Meg wrote: Day 4 got off to a great start. Everyone knows the song, “Uptown Girl" pretty well by now. After working on the musical, we broke into different groups. Our activities included singing, working on the play, making pottery, doing a print making project, or taking a walk.
We also had a special guest in the morning. Her name is Gabriella. She loves to sing and she looked cute in her pink outfit with her stylish purple glasses! We hope she'll come back other days!
Another highlight of the morning was Luke playing the drums. He’s been playing for many years and he’s incredible!! Luke said he's happy to teach anyone who would like to learn to drum.
The morning became a bit eventful because a bee colony had to be relocated from the side of the house! Meg described her experience with the bees: "What was interesting was I saw a Queen Bee that the beekeeper, Zack, captured. He’s been doing this for 6 years and takes the bees he captures to his bee farm. He said the Queen Bee produces between 1,500-2,000 eggs a day. I was surprised his suit is only made out of cotton and that he gets stung all the time and it doesn’t faze him. He’s not even afraid of becoming allergic because a person’s body can change and become allergic to something every seven years."
After lunch, many people told stories about their mornings. Candy told us about making a turtle out of clay during art. She hopes "it won't get busted when she takes it home."
Not everyone was around the house in the morning because some people went on boat rides with Chris Shannon. The first boating group was Ben, Ben, Billy, Jack, Kieran, and Luke. They said the boat went at a very fast speed. Jack says the seas were very good and he wants to go out again! Everyone also got a new hat from the marina. Thanks, Chris, for the boat rides and the hats!!
Peter, Jamie, Ellen, Steve, Anna and Sean went out with the second boating group. Peter said, "The first part of the water was calm, so nice and relaxing. I was really enjoying myself. Then we started going faster and I got splashed a little, but I still loved it. And that's my whale of a tale." However, they had an unexpected problem that Peter didn't mention. Right when they started picking up speed, the boat stopped, suddenly. After a few moments, they restarted the boat and were going fine, and it stopped again. Finally, the captain figured out that Ellen had hit the kill switch by mistake. After he disabled it, they had a great ride!
The day got even better in the afternoon when we had a dance party at Children's Beach! We also enjoyed a dinner picnic with sandwiches, popcorn, chips, and cookies. Katie said that she enjoyed the dance party because "I loved the playlist and dancing with all my friends, including Jamie!" Big shout out to Rebecca and her crew at the Hungry Minnow for extraordinary facepainting and the popcorn!
After the dance party, we were all tired so we went home to watch the movie Coco. Everyone loved the movie and all the music in it.
Day 5 - Tuesday
Definitely one of the Best Camp Days Ever! In the morning, we visited the Life Saving Museum for the first time. We learned a lot there. The museum featured 700 shipwrecks that had occurred over several centuries. It was their 50th anniversary. About 200 - 300 ships used the channels near Nantucket to transport cargo. Some of the boats carried wine, coal, cotton and lumber. Surrounding Nantucket there are many dangerous shoals, and it was very challenging for the ships to avoid them, especially during winter storms, which are much worse than summer storms, it turns out. So many boats floundered on the shores and shoals that the people of Nantucket volunteered to keep watch and try to save people from boats in trouble. After many years, things got more professional, and it finally became a government job. The life savers worked long hours, sometimes days, to save the lives of people on the wrecked boats, and they saved as many people as they could, but sometimes, some people died, including rescuers and shipwrecked sailors and families.
We went straight from the museum to a beach we've never visited before, Quidnet Beach. Some people went swimming. Meg found it very relaxing and pretty to sit on the beach and look out at the water. Josh and Thomas got buried in the sand from toes to necks. As a very special treat, we ordered pizzas for lunch!
Adama, Grace, Rebecca, Peanut, Talia, Monik, and Eva went boating instead of going to the museum. They all loved the excursion and jumped off the boat and swam in the ocean. They tried to meet the group at the beach, but got very lost on the way! They still had a few minutes to enjoy the water and some pizza, however.
This afternoon, we had our sing-along at Siasconset Union Chapel. Meg always looks forward to Bob Lehman and Susan Berman, with Ray Saunders, singing with us. There were too many songs to name, but Meg especially loved John Denver's "Country Roads." She also really loves a song that Susan shared, written by David Roth, "My Voice Matters." The chorus for that song is really powerful and many of us could relate to it: "My voice matters, my voice counts. Get to know what I am all about, No more labels, fears or doubts. My voice matters, my voice counts."
Old and new friends joined us for a lively, enthusiastic, melodic afternoon, perfectly punctuated by Luke's tambourine playing and accompanied by Monik on piano for several selections. For the final song, we practiced "Uptown Girl." We hope lots of people will be at the play on Saturday at Bennett Hall (2pm!) to hear it in the context of "Breakfast at Tiffany's, too."
We were invited to a "picnic" after the sing-along at the Casino next door to the Chapel. A casino is a meeting place where people gather for social events - not necessarily always gambling, like most people would think. We were struck again by how nice and accepting the Siasconset Chapel Outreach group is. The food was yummy and plentiful, we greatly enjoyed the company, and we left just in time to see a bit of sunset.
It was cool that when we got back from Siasconset we had another mini dance party here. We heard the Justin Timberlake song, "I've got this feeling" and "Thriller." Some people had their glo-sticks and we danced in the dark.
We followed up the second dance party with a group bonfire where we talked and watched the stars. Katie said that she loved the bonfire because everyone was together and enjoying each other's company. We are all excited for more camp days and bonfire nights!