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08/07/2014

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.
“Faces of Appel Farm” are portraits that I take over the course of the summer. Enjoy.
-Sarvananda Bluestone

08/05/2014

Today is Monday, August 4th, 2014 and it was a great day here at Appel Farm! All of our 1-week campers are settling in to their bunks and our schedule here at camp very nicely, and have been welcomed in to our community with open arms! And our campers who have been here for 2 weeks were readjusting to that schedule form visiting day.

08/04/2014

Halfway through every session, we have visiting day! We also have to say goodbye to all of our 2-week campers. We had our last meal together in our dining hall, then parents began to pick up their campers! Around noon, Visitors started arriving and taking a look around, before whisking their camper off camp for a day full of visiting! Those campers whose parents couldn’t make it to camp get to go on an extra special ice cream trip in town! While our 4 week campers were away, our 1 week campers began arriving for a week full of experiences!

08/04/2014

Halfway through every session, we have visiting day! We also have to say goodbye to all of our 2-week campers. We had our last meal together in our dining hall, then parents began to pick up their campers! Around noon, Visitors started arriving and taking a look around, before whisking their camper off camp for a day full of visiting! Those campers whose parents couldn’t make it to camp get to go on an extra special ice cream trip in town! While our 4 week campers were away, our 1 week campers began arriving for a week full of experiences!

08/04/2014

Halfway through every session, we have visiting day! We also have to say goodbye to all of our 2-week campers. We had our last meal together in our dining hall, then parents began to pick up their campers! Around noon, Visitors started arriving and taking a look around, before whisking their camper off camp for a day full of visiting! Those campers whose parents couldn’t make it to camp get to go on an extra special ice cream trip in town! While our 4 week campers were away, our 1 week campers began arriving for a week full of experiences!

08/03/2014

OLIVER & COMPANY is a stage adaptation of the 1988 animated Disney film based on Charles Dickens Oliver Twist. An orphaned kitten named Oliver befriends a gang of dogs led by Dodger who are trying to help their owner, Fagin, pay back his debt to Sykes. With a cast of colorful dogs, songs by Billy Joel and Bette Midler, and the exciting challenge of bringing a cartoon to life this comedy has us giggling all the way through the rehearsal process.

08/03/2014

Today was our Mini Session Showcase for all of our two-week campers and first we want to congratulate all of them in doing such an amazing job, in such a short amount of time. Majors went on normally in the morning, but minors were shortened so all of our campers could enjoy the horseback riding show! Our campers who horseback ride learn vaulting, it’s like gymnastics on horseback, and it never fails to leave our crowd speechless. Up next was our 2-Week theatre show, “Things Fall” about things that happen just by chance, and it was a show where it had a 360 degree stage in our pavilion!

08/02/2014

It was a very rainy Friday here at camp, but that didn’t stop any productivity or fun from happening! Our sports and swim campers had to hide from the nasty weather in our dining hall, but learned strategy is a very important role in any game you play with board games! In preparation for our 2-Week Showcase tomorrow many of our campers were putting finishing touches on their work. Things fall held a dress rehearsal, and tech was finishing their set in our pavilion.

08/01/2014

With our 2-Week Showcase around the corner, Appel Farm was a very busy place to be today. In the Art Barn, some campers were writing cards and artist statements, while others finished pieces that are to be displayed during the 2-Week Art Show. Ceramic pieces were being painted, comics being inked, and self-portraits being perfected. The 2-Week Theatre production of Things Fall, could be found doing some last minute rehearsing or in the costume shop being fitted for their character’s wardrobes.

07/31/2014

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.
“Faces of Appel Farm” are portraits that I take over the course of the summer. Enjoy.
-Sarvananda Bluestone

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