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Charter Day, Bryn Athyn College’s homecoming weekend, is held in October of each year to celebrate the signing of the Charter in 1877.

Charter Day 2014: Friday, October 10

Festivities will take place from Thursday, Oct. 9 through Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.

Every year, traditional festivities include reunion events, our men’s soccer game, our Charter Day Banquet, and a golf outing fund-raiser for our student scholarship fund. The weekend begins with a visually-striking procession in which our students march from Benade Hall to a worship service in Bryn Athyn Cathedral, led by the country flags of our International Student Organization.

Events Schedule

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9:00am-1:00pm — BAC Bookstore
Bryn Athyn College Bookstore is open in a new location – in the Swedenborg Library.10:00am and 11:00am — Cairnwood Tours
Cairnwood will be offering free guided historic tours of the estate for Academy alumni. The tours will be offered at 10am and 11am Thursday – Sunday. Reservations are required, 215-947-2004.4:30-7:00pm — Reception: Reunion Artists
The Academy Arts Council presents “Reunion Artists: Work by Classmates From ’63, ’73, and ’83,” Artists’ Reception in the Fine Arts Building; open to the public.7:00pm — Women’s Volleyball
Bryn Athyn College Women’s Volleyball vs. Gwynedd Mercy College at Asplundh Field House8:00pm — Alumni Volleyball
Bryn Athyn College Alumni Women’s Volleyball: Alumni vs. College at Asplundh Field House8:00-11:00pm — Welcome Reception: Wine & Cheese
Bryn Athyn College and ANC Secondary Schools welcome alumni back for the Charter Day celebration. Adults 21+ are invited for complementary wine and cheese at Cairnwood. At the event, enter a raffle to win a private party in the Cairnwood Garden House.8:30pm — Alumni Ultimate Frisbee
Alumni Ultimate Frisbee, under the lights. 3 teams – ANCSS students, BAC students, and Alumni – 4 games, round-robin. For more information email [email protected]
9:00am-1:00pm — BAC Bookstore
Bryn Athyn College Bookstore is open in a new location – in the Swedenborg Library.10:00am and 11:00am — Cairnwood Tours
Cairnwood will be offering free guided historic tours of the estate for Academy alumni. The tours will be offered at 10am and 11am Thursday – Sunday. Reservations are required, 215-947-2004.10:15am — Procession
Bryn Athyn College and ANCSS Students, Faculty and Corporation procession to Bryn Athyn Cathedral10:30am — Service and Address
Bishop Brian Keith will be giving the Charter Day Service and Address at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral1:30-3:30pm — Kite Day
Come fly kites with the College community. Bring your own kite or buy one on site. North Campus (behind Cairnwood Village). Parking available at the Junge Pavilion.2:00-5:00pm — Exhibition: Reunion Artists
The Academy Arts Council presents “Reunion Artists: Work by Classmates From ’63, ’73, and ’83,” Artists’ Exhibition in the Fine Arts Building; open to the public.4:00pm — Men’s Soccer
Bryn Athyn College Varsity Men’s Soccer vs. Penn State York8:00-10:00pm — Alumni Open House
Bryn Athyn College Alumni Open House at the Brickman Center10:00pm-1:00am — Red Hot Club Night
Bryn Athyn College’s Red Hot Club Night; College age and up, $10 cover; at the Buck Hotel
9:00am-1:00pm — Bryn Athyn Bounty
Bryn Athyn Bounty Farm Market. Located between the BAC Garden and Jungé Pavilion. Food, Produce, Music & Crafts.9:30am — Bob Eidse 5K Run/Walk
Bob Eidse Run/Walk at Asplundh Field House. Registration 8:15-9:15am; Run begins promptly at 9:30am.10:00am and 11:00am — Cairnwood Tours
Cairnwood will be offering free guided historic tours of the estate for Academy alumni. The tours will be offered at 10am and 11am Thursday – Sunday. Reservations are required, 215-947-2004.2:00-5:00pm — Exhibition: Reunion Artists
The Academy Arts Council presents “Reunion Artists: Work by Classmates From ’63, ’73, and ’83,” Artists’ Exhibition in the Fine Arts Building; open to the public.11:30am — Alumni Soccer
Bryn Athyn College Alumni Soccer: Students vs. Alumni1:00-4:00pm — Cathedral Tours
Bryn Athyn Cathedral open for tours1:00-4:30pm — Glencairn Museum
Glencairn Museum – FREE for Alumni and families: gourmet coffee and tea, self-guided tours of the first floor, on-going visits to the Tower to view the Fall foliage, and guided tours departing at 1, 1:30, 2:30 and 3pm (reservations recommended for guided tours).6:30-8:30pm — Charter Day Banquet | Purchase Tickets Here
Alumni, friends, and guests of all ages are invited to attend the traditional Charter Day Banquet. Teunion classes are guarenteed seating together for tickets purchased by October 11. Business Casual attire. Guest Speaker: Brian Henderson, Glencairn Museum Director | Asplundh Field House.9:00pm-12:30am — Mix & Mingle | Purchase Tickets Here
All class reunions and friends are invited for the Bostock Band performance, and light refreshments. Wine and beer included | Enter to win several exciting raffle drawings | All-inclusive tickets $25; Designated driver tickets $15 | 21 and up only | Heilman Hall9:00-10:30pm — BAC Comedy Show
Night of a Thousand Laughs: A Bryn Athyn College Student Comedy Show. Doors open at 8:30 pm. Pay at the door: students $2; general public $5.
9:30am — Church Services
Contemporary Service at the Society Building
Children’s Service at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Council Chamber
Family Service at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Nave 10:00am and 11:00am — Cairnwood Tours
Cairnwood will be offering free guided historic tours of the estate for Academy alumni. The tours will be offered at 10am and 11am Thursday – Sunday. Reservations are required, 215-947-2004.10:30am — Church Service
NewChurch LIVE at MPAC11:00am — Church Service
Adult Service at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral2:00-5:00pm — Exhibition: Reunion Artists
The Academy Arts Council presents “Reunion Artists: Work by Classmates From ’63, ’73, and ’83,” Artists’ Exhibition in the Fine Arts Building; open to the public.2:00pm — Men’s Ice Hockey
Bryn Athyn College Men’s Hockey @ University of Pitt-Johnstown
10:00am-8:30pm — Golf Outing | Purchase Tickets Here
Student Scholarship Golf Outing at Philmont Country Club. Lunch, golf, dinner, and raffle. Shotgun start at noon.

Charter Days of the Past

  • Thursday, October 17, 2013
    • 9:00am-1:00pm — BAC Bookstore
    • 10:00am and 11:00am — Cairnwood Tours
    • 4:30-7:00pm — Reception: Reunion Artists
    • 7:00pm — Women’s Volleyball – Bryn Athyn College Women’s Volleyball vs. Gwynedd Mercy College at Asplundh Field House
    • 8:00pm — Alumni Volleyball – Bryn Athyn College Alumni Women’s Volleyball: Alumni vs. College at Asplundh Field House
    • 8:00-11:00pm — Welcome Reception: Wine & Cheese
  • Friday, October 18, 2013
    • 9:00am-1:00pm — BAC Bookstore
    • 10:15am — Procession
    • 10:30am — Service and Address
    • 1:30-3:30pm — Kite Day
    • 2:00-5:00pm — Exhibition: Reunion Artists
    • 4:00pm — Men’s Soccer – Bryn Athyn College Varsity Men’s Soccer vs. Penn State York
    • 8:00-10:00pm — Alumni Open House
    • 10:00pm-1:00am — Red Hot Club Night
  • Saturday, October 19, 2013
    • 9:00am-1:00pm — Bryn Athyn Bounty
    • 9:30am — Bob Eidse 5K Run/Walk
    • 10:00am and 11:00am — Cairnwood Tours
    • 2:00-5:00pm — Exhibition: Reunion Artists
    • 11:30am — Alumni Soccer
    • 1:00-4:00pm — Cathedral Tours
    • 1:00-4:30pm — Glencairn Museum
    • 6:30-8:30pm — Charter Day Banquet
    • 9:00pm-12:30am — Mix & Mingle
    • 9:00-10:30pm — BAC Comedy Show
  • Sunday, October 20, 2013
    • 9:30am — Church Services: Contemporary Service at the Society Building, Children’s Service at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Family Service at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral
    • 10:00am and 11:00am — Cairnwood Tours
    • 10:30am — Church Services: NewChurch LIVE at MPAC
    • 11:00am — Church Service – Adult Service at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral
    • 2:00-5:00pm — Exhibition: Reunion Artists
    • 2:00pm — Men’s Ice Hockey – Men’s Hockey @ University of Pitt-Johnstown
  • Monday, October 21, 2013
    • 10:00am-8:30pm — Golf Outing – Student Scholarship Golf Outing at Philmont Country Club. Lunch, golf, dinner, and raffle. Shotgun start at noon.

Charter Day 2012 was held on October 12. Festivities went from Thursday, October 11, and continue through the annual Student Scholarship Golf Outing on Monday, October 15.

Thanks to all our volunteers, alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends, the weekend went off smoothly again once again. Our alumni and friends demonstrated tremendous support for our schools, both by reaffirming their pride in our schools and through generous financial contributions.

Special Events included:

• ALUMNI REUNION & OPEN HOUSE
Friday, October 12, 7:30 pm | Brickman Center

• TOTALLY-NOT-WORTH-IT-CONCERT for a TOTALLY-WORTHWHILE-CAUSE
Friday, October 12, 9:00 pm | Mitchell Performing Arts Center

• BRYN ATHYN BOUNTY FARM MARKET
Saturday, October 13, 9:00—2:00 pm | Oak grove next to Junge Pavilion

• ACADEMY EXPO & FUNDRAISER
Saturday, October 13 | Asplundh Field House
2:00-4:00 pm: All ages welcome | 5:00-7:00 pm: Adults ages 21+

• CHARTER DAY BANQUET
Saturday, October 13, 7:30 pm | Asplundh Field House

• ANCSS CLASS OF ’82 PRESENTS ERASERHEAD AT THE MIX & MINGLE
Saturday, October 13, 9:30 pm | Jungé Pavilion

• STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP GOLF OUTING
Monday, October 15 | Philmont Country Club

Special Events included:

 Gourmet omelets served at Glencairn Museum’s Castle Café, made with Bryn Athyn College Garden vegetables.

 An evening of song and entertainment at our Blast from the Past III at Mitchell Center.

 An alumni win (2–0) in the annual students vs. alumni soccer game.

 A fantastic Charter Day Banquet speech, entitled New Church Education on the Edge delivered by Chaplain Rev. Dr. Thane Glenn.

 Wonderful alumni support at the Academy Expo, raising over $40,000.