Rima at Camp — part 4: Packing up, and the “Meet, Greet and Listen” Tour

A series of summer blogs by CDSS Executive Director Rima Dael:

Some of the books and recordings from the CDSS Store, heading for its week at Ogontz

So the office in Easthampton, MA has been in a flurry of packing as we get ready for Family Week and Teachers Training Course at Ogontz Camp in NH. The pictures are two of our piles ready to get loaded onto the truck tomorrow. I too am getting ready — for a brief trip to Ogontz this weekend and then back to Pinewoods for a day and a night of American Dance & Music Week.

I thought I’d share why I’m making it a point to visit all the camps. First, it is an opportunity to really get to understand the camp programs we do at different locations, with each week having a very different feel to it. Second, I’m on a “meet, greet and listen” tour! At each week, I’m meeting many of our members and constituents, listening to their histories with camp, CDSS, dancing, singing and playing music, and what their thoughts are for how we may celebrate our Centennial. On my way to Timber Ridge next month, I will be stopping in Washington, DC to meet with some funders and potential strategic partners like the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Sound equipment and cables resting up for the journey

By the way, our Centennial celebration is in 2015. Our goal is to celebrate, on a North American spectrum, one hundred years of dance, music and song within the English and American folk traditions. We are currently in the brainstorming and preliminary planning mode and I’ll be in touch soon with more on our celebratory plans.

Be well, Rima

PS. Please keep your fingers crossed for good weather at both camps!



One thought on “Rima at Camp — part 4: Packing up, and the “Meet, Greet and Listen” Tour

  1. Chris Smith


    I think it’s absolutely great and worth the (not inconsiderable) time and cost it must be demanding of you & CDSS. There’s no substitute for the personal contact, face-to-face familiarity, and enhanced communication that results. Thank you for doing this!

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