Friday, February 21, 2014

Straus Family newsletter

A recent edition of the Straus Family Newsletter tells the history of the relationship of Roger Williams Straus and Gladys Guggenheim Straus - and thus makes reference to their summer home in the Catskills, a site that all Frost Valley people know and love. That is of course the estate along the East Branch of the Neversink River that Frost Valley acquired from the Straus family in the 1970s, and which served for many years under the name "Straus House" or "Straus Family Center" or, for short, just "Straus." Now of course the building and the property serve as the East Valley Ranch (EVR for short), the location of our equestrian camp for girls.

Be sure to read the newsletter. The entire issue is available here as a PDF.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Frost Valley patches - years 1 and 2

Dawn Helfand Huebner was going through her Frost Valley memorabilia and found - among many other things - these wonderful relic patches. For years each camper received a "W" patch, where "W" of course referred to Wawayanda. But in the early 1970s, when we began to refer to our place as "Frost Valley" and not just "Wawayanda," it made a little less sense to give (for instance) the girls in "Camp Henry Hird" a "W" patch. So we devised the "FV" patch. I can't remember how many years we gave them to campers at the end of their sessions each summer, but I do know that when we discontinued these patches we did not go back to the "W"s. It was decades before Dan Weir and Kam Kobeissi brought them back. So, again, consider these patches rare items.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

an article about our Rob Sherman-Kaplan

A recent article published in a magazine associated with the time-share industry (and a global event called "ARDAWORLD") features Frost Valley alumnus Rob Sherman-Kaplan. In one section, Rob is asked what we he want to do if he wasn't in market research. Read his answer!