60th Reunion Weekend
Although our official celebration of High Rocks’ 60th season came and went, we are still riding high from a weekend of great food, great fun, and great community. The current directors and year-round staff thank profusely all those who traveled from near and far to make the 60th Reunion Weekend a resounding success. Hopefully, we’ll see everyone again in a few years to celebrate 65 years of High Rocks! Before then, however, we’d like to review a few key highlights.
60th Reunion Weekend Silent Auction
The inaugural silent auction to benefit the Jane and Sumner Williams Campership Fund was a huge hit! Items and services donated by Josh Baggett, Hank and Townsend Birdsong, Alicia Daily, Camille Noland, Nathan Noland, Fritz Orr, Alyssa Sprinkle, Stephanie Vlasis, Helen Warren, and Gina Williams garnered more than $5000.00 in total contributions. And most of the auctioned items were created by our own alumni artisans!
Our Staff and Quite Delicious Food
Also, a collection of fabulous seasonal staff opened a host of activity areas so that alumni young and old could play like happy campers on the climbing tower, the ropes course, and especially the waterfront! Some folks sprinted from activity to activity like junior campers, while others found comfy chairs in sunny spots perfect for swapping stories. Either way, the variety and manner of activities offered allowed everyone to find fun in their favorite forms all weekend long.
And even though mealtimes are highlights of any camp day, head chefs Camille and Nathan Noland really pulled out all the stops for the reunion. In a newly renovated dining hall, alumni from 1958 through 2017 shared delights from pork loin in tarragon cream to classic Saturday morning pancakes and bacon. Everyone agrees: the food here was always great, but somehow gets better every year!
Camp Music Was All Around A Hit
Finally, let’s applaud the camp band for keeping us energized through two-morning assemblies, two campfires, and a Saturday-evening square dance. And a thank you to David Williams for calling our square dance! It was no easy task to bridge a 60-year span of musical tradition, but they did so with boundless enthusiasm. We know that more than a few folks drove home with “Dunderbeck” ringing in their ears!
Happy Times with More to Come!
This highlight list only hints at the real magic of the reunion weekend. There was something profoundly special about seeing former campers from our very first year mingling with counselors fresh off their own first summers at High Rocks. Fathers and Mothers who attended High Rocks themselves came with their own children, now campers. Young and old, camper and counselor, we are thankful for the wonderful alumni who came to our 60th Reunion Weekend. And for all those as well who were present with us in spirit. Until we gather here again, we hope your day is as good as a day at Camp High Rocks!