Every summer, our students learn to sing “Canterbury Lane,” a song written by my maternal grandfather Ludolph Arens. “Canterbury Lane” is also the name of the path that stretches from one end of the campus to the other. It is the path that our campers use to get to their daily activities:
their lessons, their meals, and the evening concerts. This well-used path is also a metaphor for one of Blue Lake’s primary goals: to bring young people together from a wide geographic area and a broad spectrum of socio-economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
When the sun rising clear throws reflections on the lake,This past summer, more than 6,000 gifted students from all walks of life participated in Blue Lake programs. They came to play in a band or orchestra, to sing in a choir, to act in a play, to dance, or to create works of art. They came to learn and to grow, to have a good time, and to make new friends.
In the morn’s first tender light,
What a back drop is set for a meeting of the arts,
All the joys of sound and sight.
But the days so swiftly go singing by,
And we know that summer soon ends,
Then we’ll walk arm in arm down Canterbury Lane,
As we say good bye to new friends.
For many of our students, this opportunity would not be possible were it not for scholarship assistance. This is where you and I come in. These young people are worthy of our support. Our tax-deductible gifts are used entirely for student tuition, not for administrative expenses or for any other purpose but to help students attend summer camp. This is a good way to make a difference in a young person’s life.
Please take a moment to make your online pledge today. If you prefer, you may choose to support our building program, our public radio stations, the instrument museum, or sponsor a seat at Stewart Music Shell. Any amount is appreciated, and all contributions to Blue Lake will be used to help young people.
If you are interested in supporting Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in some other manner, such as a gift to our endowment fund, or if you would like to discuss a major gift, please feel free to call our Vice President for Development Dave Myers at 800.221.3796. Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is recognized by the IRS as a non-profit organization, so all contributions are tax deductible.
As we close out our 50th Anniversary Year, I want to thank you for your generous support of Blue Lake. It means a great deal to us and to the many young people who are touched by your generosity.