Portland News

May 28, 2018

Memorial Day Cleanup

Monday, May 28, was another successful Memorial Day cleanup on the campground. Those who came to help out were grateful for fabulous weather, lots of cheerful helpers to work with, and great food to keep them fueled!

The day began for most with a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and eggs in the Fellowship Lodge. Around 8:00 a.m., teams began dispersing to tackle a variety of tasks. Several dozen worked on cleaning cabins, a team of boys picked up the large sticks and debris from between cabins, and another team scrubbed the tabernacle—including washing every single chair. Others were repainting parts of the tabernacle exterior, repairing damaged cabins, weeding the flowerbeds, power washing the water fountains, trimming bushes and trees, laying carpet in the activity center, furnishing the newest housing units, and more! No doubt there is still some work to be done before camp meeting, but a great amount was accomplished on Memorial Day.

Lest you think the day was all work and no play, be assured that there was also a lot of playing and having fun. Children brought their bikes and toys to play with on the front lawn, and this year Chet King brought many smiles with train rides around the back paths. At mid-morning, almost everyone enjoyed a break for donuts and coffee, and just after noon, the Memorial Day band started up. They began with “The Star-Spangled Banner” and then played many more patriotic songs as the workers waited in line for lunch. On the menu was barbeque pulled pork, mac and cheese, beans, and mixed fruit, with ice cream for dessert. People lingered as they visited, enjoyed the music, and let their children play on the front lawn. It seems to be a small taste of what’s to come at camp meeting!

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Memorial Day 2018