Day 15 and 16

Friday, August 19 How do you get to Whereowhero Lane? "Practice, Practice, Practice" of course!

After yoga with Sally and a quick breakfast, a small group, including Alan, Mike, Steve, Bob, Harry and Aiden, slipped off for final boat trip while the rest of us practiced our songs for the play. We worked on some scenes and had lunch while Rachel, Candy, Rebecca, Cameron and Talia had their final boat trip of the summer. We are enormously appreciative of Chris Shannon at Madaket Marine for his generosity this summer! Thank you!!!

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After lunch, the boaters told us about their outing. They had a wonderful time, and the weather was beautiful: blue waters under sunny and cloudless skies. Alan and Steve spent their whole trip peppering each other with insults (in fun and friendship!) Steve threatened to put Alan in a dog leash, and Alan told him if he did that, he (Alan) would have to bite him. Steve said he was done teasing and was ready to just be nice again. He said he would like to do something to make it up to him. He asked Alan, "What would you like for breakfast? It's on you!" If Alan is lucky, he might just get coffee and a donut in bed -- and not on him. When they joked about jumping off the boat and swimming to shore, Aiden pointed out that there could be sharks and it wouldn't be safe.

After lunch, we skipped rest time in order to try a run-through with all of us present. It was hard, hot work! Luckily, we did it well enough to earn a trip to the beach. The water was cool and lovely and it was even hot enough for Peter to wear his shorts (yay, Peter!) and get some sun on his legs.

Just before dinner, a small group went to Don Allen Ford (the nice folks who loaned us a truck this summer!) to say hello while they were holding a special picnic. Peter and Steve were both happy to have seen old cars and a firetruck close-up, and Steve loved dancing to the live band playing there. Peggy saw her music teacher there and said she hopes to get together with her when camp is over. Ellen was able to show all her friends her new necklace, made with beads she made in pottery. She was excited to share the fact that the beads got cooked in our fire last night.

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After dinner, Will told the story of the sinking of the swan. This beloved swan (an inner-tube we've loved for about a week now) set sail for her most ambitious trip to date, with Will as captain and Mike, Gracie and Steve as crew. They paddled and kicked for a few fathoms, and then, just like on the Essex, they realized they needed to jettison someone in order to survive. Mike threw Will off the swan, so Will, acting as captain of a doomed vessel, cursed it. The swan's air slowly, but ever so surely, began to escape. Steve jumped ship, Mike followed suit, and finally, the only person clinging to the shrinking, thinning, flattening formerly grand swan was Gracie - - who gracefully swam to safety.

Our dress rehearsal went off without too many hitches, so it's hi-ho and off to bed we go!

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Oh - but first, here's the promised view of the assembled and gorgeous pottery:

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Saturday, August 20

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, (or, maybe just a few days ago!) Gabe wrote us a Star Wars musical production and found a way to include songs from "Hair" and "Aladdin" and even to include a brief encounter with Mary Poppins!  Thanks to Gabe for clever writing and flexible directing, thanks to Mike who kept everything moving forward, thanks to Monik who did an amazing job with the music, and really, thanks to everyone here!! There had been plenty of room for doubt as to whether we could make it work, but because lots of people worked so hard, we learned lines and songs and had costumes, staging, props and just enough gorgeously painted scenery - - we pulled it together and put on a great play!

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After the play, many of our lovely audience, from near and far, stayed to see our rooms and share refreshments with us. Thanks to Sarah, Gloria and Jenny, we had tons of cheese, crackers, veggies, cookies, brownies, and small cakes.

We basked in the happy feeling of accomplishment and completion for the rest of the evening. We had a cookout and re-lived moments from the show. Then, we had a truly special treat! As the twilight turned to night, with Peter officiating, Emily and Gabe got married all over again, right here on the lawn, in their full wedding paraphernalia!

When it was just too dark and chilly to sit outside any longer, we went into the Great Room and watched the show on video. It really did look good! Steve said his favorite part was the standing ovation; Katie liked all of it best, but especially the dancing! We'll get a link up for you to see it for yourself just as soon as we can!