September 22-24, 2017: The Big 35th-Year
Carbide Camps Reunion
Announcement and Schedule
- "...it seems impossible that [Carlisle and Camelot are] gone. Impossible that bulldozers flattened such a special place. That kudzu and rhododendron have overtaken campfire circles, choked out footpaths, and erased those few things the dozers passed by." (Karen Fuller, Charleston Newspapers, after 20 years since Blue Creek closure)
"... this is the heart of Camelot; not these stones, not these timbers, these palaces and towers. Burn them all and Camelot lives on, because it lives in us. Camelot is a belief that we hold in our hearts."
"... Camelot lives!" (Sean Connery as Arthur, in the film First Knight)
- "Never let it be forgot..." In movies and newspapers, from stars and plain-folks alike, we KNOW what we believe and how Cliffside, Camelot and Carlisle indeed live on in us
CLICK HERE for pricing and purchasing weekend packages and souvenirs
Friday, September 22: At the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge in Charleston, 6 - ? PM
Catered dinner, free draft beer, bonfire, entertainment and karaoke. Cash bar. Some attendees may leave early to camp on Blue Creek Friday night.
Capital City Lodge, FOP #74
4284 Woodrum Lane
Charleston, WV 25313
LAT: 38.3848, LONG: -81.7086
Saturday, September 23: Visits to Blue Creek Sites
There will likely be a Camelot Plaque ceremony highlighting replacement of the missing original plaque.
Sunday, September 24: Catered Lunch - 1:00 PM at our favorite picnic spot . . . COONSKIN! Shelter number 4. Pulled pork, bbq chicken, baked beans, mac-n-cheese and deserts from L&R Catering -- yum! Sodas and water provided.
Maps, and directions to the
new entrance to Coonskin off the Mink Shoals exit of I-79
Important Safety Tips for camping and visiting on the Creek: Visits are much encouraged, but at this time we are still not certain of the status of land ownership and accessibility. The Hunting and Fishing Club building will apparently be available to us, but utilities are likely not available (water, electricity, etc.). Be optimistic and plan to camp, hike, fish, wade, explore . . . remember!
Y'all be careful out there! Remember that roads are bad, cell phones likely will not work and that emergency services are not close. Bring your own gear for life on the Creek, and watch for critters and high water.
2017 marks 35 years since closure of the Blue Creek camps.
Let's make it a Big-35 Reunion!
Keep our sister camp in mind when you plan your next vacation in West Virginia. This link will take you to their website Camp Brookside
Also visit carbidecamps.net and facebook.com/carbide.camps
for pictures and other memories.
"The committee" -- invites expressions of interest from former campers to join the reunion organizing activity. Please contact a committee member by email, or in person at the Big-35th Reunion:
Angela Allison <[email protected]>
Camp Brookside <[email protected]>
Dave Gardner <[email protected]>
Bob Lilley <[email protected]>
Barb Hicks Neddo <[email protected]>
Marty Wyatt <[email protected]>