New York

Adirondack Mountain Music at Great Camp Sagamore

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 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 and walking distance from one end of camp to the other end is approximately one quarter mile with a gradual incline. There are stairs into all buildings. The extent of your physical activity will depend on the program elements you choose to engage in.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Receive expert instruction in a variety of instruments including guitar, lap dulcimer, banjo and others.
  • 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

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Trish Miller
Trish Miller plays guitar, banjo, dances and sings traditional and original music. She teaches banjo at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and with her husband, John Kirk and the band, Quickstep. She has been a touring artist, performing throughout North America and internationally. She has a diverse repertoire of circle, square, contra and mixer dances. As a member of the Green Grass Cloggers, her rhythmic stepping style is rooted in the southern mountains with a mix of traditional clogging and more modern percussive steps.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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