Spring 2015

95 Years and Counting...

Every 5th summer, to celebrate a big, round anniver- sary number, Scatico hosts an in-season reunion at camp. Just think, the next one after this will be 100!

  • Where: Camp Scatico
  • When: August 2, noon to 4PM
  • Details: Lunch will be served and the waterfront will be open for an afternoon General Swim 

More than 500 alumni, current camp parents, and family made the pilgrimage to Elizaville for the 90th anniversary in 2010, and we look forward to an even greater turnout to celebrate our 95th.

Please RSVP at eventbrite.com. There is also a Facebook page on which to post vintage photos: Camp Scatico’s 95th Birthday Party

FIVE GREAT Reasons to visit camp for the 95th anniversary celebration

First to 95...
Below: Alex Holman (1929-40) beat Scatico to a 95th birthday celebration. Fellow camp alumni there for the fall party in Palm Desert, CA, were Marge Holman Sunshine, Leslie Fadem Childs, Pam Fadem, and Robert Holman

Calling All Photos: We are looking for classic (and even not-so-classic) photos to print in future issues of the Alumni Newsletter. Send by e-mail as an attachment to info@scatico.com or by mail to: Camp Scatico, PO Box 6, Elizaville, NY 12523. We will return the originals, if requested. 

Bert Holman (1960s) sent in the two photos above, found in his dad Merton’s archives. To the leftthe Camp Mother with the Pixies (pre-1934 at the location in Wingdale, NY); to the right (1936 in Elizaville) —Uncle Nat in the driver’s seat, Merton sits on the running board far right. 

The two 1987 team photos below are courtesy of the Shira Savada archives. Shira (1991-2015) returns to camp this year to once again help head the 1-week Scatico-in-Training program. 

  Stan and Flick (early 1970s) were the boys’ side head counselors from 1952 to 1973. Thanks to Stan for sending in the photo to the right. 

 

Stan and Flick (early 1970s) were the boys’ side head counselors from 1952 to 1973. Thanks to Stan for sending in the photo to the right. 

  David Poritzky (1981-91) sent in this photo to the left from 1987: Back row—Judd Henry, Brett Moore, and Eric Diamond (with his signature hat); Front row-- Jimmy Moscou, JJ Shapiro, Brandt Josephson, and Randy Au. As demonstrated by Jimmy and Brandt, it was the era of the non-safety baseball helmet. 

 

David Poritzky (1981-91) sent in this photo to the left from 1987: Back rowJudd Henry, Brett Moore, and Eric Diamond (with his signature hat); Front row-- Jimmy Moscou, JJ Shapiro, Brandt Josephson, and Randy Au. As demonstrated by Jimmy and Brandt, it was the era of the non-safety baseball helmet. 

Sharing Scatico With your children

Our annual roll call of alumni with children at camp as campers or counselors includes many new names for the 2015 season. If your next-generation son or daughter might be ready to share in the magic, let us know. We would love to schedule an in-season tour. Visit www.scatico.com for general information. This summer’s alumni parents (more than 90 and in no particular order):
Sue Wolfin Rubin, Leslie Wayte Heineman, Joel Beck, Randy and Lynette Au, Rob Rubin, Mike and Elisa Segal Madorsky, Mark Olensky, Susan Greenbaum Gross, Larry Hamburg, Elyssa Berger Schecter, Fred and Anne Wang, Dick and Nancy Klyde Hecker, Brandt Josephson, Sharon Beck Kochen, Ben Goldner, Beth Gustave Bochner, Michael Smiley, Jeff Araten, Justin Lapatine, Roger Lowenthal, Kate Deutsch Eichel, Stefanie Birbrower Greer, Pam Blomberg Schwartz, Adam Holzer, Lara Holzer Miller, Greg Mazarin, Pavel and Maggie Parwanicka Mozga, Jessica Clark Newman, Barry and Melissa Rosenblum Pisetzner, Patti Klyde Press, Linda Lowenthal Tolstoi, Debb Falk Zerwitz, Michael Ditkoff, Todd Fass, Julie Strauss Greeley, Beth Yurdin Metzendorf, Gerald Stein, Andrew Zuckerman, David Rosh, Gregg Rosh, Pam Hougnou Nivasch, Laura Danford Mandel, Katie Mazarin Derasse, Becky Feuer Holden, Carolyn Mitchell Kane, Jessica Weiner Mester, Todd Sherman, Lisa Paymer Dodge, Jon Feldman, Julie Nahoun Hartstein, Ketti Krieger, Shana Madoff Swanson, Michael Lippman, Jill Herzog Phillips, Dan Rosen, Wendy Sheldon Brown, Rana Grossman Leibowitz, Eric Kleiner, Jon and Andrea Baron Cooper, Hillary Nahoun Krane, Samantha Nahoun Gornstein, Lara Horowitz Bockstein, Andrew Tannenbaum, Marc Stiefel, Jennifer Fleischner, Michael Vickers, Melissa Marques Goldberg, Alan Ranzer, Stacey Lipton Schumer, Kerri Berkman Winderman, Whitney Scott Jacobson, Mandi Zucker, Stephanie Deutsch Clendenin, Suzie Oshatz Perlman, David Rothenberg, Andrew Rubinson, Wendy Nedlin Schindler, Jamie Raphael, Mark Sanders, Stefanie Klein Bressman, and Robbie Sussman; plus first-time Scatico parents Lawrence Max, Tom Rubinson, Nancy Ginsberg, Shawn Chudnoff Goldberg, Meredith Lew Peirce, Arthur Roses, Scott Madison, Dusty Fox, Ken Vallario, and Corey Gluckstal. 

home again...

Left photo: Dusty Fox (first row, far right) was the Nat Holman basketball team coach in 1996. She started her career as a camper in 1985 and was last at camp as a division leader in 2002. She returns this summer as an assistant head counselor, with her husband Ken Vallario (who will head girls ceramicsa position he held in 2001), and daughter Poppy, a first-year camper. Dusty and Ken first met while on staff together in 1999.
Right photo:
Nancy Ginsberg (1970s-80s) starred on the Scatico stage with Tom Gladstone in a mid-1970s production of “The Fantasticks.” She returns this year to head the girls water- front. During the “off-season” she is both a swim instructor and coach (previously ran a water- front at a camp in West Virginia) as well as a Cantor (first-rate Bar/Bat-Mitzvah lessons avail- able). Her sons Michael and David will be first-year campers. 

Staying in touch

Keep connected with fellow Scaticonians by e- mailing news, photos, and recollections to info@scatico.com. If you prefer the regular mail and printed pictures, that works just as well. We will even return the photographs after reproducing them for the Alumni Newsletter.

Vegas Reunion  

Vegas Reunion  

Celebrating their 10th anniversary as graduating campers,five bunkmates reunited this fall in Las Vegas. From left to rightAli Levine, Rebecca Cohn, Jaime Hollander, JoAnna Datz, and Alexa Naas. JoAnna wrote: “There’s nothing better than spending a weekend with your camp friends....

Ian, Dan and Alan

Ian, Dan and Alan

Hal and Stu

Hal and Stu

Swiss counselor Dominique Buerki (2010-11) is living in Micronesia, doing fieldwork for her PhD in Linguistics, researching new emerging English varieties....
Artist Claudia Aronow (1960s) recently had an exhibit at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Manhattan.... Twin brothers Ian and Alan Ranzer were joined by former bunkmate Dan Rosen for a mini-reunion in February and sent in the photo to the left (holding pictures from the 1980s with them standing in the same order). When Ian recently moved to Montclair, NJ, he discovered that Stef Birbrower Greer (1980s) was a neighbor. Their sons are in kindergarten together.... Amy Paul Tunick (1988-96) is the President of Grey Activation & PR. The firm is preparing to launch a 2-year public engagement campaign in honor of the National Park Service’s centennial.... Hal Bauman was Stu Schwartz’s counselor in 1957 and 1958. They saw each other for the first time in 56 years this past October and sent in the photo to the left.... You can view Barry Pisetzner’s (1970s-2010s) latest artwork at Pisetzner.com. He currently has several paintings on display at galleries in and around Atlantic City, NJ.... Scott Holland (1997-2006) is the co-founder of HireCanvas, a mobile tool for employers and students to better manage career fairs. Last spring, two weeks before graduating from NYU Stern’s Langone MBA for Working Professionals program, Scott and a fellow student won the top prize in the school’s annual $200K Entrepreneurs Challenge for creating the business startup.... When Jeff Landis (1990-2001) was re-locating from New Jersey to California and needed to drive his dog cross-country, he reached out to his Scatico friend Cory Schwartz (1980s-2010s) to keep him company on the road trip.... Former bunkmates Rob Sussman (with his son, a 2015 graduating Upper Senior, Darren) and Jimmy Rosenzweig (and his son Dustin) ran into each other on the ski slopes of Hunter Mountain.... Steve Atkins (1930s-40sfather of Jack, Dick, Chick, and Bob) was profiled in a Veteran’s Day article in The Star Ledger, sharing memories of being part of the first wave landing on D-Day in 1944.... 1993 Soopers Beth Herbstman Weinberg, Sara Michaelson Yarkon, Dori Popkin Chait, and Stacy Koretsky Strauss got together for an NYC dinner this fall.... Another NYC dinner reunited Fred Herman (1970svisiting from his home in Albequerque, NM), Jack Atkins (1950s-60s), and Manny Toonkel (1950s-90s) got together for an NYC dinner this fall... 

Corey and Jeff

Corey and Jeff

Beth, Sara, Dori and Stacy 

Beth, Sara, Dori and Stacy 

Fred, Jack and Manny 

Fred, Jack and Manny 

Darren, Rob, Dustin and Jimmy 

Darren, Rob, Dustin and Jimmy 

Lizzie Swerdlin (2002-11) currently works for Jane Street Entertainment, a company that produces realty TV shows. A 2014 graduate of Emerson College, this past fall she worked as a production assistant for Peter Pan Live! , which aired on NBC in December...

Front: Amanda and Stacey Back: Alana, Hailey and Maddie 

Front: Amanda and Stacey

Back: Alana, Hailey and Maddie 

Five 2010 Soopers (now college Sophomores) made a winter pilgrimage to Elizaville and shared this photo from the steps of the Admin: frontAmanda Gerzog and Stacey Blumenreich; backAlana Pollack, Hailey Blumenreich, and Maddie Bianchi.... Mitch Polay (1980s-2000s) ran into Matt Schumer (a 2015 Upper Senior and son of Stacey Lipton Schumer1982-1992) at a January performance of Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ. Mitch, a Yonkers, NY, school teacher, is receiving a Leadership-in-Education Award from JCY-Westchester Community Partners.... Becky Hill helped run the Scatico office from 1996-2002. She’s now a barrister in London, specializing in Court of Protection work. She reports that her new office is located in London Bridge at the 1607 birthplace of John Harvard.... A reunion in Los Angeles brought together 1970s-80s Scaticonians Dan Oshatz, Jon Deutsch, Rob Rosen, Mike Madorsky, Dan Deutsch, and Dean Silverman....

Dan, JD, Rob, Maz, DD, and Dean

Dan, JD, Rob, Maz, DD, and Dean

Mitch and Matt 

Mitch and Matt 

Thanks to all for staying in touchplease e-mail news and photos for the Fall 2015 issue of the Alumni Newsletter to info@scatico.com. 

it was 20 years ago today...

(well almost, the summer of 1994)

congratulations 

Send announcements to info@scatico.com

The Next Generation

  • Markus on 2/14/15 to Romesch and Janja Markus due. A native of Slovenia, Janja spent 6 summers on staff, beginning in 2008 and running the girls waterfront in 2014.
  • Sophie Ryan on 10/17/14 to Alex and Jen Florin Finkel (1980s-90s). Jen’s father Steve and brothers Doug and Matt also attended Scatico.
  • Quinn Ivy on 10/16/14 to Rachel and Jared Shapiro (1980s-90s). Uncle Nick Shapiro was also a camper.
  • Crispin Gene on 12/8/14 to Jonny and Dale Margolin Cecka (1990s).
  • Ryder Jacob on 1/8/15 to Dan and Jaime Horowitz Millman. Jaime’s dad Gerry and sister Kara also attended Scatico (1990s).
  • Jules on 12/11/14 to Seth and Andrea Wagner Alhadeff (1985-2013). Uncle Josh Wagner was also a camper.
  • Max and Eli in January 2015 to current camp parents Giles and Jillian Cueff. Big sister Chloe will be a Jinter this summer after graduating from the 1-week Scatico-in-Training program in 2014. 

Weddings

Neil, Caroline, Jim and Troy 

Neil, Caroline, Jim and Troy 

Andrew at his wedding

Andrew at his wedding

  • Jim Hosking (1997-2015) and Caroline Chambers (2001-2011) first met at Scatico as international counselors in 2001.They were married this past July in England. Neil Seligman (1998-2014) and Andrew “Troy” O’Brien (1999-2002) helped celebrate, with Troy flying in from Australia.
  • Andrew Fabian (1985-94) and Rebecca Packer were married on December 6, 2014, in Jamaica. Scaticonians joining the celebration were (see photo above): back rowLawrence Thaler, David Keller, Mal Keller, Dennis Plehn, Dan Petroff, Jason Keller, Josh Alper and Greg Mazarin; and, front rowDan Altchek (who co-officiated the wedding), brother and Best Man Dan Fabian, Andrew, father Larry Fabian, Steve “Scooter” Schneider, and Marcia Thaler. Larry, Dennis, and Scooter were bunkmates in the 1950s and 1960s.

Scaticonians help Andrew celebrate in Jamaica

Scaticonians help Andrew celebrate in Jamaica

Bunk 4 in 1953: middle two campers are Scooter Schneider and Dennis Plehn

Bunk 4 in 1953: middle two campers are Scooter Schneider and Dennis Plehn

ww.scatico.com

New and improvedre-launched this winter.... Thanks to former camper, counselor, and division leader Max Bosch (2003-09) for creating and implementing. Max is a freelance website designer. The site includes back issues of Camper and Alumni Newsletters as well as (in the media section) camp videos and photo albums. Max has also partnered with his former bunkmate and co-counselor Brian Helfman (1997-2009) to launch TAABS, an NYC nightlife search App. 

we will miss you 

  • Singer and song-writer Leslie Gore on February 16, 2015. Leslie attended camp in the 1950s and 1960s. Scatico legend recounts how her younger brother Michael sold autographs for $1 when she visited camp in 1963 as a 17-year-old with the #1 song “It’s My Party.” She received an Academy Award nomination in 1981 for “Out Here on My Own,” co-written with Michael for the film “Fame.” Michael won the Academy Award that year for writing the title track to the filmthe first time two songs from the same movie were nominated in the same category. Bunkmate Karen Behrman Shearer shared the following: “Lesley was a great individual besides her great singing talent. When we were kids at camp, she was a strong, compassionate, and empowering person, curious, insightful, not to mention her wicked sense of humor. It was a gift for anyone to have known her and for me to call her my friend.... She and her brother sat at the piano singing and writing songs when they were just kids! They were amazing.”
  • Tom Holman on March 16, 2015. Tom and his brother Bert attended camp in the 1960s. Tom was an art historian, author, and private art advisor. During the past 40 years he served as the Chief Curator at the Norton Museum of Art, Curator of Collections at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Associate Director at Forum Gallery, and Executive Director at the Hudson River Museum, Albany Museum of Art, and Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art.
Mid-1960s—Boys Side DLs: Roger Lorberbaum, Bob “Bobo” London, Randy Shapiro, Head Counselor Stan Silverberg, Richie Hanft

Mid-1960s—Boys Side DLs: Roger Lorberbaum, Bob “Bobo” London, Randy Shapiro, Head Counselor Stan Silverberg, Richie Hanft

  • Richard Hanft (1950s-60s) on February 6, 2015. For nearly twenty summers, Richie’s presence loomed large on boys side as a camper, counselor, division leader, and longtime Color War Judge. The latter title prepared him for his career as a judge for Rensselaer County Family Court and his work for the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. His brother Steve and son Michael were also longtime Scaticonians. Former boys head counselor Stan Silverberg (1950-73) and his wife Joan recalled Rich fondly: “We knew Richie as a camper, counselor, division leader, and a friend. We were not surprised that his personality and ability took him to a career as a Judge. We were thrilled to see him on the podium as a speaker at the University of Albany graduation of our daughter Dana. We remember the days when Dana would only trust Richie to take her on the horse ride at the Carnivals year after year. Richie was a great kid at camp, one of the good guys you could always count on. We have no doubt that our lives and the lives of many others were enriched by this exceptional person.”
  • Susan Kaye Melchner (1950s) on October 13, 2014. Susan attended camp with her brother Robert and sister Brenda Kaye Pace
Vintage 1950s Bunk Scene: Maybe staged just a little bit for the camera? The boy in the foreground is reading “The Wailing Siren Mystery,” a Hardy Boys adventure first published in 1951. Current campers should notice: the towel folded on the end of each bed; the wood door to the bathroom, metal army cots (very tough on knees when you caught a corner); windows on the other side of the screens that open out rather than up and down; no comforters in sight (only wool blankets); and a basically empty shelf over the bed (except for 5 tennis balls, a mitt, and a metal canteen). 

Vintage 1950s Bunk Scene: Maybe staged just a little bit for the camera? The boy in the foreground is reading “The Wailing Siren Mystery,” a Hardy Boys adventure first published in 1951. Current campers should notice: the towel folded on the end of each bed; the wood door to the bathroom, metal army cots (very tough on knees when you caught a corner); windows on the other side of the screens that open out rather than up and down; no comforters in sight (only wool blankets); and a basically empty shelf over the bed (except for 5 tennis balls, a mitt, and a metal canteen).