#TBT to When Appel Farm Was Really a Farm
Appel Farm, back in 1960 when Al and Clare started to invite their children’s friends over to play music and make art, was really a farm.
It was more chickens than children and more corn than creative writing. Your camp was pigs, not photography, more tractors than theater, and instead of art, agriculture. But there was always music…
Albert and Clare were farmers and musicians, and they wanted to change the world, so they started Appel Farm Arts Camp. Everything they believed back in 1960, that art transforms people’s lives and plays a crucial role in developing a child’s learning skills, personal growth, and sense of community and responsibility, that the arts are an exciting and essential part of the learning process and that artistic talent is innate and waiting to be developed in every person, is still true today.
So, we may not be farmers, but we are all Appel Farmers, and Albert is still as cool as he was on this tractor back in the day.
A new issue of The Appel Core is coming out next week, and we are featuring one of our best throwbacks to our farming days…our Farmall tractor. We are retiring out favorite camp vehicles this year, and turning it into art. Let us know if you have any great ideas how to preserve this piece of our history!
Have you heard about the Appel Farm Alumni Reunion? We are all getting together for a long weekend of camp this Labor Day Weekend, September 4-7, 2015. If you want more info about the reunion, or to sign up, just click here!