Storytelling session, followed by dulcimer-playing or dancing. Sessions on singing or storytelling. Evening square dance.
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.
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 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.
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 in the Sagamore Dining Hall
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.