Monthly Archives: August 2018

A Fabulous, Fun Day at the Fair!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Inflatable jousting!

Hello hello hello! Cara B. here with all the latest on this fantastic Fair Day.

As Mama Iguana mentioned earlier, this morning after setting up our Fair Day booths, we gathered at Deer Meadow’s field for the Brumby horse show! All of the Brumby campers did an amazing job showing off their skills riding through a cross country course. There was jumping, cantering, and lots of graceful riding through the beautiful pastures. We gave the campers and their horses an enthusiastic golf clap as they received their Brumby certificates- be sure to check out all the awesome photos below!

Afterwards, we headed back to main camp for Fair Day! Fair Day is one of my favorite days of camp and a super fun way to close out the session. Campers and counselors can visit awesome booths run by different cabin groups. Here’s what each cabin had to offer:

Loons did the poop shoot (a sillier version of a dunk tank)

Down Under did a jelly bean count

French 1/4 ran the chocolate fountain

Paquatahnee did fortune telling

Avalon ran inflatable jousting

Gimme Shelter ran the moon bounce

LCH did a name change booth

Shangri-La did face paint

Wombles were the DJs

Camelot did a spa with nail painting and temporary tattoos

Chateau Fiasco did sumo wrestling

Bermuda Triangle ran the inflatable water slide

Wabanaki did a marriage booth

Valhalla served ice cream

Fiddler’s Green served drinks

Forbidden Planet made fried dough

Taj Mahal did kiss-o-grams

How fun does that sound?? With painted faces, brand new names, and tummies full of corn dogs and ice cream, we all worked together to clean up from the fair. Afterwards, we headed back to our cabins for a much needed rest before gathering in the Rec Hall to watch videos made my video classes this session and a huge slideshow with photos from our past few weeks together. It was so much fun to reflect on our time spent together and see photos of camp in the winter. We even saw some photos of staff from when they were campers! Next, we headed to the Backyard for evening meeting where Peter and Meg answered questions about Hidden Valley during the winter months. We learned all about cross country skiing across the lake and how the llamas love to hang out in the snow.

We ate our delicious ravioli dinner outside picnic-style before heading back towards the gazebo for the Fair Day Dance! Right now, everyone is having a blast dancing, hanging out, and signing each other’s white books. Tonight, we’ll head back early for a good night’s rest to gear up for our big day of packing tomorrow! Stay tuned for more details to come. For now, enjoy photos from Brumby and Fair Day!


Cara B. Ner

The Musical and Start of Fair Day!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Kieran on his throne!

Hello hello! Mama Iguana here with lots to update you on from last night and this morning!

Last night’s evening program was the musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! It was a beautiful musical told entirely in song! The plot was based off of the story from the bible, “Coat of Many Colors.” It was absolutely incredible seeing all the hard work this small cast put in to create a detailed storyline. Oh, and did I mention they were singing the entire time?! The backstage ninjas and costume crew worked hard as well to put on this performance. Make sure to check out the youtube video, that will be posted in the fall, to watch the entire production!

This morning, we had some early wake ups for a nice jog! Campers and counselors had the option of running in our fair day fun run this morning. Campers who wanted to run woke up early and had an energizing breakfast before heading up camp road to race! Everyone else had a normal morning and met up in the front yard for meeting! About half way through meeting, campers came speeding in and crossing the finish line! Everyone was there to cheer them on at the finish line and it was a great way to start fair day!

After meeting, everyone went back to their cabins for packing day junior! As Peter has been telling the campers, the more we pack now, the easier packing day tomorrow will be! Everyone was busy packing, cleaning, and setting up their booths for the afternoon.

And right now as I type, the Brumby horse show is about to start! Brumby, our horse program, has been working really hard everyday to take care of the horses, advance their riding skills, and prepare for the show today! We can’t wait to see what they’ve been working on! After the show, the fair shall begin!

As for now, check out photos from the musical last night and the fun run this morning! Cara B. will be back this evening to give you a fair day update!

Gotta go get my fried dough!

Mama Iguana

Our Last Sharing Night and Lazy Day!

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Bethany’s contemporary class

Greetings from Mama Iguana! I hope you all have had a greeeat day because we sure have here at HVC! Last night was sharing night including rock band and some of our final valleyfest acts. Let’s take a look at all that happened yesterday!

We had a spectacular night with so many talented sharing night acts! The night started off with our rock band classes performing. Campers were on guitar, bass, holding the mic, playing the keyboard, and rocking out in the audience! After rock band, we enjoyed a few of our acts outside to take advantage of the beautiful night we had here at HVC. Our salsa and jazz classes performed, performance art put on a hilarious act while eating ice cream (those lucky ducks!), ukuleles were strummed, and much more! Our outside acts ended with our gymnastics class jumping, flipping, and rolling across the mats!

The night continued as we headed into the rec hall for the rest of the sharing night acts, along with some valleyfest acts that we saved for last night! The contemporary class put on a beautiful dance, Disney singing sung some Disney classes, and the night ended with some upbeat dancing music sung by Kieran from Gimme Shelter. All in all, it was an absolutely amazing night and it was so wonderful seeing all the talent campers have here at HVC!

This morning, we began our final lazy day of the summer! The younger half hopped on buses to go glow bowling and the older half got to sleep in and enjoy a lazy day at camp. The younger half bowled strikes, spares, and gutter balls and got a special snack while they were playing: french fries and soda! The older half hung out here and had a music festival themed day, Valleyroo! There was karaoke, body painting, flower crown making, and chilling with friends! After an event-filled morning for both halves of camp, everyone spent the afternoon at the pool swimming, signing white books, and going on the slip ‘n slide! It’s been a relaxing afternoon for everyone and a great way to end the last lazy day of the summer!

Tonight we will have pizza night and watch the musical! Everyone in the cast has been working very hard for tonight and I can’t wait to see it! Tomorrow is fair day!!!! The day starts off with the Brumby show, the show put on by our horse program this four weeks, and then everyone heads to the fair! There will be more updates on the musical and fair day tomorrow, but for now, check out photos from Sharing night and the lazy day!

Peace out, river trout!

Mama Iguana

A Night of Performances and the Last Day of Classes!

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

Peter and the Star Catcher!

Happy bagel Sunday! After an energizing breakfast of bagels, cream cheese, and your favorite toppings, I am ready to give you a detailed overview of our play, Peter and the Starcatcher, and the Alive show last night!

During interest groups yesterday, we had our counselor camper basketball game! The basketball team has been working hard the past four weeks to put on a great game against the counselors. There were secret plays involved, including the play clear and skunk, and even a special appearance from Team X! In the end, the campers one (once again) and celebrated by dumping a cooler of water onto Coach Sam’s head!

During evening meeting, the cast members, backstage ninjas, and costume design crew went to dinner early to prepare for a big night ahead! Everyone else waited patiently, enjoyed their burgers and fries after meeting, and walked over to the rec hall to be the best audience members a cast could ask for.

The show, Peter and the Starcatcher was a prequel to Peter Pan. Through the talented cast, the audience learned how the Neverland pirates came to be, what happened to Captain Hook’s real hand, where the name Peter Pan came from, and the dynamics between characters in the show. There was comedy, drama, and amazing acting skills. Thanks to the costume crew and backstage ninjas, the costumes were unique to each character and the sets were detailed to every last paint stroke. At the end of the show, the cast brought out their two directors, Grace and Eliana, to thank them for staying with the cast through thick and thin. Let’s have a round of applause for everyone involved in last night’s performance!

After the play, there was a special performance that the Alive program has been working on all session. It’s All In Your Head was a show written by the campers about mental illness and the experience and awareness around it. They gave an interesting perspective on anxiety through bringing the theme of mental health to life by using anxiety as a character in a game show format. In between scenes, there were funny, lighthearted commercial breaks. It was so impressive seeing the Alive campers not only performing it, but knowing they wrote the show too.

After a splendid night and good nights sleep, we all were rested for bagel Sunday and the last day of classes! We had our last interest groups announcements of the summer, including Peter, the glass blowing pro staff’s, last glass beads song and Meg came out with Elise for Planet Meg with both of their beautiful, long locks and hippy sunglasses. It felt like a blast from the past! It was a great way to end the morning and send everyone off to enjoy the ends of their classes. People are practicing for sharing night, finishing up art projects, and having their last moments with the animals.

Tonight is sharing night and tomorrow is our last lazy day. The younger half is going glow bowling and the older half is here for a music festival themed day, Valleyroo! Stay tuned for an update tomorrow and make sure to check out photos from the basketball game, the play, and the Alive show!

Seeeee ya,

Mama Iguana

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