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Gentlemanly Tips From The Gentlemen of Falling Creek:Part 2

It is time again for all men of the Creek out there to go and take their dinner coats out of their wardrobes and pull-up a chair to a 4 course meal of awesomeness. The gentlemen of Falling Creek have some more advice for you.

We don’t want it to seem like we are lecturing you about the importance of following these rules in public engagements in any way, we just want to pass over some suggestions to you; gent-to-gent. We notice some of you do this anyway, but we figure, like any downtown gala raising money for the arts, the more the merrier.

Cell Phones: A Problem for a New Era

15 years ago, cell phones weren’t a problem with encumbering a man and his need to be gently. People remembered directions, called from restaurants, and played video games on their own console, but this device for the modern day gentlemen is most likely here-to-stay (or be replaced by a pair of glasses which can do the same thing without the annoyance of having to look down). Having accepted as much, it’s high time we all accept a general list of rules to go with them that may have gone unsaid up until this point.

At Falling Creek we confiscate your cellphones to enjoy the environment surrounding you. You get a unique opportunity to get away from machines and games and anything with a screen in general. But in the real world, chances are, you take these things with you to do research in science class. So, it’s important to remember that not everyone will appreciate seeing you using your phone when they’re watching you drive.

This may be a piece of friendly advice for the older people who read this blog, with a license, and a sporty

Falling Creek Camp Playing Guitar
Lincoln or Ford. But texting while you are driving makes it 23 times more likely you will crash. It also kills 11 teens a day. Plus, as a rule, makes everyone else in the car with you a little less easy. Gentlemen always leave their phones out-of-sight, in their pocket, or hidden in his center console, when they are driving.

If he is driving to the Opera, he knows to use his phone in the lobby or parking lot, but never in the theater area. This can apply to movie theaters too— or even church. This can be a distraction to the performers, if they are live, and the people around you.

You could also go ahead and extend this to the people who have to stand next to you in the grocery line, on an airplane, in a classroom, or going up an elevator— really any situation where someone is given the pleasure of being in your company whether they can help it or not.

Now it may sound like there is nowhere for you to use your cell phone (or in some cases, tablets) except while you’re alone in your bedroom— which makes you wonder why you didn’t go out and buy a PC from the beginning to alleviate you of all the trouble. But there are dozens of situations where you can go and use your phone in a public setting.
For instance, if you are at a high school football game, a soccer match, or any other loud outdoor place where everyone is screaming, or if you are alone in any of the places mentioned above.

Of course it goes without saying, you needn’t mind yourself if you are a doctor on call, or in a business meeting hoping to use it for a phone conference, or any situation of emergency. Though most times it is common sense, I assure you, the people enjoying the time of your company won’t be able to thank you enough for getting your full attention, rather having to talk to you while you’re making a bid on EBay.

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Astounding Alexandria

Yates traveled north from Richmond to Alexandria, VA where Jennifer and Tim Adams hosted the Falling Creek Camp movies and reunion at their beautiful home. Their son, William, will be returning for his 5th summer.

Falling Creek Camp Friends
Falling Creek Camp Movie Show

The boys enjoyed playing air hockey while eating pizza.

Returning campers, boys who came to learn more about Falling Creek, staff, alumni, and dads who have attended Father/Son Weekend, joined together to have a group photo snapped.

Falling Creek Movie Show Alexandria
Ella Yates (3rd from left on the back row), took time out of her communications role at Episcopal to come see everyone. Ella was a camper at Illahee and her brother, Sonny, was a FCC camper. Ella was also a 4-year staff member at FCC and the head of the sailing program.

Falling Creek Movie Show
Tonight, returning campers from the DMV (District, Maryland, and Virginia) came to the Adams home in Alexandria, VA to watch the new camp movie and receive their 2015 collectors trunk sticker, which are exclusively distributed at the camp movies and reunion events.

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Remarkable Richmond

Jay and Nancy Jordan hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion tonight at their beautiful home. Jay and Yates met at camp in the early 80’s and have remained good friends ever since. Their son, John, is also a camper.

Camp friendships are some of the strongest! Camp friendships are some of the strongest!

Falling Creek movie show

The boys could not wait to get some games in before the movie showing.

Falling Creek Campers, boys who came to learn more about FCC, alumni, staff, and dads who have attended Father/Son Weekends, joined together for a group shot.

Harrison Kilgore, standing to the right of Yates in the photo below, took time out of his busy school schedule as a Law student at UVA to drive over and see the Richmond families. Harrison was an FCC camper, counselor, and two-time Tribal Leader.

Falling Creek Richmond Movie show

The Richmond area families enjoy watching the brand new camp movie outside on the Jordan’s back porch.

Falling Creek Richmond Movie Show
Falling Creek Richmond Movie Show
After the movie, Yates led a discussion about Falling Creek and what makes camp such an amazingly positive experience.

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Fall Creek

A Photo Perspective of Falling Creek in the Fall

A collection
for those of you who wonder
what camp looks like in autumn…

The leaves are beginning to gain color in mid-October, overlooking Upper Lake.The leaves are beginning to gain color in mid-October, overlooking Upper Lake.

Falling Creek's Lulu
Falling Creek's Overlook
The leaves, rich in color, as the sun sets behind the mountains that overlook Falling Creek Camp in late October.
Autumn is a favorite season for the Falling Creek dogs. Lulu is taking a break after a long, playful day chasing the other dogs, barking at falling leaves, and exploring the land on a crisp, autumn afternoon in late October.

The leaves have finally become rich in color after a slow start to the autumn season. The overlook at the top of the mountain has always been an amazing place to watch the sun creep down over the distant mountains. The light really brings out the color on the outlying mountains.

Falling Creek Camp Morning Watch

Falling Creek Snowy Sign
Falling Creek Lodge
Several inches of snow fell, welcoming in November. Some leaves, rich in color, still struggling to hold on as the heavy, wet snow fell from the sky. Several leaves submitted and silently descended with the frozen precipitation, scattering them over the white abyss.

Several inches of snow sit on Falling Creek's McGrady Family Gym.  Several inches of snow sit on Falling Creek's McGrady Family Gym.
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