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513pwood

Fairborn, OH

#41 Aug 8, 2008
Steve Buti wrote:
Please post reasons why you love Pennellwood Resort.
Late games in rec hall. late night kitchen raids. the same staff skit show, the boat doesn't work, seeing friends year after year. 5 packs of beer being auctioned at Monte Carlo night,campfires on the beach, and what about Edgar Pennell stories. Summers are no longer the same.
What a History JW

United States

#42 Aug 13, 2008
From the old pool to new Shower houses to showers in your new cabins and hot water wood row boats to ski boats and pontoons horse rides and bycles to none 2 tennis courts to 4 bow and arrows to none the old tunes after the first bell in the morning the swinging bridge and campfire on the other side people walking one by one in the dim lit forest after songs by the staff and Lad and Linus the hay ride down by the river where we all got off because it was too steep through the feilds by where the pickers lived pingpong tables that lasted forever soft ball games square dancing hunting for the treasure the pirate sent us on after breakfast all these things were great but the the best treasure fo all was what it represented ( how we could all live toghter and have fun ) That was Pennellwood Thank You Stacy Family
Rachael

Columbus, OH

#43 Sep 19, 2008
I remember singing along to 'Suite Judy Blue Eyes' by CSN&Y along the way to Pennellwood. Now everytime i hear that song, Pennellwood is right infront of me.
hannah

Chicago, IL

#44 Oct 15, 2008
i loved the life long friends you make and the staff. being 14 and hanging out with people close to your age was fun. being out and night and looking at the stars on the lake swing with a big group of people some even maybe being the rec directors. ha being able to go to breakfast in your pajamas and no one saying anything because thats what everyone did. mann...do i miss pennellwood now.
Shar - a 70s Sweetheart

United States

#45 Nov 2, 2008
Here in Maryland, we don't hear much news from southwest Michigan so I was really surprised to to read, in the Washingtom Times, an article that included information about the possible restructuring of Pennellwood Resort. The article brought with it memories of a magical time in my life.
I remember well:
... the dorm opening. This was quite an improvement from living in the upstairs of the lodge. A spare key was hidden in the tree between the dorm and the rec hall for those of us returning to the dorm after hours.
...the meal bell ringing three times a day but rarely at night. The bell served as the fire alert system for the resort and ringing the bell in the night was a serious offense.
... boyfriends being invited to eat meals with the Pennellwood Sweathearts if the boys helped in the kitchen. Water glasses and pots were washed by hand. Dishes and silverware were washed in a machine - except when the machine broke. Drying spoons was a dreaded chore.
... peeling a truck load of potatoes. We sharpened those potato peelers with sand paper to make the job go more quickly.
... singing, singing, and more singing. The activities director taught music during the school year so the Sweethearts sang. We sang at the Methodist church,at Friday night campfires, and rainy day variety shows.
... trips to Warren Dunes.
... water skiing and taking the row boat into the marshes at the edge of the lake to cut cat tails for indoor decoration. Little did we know that cat tails explode as they dry.
... lots of arts and crafts. The sweethearts spent much time between meals crocheting dresses and afghans, knitting sweaters, and creating macrame belts. And then there the candles made from paraffin, crayolas, and empty bottles.
... concrete ping pong tables.
... little free time. The sweethearts had off every day between meals and one additional afternoon - following lunch service - per two weeks. It didn't matter much - we had little money and little transportation.
... trips to Niles and South Bend. For someone who grew up on the east coast, it was always a challenge to change time zones and calculate travel time to arrive at the movie theatre prior to the previews.
... bran bread and beef-barley soup. None has tasted better, since.
... white dresses to serve lunch on Sunday. Skirts and dresses to serve the other meals. The were no slacks, jeans, or shorts covering Sweetheart thighs during meal service.(On second thought, in those days, skirts were short, short, very short.)
... carrying 25 filled water classes at a time.
... square dances that all ages could enjoy. I don't think that I have ever had a better time dancing - despite three different semesters of beginner's level ballroom dance lessons!)
Richard Nixon was president and the war in Viet Nam was raging, but we at Pennellwood were sheltered from it all. Lad and Shirl were kind houseparents and treated us like family.
Since reading the Washington Times article more than a year ago, I have tried to follow the story and am saddened to learn of the auction and razing of the Pennellwood recreation hall and cabins. I have lost touch with those I knew at Pennellwood but remember them fondly. I always thought I would see them and the resort again.
Although I have had many blessings in my life including grown children and a successful career, I count my days at Pennellwood as some of the best.
BillBill

Jonesborough, TN

#46 Dec 30, 2008
Shar - a 70s Sweetheart wrote:
Here in Maryland, we don't hear much news from southwest Michigan so I was really surprised to to read, in the Washingtom Times, an article that included information about the possible restructuring of Pennellwood Resort. The article brought with it memories of a magical time in my life.
I remember well:
... the dorm opening. This was quite an improvement from living in the upstairs of the lodge. A spare key was hidden in the tree between the dorm and the rec hall for those of us returning to the dorm after hours.
...the meal bell ringing three times a day but rarely at night. The bell served as the fire alert system for the resort and ringing the bell in the night was a serious offense.
... boyfriends being invited to eat meals with the Pennellwood Sweathearts if the boys helped in the kitchen. Water glasses and pots were washed by hand. Dishes and silverware were washed in a machine - except when the machine broke. Drying spoons was a dreaded chore.
... peeling a truck load of potatoes. We sharpened those potato peelers with sand paper to make the job go more quickly.
... singing, singing, and more singing. The activities director taught music during the school year so the Sweethearts sang. We sang at the Methodist church,at Friday night campfires, and rainy day variety shows.
... trips to Warren Dunes.
... water skiing and taking the row boat into the marshes at the edge of the lake to cut cat tails for indoor decoration. Little did we know that cat tails explode as they dry.
... lots of arts and crafts. The sweethearts spent much time between meals crocheting dresses and afghans, knitting sweaters, and creating macrame belts. And then there the candles made from paraffin, crayolas, and empty bottles.
... concrete ping pong tables.
... little free time. The sweethearts had off every day between meals and one additional afternoon - following lunch service - per two weeks. It didn't matter much - we had little money and little transportation.
... trips to Niles and South Bend. For someone who grew up on the east coast, it was always a challenge to change time zones and calculate travel time to arrive at the movie theatre prior to the previews.
... bran bread and beef-barley soup. None has tasted better, since.
... white dresses to serve lunch on Sunday. Skirts and dresses to serve the other meals. The were no slacks, jeans, or shorts covering Sweetheart thighs during meal service.(On second thought, in those days, skirts were short, short, very short.)
... carrying 25 filled water classes at a time.
... square dances that all ages could enjoy. I don't think that I have ever had a better time dancing - despite three different semesters of beginner's level ballroom dance lessons!)
Richard Nixon was president and the war in Viet Nam was raging, but we at Pennellwood were sheltered from it all. Lad and Shirl were kind houseparents and treated us like family.
Since reading the Washington Times article more than a year ago, I have tried to follow the story and am saddened to learn of the auction and razing of the Pennellwood recreation hall and cabins. I have lost touch with those I knew at Pennellwood but remember them fondly. I always thought I would see them and the resort again.
Although I have had many blessings in my life including grown children and a successful career, I count my days at Pennellwood as some of the best.
Me too.
Goat boy

Frankfort, IL

#47 Feb 13, 2009
Went there as a kid ithe sixties. GREAT memories. It is truly sad to hear it is no longer able to provide the graet memories I had as a kid.
Amanda

Rockford, IL

#48 Mar 15, 2009
Me and my cousins loved pennelwood. We loved the pingpong tournaments and the horseshoe tournaments. i loved hearing the rec bell and running to get first inline. i even got to ring the bell once. i miss hearing "HEY HEY AlL YOU PENNELWOODERS.... RIIIIGHT NOOW!" I miss the coin find on the volley ball court. I miss story time. I miss ultimate frisbee and the petting zoo. I miss the swinging Bridge, the candy shop, and the campfires. I miss tie-day teeshirts and the parade. I miss playing baseball with all my cousins. I miss pennellwoood.
Former Pennellwooder

Yorkville, IL

#49 May 29, 2009
I was sad to see the pictures of Pennellwood under new construction. Brought back so many good times...
Lying out in the big field and being able to see the Big Dipper on a clear night...Winning the tennis tournament with Randy Justin....having cocktail hour on the porch before dinner every night...buying penny candy in the office...The cabins "Sunset" and "Dawn"....having Sunday mass on the lawn...playing PASS THE ACE in the Rec Hall till the wee hours...Gib, the square dance caller playing "Little Black Book" and harassing the few guys into joining in with the dance....forming a conga line and jumping in the pool all together...my first attempt at waterskiing (and my last)....reading "The Exorcist" in my bunk on a dark and rainy night...Wow, what a storehouse of treasured memories. I'm hoping to take my grandchildren there someday, even if it's just to see those stars.
Sue

AOL

#50 Nov 11, 2010
Anyone remember Green River in the soda machine?
Nathan Szany

Munster, IN

#51 Nov 25, 2010
When they tore it down, my childhood ended. I have read everyone's messages and it is so surreal to hear that everyone has done what all other families have done at different weeks and at different points in time. Pennellwood was the closet there will ever be to a heaven on earth. Everyone was your friend and you could do whatever you wanted. To have never experienced this place would be such a horrible thing. I couldn't even tell you all the memories and things i have done there, but every time i see someone posting a memory of what they did, i smile to myself because i know i have done the exact same thing. We'd come home sad after our Pennellwood trip and our bags would carry with it the Pennellwood "Smell" and would keep that smell until we went back there again. It was magic. The instant you smelt it, you'd sigh to yourself and think of Pennellwood. I grew up there. I found my first love and had my first kiss there. It was a place of extacy. When it is my time to leave this world, I hope i am allowed by whatever higher being there is that rules us, lets me visit Pennellwood and relive my piece of paradise again.
Steve Buti

Northbrook, IL

#52 Jul 11, 2011
It is so great to read all of these memories and think back to all of the years I went to Pennellwood Resort. It is so sad that I do not have the pleasure and joy of taking my own children there.
Nathan, I love what you wrote, it was very moving.
Pennellwooder

Chicago, IL

#53 Jul 23, 2011
Folks - I am a lifelong Pennellwooder (25 Pennellwood summers (child, teen, young adult, and father of two boys) in 45 years) and was as upset as the rest of you when the resort closed. I am not critical of the Stacy's, and can easily understand how owners can over extend themselves as the Stacy's have. I realize that it is the people of Pennellwood which make the experience so unique. That being said, I've found a place with the feel of Pennellwood, but with superior accomodations and food. I am sitting here in the resort at the end of the week with the same feelings I had at the end of my Pennellwood weeks. We need to get heading home. I will provide all the details of my experience within the next week or so, and will be happy to monitor this sight to answer any and all questions you might have. My name is Bob Bohnsak, and the Pennellwood rec area was named after my father during the final years of the resort. I loved Pennellwood and will cherish my memories. But believe me folks when I say that the resort I am talking about is absolutely incredible, and that most Pennellwooders would agree with me once they have experienced a week here.

PLEASE tell us where you go now! We have been searching but have found nothing close to what we had there! Thank you!
Pennellwooder Also

Schaumburg, IL

#54 Aug 29, 2011
Bob, please tell us about your vacation experience. Was it the place in Minnesota?
David Lovi

Lake Zurich, IL

#55 Sep 5, 2011
I remember shouting every morning "Hello Bob and Dana!" awesome times!
Pennellwooder

Lyndhurst, NJ

#56 Sep 13, 2011
Pennellwooder wrote:
Folks - I am a lifelong Pennellwooder (25 Pennellwood summers (child, teen, young adult, and father of two boys) in 45 years) and was as upset as the rest of you when the resort closed. I am not critical of the Stacy's, and can easily understand how owners can over extend themselves as the Stacy's have. I realize that it is the people of Pennellwood which make the experience so unique. That being said, I've found a place with the feel of Pennellwood, but with superior accomodations and food. I am sitting here in the resort at the end of the week with the same feelings I had at the end of my Pennellwood weeks. We need to get heading home. I will provide all the details of my experience within the next week or so, and will be happy to monitor this sight to answer any and all questions you might have. My name is Bob Bohnsak, and the Pennellwood rec area was named after my father during the final years of the resort. I loved Pennellwood and will cherish my memories. But believe me folks when I say that the resort I am talking about is absolutely incredible, and that most Pennellwooders would agree with me once they have experienced a week here.
PLEASE tell us where you go now! We have been searching but have found nothing close to what we had there! Thank you!
Sorry about the slow response. I haven't checked this website in over a year. The resort I spoke of is Fair Hills Resort. It is located in northwest Minnesota nead Detroit Lakes. I have now been there in each of the last four summers and can say without hesitation that it is the place for Pennellwooders looking to resume their Pennellwood-style family vacations.

I have sent follow-up messages on this sight and even wrote a testimonial for a Fair Hills mailing sent to all listed in Pennellwood's mailing list. I am compensated in no way by Fair Hills Resort for my efforts, but rather do it for folks like myself who may be having a difficult time finding a place like Pennellwood. I LOVE FAIR HILLS RESORT!, and intend to keep on going there for as long as my family will join me. The people at fair hills (owners, workers, & guests) are just like the folks at Pennellwood. Most have been going there for decades, and wouldn't miss their week in Fair hills for anything.

Look them up @fairhillsresort.com. Give them a call, and tell them Bob sent you!!!!!

ps: Again, I receive no compensation from Fair Hills.
Jason Ledbetter

New York, NY

#57 Jan 12, 2013
I KNOW YOU WERE FROM MY WEEK BECAUSE WE WERE THE ONLY SPECIAL WEEK TO HAVE MR SULLIVANS IRISH NIGHT YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT....LOVE IT!!!! I MISS PENNELLWOOD SO MUCH AND NOW WITH KIDS OF MY OWN I AM EXTREMELY DISAPOINTED THAT I CAN NOT TAKE MY FAMILY TO WHAT IS THE SINGLE BEST VACATION SPOT EVER. BEING ABLE TO GROW UP AROUND PENNELLWOOD AND HAVING THE FREEDOM AS A KID WAS AMAZING....AS OUR LOVELY WAITRESESS USED TO SAY " I DONT REALLY WANNA GO HOME NOW I DONT REALLY WANNA GO HOME, ALL GOD'S CHILDREN ARE HAPPY WHEN THEY ROAM I DONT REALLY WANNA GO HOME!!" I LOVE YOU PENNELLWOOD!!!!
a real pwooder wrote:
LCR, square dancing, great friends, Day 1 pranks on each others' cabins, Backatcha, poolside beers and whirlpools with 50+ participants, great friends, Mr. Sullivan night, "world champion" tennis, reading books, ice runs, salad bars, winery trips, great friends, karaoke, bocci ball, meals by-the-bell, great friends, family reunions, singing skip-around-the-room for birthdays, four square, movies on the porch, great friends, spending time with your kids while you watch them grow up, feeling the anticipation each year as the family packs for Pennellwood, I could go on for days here...
America

Benton Harbor, MI

#58 Apr 30, 2015
Pennellwood is privately owned .. but is still beautiful and peaceful.
Robert L Wiltfong

Burkesville, KY

#59 Aug 11, 2016
When i was in the 8th grade i was so in love with Kim Stacy she was beautiful. Her dad moved them to Washington i think and i never seen her again. I would love to know how she is doing. I still remember loving her.

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