October 2018 Newsletter

Hello Camp Community!

We have turned the corner from Summer Camp to Year Round Programs and have quite a few things to tell you about!

Emma’s Revolution is the dynamic, award-winning, activist duo of Pat Humphries and Sandy Opatow, whose songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and covered by Holy Near. With beautiful harmonies and genre-defying eclecticism, Emma’s Revolution delivers the energy and strength of their convictions in an uprising of truth and hope for these tumultuous times.

Pat Humphries is one of my favorite songwriters and a dear friend. We’ve had some wonderful songwriting inspiration at Clapping Hands Farm rising up the past couple of summers and so I’m delighted to bring Pat and Sandy to Clapping Hands for a very special workshop focused on Songwriting from the Inside Out!

WHEN: Oct. 13th from 1-4 p.m.

WHERE: At Clapping Hands Farm, in Pittsboro NC

WHO: Adults and Teens, limited to a maximum of 20 people

COST: Sliding Scale $25-$50, scholarships available, ask.

Register here:

Songwriting Workshop with Emma’s Revolution
Listen to their music Emma’s Revolution – Music

or  learn more about them here: Emma’s Revolution – Bio

Pat and Sandy will be giving a CONCERT in Chapel Hill this same night. I HIGHLY recommend that you attend the concert as well. Here is the info on the concert:

WHEN: Sat. Oct. 13 @ 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Community Church UU 106 Purefoy Road, Chapel Hill NC

COST: $20 advance, $25 at the door. Order on line at Emma’s Revolution Website.


The amazing news is we have done well enough with our fundraising in 2018 that we are ready to HIRE at least one additional team member for a part time year round administrative position. Thank you all for this! So many people helped with fundraising this year and THIS was the GOAL and we have ARRIVED!

We wanted to hear from people IN OUR CAMP COMMUNITY who might be interested in working with us first, so please let us know if you are interested in this or know someone who would be great and we will send more information. We will advertise this position to the wide word in the next few weeks as soon as our new website is UP and LIVE.

We are looking for someone who really cares about the Clapping Hands mission, is organized, patient, a great communicator, has community organizing and/or administrative experience, is comfortable working collaboratively with young people and a diverse community, is positive, compassionate and  a creative soul. How’s that for a tall order! 🙂 But that is who we are looking for.

Priority consideration will be given to people already familiar with our camp program and community and to people of color.
A more formal job description will be ready soon.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Louise is ready for more help NOW, (I’ve been ready for years actually!)  so while we are in the search process I am also interested in hearing from people who would like temporary positions helping out for hours convenient to you starting immediately.

Send an email to clappinghandsfarm@gmail.com if you are intererested.


Mardi Magoo is revving up our VOLUNTEER PROGRAM! There are opportunities to volunteer at our OUTREACH EVENTS, at our CAMPS and PROGRAMS, fundraising, doing outdoor work and organizing at the farm, helping with administrative work that is ongoing. Please Fill out this VOLUNTEER SURVEY if you are interested in getting involved!


fall events

Oct. 13- Monster Dash at Pittsboro Elementary School. Clapping Hands Farm will have activities for children in front of the school from 9-Noon. There will also be an obstacle course and other community groups with tables.
Thanks to the Fiesta in Siler City Sept. 29 for inviting us to perform and lead kids activities!

WE will NOT be at Shakori this Fall, but our Big Wonderful Variety Show will be back at the Spring Shakori!

art camp for homeschoolers

TUESDAYS from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Recommended for ages 8-16 (older campers welcome; younger campers accepted on a case by case basis)

Session 1 is underway now and is full.

You can register for Session 2, 3, or 4 here:


Each SESSION will feature two morning workshops, Campers will choose ONE of these workshops to focus on in the mornings.  Then after lunch, we’ll have an array of maker workshops ranging from fine arts to engineering

challenges; from fort making to fire making, from songwriting to movie making. Campers bring their own lunches, snacks and water bottles. We provide all the art supplies, skilled working artists as teachers. and warm loving camp staff with exceptional people skills. Clapping Hands programs are strong on diversity, inclusion and community building and Art Camp will be no exception!

Our pricing includes incentives for signing up EARLY ($25 off) and signing up by the SEMESTER ($25 off) instead of by the Session. We also have a Sibling Discount- If one family has more than one camper take an additional $20 off the fee per camper per session.

Need a scholarship or a special payment plan? There will be a place on the registration form for you to request that. Or you can contact camp director Louise Omoto Kessel at clappinghandsfarm@gmail.com if you have questions.

session two: november 6 – december 11

with December 18 reserved as a weather make up day.  Six Weeks PLUS at least one selling day. $350 ($325 if you sign up and pay by August 31; $300 if you sign and pay for Both Fall sessions by August 31).

GIFTS and PRODUCTION ART with Louise Omoto Kessel and Mardi Magoo. The idea here is to create gifts for loved ones and to produce art to sell. We will have at least one opportunity to SELL stuff scheduled in December. Campers who are interested in producing art to sell will also get individually coaching on marketing their wares.

Mardi Magoo will lead simple sewing projects including machine sewing projects and hand sewing projects (such and the ever loveable goofy sock toys!)  in the morning. In the afternoon jewlery creation, ornament making and who knows what else!

Louise Omoto Kessel will share projects involving fabric decoration techniquies such as printmaking, stencils, and batik. As well as some of her favorite toy making projects.

The format for SESSION TWO will have many projects that can be completed in a day and the freedom to go back and forth between teachers and projects as things get completed.

session three: january 8 – february 26

with March 5 reserved as a weather make up day.  Eight Weeks. $450. ($425 if you sign up and pay by December 1; $400 if you sign up and pay for BOTH Spring sessions by December 1.)
OUTDOOR EXPLORERS- The Art of the Naturalist! Outdoor skills, hiking, botany, tracking, and more!

ART WITH LOUISE- still deciding on the topic here. weaving projects including basket making out of recycled materials and techniques for making belts and straps with beautiful designs is where I’m leaning.

session four – March 12 – May 7, builders camp!

NO CLASS ON APRIL 16. Eight weeks of camp. Weather make up day reserved on May 14.  $450. ($425 if you sign up and pay by December 1; $400 if you sign up and pay for BOTH Spring sessions by December 1.)

MARDI MAGOO— Pattern Making and Sewing

BOB SCHMIDT— Carpentry

plus other guests for Take Apart & Fix It workshops, Engineering Challenges, Fort Making, and more.

NOTE: our March 26 Art Camp day will happen concurrently with our first day of Spring Break Camp. The focused classes for Art Camp campers will be protected and go on as usual. The afternoon Anything Goes choices will be expanded and happen together with the Spring Break Campers, and Art Camp people are welcome to stay until 5:00 p.m. at no extra charge.

There will be no Art Camp on April 16, as we will be running our second week of Spring Break Camp that day and we expect a bigger group that week. Art Camp participants can sign up for the April 15-19 Spring Break Camp by the day or by the week, but there will be a separate charge for it.

Alright! Here’s that registration link again!


things in the works

* Ukulele Band Practice is TUESDAY at the Farm from 4-5:30 with Sarah Perry

* Sarah is also planning to set some Ukulele Band Practice dates in other locations, stay tuned!
* Mardi and Louise want to have some ART CAMP FOR GROWNUPS on the FARM on WEEKENDS in NOVEMBER and DECEMBER with the idea of people making home made GIFTS for the holidays! Stay tuned for dates! We’re excited

* There will be an ADVANCED UKULELE WEEKEND WORKSHOP in JANUARY with Alex Nelson and maybe another instructor. Stay tuned for details.

* We know that people are missing our Friday evening Outdoor Explorers program. We are too. We are looking for some additional staff support for that program and then it will rise again!

* We have also heard from parents that more programs for pre-schoolers and parents together and for younger kids would be welcome. We love that idea  . . . .so are trying to figure out the people, time, and details for that. . . won’t happen right away, but it is in our hearts to follow this desire!
Thank you! Louise