The wonders of Wild Asparagus never cease. Together for 30 years, their music has matured like a fine wine. This powerful ensemble brings a unique sound and dynamic energy to contra dancing weaving a spell that you wish would never end. Their creative, driving tunes keep dancers energized and inspired while George’s smooth, efficient calling makes challenging contras seem easy as pie. George Marshall, renowned for his graceful calling style, also plays concertina, bodhran and bones. Ann Percival delights dancers with irresistible piano and guitar rhythms and mellifluous vocals. David Cantieni, woodwind wizard, adds rich layers to each arrangement with flute, tin-whistle, oboe, saxophone and bombard. Becky Tracy graces each tune with her elegant, energetic fiddling. Add in rhythm king Mark Hellenberg on percussion and bodacious bass player Mark Murphy and you’ve got one Big, Bold sound.
Casey MacGill Quartet
The Casey MacGill Quartet delivers fabulous renditions of American swing tunes, decades of music woven into a seamless, beautiful whole. At the core of Casey's sound are his band's sometimes sweet, sometimes rough-hewn three-part harmony vocals and a rhythm section that swings in a variety of textures. Casey MacGill is the heart and soul of the band. From California, he is a classic Hollywood character in appearance and style. He blows a lyrical jazz cornet, and his most unique instrumental voice is a 6-string tenor ukulele. He has been singing and arranging vocal harmonies for over 40 years. Band members include Pacific Northwest reed ace Saul Cline, bass player Matt Weiner plucking, slapping and bowing the bass, and groove driving drummer and vocalist Joseph "JoJo" Mascorella with a mastery of everything from bluegrass to jazz to funk to reggae. The band has toured extensively in Europe, performing for enthusiastic swing dancers in festivals and dance camps.
No Siree, camp food never tasted like this before. From homemade granola, scones and jam to a salmon entrée, there’s nothing ordinary about Annie’s delectable dishes.
Your taste buds will be as tickled by Annie’s fine fare as your toes will be by the fine tunings of Wild Asparagus and the Casey MacGill Quartet. And what could be better than happy taste buds and toes? It’s not called Danceable Feast for nothing!
We will start accepting registration applications postmarked July 15. Applications postmarked from July 15 to August 15 will be placed together in a lottery to fill camp and determine positions on waiting lists for couples and singles. If your application or payment is mailed after August 15 and we are full, we will add your name to the appropriate wait list. Camp will be gender balanced.
To register, click on the Registration tab above. Regardless of whether you register on-line or use a paper registration, you'll still need to send payment by mail and we'll use the postmark for the lottery.
|Age 30 & over||$210, Increases to $225 after Oct 1|
|Age 16 - 29||$175|
|Age 6 - 15||$110|
|Age 2 - 5||$55|
|Age under 2||free but must be registered|
Cancellations - Up to 2 weeks before camp starts, full refund less $20. Within 2 weeks, refunds are dependent on our finding someone to take your place; usually, we're successful.
There are 7 sleeping cabins, each with three 8-person heated rooms. The bunk beds have plastic covered mattresses. You may want to bring an extra pad as the mattresses tend to be cold. Campers share common, gender specific bathhouses. You may also choose to pitch a tent or park a recreational vehicle in the parking lot. The registration fee is the same regardless of your sleeping choice.
Dancing and feasting are in the main lodge. It’s a beautiful spacious room with parquet floors and picture windows overlooking Fall Creek Reservoir. The grounds have hiking trails, a large field for soccer, a basketball court and, of course, the reservoir for kayaking and canoeing.
Coffee/Tea Crew - A few $80 work scholarships are available. Check the box on your application if interested.
The Donna Ranae Scholarship Fund - Two $105 scholarships are available; click on the Scholarship tab for more information.
Local Dance Communities - Ask your local dance group or folklore society for support. Many have help available for their members.
Donna Ranae was one of the founders of Danceable Feast and a beloved member of the dance community. She passed away in the summer of 2008. The Donna Ranae Scholarship Fund was established to honor her love of dancing and its significance in building community. Dancers have contributed to a fund in her memory to make the Danceable Feast camp accessible to those who might not otherwise be able to participate due to financial need.
We welcome contributions to make the Donna Ranae Fund able to provide more assistance. To help, please send a check to:
Danceable Feast Committee
c/o Rich Schwartz
3717 SE Alder St
Portland, OR 97214
Danceable Feast is a nonprofit affiliate of CDSS. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
To apply for the Donna Ranae Scholarship:
We are happy to be able to provide two scholarships this year. Recipients will get a “lottery free” space in camp and a $105 scholarship.
Please tell us in writing what the dance community means to you and how it has inspired you in your life. Please, no more than 500 words.
Email your essay as a PDF (preferred) or Word document to Deborah. The remainder of your registration application should be mailed as per the instructions on the Registration tab. On the Registration form you will find a question asking if you are interested in a scholarship. Please choose Donna Ranae from the drop down list.
We will be accepting responses from now until the end of the registration window on June 10. You do not need to wait until June 1 to send your registration form if you are applying for a Donna Scholarship. We will review the scholarship applications before the lottery and if we are not able to award you a scholarship this year, we will place your name in the lottery pool for camp.
We look forward to hearing from you! Please also help us get the word out to anyone you think might enjoy this opportunity!
|7:30 - 9:45||RED HOT CONTRAS - Wild Asparagus|
|9:45 - 10:30||Break, Snack AND Swing Demonstration by Anna Blair & Brady Gundas|
|10:30 - 11:45||OH, OH, SWING IT! - Porkpie Quartet|
|8:00 - 9:00||BREAKFAST|
|9:00||Registration for Late Arrivals|
|9:15 - 10:45|
|11:00 - 12:00||Workshops|
|12:30 - 1:30||LUNCH|
|2:00 - 3:30||Challenging Contras - Wild Asparagus, Main Dance Hall|
|3:45 - 5:00||Intermediate Swing, How to lead and follow. Make it seem less like a routine - Anna and Brady & the Porkpie Quartet, Main Dance Hall|
|6:00 - 7:00||DINNER|
|7:30 - 9:30||WOW DANCES - Wild Asparagus - “Wow!” dances demand a dancer’s attention. They grab you and shake you by the collar, excite your emotions, and make you want to dance more.|
|9:30 - 10:15||Break, Snack and Announcements|
|10:15 - 12:00||OH, OH, SWING IT! REDUX - Porkpie Quartet|
|8:30 - 9:15||BREAKFAST|
|9:15 - 10:30||Raise the Roof Gospel Singing - Ann, Pokey and Mark, Room #2|
|9:30 - 10:15||Waltzing with camper band, Main Dance Hall|
|11:00- 11:30||Wild Asparagus Concert, Main Dance Hall|
|11:45 - 12:15||Porkpie Quartet Concert, Main Dance Hall|
|12:15 - 1:15||Pack and Clean out Cabins; TAKE-OUT LUNCH|
|1:15 - 3:30||Grand Finale - Wild Asparagus Dance, Main Dance Hall|
|3:30 - 4:00||So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedesehen, Adieu...|
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Sky Camp is located on a point looking westward over Fall Creek Reservoir (sunsets can be quite beautiful). From Lowell, it takes about 25-30 min to get to camp; the road around the lake has more than a few curves. If you come around the south side, the camp is a bit beyond the point at which pavement resumes after a section of gravel road. You can use the dropdown list to get directions from a short list of northwest cities. This PDF, (map with directions from Eugene and Springfield) may be helpful.
For access to the full range of Google Map features for this area, click on (lower-left corner of the map).