Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge

English & American Dance & Music

August 9-16, 2015

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Specific details of next summer will be available by January 1.

Photo by Barbara Dyscant

Check in after January 1 for full staff lists and class descriptions and registration information for next summer. Last summer details are available in the archive section listed to the right.

CDSS at Timber Ridge is a wonderful week of connecting with traditions and rituals, while building community with new and old friends. The culture of participation and involvement is contagious! We have a great program for adults, children, families and young adults featuring a mix of English and American dance, border morris, clog, song, music, arts and crafts, nature walks and more. Adults can participate in their classes all day, while children enjoy age-appropriate dance and music options.

The teaching/calling staff is entertaining and inspiring, the musicians are superb and the schedule allows you to do as much as you could possibly want. In addition to classes, there are two all community gatherings (morning and evening) where we share stories, songs and talents. There is time during the day for a nature walk, swimming, canoeing and hanging out with friends. After dinner, we parade to the hall for a community dance which includes everyone in the fun. The evening dances combine English and contra, with bedtimes for the younger ones at appropriate intervals and adult dancing into the night. After the dance, there is always a late night activity which gives everyone a chance to shine and play.

On the last day, we have show and tell, a big parade, a pool party and lots of dancing. We would love to have you come to join in our week of traditions, making them yours as well.

A Gathering in the shade by the pool
A Gathering in the shade by the pool.
Northwest Morris returns to Timber Ridge.
Northwest Morris returns to Timber Ridge.

Special Courses

Also offered during this week: Andy Davis's Traditional Dance for Educators and Lisa Greenleaf's Contra Dance Callers Course. Pre-registration is required for each of these Courses.

Traditional Dance for Educators

Typical Daily Schedule

7:45-8:30 Breakfast
9:00-10:00 Kid and Adult classes
10:00 Refreshments
10:15-11:15 Kid and Adult classes
11:30-12:15 All Camp Gathering with songs, singing, games and stories
12:30-1:15 Lunch Buffet
1:30-2:15 Bookstore staffed
1:30-2:30 Family and Adult classes
2:15-2:45 Adult swim
2:45-3:45 Swimming and Handwork at the Pool
  Adult classes
3:45 Children's snack
4:00-5:15 Canoeing in the River
4:00-5:00 Bookstore staffed, Swimming in the Pool, Canoeing in the River
  Adult classes
4:45-5:45 Bookstore staffed
5:15-5:45 Sing for your supper
5:45-6:45 Dinner Buffet
6:45 Parade from the Grove to the Playhouse
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

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.