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This Is Page 4 of the Camp Shoshana Guestbook!

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Entry of Dec 27, 2001 at 00:19 [EST]
From:Steven G. Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steven G. Kolodny writes: This starts page #4 of the guestbook. Be sure to leave your message/memories here to keep your name near the top.

Entry of Dec 27, 2001 at 17:43 [EST]
From:Nadine Grodofsky Citron - Lawflowers@aol.com

Nadine Grodofsky Citron writes: Well, I don't know where to begin. A while ago, Mindy Schmelzer (still one of my closest friends)and I posted a note on the now defunct "Baby Boomers" site, hoping that someone would start a correspondence page about our beloved "Shoshana". This page has given me chills. There are so many memories, and so many wonderful people I still think about. I have been married to Keith for 21 years. Mindy and Stacey Halio were two of our bridesmaids!! We have two beautiful daughters, ages 17 and 10. I have bumped into a few alumni over the years, and oddly, we have tended to greet each other as if we were still kids, having spent the recent summers together! I have not seen many, though, and would be thrilled at a reunion. Sue, you should be proud, and glad, we all loved you, Harry, and camp more than we can ever tell you. To Steve Kolodny, thanks, you are doing a great job, but I can't acess the photos or page 3 of the guestbook- any suggestions?

Entry of Dec 27, 2001 at 20:31 [EST]
From:Stacey Halio - slh245@optonline.net

Stacey Halio writes: Okay, Mindy challenged me. . . We are the Shoshana Girls We wear our hair in curls We wear our dungarees Above our dirty knees. . . We've got the legs of Lana Turner ( Place leg gracefully in front of you) And the arms of Doris Day, (Turn arms out too) We've got the nose of My Friend Irma (Push nose up with index finger) And the smile of Martha Raye (place index fingers at the corner of your mouth and smile. . .really big!) We got the Uh, Uh, Uh (Shake hips) from Elizabeth AQnd baby when we're through. . . You've got the Girls, Girls, Girls of Shoshana to show you what we can do, And we're not kidding. . . To show you what we can do Wuu, Wuu. : > P

Entry of Dec 27, 2001 at 20:41 [EST]
From:Stacey Halio - slh245@optonline.net

Stacey Halio writes: This is soooo much fun. . . .Reading everyone's entries brings back so many wonderful, fun, warm, sad, happy, memories! And where is Arthur Albstein????? okay, somebody, challenge me! name a song! And what about all the dances Sue taught us. . . Has anyone ever done the Virginia Reel since Camp? I never have, but it was lots of fun learning it and dancing with all the boys. . . what about the Troika? I certainly have danced to Hava Nagila, Mayim and the Misalu in the years since I learned them.
Entry of Dec 28, 2001 at 09:59 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steve Kolodny writes: OK Stacey - here's a song challenge. What are the words to Miriam Makeba's Pata Pata?

Entry of Dec 28, 2001 at 10:40 [EST]
From:Ira Presser - ira818@aol.com

Ira Presser writes: We came back from vacation and one of the first things I did was check out the site. It keeps getting bigger and bigger. Let's keep up the great work by spreading the word! I will have news on the reunion in the coming weeks. What I can say is that we are looking at the 10th of August.Hey Steve,I know the english words. I don't think I could spell the other words. Good luck Stacey. To all of our fellow campers and their families A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR! Janet and Ira

Entry of Dec 28, 2001 at 13:20 [EST]
From:Fran Wincott - fwincott@eyetk.com

Fran Wincott writes: This is Fran Wincott (middie Winnie) I've been an avid reader of the site for a few weeks now and have been in contact with a bunch of people but a couple of things have finally spurred me on to signing in onto the guestbook. The first was when I found myself singing swimming swimming in the swimming pool to my son the other day as he pretended to swim in our family room. For a momoent I thought, where is this coming from? And then it came back to me (although I'm sure that seeing the song in the songbook was the real memory jog). But Stacey's rendition of the Shoshana Girls had me laughing so hard I almost fell off my chair. I've lived in Colorado for the past 11 years, ever since I got married. We have one son who is 3 years old. My folks still live in Monroe and I'm looking foward to the reunion, I've already marked August 10 on my calender.

Entry of Dec 28, 2001 at 23:31 [EST]
From:Ellen Bochner - Elgebo@aol.com

Ellen Bochner writes: Is there a creature among us who had a half-decent hairstyle in ANY of these camp pictures? Please assure me that we're all doing MUCH better, hair-wise, with our own kids!!!! Safe and peaceful new year to all! With best wishes, Ellen

Entry of Dec 29, 2001 at 16:07 [EST]
From:Andrew Rachlin - pfsmaniac@earthlink.net

Andrew Rachlin writes: It's just two days left to 2001. So much time has gone bye,Reading everyones memmories and comments makes life so great. I would like to wish all of the "Camp Shoshana" alumni a"HEALTHY,HAPPY AND LOVE FILLED NEW YEAR" , The Rachlin Family

Entry of Dec 30, 2001 at 15:13 [EST]
From:Jyll Sternstein Kronberg - jyllk@powerlist.com

Jyll Sternstein Kronberg writes: Hi everyone! Stacey - I had to write, I remember you and the "older" girls singing the Shoshana Girls song as if it was yesterday. This past summer I had taught a slightly changed version of he song to my daughter and her friends at camp. (Replace Shoshana Girls with Shawnee Girls- they were in a group called the Shawnees). They had a blast singing it for one of the Parent's nights and although they don't have a clue who Lana Turner is (and their paren't probably don't either), it brought back a flood of memories fo me. I do have a musical challenge - I had asked about a color war song that was to the tune of Exodus. I can only remember the first few words - 10 Years from now, when we are parents too - Think back on Harry and on Sue... Help - I would love to know the rest. The words are rather prophetic. Hope all is well with everyone and I wish all of my old friends a Happy, Healthy and peaceful New Year. -- Jyll

Entry of Dec 31, 2001 at 09:03 [EST]
From:Stacey Halio - slh245@optonline.net

Stacey Halio writes: Okay, smarty pants. . . here you go. . .the words to Pata Pata! Oh, and just for the record, the challenge is for CAMP songs! Jyll, so sorry, I can't remember any color war songs. I guess 'cause we only sang them for a few weeks. . . Sagukuga sathi bega nansi Pata Pata (repeat each line 2 or 3 or 4 times) Hiyo mama hiyo ma nansi Pata Pata Sagukuga sathi bega nansi Pata Pata Ira, what are the english words?????

Entry of Dec 31, 2001 at 11:06 [EST]
From:Miriam Makeba - miriamakeba@pata.sa

Miriam Makeba writes: Stacey - Thanks for the lyrics - I always wondered what the heck I was singing! ---Miriam

Entry of Dec 31, 2001 at 12:52 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steve Kolodny writes: Hear Miriam Makeba's Pata Pata now! Windows Media .asf format (great for Windows users), Quicktime .mov format (great for MAC users), or RealMedia .rm format (great for users with RealPlayer installed).

Entry of Dec 31, 2001 at 16:55 [EST]
From:Ira Presser - ira818@aol.com

Ira Presser writes: Pata Pata is the name of the dance, we do down Johannesberg way, and everybody starts to move as soon as Pata Pata starts to play. Stacey. How did you come up with the spelling? You know the words but do you remember the dance?

Entry of Dec 31, 2001 at 17:58 [EST]
From:Sue - Susanrachlin@aol.com

Sue writes: My dear friends: My plate is full, my cup runneth over! If ever I had doubts about the course in life that Harry and I embarked upon back in 1954 when he was discharged from the army, reading your wonderful messages, missives and chatter banished those doubts from my somewhat rattled mind forever! You speak about your marriages, your children, your lives, and I can only picture you 25, 30, 35 years ago when you were all kids. It boggles the mind for sure. Your responses and your words and reminiscences are like a warm shower that covers me and enfolds me with love. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I, too, am looking forward to August 10 and re-connecting with you after all these years. That day will be a one-of-a-kind sort of day and oh, will we have a blast. To think that I will meet with the next generation of past campers and counselors and hopefully help them to understand what they are witnessing by getting them involved in a day at camp with their parents. My warmest, heartfelt wishes to everyone for a palindromic New Year filled with love, joy, an end to terrorism, an upturned economy, peace in the world and above all, good health. P.S. Arthur Albstein lives somewhere in Westchester. Steve K. has the telephone number. Why not let him receive a plethora of telephone calls and let him know how much he is missed!

Entry of Jan 1, 2002 at 15:30 [EST]
From:Stacey Halio - slh245@optonline.net

Stacey Halio writes: Wow. . . my former co-campers and Miriam Makeba too!!!! What a way to start the new year. . .with a great big smile on my face! Which is what happens to me everytime I sign on to our site! I read Sue's last entry and I too felt enveloped in love and goodness. . . it's like we've never left. I had a hard time figuring out how to spell those lyrics and if you listen closely, I got pretty darn close! All I remember about the dance is shaking my hips a lot! My very biggest wishes to all for the healthy, happy, safe new year. In the words of someone more profound than me. . .I love you guys! :>)

Entry of Jan 4, 2002 at 00:03 [EST]
From:Evan Graber - hookhoops@aol.com

Evan Graber writes: A very warm hello to you all, and wishes for a happy and healthy new year. This is like somthing out of the movie "Back to the Future""--so many fond memories. Sue, you and Harry created something special in the wilds of Highland Mills way back when--it was so nice to see your picture and read your lovely words. I was never a camper, despite being just down the road at Colonial Villa Bungalow Colony. And I was only a counselor for two summers, but I still have the pictures and the wonderful memories of my campers and the staff. No disrespect Ira; I like "Pata Pata"; but as I recall, my song one summer at camp was "Honky Cat" by Elton John. Probably my fondest memories of all were of doing the camp plays...Sky Masterson in "Guys & Dolls", and Curly in "Oklahoma"--I don't see my leading ladies on the website yet--Joyce and Charlie (Charlene?)
To update you on me, I live in Holden, Mass. with my wife Cindy and our 3 gorgeous daughters, Brienne(17), Bethany(14) and Kelsey(11). I have my Ph.D. in clinical psychology. I am an avid racquetball and basketball player (trying to stave off old age), and coach my daughters in soccer, basketball and softball. The biggest irony is that 7 summers ago my wife and kids and I all got into performing with a local theatre company in Worcester, Mass. What a blast for us...I got to play Nathan Detroit this time in Guys and Dolls--also Capt. Hook and others. We perform in the summer--I hope that won't prevent me from making it to a reunion--I'd love to see all of you again.
Well, please get in touch--I'd love to hear from old friends. Sincerest best wishes-Evan

Entry of Jan 7, 2002 at 10:11 [EST]
From:Gerri Marcus(Smith) - none

Gerri Marcus(Smith) writes: Hi, everyone. I was so glad when I found Ira. There were so many great memories,right Jyll! Hi, Glenn Belfer. Remember me and my brother Craig? We are all doing great. I will definately get an e-mail address very soon. You can contact me the old fashion way, via the telephone!!! 845-782-6549. Hope to hear from someone.

Entry of Jan 7, 2002 at 12:05 [EST]
From:gerri - gerrijeff@hotmail.com

gerri writes: O.K.- I just got an e-mail address. Fast enough for you? I cannot wait to start communicating with you guys. Definately want to go to reunion. Craig does too. bye

Entry of Jan 12, 2002 at 12:37 [EST]
From:Ellen Stockwell - EllenStockwell@aol.com

Ellen (Rachlin) Stockwell writes: Hello to all my Camp Shoshana friends. As you now all know, my mom underwent surgery on January 2nd. She is recuperating and very much looking forward to the Camp reunion. Therefore, I am urging ALL of you, to please think about all the past camp people that you can possibly contact and SPREAD THE WORD about this website and the reunion. Let's make this reunion the best event ever!!! SUE DESERVES IT!!! If you know where someone went to high school or college, try and look them up on classmates.com. If you can't, send me the information and I will do it for you. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation. Love and Best Regards, Ellen (Rachlin) Stockwell.

Entry of Jan 14, 2002 at 20:43 [EST]
From:Helene - sandman2@peganet.com

Helene writes: Just a mom enrolling her daughter, Lauren into camp and pulling along Stuart then 3. I said to Susan, "Someday I will work at a camp and my children will go. Two days later she called and changed my life. When we moved to Sarasota, I started the first camp on the West Coast of Florida. Many years later with much happening I worked as the Executive Director of Jewish Federations, thanks to all of you at Shoshana. From there I redirected to Executive Director of an Alzheimer's Facility. Lauren, now 31 years old, married Louis Weinreb and they now have Sydney (5) and Shopie (1). Two girls, Lauren can not believe it. She is a great mom and beautiful. She and Stuart, now almost 28 graduated from Florida State. Stuart joined the Marines after high school and was a Embassey Guard, he is single. Karen and Eric Weissman lived 2 doors down from us on Merriwald Lane. She taught Lauren how to dance on our front lawn. Sherman at the pool taught Stu how to go Ganooing....... The best years and a beginning a true Jewish Life, for me. Especially spending Harry's last summer at his side. Helenechick, that is what Sue and Harry called me. I live in Ft. Myers, Florida now and would love to hear from anyone that remembers me. Thank you Ira for remembering me. I will send more information later, just so excited to be in touch. 941-466-1584. Love to all Helene

Entry of Jan 14, 2002 at 20:47 [EST]
From:Ira Presser - ira818@aol.com

Ira Presser writes: Well it's offical now. The reunion for Camp Shoshana is offically set for Saturday, August 10 2002. Please take a look at the reunion page for more details. This is going to be a reunion that all of us will never forget. Please feel free to email me with any questions that you may have. Looking foward to seeing all of you guys there.

Entry of Jan 19, 2002 at 11:11 [EST]
From:Steven Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steven Kolodny writes: I put up some more 'news clippings' in the 'camphouse' part of the site. We're still missing names for some of the faces - please take a look and see if you can help. Better yet - please continue to try to contact some of our yet un-rediscovered friends from camp. I also added a midi music file of "The Chicken Dance" to Stacey's songbook page. ---Steve

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