They came, they saw and they accomplished…Clean Up Weekend 2013

Clean up weekend is a reminder that Community builds dreams. Every week people who see the campground for the first time tell me that they’re blown away by the creativity and the gardens…the general atmosphere in the park.  I think it’s the residual energy of past guests that they’re feeling.  This past weekend really brought that belief home.   This is a hard post to write because the gratitude in our hearts feels too big to put into words… so let me share photos of all that was accomplished and you’ll have to imagine the fabulous pot luck supper on Saturday night where we all felt as though we were a part of something that is bigger than just a mom and pop campground.

Al & Gary building a deck for site #11
Al & Gary building a deck for site #11
Among other things Laurie and family kept the bonfire buring with the brush from winter debris
Among other things Laurie and family kept the bonfire buring with the brush from winter debris
Every fall the oaks dump piles of leaves that need to be cleaned up each Spring.  Thank You Abbey, Haley, Rose, Greta, Greg & Dawn
Every fall the oaks dump piles of leaves that need to be cleaned up each Spring. Thank You Abbey, Haley, Rose, Greta, Greg & Dawn
Cleaning up the Lobsterbake Area
Cleaning up the Lobsterbake Area
Steve Hoage...master leaf blower!
Steve Hoage…master leaf blower!
Just watching the work getting done
Just watching the work getting done
So many leaves!
So many leaves!
We thank Carol for her decorating skills...sewing and designing the store displays
We thank Carol for her decorating skills…sewing and designing the store displays
Roxanne is a painting diva
Roxanne is a painting diva
Diane got called in a hundred directions
Diane got called in a hundred directions
Everything is freshly painted and cleaned for the new season...we turn on the water and there's a fountain coming out of the wall...Thank you Mark and Gary and Gary for having plumbing skills to share
Everything is freshly painted and cleaned for the new season…we turn on the water and there’s a fountain coming out of the wall…Thank you Mark and Dave and Gary for having plumbing skills to share
The bathhouse now has a new front door!  Thank you Steve, Steve and Mike
The bathhouse now has a new front door! Thank you Steve, Steve and Mike
Fred crawled into the Mermaid house and painted the interior bright and new...hope that your back has unfolded Fred.
Fred crawled into the Mermaid house and painted the interior bright and new…hope that your back has unfolded Fred.
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New deck for site 11…thank you Steve & Al for leading the project
Roxanne & Linda sanitized all the children's toys
Roxanne & Linda sanitized all the children’s toys
Ask Mary how the painting was endless
Ask Mary how the painting was endless
Fred & Anita catching their breath after a busy day
Fred & Anita catching their breath after a busy day
Bob, making aquaintences
What better way to start a work weekend than with wine, beer, cheese + crackers?
Hank and Astrig make an awesome team in donut production
Hank and Astrig make an awesome team in donut production
Rhonda and Deb tackled the infamous "green shed" with courage...we'll try to keep in neat now.
Rhonda and Deb tackled the infamous “green shed” with courage…we’ll try to keep in neat now.
Just sorting the stuff makes my head spin
Just sorting the stuff makes my head spin
Is Anita getting overwhelmed by books and puzzles?
Is Anita getting overwhelmed by books and puzzles?
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Linda, Jenn, Hannah and the Girl Scouts worked tirelessly in the wet gardens
Hank & Rich re-built the kayak stands
Hank & Rich re-built the kayak stands
Jenn & Thomas pulled cat o'nine tails from the frog pond...Thomas did a frog inventory
Jenn & Thomas pulled cat o’nine tails from the frog pond…Thomas did a frog inventory
Many hands built the platforms for the interns' new cabins
Many hands built the platforms for the interns’ new cabins
Glenn made short work of a dead tree in the group tenting area
Glenn & Darcey made short work of a dead tree in the group tenting area
100's of seedlings were transplanted by the Searsport Girl Scout's group
100’s of seedlings were transplanted by the Searsport Girl Scout’s group
Searsport Girl Scouts made certain that all of the toys were clean and in good working order
Searsport Girl Scouts made certain that all of the toys were clean and in good working order
And then the commercial stove wouldn't work...thank you Steve, Larry and Steve for trying so hard
And then the commercial stove wouldn’t work…thank you Steve, Larry and Steve for trying so hard
Larry and Bob cooked a great BBQ lunch for the hungry crowd
Larry and Bob cooked a great BBQ lunch for the hungry crowd
Mary & Linda transformed the Children's Play loft into a pirate ship...it's fantastic
Mary & Linda transformed the Children’s Play loft into a pirate ship…it’s fantastic
Becka gives the outhouse a coat of fresh paint
Becka gives the outhouse a coat of fresh paint
Becka's husband "Bear" takes on the men's side of the outhouse
Becka’s husband “Bear” takes on the men’s side of the outhouse
The pirate ship is taking form
The pirate ship is taking form…final pictures to follow
Decks and walk ways are set into place...while slipping and sliding in the mud
After a whole lot of brush clearing, the decks and walk ways are set into place for the intern micro cabin community…while slipping and sliding in the mud. Thank you Bob, Gary, Tony, Mark, Dave, Gary, Jim, Glenn, Hank, Bear, Al & Steve…an awesome crew!
Heather tackles the giant lolliepop display for the candy section in the store
Heather tackles the giant lolliepop display for the candy section in the store
Darcy and the giant lollipop construction...note to self...just 'cause it's on pintrest does not make it easy
Darcy and the giant lollipop construction…note to self…just ’cause it’s on Pintrest does not make it easy
Pot luck on Saturday night...challenge question after dinner: "what is the most interesting camping story that you can share?"
Pot luck on Saturday night…challenge question after dinner: “what is the most interesting camping story that you can share?”
Comfort food after a long day in coastal Maine drizzle
Comfort food after a long day in coastal Maine drizzle

There are so many photos we didn’t snap and so many people we haven’t thanked…please forgive us and send pictures if you have them…we cherish the memories;  in the meantime, thank you Betsy for sharing your camera loot!

“Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing. ”  Dr. Suess

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