Summer camp set to teach girls about the Delta
by Courtney Warren
Jun 10, 2014 | 3723 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For girls who love all things Delta, a summer camp will be help at the Dockery Service Station in July.

"All Things Delta" is a summer camp for girls, ages 13-16, and classes will include culinary skills, featuring Delta cuisine taught by Chef David Crews, table etiquette, art/creative design, and yoga.

There will also be a Dockery tour, cotton history lesson, blues history and a live blues performance.

Space is limited to 20 and both applications and payment are due June 30.

Bill Lester said the idea came to him and his wife Tennie after her wonderful experiences with the summer camps at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

"We saw what an impact that made on children and how great it was to be alone and on your own but with your friends," said Lester.

"The Mississippi Delta is such an influential place. A lot of the culture in the country came from the Delta and we thought it would be good to start a camp to help local girls understand more about the Delta culture and cuisine and also the history. We're aware they get some through their family and the schools but we thought we'd give them a real condensed dose of why the Delta is so important," said Lester.

The camp is funded through a grant given by the Annenberg Foundation.

"We were very fortunate and the Annenberg Foundation stepped up and awarded us a grant to do this summer camp and other educational venues, which we will do this fall such as blues workshops, Delta cultural workshops and talk about the cotton history," he said.

The girls will also learn about cotton history and Lester said, "Anna Mullins, who directs the Cotton Exchange Museum in Memphis, will come down and spend a part of the day with us and talk to us about the cotton culture and why it made the Delta what it is today."

The girls will also learn to cook a Delta meal and then serve it to their families.

"David Crews will be our chef. David and I are good friends and he's cooked for Dockery a number of times. What the young ladies are going to learn to do is prepare several types of Delta foods and David will take them through from start to finish. Then on Friday we're going to prepare a meal for their families so the girls get to help David prepare this meal and then present it.

"We will have classes in table etiquette so they will learn about to set a formal table and an informal table. We realize many of them have learned this from their families but it's like a polishing course," he said.

The cost for the camp is $250. For more information about the camp call 662-719-1048 or 662-719-1047.