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HYDE BAY HOME LETTER
VOLUME 33 August 10, 1959 No. 7
ENCLOSURE: You will find the traditional Hyde Bay Card with this letter. We have done most of the hard work. It will be a great help if you will send it back to us promptly. We really have to know how many to expect for the barbecue and bonfire, not that the latter be to be subdivided. It is mostly a matter of chicken. Time and method of leaving is also vital information in our planning.
CONCLUSION: You will receive no more reports from the councilors but there will be one note Home Letter before camp enld. Our inovation of starting on a Friday instead of Tuesday has made some experimetation necessary in this department. Incidentally, I hope you will tell us what you think about our starting on Friday instead of Tuesday.
WEATHER: This week has been bettor for the soil than for the people who walk thereon. However we have had considerable clear periods and the moisture has dampened no spirits. From all reports there are many sections of the country which would call this an excellent epoch of weather.
HEALTH: Other than having to take Dave Rodgers to the hospital for some minor surgery on his hand, our record continues excellent.
MONDAY, AUGUST THIRD: Charlie Classen led a trip down the Susquehanna discovering the river lower than we can recall having seen it. Such things failed to daunt our campers and the trip was pronounced the usual success. The menu was embellished by three catfish caught by Charlie and served for breakfast. You can also call these delicacies “Bullheads”. Chenango defeated Hyde Bay in a hot game on the latter’s diamond. Tom Mercer contributed two good hits as well as some good pitching. McPherson played the role of Rhyne Duren in the later innings. The first trip to Mt. Nebo went out this day under guidance of veteran scout Garver. To the uninitiated be it said, Nebo is the fifty acre mountain peak nine miles from camp which we normally visit quite frequently. It seemed as if most of the campers were out this night.
AUGUST 4th: The feature of this day was the defeat of Cooperstown in baseball with a score of 6—3. Catcher Coupe drafted from the Rochester Red Wings played an important part. Meanwhile Coach Classen’s boys lost in softball at Chenango by 4—3. An inovation in Hyde Bay history was a series of sailing races at Chenango. Hyde Bay scored 35 points to their riva1s’ 30. The successful skippers were David McManus and Allen Spaulding. Into camp this morning waked pedestrian Garver and his little charges. They had covered the entire nine miles from Nebo. It is rumored that this Restless Soul is plotting to walk around the moon.
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WEDNESDAY: This day seemed wet enough to stimulate many trips to the Farmer’s Museum. Our ambassadors kept going just about all day. We completed our trips to the Baseball Hall of Fame. A new handicraft fad is whittling on driftwood, and people of all ages may be seen wandering about knife in band, let the chips fall where they may. The day was closed with the usual feature film projected for us by technician Murphy. It was a “Western”.
AUGUST AGAIN: The baseball team humbled the native sons of our birthplace 12—1. They left in the morning, had their lunch at a pleasant spot in a gorge on the way and returned in the middle of the afternoon. To emphasize life’s compensations, our softball team was defeated by Cooperstown 7—4. The Greeks used to say “Victory comes to men by turns”. In our basketball league the Plips beat the Bunkers 23—16.
FRIDAY TOO: The ubiquitous Garver took a down—the—lake trip which was an ingenious variation of the norm. Meanwhile Dick Carlton and Walter McManus with a small but select group did the canoe—hoof trip to explore the cave of the late Nathaniel Bumppo. For the first time in our history we had a tennis match with Chenango in which Sawyer and Hynson won the singles while Timmy Allen and Tom Mercer won the doubles. Tents 17 and 18 spent the night on Gravelly under the leadership of Charles Classen as their proper councilors were loathe to leave their slippers and easy chairs.
CAME SATURDAY: The most of this day was given over to a refinement of the Scavenger Hunt known as the Nature Hunt. Ten teams started and, remarkable to say, nine finished. The team consisting of two Coupes, Ted Dickinson, John Mercer and Ted McPherson won with 1,272 points. Second place with 1,185 points was won by campers Carlton, Pickett, Wheeler and Daryl Young.
DRAMA: This same Saturday rose to a climax at 8:30 p.m. when the finest set of camp plays this critic has ever seen kept us rolling in the aisles for a couple of hours. The judges awarded first place to an opera in which the star was Ned Atwater, who was adjudged the best actor of the evening. The best actress went to Martin Beadle. He was not only the best of the cast but the host with the cast. There was an interesting variation on Hamlet which would have given Mr. Shakespear some qualms. Robert Rockwell gave us the most substantial Ophelia since Marie Booth Russell played opposite Robert Mantell. He/she graciously Granted a curtain call. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and a classic portrayal of the famous “Jumping Frog” offered stiff competition.
SUNDAY: Councilor Murphy conducted our church service very effectively. Most of the day was taken up with preparations for the enjoyment of and recovering from the famous Eight Inch Regatta. While the traditional Commodore Lord could not be with us, he called to his Manhatten headquarters for briefing a promising young Commodore, Eddie Brown, who carried on magnificiently. The winning boat was owned and operated by Kristen Garver, a craft appropriately named the Kris Kraft. The Sandy Bottom owned by Sandy Pickett was second, while the traditional winner Charlie Classen had to be content with Third. There were some stirring swimming relay races in the morning. A trip to town for Tents 14 and 53B at twilight. Our usual outdoor supper featuring hot dogs and some excellent movies in the evening, where a rocket soared aloft and a Ford encircled the globe.
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