Appel Farm Alumni Reunion

Appel Farm is celebrating 55 years of Camp!

Join us for the Appel Farm Alumni Reunion this Labor Day Weekend, September 4-7, 2015.

We are inviting Appel Farm camper and counselor alumni along with their families and friends to spend Labor Day Weekend at Appel Farm. Let’s all get together, live in a bunk, explore the arts, remember our camp days, catch up with old friends, and celebrate the Appel Farm community.

This event is designed for alumni, age 18+, along with their families and friends! Our younger alumni, under age 18, are also welcome to join us with their families and at least one legal guardian! It’s a great chance for alumni to reconnect to their camp days, and for all of our current camp families to get a taste of what your campers experience at Appel Farm each summer!

Ben Fink, a camper from 1996-98 and a staff member since 2008, is getting a group of Alumni together to start planning the reunion and getting the word out. Want to join? Just e-mail Ben at bfink@appelfarm.org and let him know! If you have other questions, e-mail Jennie Quinn, Camp Director, at jquinn@appelfarm.org or call us at 856-358-2472.

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Read on for more information about the reunion, and check back often as we get lots of fun plans together!

Reunion Schedule

Friday, September 4th

 
4:00 PM-6:30 PM Arrival and Check-In
6:30 PM-7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM-8:00 PM Appel Farm Alumni Extravaganza!
8:00 PM-9:00 PM Friday Night Festivities: Games, Movie Night, Tie-Dye, Reunion Banner..
8:30 PM-9:00 PM Snack
9:00 PM Campfire & S’mores

Saturday, September 5th

 
8:30 AM-9:30 AM Arrival and Check-In
9:00 AM-9:30 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM-10:00 AM Bunk Clean Up, Free Time
10:00 AM-12:30 PM Majors
12:30 PM-1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM-2:15 PM Rest Hour, Free Time
2:15 PM-3:30 PM Minor I
3:30 PM-3:45 PM Snack
3:45 PM-5:00 PM Minor II, Pool Open
5:00 PM-6:30 PM Free Time, Pool Open
6:30 PM-9:00 PM Dinner Dance: Rockin’ Through the Decades!
8:30 PM-9:00 PM Snack
9:00 PM Campfire & S’mores

Sunday, September 6th

 
8:30 AM-9:30 AM Arrival and Check-In
9:00 AM-9:30 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM-10:00 AM Bunk Clean Up, Free Time
10:00 AM-12:30 PM Majors
12:30 PM-1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM-2:15 PM Rest Hour, Free Time
2:15 PM-3:30 PM Minor I
3:30 PM-3:45 PM Snack
3:45 PM-5:00 PM Minor II, Pool Open
5:00 PM-6:30 PM Free Time, Pool Open, Tech for Friday Night Concert
6:30 PM-7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM-8:30 PM Friday Night Concert and Closing Ceremonies
8:30 PM-9:00 PM Snack
9:00 PM Campfire & S’mores

Monday, September 7th

 
9:00 AM-9:30 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM-11:00 AM Bunk Clean Up, Packing, Free Time
11:00 AM Check-Out
Reunion Majors and Minors

Majors

Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Chamber Ensembles with Fay Hughes in Conference Room 1: This major is for people of classical inclinations of all instruments and voice types. Based on who we have we will arrange people in small chamber ensembles and play through music and/or prepare pieces for the “Friday” Night Concert. Please bring your instrument to camp with you.
Rock Bands with Fay Hughes in Conference Room 2: Come and jam with other musicians and/or prepare something for the “Friday” Night Concert. If you have a guitar or bass, please bring it along!

Improv & Devising with Yann Burrett in Conference Room 3: We’ll start with games that teach the fundamental techniques of Improv, and then we’ll use those techniques to experiment and devise a piece of live theater for the Friday Night Concert. Along the way you’ll learn to think on your feet, create characters, and work closely in an ensemble!

Intro to Stage Combat with Jackson Scalera in the Pavilion: This is a class centered around safely performing “acts of violence” on stage to tell a story. Using angles, sounds, environment, and most importantly; acting, we will show an audience a scene that is fueled by real world anger, pain, hate or entrapment. Over the two days we will learn some safety techniques and attempt to put together original scenes that look and feel realistic. We’ll work with slaps, punches, chokes, cracks, falls and wall slams as we tell the story of two people (or more) who simply believe there is no way to solve their problems without fighting. This is also a performance class that will have focus on staging and volume. I hope to see you there!

Spoken Work Poetry with Sam Elkind in the Coffee House: This ain’t your grandmama’s poetry! Learn how to write, edit, and perform spoken-word (slam) poetry, and make your own poet’s voice come to life. Or, explore structure, voice and characterization in any style of writing you choose such as creative non-fiction, short-story writing, playwriting… Workshop your writing with the group, or perform in the Friday Night Concert!

Watercolors Crash Course with Zoungy Kligge in the Art Barn 2D Studio: Learn the basics of controlling transparent watercolors and a variety of creative watercolor techniques. We will apply what we learn to a basic landscape or seascape project or student’s personal choice. If time permits we can also ink the paintings with Micron pens!

Ceramics with Alyssa Ettinger and Kristin Ivey in the Art Barn Ceramics Studio: Hand-building and throwing, functional and experimental, beginners and advanced potters…it’s an open ceramics studio with instruction in a variety of techniques! Yeah Clay!

Alumni Love Notes Photography Major with Jamie Nisbet in the Photo Lab: Learn or brush up on your camera basics, and recreate the scene of your favorite camp memory by shooting places and things around camp that remind us of our camp days. Process your film, print your photos, and write love notes to some special camp friends. Also, look forward to sitting in a circle and sharing our camp memories… We like any circle of people at Appel Farm… It’s always the start of something nice when we get in a circle…

Minor I

Saturday and Sunday at 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Intro to Stage Fencing with Jackson Scalera in the Pavilion: Interested in trying out sword fighting that doesn’t require years of training? In this class you can learn stage fencing, which is just like fencing, but in a way that better appeals to your inner Jack Sparrow. Learn basic footing, block structure and strikes, so we can all piece together our own fights that would make Inigo Montoya proud!

Fiber Arts Minor with Katie Jane Hill in the Art Barn Fiber Arts Room: This will be the most chilled minor on camp, as this one includes hot tea and listening to the radio. You are welcome to work on your own projects, or take part in these projects we have prepared for you:

  • Collaborative Project: Work on the #appelfarm4life quilted banner!
  • Individual Project: Learn how to make super cute fleece bunnies!
  • Nostalgia Project: Work with Maggie’s bead looms!

Open Art Barn with Jessica Padilla in the Art Barn: Join us all afternoon in the Art Barn to draw, paint, sketch, sew, build, experiment, connect, express, and get back to your artistic roots! Who knows what we will come up with, maybe something fun to share at the Friday Night Concert? We will be helping all of the visual artists to prepare an exhibit!

Minor II

Saturday and Sunday at 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Geek Workouts with Rachel Frank in the Hill Field: Come fight fae folk, elementals, vampires, zombies, and many more fiendish creatures! Rachel will be hosting a “dark knight” style “boffing” minor that’ll be sure to get any battle enthusiasts blood pumping. Go on missions, fight monsters, BECOME monsters; you never know where the fun will end in this fast-paced minor space!

Image Transfer with Jessica Padilla in the Art Barn: Learn how to transfer magazine images onto various surfaces to create a mixed media work of art that expresses you as an Appel Farm artist. For added effect learn how to create a simple monotype line drawing on top of your work using a magazine clipping and printing ink.

Open Art Barn with Jessica Padilla in the Art Barn: Join us all afternoon in the Art Barn to draw, paint, sketch, sew, build, experiment, connect, express, and get back to your artistic roots! Who knows what we will come up with, maybe something fun to share at the Friday Night Concert? We will be helping all of the visual artists to prepare an exhibit!

FAQ

Will I have to go to all of the scheduled activities?

All of our the scheduled activities will be optional. You can us for any of the activities you like, relax with a book under a tree, grab a couple tennis rackets and head to the courts, bring your sketch book down to Lake Inferior, catch up with old friends under the stars, or…

How will Majors work? When and and how will I know what Majors are being offered?

Most of our majors will study on a two-day arc, for 2 1/2 hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings, ending up with a short performance or exhibition in the Friday Night Concert on Sunday night. Alumni and friends coming for one day only will join in for as much of the program as possible! Majors will be announced sometime this summer, and Alumni will choose a major before they arrive for the reunion. For now, we are collecting ideas! Let us know what you want to major in: Acting, Technical Theater, Orchestra, Rock Band, Ballet, Hip-Hop Dance, Ceramics, Painting, Photography, Video, Poetry… We will get all of your ideas together, and then Appel Farm will be plan these classes so you have awesome choices!

How will Minors work? When and and how will I know what Minors are being offered?

Minors, 75 minutes each on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, will be more like the Workshops we all remember from our camp days. Anyone can offer a Minor! Just let us know what you want to offer, and we will help you plan it! Alumni will announce their Minors at lunch each day, and you can try four different Minors throughout the weekend, or take a Minor off to catch up with old friends!

How can I perform or exhibit my artwork in the Friday Night Concert – which will actually be held on Sunday Night?

In addition to the performances we want to perform from our two-day majors, anyone can get on stage and share their talents! We can also show slides and video, or set up an art exhibit. Talk to our Technical Director once you arrive for the reunion, or complete a Technical Needs form in the Camp Office. Tech for the Friday Night Concert will be on Sunday at 5:00 PM in the Theater.

If I have an idea for an activity, how can I make it happen?

We would love for alumni and friends to help plan the reunion, teach a major or minor, perform in the Friday Night Concert, or come up with planned or impromptu Free Time activities! Just get in touch with Ben at bfink@appelfarm.org or 856-358-2472.