A fine summer's day in 1953 never ends thanks to a Bell & Howell 8mm movie camera wielded by my father on Circus Day at Camp Roosevelt, Monticello,New York. "Oh what a place, it's a paradise, to spend eight weeks, at a modest price," the camp song went, and so the children passed the golden summer days swimming in Sackett Lake, playing ball, and on Circus Day, if the wheels spun in their favor, walking off with tons of candy. Most of the people here gone by now, but the film remains, and oh yes, the Teddy Bears Picnic- first one, the original, by Henry Hall, 1932, the second a cover attributed to Frank Zappa.
Amy Drutman, another ex-camper adds: The smoke in question was part of the "fireman's act." There would be a 2-dimensional house set up and a male counselor, dressed as a woman, would be screaming for help, and be "rescued" by a brigade of clown-firemen.
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