The second weekend of September brought us great weather and a whole lot of generous volunteers who made their way to Pine Island to enjoy time on the lake, Amanda Pulver’s great meals and Sandy Holland’s amazing cakes and cookies, and to put in a lot of hard work to be sure that Pine Island’s fleet of beautiful wooden boats is ready for the opening of the 2020 camp season. Mission Accomplished! Thanks to crew boss Abe Stimson, all was ready by Friday so that everyone who showed up had something useful to do. We sanded and painted the Pine Island Skiffs, sanded and varnished oars, paddles, masts and spars, and did some boat repair too. A full moon was on display Saturday night and there was plenty of wood for the Dining Hall fireplace. Some volunteers stayed on for most of the following week to complete boat projects and take on a few new projects, while the First Cabin Crew (Satchel Toole, Cole Gibson, Dawson Loewen, and Sam Bristol) worked long hours on the reshingling of the Dining Hall and the north side of the kitchen building.
Alumnus John Alsop put in several days with Ben Swan refurbishing the east side of the Pumphouse and rebuilding both the log structure and the steps to the kitchen. John completed two bonus projects: a cedar bench incorporated into the log structure in front of the Pumphouse and a 12-foot long pine bench that replaces the much-loved but well-worn hanging bench. Doug Handy worked all week on various projects, one of which allowed us to transfer all the Sloan Weekend supplies from Magoon to the boathouse. Emily Swan and Barb Swisher arrived at the end of the week to do a thorough job closing the kitchen for the winter.
Our thanks to everyone who made it up and worked so hard, including Gene Brown, Rob Whitehouse, Ron Lieber, Ben Herman, Jack Reed, Doug Handy, Mark Powers, AJ Powers, Adam Joyce, Madron Joyce, Cecily Pulver, Rip Swan, Barb Swisher, Josh Treat, Miles Frank, Natalie Burr, Kevin Hubbard, John Alsop, Sawyer Carson and Tanner Carson, and staff members Sumner Ford, Emily Swan, and Ben Swan.
If you have not attended a Sloan Critchfield Memorial Boat Maintenance Weekend, come on up next September! It is well worth the trip and it is of great importance to Pine Island to renew the fleet every year.