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Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion in the Washington Area

Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion hosted by the Eskew Family in Alexandria, VA on 10-23-12Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion hosted by the Eskew Family in Alexandria, VA on 10-23-12

Yates traveled to the Washington DC area where Lisa and Tucker Eskew hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at their beautiful home in Alexandria, VA. Their sons, Thompson and Alex, will be going to FCC this summer and Tucker will get his camp chance when he and Alex go to the Father/Son Weekend. Tucker went to Camp Deerwoode in Brevard with FCC Director Frank Tindall.

Yates sends his thanks to the veteran campers that helped him answer the questions from families tonight who were learning about Falling Creek for the first time. Dan Dodson, Kevin Ristau, Jason Spence, and Stephen Bentfield, all attended Father/Son Weekend last May and joined us in the group photo.

Many thanks again to the Eskews for hosting the big event at their home!

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Lexington - Camp Movies and Reunion

Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion hosted by the Duzyk Family in Lexington on 10-17-12Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion hosted by the Duzyk Family in Lexington on 10-17-12

Yates continued the travels to the north where Amy and Darren Duzyk hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion in Lexington, KY. The Duzyks were gracious hosts in their beautiful home. They served a Falling Creek cookout favorite tonight, Cheerwine, which is not sold in stores in Lexington. They purchased a stash when they were near camp and we were all honored to be able to enjoy them tonight.

There was perfect mix of new and returning camper families who came. Their sons, Connor and Cooper, are both returning to camp this summer.

Anthony de Movellan, who is a Falling Creek camp alumnus from the 70’s and 80’s, brought his son Antonio, who will be returning to FCC for his 3rd summer. There are a number of dads who are signed up to attend the Father/Son Weekend in May and I had a hard time telling whether the boys or the dads were more excited about going.

Many thanks to the Duzyks for opening up their home to the Falling Creek families.

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Travel to Tennessee for a Night in Nashville.

Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion hosted by the McKee's Family in Nashville on 10-16-12Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion hosted by the McKee's Family in Nashville on 10-16-12

Yates continued his travels north to Nashville, where Kate and Todd McKee hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion. Their beautiful home was a perfect setting for the large group of both returning and new families to come and watch the new camp movie. Their son Mason will return to camp for his 4th summer.

Falling Creek Camp families watching the camp movie at the McKee's home in Nashville on 10-16-12Falling Creek Camp families watching the camp movie at the McKee's home in Nashville on 10-16-12

As I regularly say to the families, the boys initially come to camp because they want to experience all of the fun activities, but they return to camp year after year because of the friendships, and especially the outstanding staff.

There were four top Falling Creek camp staff members who took time out of their busy schedules to come and say hello to campers and parents. Andrew Smith, who is studying at the Vanderbilt Pediatric Hospital to become a nurse practitioner, stopped by for the show. This is the second show he’s attended this year as he made an appearance in Atlanta after he was close to town, having taken a group from Nashville paddling on a local river. Andrew, who has been at FCC for four summers now, is on the paddling staff at camp and is also a HUCK Expedition instructor.

Thomas Dooley, a senior Spanish major at nearby Belmont University and super energetic backpacking instructor at FCC, came over and was joined by Harrison Kilgore, a recent graduate from the University of Kentucky. Harrison was a tennis and riflery counselor this past summer. Both Thomas and Harrison were campers at FCC as well. Harrison is taking some medical classes at Western Kentucky University and will be applying to medical school soon.

Tory Gentry, a sophomore at Vanderbilt University, also came by to offer her support. Tory, a six-year camper at Camp Greystone whose brother went to Falling Creek, taught tennis and Arts and Crafts at FCC this summer and also managed the country store.

Falling Creek Camp Staff Members speaking in Nashville on 10-16-12Falling Creek Camp Staff Members speaking in Nashville on 10-16-12

Gage, a seven-year veteran camper, spoke to the parents at the show several times addressing questions and adding comments about his FCC experiences.

Bart Johnson, an FCC camper in the late-70’s and early-80’s, enjoyed coming to the FCC Movies tonight. He is excited that both of his sons, Ryan and Parker, will be going to camp for their first summer in 2013.

We thank the McKees for hosting this wonderful evening.

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Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion in Jackson, Mississippi.

Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion hosted by the Walker Family in Jackson on 10-15-12Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion hosted by the Walker Family in Jackson on 10-15-12

Yates made his way north to Jackson, MS, where Will and Kim Walker hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion in their beautiful home. Their son William will be returning to FCC this summer. William is following in Will’s footsteps, who went to FCC for many years in the 70’s and 80’s. Gibson Smith, who also came to the show tonight, will join William and return to camp this summer.

Warner Speed, a veteran 5-year FCC camper, came with his dad Stewart to watch the new movie and help Yates answer questions from the families. Stewart’s brothers, Forest and Warren, went to FCC also with Yates and Will.

Haley Fisackerly brought his younger son Ryan to learn more about FCC. His older brother Reeves is a FC Camp Alumni. The Speeds, Fisackerlys, and Smiths have all gone to the Father and Son Weekend Camp at Falling Creek.

Thank you Walkers for hosting a great show tonight!

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