“You will have so much fun and gain a bigger family by the end of the week.”

–Kristen Planeaux
**New dates!**
June 26-30, 2022 // Lyman, NH
The week children take their families to

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Campers of all ages dancing in a large circle

Program Description

Fun, friends and laughter, clear mountain air, Ogontz dear Ogontz, a place we all share! 2022 promises to be both a joyous return to at Ogontz and the beginning of a brand new adventure. Come join us for a family camp unlike any other, as we delight in being together once again. Though the “week” will be shorter this year, it will still be filled with all of the music, magic, dancing, storytelling, and humor that make Ogontz so special.

In fact, you can start imagining it right now! Can you hear the first few notes of a beautiful English country dance tune played by phenomenal musicians while Sue Rosen leads you smoothly through the steps? High energy contra music fills Ogontz Hall as caller Rick Mohr gets everyone stomping! Can you feel the jingling joy that Natty Smith’s morris class brings as hankies flitter and fly? Can you imagine soaring harmonies as Anna Patton guides your ear and your voice? And Roger the Jester and Peter Amidon will surely leave you laughing as you sit back in the circle of Adirondack chairs under the old white pine for storytelling. It’s hard to even imagine what might happen at all-camp gatherings! Ogontz campers are just so talented, and sometimes rubber chickens seem to defy gravity as they fly through the air.

Then there’s the sparkling lake ringed by majestic New Hampshire mountains, loons calling, canoes to paddle, and refreshing water to consider. With so many class choices, such an amazing staff, and so much to explore, it’s tough to conjure up everything possible. Maybe you’ll need a nap, and that’s okay too.

Children performing at Family Week

With lots of traditional dance offerings from contras and squares to English country and ritual dance, and plenty of opportunities to participate in harmony singing, join the family band and the uke orchestra, and perform with the mummers, there’s truly something for all this year at Ogontz. Caring and talented teachers lead children’s classes, entertainment abounds in the evenings, and Ogontz Camp offers woodlands and wide-open spaces for play and exploration.

Come enjoy the music and dance, the home cooked meals and friends, go for a swim, or paddle a canoe. Whatever you do, we can’t wait to see you at Family Week at Ogontz!

~Fynn Crooks & Laurel Swift, Program Directors

Class Descriptions

Period 1

Ages 2-3: Rachel Bell
Ages 4-5: Lily Leahy
Ages 6-7: Mary Alice Amidon
Ages 8-9: Joanne Garton
Ages 10-12: Peter Amidon
Take a Trip: English Country Dance – Sue Rosen

Pack light and come enjoy the ease and flow of fun English Country Dance. We’ll explore the wide range of wonderful and accessible English country dances from the traditional barn dance to the treasured Playford repertoire and the more recent gems from both sides of the pond. With glorious music, we’ll have fun and dance beautifully, and we’ll be sure to take a trip or two! 

Cotswold Morris: Natty Smith, music by Rick Mohr

Description coming soon!

Period 2

Ages 2-3: Mary-Alice Amidon
Ages 4-5: Erika Roderick
Ages 6-7: Lily Leahy
Ages 8-9: Peter Amidon
Ages 10-12: Natty Smith

Morris dancing! With music by Karen Axelrod

World One-Offs – Rachel Bell, Owen Morrison, Joanne Garton

Explore a different travel destination each day through dance! From French bal folk to Irish Kerry sets to Scottish Country Dance, Rachel, Owen and Joanne will lead you smoothly to each port of call. Whether you’ve danced these dances before, or are learning for the very first time, you’re sure to have a delightful journey.

Harmony Singing For All – Anna Patton

Come join the Ogontz choir, singing harmony arrangements of American songs from the 20th and 21st centuries. We’ll learn several songs that are easy to jump in on plus one more ambitious centerpiece song that has a bit of crunch to the harmonies. Music will be provided and singers who want to learn by ear are welcome too.

Period 3

Sea Shanty Sing! – Natty Smith and Erika Roderick

Description coming soon!

All-Comers Ukulele Orchestra – Max Newman

Ukulele is fun for anyone! Get a uke in your hands and join the band. No experience or ukulele required. In fact, no experience preferred.

Family Band – Joanne Garton

Description coming soon!

Mummers Play – Paddy Swanson

The artistic director of Revels will lead us in the creation of another spectacular mummers play. Join the troupe and play your part!

Period 4

Afternoon Contra Dancing – Rick Mohr

Description coming soon!

Musical Improvisation Games – Anna Patton

Is it music? Is it a game? Is it a cacophony? Yes! and it is also both fun and skill-building. We will practice listening, reacting, and expressing ourselves decisively. Anna will teach a handful of music games in which the group collectively creates and morphs melodies, sounds, and song-structures. All voices and instruments are welcome. Under 12 with a parent, please.

Crafternoon – Sarah Nicholson

Create for the sake of joy! Come and play with a variety of materials and discover where your creative process will lead you. Paper, paints and other inspirations will be provided for making paper beads, prayer flags,  small books, collages, or creations of your choice.

Teen Class – Max Newman and Fynn Crooks

Description coming soon!

Period 5

Smooth Travels: Waltzing with Owen Morrison

Description coming soon!

Letterboxing – Fynn Crooks

Description coming soon!

Circus Fun – Roger Reed

Description coming soon!

Registration and Fees

Camp fees cover all accommodation, meals from dinner on the arrival day to breakfast on the departure day, and all of the various dance, music, and song events in the program.

This session is 3 days and 4 nights.

Adults and Teens (13+)$725
0-12$600

You can find more information about the registration process here. If you need financial assistance in order to attend, please go to our scholarships page.

Staff

Rick Mohr

Cascade of Music & Dance, Family Week at Ogontz
Rick Mohr

Kathleen Fownes

Family Week at Ogontz
Kathleen Fownes

Sarah Nicholson

Family Week at Ogontz
Sarah Nicholson

Joanne Garton

Family Week at Ogontz
Joanne Garton

Rachel Bell

Family Week at Ogontz, Harmony of Song & Dance
Rachel Bell

Roger the Jester

Family Week at Ogontz
Roger the Jester

Fynn Crooks

Family Week at Ogontz, Program Directors
Fynn Crooks

Erika Roderick

Family Week at Ogontz

Sue Rosen

Campers' Week, Family Week at Ogontz, Harmony of Song & Dance
Sue Rosen

Karen Axelrod

English Dance Week, Family Week at Ogontz
Karen Axelrod

Lily Leahy

Family Week at Ogontz
Lily Leahy

Owen Morrison

Cascade of Music & Dance, Family Week at Ogontz, Family Week at Pinewoods
Owen Morrison

Max Newman

American Dance & Music Week, English Dance Week, Family Week at Ogontz
Max Newman

Anna Patton

American Dance & Music Week, English Dance Week, Family Week at Ogontz, Harmony of Song & Dance
Anna Patton

Natty Smith

Family Week at Ogontz
Natty Smith

Paddy Swanson

Family Week at Ogontz
Paddy Swanson

Peter Amidon

Family Week at Ogontz, Family Week at Pinewoods
Peter Amidon

Mary Alice Amidon

Family Week at Ogontz, Family Week at Pinewoods
Mary Alice Amidon