Dating and swinging 100
Mac Farlane helped helm “Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert” celebrating Sinatra’s 100th birthday last December.
His performance of “One For My Baby, And One More For the Road” was a highlight as the singer carried the tune in aching baritone while leaning on a bar holding a glass of (we expect) Jack Daniel’s.
More than 300 pages of historical sketches, photographs by camp photographers (including Kat Andrews, Betsy Blake, and Karen Schneider), stories, songs, poems, and recollections by camp alumni remind us why simple camp living is so rich.
Summers on Long Lake come alive through the words of those who were there, including campers’ newsletter articles, letters, stories of spiritual growth, and personal reminiscences dating back to the earliest decades of Newfound. Mariah Elizabeth Finley Horton, known at Camp simply as “Aunt Elizabeth,” founded her summer camp for Christian Science girls on Newfound Lake, in Bristol, New Hampshire.
, written and compiled by Tessa Anable Bollinger, we find the words and wisdom of ten decades of Newfound campers and staff.
This beautiful centennial book, available in either soft or hard cover, contains the detailed history of Camp Newfound from 1914 to 2013, and conveys the true spirit of Camp.
These gatherings go by a variety of names (“Friend-of-a-Friend,” “Stock the Pond,” “Date My Friend”), but the concept is the same: Everyone brings a single friend of the opposite sex with them to the party.
The idea is to meet people who’ve presumably been vetted by someone in the group.
One problem: “You need a matchmaker/fairy godmother type swishing around the room making introductions,” says Laura Schreffler, author of While you likely never thought you’d find your match by sniffing unlaundered shirts, the hosts behind pheromone parties say science is on their side.Pheromones have been shown to affect attraction in the animal kingdom, and the phenomenon may carry over to humans.Backpackers have long been attracted to risk-taking, whether it’s skydiving in New Zealand or taking a ride down "the most dangerous road in the world" in Bolivia.You try to cross this bridge with Seth Mac Farlane, linking his affection for the crude/brilliant humor in “Family Guy” — where the highbrow canine Brian will talk of his in-progress novel and suddenly scratch at his fleas with his hind leg — and love of big-band standards. It was planted in my brain.” The man with the resonant baritone voice who was once dubbed “the creepy imitator” in a story by the New Yorker is hitting the Strip this weekend not as an imitator, but in a genuine orchestral tribute to some of his favorite music dating back more than a half-century. Friday and Saturday at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas, Mac Farlane is fronting the orchestra from “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers,” 55 members strong (tickets start at , absent fees, and can be purchased at Wynn Las and (702) 770-9966).“I have this image of you as a kid reading a Mad magazine while listening to ‘Sinatra at the Sands,’ ” I say to Mac Farlane during a recent phone conversation. The night is designed to take the audience on a musical trek back to post-World War II show bands through the jazz and big bands and superstars who descended on Las Vegas soon after.
But both of my parents were singers, and this music was just around me from Day 1 as a kid.