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Campus called 'perfect place'
for Girls In Action mini-camp
Mrs. Janie Stansbury, director, and three of the 60 campers at
tending the West Chowan Baptist Associational GA Mini-Camp at
Chowan College this summer, found outdoor mission study to
their liking. Sharing information on the front campus were, from
left, Anita Knight of Conway, Mrs. Stansbury, Dawn Morris of
Aulander (standing), and Julie White of Askewville.
Preparing for commencement
Two 1985 graduates, Anne Nicholson, left, and Susanne Ed
wards, both of Murfreesboro, moke sure their caps and gowns
are arranged correctly in preporotion for the processional into
Helms Center and to receive their degrees from Chowan.
Chowan College is called the
“perfect place” for the West
Chowan Associational GA (Girls in
Action) Mini-Camp held this sum
mer on campus.
The opinion of camp director,
Mrs. Janie Stansbury, is supported
by the other adult counselors and
campers, area fourth, fifth and
sixth grade girls.
“Chowan offers everything we
need for our camp,” said Mrs,
Stansbury, wife of the pastor of
Winton Baptist Church, the Rev.
Frank Stansbury, who, with the
Rev. Lamar Wheeler, Woodland
Baptist Church pastor, also served
as camp leaders.
“Chowan provides a different
setting from the church. The girls
like the beautiful campus and
facilities for the camp,” Mrs.
She said the camp attracted 60
girls and 15 counselors. “The camp
offers a well-rounded program in
cluding Bible and mission study,
recreation, crafts, music and wor
ship. The girls eat their meals in
the college cafeteria.”
Mrs. Stansbury said the campers
enjoy staying in the dormitory. “I
believe they enjoy pretending
they’re college students,” she said
She said mission study has been
strengthened this year. Leaders in
clude the Rev. and Mrs. J.N. Bag
gett and Corene Harris. The Rev.
Baggett is interim pastor at Hor
ton’s Baptist Church and supply
pastor at Oak Grove Baptist
Church. Their talks were based on
their visit with their daughter, a
Southern Baptist missionary in
Harris, a member of Galatia
Baptist Church, spoke on Togo,
where she spent two months.
Mrs. Stansbury also cited the
contribution of Mike Merrill, sum
mer youth leader at Meherrin Bap
tist Church, Murfreesboro, in
music and other activities.
Julie White, a fourth grader;
Dawn Morris, a fifth grader; and
Anita Knight, a sixth grader; were
asked what they enjoyed the best.
Julie, a member of Askewville
Baptist Church, replied “swimm
ing.” Dawn, a member of
Aulander Baptist Chuch, answered
“missions.” Anita, who is atten
ding her third GA camp at
Chowan, replied “Swimming,
crafts, making friends and living
in the dorm.”
All three agreed they enjoyed the
messages of the international
students during the outdoor even
ing Vespers program.
Mrs. Janet Jernigan of Winton,
who attended GA camps at
Chowan when she was a girl, said
“the children are impressed with
the idea of coming to Chowan Col
She noted, “It’s a wonderful lear
ning experience for them. They en-
joy the campus —they’re
fascinated with the squirrels and
love the trees. They really enjoy
the pool in the Helms Center. They
also enjoy skating in l.akeside Stu
dent Center and the food in the
Mrs. Jernigan said after the
group toured McDowell Columns,
one girl remarked: “This must be
as big as the White House.” She
said they’re also glad to know it’s a
Baptist college. “It makes them
feel right at home. As a Christian
college, the atmosphere at Chowan
adds to the overall influence of the
camp on the girls.”
Mrs. Jernigan said one value of
the camp is the opportunity it gives
the girls to make friends from
other churches. “Some of the girls
they meet will remain their friends
for life,” she stated.
She said “this camp can have a
great influence on their lives.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all
these campers grow up to be Chris
Lost art displayed
at village center
A recent display in the Heritage Room at Roberts-
Vaughan Village Center, in Murfreesboro, brought to a
new generation an art practiced at Chowan College many
China painting was one of the art forms taught to young
ladies who attended the then all-female college and it has
been discovered there are many examples of their talent
available in the Roanoke-Chowan region.
The show “is a small representation of what is still in the
area, owned by families of the artists,” according to Bar
bara Revelle, of Murfreesboro. The selections illustrate an
art form practiced early in the century “to show what was
The exhibit included items to be found on the dressing
table of proper young ladies of the time, such as a powder
jar, perfume bottle, hairpin holder and a hair receiver.
This last was used to contain hair cleaned from the brush
and comb as females prepared to appear in pubUc.
Part of Trousseau
There is much gold leaf in the paintings and a luster
finish was given to many pieces. Some of the young ladies
painted whole sets of table china, to become a part of their
Vases, pitchers in many shapes, jars, serving pieces and
decorative objects seemed the most popular.
One outstanding piece was a pitcher with the figure of a
Japanese lady arranging flowers, repeated seven times
around the bowl.
All Work Signed
“One remarkable thing we found was that nearly all of
the work was signed, so we know exactly who painted it
and the families can tell us when the young lady attended
Chowan, ’ ’ Mrs. Revelle explained.
As part of the display, posters told of the two art forms
used in decorating the china.
Art nouveau flourished from about 1890 to 1910 and could
be found in architecture, rooms, furniture, ceramics,
glass, jewelry, the printed page, posters, coffee pots,
lamps and cutlery.
It is described as having “a sensuous line, a flowing Une,
a line which bends and turns back upon itself. Think of the
feminine form, rounded and curving. Think of lines which
begin parallel but then converge and eventually contradict
each other” the information stated.
Art deco was easily reproduced by machine with new
materials such as plastic, ferro-concrete and vita glass.
It was an assertively modern style which drew its in
spiration from the more austere side of art nouveau,
cubism, the Russian ballet, American Indian art and the
Mrs! Revelle of Murfreesboro and Mrs. Neva Stanley of
Woodland, gathered the collection and arranged the
The Chowonion, July, 1985—PAGE NINE