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HYDE BAY HOME LETTER
VOLUME 39 August 2, 1965 No. 6
BASEBALL DAY: Clear, cool, and windy - an excellent baseball day. 9,850 fans jammed Doubelday Field. This included 87 members of our own Hyde Bay family. We gave lunch to small groups at staggered intervals here at camp, and then shuttled them into town in time to watch the warmup and seek autographs. The few that were left in camp ate lunch early and enjoyed a very relaxed day with most of the camp activities. The entire baseball group was then shuttled back to camp in time for a swim before supper. The general consensus of opinion was that this game between the N.Y. Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies was an unusually good exhibition game - lots of home runs and the Yankees won. Some sort of record was set with the presence of 22 out of 30 living members of the “diamond pantheon.”
TUESDAY: Another very windy day. Trenton Falls left shortly after breakfast with Alton Davison in charge, John Mercer, Jamie Flowers, Bill Bergstrom, and Scott Carlton helping him. Campers accompanying them were Tim Smith, Stewart Wise, Mike Fish, Jim Stone, and Sandy Pickett among others. There was a great deal of sailing in the morning. Twelve-and—under baseball practice was held in the afternoon to sharpen the players’ eyes for the game that evening. This group ate their supper early and were on the field playing by 6:50p.m. against a Little League team from Cooperstown. Hyde Bay won 6—2. We are hoping for several more of these games with our Cooperstown neighbors. About 5:00 p.m. McKee Lundberg, Bill Schiess, and John McCay led 21 boys up the monntain to Lookout. The campers included newcomers Chip Smith, Skipper Hebb, Bruce Danzer, Tenny Sener, Peter Callahan, and Bill Somerville. This was one of the largest trips to Lookout thus far.
WEDNESDAY: Clear and cool with light scattered clouds in the morning. Cloudy and cold in the afternoon and evening. A brisk wind from the SW. More sailing was in order, some swimming, many boats up Shadow Brook looking for turtles, much activity in the Handicraft as well as in the Russellorum, busy horsemen in the riding ring, and tennis courts busily occupied. Midway in the afternoon Daryl Young, Chip O’Brien, Jeff Levi, and Ricky Coupe led another large group to Rum Hill. This time they were transported by car to the other side of the Lake where they made the ascent to the summit. This included Scott Supplee, Price Koch David Bergstrom Jamie Hills, and others. The movies were delayed because of the one day later departure of Trenton Falls and the baseball game on Monday.
THURSDAY: Overcast with a light wind. A group went out to Sunken Islands in the morning with Bill Schempp in charge of, the canoes and McKee Lundberg with the sailboats. They spent the morning diving for hidden treasure. Rusty Pickett was the grand winner of twenty one cents. Trenton Falls returned having had a very fine trip. The movie, “The Last of the Comanches,” was shown in the evening. It was a typical Hollywood western but enjoyable.
FRIDAY: A clear and beautiful day - an ideal in-camp type of day, weatherwise. All activities were on a “go” status including aquaplaning, water skiing, and riding. The twelve-and-under baseball team defeated Chenango 8—1, thus
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maintaining their undefeated record. There was a run on leatherworking and Indian wristbands in the Craft Shop. Our one coon worked his way out of his cage and depleted the census by-one. The ULs made their weekly trip to Cooperstown and then bowling. The scores were so poor that we wish not to mention them in this writing!
SATURDAY: Very heavy fog covered the Lake at breakfast time - a truly lovely sight out over the water. When the sun had burned away the fog we had a beautiful day. Following our practice of past Saturdays we had one activity planned for the entire camp. It was the annual campers’ Picture Treasure Hunt Contest originated by Walter Lord many years ago on one of his visits here. Scotty Carlton spent two days taking Polaroid pictures from different angles in and around camp. We had a set for the campers and a more difficult set, for the Uls. The contestants must describe each picture and put down on paper an exact description of the object in the photo. The winners will be announced as soon as the answers have all been read and graded. Those who did not wish to participate enjoyed water skiing, aquaplaning, and swimming. In the evening the theater department produced four excellent tent plays # l6, 15, 14, and 12, The winning play was from Tent # 12. Tim Smith received the best actor award and Stewart Wise was judged the outstanding actress — both from Tent # 12. A special award was presented to-- Deidre Hilliard and Ann Davison for their supporting roles in one of the plays.
SUNDAY: Cloudy with showers predicted for the p.m. A few spitting sprinkles appeared In the morning. The church service was directed by Dick Carlton. His talk was a continuing message on privilege ad responsibility as it relates to camp life, home life, the nation, and the world. Most of the morning was occupied by the general clean up and trunk inspection. Thera are always some unexpected little treasures that suddenly appear at the bottom of someone’s trunk during the Sunday inspection. We combined the twelve—and—under and twelve-and-over baseball teams for an informal game in the early afternoon. Those not playing baseball went out in canoes to ride in the waves caused by unsettled weather. There were also lot of tipovers in the Sailfish for the
same reason. At 5:0O p.m. the whole camp reported to the dock for a tug-of-war. The campers were divided into four teams and afterwards the Uls and councilors had their own contest. After our outdoor supper Tents #8, 11 and 1 went to town in the Bus for purchase of goodies and to take the Sunday letter in a reward for the neatest inspections of the weak. On their return, the educational movies were shown.
CARDS: It is most important that you return the enclosed card in the very near future. The headings on it are self-explanatory: kindly fill in.
FINAL BARBEQUE: We again repeat our invitation for the Chicken Barbeque on Thursday, August 19. We reluctantly must limit it, however, to parents, brother, sisters, and grandparents of campers. We anticipate a Barbeque of about 250 persons, and all this information is vital to or final plans. We would appreciate your early cooperation. In view of frequent cool nights, we strongly advise bringing warm clothes and coats. The ceremonies will take place outdoors and last about two hours and the evening gets chillier as it progresses. A flashlight is also a tremendous help in getting back to your car. The dress is informal —wear what you are comfortable in for sitting outside.
TRAVEL PLANS: We will have a supervised bus and train group from Cooperstown to N.Y. and then southward. We must know how many will be going in this way in order to make the various arrangements. The bus will leave here early on Friday morning, August20. The times will be given in the next Homeletter.
The mimeographed enclosure is also self-explanatory of a Hyde Bay custom. You are perfectly free to do exactly as you wish regarding it.
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