Camp Naivelt is the eighty-year-old, still-existing summer home of a secular, Jewish, socialist community; a remnant of cottage country captured by suburban sprawl on the Credit River in Brampton; a haven for idealists, artists and activists: a community swaying between deterioration and renewal, whose future is direly threatened by economic and urban forces.
Ruth Howard, Jumblies Theatre and the community undertook a project spanning 3 summers to celebrate Naivelt’s history and support its survival. This project lead to:
Summer 2008: The Twelfth Children’s Jewish Work Commune Re-enactment and performance of Oy di velt vet vern yinger (Oh, the world will grow younger), at Camp Naivelt
May 2009: Remount of Oy di velt vet vern yinger in Toronto for the Mayworks Festival