Archives for October 2009

FCC in FL

Miami, FL

Yates made his way down to the southern tip of Florida on Sunday to show the camp movie at Betsy and Art Murphy’s home for the Miami area families. It was a beautiful day with the temperatures getting to a high in the low 70’s. Their sons, Teddy and Anderson will be returning to Main camp this summer.

Naples, FL

On Monday, Yates traveled to Naples to reconnect with a number of FCC families. Susan and Jeff Nunner hosted the show. Their son Alex will attend Main Camp this summer and Sam will attend the August Session. Also in Naples, Doug Newell, a Falling Creek alumnus from the early 70’s, came by to be a part of the fun and see the new DVD.

West Palm Beach, FL

Yates had the pleasure of driving back to the west coast of Florida on Tuesday to show the movies at Tim and Inge Skelly’s home in West Palm Beach. Their son Tommy will be coming back to June camp for his 5th summer. Tim and Yates were campers and counselors at camp for 12 years (1978-1989).

Mariano and Andres Garcia came by to provide their support. They were a part of the B.A.M. Father/Son Weekend at camp in late September.

Paul R. took time out of his busy schedule to come by as well. Paul is a junior in high school and will be returning to Main Camp for his 5th summer. Paul is also one of the stars of the new HUCK Paddling Trip video. If you have not seen this yet, take a look at the amazing accomplishments these boys have worked up to over the last couple of years paddling at Falling Creek.

On Wednesday, Yates trekked up to Tampa to connect with a good mixture of returning campers and families new to Falling Creek. Preston and Laura Farrior hosted the show. Their sons Gator and Wyatt are FCC campers and Gator will be returning to Main camp for his 6th summer.

Orlando, FL

Yates then drove to the middle of the state to connect with the families in the greater Orlando area. Lori and Robert Brand hosted the show for their first time. Their son Robert attended camp for the first time last summer and will return to the August 2-week session. Robert, Sr. went to Charlotte Country Day with Yates and was a star running back for the Buccaneers.

Dr. Floyd Livingston and his son Erickson attended the show. Floyd was the camp doctor during the first week of Main camp last summer and his wife Kathrynn was a nurse during all 4 weeks of Main camp. Erickson is coming back to Main camp for his 5th summer and both of the Livingston’s will be a part of the Falling Creek medical team again this summer.

We want to thank the Murphy’s, Nunner’s, Skelly’s, Farrior’s and Brand’s for all their hard work in organizing and hosting the Falling Creek Camp movies this past week in Florida.

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Barbecue Benefit and Ball

Goody, Ben, and Simon

Last Saturday local camps organized the “Future Legends of Barbecue” competition at Camp Greystone. The competition was followed by a Blue Jean Ball benefiting local camps, and specifically the Henderson County Young Leaders Program.

Our team for the barbecue competition was made up of Ben Lea, a former FCC Director and alumnus, Simon Wilson, Goody, Annie Pharr, and Lucy Pharr. The team started cooking ribs and pork barbecue at 6 a.m. and “smoked” the competition!

Read the newspaper article.

The Team

The team won first place in the Theme Category for their theme of “Swiney-Cue”. (Notice they are all dressed like hospital staff). Congratulations team!

The entire day’s events were chaired by Marisa Pharr and Starr Teel, who is an FCC alumnus and owns local barbecue smokehouse Hubba Hubba. Marisa and Starr worked for many weeks organizing and putting together all of the details that made the competition and ball a smashing success.

The Trophy

The events were well attended by families from all over the area, who all had a great time eating, playing and dancing. The funds raised will benefit local children through the Henderson County Young Leaders Program, giving them the opportunity to attend several camps in Western North Carolina.

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Good Day of Golf

Chad, Nathan, Goody and Simon

FORE! Goody, Simon, Nathan & Chad Auten competed Monday in a charity golf tournament benefiting local schools.

The Henderson County Education Fund hosted its annual charity golf tournament at the Etowah Valley Country Club to raise money for schools in Henderson County.

Chad driving the ball

It was a Captains Choice tournament and Falling Creek was once again a hole sponsor for the tournament with Edneyville Elementary School. Chad is the Principal at Edneyville Elementary and a long-time counselor at Falling Creek.

The team came in fifth place!

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Alabama to Louisiana

Birmingham

Yates remained in Alabama on Tuesday and visited Birmingham. Mary and Crawford McInnis hosted the group of FCC families who came to reunite, and the new families who wanted to learn more about Falling Creek.

Crawford, and his brother Proctor (who lives in Miramar Beach, FL and whose son Sterrett attends FCC), were campers with Yates back in the 80’s. Their son Ford will be returning for his 4th year at camp.

Jim Williams and Dusty Davis, both FCC alumni were there to support Falling Creek. Both of their sons are multi-year FCC campers.

Dusty and his wife Mary Lou were on staff when Yates was an older camper and CIT. Dusty, who is the chaplain of varsity sports at University of Alabama – Birmingham, has returned to camp as a part of the camp staff for the last four years. He is also a key leader of our B.A.M. Father/Son weekend.



New Orleans


On Wednesday Yates traveled to “The Big Easy”. Maria and Noel Johnson, and Noel’s mother Marian, hosted the show for all of the New Orleans area families. Their son Lawrence will be returning to FCC this summer to continue following in his dad and uncle Todd’s footsteps as an FCC camper.

Rob Vosbein and Miller Engelhardt, who came to the movies for the first time with their sons, are FCC alumni from the 70’s and 80’s. They enjoyed the chance to reconnect and watch the movie.

We want to thank the McInnis’ and the Johnson’s for their support in hosting these Falling Creek Camp movie shows.

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Blurb Book


Throughout Yates’ travels this fall many have requested the ability to purchase a Falling Creek photo book.

The book is a compilation put together using photos taken by our camp photographers. It can be purchased with no mark-up through the Blurb site. It contains hundreds of our best photos, highlighting each session of camp.

Other photo items can be found on our Country Store page.

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