Camp Ramapo is up around my old house in Red Hook, New York (and it’s run by Adam Weiss, from Wesleyan!). It’s a gorgeous camp on many hilly acres. I went there on Monday.
Don’t let that quiet sitting look fool you.
I felt pretty outgunned when I saw the campers grouped into circles before the show, dancing, singing and rapping. The counselors tried to put Yellow Submarine on the sound system as the kids were entering the amphitheater, but something happened and they ended up playing Galileo, which basically made the whole place explode.
I was up next with my acoustic ”ax” acting like there was no difference between a hit that had spent 48 weeks on the charts and a solo folksinger. The counselors were very supportive. And the kids were awesome! Great dancers and singers, as it turned out, great planters, too.
Planting Purple Haze Agastashe. Perfect for these rockers.
Isaac (aged 9) and I planted an aster together, after which, despite the beauty of the flowers, he quietly admitted that he was really in it for the worms. He and a counselor got to work on another plant and found an earthworm. Phew.
Planting with Isaac
You can’t see the bees in this, but they’re waving, and they say thanks.