Archives for November 2010

Columbia Camp Reunion and Movies

Yates continued his travels north to Columbia, SC, where Robert Adams hosted the Falling Creek Reunion and Camp Movies at his home on Thursday, November 4. His sons, Joel and Robert, are returning to Main camp this coming summer for their 5th and 6th seasons.

Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show at the Adam's in Columbia, SC on 11-4-10Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show at the Adam's in Columbia, SC on 11-4-10

Bill Lamar, a four-year camper in the early 80’s, brought his son William to the camp movie show. Bill and William are planning to go to the Father/Son Weekend in May and William will go to Junior camp. After we watched the movie, and the memories of camp flooded back for Bill, he said he was ready to go back right then.

Law and Lawton Powers also told good stories of their experiences from their Father/Son Weekend together this past May.

We thank Robert and his sons for being such great hosts!

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Montgomery Movies

Yates made his way north to Montgomery, Alabama, where Brooke and Melissa Lawson hosted the Falling Creek Reunion and Camp Movies in their home on Wednesday, November 3.

Brooke was a camper at FCC in the 70’s and their son, Jennings, will be going to camp for his first time this summer. Brooke and his younger son, Henry, are excited to be going to the Father/Son Weekend at Falling Creek in May.

Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show at The Lawson's in Montgomery, AL on 11-3-10Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show at The Lawson's in Montgomery, AL on 11-3-10

John Barganier, an alumnus from the late 70’s and early 80’s at Falling Creek, brought his younger son, Will, as he plans to go to June camp for his first experience. John’s older son, Jack, was a camper for several years at FCC.

Patrick Thackston, who will be returning to June camp, will be back for his 5th summer. His two younger brothers are interested in coming and enjoyed learning more about Falling Creek.

Leslie Little brought her two sons, Tucker and Mason, to reunite with camp friends. Both went to Falling Creek for several years. Leslie and David Little hosted Falling Creek Movie shows previously for the Montgomery area.

Yates was thrilled to reconnect with so many Montgomery area Falling Creek Campers and have the chance to meet the new boys who are interested in coming. We all thank the Lawson’s for hosting the event at their home!

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Across The Panhandle To Mobile

Yates traveled west from Jacksonville to Paul and Beth Taupeka’s home in Mobile where they hosted the Falling Creek Reunion and Camp Movies on Tuesday, November 2. Their son, Paul, will be returning to Falling Creek for his third summer.

Paul was an excellent host in helping Yates to get the questions circulating about camp with all of the families present who wanted to learn more about Falling Creek Camp.

Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show at the Taupeka's in Mobile, AL on 11-2-10Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show at the Taupeka's in Mobile, AL on 11-2-10

Everyone was excited to receive their Limited Edition 2011 Trunk Sticker. These are only given out at the Falling Creek Reunion and Camp Movie shows, so it was no surprise that this group of Mobile boys was especially excited to get theirs.

We were thrilled that Kelly Danner happened to be in Mobile tonight and came by to say hello to all of the families. Kelly has been on staff the past three years at Falling Creek. She taught horseback riding and was an important part of our summer leadership team as she served as the “Creek” Tribal Leader.

Kelly is a recent graduate of William and Mary College and is working at Epic Systems in Madison, WI. She says “we build health care software for everything from clinical, to billing, to access and scheduling. The software can walk a cardiologist through a double bypass, electronically submit claims to insurance, send reminders to patients, etc. In Mobile, I’m working with Infirmary Health as they go live on their scheduling/registration software. On a day to day basis I manage the projects with hospitals and help the project teams out.” Congrats on your new opportunity Kelly!

We want to thank the Taupeka’s for hosting the big camp event at their home!

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Camp Movies and Reunion in Jacksonville, Florida

Yates traveled south to Peter and Margaret Moore’s home in Jacksonville, FL, on November 1, to show the Falling Creek Camp Movies. Their son Patrick will be returning to camp this summer and was a big help to Yates in hosting the show.

Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show at the Moore's in Jacksonville, FL on 11-1-10Falling Creek Camp Reunion and Movie Show at the Moore's in Jacksonville, FL on 11-1-10

There were many returning camp families that came for the Reunion. They shared with the numerous new families who came why their camp is so special to them.

John Adams was a Falling Creek camper in the mid 70’s and is enjoying introducing FCC to his son.

Several of the fathers are planning to go to the Father/Son Weekend in May with their sons. They were just as excited as their sons in talking about all the fun activities they will get to do and get to spend some good quality time together.

Many thanks to the Moore’s for hosting the Movies at their home!

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Rosie the Corn Snake

When I was invited to present a Snake Program to a Boy Scout troop here in Asheville, last month, I was offered a wonderful opportunity to care for a Corn Snake by one of the boys preparing for his Eagle Scout ranking.

The boy has had “Rosie” since she was a young Corn Snake, but now found himself occupied with AP courses in his junior year, also music, sports and a myriad of other distractions that occur in high school.

Photo by SFL of RosiePhoto by SFL of Rosie

I agreed to take Rosie, care for her until he’s ready to have her back in his life, and make her available as “Head Snake” at the Falling Creek Nature Center. Since she hasn’t been handled much this school year, she’s still a bit shy. I’m holding her at least twice a day, trying to remind her that people are okay critters!

By the time camp starts next June, Rosie should be cuddly once more. Remember, DON’T touch any furry creatures before holding Rosie. She’s a big, strong lady and might mistake you for a rabbit! (And yes, she’s big-enough to eat a rabbit!)

By the way, the garter snake, water snake, black rat snakes, rattlesnakes and copperheads I kept after camp was over are all healthy and preparing for hibernation during the next few months. I use them for a number of educational program during the off-season.

We’ll all see you next summer, down at Nature!

Steve Longenecker (sfl)

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