Camp Mission Meadows will be hosting a special open house on Sunday, June 16 starting at 9 a.m.
Located on Chautauqua Lake, 5201 E. Lake Rd., Dewittville, N.Y., the camp and retreat center will feature several of its alumni, including renowned author and family counselor Dr. Kevin Leman and comedian Bob Stromberg of the famed Triple Espresso comedy group.
Dr. Leman is a New York Times Bestselling author of more than 40 books. As an internationally known psychologist, humorist and author, he has entertained audiences worldwide with wit and commonsense psychology.
"My idea of a good event is when people laugh, have a wonderful time, and I see the light of a 'Eureka' in their eyes because of something I've said," Dr. Leman said. "Then they walk away, determined to make a change in their own lives and a difference in the lives of their families. That's what drives me to keep doing what I'm doing, to make an impact in homes and families across the world. That's why (families) are so important to me.
"My talk for June 16th is entitled 'You're the Potter, I'm the Clay, But I Do Have a Few Suggestions,'" he said. "That's based on my newest book, 'The Way of The Wise.'"
A native of Port Allegany, Pa., Stromberg has been entertaining audiences for more than 30 years. As one of the original authors and cast members of "Triple Espresso, a highly caffeinated comedy," Stromberg and his partners saw the show become a long standing success, setting a variety of records in theatres from Minneapolis, to Los Angeles, to Rochester, to London and Munich.
Music that morning will be brought by Pastor Jim Black of Boyton Beach, Fla. Originally from Jamestown, N.Y., Black toured with a band for three years before becoming a pastor. Recently he has returned to song writing.
Mission Meadows' Executive Director Bryan Muecke encourages people to bring their own lawn-chairs as the morning events will be outside if weather permits.
"We are expecting a record crowd," he said. "All of the presenters are Mission Meadows alumni. We are very excited to have them back with us."
The festivities will move inside if the weather does not cooperate and seating will be on a first come, first served basis starting at 8 a.m. Again, weather permitting, the camp beach and other activities will be available from noon to 3 p.m.
Food will be provided all day by the MexiCali Burrito Co. and other local vendors for a fee.
More information can be found on their website at missionmeadows.org, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the camp office at 386-5932.
The camp facility and June 16 events are open to everyone. There is no charge for admission to the Open House, however donations will be accepted throughout the day.