The Almost Annual Co-Ed Clothes Optional Midnight Swim Party at the Lake on the Depot
Held on the first new moon (the darkest night) in July
An almost annual tradition in the late 50s and early 60s until a rogue snapping turtle changed everything and ended the tradition.
1961. Clear, moonlight night. Good turnout. Cold hotdogs and cokes. Could not use flash or fire to cook the hotdogs, Depot Guards would see the light and chase us off.
1960. Foggy and dark night. Small turnout due to weather. Had soggy sandwiches and soft drinks.
1962. Beautiful clear night, good turnout. We had to call the Depot Guards after one of the clothes optional swimmers was attacked by a large Snapping Turtle that would not let go (turtles do that). They sent out an ambulance like the one shown. The swimmer recovered after emergency treatment; the turtle did not survive. This was the last midnight clothes optional swim party since the guards now knew to expect us. The guards told if we just went home quietly they would not report us to our parents (as long as we did not tell that they did not patrol the lake in the middle of the night), so we disappeared quickly.
If you have photos or stories from other years, please let us know.