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a very special day.

One of the sweetest rewards of this place is sharing it. we get to witness marriages, baptisms, memorials, celebrate births- and mass in the grass every sunny sunday. congrats to the most beautiful couple. (the lovely Jenn & Will) The most beautiful day. … all captured  by the lovely and talented Madeline Druce     

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COFFEE is coming to camp…

Summercamp coffee will never be the same.. (The new #CampSocialHouse just got a caffienated upgrade) We are so freaking excited that our friends at LaMarzoccousa  are sponsoring the #CampSocialHouse by decking out our new custom coffee bar— so they camp this weekend to give set us up & teach a class in how to make the perfect cup.  We are blessed to have so may friends who come to camp and haul their own gear from Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison- and farther. So we are thrilled to finally have actual equipment worthy of their product & mad barista skills:   Coffee friends…

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IT’S TIME TO PAY YOUR DUES.

—————————— It’s 4am. I stumbled onto a hashtag of photos folks shared this week. Mostly pretty photos of happy scenes (where they have kind-heartedly cropped out the 40 pounds of goose poop blanketing the pier, and all of our other endless non-instagram-friendly realities). And I just came to the realization of what actually happens when a group of inspired creative people decide to get together to make something happen. To plan, drink, cook, drink, vent, photograph, make frozen negroni slushies, inspire, do PBR keg stands, build, collaborate…and photograph it all. They are just trying their best to have a good…

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GETTING SOCIAL

WELL…. THIS SHOULD BE INTERESTING. It’s not often that you are asked to present with your spouse in front of 500 stangers, but what the hell. We’ve been asked to be keynote speakers at Social Media Week, talking about how social media shapes brands.    WHY? to cheer, jeer, throw stuff, partake in the free lunch. maybe get inspired by all the ways we can connect, build & grow https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smwi-ann-arbor-tickets-6467509495?aff=es2   WHAT: Social Media Week shares ideas, innovations & insights through their series of conference. This year, coming to Ann Arbor, MI to provoke conversations on the convergence of culture…

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THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN ARROW

WE WANTED TO MAKE SOMETHING SPECIAL as a thank you to our guests from one of our favorite brands- SHINOLA. so after months of considering every possible swag/gift/object (and realizing its all been done ten fold) …we landed on something most authentic to summercamp. an archery arrow. so- the fun would begin. all in, it took nearly 8 months. and even more months of researching US family-owned arrow makers- we found a third generation family that had this art in their DNA. and still made them. on the same vintage equipment.   we would begin the process of picking the…

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THE HUDSON COMPANY at Camp!

One of the nicest parts of the new Camp guest house (Social House) lies under our feet. The flooring has a unique story – it’s made its way all the way from upstate New York to find a home at Camp. The Hudson Company creates the most beautiful floors by saving the bones of old buildings and structures….they recover lumber from antique barns, retired factories and decommissioned rooftop water towers across the Ohio River Valley and then custom mill the wood to fit any need or use. (We did a little interview with them earlier in the year for their…

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RECREATING HISTORY

When we first bought camp, a nice lady arrived at the gate with a photo album of camp back in the 40’s and 50’s- when she grew up here (her father and grandparents where the proprietors in the 40s and 50s) grandparents owned it). In those photos was one of a toddler on an awesome old log fence behind the lodge. Since seeing that photo, we’ve always wanted to recreate it from that photo. After nearly 15 years, we finally got our fence this past weekend.  Our friend Jack Fernehough decided that he wanted to tackle this job, and here…

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JOIN US!

Some of the most inspiring photographers, filmmakers, hand lettering artists, stylists, experience planners & speakers from in the industry are gathering for a 3-day creative retreat of workshops, epic meals &  inspiration. We’re pretty to be the home for this for the 3rd year.  // What blows my mind is that each of these #LadyBosses left their day jobs to pursue their secret dream in their head. And now they are out there killing it & teaching others how to do it too: how to grow their small business in the only field built on LOVE. They have a couple…

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#LadyBoss in the house

excited to participate in this panel discussion this wednesday at SohoHouse chicago. By women, for women- but open to all. #LADYBOSS is a forum to highlight the work of Chicago Ladies in business and act as a think tank to inspire and connect strong, like minded women in the Soho House community. Following a glass of SoloContigo, photographer Rose Kaz, moderates a panel of Chicago’s movers and shakers on the subject of ‘How to grow your biz in Chicago and beyond’ moderator: Rose Kaz www.rosekaz.com/about/ panelists: Chanel Coney: (fierce financial advisor) http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/20s-profile?recipient=Coney Nabeeld Rasheed   (attorney) https://www.linkedin.com/in/nabeela-rasheed-471b406/ Jeane Anderson Cohen  (activation…

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