Under the Tent Amidst the Pines

“I spent Saturday night in heaven on earth,” –this is a direct quote in response to Gravatt’s first-ever Under the Tent event at Gravatt, May 5, 2018. Hundreds of Gravatt staff, volunteers, friends, and campers spent the evening under the stars, enjoying the community and genuine atmosphere of their favorite place. Under the Tent raises money to support Gravatt’s diverse ministry, spanning from military outreach to summer camp for youth and families. While adults enjoyed dinner and cocktails in the field, summer camp staff took the kids for a mini-summer camp experience. There was even a silent auction full of Gravatt memorabilia. With all this and more, a wonderful time was had by all in attendance!

The beautiful, delicious dinner spread was provided by Juniper of Ridge Spring, featuring local fruits and vegetables, while the signature cocktails were created, and aptly named, by Gravatt staff, including: Dr. Noid’s Amazing Mule, Sparkleberry Vodka Tonic, Summer Lovin’, and Gravatt Sunrise, not to mention several local brews and a great wine selection. A small auction with Gravatt memorabilia was available throughout the night for guests to peruse. Staff even had dock planks for sale, for guests to have their names branded on the new dock on the lake, with most of the pre-sale planks already on display for guests to be inspired.

Under the Tent Camp was an all-new addition to Under the Tent, made possible by the change in venue. Kids ages 5-16 years old enjoyed time with their favorite summer camp counselors with a luau, hamburgers and hotdogs at the lake, and a campfire, not to mention an overnight in a tent! Many of the kids were completely new to Gravatt, while others were seasoned professionals. Regardless, Under the Tent Camp was a raving success among the campers!  

All wrapped up with a “Porch Party” for overnight guests, the evening was a hit for all who entered, topped with breakfast and Eucharist in the outdoor chapel before departure Sunday morning. With so much fun and fellowship behind us, we can’t help but look toward Under the Tent 2019, and we hope you ALL will join us next year on May 4, 2019!