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Adirondack Mountain Music and Dance Workshop

Program Number: 14641RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/7/2014 - 10/10/2014;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Raquette Lake, New York
Price starting at: $399.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt    

In isolated Adirondack communities, music and story-telling provided not only respite from work but a means of passing along traditions and values. Barn dances were entertainment, recreation, and a way to connect with neighbors. Relive these traditions as you get your rhythm on in an Adirondack music and dance workshop at Great Camp Sagamore. Develop your talents and abilities, discover those you didn’t even know you had, join in lots of shared activities, and enjoy a grand finale group show where everyone is guaranteed a standing ovation!




Highlights

• Receive expert instruction in string-band instruments including fiddle, guitar, lap dulcimer, and banjo.
• Learn how to write stories and songs, take voice lessons with tips on how to present them, and perform alongside your fellow participants. (Performing is optional!)
• Enjoy crisp autumn air and beautiful fall foliage at an iconic “great camp”in the heart of the Adirondacks.



Activity Particulars

Camp Sagamore is unpaved, with stairs into all buildings. The extent of your physical activity will depend on the program elements you choose to engage in.



Designed to complement the annual SagamoreMountain Music and Dance weekend festival it precedes, this special Road Scholar-only workshop is limited to 24 participants, providing closer interaction with instructors including John Kirk and Trish Miller, Dan Berggren, Dick and Carmen Gilman, legendary Adirondack storyteller Bill Smith, and others.



Coordinated by Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks.




Raquette Lake

Raquette Lake’s pristine water and wooded lakeshores are located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. Great Camp Sagamore, founded by the Vanderbilt family in 1897 and now a National Historic Landmark, shares this wilderness area.



Accommodations
National Historic Landmark-designated buildings, shared baths for two or three rooms. Meals served in lakefront dining hall.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Nancy Foltz

Nancy Sue Foltz is an artist and certified art teacher who has been directing the crafts program at Great Camp Sagamore for almost a decade. A former high school teacher, she focuses on offering a wide variety of age-appropriate crafts. From pots to plant pressing, from pine cone art to painting tee shirts, from papier mache to paper hats and so many things in between, her ideas are always fresh. Grandkids will end up with some great, outdoorsy craft projects to bring home. Among her other duties at Sagamore, Nancy Sue is also the group leader for many Road Scholar programs.
 
Bill Smith

Bill Smith is renowned for possessing all the skills associated with the Adirondack guides of lore. He is a performance-minded storyteller, a musician and songwriter, an educator deeply knowledgeable on the area’s flora and fauna, and a maker of twig mosaic furniture and wooden baskets hewn from logs. Road Scholar participants find their time with Bill to always be enjoyable, educational and entertaining.
 
Dan Berggren

Rooted firmly in the Adirondacks, Dan Berggren is an award-winning musician and educator who grew up on land farmed by his mother's family for generations. Having worked as a forest ranger and on survey crews, Dan’s style captures the spirit of the mountains. He has entertained audiences from New York State to Vermont, Kentucky and Texas, and overseas in the British Isles, Eastern Europe and Central Africa. His original music has been featured nationally on public radio and television.
 
Dick Gilman

Dick Gilman has a Ph.D. in geology but his heart is in music. He is equally at home playing fiddle or lap dulcimer, calling square dances or telling stories. A veteran of mountain music festivals he has also been a compelling force behind the restoration of the historic Fredonia Opera House. With several albums to his credit, Dick is an award winning teacher for both beginners and advanced students. He is a favorite at Sagamore's annual Mountain Music Weekend.
 
Carmen Gilman

Carmen Gilman made her public singing debut at the ripe old age of 3 and has a deep folk music repertoire. Her fortes include dancing, dulcimer and devising lyrics. With her husband and a neighbor, she is part of a singing group called the Newton Street Irregulars and has made several albums. If you’ve been told — and believe — your musical skills are lacking, don’t worry. Carmen is an expert at bringing the music out of those who claim to have no talent.
 
John Kirk

John Kirk is known for his lyric voice, good sense of humor and versatile instrumental skills. On fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, keyboard and tin whistle, John demonstrates a vast knowledge of musical traditions. John has recorded music with his wife Trish, as well as with the Susquehanna Stringband, the Dawnland Singers and the Vanaver Caravan. His song, “Long Roads,” was recorded by the Dixie Chicks, and he can be heard on various projects with Jay Ungar, Molly Mason and other musicians.
 
Trish Miller

Trish Miller has been teaching and performing Appalachian clogging since 1980. She plays guitar, banjo and mandolin, and also calls dances and has choreographed country routines for theater and concerts. Trish gained professional dance experience with the Green Grass Cloggers, and performed with them internationally as well as across the U.S. Since 1985, Trish and her husband, John Kirk, have been working together as teaching artists in school music and dance programs.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Great Camp Sagamore
  Sagamore, Raquette Lake 3 nights
 Great Camp Sagamore
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 allowed: No
  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 prior: $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
  Additional nights after: $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 out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM starts check in at Great Camp Sagamore You will be staying at Great Camp Sagamore that night.
  End of Program:
10:00 AM You will be staying at Great Camp Sagamore the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
There is a parking lot for Sagamore guests. It is free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sagamore, Raquette Lake
  Nearest city or town:  Raquette Lake, NY
  Nearest highway: I-87 and I-90
  Nearest airport:  Albany
  From End of Program
  Location: Sagamore, Raquette Lake
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

 

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

   

Unfortunately there isn’t any public transportation to the central Adirondacks. Amtrak serves Albany (Rensselaer) and Utica. The nearest airports are located in Syracuse and Albany. Bus service reaches only to Warrensburg. Limo service is expensive, but available from the airports in Syracuse and Albany. For more information on limo services, please contact your local AAA agent, visit www.yellowpages.com. Most guests prefer to rent a car from the airport.

 
Driving Directions
  From Albany (2˝ hours Northwest)- Take the Warrensburg Exit #23 off the Northway I-87 (not the Thruway I-90!). Follow Rte. 9 through Warrensburg to Rte. 28. Follow Rte. 28 about 1˝ hours to the village of Raquette Lake. In the village of Raquette Lake, at the 4-way crossroads turn onto the dirt road beside the large green Sagamore sign. Drive very slowly on the road into Sagamore; one curve is posted 15 mph. Follow the sign for “Registered Guests”. When you arrive at Sagamore, you should find the gate closed. Please open it, enter, and close it again for your own privacy. Drive up the hill to the parking lot. Park your car and follow the gravel pathway and signs for the office building.
  From Lake Placid (2 hours South) Follow Rte. 86 to Saranac Lake and then Rte. 3 to Tupper Lake where you will follow Rte. 30 to Blue Mountain Lake and then Rte. 28 to the village of Raquette Lake. In the village of Raquette Lake, at the 4-way crossroads turn onto the dirt road beside the large green Sagamore sign. Drive very slowly on the road into Sagamore; one curve is posted 15 mph. Follow the sign for “Registered Guests”. When you arrive at Sagamore, you should find the gate closed. Please open it, enter, and close it again for your own privacy. Drive up the hill to the parking lot. Park your car and follow the gravel pathway and signs for the Office building.
  From Utica (1˝ hours Northeast)- Take the Utica Exit #31 off the NYS Thruway (I-90). Follow Rte. 12 North to Rte. 28 North. Follow Rte. 28 to the village of Raquette Lake. In the village of Raquette Lake, at the 4-way crossroads turn onto the dirt road beside the large green Sagamore sign. Drive very slowly on the road into Sagamore; one curve is posted 15 mph. Follow the sign for “Registered Guests”. When you arrive at Sagamore, you should find the gate closed. Please open it, enter, and close it again for your own privacy. Drive up the hill to the parking lot. Park your car and follow the gravel pathway and signs for the Office building.
  GPS/Website Map Instructions • Garmon Handheld GPS: Search 'Great Camp Sagamore' as a point of interest OR type 1105 Sagamore Road; RAQUETTE LAKE (make sure you list Raquette Lake!) - either will give accurate directions to Great Camp Sagamore. • TomTom GPS: (currently the most popular GPS system): Search for SAGAMORE, NEW YORK - as a town, and it will give you accurate directions to Great Camp Sagamore. While Sagamore, NY does not actually exist, this seems to work while we wait for technology to catch up to the Adirondack region! • Google Maps or Mapquest users: Search for SAGAMORE, NEW YORK - as a town, and it will give you accurate directions to Great Camp Sagamore. While Sagamore, NY does not actually exist, this seems to work while we wait for technology to catch up to the Adirondack region!
Elevation Note: Sagamore is at 1900 feet.

Equipment Requirements: You may want to bring your own musical instruments.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check in. Faculty concert tonight.
(Tuesday, October 7)

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!
   
Accommodations: Great Camp Sagamore
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Small group instruction in storytelling, instrument-playing, mountain dance and group singing. Square dance tonight.
(Wednesday, October 8)

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.
   
Accommodations: Great Camp Sagamore
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: More instruction on storytelling, singing, instrument playing and songwriting.
(Thursday, October 9)

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.
   
Accommodations: Great Camp Sagamore
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Final sing along. Good-byes.
(Friday, October 10)

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 Museum
Called 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 Company
Dine 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Great Camp Sagamore: The Vanderbilts' Adirondack Retreat


Author: Beverly Bridger


Description: Beverly Bridger has been Sagamore's Executive Director for more than 20 years.





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