Our fun could not be disguised today– but we could! Our fourth day of camp started with some activities on the Sharp stage in preparation for our field trip to the Morgan Library. The library is having a special exhibit on Alice in Wonderland, in honor of the book’s 150th birthday. We had a theatrical reading of “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll. In preparation of projecting our voices, we got to decorate masks and wear them! After deciphering the non-sense of this magical and frightening poem, Nicole asked us to write our own stanza that we could place anywhere in the poem. It was a difficult task, but our campers hit it out of the park!
Holly told us that growing up, she loved hearing stories about fairies and as a child, and her mother constantly warned her about the ghosts that lived in her house. She wrote her earliest stories about fairies living in abandoned places along the Jersey Shore, and told us to save the writing we do now, because one day, fans will make us read our earliest work in front of everyone! How embarrassing! Holly also talked about the experience of seeing her book, The Spiderwick Chronicles, turned into a film. She said it was surreal seeing the places and characters she dreamed up become actual movie sets and real people. But she loved the experience and thought that the movie really captured the spirit of the books.
We said goodbye to Holly and had lunch in Central park before our trip to the Morgan Library.
The Morgan Library visit was a great success! We got to see Jack Morgan’s original parlor room! We were split up into two groups and took a tour of the Alice in Wonderland exhibit. Our docents had us draw characters of Alice in Wonderland and discuss our interest with those particular characters. It’s amazing that a 150 year-old book can still inspire us today! We also got a tour of J.P. Morgan’s Private Library. It was incredible and we saw the secret staircase!
We rode the subway and got back to camp just in time to find our parents waiting for us. Tomorrow is the last day of camp! We’ll welcome Alex London, have our Friday share, and say goodbye!