Reflections on August Camp 2017
A week has passed since August Camp as we write this … and we welcome the opportunity to capture a few thoughts and memories as they swirl around us. Camp is a wonderful time to leave our daily lives behind — home and family responsibilities, jobs, school … the endless assault of news and politics. It’s also a highly concentrated microcosm of life — joy and sadness, drama, drudgery, laughter, and the vast scope of human moods. As a result — it comes with the good and the bad, all compressed into an intense few days!
For us, the memories of singing on the veranda with the phenomenal Pinewoods Trio, of watching the sunset from that same glorious spot during the Saturday night reception, of being transported to the 1800s inside the historic hall with all of you dressed in period costumes, and the gracious and spirited teaching of Andy and Miroslav overshadow the hard work of putting this camp together, or any momentary annoyances or discomfort. All of us are blessed to have this time together as a community, to share our love of dance and music and to keep that love alive into our 60s, 70s, 80’s and beyond. We think of Nada — Nick’s Serbian mother, who simply glowed and danced till the very last day! We think of the children in their on-the-spot performance with Bata, laughing and dancing. And we think of all of you — enjoying that special sunset.
Moving August Camp to a new location was a big challenge, and the all-volunteer Committee worked long and hard to make it a success. Managing live music and two dance locations added a lot of complexity (THANK YOU STEVE SACCO!). We know it was not perfect, and we appreciate all the constructive comments about what worked and didn’t work for you. Please know that you are heard and that we’ll do our best to make it even better next year. Thanks to everyone for coming, for dancing, for singing, and for being a part of something joyful and bigger than yourself alone. We hope you’ll come again.
Charles and Wendy, Co-Directors
and the 2017 August Camp Committee