New York
Adirondack Mountain Music and Dance Workshop
Revel in the musical heritage of the Adirondacks as you enjoy expert instruction on string-band instruments, song writing workshops, barn dancing and an opportunity to perform.
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Program No. 14641RJ
4 days
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At a Glance

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!
Activity Level
On Your Feet
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.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Receive expert instruction in a variety of 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 the blossoms of spring or the beautiful fall foliage at an iconic “great camp” in the heart of the Adirondacks.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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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.
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Carmen Gilman
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John Kirk
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Trish Miller
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Bill Smith
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Dick Gilman
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