Super Hero Camping Weekend with Riverside Carving

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Saturday morning dawned bright and clear. And hot. Tami kept checking the weather.

“Whatcha worried about?” I asked her. “You can put the recreation inside if it rains. Debbie and Brooke always have a backup plan.”

“I’m worried for the carver.” Tami refreshed her Weatherunderground page for the thousandth time. “If there’s thunder and lightening, he can’t work.”

“A carver!” I cried. “You mean THE carver? Artist Greg Waters? THAT’S this weekend! What’s he making?”

“It’s a secret.” Tami smiled. I begged and begged, but her smile only got bigger as she shook her head at me. “You’ll have to watch.”

Greg and his wife Danielle arrived, with tons of art in the back of their pick up. Seeing all the cool stuff he does, I really couldn’t even begin to guess what he was gonna make.

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Once he was all set up in our office circle, he got right to work. Greg only made two little lines before he dug in.  The whir of the chainsaw brought kids and adults from all over the campground to see what was going on.

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“Psst,” I whispered to some of my super hero friends. “What’s he making?”

 

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They shrugged their shoulders. “Dunno yet.”

Super Heroes stopped by on their way to Super Hero Tryouts, after making capes and masks and wrist bands at arts and crafts.

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They watched went to play in the playing field, then came back again.

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But they still couldn’t quite guess what Greg was making. And Danielle wasn’t telling either.

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After shooting water balloons at villains, some of my Super Hero friends sat down to watch.

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“Hmmm,” maybe it’s a bat,” I guessed.

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“Look again, Maxx,” some of my friends told me.

And then I saw it!!

An eagle was taking shape!!

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And I was feeling all proud of myself and all, when Greg turned the piece to do the back side! Trees!

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Heroes flocked to the Riverside Carving poster to see what other cool projects Greg has done.

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But Greg, he just kept working . ..

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On one of my checks, I saw flames!! I ran to the store, “Tami, Tami! Your eagle’s on fire!!”

She ran out with me, “There!” I told her. “Make him stop!”

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“Oh, my silly moose,” Tami rolled her eyes toward Danielle in a so-sorry-he’s-just-excitable kind of way

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“He’s just burning off the little rough parts and giving it some burnt tones. Look how it shows off the deeper cuts,” Tami explained.

“Awwww, I knew that all along.” I told her. “I was just messing with you.”

I don’t think Tami believed me.

All through our afternoon activities of watermelon eating contest, Scavenger Hunt and jewelry making, campers stopped to check on Greg and his art.

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They brought their super hero furry friends too!

Danielle answered a ton of questions and everyone found it quite fascinating!

The very last step, was to add some paint, which would help protect it, and it made the piece pop!

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Just as Greg put on the finishing touches . . . we heard thunder! We rushed to get Greg’s eagle on the campground porch.  And then the sky opened up! It poured! Whew!!

Tami and David put Greg’s eagle on display in the campground office,  along with a few more of his pieces which are on consignment. Stop by and check them out!

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Thank you Danielle and Greg for a fabulous afternoon!  Everyone is still talking about your presentation!

 

 

Santa Was Here! Santa Was Here!

Gotta love having Santa visit in July!!

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Unleeeeeess, you’ve been a naughty moose.

But I convinced Santa I changed my ways!  No more butt in the ice chest.  No more trying to steal the golf cart. No more trying to get on the hayride.

We had a great time last weekend!
It all started with our usual list of activities – Debbie and Brooke have fun stuff to do every day  – all day!  THIS weekend though, they loaded up with Christmasy stuff . . .

Like making Santa hats at arts and crafts!

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And playing field games, and having a snowball-waterballoon toss,jewelry making, parent/child horseshoe tournament and lots more!

By the time it was Sleigh Ride time . . .

okay, HAYride time . . .

my little campers were asking Tami and Debbie and Brooke over and over and over again when Santa was coming.

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Tami said, “Soon! I just talked to Santa and he’s on his way down from the North Pole!”

Debbie and Brooke handed out kazoos to distract us.

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We played them on the Sleigh Ride to help get everyone in the whooooole campground in the Christmas Spirit.  Although the Moms and Dads kept putting their hands over their ears.

I wonder what that means?

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Finally, after supper, it was time!  We all gathered at the campground entrance to wait for the Big Guy himself.

I asked Tami, “When will we know when he gets here?”

“Oh, you’ll know,” she assured me.

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Because Santa arrives in style!

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While Santa sat and talked to every little camper here . . .

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We played lots and lots of carnival style games, run by our teen volunteers!

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For prizes!!

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And I can’t forget the lazy man s’mores!

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We were all having so much fun with Frosty,

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the Grinch

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and Santa

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that we almost forgot about the handing-out-the-presents thing!

We all lined up and listened carefully for our names . . .

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Imagine! Christmas Presents . . .

In July!

From *gasp* Santa, himself!!

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Hanging out with Santa never, ever, ever gets old.

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AAAAAAaaargh! There Be Pirates!

Poland Spring Campground was overrun by pirates!

Those scurvy dogs sure were a busy lot! They raced from Storytime, to Bocci, Treasure Hunting , and jewelry making and sandcastle building too!

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Those scurvey dogs did it all!  From making parrots and eye patches and sporting tattoos .  . .

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to Scavenger Hunts, Pirate Training Games, Landlubber Games and Bubble Play!

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We knew we had a lot of pirates in the campground. You couldn’t miss them! They were in the store, renting boats, and splashing in the pool . . . but when Tami and I saw the big band of pirates that showed up at the lake to make  Fairy Houses . . . .

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We quickly signed up to join their motley crew!!

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We didn’t want to end up walking the plank like these guys here

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*Shudder*  No walkin’ the plank for me!  My fur gets all wet and stinky.

How I love meeting all my little camper pirate friends!

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We have the best times at Poland Spring Campground!!

Fourth Of July 2016

Yay!!!  David is our hero!!   He fixed this blog!!  There was some kind of crazy glitch in the WordPress’s update that kept Tami from uploading pictures . . . and if you know Tami – you know she can’t post on her blog without pictures.

Lots of pictures.

A gazillion-trillion pictures.

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(And by the way – Tami tried for weeks and weeks to figure out what was wrong.  David googled it and had it fixed in half and hour.  Sheesh! )

Now I can show off all the cool things we’re doing here at Poland Spring Campground!

Fourth of July Weekend was a B – L – A – S – T!!!

The best one ever!   (Tami says I say that every year – but I don’t think that’s true, do you?)

We had so many new campers and returning campers . . .

Young campers . ..

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and  . . .

Did you think I was going to say “Old” campers?   Pishaw!

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I was going to say NOISY campers!

But that’s because Tami and Debbie and Brooke handed out noisemakers for our Yankee Doodle Parade!

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If you wore red, white and blue on you or your bike . ..

you got a noisy prize!!

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And Tami told us all, right before we headed out – “Wake up all the campers out there! Let them know it’s time to have fun!”

So we did.

 

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That was one of the biggest Yankee Doodle Parades we ever, ever had!!

There were so many people, Tami had to take a pana . . . pana . . . romana . . .

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a really, really, really long picture – on her phone – to get everyone in!

There was so much to do . . . bocci, bubble play, prize bingo and Arts and Crafts at the Lake!

We made rockets and shooting star wands.

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We even played Colonial Kid Games, like marbles

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And the fun continued into Saturday too! There was Arts and Crafts to make Yankee Doodle Hats and Drums for the parade.  We made jewelry, shot water balloons in the playing field, and had a scavenger hunt.

But the Watermelon Eating contest was my favorite!

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Fourth of July Weekend is one of my favorites!

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There’s always so much to do!

Now I have to run – because tomorrow is Sunday, and Sunday always starts with Storytime . . . and at Storytime, there’s always great books!

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And Moose Mix!!  MMMMmmmmm!  My favorite snack!

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Shared with some of my little campers . . .

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I just hope there’s some left over for me!

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JUNE WAS A BLAST!!

June can be a quieter month, especially in the middle of the week . . . but the weekends!!  We had tons of fun!

David and Frank have been working hard to get the snack bar up and running.  Starting today, it’ll be open six days a week!  I’m so excited, ’cause they’ll be scooping ice cream!

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Black Raspberry is my favorite!! Yum!

Chinese New Year Weekend always kicks off our Summer Recreation Program.  One of my favorite activities is noodle eating . . .

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It makes for some messy, messy faces! Tami never lets me do it – cause she says it’s too hard to get out of my fur.  Thank goodness she doesn’t say that about the ice cream!!

We had arts and crafts in June too.  Look at these cool hats and fans we made last Saturday!  We all wore them to the hayride . . . .

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And we got some prizes.

These Chinese Finger Traps are tricky though!

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I got to hang out with so many of my little camper friends!

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One of my favorite activities is our story times  in the office circle.  Brooke read some pretty great books last week!

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And then she made Moose Mix!!  Mmmmmmmm!

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We all helped her mix in all the ingredients.

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And then shared the mix around the circle!

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We had some face painting in June too!  Turns out Brooke is pretty good at it!  Soccer balls, cheering logos,

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And . . . oh!  How cute!! Even my name!!

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This weekend we’ve got a campground full of campers and a recreation schedule full of fun!!    C’mon – make your reservations!

 

Maxwell’s 10th Birthday!

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After Arts and Crafts, lots of fun and games and then face painting . . . my little campers surprised me at the Rec Hall with a birthday party!!!

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There was cake and ice cream . . . .

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and all my little friends helped me blow the candles out.

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They had so very  many cards for me!!  I love each and every one!!

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I tried to steal this pretty girl’s ice cream and cake, but she told me to go get my own!

 

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Thank you everyone, for another awesome birthday!!  I love my camping families!

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Memorial Day Weekend 2016

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Memorial Day Weekend was soooooooo . . .

much . . .

FUN!!

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We had arts and crafts, the waterballoon slingshot, jewelry making, relay races, a scavenger hunt, and . . .

A Pots and Pans Parade!!  We made really loud noisemakers and Debbie and Brooke gave us whistles too. They told us to go wake everyone up.

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So we did.

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We had a hayride too!  That was tons of fun!

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I even got over the the pool, to say hello to all my little campers.

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AND we played candy bar bingo!!!

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And that was all just Saturday fun!  You should’ve seen Sunday . . .

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We have lots and lots of cool stuff planned this Spring and Summer!  If you haven’t made your reservations, now’s the time!!

Bouncy House Weekend

Our first weekend of recreation . . .

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And we had the bouncy house!!!

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Tami and I were glad we had a sunny day for it.

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And guess what?  We all got to meet Brooke!  She’ll be our new recreation director. Debbie’s showing her all the tips and tricks to campground recreation.

I sure hope she doesn’t tell her all the silly rules Tami has . . .

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especially my rules!  Like no swimming in the pool .  . .

No eating at the snack shack . . .

and no butts in the ice chest . .

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and

*gasp*

No antlers in the bouncy house!!

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Oh that Tami!!  She’s no fun.

Thank you, Campers!

This weekend was an amazing one!  Mother’s Day and Clean Up all rolled into one . . .

Tami, David  and I think we have amazing campers. Every Spring, they sign up to camp and help us rake sites, culverts, roads, playgrounds and more.

And in return we give them donuts.

 

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I looooooove donuts.  But it’s not nearly enough!  Our campers work hard!

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Okay. Most of them do. I’m going to have to talk to that Ben. I want to know how he does that.

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After the Clean Up, kids gathered to make a special treat for their moms.

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Tami got all teary and stuff, when she read their notes to their moms.

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We’re looking forward to this 2016 camping season!  We have lots of fun planned!

Come and join us!

Helloooooo Campers!

 

I can’t stand it anymore!!!  It’s so booooooring around this place without all of you, my little campers!

The store’s closed, game room’s closed, pool’s closed, and worst of all . . .

The Snack Bar is closed!

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I’ve had nothing to write about . . . nobody to talk to . . .

well, except this guy.

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But he doesn’t say much.

And then just now,  I went into the house for a snack and saw THIS on Tami’s camp desk!  CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2016

Finally!  Sheesh!  It took her long enough.

Now I can start counting down to Camping Season!

Only 113 days until Clean Up Weekend!

Yes!