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Artisans continue the folk arts tradition at Great Camp Sagamore, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA.) These talented traditional artists who have learned from their forebears demonstrate for tours in July and August.
Visitors who see presentations at 10am or 1:30pm report a greatly enhanced tour experience. Great Camp Sagamore is proud of its long partnership with NYSCA and is pleased to be a place where people can learn about traditional arts from these wonderful people.
We are proud to include the following artisans for 2014:
June 27 & 28 / Aug 1-3
Along with repairing many of Sagamore’s heritage rugs over the years, Helen also braids and donates an original-design rug each year, which is offered in the Silent Auction as part of Sagamore’s annual Benefit for Historic Preservation. This year, Helen is teaching a day-long Rug-Braiding Workshop, as well as a shorter, introductory workshop for guests attending the Sagamore Benefit.
July 5 & 6 / Aug 15-17
Pat has taught courses in boat-building, paddle-making and canoeing skills at Sagamore for many years, through the Adirondack Boat-Building and Waters Skills School which he helped to found more than a decade ago. For 2014, Pat will be teaching in two Intergenerational courses through Road Scholar: a Canoeing and Boat-Building for Grandparents and Grandchildren, and this year's Adirondack Family Week. in early July He will also be conducting one-day Paddle-Making Workshops on July 5th and August 16th.
Growing up in the North Country, Jane helped her parents raise and sell gladioli and berries from their home garden, which helped to foster a early love of plants and flowers. As a young woman, she sold vegetables and set out to learn everything she could about the traditional uses of herbs for health and nutrition. When her friends began asking for more and more of her herbal tea mixes, Jane started a small business, Underwood Herbs, to reach a wider audience. Long before the current interest in “eating local,” Jane advocated for farmers markets and built her business through direct contact with her customers. All of Jane’s products are made from sustainably-harvested wild plants. At the end of summer, Jane begins cutting balsam boughs for the hundreds of traditional holiday wreaths she makes and sells each December. We welcome Jane to Great Camp Sagamore. [Photo courtesy: Martha Cooper/TAUNY Archives]
Chris has taught her caning skills to various groups at Sagamore, including some of our Grandmother & Granddaughter offered through Road Scholar. She’s also repaired many of chairs used by guests throughout camp, as well as the seat in the restored Adirondack Guide Boat in the Carriage Shed.
Among his many services to Sagamore over the years, Chris helped us to restore the original 'Caleb Chase Adirondack Guide Boat' that is on display in the Carriage Shed and can be seen on the Sagamore tour. He also makes his guide boats available to Sagamore guest who want to try their hand at rowing this unique craft.
Tours are $16 for adults and $8 for school-aged children. Seniors receive a $2 discount. Tours are always free for Sagamore members and for active military personnel.