We are truly blessed that Marc Hudock decided to join the board 2 years ago after his daughter attended camp for the first time. He tagged along to serve as Health Officer and got hooked! He has been tremendously helpful guiding us through the pandemic – above and beyond. This week he served as Health Officer yet again – read his thoughtful reflection below:
Dear Cazadero PAC Family,
I write this to you while sitting on the A-frame infirmary deck listening to LIVE music and watching kids be kids. We have not seen much of this in the past 15 months due to Covid, but through perseverance, a ton of work by Jim, Anita, Emily, the Board and many others, Caz has survived. It has not been easy, and it has not been cheap, but Caz has survived the Covid pandemic.
At the first rehearsal of Young Musicians on Monday afternoon, one of the Conductors told the musicians to “just play.” She shared that she had not heard live music since March 16, 2020—15 months ago—and that no matter how good or how bad they sounded, it was going to be an emotional moment that would stay with her forever. Then they played… Campers are proudly practicing for the concert which will be recorded and available for parents and family to hear the results of their hard work shortly.
During recreation time campers are making friendship bracelets, playing badminton, visiting the store, trying to beat each other in giant Jenga, and the highlight of the week—the squirt gun water fight. We performed skits around the campfire, tried to “Make Mazz Laugh,” and thoroughly enjoyed Extreme Game Night. All of this done while wearing masks and social distancing as much as possible. Most importantly, it was kids being kids again, for the first time in 15 months.
Cazadero Performing Arts Camp just barely met our attendance goals for the year which helps to cover our basic operations. However, we incurred a lot of additional expenses this year making Caz as safe as possible in the setting of a resolving pandemic.
As in 2020, the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp Board of Directors has agreed to match donations received from the Caz family, with an initial matching challenge of up to $5,000. You can make a gift through your preferred method, including Facebook, Network for Good, or by mailing a donation form.
Please consider donating to support this worthy organization and to allow music to continue to emanate from the redwoods by Austin Creek.
Marc Hudock, PA-C
Camp Health Officer, Young Musicians 2021
Cazadero Performing Arts, Board of Directors