It’s Bannerman Family Camp time!

An extraordinary family is celebrating the 43rd year of the Bannerman Family Thanksgiving Dance Camp: four full days of clogging, puppet shows, live music, fellowship and more. It is the only camp of its kind.

I married into this family, and for the past four years I have been attending this annual camp, a truly remarkable way to reach out and connect with people. This family does not celebrate a lazy Thanksgiving, where a family eats, sleeps and watches football all weekend.

I hope you don’t think I sound too melodramatic; it is hard to explain the relationships and fun that families of many generations experience at Family Camp. The founder, my grandfather-in-law Glenn Bannerman, is an international recreational leader who has spent his life traveling the world teaching interactive dance and games. There is an abundance of fun, family-time and history for the four days of camp in Black Mountain, at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly.

If you would like more information, check out the website at The website is full of pictures from last year. At least 150 people [usually] attend, sometimes more — and many of them have been coming since the beginning in 1969.

I hope you find this tradition as inspirational and touching as I have.

P.S. If you check out the website, you will notice a link called “hose play.” That’s a special treat. My grandfather-in-law creates games and crafts using pantyhose.

— Stacia M. Bannerman
Charleston, S.C.

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