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Holiday Hill Camp in Craftsbury Common, VT?
One evening (7/2000), I was wearing
a white T-shirt and dark green shorts
as I mucked out our stalls. I started singing
Ma and Pa said gotta send the kid away
Gotta find the best place for her, say
Holiday Hill way up in Vermont away
Gotta be the best in the USA!
So my friends that's why I'm here today
Glad my ma and pa sent me away
Holiday Hill way up in Vermont away
Gotta be the best in the USA!
This led me to create this page.... THEN....Wendy Gerber set up a Holiday Hill
Group! 1971 - my sister was in Red
Roof This was my
sister Kathy's cabin - we are still looking for the name. And this was
the "Red Roof" gang in 1971 1973 - Mouse Trap
(thanks, Carol!) Comments from email
and I was in the Glen (Sugar Shack.)
I think 1974 was the last year
that the camp was open.
We all stayed up at the main house!
Recognize a famous stand up comedian and comic actress in the middle of the back row?
click here to see who it is
Wendy Gerber is counselor on the right
The following photos are from the
brochure - thanks to Wendy Gray - Although, I just found mine! 5/2004
I loved walking down to the
PS: I stopped at Windridge a few summers ago. Of course after 25 yrs a lot had changed...but a lot was still the same. Lots of fun memories! - Wendy 2/07/2007 WG1156"at"aol.com
THEN....Wendy Gerber set up a Holiday Hill Camp Group!
1971 - my sister was in Red
This was my
sister Kathy's cabin - we are still looking for the name.
And this was
the "Red Roof" gang in 1971
1973 - Mouse Trap
Comments from email
My name is Diane (Jackson) Stafford and I would be the girl with
the long blonde hair bottom row second from the left in the picture from the last year of
camp (the one of about 10 girls with the two dogs). My sister, Carol, also an ex-camper,
sent me this link and I was amazed to find a picture of myself, at about 10 years old, on
the site! I am delighted.
Carol and I sometimes find ourselves remembering our summers at Holiday Hill, and remember with great fondness. I still tell my children my favorite riding story: Cracker Jack took at dislike to me for some reason one summer (1974, I think), and even managed to flip me over his neck one day when we had a disagreement about eating grass. I was then assigned to him for end of season competition, and spent several hours pinned to the side of his stall. One day, when he turned around and bit me as I was grooming him, the counselor that was there said, If he bites you, you have to bite him back. Thats the only way hell understand. She then promptly took his ear in her mouth and bit down hard. Needless to say, it was not something neither the horse nor I was likely to forget.
Thanks for putting up
this site - I went to Holiday Hill in the late fifties and early sixties - 5 or 6
years....nothing could every replace those summers and the memories are strong...started
in the Glen, thru Red Roofs and then the point. Roberta Bates, who wrote earlier,
was a friend...also Bebe Billings, Pam McWilliams, Sandy Ramsdale (I think that is right),
Bobo Lanckton, Bonnie Barnett...and Doodles (Jean), they were all friends..they were in
fact family, closer than friends. Memories could take up a book (maybe not a bad idea - if
we could get enough people to contribute)...Walking to the barn in the pre-dawn, by
myself.... coming up the trail, through Red Roofs, and gazing down the the mist covered
hill...shoes sopping wet from the dew...the quiet...and mucking out the stalls...and then
going to breakfast...I lived for those mornings. Ali Baba, Little John...Mabel the
riding instructor...oh, we looked up to her....Being accepted into the first period riding
class - spending the morning with the horses and the afternoon at the
waterfront...waterskiing down past the boys camp - MIss Williard driving the boat -
sometimes in her bra! - we were mortified - the trips up Mt. Mansfied - an overnight -
first by canoe - down to Davies Pasture - Songs, and songs..."Holiday Hill's the camp
to come to, in August or July"...MIss Lowell and MIss Williard - I will always be
grateful to them for Holiday Hill...I think I could go on and on....Molly Doyle (Who wrote
earlier) - everyone looked up to you...that was so important back then. Went back
there about 10 years ago - Windridge Tennis Camp now...The lodge was still there - high on
the hill - the waterfront looked smaller, but the lake was beautiful and lush...So
whenever I walk into a pine forest, it's Holiday Hill I think of...I hope you keep this
site up...Thanks for the opportunity to go on about something only a select few know how
special it really was... Priscilla
Whitley....Oh, I live in Ridgefield CT if anyone is around the
aol "dot" com
I went to Holiday Hill from 1951 till 1963. Started out in the
Glen at age 9 and finished up as Asst. Head of the Waterfront ---Great summers - the joy
of my life. Sad news though about Miss Lowell and I believe Miss Willard. Miss Lowell
(Dude) passed away a few years ago and last year I did not receive a card back from Miss
Willard (Jo). The last word I heard was in 2000 and she had reached her nineties and was
really slowing down. Now the phone number is not in the book. I last saw them in
1982 in Vermont. They had sold the camp and were living around Stowe - a couple years
later they moved to Fort Myers Florida. The camp had been turned into a tennis camp
and although still familiar--changes were taking place. I believe the fireplace pipe had
been removed-- too bad. Molly F Doyle
I went to Holiday Hill Camp in the
years 1966, 1967 and 1968 (I think I have those years right). I was 9 or 10 then in
my first year at the camp. One of the cabins I was in was one called the Tree House.
The one with the tree growing in the middle. Also, I liked being around
the bay and you could row across if you wanted to get back to the main lodge for meals
etc. Wendy Gray 6/13/2002
(Not sure why there is a 3 year gap here...)
I have several HH photos from 1966-69 but I don't know where they are right now. When I find them, I'll send them to you. I think I remember who Wendy Gerber was... chubby kid with red hair? We didn't know each other, though. And you were there years after I was, so I don't think we'd know anyone in common. If you ever are contacted by either Nan (now Anne) Serling or Prue Stoddard, PLEASE let me know. I am obsessed with finding them again!! Thanks again, will send photos some day. Jency Jaremko April 20, 2008 (jaremko "at" optonline "dot' net)
I can’t believe I came across this site! Anyway, I also went to Holiday Hill – Glen on up through the Point and was a CIT for one summer – time would have been in the 50’s thru 1962 or 3 I think. I have a brochure somewhere – in it, near the middle I think, is a person on the trampoline – that would be me LOL – That is a lot of years ago! Some of the people I remember are Peggy Weinland, Lucy Hooper, Nancy Northrup, Ellie Wharton. Wow, I have an old address book around somewhere and will have to look up other names. I would love to find Lucy Hooper. Nancy (Gay) Miller October 11, 2008 (nmiller "at" madriver "dot" com)
Hi Alice, I'm so excited to find this website. Carol Santella and I went to HH together in 1969 or 70 (?). I was 10. I loved this place. My brothers Peter and John were across the lake with Carols brother, Andrew. Hey, I'm looking for Monique Richards. She was from LA. Her sister Michelle was at HH, too. Thanks so much for creating this site. Lisa Torre Nash January 29, 2009 (lisa "dot" nash "at" att "dot" net)
I just found this site - looks like I'm a little late to
the party. I went to HH in the 50's and every time my cousin, Kitty
Halloran, and I get together we sing all the songs.
Holiday Hill's the camp to come to in August or July
If you wanna have a lot of fun upon our hill so high
Beautiful horses, cooling waters, boats, and craftshop too
It's all up here a'waiting just for me and you.
Ho hum, living in the sun
Bet you'd like to be here too
Ho hum, not so very dumb
We're the lucky ones it's true
Whether you're in the Red Roofs, Point, or Glen, you're always on the run
Sleep outs at Davis Pasture or hikes of Washington
Counselors, Campers, and Directors voices raised in joyful song
We'll keep the mem'ries living all year long.
Great memories! Thanks for the site. Ginna Hamilton Zoellner July 17, 2009 (dgnomads "at" yahoo "dot com)
Just did a Google search for Holiday Hill...on a long shot...and really enjoyed coming across your website even though it’s been a couple of years since the last post. My sister (Debby Arnold Reale) and I were talking about those great summers in Vermont – the great friends and fun times. Miss Willard and Miss Lowell...singing the “Iowa, Iowa, that’s where the tall corn grows” song as loud as we could so the ladies put napkins in their ears and pretended not to hear. The trampoline, mucking out, the plays, Old Home Days and riding in the “parade”, water skiing, sailing and rowing across the lake from the Point on a foggy chilly Vt morning. Hiking Mt. Mansfield and buying slalom rings in Stowe. Both of us went to HH for quite a few summers during the 60’s. Being a bit younger, I was a camper...Red Roofs, Point...lots of great memories. My sister was a CIT and a counselor. A couple of kids from our town, Judy and Gail DiPaolo also went to HH. - Nancy Arnold Collins July 20, 2009 (ncoll "at" optonline "dot" net )
How about this...how long did it take you to learn to water ski? 3 tries and your out? Well I think it was that FREEZING VT water! I was dying to get out of the water and up on the skiis! -Alice
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