by Sherezzah Bint al-Waha
Ah, Camp. I could go on and on about how great Oasis Dance Camp ("ODC") is, but most of it would be redundant. (I have a lot of info about ODC at my troupe site, starting here.) So here I'll just focus on what made this particular camp special, along with showing some of the digital photos I took.
So, we'd been collecting stuff for a Florida-theme room since 1995,
but once we determined we'd actually get there this year, we
began organizing the stuff in earnest.
Beach towels, grass mats, tropical fish sheet sets and ornaments,
pink flamingos, a beach umbrella, tropical print fabric and clothing,
Joani found the most perfect thing: an inflatable
pool toy in the form of a very large shark.
It was probably 6 feet long.
She named it "Rocks Sharky", of course.
Our initial flight was cancelled, and the best flights they could reschedule us for and confirm us on wouldn't get us in until almost midnight--way later than we wanted. However, by putting ourselves on standby and by the grace of Allah (we were the absolute last people squeezed on the commuter flight to Traverse City), we arrived just in time to make the opening ceremonies, and were even able to grab a little of the dinner leftovers (gyros, pita, and salad). Later we had some time to do most of our decorating (sign left, more photos below).
We also brought him to pose for the official camp group photo. The teachers wanted to pose with him also. All in all, he was a big hit, as was our room decoration. (Left, Joani playing with Rocks at the lake. Click here for a picture of a shark attack!)
And the weather was just gorgeous the whole time... we
actually held some classes outside on the lawn.
Camp ended early afternoon, but our plane flights were not until the following morning (saved a lot of money that way), so we were staying overnight at the Day's Inn in town. As it turned out, so were two other campers, so we hung out together, visiting the museum at the local college (some nifty "hands-on" exhibits there), watching the ducks by the lake, having dinner at Mabel's, and soaking in the hot tub.