Ithaca, N.Y. — This weekend will mark the celebration of the Lehman Alternative Community School’s 40th anniversary.

The school’s celebration will take place over the course of the weekend, with several different events planned by school officials.

On Friday, a mixer is planned at the Argos Inn in Ithaca between 4-6, followed by a performance from LACS alum Sim Redmond and his band at Cornell’s Arts Quad.

On Saturday, tours will be given of the LACS Yurt in Danby, as well as tours of a youth farm at which several LACS students work, according to LACS Principal Diane Carruthers.

(A Yurt is a “tent-like dwelling … consisting of a cylindrical wall of poles in a lattice arrangement,” according to

LACS founder Dr. Dave Lehman will offer the opening remarks at an education symposium that will take place at the school, located on Chestnut Street, beginning at 1.

On Sunday between 3-7, a “bring your own picnic” will be held at Stewart Park.

Principal Diane Carruthers is hoping for a large turnout for the event — about 200 people have signified that they will attend the event via Facebook, but Carruthers wouldn’t be surprised if more showed up.

“Who knows how many are planning to come but haven’t let us know through social media,” she asked. “We’re just trying to prepare for however many we can.”

Carruthers also hoped for a large turnout for Sunday’s picnic at Stewart Park.

“I hope that Sunday, for the picnic, that people will bring their families with them,” said Carruthers. “We may have a few hundred people at Stewart Park.”

Ultimately, Carruthers just hopes that alumni will be able to “get back together and connect; that’s a big piece of what we’re going to do.”

Kyle Friend

A senior at Cornell University, Kyle covers the affordable housing crisis for the Ithaca Voice. Reach him through e-mail: