The past couple of weekends at Chewonki have been very busy with the Outdoor Leadership Program at Fourth Debsconeag Lake and then with solos (which were both awesome!). It’s been busy and really fun around here. Now we are getting back into more of a routine but we still get to do really cool things.
This weekend was homesteading weekend, which was so much fun. I learned how to rug hook and tan a lamb hide with Caitlin, which basically involves scraping skin and fat off of the hide of an animal and then massaging the hide so that it stretches out and will create good leather later. Woodcarving was happening next to us and people were also playing music. As many people said, it was truly a Chewonki experience! Another exciting thing was that Harlem Children’s Zone was here at Chewonki, so they did homesteading with us. It was really cool to talk with them and hear what they thought about Chewonki. Later on Saturday night we all went trick or treating together to each cabin, which was a good way to learn more about each other.
Saturday afternoon was also very chill and relaxing. I went on two walks with different people to different points on Chewonki Neck. On my second walk with Izzy, Haley and Caroline we walked to Ideal Point where we sat on the rocks and watched the sunset. The sky slowly turned beautiful shades of pink, blue and orange. It was nice to just sit there, talk and take some pictures of the fading light. We finally started to head back just before the sun completely sunk below the horizon.
Sunday brought about another relaxing day filled with lots of crocheting and knitting. When the day started to come to a close a couple of students and I went to the barn and did some homework in the hayloft before watching another beautiful sunset from the farm. We then had a delicious dinner and the day fittingly ended with sitting around the woodstove in Binnacle with all of my cabin mates knitting and crocheting (again!).
-Madeleine King, The Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, NY