July 31 - August 7, 2016



2016 is the CDSS “Year of Song” and what better place to celebrate than at Family Week at Ogontz in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire! This week is always filled with singing, music, dancing and fun and this year we have an incredible staff of singers, multi-instrumentalists, and dance leaders! We invite you to bring songs to share and lead as well! Join us for the special CDSS at Ogontz magic of humor, friendship and community that brings us back year after year.

Singers will be delighted to find a wide variety of singing traditions from Shape Note, to Country Harmonies, to Harmony Singing by Ear. In the early afternoon each day we’ll celebrate the “Year of Song” with a fun swing dance party, featuring some incredible vocal and musical talents for your listening and dancing pleasure. You’ll want to sing along to these great standards.

Along with our traditional offerings of contras, squares and English country dance, we also offer swing and clog dancing this year. Children’s classes will be taught by caring and talented staff and will include the traditional longsword and morris dancing. If you play an instrument, you can join the community band class and play for the community dances each evening. Your days will be full of choices in dance, song, crafts, mumming, or swimming in the crystal clear lake. Just before dinner we will meet at the green chairs for an uproarious time with Roger the Jester.

Ogontz Camp is the perfect setting for all of this joyous fun. It offers woodlands and wide-open spaces where children can play, a mountain stream for exploring and a pristine lake that hosts 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!

~ Bettie and Steve Zakon-Anderson, Program Directors

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