Camp Ooolation! was a wonderful and enriching experience! I will never forget the fabulous times I experienced there and Ooolation! will always be apart of me.
-Katie Hicks, Bloomington, IN
Last summer, Ooolation! gave my voice wings, and it's still flying!
-Christie Burns, Sherman Oaks, CA
The camp is perfect, full of music and warmth.
-Anna Ardizzone, Bloomington, IN
The Ooolation! experience is one of a kind. From
the moment you arrive you feel right at home on our beautiful island. You sing
fabulous music and make about 20 "bosom" friends that, over just about
three weeks become a part of your life and change you forever. The music is
a joy and a challenge, and the learning process often results in new fun and
camaraderie every day. Even if youre not a folk singer (take me, I'm studying
opera!) Ooolation! helps to broaden all our musical bases, serving up music
from all over. You may find yourself drumming out an Ashanti rhythm, singing
an old Appalachian-folk song, or sitting around the fire at night playing a
rousing game of pass the story, or professor know-it-all. We've done it all!
Ooolation! helped me to become more confident not only in singing, but also
as a person. Oh-and the one of a kind "Malcolm's specialty apple pies"
are not (in any eventuality-rain, snow, or fog) to be missed.
-Claire Guyer, Thomaston, ME
Ooolation! can't really be called a camp. It's
an experience unlike any other. Not only is it a creative and inspiring musical
production, but the fun, easygoing, natural atmosphere conjures the happiest
emotions out of me every summer. I could go on and on...
-Lily Hamburger, Silver Spring, MD
In two summers I have found that Ooolation! is where voices are heard, raised in song and laughter, our shared languages. It is where all the senses are explored and made stronger as you dance and drum, shout and sing, taste the homemade food of different countries, touch the hands of others in a friendly squeeze, see the beauty of the nature around you and in the talents and feelings of other people.
-Bronwen Davies, Trenton, NJ
You get to share your love for singing with people
who feel the same way, while you are surrounded by nature's beauty and silence.
Ooolation! is a feeling that comes with the surroundings and from the hearts
of the people.
-Kendra Duhon, Bloomington, IN
It was a truly transporting experience... suddenly
I found myself in a magical place where nature and music became one voice.
-Josh Kartes, Muskegon, MI
Ooolation! is the combination of amazing people
and the music that they create together.
-Emily Moss, Bloomington, IN
Coming from a very musical family, it means a lot to say that I separate my musical experiences into those that came before Ooolation! and those that came after. The magic on Green's Island was a unique combination of people, place, and sound that brought out astounding qualities of leadership, musicianship, and friendship. When I try to describe camp to friends -- singing in the pines and grass by the sea, community meals and bonfires, hikes and swims in icy Maine water, silences and impromptu music-making, laughing and crying audiences -- they say, quite rightly, "Wow, it sounds like heaven." The most amazing gift Ooolation! gave me was the discovery of a person called "me" who I loved better than any "me" I had known before.
-Shoshana Friedman, Newton, MA
We all know the feeling of a cherished experience;
one of those times we can hardly speak of without diminishing; a time that returns
to our thoughts and warms us. Ooolation! is that time for our four kids. Summer
scheduling can't begin in our house until we have the dates of camp. The greatest
values of Ooolation! are the things we parents want so desperately for our children
to understand: the benefits of hard work and healthy living, and the pure joy
of working and being together. Out of it all comes love: love of the shared
experience, love of nature, love of our many individual and collective gifts,
and love of music. There is, of course, an incredibly talented, creative and
fun staff that makes this all happen. Thank you for sharing your gifts with
our children. You have enriched their lives and ours. See you at camp!
-Laura Jesseph, parent of Ooolation! Participant
The only reason I would want to be a teenager again
is to go to an Ooolation! Camp. Theres such an abundance of magnificence,
music, energy and fun!
-Cindy Kallet, fan
Learning to really listen while we were in the
silent woods, made me feel peaceful and then when we sang, I sang with all my
heart. Somehow I wasn't there just to sing anymore -- it was much bigger.
-Hilary Glen, Bloomington, IN
I came to a concert-what I got was a show-a real
show-that had me smiling with watery eyes.
-Margie van Auken, fan
Thank you for creating the wonderful experience
of community, music, and incredible natural beauty!
What an indescribably phenomenal time... The intense,
utopic experience of Green's Island is of the sort you could have never imagined
having. But then, once you have lived its stripped-down life of song, silence,
and communion with others you simply can't fathom what your life was like before
-Rachel Ries, Goshen, IN
I have wished there was a way to express the gift
of your music-the magic of the performance we heard-the ministry of joy you
all give the audience. Yours is music and community that is an endangered quality
today. We never get enough of feeling inspired by young people engaging their
passions. Just being in their presence fills me with renewed peace for the future.
-Connie Millar, San Francisco, CA
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