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September 03, 1993 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-09-03

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Final Farewell To
Camp Tamarack

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W

ien Edie (Feinberg)
Resnick was a coun-
selor at Camp
Tamarack, she woke
up early enough to go canoe-
ing while the mist was rising
off the lake and the rest of
the camp was still asleep.
One morning she met "this
nut paddling around in the
lake," and three years later
she married him. That was
in 1944.
Now, almost 50 years
later, Edith and Donn
Resnick came back to
Tamarack to join other well-
wishers in bidding farewell
to a place that was a big part
of their lives.
Recently, Fresh Air
Society decided to sell the
193-acre plot of land that has
been home to Camp Tama-
rack since 1925 and merge
the younger children who
attend it into Camp Maas in
Ortonville. The decision to
unite the camps came after
increased commercial devel-
opment forced Fresh Air
Society to reevaluate the
camp's location.
Former directors, campers
and staff visited the camp
Sunday, ignoring off-and-on
rain showers to see old
friends, visit old bunks, show
friends and family their
camp and say goodbye to a
67-year-old facility.
The purpose of inviting the
community to camp was to
give people the opportunity
to have closure and give
them a chance to reminisce,
said Director of
Administration Elliot Sorkin.
Hans Weinmann was at
camp in the 1940s. He said
he came back to Brighton to

test his memory.
"I wanted to see how far it
was when I used to swim
across the lake."
Mr. Weinmann, a former
waterfront director, said the
lake was about the same dis-
tance as he remembered it.
The rest of the camp looked
the same, too.
For others, the camp
seemed to have gotten small-
er over the years.
Shel and Nancy Eizen
were sure their bunks and
the lake had been a lot big-
ger. And they couldn't believe
how short the walk to the
lake actually was.
Bob Kaufman began work-
ing at camp in 1966 as a
dishwasher and returned for
the next two summers as a
counselor. While visiting the
inside of his old dorm, look-
ing for his name on the staff
plaques of 1966-1968, he saw
former pals Sue Trionfi and
Susan and Bill Brown. It was
the first time they had all
been together since the
1960s.
"It's amazing to see how
many lives this camp has
shaped," said Mr. Kaufman.
"While I was here, I learned
how to be patient and work
with people. That's some-
thing for which I'm eternally
grateful. I spent the three
greatest summers of my life
here. It's great to know a lot
of kids that have passed
through here had a good
time."
The word for the day
seemed to be nostalgia.
"It's very nostalgic to come
back to a place from my
childhood," Mr. Weinmann
said.

"This camp has a
whole lot of
tradition and a
whole lot of great
memories."

Susie Zaks

Added Susie Zaks, "I took
a long walk through camp
after everyone left, remem-
bering how great we are at
child care, how hard we
worked and how beautiful
and special this place is." Ms.
Zaks was director of Camp
Tamarack for the past four
years.

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