Camp Jabberwocky invites the Island to a Musical and Theatrical Night of Fun with Jabberwocky Campers and Staff in Honor of their 60th Anniversary
by Caroline Cardoso
Martha’s Vineyard Cerebral Palsy Camp, better known as Camp Jabberwocky, is not your regular summer camp. With volunteer counselors and running solely on donations, the Camp brings together love, passion, and friendships that are guaranteed to last a lifetime.
“The thing I like most about the camp is that the people that you meet [are] the coolest thing,” Jabberwocky camper Cathy Disciullo said.
According to Jabberwocky camper Faith Carter, there is never a dull moment at the camp; the new experiences are what keeps the campers going.
“Every year is something new,” Carter said. “There [are] always new adventures and new victories.”
Like Carter and Disciullo, Vice Chair of Camp Jabberwocky Amy E. Meller, loves the new experiences the Camp has to offer and the atmosphere of the camp is filled with joy every year. “We call it ‘Jabberwocky love’, there is so much positive energy,” Meller said.
Focusing on the magic of the camp, campers and counselors prepare for one of their biggest events this year. The Camp invites the Island to commemorate 60 years of the “Jabberwocky love”. The Diamond Jubilee celebration will be held at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs on Tuesday, July 16 from 7pm to 9:30pm. Hosted by Dr. Timothy Johnson, the celebration will feature many special guests including Chad Stokes of Dispatch and State Radio, pianist David Crohan, The Vineyard Sound, Rick and The Drum Workshop, Alan Dershowitz and Friends, and several Jabberwocky campers.
With an event like this comes sweat, tears, and days of preparation and hard work. The planning of this celebration has not only tired out many campers and counselors, but it has also added to the excitement of introducing to the Island what Jabberwocky is all about. According to Meller, the Island of Martha’s Vineyard is what helps hold the compassion of the camp all together while the heart of it all is the campers.
“This is really for our campers to celebrate and to let the island celebrate with us,” Meller said. “The more we’re out and having fun the more people learn about us; we run on love and good will.”
This year’s Diamond Jubilee welcomes the Island to see the story behind Jabberwocky and the motivation of the ones holding it all together. According to six year counselor Mara Storto, there is nothing that can replace the love and hard work that flows from the Camp. “It is really fun having everyone work together,” Storto said. “It is exhausting [sometimes] but in the end everyone is smiling and having a great time.”
Pulling together the passion of the Jabberwocky staff and love from each camper themselves, the celebration is a result of the compassion and dedication it takes to create what is called “the magic of Jabberwocky”. Come celebrate with the campers and staff of Camp Jabberwocky for their 60th Anniversary Jubilee Celebration with an evening of music, entertainment, and a silent auction. Tickets and admission prices can be found online at ticketsmv.com/jabberwocky and can be purchased in local stores: Alley’s General Store, Mocha Motts in Vineyard Haven and/or Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown Book’s. Do not miss out on a great night filled with love, magic, and Jabberwocky fun.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Camp Jabberwocky’s 60th Anniversary Jubilee and Silent Auction: The Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs
Adults: $20.00 ($10.00 with island card), Children: $5.00