Thursday, April 11, 2013
Remembering Camp Lorr in Santa Barbara in the 1960s
I was lucky to be a LIT (leader in training) at Camp Lorr in Montecito for a few years in the 1960s, while I was in Junior High and High School in Santa Barbara. Somehow my older sister Laura Autrey had gotten involved and opened a path there for me. Unfortunately, the last year I was at Camp Lorr, I scared my tribe of kids by pretending a witch lived in the woods. They all ran screaming through the trees and I was not invited back the following year. The camp was fabulous. It was in a beautiful part of Montecito. There were loads of great activities and on Fridays real American Indians joined the camp for a pow wow with chanting, songs, dancing and a campfire lit by magic.
On the back of the middle photo (I think this is in 1965) I jotted down the names of some of the staff and campers:
Back row: Linda, Lydia Weintraub and me (Lucy Autrey)
Middle row: Daniel Green, Ann Smotheron and Lori x and Eva Hestal
Front row: Kelly Jackson (Jones), Julie x, Debby x, Lynn x and Debby Monson.
Also in the tribe but not pictured was Celeste Weidman
In the bottom photo, taken in 1964, I only remember my fellow LIT and friends Nancy Manzetti (far right back row) and Lynn Howard (left of Nancy). I'm on the left in back, with an unfortunate flip hairstyle.