Summer 2008
Zach De Pue to return to Blue Lake to perform with Kent Krive and Festival Band

Versatile violinist Zach De Pue will return to Blue Lake on Sunday, June 29, 2008, at 7:30 PM, as soloist with the Festival Band, under the direction of Kent Krive.  The concert will take place at Stewart Memorial Shell and will be broadcast live on Blue Lake Public Radio.

Mr. De Pue, recently appointed concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, will perform a piece entitled The Fiddler’s Contest, composed by his father, Dr. Wallace De Pue.  Dr. De Pue is retired from the faculty of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and holds the rank of Emeritus Professor.

In addition to his duties with the Indianapolis Symphony, Zach De Pue is one of the founding members of Time for Three, a group of three classically-trained string players who perform in a wide range of styles, including classical, jazz, bluegrass, and folk.  Mr. De Pue also actively performs with his three violin-playing brothers, who concertize together as The De Pue Brothers.  Zach toured Europe in 1993 with Blue Lake’s International Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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Rachel Slough Bloomington, IN
Graduate Student and Fulbright Scholar
studying in Chile
Blue Lake affiliation: Camper 2001; IYSO 2002; Summer International Assistant 2004, 2005, 2007
Major: Violin

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By Rachel Slough

Over my five years of affiliation with Blue Lake, I have found that each summer at camp inspires me to challenge the way I live and view the world.  After my first summer as a camper, I left a disciplined musician, ready to take on leadership roles.  My experiences with the International program, in various roles, have inspired me to question my identity as an American and to seek out ways, as stated in the mission statement of the International program "to promote peace and understanding."

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Blue Lake Alumni discuss the importance of arts education

For many years, arts educators have been fighting a daunting battle with school boards governmental agencies at all levels to place a high priority on the idea that all children deserve a thorough education in the arts.  Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp was founded, in part, to assist schools in providing a top-flight education in the arts to as many students as they could possibly serve.

“[T]he importance of arts education . . . speaks directly to the mission of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp,” says Bill McFarlin, Blue Lake’s Executive Vice President.  “The opportunity to instill in young people the lifetime value of arts and culture and how it can enrich their lives is an awesome responsibility.”

Blue Lake alumni were asked to weigh in on this subject and their answers were enlightening and, in no small measure, encouraging.  The responses centered on the ability of the arts to enhance creativity and provide for a well-rounded education, as well practical considerations, such as helping to develop life skills, promoting citizenship, and acting as an alternative outlet for at-risk children.

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Blue Lake receives scholarship grant from the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp has received assistance in its effort to provide scholarships for the 2008 camp season for students with financial need from Ottawa County.  This effort is made possible in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area, which has provided $3,000 from their W. K. Kellogg Fund.

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U. S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus to perform at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

The internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC, will continue its long history of presenting free public performances when it appears at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s Stewart Memorial Shell on Monday, June 30, 2008, at 7:30 p.m.

As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, the Field Band travels thousands of miles each year throughout the nation and abroad, keeping the will of the American people behind the members of the armed forces and supporting diplomatic efforts around the world. Since its formation in 1946, the Field Band has appeared in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries on four continents.

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In other Blue Lake news. . . .

Geri Allen awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2008
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Jazz pianist, composer, and educator, Geri Allen, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2008.  Ms. Allen, an Associate Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan, received her fellowship in the area of music composition.  Her project “celebrates humanity and embraces the continuity of innovation as personified by three artists:  pianist-composers Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Cecil Taylor.”

Blue Lake offers dedication opportunities for its new Health Lodge


Blue Lake is continuing its fundraising activities for a new Health Lodge facility.

Each summer, our Health Lodge staff cares for the health and first aid needs of over 5,100 campers and more than 450 staff.  20% of our campers have daily, mandatory medications that are required to be distributed from the Health Lodge.  30% of our campers and staff report to the Health Lodge for a variety of illnesses or first aid treatments, some on multiple occasions.

Blue Lake is offering dedication opportunities corporations, foundations, and individuals for the new Health Lodge.  In return for the specific contributions, the building or other parts of it will be named in honor of the donors.

Other ways in which you can help support
Blue Lake

Blue Lake frequently makes its supporters aware of specific fundraising efforts that it undertakes:  for the new Health Lodge, for camper scholarships, etc.  However, we often need specific items, some large, some small.    

If you have any of the items on our “wish list” below that you are no longer using, perhaps you might consider donating them to Blue Lake.  You can take a tax deduction for the fair market value of the item (although IRS regulations prohibit us from placing a value on the item for you).  All items should be in good working condition.

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