Rima at Camp — part 3

A series of summer blogs by CDSS Executive Director Rima Dael:

Good-bye Family Week…

What fun to see everyone get dressed up for the Friday parade. Here I am pictured with Kimberly Fields, and yes, that is a horse hat on top of my head! Saying good-bye to Family Week was bittersweet. My daughter has made plans already for next year, asking to maybe start violin again this fall and who her roommate may be. We said good-bye to our fairy houses, the lake and many, many new friends, but we did look forward to getting home to our own beds and starting the mounds of laundry. My husband picked up Karana on Saturday; I followed by bus the next day. Till next year, Family Week at Pinewoods!

…and hello Harmony of Song & Dance!

My single morning of singing with the entire camp, was…well…it touched my soul. It has been a while since I’ve sung with a large choir and it was incredibly moving. If my bus ticket home hadn’t been paid for and nonrefundable, and if there wasn’t work waiting for me in the office, I might have begged to stay one more night.

Let me also share that I was tickled and a little starstruck at the opening of Harmony Week. David Jones, a magnificent storyteller and folksinger is on staff this summer. My daughter and I are big fans. David is featured on the “Sea Music” CD and DVD by Dan Zanes & Friends, and our favorite song, “Strike the Bell,” is one that my daughter has grown up with. No, I didn’t ask for David’s autograph but someone got our picture! When my daughter and husband picked me up at the bus stop Sunday night we watched the DVD with David singing “Strike the Bell” and shared memories of Pinewoods all the way home.

Yes, I get it. CDSS Camps are so very special. Pinewoods is magical — thank you to everyone who help make the magic happen. My BIGGEST thanks go to Steve Howe (CDSS’s Director of Programs) and his summer office assistant Maggie Bye for their hard, hard work to make CDSS Camps what they are. Thanks to Judy Savage (Camp Manager) and the Pinewoods staff for the wonderful facilities and food!

I’m off to Ogontz next, to say hello this Sunday, and will swing back to Pinewoods for a couple of days of American Dance & Music Week — more pictures and thoughts to come.

Cheers, Rima

PS. It took a WHOLE day to do laundry from camp…I get that now too! (Smile.)