We had another great day of classes today, and everyone is getting into the swing of things. Campers have had a chance to see what their majors & minors are like, and also had the opportunity to change some classes around if they didn’t think they were the right fit. But everyone is already getting a lot of work done! Our dancers are beginning their choreography, musicians are writing or learning how to play songs, the costume designers are learning the basics like how to hem pants, and the video department is busy brainstorming for their future projects.
The first full day of session two at Appel Farm was amazing! We started our majors and minors, and everyone is getting to know the people in their bunk and classes. There were a lot of get-to-know-you games, and getting acquainted with the spaces around camp for classes. In a couple days, everyone is going to be an expert on getting to class and making amazing work when they get there. For now everyone is settling into the routine and bonding with the people around them. To help along with this process, we got together as bunk groups tonight to have our super exciting Scavenger Hunt!
It’s the arrival day for Session 2 of Appel Farm Arts and Music Camp 2015 and we are so excited to have all of the campers here with us! The first day is always full of so many things; campers arriving and checking in, meeting counselors and bunkmates and signing up for classes. Everyone was making new friends, and some were reuniting with old ones while taking their tours of camp. We ate our first dinner together, spent some time bonding with our bunk areas and then headed to the theatre for our Welcome Extravaganza!
We see a lot of different faces every summer here at Appel Farm. They are the faces of our new friends, our old friends, our teachers, our mentors, our family. People that we do not want to forget. Luckily for us, we have someone who preserves everyone in our memories by making portraits of them as part of Faces of Appel Farm. Every session during camp, our very own Sarv goes around and makes a portrait of just about every camper and staff member. Some of these photos live on the walls of the dining hall during the summer, but for now you can find them here.
We had so many amazing performances this week. Thursday was the last full day of camp, and though we are sad to see our awesome set of first session campers go, they left us on a very high note with the showing of She Kills Monsters, the Art and Photo show, and our dance show, Static. Every single camper who was up on stage, or had a piece of art around camp, showed us just how much talent one person can hold. It was incredible to see the outcome of all the hard work that these campers put into the things they are passionate about.
Even though we didn’t have any majors or minors yesterday, it was still super eventful and exciting, as it usually is here at Appel Farm. After breakfast we started out with our annual soccer game, this year it was Robots vs. Humans. No matter who won, it was great to get out on the field and be able to play a camp-wide game with staff and campers. Afterward, there was an incident with some shaving cream, as in we had an all-out (supervised) shaving cream fight on the soccer field.
We had another great day of performance week, and it was also the last day for majors and minors. Some of our performers had their concerts already, and most others are prepared and ready for their performances, so it was a day of solidifying everything for the week as well as spending time (for the last time) together as a class. Our dancers combined classes on the Grove Stage to perform for each other and make any last-minute changes and improvements. It’s going to look amazing in the theater on Thursday!
So much happened at camp today! We’re getting to our last days of majors and minors, so everyone is working hard to get ready for the festivities of performance week, which is underway! It is crazy to think that three weeks of camp have already flown by, though we still have so much to look forward to. The dancers are polishing up their routines for the show on Thursday, and the potters in the ceramic studio are finishing up their pieces so they can be fired in the kiln.
Not only was there the threat of a zombie apocalypse yesterday, but there was also an evil villain who threatened to turn EVERYTHING at camp purple (it's a long story). We were lucky enough to have just the right man on camp to save us. His name is Bond, James Bond.
We had a delicious meal where everyone was dressed to the nines with their poker faces on. To make things even fancier, the campers were waited on by their counselors! After our fancy dinner, we headed over to the pavilion to dance. Everyone looked amazing, which was only enhanced by their terrific dance moves.