2011 Family Week at Ogontz

Tentative Schedule

7:45-8:30 Breakfast
11:05 Refreshments
11:15-12:00 Morning Gathering: songs, dances, show & tell
12:00-12:30 Bookstore staffed
12:30-1:00 Buffet Lunch Served
1:00-1:30 Bookstore staffed
2:35-4:35 2-Hour Swim Block All ages, 9 & under/parent
2:35-3:30 All ages, 9 & under/parent Swimming or napping OR
3:35-3:45 Afternoon Snack
3:35-4:45 Bookstore staffed
3:50-4:45 All ages, 9 & under/parent Swimming or napping OR
5:50 Dinner
7:15 Community Dance
7:45-8:30 Evening Gathering: Daron Douglas, Lissa Schneckenburger
8:15 Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger
8:30-10:45 Evening Dance Party
9:30 Bedtime for 10-12 year olds
11:00 After-dance Activities

July 30 - August 6, 2011

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Program Description

We hope you can join us this summer for a joyous multi-generational celebration through the enduring pastimes of traditional music, dance and storytelling. We have pulled together a truly outstanding staff of musicians, dance callers, song leaders and storytellers.

This year - along with our traditional offering of contras, squares and English country dance - we offer Cotswold morris dancing, Northwest clog morris and Marley clog. If you play an instrument, you can join the community band class and play for the community dances each evening. If you want to learn about blues on harmonica, piano, guitar or vocals from experienced blues masters, don't miss the blues workshop in the afternoon. Got uke? Always wanted to learn how to play? You can take a beginning ukulele class. There will also be a potpourri of unusual art projects throughout the week for those who are creatively inclined or simply want to relax and socialize. At the end of the day before dinner you can settle in to the green chairs, joined by two singer/storytellers from Tennessee: Sparky and Rhonda Rucker. They will take you on an inspiring journey of song and story ranging from tales rooted in American history to amusing renditions of Brer Rabbit stories.

Singers will be delighted to find a wide variety of singing traditions. Our staff this year includes singers of old-time blues and slave songs, Appalachian songs and ballads, spirituals, work songs and shape note hymns, as well as English pub songs and traditional children's songs from many cultures. There will be many venues to sing old favorites and learn new treasures.

Ogontz Camp is the perfect setting for all of this joyous fun and community building, meeting the diverse needs of a large family dance community. It offers woodlands and wide open spaces where children can play, a mountain stream for exploring and a pristine lake (with no motor boats) hosting a family of loons - perfect for swimming and canoeing. Whether you are having supper on the outdoor dining deck or simply relaxing in the circle of Adirondack chairs under the old white pine, you will enjoy peace and contentment as you take in the beauty of this piece of heaven in the foothills of the White Mountains. Delicious home cooked meals and fresh baked breads will nurture your body and soul, fueling you through an unforgettable week.

Please come help us celebrate the joy of traditional music, dance and story! Come to Ogontz!

-- Robin & Andy Davis, Program Co-directors

Jane Miller will lead her Teachers Training Course during this week (pre-registration required).

A Typical Day

At each of our Family programs, a typical day includes two classes tailored to age groups. Morning starts with age specific classes for children age 2 and up, while parents and the teens pursue their own music and dance classes. Also, the whole camp gathers to sing and dance together before lunch. Children not napping after lunch may join their parents in a wide variety of classes designed for mixed age groups. After dinner the whole community comes together for a family dance followed by singing and stories.

As dusk settles, a Pied Piper leads the families with children age 9 and younger (8 and younger at Campers' Week) to their cabins where the parents put their children to bed. Preteens stay halfway through the evening dance before their bedtime comes. Adults and teenagers can enjoy the evening dance and later activities, while roving monitors listens for wakeful children. If a child is uncomfortable, the monitor will alert the parent at the dance. Each family is expected to prepare their children for these scheduled bedtimes.