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Charles River Tent Flaps: 1979

[“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 completes its opening decade, seemingly in a contemplative mood …]

 

1979

Tom Megan, artist-in-residence … MONOPOLY at the Waterfront Park … Frisbee … Krakowiak Polish Dancers … Brad Jones of The Next Move is our sunshine … Multi-Arts takes on Gauguin painting, “Whence Do We Come, What Are We, Whither Are We Going?” … Junk Food makes it to the big time in FOOD FOR THOUGHT … Dog Dilemma … Juice machines next to The Real Thing … Julie Matthies returns with songs … new courses: Calligraphy, Book Creation and Illustrations, Hot Stage Festival Review … Dougie Petit …

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE] QUOTE OF THE SUMMER

God, give me gas.”

 

There are a lot of good places to see camp. My favorite place is on the circle of grass by the new building. You can see the Town Hall, the clock, and the pines just to the left of it. You can sit there and crack pine needles between your fingers, talk with your friends, or you can just watch. There’s the four-square game with a long line of kids, kids splashing around in the pool. You can look at the ten stage and see a few kids laughing, talking, or just fooling around on the piano. You can see people at the Snack Bar, in the Art Room, in the Drama Room. Always people in the windows.”

First period you can hear kids practicing show tunes, see the kids rehearsing scenes. Robert [Levine] always transposing all the keys in his head. You can also see the Fencing Class right near the new building going up and back in their stances. Lots of things to hear too. The piano, the scraping of sneakers on the cement in fencing, people laughing and splashing in the pool, the yelling at the four-square court; ‘You’re out!’ ‘No, I’m not!’ The bells in Bellringing, recorders, guitars.”

Second and third you can hear Kippy and all the other kids rehearsing for the play. Lots of times Kippy gets nervous. Then fourth and fifth you hear Pam and all her One-Act kids and she gets nervous. Both of them are always counting down the days ’til the Arts Festival. Sometimes they’re anxious, sometimes they’re secure.”

You can see Nissy riding around on her bike, like a mother watching over her kids, making sure everyone’s having fun.”

You can always smell the hamburgers cooking on the grill when you’re down by the Snack Bar. When it’s sunny, all the counselors sit on the grassy ledge. There’s a Frisbee or volleyball game going on. When it’s raining, the counselors eat in the Counselors Room.”

Camp has changed a lot in ten years. I mean, the place stays the same but the people change. It’s like a ride at a carnival. The camp goes around, different people get on, different people get off. Some people like it so much they stay on.”

Sometimes the wind blows and it cools you right off ’cause you’re sitting in the shade.”

You want to be there with people you like, people you care for, people you know. It’s touched a lot of people. I guess places like that do. I guess they never leave you ’cause you’ve grown so much with it. It’s a place, just a place. But it’s a wonderful place.”

The weeks of the two arts festivals are the two weeks I like the most. Everyone’s excited about the arts festival and musical, but everyone is sad underneath because camp is ending. My friends and I stay through after camp until rehearsal; we go swimming or just ‘bum’ around and eat subs in the town green for dinner.”

Thursday is probably the saddest day of camp. Everyone forgets about the arts festival at least once that day, and they think about the ending of camp. At afternoon announcements on Thursday the Tenny Donnelly Award is given to the nicest, most helpful, kind, etc. camper by the counselors. When the camper accepts the award there are usually tears on her face, and everyone realizes – that camp is over.”

In the finale of the play on Friday night there is so much excitement but once the finale is over and the cast presents have been given out the excitements starts to decrease. When everyone is hugging and congratulating each other the excitement is still there but by the time of the cast party, the excitement has pretty much left and tears fall.”

The cast party is one of the saddest things I’ve known. Only after you’ve been through it can you appreciate it; everyone is saying goodbye to everyone else, but somehow, in some way, it’s the best part of camp. You know something is ending, and you’ll never be able to get it back, so you reach out and grab whatever you can. It’s a time for friends, a time to be together.”

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE] HOW TWO PEOPLE SAY GOODBYE

[1] Jackie Megan: “Residue…we will miss you!” … and then he said, ‘Oh, let’s not say ‘Au Revoir’, let’s just say ‘Hors d’oeuvres.’”

[2] Holly Clark: “KADOOKA!!!!!”

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE] EIGHT WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR CAMPER (to “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover”)

It’s nearly Friday and we come now to a close / People feeling bad around, people blowing out their nose

And here’s some suggestions now at the risk of being crude / Here are eight ways to leave your camper:

Blow ’em a kiss, Niss / Try not to sneeze, Louise / Been a great feat, Pete / CRCAP

You have a lot of gall, Holl’ / Great corn-on-the-cob, Rob / Been a great minth, Cynth / CRCAP

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Charles River Tent Flaps: 1977

[“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 turn its “Show Must Go On” tradition legendary …]

 

1977

New stage (2 1/2 weeks to build, gray, 4 feet taller than its predecessor, two ladders to the balcony, more balcony space) … OLIVER! on Festival Stage … Thomas Harpoe Jepsen … Jane Ernst, actress-in-residence … Little Wanderers get their own department … Showtune Workshop performs at Briarwood Nursing and Retirement Home … Paul Temple and Frank Baker with the Bennington Music Workshop get everyone up and dancing at the Festival Stage with a multitude of drums … Puerto Rican rum … Cuchulian … Ucvle Tom’s Cabin … FENDA MARIA … KNAVE OF HEARTS … North End kids and Bob Laroca … Carol Meiselman womans the Apple … Nissy’s influence extends to the skies as she diverts planes from over the Festival Stage during performances … Tennis Tournament ends … Ann Brown performs at the Esplanade with Danny Sloan and Company to tumultuous applause, most of which is from a very large CRCAP contingent … Artists’ Night debuts … Neil Deluca as always …

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE]

I can’t find my counselor!” … “Where is my locker?” … “My schedule is all mixed up!” … All this confusion and more is what’s happening the first day of camp. The CITs are running around trying to help everybody. And the counselors are trying to find their CITs.

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE]

sensational gang you are! We’ve just experienced the most mellifluously mellow, smoothly synchronized, finely meshed, happily tuned opening day in the 8-year history of this chronically astonishing multi-arts experience. … A million thanks to all of YOU for making it SO great. W’re off and running for a smash hit summer of seventy-seven scenario. Happy Days are here again! Love to all, PBD

 

It was a very hot day that Thursday before BUZZ ON. Peter, Louise, Maureen, and some other people were relaxing at the house where I was staying when someone noticed a huge, black thundercloud rolling in over the trees. ‘Oh, no! The lights!’ Suddenly, Peter and Louise went speeding out the driveway and out on to Walpole Street on two wheels to rescue the lights. Maureen was not far behind to save the sets. There ensued a terrific rainstorm which continued right up until a half an hour before showtime. There were some anxious moments on the driveway in front of the school by Nissy and some of the staff. There was even a non-rain dance. We wondered if the rain would hold off until after the show. It did.”

It was freezing that night during BUZZ ON. Everyone backstage had sleeping bags wrapped around them or winter coats.”

Alan Ruthazer got sick before opening night. In the true ‘The-Show-Must-Go-On’ tradition, Jack Megan stepped in to play Hornsbee that night. I remember he had his lines written on his arms, all over him. Even then he didn’t get them right.”

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Charles River Tent Flaps: 1976

[“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 experience various forces of nature …]

 

1976

Danny Sloan becomes artist-in-residence, except when it’s time for lunch … JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH … Deborah Aschheim and Jon Maimon make a mint with their miniature funny-faced clay people … Jeremy Hutchins spends BITE THE LYRE upside down on the torture wheel … Boys Only Dance Class …

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE] IN HONOR OF THE BICENTENNIAL

On the 4th of July, the Dover Bicentennial Committee will bury a time capsule. In it will be items considered appropriate for representing the Bicentennial in Dover. Among the items buried will be a copy of the Daily Double. The Time Capsule will be uncovered in 2076 and will show the people of that time what it is like now.

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE] *SPECIAL*: What would you put in the Time Capsule?

Kaatje West: “An M&M.”

Anne Matthies: “Craig Leader.”

Sue Clark: “Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.”

Alan Brand: “The pesty Daily Double staff.”

David Pallian: “Three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree!”

 

Five years after the circus tent was destroyed, strong winds returned on June 25 to upend the tent stage covering…

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE]

DD: “Did you see what happened?” GL: “Yes.” DD: “What happened?” GL: “It just unraveled and blew away.” DD: “Was anyone else there?” GL: “Lots of people. Robbie Banfield, … well, not lots, a few.”

Peter Dewey fixed the tent so we talked to him.

DD: “Did someone help you?” … PD: “Yes, Peter Burrows and Paul Temple.” … DD: “Was it hard to fix?” … PD: “Pretty hard.”

 

But this wasn’t the end to problems caused by weather …

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE]

Weather Report – HURRICANE WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH TONIGHT 8/9/76

 

[DAILY DOUBLE ARTICLE]

Yesterday, after camp, preparations were made for the high winds of Hurricane Belle. Peter Dewey was in charge of the army of workers. The Festival Stage was braced, volleyball and basketball poles were laid down on their sides, and the tent over the stage was taken down. All this occurred in the pouring rain.

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