English and American Dance and Music
August 12 - 19, 2018
We have a very special CDSS camp in West Virginia. Our unique combination of an adult and family camp gives us the best of both worlds. At Timber Ridge, 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
|9:00-10:00||By age class period|
|10:15-11:15||By age class period|
|11:30-12:25||All-Camp Gathering: dances, songs, fun|
|1:30-2:30||Swim time for all, Period 3|
|4:00-5:00||More swimming for all, Canoeing, Period 5|
|5:15-5:45||Songs and Stories for Your Supper and Adult Schmooze|
|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 family camp in the year 2000, and fell in love. Having experienced camp from many different positions, they are all excited to get behind the wheel as program directors. As a family, they enjoy playing music together, dancing together, and singing together. They occasionally play string quartets, and they also occasionally play for contra dances under the name “Contrapositive.” As individuals, each brings a unique set of interests and skills to camp each Summer. 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, but she specializes in fiddle and viola. Robert Mills is the father and official piano accompanist of the family. He also plays accordion, fiddle, and viola. He enjoys English dancing, and has just started calling. He appreciates a funny joke and a good Beethoven Sonata. Imogen Mills is the older daughter, and punctuality manager. She is studying to be a music teacher at Ithaca College. She enjoys contra dancing, English dancing, and couples dancing. 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. She sings and plays marimba, guitar, uke, and cello. The Mills family hopes to create a fun and inclusive environment at camp this year, and they are looking forward to seeing you there.
Sam Bartlett is an irrepressible mandolin, banjo and guitar player, known to dancers across the country for his fine musicianship and philosophy of stuntology. His original music has been profiled by NPR's All Things Considered and Sing Out! magazine declared him a member of “the rhythm players hall of fame.” The inventor and most distinguished practitioner of stuntology, Sam will amaze and delight us with his latest discoveries. Sam's community art projects bring the whole camp into the creative process. Mr. Bartlett has made large scale paper sculptures and puppets for more than 30 years, from the hills of West Virginia to the public school in Gustavus, Alaska.
Josh Burdick studied piano, violin, and musicianship at the Peabody Prep in Baltimore, and (during the summer) at the Walden School for Young Composers in New Hampshire. He took up folk-dancing in college, in Philadelphia, where he has often played piano and violin for English, Scottish, and contra dancing. He has since relocated to Ann Arbor, where he works as a computational biologist, and continues to play for dancing.
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."
Scott Higgs has been calling and composing English and contra dances for over 25 years -- delighting novices and experts alike. From Seattle to Antwerp, dancers praise Scott's engaging programs, dynamic presentation, and emphasis on fun. His business card says it all: Playful, spirited, elegant, zesty, joyful contra, English, morris, and couple dancing.
Sue Hulsether calls dances for groups of all ages and abilities, equally at home at a dance hall, school, barn, or camp. Her dance repertoire includes squares, contras, circles, reels, play parties, and singing games -- as well as teaching the rhythmic delights of flatfoot clogging and spoons. Following a career in music education, she has been working as a full-time caller for 12 years and is recognized for her clear teaching, welcoming manner on the mic, and engaging humor.
Jennifer Kahly is a certified Montessori teacher and a homeschooling mom. She enjoys sharing art, science, literature, and games with kids of all ages. She has taught at Montessori schools, a Waldorf school, a homeschool enrichment center, a local arts council, and public schools and recently helped found and teach a homeschool cooperative in her county. She weaves families from vastly different backgrounds into a cohesive learning and playing group. Jennifer has organized and called a few family dances near her home. Jennifer met her husband Brian on the dance floor of the Timber Ridge playhouse. They live in Terra Alta, WV with their fifteen year old daughter and five year old son. Jennifer and Brian raise organic livestock on their 150-acre farm they named after an old time tune collected in WV, Possum Tail Farm.
Abby Ladin grew up immersed in the traditional folk music revival of the ‘70s on the East coast. She was clogging by the age of six, performing with her sister Evie by age 10 and touring nationally at 18 with the renowned dance and music company Rhythm in Shoes. 20 years later she continues to teach the fundamentals and possibilities of clogging to all who crave rhythm in their feet.
Kappy Laning enjoys teaching English ritual dances (rapper, longsword, border morris and garland) to children, teens and adults. She has been inspiring her class participants to work together and create exciting performances at many dance camps over the last 25 years. Kappy is a contra and English country dance caller and has been CDSS's WV Camp Director since 1998.
Eden MacAdam-Somer is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians performing today. Hailed by the New York Times as reflecting "astonishing virtuosity and raw expression," her music transcends genre through soaring violin, sweet vocals, and percussive dance, weaving in and out of the many cultures that have formed her experience. Her travels have carried her across the contiguous U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, to Afghanistan, India, China, Iceland, Israel, and the U.K. Eden is a full-time faculty member at New England Conservatory, where she teaches improvisation and serves as Co-Chair of the Department of Contemporary Improvisation. She also makes frequent visits to Kabul, Afghanistan, where she works with young Afghan musicians as guest faculty member at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and collaborates with local artists. Her solo album, My First Love Story, was listed as one of the top ten jazz albums of 2015 in the Boston Globe. In addition to her work in Boston, Eden maintains an active international performance and recording career as a soloist and with such bands as Notorious Folk, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and Hebrew National Salvage.
Aaron Marcus is well-known throughout the country for his performances with Frost and Fire, Giant Robot Dance, and locally with The Turning Stile, and Keys to the Cellar. Aaron brings exuberant energy, danceability, subtle lyricism, and spontaneity to any band arrangement, whether an accompanist on piano or clogging while playing tunes on concertina. Aaron incorporates a variety of old and new styles into his playing and composing, including traditions of the British Isles, Sweden, New England contra dance, West Africa, classical piano, Cape Breton, and the Appalachians. His CD with Frost and Fire, Midwinter Spring, showcases a number of his original compositions. Aaron most loves to teach percussive step dance, and play for English, Scottish and contra dances locally in Central Vermont. When not dancing, Aaron works as an endangered-species botanist, and will happily tell you about all the cool plants of camp.
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.
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.
Andrew VanNorstrand is an accomplished singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from upstate New York. As a member of the Great Bear Trio, Giant Robot Dance and the Andrew & Noah Band he has toured extensively all over North America and has been a featured performer and instructor at many well-known festivals and music camps. His repertoire incorporates a wide range of musical genres and he loves exploring the connections between music and dance.
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.
ABOUT TIMBER RIDGE CAMP
Timber Ridge Camp spreads across and down a gentle slope that levels out into playing fields bounded by a sweeping bend in the Cacapon River. The camp is in the foothills of the Appalachians near Winchester, VA, and is easily accessible from the mid-Atlantic, the South and the Midwest.
Across the valley and the river is a forested ridge to the west and hills and fields to the north. Timber Ridge is a large camp with many buildings and generous facilities. You'll find a swimming pool and gym, a Fine Arts complex with various program spaces, a pub/canteen, fields for soccer and other games, a large indoor dining hall with a nearby outdoor picnic area, tennis courts, wonderful swimming spots on the river, canoes and many kinds of housing options.
There is ample space for dance classes, which will be held in the Playhouse, the Rec Hall and the gym. The Fine Arts complex (comprised of the adjoining Playhouse -- air-conditioned -- and Rec Hall) offers wonderful settings for after-dance parties. There are several discrete rooms so that a jam session can carry on without affecting a singing session, ceilidh dance or games and conversation. The pub/canteen is a space that invites gatherings and the site of choice for cabaret and honky-tonk parties.
With excellent playing fields, the river with its canoes, the pool with its beach chairs, and extensive porches on various buildings, there are many opportunities for both quiet and more active pastimes.
The program begins with swimming and an informal tour of camp on the afternoon of the first day; followed by an orientation meeting and dance after dinner.
Arrival time is after 3:30pm on the starting Sunday. Departure time is by 10:00am the final Sunday.
You will need to bring a flashlight to find your way around at night. A battery powered or wind up alarm clock and insect repellent may be useful. If you are on a special diet, you may need to bring your own particular food. An ice chest for drinks and snacks to share at after-dance parties may be handy. A specific packing list is sent with acceptance information.
Don't forget to pack your your swimsuit, raincoat, sweater, towels, bed linen, and blankets or a sleeping bag and pillows. A fan is often welcome.
The nearest stores are a 15-30 minute drive away.
All participants are assigned on-site housing in the month before camp starts. Space is limited; we can't guarantee that all specific requests will be filled. Requests may be made on the Registration Form or with information sent later.
Adult housing is mostly in double rooms (with private or semi-private baths) within larger buildings. Family housing is in bunkrooms with one family per room, sharing bath facilities with one other family, or, for smaller families with younger children, in the Lodge -- a building with several smaller rooms. Family housing is based on the age of the youngest family member.
General housing categories at Timber Ridge are:
- Quiet or party areas
- Closer to or further from evening activities
- Specific building
Summer nights can be hot and humid; consider bringing a small, quiet fan to place near your bed.
In the cooperative spirit of camp life, all campers have a daily job to help camp run smoothly.
Jobs are usually a half hour or less per day, every day, and the same job all week. Jobs are assigned in the month before camp starts; you have the opportunity make specific requests about your job assignment either on the Registration Form or later with your Registration Status Form.
We can't guarantee that all specific job requests will be filled, but please let us know if you have a preference or limitation (e.g., dust allergy, unable to lift heavy objects, can't stay up late, can't get up for breakfast).
At family sessions parents are generally assigned a job with their young children.
General job categories are:
- Dining room: breakfast, lunch or dinner (set/clear tables)
- Kitchen (serve food, clear, wash dishes, make coffee/tea)
- Sweeping (pavilions, community areas)
- Party help (late night party setup/cleanup)
- Clerical (office, bookstore, auction)
- Greeters (must be able to arrive by 2:00pm)
- Gopher (campstore, auction, lifting)
PHONE & COMPUTERS
Though your plate will be full with activities while at camp, for those of you who must keep in contact with work or home, there are options. There is first class mail and UPS service. We do ask that laptops and cell phones be kept out of the awareness of other campers. Even if you can't, others want to enjoy this time away from the reminders of work-a-day living.There is a touch-tone phone for camper use; you will need a calling card to make long distance calls. Cell coverage is spotty at best.
The fee for the week is
DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS
Online payments can be made with Mastercard or VISA. We can only take the amount you approve, so balance payments need to be initiated by you.
Mailed-in registrations can be paid by Mastercard, VISA or by check, made payable to CDSS, in U.S. Funds. Mail to CDSS, 116 Pleasant St Suite 345, Easthampton, MA 01027
Submit your Online Registration or payment. You will be asked to login, or, if you are new to CDSS, create an account. There is also a Full registration form PDF document you can snailmail, fax or email us with your payment. Please note that you must fill out both the registration form and the appropriate waiver(s).
A deposit of $150/person/week, if not paying full amount, is needed with registration.
Full cost depends on the Week and, at family programs, the ages of children.
Full payment for sessions starting before August 1: due May 20
Full payment for sessions starting on or after August 1: due June 20
There is a fee of $25 on any late payment.
Deposits/payments are processed upon receipt. In the case of cancellation from the wait list or from a session, a refund will be issued as per our cancellation policy.
We offer work scholarships to any camper in need, and named scholarships to practicing teachers, leaders and musicians. Please read about our scholarship programs before applying. Scholarship applications will be considered at the time of registration and should therefore accompany the Registration Form.
Donation in support of Scholarships are needed and gratefully accepted. If you are able to help another person benefit from our programs, you can do so by making a contribution along with your registration or at our online store. In addition, at each week of our summer camps, we hold auctions which raise money for future scholarships.