country Club to benefit the Doug Avery and Mike Fuller scholarship funds. A social hour at the Bridgton Ice Arena will begin at 4 p.m., and dinner will be served from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, 13 people will be inducted into the academy’s hall of fame at 10 a.m. Afternoon events will include a cruise on the Songo River Queen II, a softball game, and a display on the academy’s history at its humanities center.

A gala event will be held Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. at the ice arena, including dinner, music and fireworks. Speakers will include U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a former trustee of the academy, and Kevin Hancock, president of the academy’s board of trustees.

Outgoing headmaster David Hursty will also speak, and Grady Vignaeu, who will begin serving as headmaster on July 1, will also be on hand.

On Sunday, a farewell breakfast will take place at the Goldsmith Dining Hall from 7 to 9 a.m., and will be followed by the dedication of a time capsule and brick walkway at the humanities center.

The event is open to the public. Each dinner will cost $35. For more information, contact Priola at 647-3322, extension 219, or Rob Wright at 647-3322, extension 202.


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