|Hyde Bay Camp For Boys
What is a “Sanbar”?
Since 1961, when several of us left Hyde Bay Camp for the last time (except for an occasional visit), there had never been a reunion of the “Fab Four or Five”, a self-named posse of hombres who hung around the theater, the tennis court and the baseball diamond of Hyde Bay in those years of yore. By name, we were Mac Mellor, Jim Main, Doug Coupe and Jock McQuilkin, but others were added to complement (and compliment) the four. Though Durbars were assembled on a regular basis in Cooperstown, the Fab Four or Five had never reunited as a group since our last year at camp. So it was decided that it was about time we got together before we all died. When I heard that the Low Country was the decided venue for this event, I immediately thought we would be going to Amsterdam and pulled out my wooden shoes; but lo, it turned out that, because so many lived in the Southeast area of the US, the Low Country they were referring to was the beautiful coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia. Hence the name “Sanbar”, since there were so many sand bars amid those beautiful beach front vistas.
Savannah was our hub, and what a magnificent spot for this great reunion. Unfortunately, Jock and Rusty “the Director” Pickett couldn’t make it at the last
moment, so 3 “campers” jumped in to fill their spots, John "Dayman” Mercer who
succeeded Mac and Jim as the impresario of the Hyde Bay Theatre, Todd “Fluh”
But all in all, it was a fantastic reunion, wonderful stories, amazing reminiscing and fond memories rekindled. Isn’t that what a reunion is supposed to be about? Thank you, Mac and Doug, for putting it all together. It will always be remembered with justified reverence.