The camp was hosted at
"It wasn't necessary for them to have experience; some did but others only had a few lessons," said camp director
"I've been on stage as a dancer and a cello player, but this is way more fun," she said of her band Heyday, which is based out of
In fact, the camp was enough of a success that Schoneman says the organizers are already working on planning the second Decatur First Gig camp for the summer of 2015. Within a few years, there could be quite a few young bands of high school students performing around
"From what I saw at the camp, we had kids who were afraid to sing a note or hit the drums on Monday, but by the end of the week they're not just playing, they're performing," he said. "It breaks them out of their shell, and they end up with a whole new musical family."
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WEBCOMICS -- On the Celebration grounds, art fans are likely to notice
"I'm just one of those guys who is totally ADD; I can't focus on only one project," said Atkinson, who bases his physical work out of the Vault Arts Collective in
Atkinson has worked for 15 years as a colorist on major comics titles such as Teen Titans and
"The biggest thing is creative control; you can get it out there without anyone controlling your work," he said. "I'm not making money off them yet, but I'm not paying anything but my time because there's no materials and distribution cost. And down the line, if the comics become popular, I could monetize them with advertising."
The three comics are "Bait," described by Atkinson as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"-inspired, a "villains turned heroes" comic called "Skeleton Crew" and "No Strangers to Danger," the most complex and time consuming of the stories, described by Atkinson as "Beavis and Butthead meet The Tick."
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CHESS MASTER -- In an afternoon of chess matches in
"Two of the guys who beat me have come to the club before, but two of them were strangers who just played good games and bested me," he said. "There's typically a few stronger players at the table, and I'll figure out who they are in the first five or 10 moves, and then I'll pay a bit closer attention to those games."
Nelson has lived in
"There's a version of chess called blitz where you play with a clock," he said. "This is like that, but the difference is that I'm looking at a different board every turn, which increases the challenge. It's less like playing a game and more like solving puzzles. Each board looks looks like a puzzle to me, and I'm just looking for the best possible moves."
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"All the volunteers put in a ton of work," one Celebration board member said. "But he goes above and beyond. I'll bet he doesn't get more than two hours sleep in a row the entire weekend. He's one of the things Celebration is all about for me."
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