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Charles River Tent Flaps: 1975

[“CHARLES RIVER TENT FLAPS – THE FIRST TEN YEARS” is made up of interviews with past and present staff members and campers of the Charles River Creative Arts Program of Dover, Massachusetts and of articles from The Daily Double.” -from “Tent Flaps”, published for the CRCAP tenth-anniversary celebration, summer 1979 (David Downing, editor). We begin as CRCAP begins to reveal some of its iconic early-life characters …]

 

1975

Thos Camp, first artist-in-residence, after a dogged beginning comes to teach “the little nippers” … CIT show – JAWS with David Blackett as the shark … Introduction to: Bellringing, Multi-Arts (Katie Soleau – dance, Maureen McKibben – music, Roger Farrington – projections), puppet show (Troupe), Colonial Crafts, Sign Mime, Shadow Drama, Health Food at the Apple Kitchen with Barbie Blackett … Peter Macara paints to music …

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE] LETTER FROM OUR LEADER

Four days of delirium! The mood is euphoric! Never has the opening week at CRCAP been so free from entangling traffic, schizo scheduling, and recurrent telephone tensions – you must be the most erudite, cerebral collection of campers ever to congregate under an awning; or is it the staff and the CITs who make the scene so serene; or is it all of you? The summer of ’75 is taking shape as the all-time winner. Already the creative sparks are igniting and major artistic fireworks smolder on the horizon. Happy flares, rockets, sparklers, torpedoes and a 225 inch salute for everybody here …

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE]

Two people manning the DD fort. David Downing bangs mono-fingeredly and Catherine Rand arrived with a full tank of gas.

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE]

Dear Mrs. Matthies, We expect Victoria to be here Monday morning at 9:00 AM sharp!!!

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE] IMA GOSSIP

B.D. is addicted to strawberries. … Dana Berger got scalped! … Billy Motley drowned in his shorts this morning. … Paul Temple wears girl’s sneakers.

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE] NOONTIME PROGRAMS

David Pallian and company did an improvisational balloon-kite while the Freelance Players Rock Band played background music. At the end they let it go and it sailed off into the wild blue yonder … The Three Stooges, straight from Hollywood, ended the show with an incredible performance. The Stooges were: Leslie, Connie, and Ginny. They ended their act with wild pie-throwing.

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE] NEWS FLASH!! (by Robbie Miller)

There is a rumor that the campers will go on strike if Peter Dewey does not fix the Coke machines. There has already been a demonstration with signs like “We want our Coke machines back”, “#@!&*%$ Peter Dewey” (nasty people), and “Coke or fight”. Well, those are just a few, but I’m sure there will be many more. Peter, if you hear windows in your house breaking, or see an X painted on your door, my advice is to fix the Coke machines.

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE]

NEXT WEDNESDAY!!! THE SOFTBALL GAME OF THE CENTURY!!!!!! MORE DETAILS LATER BUT HERE’S THE LINEUP.

APPLE ORATORIO: Jessie, Peter B., Louise, Thos Camp, Anne M., Anna B., Nissy, Franny, Paul, Moo, Barby, Catherine, Peter Burrows, Tom Carey, Connie, David D., Ruth Stokes

CANTALOUPE CANTATAS: Roger, Jane Musgrave, Tom C., Susan P., Robbie B., Tom Heim, Susie C., Katie S., Peter M., Bob J., Carla, Kippy, Katy H., Jeanne, Maureen, Peter D., David P.

You’d think at this place where everything is so low key, non-competitive, that it wouldn’t happen but everyone took it so seriously.”

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE] THE GAME (by Scott Rosenberg)

…In the third inning, Tom Carey pitched Kippy a CANTALOUPE!! Who’s idea was it? Mrs. Matthies’ naturally … Most valuable player awards go to Tom Carey for most drinks of water, Peter Dewey for winding up the dirtiest player at the end, Bob for a great catch, Sportsmanship Award to Mrs. Matthies…

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE] BRITISH INVASION

Five thirteen-year-old bots from Holmwood House, Colchester England, will perform THE COLLECTION, a one-act comedy by Harold Pinter on Thursday, August 12.

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE] IMA GOSSIP

David Pallian’s cat eats cupcakes. … Thos Camp is definitely a third-world type. … Angela V. and her friend Jody are really great dancers. I wish they could dance every noontime show. … Even with Kippy’s platforms on, she won’t be as tall as David Heinsohn. … KD changes her clothes at stop lights.

One time! One time I did it! It’s not at stop lights necessarily. It’s just when we come to stop lights I’m still in the process of changing.”

 

Peter had this idea to make a waterfall for SPIRITS. Well, the first problem was that all you heard over the microphones was the sound of water gushing down the slide. None of the kids could talk over it. Then one night the waterfall fell over and we had to dance on the flooded stage.”

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE]

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You have not yet seen the extent of my anger.” -Peter Dewey

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE]

The Cookout is Tuesday, July 20, starting at the end of camp. If you want to attend, you have to bring $2.00 to the camp office VERY soon.

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE] NOONTIME SHOWS

…by Sarah Houghton, a takeoff of Dick Clark and the American Bandstand. With five couples and a song this turned out to be a side-splitter with the winning dancer, Anthony Venezia, and a close follow-up by Craig Leader and Anne Matthies … Doug and Jackie sang a song about a wolf that ate people and a grandmother who played a piano …

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE]

Tuesday, Mrs. Matthies, Kristin Matthies, Deborah Aschheim, Michael Carey, Therese Jackman, Peter Kushner, Charlotte Joslin, Sheryl Watsson, Jill Brenner, and Pam Geller spent the night in the wigwam with nothing to eat but corn, cinnamon apples, popcorn, peaches, doughnuts, bacon, marshmallows, and cereal.

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE] CLASSIFIEDS

Maureen McKibben is selling her car. It is a cute, little white Volkswagen. If you are interested in a car, see Maureen at any musical event … Maureen is also looking for a good job to raise enough money for a new car. If you know of any positions open where an instrumental music instructor is needed, please see Maureen.

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE]

Declare National Be Kind to Campers Week. Kick Peter Dewey out of the four-square court.

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE] GARDEN REPORT

Calling all gardeners! Any person who’d like to help with the garden, go behind the gym Tuesdays or Thursdays and ask Mrs. Tecce about it.

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE] THANK FRITO-LAY!!!

For the past two days, The Apple Kitchen was out of Doritos and Funyuns. Thanks to Frito Lay, they are once again stocked full of it. So all you chip lovers can once again rejoice and eat until your arteries harden.

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE]

The Counselors’ Show included a horse with a weak digestive system, a cyclist having a hard day, two rain dances, scarf dances by Bob, Andy and John; dancing by Kippy and Peter, juggling by Nissy, all under Jane’s direction. Zoe and Jordie provided continuity as a film director and her assistant.

 

A strange thing happened after we finished BUZZ ON. The next week, during the first rehearsals for A CREASE IN THE CLOCK, all sorts of bees and wasps came out from under the stage and a lot of people got stung. Sort of a bees’ revenge.”

 

It was the first cleanup day. We had just finished and everyone was sitting around the Counselors’ Room too tired to move. Suddenly, a car comes flying up the driveway. Tom and Dougie are on top. Tommy shoves a broom or something into the room. All at once everyone is on their feet and running after the car. Tommy is trying to get back inside the car which Jackie has going very fast in reverse. Tommy leaps inside the car finally while it is still moving. Meanwhile people are all over the place pretending to shoot at the car like a TV show, in the street, everywhere. With a squeal of brakes the Megans left the parking lot. Nissy is yelling, ‘Stop it! Stop it!’ Then we all went and sat down in the Counselors’ Room again.”

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