Writing Songs for Social Change in the Heart of the Adirondacks
Our stellar ensemble of well-traveled and seasoned songwriters lead an all-levels immersion in the crafting and performance of songs as a powerful force for growth and change.
Inspired by iconic elders Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Malvina Reynolds (and so many more), we’ll explore, examine, and experience the past/present/future of music for social change, cultural unity, personal growth, women in the music business, the environment from acid rain to global warming, the plethora of issues in Washington, the role of art in cultural change, and more. We’ll also offer nuts and bolts mentoring on writing your own songs/stories/essays. Wednesday afternoon features a tour of this magnificent wilderness retreat.
Sagamore had the honor of hosting Maggie Durant and Jeff Sturges for a special moment in their family history a few weeks ago. Maggie is a descendant of William West Durant who built Sagamore and largely defined the Adirondack style in the late-19th century. Recently Jeff decided to propose marriage to Maggie and thought the perfect place to do was at Sagamore. We wish them not only the best of luck and a lifetime of happiness, but that they come back often to visit!
Sagamore Grands Camp Wins Accolades
Sagamore has hosted its famous intergenerational grands camps that bring grandparents and their grandchildren to this beautiful home in the woods for over thirty years. Here the pairs learn about nature through guided explorations, song and art projects rooted in the natural materials of the forest and streams surrounding camp. Many of the participants note it as the highlight of their year and can't wait to come back the next summer to Sagamore. These are memories that last a lifetime and we know this because we have had couples chose to get married at Sagamore because one of them had been here as a child with her grandmother and wanted her ceremony to reconnect with that part of her childhood.
In the last few weeks Sagamore's intergens camps have received some positive attention about their impact on children and families. In August, one of the participant reviews from the intergens camp highlighted below was named as the best of the week and shared with the thousands of participants in the Road Scholar system.
"There were great activities for the kids, great opportunities to learn about nature, and Dan's music and programs were fabulous (what energy - my granddaughter is singing the songs still at home!). George's story telling (fabulous performances that had the kids listening with all eyes and ears), the nature walks were the best (even little bugs had their share of fame), and the arts and crafts had everyone working hard. The results were beautiful. Jen Maguder, Jon Gatti and all the staff for the kids were so kind and patient and had everyone engaged in the games and other activities. The nature is gorgeous. There is nothing not to love."
Also last month the programs were featured in the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism's Adirondack travel blog as one of the premiere summer experiences in the park. You can read that story here.
Our Summer, 2019 schedule will be coming out shortly. They will be announced here on our e-newsletter and through Sagamore's social media channels. Sign up early and have the experience of a lifetime!
Museum Institute at Sagamore Relaunched!
The Institute is the perfect place for emerging and established leaders to develop strategies to face new challenges. What you learn in this immersive, participatory program will help you effect positive change in your organization, your career, and your community. Learn from other leaders in the museum field who will share their experiences across a variety of disciplines to help create solutions, build audiences, and develop your institutional management skills.
Leaders Define Leadership topics will include:
Building cultural competence
Supporting financial and human resources
Enhancing board capacity
Creating professional communities
Registration for the three-day program includes evening events, two nights’ accommodations, and all meals.
As a Sagamore member you receive discounts on programs and store items ability to register for programs in advance and the knowledge that you are becoming part of this great effort to preserve a National Historic Landmark.