Centennial Celebration

The Orchard School

We can't wait to celebrate 100 years together! Please use the drop-downs for specific event details and complete your registration and ticket purchases below.
Questions? Contact Centennial Coordinator Sarah Edwards at sedwards@orchard.org.


List of 6 frequently asked questions.


    DATE: Friday, September 30, 2022
    TIME: 5-9 PM
    LOCATION: The Orchard School

    Kick off Orchard’s centennial celebration weekend during Fall Festival!

    Join us for this annual tradition of family-friendly fall fun on campus. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever and there is sure to be something for everyone. There is no cost to attend, however, registration is requested so please use the form below to RSVP.

    This year’s fall festival will include:
    • Tethered hot air balloon rides
    • Live entertainment by The Doo!
    • Hayrides and s'mores around the campfire
    • Pumpkin patch and crafts by the cabin
    • Photo booth fun
    • Face Painting and Balloon Twisting
    • Inflatables for the kids, big and small
    • Centennial merchandise for purchase
    • Food trucks and 21+ beer/wine garden
    • An apple bobbing contest you don’t want to miss!

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    DATE: Saturday, October 1, 2022
    TIME: 7 PM-Midnight
    LOCATION: The Eiteljorg Museum

    A party like this only happens once in 100 years! 

    Gather with Orchard Owls (21 and older) for an evening of celebration and fellowship at The Eiteljorg Museum. Mingle and reminisce over heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and an open bar, don your nostalgic “Friday Dress” or favorite cocktail attire, and dance to the tunes of Cool City Band and DJ Don Masters. The festivities will take place under the sails and in the museum gardens, as well as throughout the museum’s indoor spaces. Individual tickets are $50 each and are available for purchase below.

    In addition to time with friends old and new, you won’t want to miss:
    • Displays of Orchard history and photographs spanning the times
    • Special presentations throughout the evening
    • Centennial merchandise for purchase and a chance to preorder Orchard’s commemorative centennial book, The Orchard School from A to Z
    • An opportunity to enjoy the museum including the new Native American galleries
    • A sneak peek of Orchard’s ofrenda (Spanish for “offering”) created by our 3rd and 8th-grade Spanish students honoring our nine founding mothers before it is included in the Dia de Muertos exhibit opening in Lilly Theater at The Eiteljorg on October 10, 2002.
    • A champagne toast to celebrate 100 years!

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    DATE: Sunday, October 2, 2022
    TIME: 3-6 PM
    LOCATION: The Orchard School

    Commemorate 100 years on Founders Day with quintessential Orchard activities and time with the Owls you know and love!

    Our centennial celebration weekend wouldn’t be complete without an opportunity to gather on campus to enjoy the people and experiences that have truly “made” Orchard over the past century. There is no cost to attend, however, registration is requested so please use the form below to RSVP.

    Bring your family and friends to:
    • Experience hands-on fun in the Makerspace
    • Enjoy Orchard maple syrup drizzled over “pancake tacos” in the Sugar Shack
    • Spend time with the animals at a petting farm
    • Wander the halls as alumni and reminisce over what has changed, or what hasn’t!
    • Get a little dirty and uncover Orchard treasure in “The Dig”
    • View Orchard memorabilia, including contents revealed from past time capsules
    • Celebrate community members receiving The Orchard School Heritage Awards
    • Purchase centennial merchandise and pre-order Orchard’s commemorative centennial book, The Orchard School from A to Z
    • Make your contribution to the 2022 centennial time capsule

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    In addition to joining us for each of the events detailed above, you can show your support and love for Orchard with a centennial sponsorship. Sponsorship dollars will be used to fund centennial-related events throughout the 2022-2023 school year. Any unused amount through diligent stewardship of your monies will be added to Orchard’s endowment for the continued preservation and growth of The Orchard School.

    Centennial Celebration Sponsorship Levels:
    • $25,000 Presenting
    • $15,000 Wise Owl
    • $10,000 Ten Decades
    • $5,000 Green & Gold
    • $2,500 Sugar Maple
    • $1,000 Friend of Orchard
    • In-Kind

    For more information and a sponsorship packet detailing benefits, please email Sarah Edwards, Centennial Event Coordinator.

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    This year’s annual Parents’ Association auction will take place Saturday, February 11, 2023 at TBD. Mark your calendar now! More details coming soon.

    Save the date: APRIL 29, 2023

    Your family is invited to join us on Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 9 AM-Noon as we plant 100+ trees with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. There will be opportunities for involvement for Owls of all ages and abilities and we will celebrate with a family picnic from Noon-1pm following the morning of service.

    Our efforts will support the KIBI mission of “improving environmental equity in Indianapolis” and commemorate 100 years of The Orchard School by sharing the beauty and benefit of the trees we enjoy each day in our Orchard woods with the broader community.

    More information and registration to come in early spring 2023!

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