Intern Blog

Loren Weiss Blog 8.1.21

I can’t help but feel bittersweet as my last week as CSA’s 2021 Communications/Archives intern comes to an end. It’s been a lot of work, but I’m ending this summer feeling so much closer to the CSA both as an organization and as a community. It’s hard to appreciate just how much the CSA does for its members until you’re there to see what happens behind the scenes. Hundreds of people volunteer their time and their resources to make this place as special as it is, and I’m honored to have met and grown close to them over the past seven weeks. I’m especially thankful for Beth Congbalay, Jane Cooper, the Communications committee, and everyone else who has worked with me to make this more than just a job; I’ve had so much fun, and it’s all thanks to you.

Even as this opportunity ends, there are new beginnings - I’m heading to my first year of college two days after I get home, and now that my last day has ended, it’s finally sinking in that a new phase of my life is beginning. I’m nervous, but I’m also beyond thrilled to be attending Appalachian State, and I hope my communications classes there will help me prepare for next year - especially if I get the opportunity to intern here again!! Until then, so long, CSA; thank you for the experience, the wonderful weather, and the memories.

Loren Weiss Blog 7.19.21

I never thought to appreciate the peace and quiet of an empty cottage - that is, until three adults, two dogs, and one nine-year-old arrived in Michigan this weekend. Though the atmosphere is much lighter and happier with them there, it’s also full of distractions, so I’ve found myself bouncing around to various places in the CSA for a quiet place to work and have time to myself.

There are so many beautiful places here that I’ve taken for granted; Pilgrim Place, of course, but also hidden gems among the paths behind the Assembly Building, the area down by Lake Michigan… even the South Room of the Meeting House is a peaceful place with a beautiful view of the tennis courts. Discovering these spots has motivated me to take more time to explore the places I’ve never looked too hard at the next time I’m free. Technology is important these days, but the charm of the CSA has always been the untouched pockets of nature and beauty, and experiencing it always feels so special.

Despite how we come here to get away, the pandemic has made technology more essential for communication than ever, and I’m still working to find the right balance. Doing things like streaming church services and chasing people around for pictures is tough work, but the thought that I’ve helped even one person feel more connected to the community is motivation enough. It’s crazy to think that I’ve made it through half of the summer already… and I’m looking forward to the other half!

Loren Weiss Blog 7.9.21

Since I’ve never been here at the beginning of the CSA season before, I’ve found it fascinating how the community starts to feel more and more alive as people begin to arrive. The first week was very peaceful and relaxing, but nothing compares to the energy of a CSA full of people lounging on the beach, participating in activities, and having fun with their friends. The Fourth of July’s positive energy was particularly infectious to me; I don’t think I’ve ever seen Crystal Beach as packed as it was during the Water Carnival!!

As the CSA has gotten busier, so have I. It’s been so nice to see most of the Communications Committee in person (they’re full of ideas for articles!), and the weather has been gorgeous - I’ve gone for so many bike rides that I’ve somehow managed to make two of our old bikes develop skipping gears. Oops. Maybe I should look into learning how to repair them...

It’s also been so cool how many people have recognized me thanks to the Weekly Newsletter - that’s the power of communications for you! Although, for the people that haven’t recognized me, I just say “I’m Ruthie Reeve’s granddaughter… you know, the lady with the big dogs?” That one always works like a charm. It’s one of my favorite things about the CSA: even if you don’t know someone, both of you will have someone else in common. Since there are so many people up here now, I’m beyond thrilled to be meeting so many new people, and I look forward to meeting more!