Camp Meeting in the Pink!

What a lovely evening for a camp meeting!  Well, at least it was a meeting at a camp meeting . . .

The Malaga Camp Auxiliary was having their monthly meeting to discuss their many upcoming events as their camp season will be kicking off in just a few weeks!  They usually meet in the guest house kitchen and dine in the meeting room, bringing a covered dish and feature a short inspirational speaker.

That’s where I came in – the short inspirational speaker.

Or, rather, an inspirational speaker speaking for a short period of time.  So, I packed up a few hat boxes to the purpose.

I had suggested a little program with vintage hats talking about the many hats we wear in our gifts and callings – be it as mothers, fathers, parents, teachers, ministers – and, in the case of the many dedicated members of the Malaga Camp Auxiliary – all of the above!

A total of forty families live on the camp ground year round and have camp duties in stewarding the historic 143 year old camp meeting property – which includes looking after a total of 87 cottages . . .

And, some larger meeting facilities.  The grounds are used year round for small retreats.  A host of summer day camps built around Biblical themes for kids, plus special handicapped camps and adult camps keep things hopping at Malaga Camp no matter the season.

The auxiliary sponsors various fundraisers through the year to earn money for building and ground maintenance.

I just had to take a stroll before dinner to take in all the pinks that greeted me when I arrived!  Our South Jersey azaleas are in bloom and vibrant in color!

All the fruit blossoms are out and another favorite of mine – the dogwood!

The carefree sound of children’s laughter drew me to watch some munchkins enjoying the safety of the playground.

The foliage kept my camera clicking and thinking what perfect pinks to share this Pink Saturday!

I was so blessed by the humble servant’s hearts of everyone I met and am looking forward to working with them closer this coming Founder’s Day when Malaga Camp Auxiliary will sponsor an historical exhibit detailing the impact of Christian churches and evangelism in Vineland – a fascinating subject, indeed.  Stay tuned for upcoming posts in May and June on this and other aspects of my hometown history that have touched our world in global proportions!

Sharing Camp Meeting Pinks today with:

Beverly’s Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
 

Comments

  1. Kathryn, your hat talk sounds like it is a winner. Those hats are very pretty, and the pink azaleas outstanding. The camp sounds like it has a fascinating purpose and history.

  2. Loving all of your pink!!! I found your blog at Pink Saturday. Enjoyed it, too.

  3. So much beauty! Thank you for sharing, Miss Kathy!

  4. Oh gosh, what beautiful pink flowers! Made my day:) I remember camp meetings and your photos bring back special memories. Thank you!

  5. Love the topic of your speech, your hats, and all the pinks in your post! Spring is my second favorite time of year (fall is 1st) — mainly because of all the new life and flowers blooming!
    BTW — I did a talk a few years ago for Mother’s Day with the same theme….I called it “Hat’s Off To Mothers!”

  6. That looks like a wonderful place! The blooms are so pretty.

  7. How lovely is this camp? The homes, the flowers are just lovely. Your little speech sounds like it would have been fun too. Love the hats. xx

  8. Some day you must talk us through your hat collection!

  9. What an honor to be a guest speaker at such a beautiful location.
    You add a touch of class to the event.

  10. Oh my goodness, those azaleas are awesome! and what a good idea hats is, as a theme.

  11. Hi Kathy the little “village” looks and sounds wonderful. I loved the purpose of your seminar.

    Hope that all is well.

    Leann

  12. I just love camps! We used to attend one in the mountains in No California when we first became Christians and loved it. The whole family did! Whar a wonderful theme for your talk. Perfect! The photos are wonderful. Love the azaleas and dogwood. Thanks for visiting and happy birthday to your daughter!
    Ruth

  13. Hi Kathy,
    The camp is a beautiful place.
    The azaleas are amazing.
    How special to do a retreat there.
    Enjoy speaking at the seminar.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  14. The camp and the history interests me. The setting, the beauty surrounding the camps, looks so peaceful, so lovely. I would love to hear you speak, especially with your hat props which are beautiful. I love, love, love hats and tying them in to all the hats one wears today is a delightful idea. I am coming back to read more of the history when time permits. Blessings on this and your day.

  15. such a ‘take me back’ place…great pictures, too!
    first-time visitor
    have a great week!

  16. Hi Kathryn, Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my anniversary post for PS. We had a wonderful celebration and my blogging friends sure made it more special.

    Camp Malaga is a beautiful place. I know you found great pleasure in speaking for them. Your hat theme is perfect too. In life we do wear so many hats as our lives go on. Congrats on being asked. I wish I could have been there. Springtime at the camp is stunning.

    Wishing you sunny happy days,
    Hugs, Jeanne

  17. What lovely hats! And what a great idea to bring them to illustrate your inspirational talk! I am sure they were entranced! One day I’m going to borrow your idea, but i don’t have such wonderful hats to bring! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

  18. Greetings Miss Kathy…the hats are as lovely as the flowering trees and plants. Pink pink pink…spring spring spring. Camp must be such a wonderful experience. You are sounding so much better! I am happy for you.

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