Family Week at Ogontz
August 2 - 9, 2014
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Specific details of next summer will be available by January 1.
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.
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.
Along with our traditional offering of contras, squares and English country dance - we often offer morris dancing, various forms of clog dance, or couple dancing. If you play an instrument, you can join the community band class and play for the community dances each evening. 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 storytellers who will take you on an inspiring journey of song and story.
Singers will be delighted to find a wide variety of singing traditions. We often include 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!
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.
|9:00-9:55||Kid and Adult classes|
|10:05-11:00||Kid and Adult classes|
|11:05||Gather at the Green Chairs|
|11:15-12:00||Morning Gathering: songs, dances, show & tell|
|12:30-1:00||Buffet Lunch Served|
|1:30-2:25||Mixed age Classes|
|2:35-4:35||2-Hour Swim Block All ages, 9 & under/parent|
|2:35-3:30||Mixed age Classes|
|3:50-4:45||Mixed age Classes|
|8:15||Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger|
|8:30-10:45||Evening Dance Party|
|9:30||Bedtime for 10-12 year olds|