Clyde Davis: Local Columnist
Can you imagine why it might cost $600 to send one child to summer camp? Do you think it is worth it? Why should it cost so much? Hey, we all know the cost has skyrocketed, but — to that extent?
Before you answer the above questions, think about your own childhood.
Did you run, did you play, did you go swimming? Did you ride a horse, a bike, or walk to a favorite fishing spot? I did. I got to do all of the above, as well, when I went to summer camp — all except the bike, which I did a lot at home.
Imagine yourself as a child who cannot do those things. You want to, your mind and spirit and your heart want to run free, but your body won’t let you do these things. You have muscular dystrophy.
It costs $600 to send you to camp because you need help to do — well, some very basic things. Yet, in those above-listed childhood activities, you can still find joy.
Jana Stanfield is coming to Portales. It’s a yearly concert, hosted by the First Presbyterian Church, held this year at Portales High School.
What does that have to do with muscular dystrophy?
The main purpose of this concert is to raise money to send children to summer camp children who have muscular dystrophy. The concert will be held on Nov. 19, the Saturday before Thanksgiving and, needless to say, is open to the public.
Ms. Stanfield is no stranger to people of this area; she is, in fact, a graduate of both Clovis High School and ENMU. Her vibrant acoustic style of music is easy on the ears, easy on the circulatory system, and anything but boring.
The subject matter is likewise an uplift.
Could we say spiritual, without being religious? Could we say therapeutic, without being clinical? Could we say depth, without being heavy?
These are all descriptive phrases which come to mind.
Audience involvement is a key to her performing style. This is not a singer who stands aloof and performs for you; this is a performer who draws you into her engagement. You, as the audience, are part of what happens.
How many times do you get the chance to do something for others, give to someone whose life is far less than perfect, and have a great time at the same time?
This is indeed such an opportunity. Nov. 19 — save the date. For information, call 356-5533.
Clyde Davis is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Portales and an instructor at Eastern New Mexico University. He can be contacted at: