HARVARD -- Whatever year you graduated the Bromfield School, you're in. This weekend, all classes unite for the first ever Bromfield Homecoming.
Suzanne Hazel Dutkewych, a 1987 Bromfield graduate, said the idea grew out of her class' 25th anniversary reunion plans for this weekend.
We sort of started some things as a class. This being our 25th anniversary, I raised the idea that it would be fun to make this the first Bromfield homecoming, said Dutkewych. "Our class had a lot of firsts. We were the first to have an outdoor graduation ceremony. My senior year was the first to have a girls varsity soccer team. And we also started the first Snowball Dance."
The idea for a homecoming weekend ignited. Word was only broadcast recently, said Dutkewych, but the plan is for the Bromfield Homecoming to become an annual ritual.
Todd Currie, class of 1997, is assisting, along with Beverly Rooks Jorgensen, of the class of 1982. Jorgenson made the poster that's been circulating on Facebook advertising the event.
Dutkewych advises that those interested in catching up with their classes that weekend should see if their class has a Facebook.com wall. Alumni are also touching base with their classmates on the Facebook page titled "You know you grew up in Harvard, Massachusetts..."
The Homecoming weekend includes a dance for current Bromfield students. Friday, the Bromfield Young Republican and Young Democrats clubs unite
Meanwhile, on Friday night, the alumni homecoming activities begin at the Billiards Cafe on the second floor at 39 Main St. in Ayer. Pool tables have been reserved and all alumni classes are invited for the informal gathering.
On Saturday, alumni and others can participate in a Fun Run that steps off from Ryan Field on Depot Road at 9 a.m. Runners will head from Depot Road to Prospect Hill Road, down Madigan Lane, to Still River Road, then Under Pin Hill Road and back to Depot Road. It's approximately a 4-mile course. A $5 registration donation is requested to help fund future homecoming events and will be collected at Ryan Field.
At 11 a.m., muffins and coffee will be served for those wanting a tour of the Bromfield School, conducted by Janis Coffin Dyer, a 1986 Bromfield alumna and a Bromfield history teacher.
At noon, many plan to meet on "the wall," the rock wall along Massachusetts Avenue aside the town center cemetery and directly behind the General Store.
At 1 p.m., alumni gather at the Pond Street back driveway entrance to the rear Bromfield parking lot for a Homecoming parade that will wind to Town Hall. The grand marshal for the event is Bromfield's legendary coach Tom Hill. Hill has retired as a social studies teacher at Bromfield but still serves as a Bromfield coach and friend of the athletic program.
With Hill at the helm, Bromfield teams have secured more than 500 basketball and 550 soccer wins. Hill has been identified as the 11th most-winning coach in the nation.
While the homecoming events play out, the Bromfield playing fields along Massachusetts Avenue will be jam-packed with great finds and people attending the 41st annual Harvard Flea Market. Organized jointly by the Harvard League of Women Voters, Harvard Conservation Trust, and the Harvard Schools Trust, the flea market runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. (rain date Sunday, Oct. 7).
Formal alumni homecoming events will conclude with a presentation to Hill at the Harvard Park Track field on Lancaster County Road at 3:30 p.m. The presentation will coincide with the Bromfield varsity boys soccer game against Groton-Dunstable.
Saturday night, individual classes may then have different events scheduled. Dutkewych recommends alumni check different class walls on Facebook to see if particular classes are holding Saturday night events. Those with questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org.