Saturday was our last full day for our Mini-Session 2 campers. But, before we said goodbye to all those amazing campers, we had a very full day of performances. The Video Show started the night with movies that ranged from horror to sketch comedy, followed by videos from our Sports & Swim department. We saw them playing tennis, volleyball, soccer, and dancing in the pool. The last performance in the first act was Spoken Word Poetry and Solo Performances.
To kick off our two days of performances, the horse back riders wowed the crowd with Quadrille and Vaulting. Quadrille is a choreographed dance or movement on horseback, the campers lead the horses in complicated patterns by crossing around each other or lining up in formations. The next part of the show was Vaulting, which is gymnastics on horse back. The campers rode horses backwards, upside down, and backwards and everyone was so impressed by what these campers achieved in just two weeks.
Wow, it’s hard to believe that Mini-Session 2 is almost over! These past two weeks have flown by and it’s going to be very sad to say goodbye to all of our two-week campers. However, we have so many exciting things planned before campers head home on Sunday. Tonight, we have a horse back riding show where all the horse back riders will show off their new skills and then there’s also going to be the Rock Show, where our 6 rock bands are going to perform all the songs they’ve been rehearsing. And, to close the night out, we have our Never Never Land themed dance!
The Theater Department at Appel Farm is one of our largest departments and they put on four amazing 4-weeks shows every session. We're incredibly excited to present these shows and we can't wait for all of you to come see your campers perform! Below is a summary and cast list of each show.
Wednesday nights are always a lot of fun because we have Department Workshops. Regardless of a little rain, all the workshops ran smoothly and the campers loved them. You can see a full list of the workshops below.
It’s easy to see why campers love beach day so much! After a regular morning of majors and minors yesterday, the whole camp loaded onto six buses and headed to Avalon Beach. The campers are able to spend some time in the town, wandering through stores and buying sweet treats. They also hang out on the boardwalk, play in the arcade, and of course, soak up some sun on the beach. Campers laid in the sun, played in the waves, and a few made sand castles. It was a great way to spend the afternoon and we were all exhausted when we arrived back on camp.
Last night, we were extremely lucky to have the Nora Gibson Performance Project come perform for us. The three dancers presented The Trinity Project, which combines dances, lights, and music to create an ethereal experience. The performance was centered around the mystical nature of the number 3. After the incredible performance, campers had the opportunity to ask Nora Gibson and the other dances questions about choreography, inspiration, and the history of the project.
We had some great Bunk Activities last night, regardless of the rain. The campers and counselors in South had a scavenger hunt that included eating twizzlers, so that made campers very excited. Meanwhile, North headed to the theater to watch and perform skits that each bunk planned. Coop had a camp-wide scavenger hunt and Hill constructed cardboard boats and attempted to use them in the pool.
I love portraits. Always have. The old masters could capture a moment in the soul of a person. For me this was magic.
Over the past twenty-four years I have enjoyed the privilege of taking portraits of the campers and staff at Appel Farm. I use the word “privilege” advisedly. It takes a great deal of trust to look into the glass eye of a camera and be yourself. I am honored so many have done this. Then my job is simply to press the release.