It’s deep. We all spend at least three hours per day in the dining hall and in a sense it’s our main common program area. Think of it that way. The Frost Valley summer people make the very best of this common space. Here are some photos I took yesterday at lunch but these faces and this spirit can be witnessed any day.

Leaving the dining hall after lunch c. 1975-77. Keith Brankner is in the red windbreaker toward the bottom right. Gustavo Giraldo Restrepo from Colombia is in the red sweater at bottom left. Lee Oeschle in the red staff shirt is emerging from the DH porch.

Breakfast consisted, in part, of French toast with tasty maple syrup. I walked by a table of Pokey-Totem campers, our youngest village, and saw one young guy happily eating his syrup with a fork. I asked him about it and he insisted that this was the best way to enjoy syrup, and who was I to talk him into a more efficient manner?

The next moment a Susky camp said good morning to me with great enthusiasm. She told me that the previous evening, at dinner, the amplification system in the dining hall wasn’t working. When it came time for the usual playing of the “clean-up song,” after one staff member — the talented DeQuan Foster — sang an amazing song, this young lady, as she told me, ran up and ask the directors if she could sing a song too. The assented and she proceeded to belt out a number that everyone loved. When I asked her if this was a highlight for her, she said yes, and then added that it was a highlight of her life. The photo below captures her next gesture.

A lot can happen at just one meal in the dining hall. Below are photos taken during Camp Wawayanda’s lunch today. Spontaneous dancing as people set up the tables. Hugs and mini-reunions as hikers returns from their camping trips. Staff simply enjoying each other’s company. Busy directors mugging for the camera. And, of course, hoopla.

Last night we celebrated Spaghetti Saturdays, with our no utensils meal and messy face eating contest!

Winning the Messiest Face, with her abstract art of meatballs and banana peels, Frida in Pokey Totem!

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