The Cape Cod Sea Camps – Monomoy and Wono- celebrated their 90th Birthday this past August. With more than 400 alumni, parents, spouses and friends participating we had a great weekend playing golf, sailing, participating in camp activities like art, archery and riflery. The weekend culminated in a banquet featuring lobster with all the trimmings, a wonderful lineup of speakers, an extraordinary video of our past with the present and fireworks.
The weekend started with a Golf Tournament at the Captains Golf Course in Brewster to benefit the Grant W. Koch Scholarship Fund. This was a wonderful event that featured the Title Sponsor generosity of Jim Smith and John Doran coupled with our Platinum sponsors – Jim Kelligrew and Scott Bommer- and our Gold Sponsors – David Burwick, Scott Klein and Smith and Rauschenbach. It was an extraordinary commitment to assist the mission of the GWK Scholarship Fund to help deserving children attend camp. We also had 18 hole sponsors that included Atlantic Advisors, the Bank of America, Briggs & Robert Wright, the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, Chartwells Food Service, Christine Altneu – Realtor, Eastern Bank, the Family of Ed Garran, the Frank Lajoie Family Memorial;, the Garran-Peterson Family, the Land Ho!, the Mernick Family, Micro Business Systems, the Sports Club LA, Sue Cobb Leavitt, TG Homes and the Waring Family. And finally we had 80 golfers who came out to play. And, of course, in order to pull this off we needed a team to assist with the tournament. Our fearless leader was Xandra Benjamin and she recruited a team that included: Lucy Lang, Kara Dabe, Meghan Schmillen Hertzfeldt, Lindsey Leal, Megan Hennessey and Leslie Schuerman Ford. The Golf Tournament Team winners were the Bank of America sponsored team of Scott Johnson, Brian Jones, Tead McGrory and Jeff Yost. The longest drive for the men was Jay Breen, who played for the Dan Ford sponsored team. The longest Drive for women was by Debbie Bradley who played for the CCSC Infirmary Team and the Closest to the Hole was Rick Albert who played for the Kelligrew Family Foundation Team. And finally, the putting contest winner was Wingate Kirkland camper Brent Freed.
As the Golf Tournament ended we all adjourned to the function room at Captains Golf Course for the Grant W. Koch Silent Auction. Ably coordinated by the one and only Christie Cepetelli Peterson working with her team of Leslie Schuerman Ford, Christina Quirk Peterson, Mercedes Bezaury and Meredith Pickett, we had a splendid dinner followed by the Silent Auction itself. With more than 85 auction items ranging from birdhouses to a fabulous stay in a premier resort with dinner and golf thrown in, this proved to be exciting and intense. The biggest bidding wars seemed to be over the Richard Frost table/bench and the Diana Chipas Richard Kelsey large framed aerial picture of Camp Wono from the 1960’s. All in all about 150 people attended to support the cause of raising money for the Grant W. Koch Scholarship Fund. The highlight of the evening was a talk by Monomoy Day Camp Junior Counselor Jack McCrea who has been a recipient of a GWK Scholarship. He spoke very compellingly about the positive impact of camp on his life. Grant would have been proud. It was a wonderful evening all the way around.
Saturday saw more than 300 alumni, spouses, family and friends converge on camp for a day of activities, talks, regattas, the banquet and fireworks. We went from lunch to an Assembly where we were awed by showtunes performed by our campers who were rehearsing for the final camp show – Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Otis did his usual great job of talking through old camp traditions and new ones. And, of course, what would an assembly be if Hebzebah Clamflats did pay us a visit and regale us with her Cape lore. We went from there to the Tennis Tournament and Regatta and alumni participation in a series of camp activities ranging from art and archery to riflery. Only Otis could run a tennis tournament where everyone won. The Regatta was hotly contested with 14 boats racing for the prize. Andy Stern with his wife Sarah and Hollis von Summer as crew stormed to victory on the Bay. Some like Michael Raymond spoke at great lengths about the race after it was over and others’ like Melinda Mitchell Shumway and Lainey Feingold, with hair rather askew looked like that had been sailing in a typhoon. It was breezy and a great day for sailing. Our venerable sailing master, Garran Peterson, with his crew of Andy Ellis and Jim Fay made this a seemingly effortless event. Following this fun filled afternoon we took a small break before coming back for the 90th Anniversary Banquet.
The Banquet started off with a rousing rendition of the national anthem sung by Monomoy Day Camp legend Caitlin Rouse. Having lobster with all the fixins under a tent on the lower field behind the Big House was really quite something to experience. Our speaking program started with remarks by the 2012 JC Captains of the Corps, Cami McCurdy and Seth Eugley Introduced by our own Stephen Wallace, the captains laid out a compelling vision of what camp is today. Following the 2012 Captains we had a reprisal of a talk given 15 years ago by the 1997 Captains of the Corps, Lucy Lang and Seth Soulstein. It was a fascinating reflective snapshot of life in camp in the prior century. Their talk was coupled with comments by Jacob Slivka –former Monomoy Day Camp Service Cup winner. After announcing the Tennis Tournament and Regatta winners we went on to a slide show produced by Kari Kiefer Ahern that wove the past and present together in a wonderful mosaic of camp history. Starting with the philosophy of Captain Del and an emphasis on the commitment the Delehanty family had made to the mission of the Cape Cod Sea Camps, we moved on to reflect on the past giants who created the framework for our current success. It was a nice reflection on where we were, are and going. It is available on our website. Our main address then followed given by David and Carey Holland Burwick. The Burwicks are as complete a camp family as you could have. David was a camper, counselor and head counselor and met his wife Carey when she was a counselor at camp. They are also camp parents. Their talk gave real meaning to how relevant camp has been in their own lives and the lives of their children. Following this, we adjourned to the side of the Big House for what had to be the most unexpected display of fireworks on the front field at camp. It was a glorious seemingly never-ending pyrotechnic extravaganza that had been the idea of David Peterson. It was a stunning way to end what everyone had to say was the Best Reunion Ever!