Camp Che-Na-Wah Girls Perform at Nursing Home

MINERVA Residents of the Hudson Headwaters Health Network Nursing Home in North Creek were treated to a talent show last Thursday, Aug. 9, put on by the girls of Camp Che-na-wah in Minerva. Che-na-wah campers have been doing talent shows at the nursing home every summer for 15 years, according to camp director Ruth Wortman.

Located on Lake Balfour along with its brother camp, Baco, Che-na-wah was founded in 1923 and has a rich history of providing a fun, safe and well supervised environment for girls aged 8-15 where campers can learn a variety of skills, make friends and gain appreciation for the environment and their community.

The girls are aware they can give some joy and pleasure to the residents of the nursing home, said Wortman. We want to show our appreciation and are very community-minded.

As is tradition, Wortman started the show by playing her acoustic guitar and singing Hes Got the Whole World in His Hands to which campers and nursing home residents alike sang jubilantly along. The campers took the stage from there, beginning with some of the younger girls who performed songs like The Spice Girls If You Cant Dance, Barbie Girl and Aretha Franklins R.E.S.P.E.C.T Older campers sang pieces such as Downtown and impressed the audience with a few dance routines. Two of the camps counselors, Chelsea Stevens of Australia and Ali Colle of London, England, sang a charming guitar-accompanied duet. For their final act, all of the campers sang and danced to an enthusiastic medley from the musical Chorus Line, and to wrap things up Ruth Wortman led a sing-along to Barbara Streisands Second-Hand Rose.

After the show, the girls stayed for a few minutes to chat with the nursing home residents and receive a few well deserved compliments. The girls were as pleased to put on the performance as the audience was to see it.

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