Afternoons

Unlike adult morning seminars, children’s RE, and youth programming where you commit for the week, afternoons at SI are more “come and go as you please.”  You don’t sign up for these workshops but enjoy the offerings, or exercise, (or nap!) as the spirit moves you.  Early afternoon workshops are from 1:30 to 3 each afternoon.  They are intergenerational and designed to be experienced by families together.  Please remember to be responsible for your children during that time.  Late afternoon workshops are from 3:15 to 4:45 and are age specific.

Children’s Choir12:45 to 1:25

Joe Schafer

SI Children’s Choir is back for the seventh year. The choir offers children the opportunity to have fun with music while singing about our UU values. Director Joe Schafer has led the West Shore UU Church Junior Choir for over 25 years. He will bring back the songs from the SI choir’s first sixyears, and add a couple of new ones as well. The songs are easy to sing, there are no words to memorize, and all kids are welcome and encouraged to join us, starting at 12:45. (Please be prompt in picking up your little one at 1:25.)

Early Afternoon Workshops (1:30– 3)

  • Boardgames:  A Sampler

    JB Lawton III

    There are a lot more games than Monopoly and Risk. Ever heard of Eurogames or designer games? Come play a few from my library of games, or bring your own and teach the rest of us, if you like. Any of my games will be available to play during the day or evening, but each afternoon workshop will focus on a different game or genre.  Last year we played Dominion, Ticket to Ride, Werewolf, and Settlers of Catan, among others.

  • SI Choir 2013

    Hal Walker

    This year promises to be the SI choir’s best year ever!  Hal Walker has been busy writing, arranging and seeking SI friendly choir music.  This is not you’re average church choir.  This is SI choir 2013!  After years of building together, we are ready to blast the roof off Rosse Hall with our sonic beauty! We are ready to bring summer camp choral music to a whole ‘nother dimension.  We rehearse twice daily, at 745am and during early afternoon workshops. If this interests you, please show up on Monday morning at 7:45 am.  If this seems too early, go buy yourself a good alarm clock and be ready to come alive.  “Unleash the Beauty! We are SI CHOIR 2013!”

  • Body Art

    Jane Dirks

    SI is the place for a soul makeover – so how about a hair/skin/nails makeover, too?  You know you’ve always wanted purple hair and sparkly toenails, so now is your chance.  Just as life is ephemeral, so is Body Art:  everything washes off (though not in the pool, please). Paint a chalice on your leg, your toenail or your skull…join us at Body Art and celebrate the body as a canvas for your creativity.

  • The Hunger Games

    Becky Haines

    We will step into the book of The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.  Each day, we will discuss a topic and then enter the arena!!!!   Topics will include The Capitol,  Katniss Everdeen, The Districts,  Archery and hunting ethics, and District 13.  The arena will not be pleasant.  Contestants will be eliminated with water, jelly, green stuff, purple slime (you get the idea).  You will get dirty, or wet or both.  Children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent.

  • Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop role-playing games)

    Tracy Parsons

    Have you ever wanted to be a valiant knight battling mythical beasts for legendary treasure and the glory of the kingdom? Or how about a hard-boiled gumshoe hot on the case of a kingpin, surviving only by your wits and moxie? At Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop roleplaying games), you make whatever character you want and play as them in an exciting adventure! Work together with your group to achieve glory and fame! Or perhaps you are working for your own nefarious ends?

  • Poetry for a Summer Day

    Dean Hazelton

    This is a workshop in reading and appreciating poetry, not writing poems.  We will read poems aloud and discuss them, with the understanding that there can be several interpretations of good poems.  The ideal is to learn from each other.   Likely topics will be poems about nature, love and loss, Walt Whitman’s poetry, poetry and music, and poetry of transformation.

  • Art Space

    Lauryn  Straubhaar and Samantha Phillips

    This year Art Space will focus on repurposing and reusing everyday items in new and fun ways.  There will be a craft of the day for both adults and kids to encourage all ages to participate.

  • Tie Dye

    Nicole Hayman and Lexi Staples

    Tie-Dying has been a Summer Institute tradition for as long as most of us can remember and this year the tradition continues. We will be ready for the projects you bring along and be set up for some new projects you may not expect! The Tie-dye Workshop and its trusty volunteers will help you create your individual wearable art. Let’s Twist, Tie + Dye.  And Un-Dye!  Bring your favorite colored shirts to make a positive or negative image and rock your SI pride! This year’s Tie-Dying just got that much cooler! And we have a couple new tricks up our sleeves so pay attention to announcements for extra exciting activities!

  • Campus Ministry Workshop

    Kelly Heikkila

    How do you set up a campus ministry? Will you worship, do activism, or hold RE sessions? How big do you want your Campus Ministry to be? We’ll go through this and more during this late afternoon workshop for Young Adults.

  • Kickball

    Joey Marfy

    New this year at SI – come out and join the fun as we play some good old kickball together!  As we searched for a new activity, we learned quite a bit about kickball.  Did you know there are at least 10 fabulous variations on the game you probably play(ed) on the playground at school?  We’ll try out a few versions of this game.  We’re especially interested in the Cooperative Kickball.  And Everyone Runs Kickball, Kick Basketball, Three Team Kickball, California Kickball, Big Base Kickball… Oh, the options are endless!

Late Afternoon Workshops (3:15—4:45)

  • Beer!

    Cal Frye

    …because the problems of the world are not solved over a nice glass of white wine.  Are you looking for a way to enlist marchers in the cause of Social Justice? Come learn about the major lubricant of choice of fermenting revolutions everywhere. Sure, we’ll explore the Six Sources of historical brewing tradition, along with the Seven Principles of appreciation of all things malt and hops.

  • Folk Orchestra

    Pat Lorei

    Folk (fok) n. 1.An ethnic group, as a tribe or nation. orchestra (or ki stra) n. 1. A large group of musicians performing    together on various instruments.   The SI tribe of instrumental musicians will gather in late afternoon to make ready some sounds supportive of adult vespers services (and maybe a morning worship service as well).

    Suggested for tribal participation: 1. having an instrument 2. playing of aforementioned instrument

  • Weaving

    Beth Hedin

    On hand will be a floor loom, a rigid-heddle loom and lots of boxes. The boxes serve as mini-looms, where each can be warped with string and woven with wool (or other preferred materials), and make a purse or small mat. It’s a fun & ingenious reuse of materials (boxes and scrap wool yarn). The 2 larger looms can be worked on by anyone…perhaps we can create a wall-hanging like the Youth did 2 years ago, and auction it off at the end of the week!

  • Forever in Blue Jeans

    Karen Jepsen

    We will recycle old jeans into fabulous new purses as well as other useful carrying cases such as bags to carry groceries, beach bags, bags to tote school supplies, diapers, gym clothes, etc.  The workshop will include several simple designs, but the sky is the limit in terms of what participants want to create and how they want to decorate their creations.

    If you can bring a sewing machine to be used (with care) in this workshop, please email Karen at abel@neo.rr.com.

  • Exercise for Fun and Pain Relief

    Lonna Barker

    This exercise program of warm ups, flexibility, aerobics, strength and stretches, is designed mostly for people with pain and joint problems, including arthritis. We strive to please all. Participants may sit or stand or both. The last 15 minutes are spent in a relaxing, Mindful Meditation to enhance the positive effects and increase the    connection between mind, body and spirit. Please wear loose clothes to move in and well-fitting athletic shoes.

  • Ultimate Frisbee

    Seth Sykora-Bodie and Caleb Sykora-Bodie

    Seth and Caleb have been running the Ultimate Frisbee workshop for nine years between them. It is their favorite part of SI and they love the intergenerational interaction with all of the youth, young adults, and adults that come out for the games. They also get a kick out of how it brings people down to the fields to howl at the moon and run around bumping into each other while playing night ultimate on Tuesday. Come on out for some wild dives, glow sticks, or just sitting in the shade to watch!

  • Legos, Lettuce and Fun

    Gavin VanWinkle-Bright

    Enjoy creating with Legos. Legos are available for building and creating individually or with friends.  Imagination abounds as Lego pieces come together offering intergenerational fun for all.  Bring your own lettuce.  Fun happens during the workshop.  Legos are provided; parents are able to provide support.

  • Ready, Set, Go

    Steven and Conni Wagner

    Calling all kids ages 5 to 11 to play!  Bring your wiggles, fun ideas and a bathing suit (or clothes that can get wet) and a towel. We will be doing all kinds of fun things with water in addition to games, building forts on the lawn and running around as much as possible! Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate!

  • Theme Talk Back

    Delve more deeply into a discussion about the topic of the day with our theme speaker, Rev. Art McDonald