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Enjoying the brand new camp movieEnjoying the brand new camp movie

Kate and Todd McKee hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at their beautiful home in Nashville. Their two older sons, John and Mason, have been FCC campers for years. Many thanks to Mason and several of the returning campers for assisting Yates tonight with questions from the families who came to learn more about Falling Creek.

FCC staff (l to r) Garner Gentry, Tory Gentry, Yates, camper Mason, and Sir Thomas Dooley.  Both Garner and Thomas were FCC campers before they returned as staff members.  Garner is a Junior at Vanderbilt majoring in mechanical engineering.  Tory is a senior at Vandy majoring in medical operations/management, and Thomas is working in the general contracting business.   FCC staff (l to r) Garner Gentry, Tory Gentry, Yates, camper Mason, and Sir Thomas Dooley. Both Garner and Thomas were FCC campers before they returned as staff members. Garner is a Junior at Vanderbilt majoring in mechanical engineering. Tory is a senior at Vandy majoring in medical operations/management, and Thomas is working in the general contracting business.
Falling Creek campers, boys that came to learn more about FCC, staff, alumni, and dads that attended Father/Son Weekend pause for a group shot before Yates begins the program.Falling Creek campers, boys that came to learn more about FCC, staff, alumni, and dads that attended Father/Son Weekend pause for a group shot before Yates begins the program.
The Thomas Dooley, camper Watts and his mother ElizabethThe Thomas Dooley, camper Watts and his mother Elizabeth
Campers Marshall, Peyton and Mason enjoying reconnecting their camp friendships.Campers Marshall, Peyton and Mason enjoying reconnecting their camp friendships.
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Sounds of the Creek

As people who have come to camp for a while know, there are many sounds people associate with their time here. For anyone feeling nostalgic now that camp has ended, we are having a series that brings you a different variety of noises each month that may transport you back to that special place up on the mountain. Perhaps these noises will inspire a story about your time here at camp. If they do, feel free to tell us about your experiences in the comment section below.

They can be pedestrian noises that you could hear anywhere, or they could be unique, like…

Bullfrogs

Falling Creek Bullfrog

Though you can catch a bullfrog on any given day at FC, you can only hear their brazen grunting at night, maybe while you sit and listen to a heartfelt wrap-up at the end of a campfire. Some may be jarred by the noise at first, but after living around it for 4 weeks, you wonder how you ever slept without it.

Though it’s common to hear them elsewhere, namely all 48 states of mainland US, here at the Creek they come at you up-close and personal as you sit beside the Lower Lake. They thrive around the camplands by the hundreds, ranging from action figure size to puppy-dog size.

Some lesser distinct frogs you may notice as the backdrop to these swampland singers are…

the Green Frog,
FCC Green Frog

the Cope’s Grey Treefrog,
FCC Treefrog

and the Northern Cricket Frog,
FCC Northern Cricket Frog

Working as a chorus to either lull you to sleep or serve as a reminder that you are laying on a thin mattress in the middle of the woods, these amphibians will play accompaniment to any snoring or late night talkers.

Like I mentioned earlier, if any of these sounds spur on a memory harkening back to your days at the Creek, whether that be this last summer or from the summer of ‘83, feel free to leave a comment about it in the comment section below.

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Kickin' Kentucky

It was great to see Falling Creek Staff (l to r) Michael Chapman, Colin Barrett, Yates, camper Clay, & Hanah Whitis. Michael, a 13-year camper, CIT, and Counselor, drove over from Louisville, KY where he is in the restaurant business.  Colin, a 2-year FCC Mountain Biking staff, and Hannah, on horseback staff in 2014, drove over from nearby Asbury college where they are students.  It was great to see Falling Creek Staff (l to r) Michael Chapman, Colin Barrett, Yates, camper Clay, & Hanah Whitis. Michael, a 13-year camper, CIT, and Counselor, drove over from Louisville, KY where he is in the restaurant business. Colin, a 2-year FCC Mountain Biking staff, and Hannah, on horseback staff in 2014, drove over from nearby Asbury college where they are students.

Kayla and Jeff Monohan hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at their beautiful home in Lexington, KY tonight. Thanks to their son, Clay, and his sister for welcoming the new families and returning campers and also for taking photos of everyone tonight.

Clay's younger sister snapped a great pic of some of the boys as they were arriving tonight.Clay's younger sister snapped a great pic of some of the boys as they were arriving tonight.

How blessed we were to see Brian Cole tonight, who took time out of his busy schedule as Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington, KY.  Brian was previously the sub-dean of the Episcopal diocese of Western NC and one of the priests at The Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore, NC where the Pharr family attends church.  Brian's son Jess was an FCC camper for years and Brian was an active part of assisting the FCC staff each summer. Great to see you Brian!
We feel so blessed to get to see Brian Cole tonight. He took time out of his busy schedule as Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington, KY, to come visit. Brian was previously the sub-dean of the Episcopal diocese of Western NC and one of the priests at The Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore, NC where the Pharr family attends church. Brian’s son Jess was an FCC camper for years and Brian was an active part of assisting the FCC staff each summer. Great to see you Brian!

No surprise that the green and gold special dessert Kayla and Jeff served tonight was a huge hit!
No surprise that the Green and Gold special dessert Kayla and Jeff served tonight was a huge hit!

Group shot of the returning campers, boys who came to learn about FCC, alumni, staff, and dads who have attended Father/Son Weekend.Group shot of the returning campers, boys who came to learn about FCC, alumni, staff, and dads who have attended Father/Son Weekend.
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Marisa's Birthday at Falling Creek

birthday cake

Happy Birthday to Marisa Pharr! All the year-round staff enjoyed celebrating with Marisa after surprising her with a birthday cake.

Marisa is a wonderful mother to her five girls and during the summer gains over one-thousand sons. Through the eyes of a mom, she is always working hard to make Falling Creek Camp a boy’s paradise. During camp, she is constantly tending to the boys in the Infirmary and a support system for those who are homesick. All year-round, she is her spunky, go-get-em self who is always looking out for ways to improve camp. We hope she has an awesome day of celebration and hopefully relaxation.

Thank you, Marisa, for everything you do and everything you are!! Happy Birthday!!

Camp Birthday Suprise

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Amazing Augusta

No surprise that a quick game of football started up in the back yard between the pizza and show time.No surprise that a quick game of football started up in the back yard between the pizza and show time.

FCC Movie show
Yates traveled north from Jacksonville to Patti and Hank Goodwin’s beautiful home in Augusta, GA where they hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movie and Reunion. Their son, North, said he’s very excited to be returning to camp this coming summer.

Quint Walker and Henry Nixon, shown on the left, enjoyed reconnecting. Quint, a 2014 FCC staff member, made the drive up to Augusta to see everyone. He is a senior sports management major and equipment manager for the mighty Georgia Southern Eagles football team.

Just before we watched the new movie, the veteran campers, new boys interested in coming to FCC, staff, alumni, and dads who have attended Father/Son Weekend, posed for a group photo, shown below. Sorry to miss some of you boys who came in from your practices just after we got started and missed joining in the pic.

group photo fcc movie show Augusta
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