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This interview was conducted with Michael Hoy and Sean Strickler, who work together at Camphill in Hudson, New York. They talk about food that Sean enjoys preparing, cooking and eating both at restaurants in Hudson, at Solaris for community dinners, and at the Salvation Army. They also discuss acting and theater at Solaris as well as some plays and musicals that Sean enjoys. Their relationship is discussed with an emphasis on the humor that they share, as well as the importance of art, singing and creativity in the Camphill community. Sean talks about his family and their connection to theater, as well as particular family memories. He also mentions some of his friends such as Rachel and Billy. The Jewish temple that he attends in Catskill also plays a significant role, and Sean discusses the importance of being bar mitzvah. Michael discusses his history at Camphill, including a location in Ireland, and the differences between living in a rural farming environment to an urban one and how that relates to the visibility of the community that he belongs to.
This interview may be of interest to people learning about food, food preparation, cooking, social arts, restaurants in Hudson, music, theater, musical theater, singing, art, arts & crafts, urban settings, Stewart’s, Camphill, Hudson Pride Parade, Down Syndrome, Hudson, New York, Ireland, cohabitation, mixed ability relationships, Salvation Army, Camphill community dinners, yoga, Judaism, Christmas plays, Shepherd’s Play, Bye Bye Birdie, opera, Broadway, Elvis Presley, family.
I was born in 1982 in Miami, Florida, but currently live in Brooklyn, New York. My background is in photography and publishing and I currently work for a photographer and do freelance editorial work, including editing, proofreading and transcription. I’m currently exploring oral history as a personal interest, though I have ambitions of incorporating it into my life in a more professional capacity.
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