Saturday night, June 15th: A full moon illuminates the barnyard and surrounding fields. Tents dot the landscape, standing in the community garden, on the grass in front of Barn B, and one right next to the lamb pen. A campfire is roaring, surrounded by farm friends singing “Codman Road, take me home…” to the tune of “Country Road”, of course. Farther away, flashlights flicker in and out as a sprawling game of flashlight hide-and-seek occupies the under-12 set.
The Codman Campout has always been one of my favorite farm events. A low-key June dinner outside the barn, and lots of kids playing games under the stars make this a homey, familiar summer night. This year was made all the more special as we enjoyed Codman’s own beef, pork and chicken for dinner. We ate farm-raised hamburgers, sausage, chicken drumsticks, hot dogs and veggie sandwiches - plus brownies and s’mores for dessert!
The moon remained bright, but eventually the guitar-playing wound down, all the hiders were found by the seekers, and the whole farm, animals and humans alike, conked out for the night. We were up with the animals the next morning for bagels, orange juice, lots of coffee for the adults and an early morning hide and seek game that began again almost immediately after the break of day.
A huge thanks to the Board and volunteers for organizing this year’s spectacular event! I’m already looking forward to next year, and to brushing up on my campy Codman songs.
~ Ginger Reiner, CCF Treasurer