Pinkerton community ready to party like its 1814: 200th Gala Anniversary set for Sept. 27

Union Leader Correspondent |
August 26. 2014 10:03PM

Former Pinkerton Academy Headmaster Mary Anderson, left, and longtime English teacher Ann west share some memories of the school recenlty in the Alumni Building. (HUNTER McGEE/Union Leader Correspondent)

DERRY — Pinkerton Academy will celebrate its 200th anniversary next month in what is being billed as possibly the biggest event ever.

Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27, the gala will feature lavish food, Pinkerton memorabilia and fireworks. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour in the lobby of the Stockbridge Theatre, said former Headmaster Mary Anderson, who is co-chairing the anniversary committee with longtime Pinkerton English teacher Ann West.

To go with 200th Anniversary story A sign posted outside the Alumni Building marks the founding year of Pinkerton Academy. (HUNTER McGEE/Union Leader Correspondent)

“This just really is the event to bring everything together for the year,” Anderson said, adding “two hundred years is something many, many schools don’t ever achieve. It’s our culminating event.”

Following the reception, a half hour music program will be performed, which will include a select choir, West said. The program will also include the performance of a composition written by Granite State composer Andrew Boyson Jr. Boyson, a professor of music at the University of New Hampshire, was commissioned earlier this year to compose a custom piece using lyrics from Robert Frost’s “A Prayer in Spring.”

“Excellence is the keynote for everything,” West said.

A dinner will follow in the Hackler Gymnasium. Jamie Staton, from WMUR, will serve as the master of ceremonies and will introduce various dignitaries. Staton will keep it light and entertaining throughout the dinner, West said.

West said Pinkerton Players will each be dressed as a well-known person and will remain in character throughout the dinner. Kidding, she has given the threat that she will “be very unhappy” if they break character, West said.

The evening will conclude around 10 p.m. with a fireworks display, she said.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling the theater box office at 437-5210 between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visiting www.
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