BRISTOL BITS: Bristol resident looks back on Camp Wangum

Published on Thursday, 4 August 2022 14:11

Bristol Bits

I’m assuming that Jeff Twombly, who emailed me about Camp Wangum, has been an outdoors enthusiast since he was a kid. The last time I saw him, ironically, was a couple of years ago at the Bristol Fish and Game Club.

Jeff writes: “I attended the camp in the mid to late sixties. I have fond memories of the pool, flag raising, movie nights, getting snacks from the canteen, arts and crafts and fishing and canoeing on the river. Every season the camper who caught the biggest fish won a prize. I won it two years in a row. All the cabins had Indian names with Apache for the older kids and Pawnee for the younger ones. Attached is a photo of the camp patch. It was a great time and I was very sad the day I learned the property had been sold.”


Celebrating are Joyce Ptak and John Beardsley.

Ron Piasecki - Flood of ’55

“The main thing I remember about the ’55 flood was standing near Bonnie’s (Restaurant, at the end of Bristol Street on Rt. 6) and watching the flood there. My dad took us on Route 6 to Farmington to see the flooded area east of where the Nike missile site was located. That whole area was just like a lake.” 

Did you know?

Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd pitched for the Bristol Red Sox Double A baseball team in the early 1980’s before making it to the top with the Boston Red Sox. His father, Willie James Boyd, had once played against the famed Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Page.

The garden race

Morrie Laviero found a zucchini in his garden the other day and his vegetable-growing nemesis and neighbor John Leone wrote to me and said: “The (annual) race is on.”

Contact Bob Montgomery at or by calling 860-583-5132.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Column on Thursday, 4 August 2022 14:11. Updated: Thursday, 4 August 2022 14:13.