Family Week at Ogontz

Tentative Schedule

7:45-8:30 Breakfast
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
3:35-3:45 Afternoon Snack
3:35-4:45 Bookstore staffed
5:50 Dinner
7:15 Community Dance
7:45-8:30 Evening Gathering: Andy Davis and friends
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

Is there still room?
For up-to-date info about availability and wait lists,
see our main Dance & Music Camps page.

July 28 - August 4, 2012

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Program Description

We hope you can join us this summer for a magical week enjoying family and friends 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.

Along with our traditional offering of contras, squares and English country dance, there will be morris and rapper. We will also have a daily class that will feature a variety of other dance styles -- a taste of Irish sets, French bourees and other gems. If you play an instrument, you can join the community band class and play for the community dances each evening. There is an art class after lunch for those who are creatively inclined or simply want to relax and socialize. At the close of each day, we will all gather under the venerable white pine to hear stories, some with a French twist and some with the twist of a string!

Singers will be delighted to find a wide variety of singing traditions. Sing classic shape note hymns after lunch. Bring a song or request a favorite for the afternoon song swap. Join the harmony singing class to learn traditional songs from the Balkans and other lands, as well as American spirituals and newly composed shape note hymns. Morning and Evening Gatherings will ring with the singing of old favorites and 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

Special Courses

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.