The West End House Camp Podcast
By Ryan Wilensky
The West End House Camp PodcastApr 13, 2023
S4Ep3: Interview with Tim Delling
In this episode, Ryan interviews Tim Delling, the New England Regional Director for WOLFoods, our new food service provider.
First they talk about WOLFoods, their amazing scratch cooking and how they find talented chefs.
Then they dive into the actual meals that we plan on serving for the 1st week of camp.
Next they talk about Tim’s biggest passion, Food Allergens, in which he talks about how other food service providers come to him for best practices.
Then they get a little off track, talking about the times when Tim cooked for Oprah, the Clintons, and President Joe Biden, including a claim that President Biden has the muscles of a UFC fighter.
Finally, Tim tells Ryan his worst restaurant customer story and his feelings on the controversial practice of having Happy Birthday Congo lines.
S4Ep2: Interview with Rickey Taylor
Ryan interviews former camper/counselor and current actor Rickey Taylor. Rickey recalls his unique story as to how he ended up at camp. Then he discusses how West End gave him leadership opportunities as a league and Intercamp coach. Then we discuss his incredible recent acting opportunities, as an extra, in both the hit Netflix show Cobra Kai and the acclaimed film “Till” about the Emmit Till story, which many believe sparked the Civil Rights movement.
After this podcast, I did end up taking the entire Junior class of Foxborough High School to see Till and the students thought it was a powerful and outstanding film. Rickey was thrilled and thankful that I made it a priority.
And finally, we discuss how his West End connections helped him in business and in life.
S4Ep1: Interview with Nathan Riesenburger
This first episode of season 4, we are going to interview camper, Nathan Riesenburger. As a camp veteran, Nathan joined the 5 year club this summer. He was a Color War captain for the Blue Journey and won the top camper award, the James J. Storrow Award this summer. Nathan is not only a star at camp, but also at being a student at Newton North High School, where he is heavily involved in the school’s Business Club. Nathan and I do get into a slight debate on the meaning of being on time.
S3Ep2: Interviews with Sam Eggert, Matt Connelly, and Andrew Chaban
This 2nd episode of season 3, we wanted to focus on the Friends of West End Network, an internship program available to counselors at West End through our alumni network.
For 1st activity period, we will hear from Sam Eggert about his internship he had with Steve Dancey at Cool Tropics.
For 2nd activity period (start 24:00), we will hear from Matt Connelly about his internships he had at Privy with Josh Mendelsohn and at Phantom Gourmet with Dan Andelman which led to a full-time job.
For elective time (1:01:41), we will hear from Board of Directors member, Andrew Chaban, who is the CEO of Princeton Properties and how impressed he was with 2 of our current counselors who did an internship with his company over the winter break.
S3Ep1: Interview with Brion Rock
This 1st episode of season 3, we wanted to start off with a fun interview with former camper/counselor and actor, Brion Rock, from NYC.
1st Activity Period: We will hear how Brion came to West End, get an update on the theater scene and learn about his Words with Friends matches with Steve Lepler.
2nd Activity Period: (Start 14:25) Brion will give us his 1st and 2nd Hot Takes about Delux Deli Buffet and the best benches in camp.
Elective Time: (Start 26:05) Brion will give us his controversial take on Tubing and his dismissal of the famous Bourbon Meatball dinner.
S2Ep5 Camp Arrival Entry Plan with Natasha Williamson
S2Ep4 Summer 2021 Zoom Recording Q&A
S2Ep3 COVID Q&A with Ryan and Natasha Williamson
S2Ep2 Westy Podcast Awards - Top 20 of 2020
Ryan gives out the Westy Podcast Awards to the top 20 comments of 2020.
S2Ep1 Q&A with Ryan; Interviews with Ariel Bernstein and Brock Major II
This 1st episode of Season 2, we will be focusing on new campers and parents, but with relevant information for our entire camp community.
1st Activity Period: Ryan answers fan mail from Meredith Boericke (mother of new camper Eli) and Caroline Taitelbaum (mother of new camper Adam).
2nd Activity Period: Ryan speaks to another new Parent, Ariel Bernstein (mother of Eli) who came to visit camp for the first time for the Open House on Columbus Day weekend. See if she passes the quiz Ryan gives her about her recent trip to Parsonsfield, Maine. (Start 8:38)
Elective Time: Ryan interviews our newest hire, Brock Major II, who will be our 2nd nurse, supporting Nurse Practitioner Natasha Williamson. He will also be working in the Margolin Center periodically using his Maine Guide - Wilderness expertise. Find out an incredible fact about Brock being a male elementary school nurse in the state of Maine. (Start 26:12)
S1Ep10: Q&A with Ryan; World Cup Themed interviews with Jackson Magee and Mitchell Lesser
1st Activity Period: Ryan answers some fan mail from Executive Director Bill Margolin and Houston Barenholtz.
2nd Activity Period: Ryan speaks with 2 time World Cup champ and 2 time Golden Ball winner, Jackson Magee, on leading England to two World Cup titles in 3 years as a Junior and Intermediate.
Elective Time: Ryan interviews Mitchell Lesser on being the first coach to win World Cup on the team he played on as a camper, Team Ireland. Mitchell talks about his victory for Ireland and his strong agreement with the Hot City phenomenon.
S1Ep9 Father's Day Edition! Interviews with Steve, Jacob, and Sam Dancey; Steve "The Whale" Wilensky; Lee, Lee Jr. and Leeon Perryman; Steve and Zack Wynn; and Josh and Nate Mendelsohn
For this Father's Day edition of the podcast we will have 5 interviews with father/son combinations.
1st Activity Period: Ryan speaks to our new Business Operations Director, Steve Dancey, and his sons Jacob and Sam.
2nd Activity Period: Ryan talks to his father, Steve "The Whale" Wilensky about sending the Wilensky boys to camp. Hear a story from Ryan's dad about losing a tough hoop game to West End while he attended Camp Wingo. (Start 16:14)
Rest Period: Ryan speaks to Lee Perryman and his sons, Lee Jr. and Leeon. Hear a complaint Ryan has never heard from a parent as Lee Perryman voices his displeasure with his son reading too much at camp. (Start 24:14)
Elective Time: Ryan talks to podcast groupie, Steve Wynn and his son Zack as they honor their 4 generation legacy that includes "the Waterslide". (Start 37:50)
Cake and Milk: Ryan speaks with Josh Mendelson and his son Nate and discuss some strategies to get an extra chocolate chip cookie from the Mess Hall Gottliebers. Also, be sure to check out and subscribe to Nate's YouTube channel "Nate M Magic" https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3uH2kN_VW3JKrdCAoxx6Wg (Start 55:57)
S1Ep8 Q&A with Ryan; Interview with Eric Wilensky
1st Activity Period: Ryan answers some fan mail from Matt Bloch and Ron Cochran.
2nd Activity Period: Ryan and his brother Eric delve deeply into a ridiculous exercise. How would you fill out your Apache Relay roster if you could only use TV and Movie Characters? Does Teen Wolf take your free throws? Does Walter White and Gus Fring do the corner kick? Does Tyrion Lannister take your Mystery Question? Or Dwight Shrute carry your eggs? Find out who each picked, including Eric's horrible decision on who he chose to hit the wiffleball.
S1Ep7 Q&A with Ryan; Interview with YONAS
1st Activity Period: Ryan answers fan mail from Barrett Wilson and Caleb Englander
2nd Activity Period: Ryan interviews famous rap star, YONAS, who just dropped his new, uplifting, popular song, "Good Day". He has sold over 150,000 songs and has over 300 million streams digitally. His albums have reached the top 5 of iTunes Hip Hop Charts and the top 50 on the Billboard Hip Hop charts. YONAS was a camper and counselor in the late 90's, early 2000's, and was a High Senior Captain on the White War in 2001. Hear how he now is contemplating building rafters in his house just so he can play Rafterball. YONAS also agrees to a bizarre, but amazing request to give West End a shout in a future song.
S1Ep6 Q&A with Ryan; Interviews with Brady Bloch and Gui Stampur
1st Activity Period: Ryan answers questions from David Gorin and Brandon Avergon.
2nd Activity Period: Ryan interviews Brady Bloch about making the Triple crown plaque and what it's like being a fan at the House game. (Start 5:39)
Elective Time: Ryan talks with Gui Stampur about the importance of being a well-rounded athlete over specialization. He also discusses his theory about how Mike Stawowy's calves won the high senior tug of war in 1995. (Start 18:45)
S1Ep5 Q&A with Ryan; Interviews with twins Alex and Tyler Hahn, and Matthew Shivers
2nd Activity Period: Ryan talks to rookie twins, Alex and Tyler Hahn, who came up to camp all the way from San Diego, CA (Start 12:30)
Elective Time: Ryan discusses cabin cleaning strategies with inspection legend, Matthew Shivers. Matthew shares a memory about the all time worst Auction Part 1 mistake. (Start 25:25)
S1Ep4 Q&A with Ryan; Interviews with Jack Goldberg, Diane Tomaz-Hull, and Sam Eggert
2nd Activity Period: Ryan interviews veteran camper Jack Goldberg. Jack discusses some of his favorite activities at camp. (Start 4:53)
Elective Time: Ryan speaks with parent Diane Tomaz-Hull. Diane explains why she chose camp for her son Chris, and how proud she is to be a part of the West End community. (Start 14:00)
Cake and Milk: Ryan discusses league names with Sam Eggert. Sam shares his thoughts on league names after having learned from his epic failure of his Taco Bell league names. (Start 27:02)
S1Ep3 Q&A with Ryan and Interview with Jared Wilk
Second Activity: Ryan talks to Jared Wilk about his fundraiser, http://healwithameal.org/, he created with his business partner at Shulkin-Wilk Group. The fundraiser provides business to local restaurants who then deliver quality meals to our heroic medical workers during this time of crisis. "No donation is too small or big." Jared also talks about all the Westenders he has worked with in his real estate business. (Start 8:24)
Elective Time: Ryan and Jared discuss what makes a good and bad color war song. Which is the better color war meeting spot....volleyball court or waterfront? And Jared describes what his color war name and theme would be if he were coaching in modern times. (Start 20:29)
S1Ep2 Interviews with Ace Eagerman, Deb Vogel, and Matt Connelly
Second Activity: Deb remembers with Ryan a funny story about the first time she dropped her son Matty off at the busses. (Start 10:30)
Also, check out Deb Vogel's dance studio in Newton, MA https://allthatjazznewton.com/, if you're looking for dance lessons for you or your child!
Elective Time: And finally, Ryan and Matt have a heated discussion over Deluxe Deli Buffet. (Start 33:45)
S1Ep1 Interview with Jeremy Zucker
Listen to Jeremy's music and connect with him here: www.jeremyzuckermusic.com