Yesterday at summer camp…

Aug 20, 2011 | 1 comment

“Inside a Tent Cabin”

     Last night, probably for the first time in forty or fifty years, I fell into bed with all my clothes on and didn’t wake up until I smelled the coffee brewing this morning.  That’s what happens when you revisit years of summer camp all in one evening!
    The opening of “Summer Camps on the North Beach Peninsula” was certainly a delicious walk down memory lane.  It wasn’t as though I hadn’t already known every artifact and picture and text panel that is on display.  And it wasn’t as if I hadn’t seen Betsy Millard and crew putting all the pieces in place during the last week or so.  And it wasn’t as if I hadn’t expected those pigs-in-a-blanket and s’mores for refreshments.
     But, somehow, seeing the exhibit “under the lights” last night and watching other people become absorbed in the photographs and in making their keychain lanyards (yes! lanyards!) – I was transported back in time.  So many folks talked to me about their own camp experiences, not necessarily camp here on the peninsula, but in other, far-flung parts of the United States.  I felt a new bond with people I’ve known for years but with whom I’ve never talked “camp.”
     Too, I saw folks writing in the ‘Camp Memory Book.’  I didn’t have time to read their entries last night, but I’m looking forward to catching up on my camp reading later on.  The exhibit will be up until December 30th so I should have plenty of time to take a peek now and then.
     One of my greatest delights was hearing people say “I never knew…” or “Look at this!  I had no idea…”  Because, for me, that was the whole point of becoming involved as “Guest Curator” – to share a part of growing up on the peninsula that is now “historic”  and to clap and cheer for the continuing summer camp experiences available to the kids of nowadays.
     “Once a teacher, always a teacher,” says Nyel.  Maybe.  However, in this case I almost prefer to think “Once a kid always a kid.”   Or even “Once a camper always a camper.”  I had so much fun!    

1 Comment

  1. Betsy

    Sydney – You are amazing and I had such fun working with you on the show. The almost 100 people who came to the opening last night were all mesmerized by the photos and the text panels. The word is spreading and I think the show is a big hit – Thank You!!


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