Autumn projects & HVC’s first snow!

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021

Happy December 1st to all you orbiters in the HVC-verse! 

Lots and lots has been happening in the valley (including this winter’s first snow fall!), so I’m here to fill you in. Let’s take a look!

Our magnificent maintenance crew spent lots of time outdoors getting the place ready for winter. Al and Derek have been clearing trails and repairing cabin roofs and fencing up at Brumby, our wonderful horse barn and paddocks. And over at the Rec Hall, a new stage was constructed, ready for sharing nights and performers in 2022!

Next stop, PLANET MEG! It looks a little different right now than it did when we had campers around. Tim, our carpenter-extraordinaire, has built new planting beds and updated the fence. This will provide lots more room for squashes, tomatoes, broccoli, peas, you name it! We can’t wait to see what the orbiters grow next summer. Always orbiting, doo doo doo doo doo!

Inside, the Ladybugs have been hard at work cleaning and painting cabins (check out the photos below to see if you can guess which ones!) and they recently gave our Dining Hall Dragon his annual bath. Celie and Lucia have been enrolling campers left and right in the office, and Peter and Meg are busy getting ready for another summer. We’re also preparing the 2021 Video Yearbook, coming to a mailbox near you soon!

Whew, lots going on here at HVC and lots to be excited about! Including…..THE VERY FIRST SNOW OF WINTER!! Last week the valley was covered in a few inches of snow, making the trees sparkle and the meadows shine! Stay tuned for more wintery scenes from camp!

Till then, stay warm and safe friends!

Winston the Woodpecker

An Incredible Summer!

Friday, August 20th, 2021

Hi All, Mag-O-Llama here!

After a beautiful, bittersweet departure day, HVC is empty, quiet and calm. We miss your spirit and energy already!

Read on for a message from Meg and Peter and scenes from camp this morning…

To All in the HVC Community,

We have concluded an amazing summer and will begin preparation for 2022 after a short break.

Keep your eyes on this space for updates and keep these words in mind…

“It is always so grounding to be here and reminds me of what is most important in life… Kindness, love, community, passion for life.”

This message came from a long-time staff member who was among the 40+ alums who spent some time at HVC giving us a hand this season. Our campers and staff understood all of this as well and we could not be happier… Meg and Peter

We’ll be in touch soon with more updates from camp and some highlights of this summer!

Till next time,

Mag-O-Llama signing out!

 

There Is No Goodbye Without a Lobster Banquet!

Thursday, August 19th, 2021

Good Morning HVC!

It’s Mag-O-Llama here with your daily update. It’s been a somber morning all throughout the camp, as departure day is upon us. I believe Taj Mahal said it best yesterday by saying, “don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” I think we are all feeling a sense of this as we part ways this morning. If you’re looking for a recap of what we got up to in the last 24 hours, keep reading:

Yesterday was full of packing things up and getting camp ready for us to head back to our homes today. Campers also had a closing activity with their cabins to close up the summer and celebrate everything that has been achieved as a cabin.

Later in the evening we had the most wonderful meal of all, the lobster banquet! It was so beautiful to enjoy a final meal together and participate in a tradition that means so much to us all. I also can’t forget to mention that there was SO MUCH ICE CREAM!!!

With the lobster banquet coming to a close, Chris and Lillian said their final goodbye to the campers  after 35 + years of making the most spectacular meals for us all. Words can not describe how much their meals have meant to us over the years. Check out some of the pictures below to see this special moment.

As always, we headed up to Pine Grove after our delicious meal to have a special moment of sharing songs, poems, and having a candle light ceremony to say goodbye to the friends new and old. As the night came to a close, you could feel all of the love that this community has for one another. It was truly a special sight.

As the sun rose this morning, Taj and Forbidden Planet woke the whole camp up with songs and chants, and we all gathered to send off the campers taking the bus home. Although it was sad, we did the funky chicken and remembered that we will always have this moment waiting for us again.

Check back tomorrow for a final post as we wrap up for the summer and get camp ready for the fall/winter months.

Peace, Love, and Llama Hugs,

Mag-O-Llama

 

Fair Day and All of It’s Glory!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

Good Afternoon wonderful folks of Hidden Valley!

It’s a hot and humid packing day here at HVC, and all through the camp there is a bittersweet feeling of camp coming to a close. As we wrap up and get ready for our final evening, I’d love to reflect and share some of the beautiful moments from yesterday’s activities.

There was excitement in the air from the very instant campers woke up, to the moment we got settled into our beds! The day started off with our annual “Fun Run” and 2/3 of the campers participated in the run this session! For those of you who have never participated in the Fun Run, Campers head up to the top of camp road and race down the road for the fastest times! Check out the pictures below to see the runners cross the finish line!

As the day continued, campers geared up for all of the fair day fun and set up their cabin booths to enjoy all of the festivities that the fair has to offer! There was a marriage booth, a name change booth, ice cream, iced drinks, hotdogs, fried dough, Kiss-O-Grams, and so much more that made the day incredibly special. Campers also got the opportunity to showcase all of the art/glass/pottery projects they have been working on all session! There are pictures below and I encourage you to check them out!

To end the evening, we had the Fair Day Dance! Campers were able to dance their hearts out one last time with their friends, and shouted song lyrics until the sun went down. Check out some of the pictures below to see the groovy moves.

Those are my updates from yesterday! Stay tuned for a post regarding packing day/departure coming soon!

Peace, Love, and Llama Hugs,

Mag-O-Llama!

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