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More camper news:

  • Rachel Curcio has been cast in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the New Jersey Arts Incubator ( Festival at Verona Park in Verona, NJ.  This is NJAI’s inaugural production which will be part of a two-day Arts Festival in Verona Park on July 18 and 19, 2009.
    This spring Rachel was selected to sing a Jersey Boys Medley, in a sextet, at H.B. Whitehorne Middle School in Verona, for the school’s concerts. Rachel is also a member of the Acoustics Select Chorus at HBW and plays the clarinet in the Gold (highest level) Band.
  • Sarah Shane is playing Helena in her schools production of A Mid Summers Night’s Dream
  • Riley Sexton was part of Downtown Youth Behind the Camera Program at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City this year. Riley and his fellow filmmakers from the Children’s Museum of the Arts Film Class had a film in this years festival called The Pain. an homage to the old black and white silent film. He was an active participant in the Q and A following the film, and was interviewed by Marshall Curry, director of the documentary Racing Dreams, and winner of the 2005 Audience Award for Street Fight.
    Riley couldn’t be more excited attending French Woods this summer!
  • Heather Braverman’s film Crickett and the Little Girl Power will be part of the Hoboken Film Festival. The screening will be in Teaneck on May 30, 2009 at noon!

Camper news that came in too late for the performer

We have received some camper news that came in after the May newsletter went to print:

Ben Schrager played Picasso in “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” by Steve Martin.
Lisa Graye completed an NYU film titled “Daughter of Lilith” directed by Manja Lyssy. Lisa played the lead role of a haunted Hasidic girl named Techiya.
Molly Lang appeared as Louise in  the Lower Merion High School Players’ spring production of Moliere’s comedy “The Imaginary Invalid”. 
Emilie Sohl played Willy Wonka in her school’s performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Melanie Haberman will be performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City with the Childrens Orchestra Society’s Young Symphonic Ensemble on June 3rd and with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra’s Suffolk Principle Orchestra on June 7th. She will also be attending the Crane School of Music in the fall
Jenna Shelby-Glick recently sang her first solo in her 6th grade school production of School Daze.
That’s all for now, keep us informed!

Billy Elliot Tickets are still Available

Tickets are Still Available!

We have made arrangements to attend the new Broadway production of “Billy Elliot” on Sunday August 2nd.Seating will be limited to the orchestra and mezzanine.
Brunch will be served at camp and the coach bus will arrive in NYC by 2:00pm. Showtime is at 3:00pm and we will leave the city at 6:00pm. At 6:45pm we will stop for dinner on the way back to camp.
The all-inclusive fee is $150.00 (Ticket and transportation). Billy Elliot is expected o be a sellout so act soon. Downled the form here or call the office at 954-346-7455 to reserve your space.

If you want to know more about the show, the website: has some great video about the show.

Camper Recruitment Fairs

As of Jan 1, 2009, (Happy New Year) there are only 160 days left until session one begins and only 180 days to the beginning of session two.

Enid Marcus, will represent French Woods at the following open houses. We would love for some of our Frenchwoodites to join her in order to help her meet new French Woods Campers. Bring a friend or relative and introduce them to French Woods as well.

Saturday, January 17
12 Noon – 4 PM
Westchester Marriott Hotel
670 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Sunday, January 18
12 Noon – 4 PM
The Inn at Great Neck
30 Cutter Mill Road
Great Neck, NY 11121

Saturday, January 24th
From 12 Noon – 4 PM
At the Doubletree Fort Lee/George Washington Bridge
2117 Route 4 Eastbound, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Tel: 201-461-9000

Sunday, January 25th
From 12 noon – 4 PM
At The Moore-Bernards:
3 St. Bernard’s Road
Far Hills, NJ 07931
Park directly across the street at the Gill St. Bernard School

SummerFare ’09 at
10 Hillside Road Greenwich, CT 06830
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Larry will be in New York City for an open house
Open House ’09 at
The Leslie Lewis Residence at
521 East 14th Street apt 5B
(Stuyvesant Town)
New York, NY 10009
Buzzer 143
Saturday, January 17 & Sunday, January 18
From 12 noon – 4:00 pm

Isaac will be in the Boston From Friday January 23rd through Sunday, January 25th, and Philadelphia area on the dates below and would love to see you in those areas.

The address is:
PHONE: 617-969-1000

You can meet with Isaac at the KIDS Opportunities Fair 2009
Sunday, January 25 2008, 12pm – 3pm
Brookline High School • 115 Greenough St• Brookline MA • 02445

You can also see Isaac at the following camp fairs in the Philly, Cherry Hill, and Delaware areas:

2009 Main Line Camp Fair
Wednesday, January 28
5:30-8:30 pm
Conestoga High School
200 Irish Road
Berwyn, Pa 19312

Thursday, January 29th
3:30 to 7:00 p.m.
In the field house at Tower Hill School, Rising Sun Lane (off Route 52), Wilmington, De

Chestnut Hill Academy’s Camp Fair 2009
Saturday, January 31
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
500 West Willow Grove Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19118

Isaac will be staying at the

Omni Hotel at Independence Park from January 28th through February 1st

401 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Phone: (215) 925-0000
He will gladly meet with you at your home or at the hotel.
For Atlanta area families:
Saturday, February 7th
From 12 noon – 4:00 pm
David Weinstein, one of our assistant directors, will be in Atlanta at the Eplan-Frankel Residence, to meet with you and answer all of your questions. You can reach him directly on his cell phone at 347-556-5981
or email him at
The Eplan – Frankel Residence at
1736 Homested Avenue
Atlanta, Ga 30306

Call us or email us and let us know that you can participate in these fairs and open houses. We look forward to seeing you then.

We are also planning an open house in Chicago as well.  Anyone out of these areas interested in meeting with one of our representatives should call us at 800-634-1703.  I will keep you all posted.

Foreign staff recruitment fairs start this month!

January 24
Gregg will be at the CCUSA fair in Johannesburg, South Africa 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Birchwood Hotel 
Viewpoint Street, Bartlett, Boksburg, 1459

January 27
Gregg will be at the CCUSA Fair in Capetown, South Africa from 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Protea Hotel – Victoria Junction 
Cnr Somerset & Ebenezer Roads

January 31
Michael will be at the Camp Leaders fair in
Sydney, Australia Saturday, January 31st, 2009 from 12-4pm

Location: Marriott Sydney Harbour 
30 Pitt Street 
Circular Quay Sydney 2000 
Tel: 011-61-2-9259-7000 

Beth will be at the CCUSA fair in Perth. Australia from 12:00 – 2:30 PM

Parmelia Hilton 
14 Mill Street, Perth

Larry will be at the Camp America fair in London, England

Mike and Bronwyn Baker will be at the CCUSA Fair in Auckland, New Zealand from 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Langham Hotel 
83 Symonds Street, Auckland

February 1

Michael will be at tMichael will be at the Camp Leaders fair in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, February 1st, 2009 1-5pm

Location: Rydges Melbourne Hotel 
186 Exhibition St. 
Melbourne Victoria 3000 
Tel: 011-61-3-9662-0511 

Larry will be at the Camp America fair in Manchester, England

February 2
Beth will be at the CCUSA fair in Adelaide. Australia from 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Stamford Plaza
150 North Terrace, Adelaide

Mike and Bronwyn Baker will be at the CCUSA Fair in Christchurch, New Zealand 5:00 – 7:30 PM

Millennium Hotel 
14 Cathedral Square, Christchurch

February 4
Beth and Michael will be at the CCUSA fair in Brisbane, Australia from 5:00 – 8:30 PM

Hilton Hotel 
190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane

Larry will be at the Camp America fair in Edinburgh, Scotland

February 7
Beth and Michael will be at the CCUSA fair in Melbourne, Australia from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Grand Hyatt 
123 Collins Street, Melbourne

February 8
Beth and Michael will be at the CCUSA fair in Sydney, Australia from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Hilton Hotel 
488 George Street, Sydney

February 12
Larry will be at the Camp Leaders fair in 
London, England Thursday, February 12th, 2009 4-8pm

London Hilton Euston Hotel 
17-18 Upper Woburn Place 
Bloomsbury London, WC1H 0HT 
Tel: 011-44-207-943-4500 

February 14
Larry will be at the Camp Leaders fair in 
Liverpool, England Saturday, February 14th, 2009 12-4pm

Hope Street Hotel 
40 Hope St Liverpool, L1 9DA 
Tel: 011-44-151-705-2222 

February 15

Larry will be at the Camp Leaders fair in Budapest, Hungary

February 24
Ron will be at the CCUSA fair in Edinburgh, Scotland from 3:00 – 7:00 PM

The George Hotel 
19-21 George Street, Edinburgh

February 26
Ron will be at the CCUSA fair in Leeds, England from 3:00 – 7:00 PM

Royal Armouries Museum 
Armouries Drive, Leeds

February 28
Ron will be at the CCUSA fair in London, England from 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Hilton London Euston Hotel 
17-18 Upper Woburn Place

March 5

Ron will be at the CCUSA fair in Prague, Czech Republic

March 7

Ron will be at the CCUSA fair in Budapest, Hungary

March 8
Ron will be at the CCUSA fair in Warsaw, Poland from 10:30 – 6:00 PM

Rembrandt Square Hotel, 
Rembrandtsplein 24, Amsterdam

Open House for South Florida Families

Sunday, December 14th, 2008
From 12 noon until 4 PM
At The Schaefers:

9081 NW 68th Court (Quarter Horse Lane)
Parkland, Fl 33067

Kindly RSVP by December 5th
Call 954-346-7455 or email:

We invite you, your family, and your neighbors to enjoy a
relaxing and friendly day of discovery. French Woods is a
place where children can perform in a Broadway show with
full orchestra, play another camp in soccer, basketball or
baseball, fly on the high trapeze, produce their own movie,
record original music, make a stained glass window, ride a
horse, dance in a ballet, play in the symphony orchestra,
water ski, play tennis, jam with a rock band and lots more.
If you are unable to attend our Open House, call us for an
appointment. The first of our 4, 3-week sessions begin on June 10th,

Special Deal for French Woodites on Dear Edwina tickets in NYC

Dear Edwina is now finally making its official Off-Broadway debut at the DR2 Kids Theatre in Union Square this November. Dear Edwina features music by Zina Goldrich with book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler, the award-winning songwriting team behind the critically acclaimed Theatreworks USA’s family musical, Junie B. Jones.

So get a group together and bring every child (and adult) you know, and check out Dear Edwina. Below is a special $29 ticket offer for run (reg ticket price $39), Given the economy, it’s the best deal around town (and better than any musical playing on Broadway today). And from an educational standpoint, the basic life lessons and questions raised by the heroine, Edwina Spoonapple, make Dear Edwina the perfect outing for students aged 5 to 12 or higher. Everyone will leave with smiles on their faces and catchy tunes on their lips.

Here is the $10 off code for French Woods Festival (for $29 tickets)

The code is: DESCFWF
This can only be used at (not Telecharge!)
NY SHOWS: (212) 947-8844
OUTSIDE NY SHOWS: (800) 872-8997
Direct Link:

FWF themed benefit in Manhattan 11/17/2008

FWF alums Peter Duchan, Diana Glazer, Jesse Manocherian, and Kristin Miller are part of New Bar Theater, a recently formed company in Manhattan. They’re hosting a fun FWF themed benefit on Monday, Nov 17th at The Cell (338 W 23rd St). The mini-reunion will double as a cabaret, featuring performances by alums, including Bridget Barkan (Sherrybaby), Dani Spieler (Legally Blonde), Rebecca Kasper (Mamma Mia!), Shira Hofmekler Gregory (Frost/Nixon), Britt Shubow (Mamma Mia!), Sean Patrick Doyle (Wig Out!), YouTube sensation Natalie Weiss, and lots of others. Doors open at 7pm, $10. For more information, email