Last Night at Klub Deer
Lizz: I have to be honest, I know the dance was where it was at, but I loved the last night at Klub Deer! Actually, I loved every night at Klub Deer. I crashed at 4am but I hear the party went until close to 6am.
Carmen: After attempts at taking a Smoker’s Circle pic seemed to be on their last leg, I headed to Klub Deer for the after-party to the A-Camp Dance, changing quickly into a midriff-cut shirt with a deer head spray painted on it and ditching all of my dignity at the door. I was, until around 5 AM, the official Klub Deer dancer: I managed and delivered bottle service, gave away booty drops for free, and put on a light show using a headlamp while standing below a glittery arrow pointed downward that read “GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS.” In other words, the dreams of my lifetime came true that night.
Riese: Also I went to Klub Deer for the first time! Although admittedly I only went because I was trying to find my girlfriend. The thing about being super-busy and important like Marni and I are is that I felt like I hadn’t seen her in four days. But Klub Deer, man! There’s nothing like a rave in a room generally used for lanyard-making and drinking terrible coffee in flimsy paper cups.
Carrie: Signs Klub Deer is going from underground dance club (klub) to the world’s most popular mountain club for queers:
+ It was included in the actual camp schedule this time
+ Julie, Brandy, Marni, Riese, Robin and Carly made appearances
+ Intern Somer stole (she says “borrowed”) a speaker for KD when computer speakers just wouldn’t cut it
+ Carmen Rios provided three straight nights of fireplace strobe light dancing
+ Jill was the official bouncer and made campers show her photos of cats at the door
+ A camper made an actual Klub Deer stamp for entrance. (Who are you? I want to hug you.)
Cee: Realizing both Riese AND Katie from Alpine Meadows were both dancing in Klub Deer was a camp highlight. Also Jill making everyone show them pictures of their cats to get in the door was pretty amazing. Also Mere should potentially consider DJing as a side career. And the Klub Deer stamp!!
Robin: I love impromptu and very exclusive nature of Klub Deer (you have to make the guest list) (the guest list is the camp roster). The bouncer was super intimidating, but once I got in, it was lots of fun. We were able to bring Katie to Klub Deer on the last night, which was basically like bringing in a celebrity.
Riese: I feel like people reading this who are going to camp for the first time in October are going to say that Klub Deer only Somewhat Met Expectations on their camper surveys.
Jill: Also thanks to Rachel Walker I have a pic now of me bouncing at Klub Deer.
Monday, May 27th
Rachel: Somehow I always end up leaving camp at basically sunrise. I’m always overwhelmed with gratitude for the few other people who are also awake and eating cold cereal at like 7 am before the buses take us away. You are the light of my life, and I am always too sleepy and hungover to tell you. Here’s to you.
Sophia: I didn’t get to say goodbye to everyone the way I wanted to, but maybe that was a good thing because I know I’ll get to see everyone again at some point in time. I got more hugs than I’m normally comfortable with but it was good because it’s camp and it’s that environment where you see people walking their true walk with all the swag they want to put out and all the big smiles and we airport chilled and drank a lot of corona in terminal four of LAX thinking and reminiscing even though it wasn’t a day ago. We’ll come back! We’ll meet new people and we’ll do it all again in different ways and it’ll be great.
Riese: Sooooooooooo by the way, um, the Purple Team won color wars. Again. We didn’t want to make a big thing over it ’cause it seems suspicious that Purple Team has won both camps and also that it’s my team? I’m really not sure why this always happens for real. But uh, luckily Marni had designed up an elegant trophy (aka found a dusty synchronized swimming trophy at The East Bay Depot for Creative Re-Use for ten cents) and obviously we were all over that shit:
Riese: The best part of camp is when everybody leaves and then we pack and clean everything! HHAHAHAAH JK that part sucks.
Riese: Somer was so cute after camp, she was like, “I had the best time. Seriously I had the best time of anybody at camp. The best time. I feel bad for everybody else because they didn’t have the best time, because I had the best time.”
DeAnne: As it was in the beginning, so it shall be in the end. Except on the ride back, it was sunny, I was filled with camp-feelings (SO MANY FEELINGS), and Somer was drunk. As we were pulling away, she cracked me up by saying “I’m glad I’m so drunk. I mean, I’m sorry. I’m sorry I’m so drunk.” Ah, sweet Somer. We wound down the mountain, talking about it all, definitely not murdered but still, you know, kinda killed.
Next: Feelings and Dance Photobooth pictures!