Last Friday morning Douglas Smith strode up to the boardwalk in front of Chewonki’s Center for Environmental Education and greeted a staff member standing there. He eagerly explained his association with Chewonki, a teaching practicum in 1984. The buoyant conversation faltered as his eyes got a faraway look. “Wait, wait,” he said, putting out his hand as if to stop an imaginary train. “I am just so overwhelmed and happy to be back here.” Over and over again people expressed that feeling as Centennial Weekend unfolded. About 460 people were on the Neck on Friday and even more, about 585, gathered for Saturday’s activities. Several hundred walked to the Point for Sunday Service (during which an osprey floated over the tops of the pines) before the festivities concluded. President Willard Morgan called the weekend “a fantastic experience…it was exciting and moving to talk with alumni from such a broad span of Chewonki’s history.” Among the youngest participants was 11-week-old Phoebe Barker, daughter of Ed Barker (BC ’78-’80; semester faculty, MCS ’13-’18; advisor ’98-’04; current trustee). Celebrity elders included Renny Little (BC ‘42-’48; BC staff ’53-’55,’60; trustee ‘73-’96; current advisor). With the exception of the late Clarence Allen, all of Chewonki’s camp directors—Tim Ellis, Dick Thomas, Scott Andrews, Don Hudson, and Garth Altenburg—were present. Under a deep blue sky and steeped in hot August sun, Chewonki was a patchwork of activity. Nine alumni spoke about their lives and careers as part of the “Chewonki at Work in the World” speaker series. Two are professional photographers; one is a climate change expert; one is a furniture designer and maker; one is a biologist; two are teachers focused on the natural world; one is a university English professor; one creates small, open-source computers for scientists and artists; all are adventurers. Aside from the speaker series, there were countless other opportunities to learn (including an owls presentation, pond study, sustainability tours, nature roves, and a workshop about dying wool with natural materials); work (farm chores, trail work, and lending helping hands in a thousand ways to make the weekend go smoothly); and have fun (canoeing, sailing, swimming, Holman Day Poetry Recitation, kayaking, Rocks, tennis, storytelling, soccer, Polar Bear, etc., etc., ETC.). Other highlights: Matthew Weeks (BC ’98-’03; BC staff ’04-’13; OC staff ’10-’11; current TNHP staff) organized a memorable Friday night campfire that included Chewonki classics as well as some (gasp) new material. A contingent of four representatives from the Komi Republic of Russia, with whom Chewonki’s had an educational exchange for a quarter-century, made the long trip to attend. The Stumblebums—counselors from the fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties who sing close-harmony a cappella—offered a stellar performance complete with boaters. Treasures from the archives, including letters, photographs, publications, and objects were on display all weekend in the Ellis Room. David Mallett and his band performed beloved selections from the Chewonki songbook as well as other great music after Saturday dinner. And Tim Ellis and Dick Thomas led an emotional, inspiring Sunday Service on the Point–for many, the capstone of the centennial. You can get a taste of Centennial Weekend by following these links to photos and news coverage: Link to Centennial Weekend photos Link to Maine Public Broadcasting Network story by Tom Porter Again, THANK-YOU to everyone who participated and made it a weekend to remember.