August 13 - 20, 2017
We have a very special camp at Timber Ridge. The unique combination of an adult dance camp with a family camp gives us the best of both. We have the sweetness of family camp traditions like the Pied Piper, and we have the energy of an army of teenagers, but we also have the skill and grace of long-time dancers. Parents, grandparents, singles, couples, young adults, teenagers, and young children all come together in a joyous mix of dance and song. And art. And swimming. And connecting with friends (old and new). And games and canoeing. And late night activities that always include food.
Our dance callers this year are Adina Gordon from Burlington, VT and Erik Weberg of Portland, OR. Each of these callers is highly skilled at calling both American contra dances and English country dances. We will have a wonderful mix of dances every day of camp this summer.
We are lucky to have New England Dancing Master Andy Davis at camp again this year. He will lead community dances to start each camp gathering and he will coordinate the storytellers each evening.
Our teens will come together each day with cousins Ellie Grace and Kelly Bosworth. These young women will lead singing, dancing, body percussion, songwriting, and a few off-the-wall activities. Ellie says, “teenagers are my jam.” They are our jam, too!
New this year: an official camper-led activity time after lunch. In the past these unofficial activities have included shape-note singing, community art projects, acro yoga, juggling, etc. Now that there is an official time slot for this, who knows what our campers will bring? Also new this year will be an optional afternoon class for kids led by former camp kid Imogen Mills.
The musicians this year are a delightful mix of our long-time favorites (Steve Hickman, John Devine, Dave Wiesler, Ralph Gordon) and some newer friends (Paul Prestopino, Audrey Knuth, Daniel Beerbohm, Chris Ousley and Jess Eliot Myhre).
~ Janet, Robert, Imogen, Cecily Mills, Program Co-Directors
|9:00-10:00||Kids can be dropped off at their class at 8:55|
|(2-3)||Songs Stories and Nature||Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne|
|(4-6)||Art Meets Song||Robin Davis|
|(7-9)||Movin' and Groovin' with Music and More||DeLaura Padovan|
|(10-12)||Dance Song and Story||Andy Davis|
|(13-17)||Teen Class||Ellie Grace, Kelly Bosworth|
|(18 & up)||Dances in the Playhouse w/Adina||Adina Gordon|
|(18 & up)||Experienced English Country Dance||Erik Weberg|
|10:15-11:15||Teacher will pick up children at snack and bring them back to Gathering after class|
|(2-3)||Musical Explorations||DeLaura Padovan|
|(4-6)||Mystery Box, Songs, and Nature||Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne|
|(7-9)||Let’s Put on a Show!||Andy Davis|
|(10-12)||Singing and Such||Kelly Bosworth|
|(13 & up)||Experienced American Dance||Adina Gordon|
|(13 & up)||Dances in the Playhouse w/Erik||Erik Weberg|
|11:30-12:25||All Camp Gathering with dances, songs, and other fun|
|(All ages, under 10 w/parent)||Swimming in the Pool|
|(All ages, under 10 w/parent)||Nature Walk||Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne|
|(All ages)||Camper Led Activities|
|(All ages, under 8 w/parent)||Calder's Delight||Leslie Sudock, DeLaura Padovan|
|(12 & up, 9-11 w/parent)||Couple Dancing||Ellie Grace|
|(6 & up)||Optional Kids class||Imogen Mills|
|4:00-5:00||All ages, under 10 w/parent Swimming in the Pool|
|4:00-5:15||Canoeing in the River|
|(13 & up)||Border Morris||Adina Gordon|
|(10 & up)||Singing with Kelly & Ellie||Ellie Grace, Kelly Bosworth|
|(10 & up)||Community Band||Chris Ousley, Jess Eliot Myhre|
|5:15-5:45||Sing for Your Supper|
|7:35||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|
The Mills family first came to this camp in the year 2000, and fell in love. Having worn many hats as staff members, crew members, and even auctioneer assistants, the Mills have enjoyed this camp from many angles. Now, they are all looking forward to giving their last hurrah as program directors, as their three year position comes to a close. As a family, they enjoy playing music, dancing, and singing together. As individuals, each brings a unique set of interests and skills to camp.
* Janet Mills is the mother and chief logistical strategist. She teaches elementary music, and enjoys a good book. She plays an impressive number of instruments at the fifth grade level.
* Robert Mills is the father and official piano accompanist of the family. He also plays accordion, fiddle, and viola. He enjoys English dancing and calling. He appreciates a funny joke and a good Beethoven Sonata.
* Imogen Mills is the older daughter and punctuality manager. She is in her first year of teaching music at Rondout Valley Middle School. She enjoys contra dancing, English dancing, and waltzing. She loves to sing, play fiddle, and play the piano. She is also learning guitar.
* Cecily Mills is the younger daughter and head writer for the family. She enjoys English, contra, couples, and even Morris dancing. She is attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she is studying economics. Her main musical outlets are singing and percussion.
The Mills family hopes to create a fun and inclusive environment at camp this year, and they are looking forward to seeing you there.
Daniel Beerbohm, on clarinet, flute and penny whistle, spices his English and contra dance playing from a rich background of swing, Klezmer and classical music. He performs extensively with Hold The Mustard, A Joyful Noise, and Reunion, at dances along the East coast and occasionally westward.
Kelly Bosworth is a singer, a songwriter, an obsessive harmonizer, a guitar player, and music teacher. Although she hails from the coolest town in the world - Portland, Oregon - she currently resides in another pretty cool place: Bloomington, Indiana. She is working towards a graduate degree in Ethnomusicology at Indiana University and she studies the complex intertangling mess of music, community, emotion, and identity.
Andy Davis is a music educator in three Vermont public schools, dance musician, caller, storyteller and singer. Andy plays piano, accordion and banjo. He leads community contra and square dances, performs with Nowell Sing We Clear, and is a member of the New England Dancing Masters - publishers of books and recordings for teachers of traditional dance.
Robin Davis has been participating in community folk music and dance activities much of her life, including healthy doses of Cotswold and Northwest clog morris. A retired professional baker, Robin now teaches preschool. She enjoys gathering children and adults together to DO ART, such as modular origami, Ukranian egg dying, bookbinding, printing and paper collage. She sings with the River Singers, a large multi-cultural choir, and a hospice singing group called Hallowell. She has led children's classes at Pinewoods, Ogontz and Lady of the Lake family weeks.
John Devine is much loved by the Family Week community as the Pied Piper and as a solid mountain of rhythm guitar for all styles of country dancing from English to New England to Southern, with a not-so-secret leaning toward swing songs and joy. He has one of the most beautiful voices you'll ever hear. He brings a gentle power to all that he does, whether playing guitar, singing songs or tending his farm just over the ridge in northeast West Virginia.
Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne
Leslie Jeanne Devine Milbourne is our Earth Educator and Nature Goddess and an environmental educator who relishes exploring, discovering and learning how the earth works, and helping others discover the natural beauty around us. She has worked extensively in her field for over 15 years with preschoolers through college students. We are never separate from nature; Leslie helps us to open our senses to the world in which we live. With daughter, Chenaya, and husband, John Devine, she lives just down the road from Timber Ridge Camp where she and John operate their own nature and music camp.
Adina Gordon finds an outlet for her loves of travel, music, dance and silliness by calling and dancing at festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada, creating joy and minor chaos wherever she goes. Combining a voice that makes you WANT to do what she says with a commitment to using that power for good and not evil, Adina calls contras and squares both old and new that cause spontaneous eruptions of joy on dance floors. She counts it as a job well done whenever anyone says, "I don't really like squares, but I like your squares."
Ralph Gordon is a uniquely versatile musician, bringing more than 45 years of musical experience to the bass and cello. He is equally at home in folk, old time, swing, jazz, blues, bluegrass, klezmer, chamber group settings and all styles of music for dancers. Ralph, classically trained, studied music at West Virginia University and the Manhattan School of Music. He left Manhattan to perform with the New Jersey Symphony, then toured with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians. He eventually returned to West Virginia where he joined the ground breaking folk ensemble, Trapezoid. Nine years and four recordings later he left the group in 1986 to become a free-lance musician. He toured with Freyda and Acoustic Attatude and has been a member of Childsplay for 20 years. Ralph has performed with many individuals and groups in a multitude of musical styles and settings from weddings and special events to Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley and Strathmore Hall. Ralph has played at festivals across the country and venues around the world. He is a sought after freelance artist and session musician in the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area. He can be heard on many recordings, often contributing to arranging and producing. He teaches bass and performance classes at summer and weekend camps across the country.
Ellie Grace was born into a deep musical tradition and began her life-long love affair with Appalachian clogging at the ripe old age of five. She has spent her life performing professionally as a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and dancer, first as a young member of her family band and now as an independent artist. She has toured internationally with her sister duo (Leela & Ellie Grace), the Dirk Powell Band, the all-female old-time trio Blue Eyed Girl, and several percussive dance companies. Ellie is a passionate and dynamic teacher, having taught at camps, schools, and festivals across the country for well over twenty years. In May of 2015, Ellie will be the first Appalachian clogger to graduate from Smith College in Northampton, MA with an MFA in Dance. Whether she is performing for an audience of thousands or teaching one on one, it is apparent the joy she takes in sharing her love of dance and music with people of all ages!
Steve Hickman is a world class fiddler, a master hambonist, a passionate historian, and an organic homesteader, specializing in wild blueberries and Shiitake mushroom production. Since the 1970s, he has been the backbone of untold numbers of mid-Atlantic dance bands and has taught hambone to several generations of Family Week campers. He has toured internationally with groups including Childsplay.
Hailing from Honolulu, Audrey Knuth moved to Boston in 2008 to attend Berklee College of Music and to explore the thriving New England folk scene. After graduating, Audrey has made a name for herself in the music community, as a dance fiddler and audio engineer. With her bands, The Free Raisins, The Gaslight Tinkers, Audacious (with Larry Unger) and Wake Up Robin, she has travelled across the US and Europe, playing for dances and concerts. She’s equally adept at teaching workshops, and has been on staff at various camps including Pinewoods, Ashokan Northern Week, BACDS American week and Halsway Manor. Audrey’s fiddle playing can be described as rhythmically lively; she's guaranteed to get you up and dancing.
Alexander Mitchell, Berklee College of Music graduate, is an acoustic multi-instrumentalist who plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar and has an amazing singing voice! Alexander started playing fiddle in 1978 after hearing bluegrass music. Since then he has been cultivating such diverse styles as Appalachian, bluegrass, Celtic, Klezmer, traditional roots dance music, ballroom, sizzling hot swing and jazz.
Jess Eliot Myhre
Jess is an American roots musician, drawing influences from early rural and urban sounds across the board. She performs swing and blues music on clarinet and voice, and likes to thump along to old time, bluegrass, and country on upright bass and guitar. A native Floridian, Jess grew up singing in church and swinging from banyan trees. After performing in hip hop and funk bands at Wesleyan University, she moved to New Orleans and became mesmerized by the big, uproarious glory of the old sounds of the street bands and second lines. She dusted off her lonely old clarinet, built herself her iconic frog washboard, and turned a 180 towards the traditional. She now performs all over this big country, playing American Roots music in performance halls, swing dances, contra dances, square dances, house concerts, and busking in your city's streets.
A Maryland boy, Chris tramped off to the hills of western Pennsylvania to study books and banjos. There he woodshedded with old hill cats in barns outside of abandoned steel and coal towns playing any instrument he could take a turn on. Hitting mountain trails, biking over rough terrain, and rafting down rivers, all with a banjo on his back. Chris’s deep jazz pocket and graceful Kentucky-style banjo are only outmatched by the snarlyness of his beard.
For twenty years DeLaura Padovan has been honored to share her enthusiasm and joy at Family Weeks. She is a family dance leader, singer and organic farmer. A pioneer of living life the best way possible, DeLaura spends her time homeschooling two teenage daughters, playing ukulele and marimba, milking goats and creating one thing out of another. DeLaura is a dedicated local foods activist in the King George, Virginia region.
Paul Prestopino plays all the fretted instruments, plus harmonicas and the occasional recorder. He began his professional musical career in 1961 as accompanist with the Chad Mitchell Trio, played behind Peter, Paul & Mary for fifteen years, and has recorded with numerous folk, pop, and rock-and-roll artists. He currently divides his time between work as a designer/builder/maintainer of pro audio equipment, backing up various folk musicians, and playing for contra and English country dances. Paul has played with Hold The Mustard since its formation in 1980.
Leslie Sudock has made community-building a way of life in all her endeavors as a public interest attorney, musician, artist and neighbor. A trained musicologist and early music specialist (voice and viol), Leslie’s musical life included performance as a professional orchestral choral singer with the Philadelphia Orchestra, ensemble soloist, and voice teacher. An exhibited textile artist, Leslie makes community art a way of life through textile, printmaking and “eco-art” instruction in Philadelphia’s schools, park recreations centers, and in her own community studio, Ready to Hand, where she specializes in teaching improvisational SAORI weaving and related textile arts. She has led numerous CDSS community quilt projects, and her all-camp indigo dyeing and weaving projects have inspired campers of all ages annually. Leslie and her family have attended CDSS family camps at Kinder Ring, Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap and Timber Ridge for two decades. She lives in Philadelphia with her sometime Morris-dancer Dan Drecksage and large “granddogs” Sadie and Solo.
Erik Weberg has called dances and festivals around the country from Seattle to Boston, from Fairbanks to Tucson and most places between. Equally adept at contra and English calling, Erik chooses dances that are tailor-made for the occasion at hand, matching the dances to experience level of the crowd and providing a wealth of variety in the program. Erik’s ability to connect with dancers and his sly sense of humor insure an upbeat, congenial atmosphere on the floor as well as a terrific dance experience. This combination of attributes explains why he is in continual demand as a caller at week end and week-long dance camps as well as a favorite on Friday and Saturday nights in his home base, Portland, OR. Erik is also involved with the musical end of the dance world. He plays flute, harmonicas, bombardes (yes, plural), and Scottish small pipes.
Dave Wiesler began his musical journey as “the guy who could figure out the chords” in his high school garage band. Nearly 20 years later he discovered playing folk music for dances, and felt that the job description had been written just for him. At home in a wide range of styles, Dave is in demand for contra, English and Scottish country dancing, swing, waltz and vintage dance; and his music has taken him across the country and into Canada, Scotland, England, France and the Galapagos Islands. Dave is a prolific composer of tunes and songs, and is also a capable guitarist and singer. He lives in Newark, DE, with his wife and two young sons who don't let him practice nearly as much as he'd like.