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Program #14641RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Sagamore is at 1900 feet.

Equipment Requirements
You may want to bring your own musical instruments.

Itinerary for Oct 8 — Oct 11, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. A National Historic Landmark, its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which many National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, the extraordinary beauty of the land, and the history that envelops you.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
Po Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311
web: www.sagamore.org

Room amenities: All rooms are historic, and steps away from views of beautiful Sagamore lake or its bucolic outlet stream. We do not have telephones or televisions in any rooms. Internet access is available in our common Reading Room for those with laptop computers.

Facility amenities: As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 84. During free time many of our guests enjoy our 20 miles of hiking trails, playing giant lawn games, and canoeing. Sagamore also recommends its history-based DVDs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake, a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum, or a visit to the Wild Center, the natural history museum of the Adirondack region. Great Camp Sagamore is located on Sagamore Lake, with an established swim area in season. Two of the lodges have a lounge area with working fireplaces. There is an outdoor campfire area at our lean-to and access to 15 miles of hiking trails on state land.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathrooms are shared and in the hall. Some have claw foot tubs instead of showers. Sagamore has a limited number of private baths available for an additional charge.

Additional nights before: $99 per person per night
Pre- or post-program overnights are possible, based on availability, and include dinner and breakfast. Must call in advance to arrange.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, October 08 - Check in. Faculty concert tonight.
Note: Check in. Dinner. Introductions. Instructor concert.

Dinner: The chef will carefully prepare buffet meals provided in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Dinners typically include selections such as: a hot entry, like creamed chicken over biscuits, veggie lasagna, pot roast, spaghetti/meat balls, roasted turkey, stuffed pork loin, or ham; salads, along with several dressing choices; potatoes, rice or pasta; a vegetable choice; bread or rolls; milk or juice. Coffee & tea are always available Note: Sagamore's buffet line is bountiful and varied. If you do not think that you can choose the foods you need for your special diet from the buffet, please supplement with your own that may be stored for your convenience in our walk-in cooler and/or cooked in an available microwave. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Sagamore's water is pure and delicious. Please do not bring bottled water. Ours is superb.

Evening: ORIENTATION: Meet your instructors and learn their specialties. Then, sign up for the classes you want to take. Each time period will have a choice of sessions to join, whether you like singing, dancing, storytelling or playing an instrument. You can choose from several or specialize in your favorite. instruments/classes. You have the latitude to design your own course. Then, enjoy a concert by the instructors, and join in the fun!

Lodging: Great Camp Sagamore

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. A National Historic Landmark, its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which many National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, the extraordinary beauty of the land, and the history that envelops you.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
Po Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311
web: www.sagamore.org

Room amenities: All rooms are historic, and steps away from views of beautiful Sagamore lake or its bucolic outlet stream. We do not have telephones or televisions in any rooms. Internet access is available in our common Reading Room for those with laptop computers.

Facility amenities: As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 84. During free time many of our guests enjoy our 20 miles of hiking trails, playing giant lawn games, and canoeing. Sagamore also recommends its history-based DVDs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake, a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum, or a visit to the Wild Center, the natural history museum of the Adirondack region. Great Camp Sagamore is located on Sagamore Lake, with an established swim area in season. Two of the lodges have a lounge area with working fireplaces. There is an outdoor campfire area at our lean-to and access to 15 miles of hiking trails on state land.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathrooms are shared and in the hall. Some have claw foot tubs instead of showers. Sagamore has a limited number of private baths available for an additional charge.

Additional nights before: $99 per person per night
Pre- or post-program overnights are possible, based on availability, and include dinner and breakfast. Must call in advance to arrange.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, October 09 - Small group instruction in storytelling, instrume...
Small group instruction in storytelling, instrument-playing, mountain dance and group singing. Square dance tonight.

Note: Storytelling session, followed by dulcimer-playing or dancing. Sessions on singing or storytelling. Evening square dance.

Breakfast: All breakfasts are served in the Vanderbilt dining hall, with lovely views of the sun rising over the mountains of the Blue Ridge Wilderness. Breakfast choices typically include selections such as: one hot entry, like blueberry pancakes, egg strata, french toast, or scrambled eggs; hot & cold cereal & milk; a variety of donuts, bagels & pastries; and several juices. Coffee, tea, and very pure Sagamore water are always available to guests.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Start the morning with a learning session: Adirondack Culture through Story and Song, led by Bill Smith, a traditional Adirondack guide, musician and raconteur. INSTRUCTION: Bill's session will be followed by a pair of sessions to choose from: 1) an introduction to the mountain dulcimer, one of the easiest and most beautiful of all folk instruments, with instructors Dick & Carmen Gilman; or 2) a introduction to mountain dance with professional dancer Trish Miller, where you'll learn some of the basic steps and descriptions of several varieties of mountain dancing, including contra dancing, square dancing, and waltzing.

Lunch: Lunch in the Sagamore dining hall. Lunches typically include selections such as: sandwich meats, cheeses, breads and condiments: a hot entree like macaroni & cheese or soup; various salads, like cole slaw or potato salad; cookies or granola bars; a variety of fresh fruits; milk and a variety of juices or lemonade. Coffee, tea & Sagamore water are always available.

Afternoon: INSTRUCTION: After lunch, options will include a session on chorus singing or a separate, concurrent session on the art of storytelling. Group singing is one of oldest and most important cultural ceremonies in human society, while storytelling is the way in which cultures around the world have shared their common history and passed down local traditions. Both of these skills are important parts of traditional Adirondack mountain culture.

Dinner: Dinner in the Sagamore Dining Hall

Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: Tonight we'll have a square dance -- in Sagamore's historic barn, no less! -- where students can show-off some of the steps they've learned today.

Lodging: Great Camp Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. A National Historic Landmark, its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which many National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, the extraordinary beauty of the land, and the history that envelops you.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
Po Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311
web: www.sagamore.org

Room amenities: All rooms are historic, and steps away from views of beautiful Sagamore lake or its bucolic outlet stream. We do not have telephones or televisions in any rooms. Internet access is available in our common Reading Room for those with laptop computers.

Facility amenities: As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 84. During free time many of our guests enjoy our 20 miles of hiking trails, playing giant lawn games, and canoeing. Sagamore also recommends its history-based DVDs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake, a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum, or a visit to the Wild Center, the natural history museum of the Adirondack region. Great Camp Sagamore is located on Sagamore Lake, with an established swim area in season. Two of the lodges have a lounge area with working fireplaces. There is an outdoor campfire area at our lean-to and access to 15 miles of hiking trails on state land.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathrooms are shared and in the hall. Some have claw foot tubs instead of showers. Sagamore has a limited number of private baths available for an additional charge.

Additional nights before: $99 per person per night
Pre- or post-program overnights are possible, based on availability, and include dinner and breakfast. Must call in advance to arrange.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, October 10 - More instruction on storytelling, singing, instru...
More instruction on storytelling, singing, instrument playing and songwriting.

Note: Storytelling session, followed by singing or fiddling lessons. Sessions on the guitar/banjo or songwriting. Evening camper's concert.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Sagamore Dining Hall.

Morning: PRESENTATION: After breakfast, enjoy a second full-group session on Adirondack Culture through Story and Song, this morning with folk singer/songwriter Dan Berggren. Another Adirondack native, Dan is a retired music professor from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and has been playing and telling stories about the Adirondack Mountains for most of his life. INSTRUCTION: Dan's session will be followed by a pair of optional sessions: one on chorus singing, the other on fiddling, with expert fiddler and teacher, John Kirk.

Lunch: Lunch in the Sagamore Dining Hall.

Afternoon: INSTRUCTION: This afternoon, you'll have the chance to learn the basics of the guitar and banjo, two related instruments that are staples of folk music, with Carmen, Trish & Bill. Or take a shot at learning to write your own songs, with help from Dan and John, who have written and recorded dozens and dozens of popular folk tunes between them.

Dinner: Dinner in Sagamore Dining Hall.

Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: Tonight we'll have a camper's concert, where students can demonstrate some of the steps, pieces, songs, or stories that they've learned. Here's your chance to show-off some of your new skills, and everyone gets a healthy round of applause.

Lodging: Great Camp Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Friday, October 11 - Final sing along. Good-byes.
Note: Check out at 10 but before we go, a group sing/play in the dining hall.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Sagamore Dining Hall.

Morning: ENTERTAINMENT: In the morning, we'll have one last sing- and play-along in Sagamore's famous, wood-paneled dining hall. Along with having hosted many famous personalities over the years, the Dining Hall at Sagamore is also an acoustical wonder, one that will help you to finish your program with a memorable flourish . . . at least until next year!

Lunch: At breakfast, guests will have the opportunity to pack lunches, either to take with them or to enjoy on Sagamore's grounds. Typical spreads consist of cold cuts, chips, fresh fruit, yogurt, cookies and drinks.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Sagamore, Raquette Lake
Adirondack MuseumCalled the "Smithsonian of the Adirondacks" this 20+ building complex is a must see to complement the history you will learn at Sagmore. Located in Blue Mountain Lake, 12 miles from Raquette Lake.
For additional information, visit: www.adirondackmuseum.org
Raquette Lake Navigation CompanyDine and cruise Raquette Lake, the largest natural lake in the Adirondacks, aboard the W.W. Durant. Meals and excursions arranged at 315-354-5532.
For additional information, visit: www.raquettelakenavigation.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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