Way Gay U: CAMP! is here!
Summer camps may be closed down for the season for the kids, but now it's the adults' turn! So, dig up your daisy dukes, slip into your best flannel, and strap on your... acoustic guitar. Time to sit down around the proverbial campfire, have a kumbaya moment with the rest of the William Way family, learn some skills, and have some fun. Sign up now for your own CAMP experience!
- Single Servings
- Mixology Fundamentals
- Music &Culture Appreciation and Discussion
- Knitting 101
- Leatherworking: Hand-Crafted Accessories
- Slow Flow Yoga
- Beginners' Line Dancing
5. Nature Nook:
- Get Dirty: Build your own Terrarium!
6. Education Center:
- Intro to Astrology: The Basics of Natal Chart Reading
- American Sign Language 101
- Bike Repair and Road Safety
In the Cafeteria we're serving:
Single Servings with Julian Framo. "How do I cook a meal for just myself?": a question most of us find ourselves asking. In this camp, you will be learning the basics of stocking a kitchen, meal prep ideas that make cooking smaller meals manageable and appetizing, and cooking skills that are practical and aimed at helping the “single” person feel more comfortable preparing meals in the kitchen. You will focus on how to use ingredients to create at-home recipes for one without sacrificing creativity or flavor. Instructor Julian has been teaching in high school and community college for 14 years. Camp dates: Thursdays, Oct 19, 26, Nov 2, from 6-8 pm. 3 sessions for $40 members/$55 non-members. Held in the Community Room, a non-accessible room. Registration closes October 12, so: Click here to register!
Mixology Fundamentals with Jay Rodgers-Nieves. Want to spend less money going out to bars but still want a cocktail? Want to impress your friends and family? This will be a condensed version of the class bartenders take. You will discuss liquors, liqueurs (yes, there's a difference), and ingredients required to make the most popular mixed drinks, and the tools and equipment of mixology. You will then move on to making drinks, covering a wide array of techniques like shaking, stirring, straining, and speed drills. You will leave will the knowledge of how to stock your home bar with products and tools needed to make fantastic drinks and a manual of all the skills you've learned. Instructor Jay is a R.A.M.P and T.I.P.S certified bartender who has been bartending for over 15 years and has taught at Bar Star School. Camp dates: Thursdays, Sep 28, Oct 5, from 6:30-8:30 pm. 2 sessions for $100 members/$115 non-members. Held in the Community Room, a non-accessible room. Registration closes September 21, so: Click here to register!
Around the Campfire we've got:
Music & Culture Appreciation and Discussion with Matthew Marcozzi. Part listening/interpreting, part discussing. You are invited to bring in your own music and listen to others'; spending each week exploring multiple genres and delving into how music affects our culture and society through emotions, psychology, therapy, arts, etc. Connect with others, experience new music, think more deeply about old, and talk about the world we live in. Leader Matthew has sung in choirs for 12 years and learned about music theory through experience and classes. Camp dates: Sundays, Sep 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, from 1-3 pm. 7 sessions for $35 members/$50 non-members. Held in the Community Room, a non-accessible room. Registration closes September 3, so: Click here to register!
In the Arts & Crafts Tent we're offering:
Knitting 101 with Amy Moulton. Come one, come all and learn the basics of knitting! Beginners learn the basics of casting on, knitting, purling, increases, decreases, gauge, yarn, and needle selection, and pattern reading at the basic level. Advanced knitters, refine your knitting by practicing the basics again. Don't have supplies? No problem! All supplies provided. Instructor Amy has been knitting for 10 years and would love to share her skills with you. Camp dates: Tuesdays, Sep 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, from 7-8:30 pm. 4 sessions for $15 member/$30 non-members. Held in the Living room, an accessible room. Registration closes September 19, so: Click here to register!
Leatherworking: Hand-Crafted Accessories with Arleen Olshan. Become a leatherworking apprentice to learn the craft of making a variety of objects out of leather, which will include belts, bags, boxes, cases for cell phones, and any accessories that you can imagine. Arleen will open her studio to 1 - 3 individuals at a time for a very personalized training. You apprentices will have use of the tools and leather supplies and will learn where to buy materials and leather findings. You will also assist in making goods for the shop as you build your skills. Instructor Arleen is a master leather crafter, having worked with this medium for over 50 years. She founded Mt. Airy Art Garage, a studio, gallery space and collaboration with community artists, in 2009. Camp dates: Wednesdays, 3-6 pm, or Saturdays, noon-3 pm, Sep 13-Oct 29 (to fit your schedule). 6 sessions for $270 members/$285 non-members. Held at the Mt. Airy Art Garage (6622 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119). Registration closes September 6, so: Click here to register!
In the Gymnasium we've got:
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Slow Flow Yoga with Chelsea Roseberry. Experience a gentle, slow-moving yoga class geared towards relaxation and stress relief. Move through a series of Hatha based yoga poses ending with a Yoga Nidra, or Yogic Sleep. All bodies and all levels are welcome at this class. Bring your own mat. Instructor Chelsea is an experienced, 200 Hour Certified yoga teacher with Teacher Training from Yoga Bird Studios registered with Yoga Alliance, and has a certificate in trauma informed outreach yoga through Connection Coalition. Camp dates: Saturdays, Sep 16, 23, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, from noon-1 pm. 9 sessions for $108 members/$123 non-members. Held in the Philadelphia Room, an accessibile room. Registration closes September 9, so: Click here to register!
Beginners' Line Dancing with Michael Flynn. Have you ever sat on the sidelines at Woody's and thought, "How in the heck are they doing that?", but were too intimidated to throw yourself into the mix? This course will teach you the very basics of Country Line Dancing and will equip you with the skills you need to be a star on the dance floor. Depending on the level of the participants, dances will include: Tush Push, Texas Cha Cha, Chill Factor and many other beginner and intermediate dances. Put on those cowboy/girl boots and get ready for some two steppin' fun! No partner needed. Instructor Michael has taught Country and Western Line Dancing at Woody’s for the past twenty years. Camp dates: Mondays, Sep 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, from 6:30-8:30 pm. 8 sessions for $80 members/$95 non-members. Held in the Ballroom, an accessible room. Registration closes September 18, so: Click here to register!
In the Nature Nook you can:
Get Dirty: Build your own Terrarium! with Ashleigh Mierau. Want to add a pop of color and life to your living space? Want to get your hands dirty and your thumbs a little more green? This workshop will walk you through building your own terrarium (a small indoor garden in a glass container) full of succulents that you will get to take home at the end of the day! Instructor Ashleigh is a proud plant-mother with personal terrarium building experience. Camp date: Saturday, Oct 21, from 1:30-3:30 pm. 1 workshop for $50 members/$65 non-members. Held in the Community Room, a non-accessible room. Registration closes October 14, so: Click here to register!
In the Education Center we're offering:
Intro to Astrology: The Basics of Natal Chart Reading with Nancy Johnston. Get in touch with your astrological self. Learn more about astrology, and who you are in the process. You will gain fundamental knowledge of how to interpret a Natal (birth) Chart; covering the signs, planets, and architecture of the chart. If you're willing, the class will use your chart to demonstrate how to interpret a Natal Chart. This will be an interactive learning process for all. Instructor Nancy has a Certificate in Astrology from The Seventh Academy and has been practicing astrology and teaching for 17 years. Camp dates: Wednesdays, Oct 18, 25, Nov 8, 15, from 6:30-8:15 pm. 4 sessions for $40 members/$55 non-members. If participating, email Nancy your birth place, date, and time at email@example.com. Held in the Cyber Center, an accessible room. Registration closes October 11, so: Click here to register!
American Sign Language 101 with Michael Flynn. Expose yourself to a different style of communication and learn the basics of ASL. This will be an introductory class in ASL, used by the Deaf community across the US. You will learn the alphabet, beginners' signs, and be conversing in basic ASL sentences by the end of the camp. No previous knowledge necessary. Instructor Michael has been teaching at William Way and other places since the 1980s and has been one of the main interpreters at Dignity/Philadelphia and Dignity/USA for over 30 years, interpreting for LGBT+ organizations and rallies over the years. Camp dates: Tuesdays, Sep 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 34, 31, Nov 7, from 6:30-8:30 pm. 8 sessions for $105 members/$120 non-members. Held in the Cyber Center, an accessible room. Registration closes September 12, so: Click here to register!
Bike Repair and Road Safety with Curtis Anthony. Prepare your bike for safe, comfortable riding and gain the knowledge to be safe and ride with confidence. In this camp, you will learn how to assemble a “must have” tool kit, adjust your bike for safety and comfort, clean and maintain your bike, lubricate gears, repair a flat/replace a tube, properly lock your bike, basic gear/brake adjustment, disassemble for shipping/ storage, mount your bike to a car rack and many other tidbits gathered during Curtis' many years in business. Bring your bike, helmet, and tools you currently own. Instructor Curtis, owner of Via Bicycle, has twice been the state captain of the Wheelmen, an international antique bicycle club, has raced mountain bikes, served as the mechanic at the US Professional Championship race, and has owned and operated a successful bike store for 25 years. Camp dates: Mondays, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, from 8:00-9:00 pm. 4 sessions for $40 members/$55 non-members. Held in the Philadelphia Room, an accessible room. Registration closes September 25, so: Click here to register!