On Saturday Taylor Fellows and I hosted the 2nd Annual Camp Alleghany Counselor Reunion. This year it was held at Taylor’s parents’ house in Charlottesville (practically on the University of Virginia — U.Va. — campus).
We blogged about this last year, so if you want to know how this now annual event got started, check that post out.
Like last year, our hopes for this reunion was just for a simple gathering for anyone who’s been a counselor ANYTIME in the past to get together and enjoy each others’ company, reminisce about camp, and catch up.
And with all the good vibes in the room, I know Taylor and I hoped maybe we’d even persuade some of these awesome counselors to join us again at camp — I mean, how could they resist?!
Eight former counselors joined us, three of whom are current U.Va. students, two who drove in together from Fredericksburg (they attend the University of Mary Washington), one counselor from James Madison University, one student at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton (my town) rode in with me, and one U.Va. graduate who still lives in Charlottesville and is working as a teacher there.
Clearly if this was a Blue-Gray competition, and Virginia was Blue for example, Blue would have won! Just kidding! 🙂
But next year we do hope others will put it on your calendars and come in if you can. Maryland and D.C. and North Carolina at least — you’re not that far! But everyone is welcome wherever you are.
Food and hospitality
What delightful hosts we had in Taylor and her family.
Taylor went all out on the meal — smoked chicken (so good I’m getting the recipe), smoked flank steak, her mom’s corn pudding recipe, salad, fruit, and then I made homemade brownies (one batch of regular and one Paleo batch of course).
And then what would a camp reunion be without peppermint patties and peanut butter, so I brought those as well.
Friendship and laughter
We all had a great time reminiscing about camp, telling funny stories, and also getting caught up on each others’ lives. It was a very mixed group in terms of ages and how many years they attended camp as counselors, yet that diversity added to the event beautifully. We had a great time together and the range made for great conversation.
My baby Ellis joined us and had a blast with all the ladies. I can’t resist showing off this cute picture of him to the right.
Taylor and I will continue this tradition. We’re hoping it will grow each year. This year we had to change the date at the last minute so some people had planned to come but couldn’t when we switched it. We’re so sorry about that and hope next year to nail down the details and get the word out in time for as many to come as possible.
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls