From the Archives, April 22, 2018

Boxwell Music, Part III

We continue our look at Boxwell musicians, this week arriving at Old Hickory Lake. There have been plenty of musicians at the current Boxwell location. So many in fact, it is unlikely we will cover them all if for no other reason than we just don’t know them! (You can help out here by soliciting some suggestions in the comments!) For this week, we’ll focus on the earliest act we know of: The Parnell Hooten-nannies.

The Parnell Hooten-nannies started in 1963 with Phil Roe and Pat Bray on guitar and Mark McWhorter on banjo, but as the years went by, the group evolved. Other players included John Bryant, Wes Frye, Jerome Terrell, John Hudson, David Farrar, and James Henry. The various incarnations kept the Hooten-nannies part of the Boxwell program through 1970. They played Parnell campfires, often a meal in the dining hall, and were even known to go on “tour” to Camp Murrey to perform at the family camp.

The name apparently came from Program Director Jimmy Joe Jackson, though the origin there is a little fuzzy. What isn’t fuzzy is that Jackson seriously promoted the group and some of the song choices were directly influenced by Jackson’s likes. When Jackson left camp in 1970, the Hooten-nannies left as well.

In terms of style, the group performed primarily folk songs, but there were some patriotic and camp songs in the mix as well. Among the tunes performed by the group include “This Land Is Your Land,” “The New Frontier,” “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” “Salty Dog Rag,” “My Girl,” and the Beverly Hillbillies theme. And of course, there was the occassional song with lyrics just about camp.

Seen here are two photos of the Hooten-nannies. One is from a Parnell Friday Night campfire in 1970. From left to right are John Hudson, David Farrar, and James Henry. The other is from the 2014 Staff Reunion. From left to right are Patrick Bray, Jerome Terrell, Phil Roe, Wes Frye,and James Henry.

Hootennannies

The last incarnation of the Hooten-nannies at a Friday Night campfire in 1970. L-R: John Hudson, David Farrar, and James Henry.

Hootennannies

A Parnell Hooten-nannies reunion at the 2014 Staff Reunion. L-R: Patrick Bray, Jerome Terrell, Phil Roe, Wes Frye,and James Henry.

Boxwell Anecdotes Project

The Questionnaire closes tonight.

We’ve had just over 50 responses. I know there are more!

If you were/are a Boxwell staff member, I encourage you to complete the questionnaire below. By all means, give me your favorite camp stories/memories, but PLEASE spend some time on the leadership questions. Understanding the people and their leadership qualities/styles is an important part of my research.

I will be closing access to the survey on March 31, 2018. You have less than two weeks.

Thank you for your help. It is greatly appreciated.

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Boxwell Staff Stories: The Anecdotes Project

We’ve had 24 responses. Surely there are more!
 
If you were/are a Boxwell staff member, I encourage you to complete the questionnaire below. By all means, give me your favorite camp stories/memories, but PLEASE spend some time on the leadership questions. Understanding the people and their leadership qualities/styles is an important part of my research.
 
I will be closing access to the survey on March 31, 2018. You have less than one month.
 
Thank you for your help. It is greatly appreciated.
 
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Boxwell Staff Stories: The Anecdotes Project

 

Announcements! Announcements! Announcements!

The Anecdotes Project
March 2018
 
You may have noticed that the VirtualBoxwell posts this month have all been stories by staff members. This was deliberate. I want you to start thinking about YOUR camp stories.
 
Next week, on March 1, I will be sending out a Camp Anecdotes Questionnaire to former staff members. I will be asking about your favorite camp stories as well what made camp meaningful for you and your opinions/recollections of the various leaders you worked for. This questionnaire is in part for VirtualBoxwell, but it is also one of the last pieces of research for a project celebrating the centennial of Boxwell for 2021.
 
Thus, I need as much participation as I can get.
 
I won’t lie (a Scout is Trustworthy!): the questionnaire is going to take you a little bit of time. It is not multiple choice, but long form answers. But let’s be honest, none of us–NONE OF US–could talk about camp stories or the people we worked with or work for with a multiple choice form. All of us as staff members were just… too unique. 🙂
 
I want to thank you all in advance for participating and encourage you to start thinking. The Boxwell Staff Anecdotes Project is about to begin!
 
Grady Eades
VirtualBoxwell.org webmaster