August 22 - 29, 2015
Campers’ Week is pure magic. Young, old, and everyone in between attend as couples, singles and families. People who fell in love with dance and music just recently, others who have been doing this since the cradle -- together we make the woods ring with song, dance, music, stories and laughter from sun up ‘til the wee hours. Most of all, Campers’ Week is about YOU! Anyone can teach a class or workshop at Campers’ Week, or lead a song, play a tune, call a dance, tell a joke or story, host a party, share a skill . . . We start out with a basic schedule of classes offered by the talented staff, and then together we add to it, embellish it, improvise and surprise each other. Past camper-led sessions have included crafts, storytelling, instrumental workshops, jam sessions, song swaps, joke sessions, games, yoga, theater, collaborative construction projects, bird watching, swing, tango, morris, sword and every kind of dance you can imagine. No one knows exactly what to expect this year, because each Campers’ Week is unique.
The basic schedule includes one period each morning and each afternoon when younger campers join with others their age for classes in music and dance, while the rest of us choose from dance, music, song, crafts and whatever else people dream up. Teens are an integral part of adult activities, but also have a daily class of their own. Twice a day, the whole community gathers together to enjoy performances, dancing, singing, stories and silliness led by the campers and staff. After the evening gathering, there is an evening dance, where those not past their bedtimes can enjoy a lively combination of American and English social dances. After-dance activities include skit night, an auction, a “pub sing”, jamming and dancing.
Campers’ Week offers a special opportunity to camper musicians, who form the bands for the evening dances and who have many chances to play for the varied daytime classes. Musicians at every level are welcome to join the Community Band and if you don’t play yet, maybe you’ll learn the basics from one of the many talented people who are happy to share their skills. Love to sing? Join the Harmony Singing class or an informal song swap on the porch. Why not try a new dance form or craft. And of course, there are always games, swimming, boating, relaxing, and just chatting with new and old friends. Come be part of the joy that is Campers’ Week!
-- Margaret Bary, Program Director