Monthly Archives: August 2014

Horse Show, Fair Day, and More!

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014


Hello, again, dear friends! Olive Oyl and Lady of the Lake here with some Fair Day news just for you!

We’ve had an jam-packed awesome day so far! We started off the day with a yummy breakfast, then headed over to our cabins for a quick clean, then over to our booths to set up for fair day! We then took a nice little walk over to the Brumby Horse Show, which was fantastic and showed off all the hard work that our Brumby campers have put in this summer. After the show we were all released to the fair! We had our classic fair day goodies, like Forbidden Planet’s Fried Dough, Valhalla doing ice cream, and the AWAC Pretzels. Paquatahnee helped out with the chocolate fountain, Chateau Fiasco did the Pizza Oven, and Bermuda Triangle took care of drinks. We also had corn dogs and hot dogs thanks to our kitchen staff. There were also other long-time traditions, like Taj Mahal’s kiss-o-grams and the Horse Drawn Carriage rides. There were tons of other fun activities going on, like Avalon’s Poop Shoot (dunking tank), the Burrow’s jelly bean count, French Quarter’s moon bounce, and the Loons slip n’ slide. There were also the classic pillow jousting and sumo wrestling, thanks to Wombles and LCH. Camelot did face painting and Shangri-La did the marriage booth. There was of course a DJ, thanks to Fiddler’s Green, plus a climbing wall! Wow! It was an afternoon of fun and excitement, where we filled our bellies with yummy treats and played tons of awesome games. We also had the chance to check out the art show happening in the Hilton dance and glass studios, plus pottery in the pottery barn. There were loads of incredible pieces…it was truly amazing to see all of the campers’ creations from the session in one place. The Alive! art show took place in the Foothills and it was spectacular. There were found art sculptures, journals, glass bead wire sculptures, liquid photography, dance photography, a video piece, and fashion design. If there show wasn’t amazing enough, all of their visual art blew us away! We also had a special treat during the fair when our longtime kitchen staff Chris played the bagpipes, clad in his kilt and all! We’ll definitely miss the sweet sounds of the bagpipe when we leave HVC in just a short while…

After our fantastic fair day, we gathered in the Rec Hall to watch some slide shows and videos. The slide show was a great way to reminisce about the fantastic times we’ve had together this past month, and there were many fabulous photos. We also got to appreciate the work of our awesome video classes.

This evening, we have a final dance in the backyard together. There’s sure to be lots of hanging out and white book signing, in addition to loads of dancing. We can’t wait!

Tomorrow we’ll have packing day, where we’ll all get set to head home for the summer. We’ll also get to spend some good quality times with our cabins doing a cabin activity. It’s sure to be a great last day.

Signing out,

Olive Oyl and Lady of the Lake


Photos from yesterday’s Roller Rink trip and Hawaiian Day!


Now for some Fair Day pictures…


And, finally, amazing photos from Alive’s liquid photo!


A Very Special Teen Update!

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014


HVA back just in time for Fair Day!

HVA back just in time for Fair Day!

Statues come to life!

Statues come to life!

Howdy, folks! Olive Oyl here with an extra special teen update on this beautiful Fair Day morning!

We had an amazing evening last night with the Alive! show! The show was created entirely from scratch and the campers have been working on it all summer. The concept was a museum brought to life, where the story followed four students working on a school project in a museum who ended up in the “restricted” area of the museum. This restricted area contained art works brought to life, like moving sculptures and living portraits. The students lost one of their friends to the restricted area, so throughout the show they were journeying throughout the spooky museum in hopes of finding their lost comrade. They ran into many characters along the way, like a band that was stuck playing only two songs and who were yearning to be free. There were also the two jesters, both claiming to offer help, but one actually trying to get the students into trouble, as they posed riddles and stumped the students. The finally brought back their friend with the help of a living Lichtenstein  portrait, who had the power to bring drawings to life. Unfortunately, one of the students also drew a demon, who was brought to life, but then thankfully erased and no longer in the living world. With their lost friend returned to safety, the students headed to school the next day to hand in their assignments. What a whirlwind! Not only was the story captivating, but the sets were unbelievable. There were famous art pieces all around and human statues on pedestals as we filed into the Rec Hall. There were giant picture frames for the band and the other characters throughout the show. The music was unbelievable and the acting was excellent. All aspects of the show were truly superb. It’s so impressive that everything from the original idea, to the costumes, and the makeup, where all created by the Alive campers. We’re so proud and can’t wait to see all of their other incredible work in the art show today!

Our other teen program, HVA, have also been busy! They just got back this morning from their trip to Canada, where they stayed in Jacques Cartier National Park. There, they enjoyed a day hike and made a trip to a waterfall. After that, they spent lots of time exploring Quebec, which I’ve been told was really fun. They ate plenty of junk food and tried their best to communicate in French (although most of the time it didn’t really work). Quebec was a change of pace for the Adventure campers, who are used to living in the woods. After Canada, the group headed off to Adventure Bound, where they were greeted with good food, cabins, a hot tub, and real beds. How luxurious! They then took off rafting, which was an overnight trip through the white waters of Maine and was constant fun. Next was rock climbing, which was challenging, but rewarding. They climbed up cracks, overhands, and steep cliff faces. They were able to belay each other and then repel down a cliff. As a camper recalls, it was terrifying, but fun. Now the whole gang is back just in time for Fair Day, what an awesome way to end their time at camp!

That’s all for our super amazing teens! They can all inspire us to be more alive and adventurous! Check back later for pictures from yesterday’s lazy, plus all the Fair Day details!

Lots of Love,

Sharing Night Details and the Very Last Lazy Day!

Monday, August 18th, 2014
A beautiful rainbow appeared yesterday afternoon

A beautiful rainbow appeared yesterday afternoon

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen! Olive Oyl here with your Lazy Day dispatch.

We had a spectacular evening last night with our very final Sharing Night! We saw a whole variety of acts, with lots of movement like gymnastics, hip-hop, swing/salsa and choreography. We also heard a lot of beautiful music, with tunes from ukulele, guitar class, songwriting, and HVC songbook, who shared the camp classic The Princess Pat and also Goodnight Irene. We had some silly videos from animal care and archery class, plus a surprise appearance by a few of our llamas friends with extreme llama care. There was also a mysterious skit by our Liquid Smoke class, which had the rest of camp still guessing as to what the meaning of the class was. Theater Improv class had us laughing and we also had two special performances by campers on the piano, doing a postponed Valleyfest so that they could use the piano indoors. All in all, it was a wonderful way to wrap up the end of a productive and creative two weeks of classes. There’s so much talent here at HVC that it’s truly amazing to see it all together in one night!

This morning we embarked on our final lazy day of the summer, with the younger half going to the roller skating rink and the older half staying on camp for Hawaiian day. The younger half will spend the morning skating around and munching on some yummy snacks before they head back to camp in time for lunch. Meanwhile, the older half is busy doing a super cabin clean before they head off to lazy day activities, where it will almost be like they’re on tropical vacation in Hawaii. There’ll be a ukulele jam, grass skirt making, lay making, a pineapple ring toss, tiki torch limbo, surf n’ slide, and a hula hoop contest. This afternoon younger half and older half will reunite for a reloaded pool activities! They’ll be swimming, of course, plus some backyard games, parachute games, writing haikus, and capture the flag, plus the classics like friendship bracelets and reading circle. It’s sure to be a relaxing afternoon with plenty of down time for signing white books, exchanging addresses, and reminiscing about all the good times we’ve had so far this summer.

Tonight we’ll have another amazing pizza dinner, with flavors like Hawaiian (how appropriate!), bacon and blue cheese, Greek olive and feta, white pizza, and pesto pasta. Yum! After filling up on a delicious dinner, we’ll head over to the Rec Hall for the Alive! show! It’s always an amazing evening of music, dance, and theater. We can’t wait to discover what the theme is this year!

Be sure to check in tomorrow for lazy day and Alive! show photos…for now, check out sharing night!




The Basketball Game Scoop, All About Shrek, and Lots More!

Sunday, August 17th, 2014


Good morning, friends! Olive Oyl here with loads of camp news just for you!

First off, yesterday was very exciting with the camper versus counselor basketball game during Interest Groups. It was an amazing game, with incredible endurance by the campers who played the entire time. The camper team was leading up until the very end when Luke B. made an awesome three-point shot, making the final score 36 to 35. Although the counselors ultimately came out victorious, it was a challenging game for all that really showed off the skill and determination of the camper team. The counselor team did have some secret weapons in their lineup, like the infamous Team X, made up of the Program Directors and Peter, all clad in ridiculous  attire and playing with lots of attitude. There was also team ZoScoMo, consisting of our three super cool counselors, Zach, Scotty, and Moses.

The excitement didn’t end after interest groups, though! We had a fantastic evening with Shrek the Musical! It was truly an awe-inspiring performance full of laughter and heartwarming moments. It was clear that all the campers and counselors involved put in so much hard work and passion to produce such an incredible performance. Everything from the set, to the costumes, to the acting and the singing, were all amazing. Princess Fiona had a beautiful tower with a painted window and all of the character’s costumes were spot on, like the Gingerbread Man’s purple buttons and Donkey’s cloppity hooves. These two characters provided lots of comic relief, and the princesses all amazed us with their beautiful singing. Everyone went to bed with a smile on their face after a performance full of lots of talent and joy.

This morning got off to a great start with our final Bagel Sunday, where we enjoyed warm bagels with homemade cream cheese, like lox and garlic and herb. We also had soft-boiled eggs, melon and kiwi, and of course our selection of yummy cereals. We then started off morning meeting to the beautiful sound of Meg and Tom’s dulcimer playing. It’s hard to believe that it’s the last day of doing this lovely camp tradition. We also had our final interest groups, with the classics like Dynamos, who are going hunting for Bartholomew the monster this afternoon. We sang the Meg’s Planet song, with some special dance moves thanks to Celie. We also gave a big thank you to Cassie, our wonderful counselor who has been coordinating Interest Groups all summer.

A lot of cabins have also been cashing in on their wheel prizes as the end of camp is rolling around. Yesterday, our counselor John dressed up as a fairy for the day…check out the pictures, it was amazing! Cassie had a bucket of ice water dumped on her head and many counselors are baking cabins sweets or cleaning bathrooms for other cabins.

After enjoying our last day of classes doing things like grouting mosaics pieces and putting the final touches on dance routines, we’ll all gather together this evening for Sharing Night! We’ll see songs, videos, dances, and surely lots more. More to come on that tomorrow!

Be sure to check out the pictures as always!

Signing off,



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