Old Site of Camp Shawnee

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Suzanne Schwartz Stone

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#82
May 19, 2008
 
Sharon Wolf how are you? Remember me (Suzy Schwartz)? I have no idea how I wandered onto this site but remember the good times we had mostly being sarcastic teenagers! Definitely remember the rec hall burning down from a lightening strike and Dave getting zapped on the dining hall microphone and Evelyn Bland coming into the dining hall crying saying that no one was going anywhere because the rec hall was burning down. Of course it got built again on the exact same spot. How the hell did they get away with a color war of North and South? Pretty controversial! I remember berry picking on the way to Aldenville and swimming in the creek, playing jacks on the porch, listening to music over the PA: The Smothers Brothers, Buffalo Springfield, Johnny Matthis - Al Rotella waking us up, trips to Lake Wallenpaupack with a parachute for a tent, always coming in last on the swim team except when they put me in with kids much younger than myself, or when I was the only one to make it to the other end of the pool doing the backstroke, fireworks on the fourth of July over the lake, horseback overnights, the Wayne County fair, bus trips to other camps to play volleyball or softball and having Didi Bernstein (now Conn) lead the sing-a-longs. All that time in arts and crafts led me to being an artist now living on Long Island with a pathologist husband, two boys about to be both in college and two wheaten terriers. I definitely enjoyed my four years at Shawnee 1965-1968.
Lori Horn -now Postal

Chapel Hill, NC

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#83
May 24, 2008
 
I can't believe I found this site! My sister Wendy and I were campers and counselors there in the early 60's. Allen Zagoren and I actually dated for a few years - and I see he has a post.
I too have been back to the old Shawnee and was so disheartened to see it in such bad shape. The "lake" looks like a small mudhole. Hard to believe we actually went water skiing in it.
I remember every word of Shawnee songs.
Wendy Horn now Sprintz

Cary, NC

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#84
May 26, 2008
 
This is too cool! We absolutely have to have a mini-reunion, do a campfire, sing the Shawnee song, and have color war! I would be happy to organize it as I am a professional meeting planner by trade. Those that are interested should send me an e-mail: iamadubs@aol.com. I was a camper the first year it opened, but who can remember when that was? I remember Ted Bland sitting in my parent's living room selling us on the idea. Hope to hear from everyone soon!
Allen Zagoren

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#85
May 29, 2008
 
Lori Horn -now Postal wrote:
I can't believe I found this site! My sister Wendy and I were campers and counselors there in the early 60's. Allen Zagoren and I actually dated for a few years - and I see he has a post.
I too have been back to the old Shawnee and was so disheartened to see it in such bad shape. The "lake" looks like a small mudhole. Hard to believe we actually went water skiing in it.
I remember every word of Shawnee songs.
HI1
I am visitng Jay in NJ and he reminded me abou thte web site!
I went back to look1

haven't htought about CAMP in a while!
I just traveleld from Iowa via car back to Philadelphia and was thinking about Camp while travelling through on route 80!
Is rosies 9 the bar ) still there? I doubt it!

A reunion woudl be great-- by the way Rons Name is Ronaald Vito James Digiondomenico-- he is at Bloomsberg State as a professor!

I am at Drake University in Desmoines Iowa and at Iowa Health System as a Medical Director!

I would love to hear from old friends-- at drallen9@aol.com!

A reunion woudl be great!
Allen Zagoren

Catasauqua, PA

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#86
May 29, 2008
 
HI! I am visiting my brother Jay and he reminded me about the web site-- It ishas been many years but I still think the greatest summers were spent at Shawnee- My sister Sue and I can still sing most of the songs!
By the the way Ron's full name is Ronald Vito James Digiondomenico he still lives in Berwick,last I heard Dave McClay was at Duke university and Al rotella had passed away!
Does anyone know what has happened to the Blands? Joe Bogusz? Terry Fight?
I am in Des Moines iowa -- a Surgeon and a Profesor at Drake University
I would love to hear from other old friends ) I -have heard from Robbie OConner) My e-mail is drallen9@aol.com
Lynn Blass then Goldstein

Chapel Hill, NC

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#87
May 30, 2008
 
The last few weeks have been complete nostalgia time for me & now Camp Shawnee. Wendy, Lori and I live near each other and we have been known to belt out the Camp Shawnee song as if we had just sung it yesterday..."it's great to be at Camp Shawnee...we play & run it's loads of fun, it is a home away from home it's great to be at Camp Shawnee.....the counselors are very nice because for us they sacrifice" and on & on. My brother is in one of the picture someone posted of all the bunks (Robert)...it must have been the year I didn't go...I loved camp but was always homesick...but I remember names, looking at the bunk pictures...Sue Shamis, Sue Nelkin, wasn't there a Melanie Feller too....I also remember winning a horse, to take care of until the next summer, in the horse naming contest.... very upset with my parents because they wouldn't let me keep a horse in the Bronx. I always rode Blackie the horse.....loved to aqua plane, is that done anymore? I also honed my jack skills.... any way...very fun!
I am an artist & psychologist...just did an art installation that is on Time and Memory....so this is perfect!
Lori Horn -now Postal

Chapel Hill, NC

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#88
Jun 8, 2008
 
Sign me up for the reunion! My email is
beckaronie@nc.rr.com
Hilary Lyman

Spokane, WA

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#89
Jun 22, 2008
 
Does anyone have an e-mail or physical address for Ron Dijohn? I tried looking, but I don't really know the correct spelling of his last name and whether or not it is Dijohn or Domenico? It would be fun to send him a hello, especially since everyone remembers him so well.

By the way, I remember all of the words to the songs as well. "The joys and thrills, the summer at camp shawnee will live thoughout the years..." I guess they did.

And, "Friends, friends, friends, we will always be, whether or fair or in dark stormy weather our camp shanwee will keep us together, the green and white"!! Hilary (aspengrove@cybermesa.com)
Robby OConnor

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#90
Jun 23, 2008
 
Hilary Lyman wrote:
Does anyone have an e-mail or physical address for Ron Dijohn? I tried looking, but I don't really know the correct spelling of his last name and whether or not it is Dijohn or Domenico? It would be fun to send him a hello, especially since everyone remembers him so well.
By the way, I remember all of the words to the songs as well. "The joys and thrills, the summer at camp shawnee will live thoughout the years..." I guess they did.
And, "Friends, friends, friends, we will always be, whether or fair or in dark stormy weather our camp shanwee will keep us together, the green and white"!! Hilary (aspengrove@cybermesa.com)
Hi Hillary, was looking at post above from Al Zagoren, and Ron's last name is Digiondomenico. He lives in Berwick, PA, and if you do a lookup, you could find his telephone number.
I started this post a few years ago after my family started to go to the Wayne County fair in the summer to relive old times. We were at Shawnee from 1968 till it closed. My parents were Barbara and Ed O'Connor, who worked there, while my 2 brothers and 2 sisters and I were campers.
We've thought about doing a reunion at Wayne County fair, just pick a day and informally meet.
Looks like you're in charge of songs.
I live in CT, roboconnor8@cox.net
Bob Lawrence

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#91
Jun 29, 2008
 
Hi all,
I spoke to RD a couple of weeks ago and told him about this site. I figured he would've posted by now. He's doing well and is retired from teaching. I think Ted Bland is living in Raritan, NJ.
You can find almost anybody off of 2 search engines: peoplefinders.com and zabasearch; with zabasearch actually providing street addresses and phone numbers. Be well all.
Michael Gelber

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#92
Jul 3, 2008
 
just wanted to wish everyone a HAPPY 4TH
(aka as brains/junior brains)
Julie Rotella

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#93
Jul 6, 2008
 
Robby O'Connor! Oh my Gosh - didn't I try to catch you on Sadie Hawkins Day? My niece (Jamie's daughter) found this site and passed it on when she saw my father's name mentioned. Both my father and mother have passed away as well as Mr. Bland. Teddy is in N.J. somewhere. He's hard to keep track of but my brothers still keep in touch with him. We should definitely get him to start a reunion. Camp Shawnee was great! I can't imagine anyplace that exists today that was quite like that! I remember Blackie, but Sammy was the best. No one ever wanted Grandpa though!

Julie
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#94
Jul 7, 2008
 
Julie, your brother Al was my counselor in bunk 2 when I was a camper-worker. It was the year he was the leader during Color War. I can't remember the teams that year. Jamie would take us on one hell of a ride when we had to pickup the garbage and bring it to the dumps. Ask him if he remebers the "Ragasphere". Tell them I send my regards.
Bill
Larry Chesal

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Jul 8, 2008
 
Edmund Gerstein wrote:
I also loved color war too, remeber the SAXONS vs NORMANS and the dual bonfires at the bottom of the quad to win at the end.
Mighty Normans are we, brave and strong as you can see. Hail to the King & Quee-een [repeat endlessly]
I was there only one year, sadly, but our friends, the Warsetskys went back many years. Great [vague] memories.
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#96
Jul 8, 2008
 
Julie Rotella wrote:
Robby O'Connor! Oh my Gosh - didn't I try to catch you on Sadie Hawkins Day? My niece (Jamie's daughter) found this site and passed it on when she saw my father's name mentioned. Both my father and mother have passed away as well as Mr. Bland. Teddy is in N.J. somewhere. He's hard to keep track of but my brothers still keep in touch with him. We should definitely get him to start a reunion. Camp Shawnee was great! I can't imagine anyplace that exists today that was quite like that! I remember Blackie, but Sammy was the best. No one ever wanted Grandpa though!
Julie
Julie, it was so great to see that you found this, and amazing you still remember Sadie Hawkins! By the way, you did catch me, or else our counselors had us go to some dance together.

Funny that our Dad's being close started our whole progression to Shawnee. I still remember those years. My brothers and sisters have been going back to the Wayne County Fair for the last few years, and it's exactly the same.

We want to do a reunion, maybe next year at the Wayne County, it's in early August.

What are you up to? Where do you live?
I live outside of Hartford, CT, married, 3 girls.
drop me an email: roboconnor8@cox.net

Robby
Hilary Lyman

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#97
Jul 21, 2008
 
Gordon: Did Joe have a daughter named Ginny? I think I recall that she was my counselor and that they were from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Hilary Lyman
Gordon Hoyle wrote:
Joe Fobes is my uncle and I actually worked at the Camp in the dining hall during the summers of 69 & 70. I visit back there every few years and stay in touch with Joe's kids & spend time with Joe when I visit. It's been a long time...the Blands, O'Connors and Rotellas were some of the families I remember that pretty much ran the place when I worked there. I'm curious on what happened to a lot of the folks! If there's anything I can do, let me know.
Larry Chesal

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#98
Jul 22, 2008
 
Someone please verify I've got these words right. Ellen Warsetsky claims there were some totally different lyrics - maybe there were other verses? I only remember chanting these over and over. ALso, wasn't there a tie that year and each team had to build a bonfire to see who could burn through a rope 20' off the ground to determine the winner?
Larry Chesal wrote:
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Mighty Normans are we, brave and strong as you can see. Hail to the King & Quee-een [repeat endlessly]
I was there only one year, sadly, but our friends, the Warsetskys went back many years. Great [vague] memories.
2larryc@comcast.net
Linda Whittaker Reilly

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#99
Jul 27, 2008
 
I was known as Linda Whittaker the summer of 1970. I stumbled upon this site when a friend sent me an email about another Honesdale camp. How fun to see so much interest in reminiscing. I was a camp counselor the summer of 1970 and had a cabin full of wonderful 9 year olds, whose first names were Iris, Jayu, Wendy, Leslie, Ellen, Hillary, Cathy. Lynn was my junior counselor.
Other counselors there that I have pictures of in an old old album (5 pages worth) were Gil(who was a very special friend), Carol, Jan, Sue, Lisa, Mary Ellen, Joyce, and others, to mention a few. I have pictures of the quad, sadie hawkins dance, skits during the color war (Bitish team I was on), Crazy Night costumes, the Prom and crowning of King, Queen, Prince and Princess at the prom.
I would love to be in touch with anyone that was there that summer, as I don't have many last names for the pictures.
Look forward to hearing from someone!
Donna Miller Wilder

Bayside, NY

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#100
Jul 28, 2008
 
I happened on to this site and wondered if anyone from the summer of 1962 (?) has checked in? I was a counselor, along with several others from Penn State. My bunk was 13 year olds and I, too, remember playing jacks endlessly on the porch. My sisters Lyn and Susan were also counselors the following summers. Would love to know where everyone ended up.
Lyn Miller McClay

Chapel Hill, NC

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#101
Jul 28, 2008
 
I spent three summers (1964-66) as a counselor at Camp Shawnee. In 1967, Dave McClay and I married and returned to camp for one last summer. I have wonderful memories of those years! Dave & I divorced in the early 70's and both remarried. He is a professor at Duke University, in Durham, NC. I will forward this website to him.
I would love to hear from anyone who was a camper or counselor during those years. I was a captain for the Normans vs Saxons color war in 1966. I still remember all of the songs!

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