The evening schedule is currently evolving. Specific times will be added over the summer. For now, though, here s how the after-dinner hours are shaping up (and all this cool stuff is included with your registration!):

Thursday Evening

Icebreakers. Specifics TBD, but We will come up with some creative ways to mix, mingle, and meet your fellow campers from across the US and Canada!

Nature Slide Show with Dave Liebman . Our very own nationally-acclaimed nature photographer, Dave, returns for another signature presentation on the local flora and fauna. You ll be both amazed and amused by his sheer talent and dry wit. An event not to be missed!

Night Hike.The forest at night is a completely different place than during the day! Join us as we learn to safely navigate at night using fox-walking skills, as well as our other senses. We will see a stunning example of rods vs. cones in action, and learn how to maximize chances for survival if lost in the woods at night.

Campfire. Sing, schmooze, and make s mores around the evening campfire.

Friday Evening

Shabbat Service. Welcome Shabbat with prayer, music, and readings. Both an Egalitarian Service and a smaller Traditional minyan will be held.

Mosaic Shabbat Coffeehouse. Our talented Mosaic musicians from around the country will entertain us with 15-minute sets including Jewish, Israeli, Hebrew, Klezmer, Folk, and other acoustic and participatory selections. Confirmed performers to date include:

David Berkowitz, of Berkowitz guitars (www.berkowitzguitars.com), is a Washington, DC-based luthier (guitar builder) and acoustic performer. David is also a member of MOMC-MD, and will be playing one of his fine hand-crafted instruments.

Hillary Brown, a Chicago Mosaic member whose singing has been a part of International Event campfires, bonfires, and talent shows in years past. She returns with her amazing a capella interpretations of Allan Sherman and others.

Noreen Friedman, a professional flautist, who performs as a soloist at Shabbat services for Capital Kehillah in Washington, DC. Noreen is also a MOMC-MD member who has delighted fellow Mosaic members at various campfires and bonfires with her spirited (and sing-along) renditions of traditional Hebrew melodies.

Brian Gross is a professional performing musician. He plays solo gigs as an acoustic guitarist in the style of Delta and Piedmont-style blues, and with his popular blues/jump/swing band, BG & The Mojo Hands(www.bgmojo.com). Brian maintains a busy teaching schedule of private guitar students through his Midnight Blue Guitar Studio in Bethesda, MD, and also teaches Blues, Rock and Folk guitar classes. Brian is a new member of MOMC-MD.

Wendy Kissin is a DC-area singer and acoustic guitarist. A MOMC-MD member, Wendy has performed at several coffeehouses, DC's Capital Kehillah, and La Casona Margarita Lounge. Wendy will captivate her listeners with a blend of folksy and upbeat tunes.

We are still looking for 1-3 more performers. If you are a professional musician or seasoned amateur that can command an audience for 15 minutes with a repertoire that includes at least one Jewish, Israeli, Hebrew or Shabbat song  we d love to hear from you!

Campfire.Sing, schmooze, and make s mores around the evening campfire.

Saturday Evening

Havdallah. Celebrate the end of Shabbat with this beautiful service.

HEADLINE EVENT: Mando Mafia Live in the Amphitheatre! Mando Mafia have been delighting audiences with their award winning "wall-of-mandolin" sound, playing events in the Mid-Atlantic states since 1989. Their recordings have been heard nationwide on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and played on radio shows all over the US and as far away as France and Australia. Though the band's music has its roots in Appalachian Old-Time String Band traditions, it has branches just about everywhere. A typical performance might, in addition to old-time hoedown music, include calypso, reggae, rockabilly, klezmer and bluegrass, together with the occasional Finnish wedding march, Chilean sikureada, Puerto Rican or Argentine waltz, and Italian polka. As one reviewer in Bluegrass Unlimited put it: "They have no problem grabbing material from any source that suits their fancy and placing their multi-talented stamp on it." The result is a sound that is, to quote another reviewer from England's Folk Roots magazine, "danceable, foot-tappable, un-ignorable and irresistible."

Campfire.Sing, schmooze, and make s mores around the evening campfire.

Sunday Evening

Council of Delegates Meeting and Mosaic Elections.

Workshops.We will have a couple sets of 1.5-hour workshops after dinner (i.e., 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. and 9:15-10:45 p.m.). Many others are still being planned, but these topics have already been confirmed (check back as we add more throughout the summer):

Swing dance lessons and dancing (Roger M.) This workshop will address the basics of 6-count swing. Participants can expect to learn the foundation footwork of side-side-rockstep; plus learn how to lead/follow through an inside and outside turn, she goes- he goes, cuddle-up, and Texas-Tommy among other moves. No partner needed to attend, as leaders will rotate often. Remember you don t want to make all your mistakes with that special someone.

Basic Wilderness First Aid (Roger M.) Learn what to do when help is delayed or it is just not practical to stay put for EMS to arrive. This workshop will look at the  wilderness approach to basic first-aid and add skills that may be needed to help get an injured person back to a roadside pick-up area.

Building for the Environment: It s Easy Being Green (Dan L.)Although wood frame homes with siding or veneer have been the mainstay of residential construction, lately more "green" alternatives have been gaining attention. As energy becomes more expensive, energy saving design, equipment, and construction practices have become increasingly important. We'll examine some of these green materials, including concrete and straw, and learn how they can help make homes more energy efficient.

Inside the Jewish Backpack (Rob S.) Who are we? Who attends Mosaic, the Jewish outdoors group for adults? There is a teaching that says that in every Jew's backpack should be two stuffed down pieces of paper. In one zippered pocket the paper will read,  I am but dust and ashes. In another pocket, "For my sake the world was created. Come to listen and share the stories carried in your backpack.

Travels through Asia - a Slideshow (Alan W.) Alan Wechsler, a newspaper reporter from Albany, NY has traveled all over the world and is an avid photographer. He was in Bangkok at the time the tsunamis hit the shores of Thailand and India and will show pictures of his trips to those countries, along with Cambodia, during the last two months of 2004. As part of his journey, Wechsler spent two weeks cycling through the Indian state of Rajasthan and spent a week at the Cambodian temples of Angkor Wat.

Improv Workshop (Ruthie L.) In this experiential Improv workshop, participants will enjoy warm-ups and various exercises that foster teamwork and bring out the fun of creative spontaneity. No experience is necessary; just the spirit of adventure, and the willingness to take risks. Follow the "rules" of the game-like exercises, and you'll see there are no mistakes. It's all about fun.

Final Campfire . Bigger and better than the ones before, this shindig of a campfire may have a skit or two thrown in for good measure. We will say our goodbyes and schmooze long into the night&.

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