What’s New With U? – Week Two

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What’s New With U? – Week Two

Theater shows have been cast. Chickens have come home to roost. Stories and costumes are being spun. And, the sounds of music and laughter are echoing through the trees. Camp is truly in full swing.

We began Week 2 by welcoming The Knights to the Amphitheater. The orchestral collective added a unique twist to their music, incorporating a poem by Long Island’s Walt Whitman into the performance. On Tuesday, pop-rock band BETTY gave an electrifying showcase, bringing everyone to their feet and into an impromptu conga line.

The first student Festival performance of the year was presented by the Music Department. They impressed with renditions of classical pieces and original songs.

We rounded out the week with two incredible performances: On Thursday, funky Haitian music group, Lakou Mizik got us clapping; and on Friday, the spectacular acrobatic tricks of The Red Trouser Show made the crowd go wild.

See U next week.

Here’s Looking at U

Every newsletter, we will have a compilation video and collection of photos from the previous week. Scroll through and click on photos to enlarge.

#AMoreSustainableU: Sustainability Tips and Tricks

This week, special guests “Wildman” Steve Brill and his daughter Violet visited Usdan to lead Nature, Organic Gardening and Sustainable Art & Design students and staff on a foraging tour around campus.

Blending deep expertise with humor,  the father-daughter duo shared stories and tips about the plants and flowers found around camp, educating everyone about which are safe to eat (and which aren’t).  Campers even got to sample edible plants such as Day Lilies and Wood Sorrel leaves—both of which were tastier than expected (reminder: Don’t eat plants on or off-campus without supervision).

Steve wrapped up his tours by signing off with his signature “Brillophone Call.”

And now, bit of inspiration to close out the week:

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” – Native American proverb

Gearing Up: Merch Item of the Week

Each week, we’ll be sharing with you a featured merch item from our store. This week, it’s Usdan magnets, perfect to stick on your car or fridge for only $5.

You can order this and more at the Usdan shop online or at our Welcome Center.

Up Next: Upcoming Events and Programming

Next week’s event lineup is brimming with amazing performances from visiting artists and students alike.

As a reminder: You’re always welcome to join us for a performance and backstage lunch. To arrange to attend the backstage lunch, contact us at RSVP@usdan.org at least 24 hours in advance.

The full event calendar can be found here. Next week’s schedule is below:

Monday, July 15
Festival Guest Performance – Voices of Broadway: Frozen
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

Tuesday, July 16
Festival Guest Performance – Falu
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

Wednesday, July 17
Festival Student Performance – Performance Poetry & Rock Band
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

Thursday, July 18
Festival Student Performance – Select Piano Performances
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

Friday, July 19
Festival Student Performance –  Jazz Ensemble: 12:10 p.m.
Advanced Jazz Ensemble: 12:35 PM

Administration Corner

The Sassafras Bash

Please join us for The Sassafras Bash, our summer Gala, on July 25th.

Dinner tickets are going fast, so get yours here. Children are welcome at the Gala dinner with a Gala ticket or are invited to The Seedling Shindig, a free party for kids of dinner attendees.

Extend your summer

We’re looking forward to five more weeks of creation, exploration, growth, and joy.

That means there is still time for 4-week campers to extend their summer experiences at Usdan by signing up for the final three weeks of camp: July 29th to August 16th. We have a special extension deal where we are waiving the administrative fee if you choose to extend your summer before Friday, July 19th. After July 19th, all campers interested in extending will have to pay the $325 administrative fee. The deadline to extend your summer is July 24th. 

Please note that families will be charged the difference between the 4- and 7-week programs in addition to any necessary premiums (and depending on class and bussing availability).

Interested? Please contact the enrollment office as soon as possible to secure your child’s spot: enrollment@usdan.org.

We have an app now!

Search and download ‘Usdan Summer Camp’ from the Google or Apple App Store and have all important camp information right at your fingertips. 

#LaurensPolaroids

Executive Director Lauren Brandt-Schloss is giving us a blast from the past with these polaroid photos.

What Do U Think? Weekly Poll Question

What has surprised your child most about Usdan so far? Tell us at tellus@usdan.org.

What’s New With U? – Week 1

What’s Inside

What’s New With U? – Week One

As the final buses pulled into the lot and kids ran onto campus for the first time this summer, old friendships were rekindled and new ones blossomed. On the way to their first period, students hugged those they missed, introduced themselves to new campers, and chatted excitedly about what they’re looking forward to this summer.

The Opening Ceremony got underway with a riveting faculty performance by Sam Dillon, our talented Jazz Conductor, and the much-anticipated unveiling of the “Friendship U”  — designed by our very own Samantha Mason. When the bang of the gong rang out over McKinley Amphitheater, everyone cheered, knowing that Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts officially began its 2019 season.

This week, students and staff were delighted to welcome the incredible musical and dance performances to the stage. On Tuesday, The Brown Rice Family’s palpable energy filled the Amphitheater with their upbeat music which incorporates reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, afro-beat, and jazz stylings. They roused our campers to dance alongside their incredible rhythms and show off their cool dance moves. On Wednesday, we witnessed the wonders of CONTINUUM Contemporary Ballet as they showed us what it means to celebrate a spirit of dancemaking that is inspiring, collaborative, and progressive.  The week was closed out by Faculty from the Music department giving us a taste of tango, flamenco, classical, and even original music on a variety of instruments. We can’t wait to see what the next Festival Performance has in store.

See U next week.

Here’s Looking at U

Every newsletter, we will have a compilation video and collection of photos from the previous week. Scroll through and click on photos to enlarge.

 

#AMoreSustainableU: Sustainability Tips and Tricks

Our goal to make Usdan the place that we wish the world could be. With that in mind, we approach this summer with optimism and hope as we implement a few small changes which we think will have a big impact on our community, and, just maybe, through you—our camper families—on the world.

We are minimizing the physical documents we mail you; replacing trash bins with recycling bins on campus; going completely off the electrical grid across many of our studios. Along with this, we want to encourage Usdanites to be as mindful about the natural world on and off-campus. All summer, we are sharing Sustainability Tips & Tricks on our Green Sign that students can read as they enter the main campus every morning. 

Friday Inspiration: “The first thing I have learned is that you are never too small to make a difference.” – Greta Thunberg

 

Gearing Up: Merch Item of the Week 

 

Each week, we’ll be sharing with you a featured merch item from our store. This week, it’s Usdan PopSockets. You can order this and more at the Usdan shop online or at our Welcome Center.

 

 

Up Next: Upcoming Events and Programming

We’re kicking off our second week with a diverse array of musical and comedic pieces from distinguished artists and performers.

You’re always welcome to join us for a performance and backstage lunch. To arrange to attend the backstage lunch, contact us at RSVP@usdan.org at least 24 hours in advance.

The full event calendar can be found here. Next week’s performance schedule is below: 

Monday, July 8
Festival Guest Performance – The Knights
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

Tuesday, July 9
Festival Guest Performance – Betty
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

Wednesday, July 10
Festival Student Performance 
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

Thursday, July 11
Festival Guest Performance – Lakou Mizik 
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

Friday, July 12
Festival Performance – The Red Trouser Show
12:10 PM and 12:35 PM

 

Administration Corner

Join us for our The Sassafras Bash, our summer Gala, on July 25th. Dinner tickets are going fast, so get yours here. Children are welcome at the Gala dinner with a Gala ticket or are invited to The Seedling Shindig, a free party for kids of dinner attendees. 

We have an app now! Search and download “Usdan Summer Camp” from the Google or Apple App Store and have all important camp information right at your fingertips. 

#LaurensPolaroids

Executive Director Lauren Brandt-Schloss is giving us a blast from the past with these polaroid photos. We love the vintage look of Lauren’s pics from this week. 

 

What Do U Think? Weekly Poll Question

What is your child’s goal for this summer? Tell us at tellus@usdan.org.

What’s New With U? – Week 7

What’s Inside

What’s New With U? – Week Seven

We end our 50th Anniversary summer on a high note with the last of our student performances, in-studio showcases, and Art Open Studios. An encore showing of “Secret Garden” along with performances of “Little Women” and “Strawberry Freckleface” rounded out the theater season. The second Quidditch Tournament of the season took flight, and our annual end-of-year Junior Parade and Senior Carnival was a swirl of color, music, friendship, and fun. Ballet Next closed out our Festival programming and, off campus, Usdan students performed with International Contemporary Ensemble as part of Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center.  At our closing Assembly we honored the “Lifers,” campers who have been here 8 years or more and staff who have hit 10 years or more, and cheered as the 12th graders joined our Alumni ranks. Here are some of the sights and sounds from around camp this week and this summer.

Here’s Looking at U

Click on photos to enlarge.

 

#50YearsOfU: A Peek Into the Archives

When you think of Usdan, what color springs to mind?  Blue – like the swimming pools? Green – like the wooded campus and grounds that surround us?  Or yellow – like the busses that transport kids from around Long Island and the New York City area to the yellow gates of the camp? Since the beginning, those air-conditioned capsules were a place for students to cultivate excitement, foster friendships and compare notes on the day’s activities. Today, the bus fleet that brings students to and fro numbers 140, and makes more than 30,000 stops every summer. So, as we wave goodbye to the busses for a final time this season, we’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who had a hand in the coordination from the special bus arrival and departure dance.  Safe travels to all – and we’ll see you next year!

Gearing Up: Merch Item of the Week

The good news: There are still three weeks left til Labor Day. Even though camp is over, you can still take a little Usdan with U to the beach and beyond with our special towel.

 

Up Next: Upcoming Events and Programming

Yes – it’s the close of the 2018 season, but it isn’t the end of the connections made. We have a few Fall and Winter events in the works, so watch out for the next newsletter and follow us social media to stay in the know. Hope to see U soon!

 

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Administration Corner

Camp has only been over for a couple hours, but we already miss seeing your children traveling along our paths, but they have left a bit of themselves behind. The memories we’ll keep, but their water bottles, towels, lunch boxes, and art we think you should have back. We will be in the office from 9am to 4pm next week August 13 – 17 for you to come by to pick up anything left behind. Please call first. The office will be closed from August 20 through September 3rd, but will be back on September 4th.

Now, we turn our attention to summer 2019. For all our current Usdan Families, we invite you to pre-register for Summer 2019 through Return2U and lock in 2018 rates and get first choice of classes when we open enrollment in November. For more information visit: usdan.org/return2u

What Do U Think? Weekly Poll Question

This week we’d like to know how your summer was. Tell us anything you think we should know.