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  Strawberry Shortcake
Knit One Pearl Two
Comet # 3168
  Lyrics from Plays
  Hymn#135 with Colin Murray's CGI version of the Theater Piano!
  Doug Cornish- Hyde Bay Poem with  music








Sent in by John Mercer

Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee
Call that Chenango, tee-hee-hee
George McClellan, Ulysses S. Grant
Call that Chenango, oh my aunt

John Mercer writing - Any more stanzas out there?

Tom Lynn writing 08/16/2011 -- I remember the "cheer" as having the words "are we IN it?" (rather than "WITH it"). I most remember the cheer being used as the baseball team was dismissed from lunch to head to the game (as we stamped our feet on the floor). Also, although the cheer wasn't original to Hyde Bay (I heard it on an episode of Kukla, Fran & Ollie), I understood that someone in the Theatre Dept came up with the 2nd verse using names of Civil War generals (well ahead of Ken Burns' tribute).






Sent in by Stan Heuisler

Stan Heuisler writing 04/07/2012 - We had a pitcher named Bob Trigg one year. So...

Knit one
Pearl two
Bob Trigg
Yoo hoo!







John Mercer responding to Richard Koppisch 08/02/2009 - The comet was #3168, which inspired someone, probably my brother, Tom, to write these song lyrics:

COMET #3168
Sent in by John Mercer

Thirty-one sixty-eight
Fastest boat on Otsego Lake,
Hand crafted by Lippincott
Racing finish just won’t stop

I’m unsure if there was more, but that’s all I retained. It was fast — and very delicate, what with its egg-shell decking. Not really a camp boat at all. I believe the first suggestion after it arrived was that it should be covered by fiberglass. The purists bristled, but it was probably the right suggestion for a normal camp. But as we know, HBC was not a normal camp. The Dayman





Jim Main 06/20/12 - Good Morning, Campers ... This one goes back to 1956 I think ... I believe this was written by Al Kerr for a tent play in the style of Gilbert & Sullivan's Mikado ... Wonderful remembrances along with the many other songs written by Mac Mellor the great thespian of the 50's and 60's ... Ah, it seems like yesterday ... Jimain,Jimain
PS: Sorry, I'm not yet good at Facebook, so I'm doing this by email ...

We're three Indian maidens, looking for a brave
Braves are not as brave as braves were in the olden days
For now we do the hunting, do the fishing, pitch the woo,
We are three Indian maidens on the loo, oo, oo oo oo oose ...

Mac Mellor 06/20/12 - You are too kind, Jim. Thanks, Mac

David Dube 06/20/12 - How about these memorable lines from one of the camp plays, could have been the same one? Just a snippet, and in my mind I have Josh delivering the lines? And, that line sometimes gets in my head and WONT go away, just like the many memories.

Ostentatious whippersnapper,
On your head I'll crush a clapper,
From a nearby churchyard steeple,
That I've used on other people.

Tom Lynn 09/14/2011 - Just a thought: perhaps a page with submissions of songs/rhymes from tent plays? I'm sure Shoemaker still has his scripts... Here's one song verse I recall:

Jolly Schmick 06/19/12 - Actually – “Ashtrays in Subways” was written by McKee Lundberg and Josh Shoemaker…written for a play, (McKee’s tent.)

Ashtrays in subways,
the cake at the wedding,
Clocks out of time and bugs in the bedding,
Coins we have tossed,
games we have lost,
Take it with a grain of salt.
(Shoemaker & Lundberg)

A few lines from one of our tent plays:

When a knight must kill a dragon,
All is quiet far and wide.
Every cart and every wagon
Sits unmoving on each side.
(Shoemaker & Schmick?)

And some more:

Thank the Lord for all small blessings,
For Clairol dyes and Russian dressings.
For... (can't remember the connecting words here)...time,
But most of all for this small rhyme.
(Shoemaker & Schmick?)

Could also have remembrances of great/pitiful performances and/or snafus. As well, as intermission act memories (e.g., The William Clark Five).

Stan Heuisler 07/13/12 - Two of the more memorable lines from camp plays:

Servant to King: Sire the peasants are revolting.






Colin Murray 07/13/12 - While we were on the subject of Sunday Services, it occurred to me that one hymn in particular was a perennial favorite as exemplified by the general gusto with which it was delivered whenever it was on the menu. Soooo, since it was a mission for God, with His permission, a fifty-year time-jump took me to the theater and that old upright which was in significantly better shape than the one in the lodge. The hymnal was a 1926 edition, and that, in its thirteenth printing! Old.
      Attached is the sound it made and the music and lyrics to #135, neatly ripped out of the book; there was a hefty surcharge for extra luggage.

Hymn #135

Remember to sing along with this!

Colin recreates the somewhat brash sound of the theater piano in his CG version of hymn #135 as we might have heard it Sunday Morning.
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Theater piano

Interesteing note: Mac Mellor played this piano as it was being delivered by truck to camp;

Quoting Home Letter July 13, 1959, "The feature of the day was the bringing in of a piano, new at least to us, transported from a nearby Grange in our faithful truck with Mac Mellor playing appropriate selections as they passed various historic spots en route."





A poem by Doug Cornish (composer)

Doug Cornish







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