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Reunion Show in Asheville

Yates, Marisa and the girls made the short trek over to Frank and Elizabeth Tindall’s home in Asheville on Sunday, November, 14, where they hosted the Falling Creek Reunion and Camp Movies.

The boys were very excited to see Nathan Newquist, Program Director, and Simon Wilson, Head of the Riding Program, who both came over from camp to see everyone. LuLu, the Tindall’s labrador, was also very excited to greet everyone, just like she does during the summer.

Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show at the Tindall's in Asheville, NC on 11-14-10Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show at the Tindall's in Asheville, NC on 11-14-10

It was a wonderful opportunity to bring together so many camp friends from the area and give them the chance to see the new camp movie and share stories. Jim Parham, who has been a senior staff member at FCC and key Mountain Bike instructor for the past five summers, brought his son Sidney to come for the reunion.

Sidney, who is returning to Main camp for his 6th summer, shared stories about the “Solo” trip he participated in this past summer at FCC. He said that the 48 hours he spent by himself in the woods helped him to learn more about himself and now decide to do many new things. He cited joining the cross country team for the first time this fall as an example.

Scott Hilderbran shared that he really enjoyed his special time with his dad at the BAM Father/Son Weekend this past May. Many thanks to these boys for sharing their personal thoughts on what camp has meant to them.

It was great to see Virginia, Alex and Catherine Anderson at the show. Virginia is a Henderson County school teacher who helps keep the Program Office running during the summer. Alex is returning to the Main Camp session for his fifth summer.

Ellison, Yates, Matt, Joey, Ben & Frank at the Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show on 11-14-10Ellison, Yates, Matt, Joey, Ben & Frank at the Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show on 11-14-10

Coming in the door during the event were Ellison and Matt Smith, Joey Brown and Ben Szurek. These boys met at camp and share a growing passion for paddling. These boys and their dads have been paddling almost every weekend this fall. No exception today as Ellison took them all to the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, for some big water paddling fun. They said they didn’t want to miss this big event.

Matt and Ben show off their Boat tie down skills on their trip to the US Whitewater Center on 11-14-10Matt and Ben show off their Boat tie down skills on their trip to the US Whitewater Center on 11-14-10

It’s a true testament to the fact that not only have their friendships developed at camp, but they are all in different grades and schools (Joey – 9th, Ben – 8th and Matt – 7th). This is a great example of the fact that the boys get to participate in activities based on their skill level, not necessarily age. Joey and Matt have participated in the HUCK Adventure at FCC and really enjoyed this big experience. They are planning to sign up for the HUCK again this summer.

Many thanks to the Tindall’s for hosting the Reunion and Camp Movies in their home!

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Greenwich Gathering

Yates headed to the northeast on Wednesday, November 10, to Clarke and Julie Futch’s home in Greenwich. Their son, Hayden, joined his parents in hosting a large group of returning camper and new families who came to the Falling Creek Reunion and Camp Movies.

Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show at the Futch's in Greenwich, CT on 11-10-10Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show at the Futch's in Greenwich, CT on 11-10-10

Clarke and Hayden have attended the Father/Son Weekends in May for a number of years and, since Hayden is too humble to mention it, he is best known as the Falling Creek Camper on the cover of TIME Magazine.

Dan Martin, who attended 7-week Main camp at Falling Creek for three summers in 1975-77, brought his son, Spencer, to meet many boys from the area, and their families, who go to FCC. Dan and Spencer plan to go to the Father/Son Weekend together and Spencer is going to camp this summer for his first time.

Julie and Clarke Futch served beautiful FCC cookies at the Camp Movie show in Greenich, CT on 11-10-10Julie and Clarke Futch served beautiful FCC cookies at the Camp Movie show in Greenich, CT on 11-10-10

We want to thank Julie and Clarke for their warm hospitality in hosting such a large group of current camp families who came for the Reunion. In addition to a delicious supper, Julie served some beautiful special “Falling Creek Camp cookies”. There were some great stories and experiences shared with the new families who came to learn more about Falling Creek.

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Mile High City Movies and Reunion

Yates traveled west to Denver on Tuesday, November 9, where Peter and Angela Pak hosted the Falling Creek Reunion and Camp Movies in their home. Their son, J.P. will be going to Falling Creek for his first time this summer.

Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show at the Pak's in Denver, CO on 11-9-10Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show at the Pak's in Denver, CO on 11-9-10

Peter is business partners in Denver with alumnus Haynes Chidsey, a long time Falling Creek camper from Sarasota, FL, in the 70’s and 80’s. Haynes and his brother John have been supporters of Falling Creek for many years and we appreciate their strong camp friendship.

Will Gordon, an 8-year camper and 3-year staff member from Nashville, is currently finishing his senior year at the University of Colorado. He took time out of his busy school schedule to drive down from Boulder and say hello.

Will had the high honor of receiving the “Green and Gold Book” dedication with Robert Eshleman this past summer. Will leads FCC’s Mountaineering Program and is also an avid paddler, runner and likes to do many other things outside.

Paul, Katherine and Andrew Aertker at the Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Camp Movies in Denver, CO on 11-9-10Paul, Katherine and Andrew Aertker at the Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Camp Movies in Denver, CO on 11-9-10

Paul, Katherine and Andrew Aertker came by early to say hello to everyone before having to make it to a family event. Andrew will be returning to Main camp for his third summer.

We want to thank Peter and Angela for opening their home to these Falling Creek camp families who came for a wonderful reunion and to tell the new families present why they enjoy being a part of this great camp camp community.

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"Houston, we have a reunion & movie show"

Yates made his way south to Houston, where Hal and Paula Mentz hosted the Falling Creek Reunion and camp movies on Monday, November 8. Their three sons, Henry, James and Phil have been campers at Falling Creek for years.

Henry was a Counselor-In-Training (C.I.T.) in 2010 and participated in the HUCK Paddling Adventure the past two summers. James and Phil are returning for their 6th and 5th summers.

Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show at the Mentz's in Houston, TX on 11-8-10Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show at the Mentz's in Houston, TX on 11-8-10

Laffy Herring, a native Houstonian and FCC camper in the 70’s and 80’s, brought his son, LaFayette to the reunion. LaFayette will be returning for his fourth summer.

Laffy’s cousin Fred and Hilary Herring Smith were long time Falling Creek and Camp Greystone campers. Hilary brought her sons, Paul and Henry tonight, and Paul will be going to June camp for his first Falling Creek Camp experience.

Carleton Riser, also an alumnus from the 70’s and 80’s, brought Robert, his oldest of three sons, to introduce him to the Falling Creek Camp community. Carleton is from New Orleans, but has called Houston home for years. He is currently Managing Director of Transwestern’s Real Estate Development & Investment Group.

Yates always enjoys reconnecting with FCC camp friends. He said, “we pick right up from where we left off more than 20 years ago.”

We want to thank Hal and Paula for their warm hospitality in welcoming this large group of families who came to reconnect and learn more about Falling Creek Camp.

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Metroplex Movies and Reunion

Yates traveled southwest to Dallas where Julie and Andres Diaz hosted the Falling Creek Reunion and Camp Movies. Their sons, Peter and Gabby, are excited to be returning to camp this summer.

Peter shared with the families his enthusiasm for the fact that age does not matter in participating in the many activities at Falling Creek and specifically highlighted his progression in the riflery and blacksmithing programs.

Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show at the Diaz's in Dallas, TX on 11-7-10Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show at the Diaz's in Dallas, TX on 11-7-10

Yates was thrilled to reconnect with Rick and Emily Broad, who were both on staff at Falling Creek when Yates and Marisa were staff members in the late 80’s. Rick joined the Falling Creek full-time staff in the early 90’s as Program Director for four years. Rick and Emily are raising their four children in Richardson, TX, and own and operate Peak Therapy and Sports Medicine Center in Wylie, TX. Two of their sons, Charles and Bennett, will be returning to FCC for their 4th summer.

Yates was also excited to see Matt Lamon and Devon Coetzer, both staff members at Falling Creek. Matt is a Junior at TCU and Devon is a Sophomore at North Central Texas College.

Matt served as the Tuscarora Tribal Leader this past summer, providing key leadership to a group of cabin and activity counselors. With Matt being a pre-med student, he will not be able to return to camp this summer, however we wish him the very best in his career and know that our strong camp friendships will keep us all connected.

Devon is a finance and marketing major and we are so pleased that he has already signed on to return to Falling Creek for the 2011 summer as a mountain bike instructor and cabin counselor.

The returning campers and their families enjoyed reconnecting and telling all of the new families why they love being a part of the Falling Creek Camp community. We want to thank the Diaz family for hosting the big event and for their warm hospitality.

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