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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

3rd Work Weekend Goes To Plan

Our last Work Weekend, May 23-24th sets a new attendance record. We had 34 people attend including alumni Mike Bruns, Liz Carivan, John Fisher, Jon Hodos, Sarah Perks, Ike Sucato, and Darlene Ward. We were also very pleased to have the Foley family rejoin us for the first time since camp closed. The Foley's were the family who sold their farm land to W.W. Smith in 1928, who then gave it to the YMCA to start camp Wa Wa Segowea at its current location. Enjoy the photos of this weekend.

Left to right: Mike Bruns, Toby Hettler, Jon Hodos, Norm Button, Brad, Bob Crowley, Darlene Ward, Rich Snyder, Elizabeth Caravan, John Fisher -Saturday's work crew

Your friendly raking specialists.

The Foley's joined us on Sunday from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.

And tested out some of our kayaks with us.

Look at all those beautiful bunk beds...

...and all that sanding to do!

Former Camp Director John Fisher and spouse of former Camp Director Jon Hodos deep cleaning mattresses.

What a beautiful spot.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wa Wa Rally – Come to the Reunion May 30th in Poughkeepsie

Come join your friends (new and old) in Poughkeepsie on Saturday May 30th from 3-5 pm at the Dutchess County JCC, located at 110 South Grand Avenue. Former Camp Director Beth Hodos and Friends of Segowea Alumni Association will host an afternoon of photos, friends, fun, and stories. Come hear about our exciting plans for the future of Segowea! Please bring any of your favorite camp photos and memorabilia to share with others. RSVP to Toby Hettler at 518-656-9462 ext 6632 or

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

2nd Work Weekend, May 9-10th 2009

We had over 20 folks attend our past Work Weekend.
Thank you alumni for coming out and joining us!
Ted Becker, Liz Carivan, David B. Easton, Kim, Bruce, and Laura Beckius, Georgia Lopresti-Meckes, Betsy, Lily, and Sarah Mercogliano, Lisha Mittleman, Ann Olson, Nancy Ost, Minna Prisco, Mike Snyder & Jess Fortin, George Snyder, Ike Sucato, Richard Thomas, and Boo Van Alstyne

Group shot just after lunch.

Ike Sucato, who first began his Wa Wa Segowea days in 1943 up from Virginia to volunteer for a week at camp. (Surrounded by staff, Norm and Toby).

David and Lily take a break from raking just long enough to smile for the camera.

Ann Olson, Toby, and Norm removing staples and nails from the cabins.

Late into the evening, alumni discuss future programming possibilities at camp. (And Boo gets excited about horses...)

Minna looks way too comfortable with Norm's nail gun.

Ike respooling the weed-wacker.

Liz enjoying a moment on the porch.

Ted and Ann looking suspiciously at the photographer (Georgia Lopresti-Meckes).

Alumni learning about programming options from videos of other camps.

Where's the dessert?

Sarah Mercogliano chasing down Richard Thomas.

Rich and David enjoying the leaves.

The Snyder's sanding and varnishing bunkbeds.

Breaking for lunch in the newly remodeled dining room in Hart Lodge.

Kim Beckius' birthday cake, provided by her loving dad George Snyder. Kim was last at camp in 1976 as a staff child and is featured in the cake running a fotune telling booth at a camp activity.

Raking out the ditch. The second worst job I've been assured by recent staff, the first is underwater raking of the swim area.

The ditch is open and the water begins flowing.

If Norm and Richard are both on it, I'm sure it will get up and running.

Raking and cleaning out in front of the lodge.

Lodge and lake

Friday, May 1, 2009

Wa Wa Segowea Special Events

Over 100 folks attended camp's kick-off fundraiser in Albany this past February.

Beautiful cabin centerpieces meticulously created by Amy McPheeters.

Bar McComb speaks after being honored by the board. (The new dining hall will be named in his and Ruth's honor)
Save these two dates for future camp events:
Saturday May 30th, in Poughkeepsie, Camp Reunion and Rally
Saturday Aug 8th, at Camp, Alumni Reunion and Open House
details to follow

Upcoming Volunteer Work Weekends

Calling all Wa Wa Segowea Alumni and Friends!

We need your help. We need you. We need your brother. We need your mother. We need your uncle's cousin's old college roommate... you get the idea. We need as many folks as possible.

Please join us for our 2009 work weekends in order to help get camp ready to reopen in 2010! (photos below of our 1st weekend in April)

May 9-10, 23-24
June 13-14, 20-21
July 18-19
Aug 8-9, 22-23
Sept 5-6, 19-20
Oct 3-4, 10-11

To RSVP, call or email Camp Director Toby Hettler at 518 656-9462 ext 6632 and

Lake and Lodge Camp Photos -from the recent archives

Don't you just want to go back right now?