Field Day Kick-Off: Bulldogs, Let’s Get on Board!

Norfolk Academy’s Field Day theme, Bulldogs on Board, is a salute to the enduring appeal of board games, even in the age of technology.

At Thursday’s kick-off event, held at the Mannings’ home, Field Day Chairs Katherine Richardson and Susan Gill reminded all of the first rule of board game entertainment: “It’s more fun when everyone plays!” The goal for this year is 100% participation from parents, faculty, and students.

More than 50 parents have already volunteered to chair the 20 committees required to organizing the event, which encompasses a golf tournament, an opening reception with an art gallery, ten reunions, the Bulldog Bash, and of course, Field Day itself, which starts early in the morning on Saturday, May 5 and concludes in a blizzard of raffle tickets in late afternoon.

While Field Day is a grand school tradition, one that dates back to 1891, it also has a practical purpose: all profits support need-based financial aid.

Every year brings new innovations to Field Day, and Bulldogs on Board will carry forward that tradition as well. There will be a “game shack” and a performance area for student bands, so that Middle and Upper School students will have entertainment after they complete their volunteer duties. Human foosball, a giant chess board, and 3D Twister will add to the fun of the Midway.

The Twister-inspired flyer with volunteer opportunities has already landed in mailboxes. Emails and a “Sign-Up Genius” form will soon be coming. Some events can already be marked in your calendar:

  • April 10 - the golf tournament at Bayville Golf Club
  • April 28 - opening reception with the Art Gallery and early sales from the “Antiques and Adornments” and “Love and Elbow” collections...and live music and cocktails
  • May 4 - The Bulldog Bash, for the over-21 crowd, featuring The Connells
  • May 5 - Field Day (of course) and alumni reunions will be held on Saturday night, post-Field Day

The two chairs of Field Day have long associations with the school. Mrs. Richardson is the parent of Lindley ’17 (now attending Wake Forest University) and Ben, who is a senior; Mrs. Gill is the parent of Ainsley ’14 (now attending Duke University), and twins Halle and Greer, who are seniors. Mrs. Gill noted that volunteering over her 16 years as an N.A. parent has built strong relationships. “It has enriched my life,” she said.

To sign up as a volunteer: