2010 Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge

Daily Schedule

7:45-8:30 Breakfast
  Body Rhythms and Dance (age 13 & up): Matthew Olwell
10:00 Refreshments
10:15-11:00 Family Gathering: Joel Bluestein, Michal Warshow
10:15-10:45 Adult Gathering: Karen Axelrod
10:45-11:30 Bookstore staffed
11:00-12:30 Swimming in the Pool
  Community Dance Band (13 & up): David Cantieni, Ann Percival
12:30-1:30 Lunch Buffet
1:00-1:30 Canoeing in the River
1:30-2:15 Bookstore staffed
1:45-2:45 99 & under Nap rest snore dream
  Stories in the Dollhouse (all ages under 8 w/parent): Jubal Creech
  Nature Explorations (all ages, under 10 w/parent): Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne
  Harmonies of the World (all ages, under 10 w/parent): Suzannah Park
  Art (13 & up, 8-12 w/parent): Sam Bartlett, Ann Percival
4:15-5:15 Swimming in the Pool and Handwork at the Pool
  Afro-Celtic Percussion Connection (13 & up): Jubal Creech
4:45-5:45 Bookstore staffed
5:15-5:45 Sing for your supper
  Adult Swim
5:45-6:45 Dinner Buffet
6:45 Parade to --
7:00-7:35 Community Dance
7:35-8:15 All Camp Gathering
8:15 Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger
8:30-11:00 Evening Dance Party
9:30 Bedtime for 10-12 year olds
11:00 After-dance Activities

August 15 - 22, 2010

Look at Family Programs for general information; here are details about this particular program and staff.

There is a nice article in Making Music about our Family Camps.

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Program Description

The week at Timber Ridge camp brings CDSS to the South and the South to CDSS. Located in West Virginia, but only 90 minutes from the Washington, DC area, this week is a vibrant community celebrating dance, music, singing, stories and art for adults, kids, families and young adults. This year we have a full program of adult dancing and a full family program.

The week is set in a beautiful rural location with woods, a river and individual lodging for families and adults. Kids have two scheduled classes per day and many other options at other times. The adult program includes a mix of English country and American dancing, body rhythm, morris dancing and couple dancing. Mixed age classes include singing, music, art, nature, crafts and more. Kids classes include a variety of age-appropriate crafts, music and dance classes. These interlinking programs keep everyone entertained, inspired or relaxed, depending on each camper's interest. It's a great getaway for families, couples and singles.

The dance options will be abundant during this week. Bruce Hamilton, President of CDSS and a gifted teacher, will make a rare appearance from the west coast to lead the English program and a Morris dance class. Long-time favorite, Cis Hinkle will lead the American contras and squares.  Matthew Olwell will teach body rhythm and percussive dance. David Cantieni and Ann Percival will teach an advanced couples dance style class. DeLaura Padovan will treat us to wonderful dances at the evening gathering.

The musical staff is stellar -- Karen Axelrod, Ann Percival and Dave Wiesler on piano, Larry Unger, John Devine and Sam Bartlett on fretted instruments, David Cantieni and Daniel Beerbohm on wind instruments, and Steve Hickman and Eden MacAdam-Somer on fiddles, while Jubal Creech tops it off with his drums and percussion. But since most of them play more than one instrument, the potential combinations are mind-boggling. And it’s not just about the staff. Suzannah Park’s vocal workshop is a daily highlight as campers make their own beautiful music under her inspired leadership. The camper community band, led by David Cantieni and Ann Percival will explore new heights and play for the community dances. Ann will show another of her many talents in the ever-popular community art class.  Sam Bartlett will supervise the creation of BIG PUPPETS for the parade.

Children's twice daily classes will include music, song, nature and crafts for the younger groups with DeLaura Padovan, Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne, Emily Oleson and Suzannah Park. The 8-9s will master longsword with Kappy Laning and drumming with Jubal Creech. The 10-12s will work their body rhythms with Matthew Olwell and their voices with Suzannah Park. In addition to the classes, we have two gatherings in the morning -- one for adults and one for the family crowd. Both feature stories, songs, stunts, follies, foolishness and frivolity.

After dinner, we convene for the evening community dance and then share more music and song at the all-camp gathering, which finishes with a bedtime story from Jubal. Then the Pied Piper (John Devine) leads the younger kids to bed with a song. (No complaints about going to bed with this tradition!). We have some of everything in the evening dances and give the musicians and callers a chance to try out different combinations. But it doesn’t end there. The late night honky-tonk, song swap, cabaret and other events are legendary. It's amazing how many folks are swept up by the fun even after a full day of music and dance.

When you need a break from music and dance (huh?!), art, nature walks, swimming, tennis, basketball and plain old out hanging out with old and new friends are all available. The week ends with a day of show and tell, the costumed parade, a pool party and dancing into the wee hours. In short, there's something for everyone and a wonderful community to welcome all ages. Come join us for a great week at Timber Ridge!

-- Joel Bluestein & Michal Warshow, Program Co-directors