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APR. 15, 2015

The Joy of Singing – Pass it On

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Noni Waite-Kucera, Executive Director

I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have heard that lunch time singing is one of the favorite parts of camp life.  I also know that those who have grown up at camp often use those very songs to sing to their little ones when they themselves become parents.  I know I did.   Back in November I had this lovely e-mail from a camp alumna Wendy Noel Brugh that I thought I would share with you:

“I just thought you might like to know that every Thursday (and many other days, but always on Thursdays) at the end of my delivery route and on my way home, I’ve established a little routine.  I’ve always had a medley of camp songs that I sing or whistle on a regular basis.  It starts with Paradise into to Sunshine on my Shoulder, which transitions beautifully to Zippadeedooda. And I often sing Circle Game and Both Sides Now as well.  After 9 years of singing them at lunchtime, all the words are ingrained in my head!! 

Well, I’ve decided that those are also the songs that I will sing to lull our baby to sleep (and were the songs I sang to my niece and nephew when they were babies), and so, in the hopes of ensuring that she’ll recognize the songs and feel shushed by them, every Thursday after my deliveries, I spend the 20-30 minute ride home singing this medley of camp songs to Mollie Mae (who will be in my belly for another 13 weeks).  

 Mollie Mae, gearing up for many summers of singing at camp.

Mollie Mae, gearing up for many summers of singing at camp.

And one thing that surprised me, and one reason I love the routine, is that the singing isn’t only a way to connect with her before she’s born and soothe her… I’ve found that I arrive at my house super relaxed and content after 20-30 minutes of singing my favorite familiar songs.  I’m also planning to put my ENC songbook (which, yes, I definitely still have) in my car to get ideas for other songs to sub in to the medley on occasion. 

Just thought I’d send you my little anecdote.  I’ve started really looking forward to my time singing to Mollie Mae, and I’m grateful that I learned the joy of singing at Eagle’s Nest, and I love that this ritual is so soothing to me (and seemingly to Mae, who moves a bunch when I start and then seems to relax into the music).”

As you go about your day be sure to include some singing – you will be amazed at how your spirits will be lifted!  If you are brave, get some others to sing along with you and pass that joy along!

Noni Waite-Kucera, Executive Director


Wendy and her husband Graham Brugh started a farm in Mars Hill, NC a few years ago.  Graham was also a camper as well as an OA student.  They sell their meat and eggs in markets around Asheville.  If you are interested in learning more or just want to see some beautiful pictures check them out here.