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September 30, 2006

Chestnuts Marshmallows roasting on an open fire

Camp Shmooze was in session on Thursday, September 28 @ 517 Elm with Sh'morze Fest 5767 (I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of 517 Elm for hosting the event). Whether the name of the summer camp you attended has its roots in/with Hebrew, Native Americana (ie. Pottawatomie, Algonquin, or Ojibwa), or a pond in Massachusetts, everybody feels at home at Camp Shmooze.

About forty shmoozers gathered around the fire to indulge in sh'mores, shmoozing, shome roasted root vegetables, and shweet tunes on the guitar (I really tried for the shibilance). It was the first co-educational Shmooze event of the year dedicated solely to shmoozing (I don't consider the shvitz to be an educational experience).

More than any of the foods, this Shmooze event was about providing shmoozers with a relaxed environment where they could chill out and have a good time.

Things got underway at about 8:30ish with our tripper-in-residence, Rachel, building a roaring fire. As the clock hit the bottom of the hour, shmoozers began to meander down Elm Street, led by their noses to the scent of crisp walnut wood burning in the not-so-far distance.

Once the fire heated up (I would like to thank the former programming director for providing the fire pit, and I promise to return it soon), the first marshmallows started roasting on the open fire.

Earlier in the afternoon, I went on an adventure to the One Stop Kosher Marketin Oak Park, MI, the only place in the area that I know sells kosher marshmallows all year round (even though they may have been sitting around since Erasing Stereotypes: Passover Dessert Competition). Check out the four varieties of marshmallow that I picked up. They look different than your treif marshmallows; and they roast differently as well!

Here is the official Shmooze sh'more recipe. It was, hands-down, the most popular item of the night. However, there were some debates about the proper construction and preferred level of well-doneness on the marshmallow.

As you can tell from Deb and Ari’s demonstration, proper sh’more consumption definitely involves closing one’s eyes.

Yes, you read that correctly. The Reese's Peanut Butter Cup is the new Hershey's. After eating a sh'more with peanut buttery and chocolatey goodness, Frayda said "This is the greatest thing that I have every had." (This is high praise from someone who thought that last year's Erasing Stereotypes: Passover Dessert Challenge-winning cheesecake should’ve been disqualified for being “too delicious.”)

In addition to the traditional camp fire foods, we had some traditional camp fire tunes. Deb brought her guitar and rocked out all night long! (Can you call it rocking out if the pace is a little slower than rock and roll, the mood is a little mellower, but the intensity still there?). She took requests from the crowd and played some of her favorites. If you want to hire her for your next camp fire activity, wedding, or Quinceañera, she charges a reasonable rate.

As the night wore on, Rachel busted out some root vegetables to throw in the fire. They were truly not undelicious.

As the walnut turned to embers, the night was capped off by Ari’s first trip to the Arb. That’s right in just over a year at Michigan, Ari had never been to the Arb.

Here are some pictures from the event. Make up your own captions.

Stay tuned for registration information for Camp Shmooze ‘06 Session II. Details to follow at an upcoming (semi-productive) meeting.

Posted by irobi at September 30, 2006 12:21 AM


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