English and American Dance and Music
August 13 - 19, 2018
Dear Campers – We have important news about camp next week. Timber Ridge Camp is shutting down. It is scheduled to close permanently the day after our week. Due to uncertainty about the condition of camp at this time, we have been forced to relocate our program at the last minute. Fortunately, we have found a beautiful facility at Camp Louise in Cascade, Maryland near the Pennsylvania border and 1.5 hours from DC. The camp is on a wooded property with excellent dance and other program facilities, nice cabins, an air conditioned dining hall, and two large pools. Of course there will be some hiccups with this last minute change. The most important for now is that they cannot accommodate us until Monday, August 13 so camp will start on Monday, August 13 and run until our normal end on Sunday, August 19.
We are looking forward to a great camp in a beautiful new location. We hope this does not significantly inconvenience anyone. More details will be coming. Thank you in advance for being flexible.
Your CDSS Adult and Family Week team
The Mills Family
Steve Howe, Director of Programs, Country Dance and Song Society
We have a very special CDSS camp; our unique combination of an adult and family camp gives us the best of both worlds. Parents, grandparents, singles, couples, young adults, teenagers, and young children all come together in a joyous mix of dance and song. Add art, swimming, storytelling, canoeing, friends, and late-night snacks, and we have a wonderful, memorable good time.
Our callers this year are Scott Higgs from Philadelphia and Adina Gordon from Burlington, VT. Scott and Adina are known far and wide for their joyful, spirited dancing and dance leadership. Both are experts at calling American contra dances and English country dances. We look forward to a wonderful mix of dances every day.
We have amazing musicians coming to camp this year. You will love dancing to the music of Andrew and Noah Van Norstrand, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Rachel Bell, Dave Wiesler, John Devine, Sam Bartlett, and Josh Burdick.
Mornings at camp: lots of dancing, and kids classes for ages 2 and up.
Afternoons: lots of variety! Art, singing, swimming, canoeing, jamming, dancing, and our Camper Led activity hour - your chance to share something you like to do with your camp community.
All Camp Gatherings: Each day the entire camp comes together before lunch and again after dinner. We start with some dancing, and we share songs, skits, talents and stories. Some folks find this to be the best part of camp.
This year Adina Gordon will lead a calling class to teach interested campers how to call dances. Our storyteller, Ed Stivender, will teach the craft of storytelling. Leslie Jeanne will lead her nature walk, and we have two community art classes planned this year! Leslie Sudock will lead collaborative printmaking and Sam Bartlett will guide us in the Theater of Moving Objects.
Each night our evening dance party combines English and American dance styles, with music that is just marvelous. Our tradition is for our younger campers to follow John Devine, our Pied Piper, to their cabins each evening after Gathering. Once they are settled their parents head to the dance while our Roving Monitors continuously check to make sure all is well. The teens and the adults dance into the night and then share scrumptious snacks and entertaining late night activities.
On the last day of camp we have a big parade with stops for class performances and a May Pole. After that we have a fun-filled pool party with our annual balloon toss.
We would love to have you come join in our week of traditions, making them yours as well.
Scholarships are available. Please visit www.CDSS.org/camp and follow the Scholarship tab. We would like you and your family to be able to join us at camp this summer!
~ Janet, Robert, Imogen, Cecily Mills, Program Co-Directors