The French Woods Performer Newsletter October 2022

The Performer Newsletter

October 2022
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CAmp is Back!

Dear French Woods Families

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Fall has arrived and we are settling back into our lives down in Florida. Already, the winter office is working hard to bring back together a fantastic staff for the 2023 summer season.

We are hearing from many of our favorite staff, both foreign and domestic and we are thrilled that many of the internationals who were unable to be here last summer are contacting us about next summer. We are so very excited for the summer of 2023!

We are starting to review new applications for the upcoming season. If you know anyone who would be a good candidate for this coming summer or an alumnus who is on the fence about reapplying, let them know that we have started to fill positions.  They should be sure to apply and follow up soon.

As always, keep us updated on what you’re doing. We love hearing from you.


Talking Camp with Ron

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Hi Frenchwoodite.

I’ve been thinking - just what shows am I interested in directing next summer.

I am lucky because I get to choose. So in order: Session one - A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Session two - Something Rotten.  Session three presents a problem. I can’t decide between A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Dear Evan Hanson. Stay tuned. Session four is easy - Ragtime.

We also have plans for me to direct a middle camp stock show. How about 13?

We have been flooded with emails and phone calls from you guys. Keep them coming. I also have been busy writing College recommendations. Don’t hesitate to ask. I’m glad to do it.

Those of you interested in our CIT program should contact our office. Right now, spots are available, but, I don’t expect them to last long.

Anyway, we are totally looking forward to 2023. See you there.

Ron & Barbara

October Birthdays


October 1
Amaia Gonzalez
Anastasia Gonidelis
Clara Pare
Gerardo Capo
Hazel Reznick
Henrietta Douglas
Kmari Thompson
Piper Jacoby
Sam Beck
Sarina Augustine

October 2
Arabella Frost
Avia Roundtree
Dean Santelia
Julia Cruz
Madison Fasolo
Miles Wheatland
Natalia Rayhill Perez
North Vincent

October 3
Chloe Chabrowski
Eden Schwartz
Ivy Clegg
Natalie Khaychuk
Penelope Lvoff
Thomas Clark

October 4
Alex Moncada-Pizzo
Anton Popowitz
Kaden Evans
Katarina Seuffert
Matilda Solinas
Sadie Wynne
Sarah Lewis
Sophie Caridi

October 5
Celestine Deaton
Fraser Campbell-McDonald
Leah Glenn
Luke Wormuth
Melissa Requeny
Scarlett Harris
Vivian Hearn

October 6
Anson Pitts
Bailey Moseley-Bennett
Beckett Smith
Dalyn Young
Elan Cooperberg
Lily Brown
Madeline Droste
Skye Ann Phillip
Winter Anderson-Saurus
Zoe Matteo

October 7
Annika Abramson
Arianna Okoye
Connor Greenwald
Indiana Markin
Judah Figuero
Kai Andelman
Lulu Oliveri
Martin Michailov
Minnie Markin
Noah Figuero
Sofie Poliakoff

October 8
Adele Wizman
Beckett Leslie-Jones
Daniel Munroe
Deanna Wright
Jack McCarthy
Kayla Hertzberg
Manika Dalai
Mia Rozenberg
Sophia Michailov

October 9
Eloise Faiman
Rene Posner
Sierra Bettenhausen

October 10
Alicja Koziel
Cassandra Vega
Eliza Mason
Ema Figueiredo
Helie Weinberg Herzog
Olivia Kahn-FitzGerald

October 11
Jackson Preisser
Jacob Palma
Liam Varadhan
Matteo Piccarillo
Molly Slaten
Olivia Miller
Sabine Cale
Scarlett Toupikov

October 12
Alexandra Paradise
Elizabeth Khaychuk
Ella Bodner
Justin Ledo
Kasey Brymer
Kiera DeVincentis-Williams
Lydia Freeman
Yang Gao

October 13
Abagail Nwakanma
Ben Wohl
Molly Luber
Samantha Katz

October 14
Antonio Rosas
Eleri McGregor
Thea Santacroce

October 15
Charlotte Moore
Francesca Clark
Gavin Varadhan
Vincent Weidhorn

October 16
Alexis Carpenter
Autumn Nardini
Avalina DeLorenzo
Eli Wunder
Elias Feliciano
ella Weidhaas
Emma Kelner
Indy Wink
Juniper Smith
Kate Eberly
Kayden Merritt
Lana Schwartz
Luke Schumacher

October 17
Carly Weiss
Charlotte Weintraub
Chase Haimoff
Kaya Hussain
Lexi Popkin
Lily Siegel
Penelope Smith
Siri Polepalle
Victoire Woog
Zoe Aronson

October 18
Jacob Newman
Maksim Vorobyev
Natalie King

October 19
Henrietta Schueller
Judah Hahn
Julia Hendler
Mario Gato
Sofia Heinz

October 20
Andrew Giventer-Braff
Annabelle Hanlon
Annika Peachman
Camille Sears
Giselle Gleason
Harper Wong
Margaret Beal
Melody Beron
Parker Lady
Ravi Hasegawa
Scarlett Wesoky
Zelig Rubenstein

October 21
Lilliana Soto
Milo Kiely-Miller
Sam Reinhard
Susannah Brown

October 22
Brianna Tang
Connor Lampman
Graham Woolley
Kingston Tse
Olivia Ledtke

October 23
Danielle Kravetz
Jasper Jamison
Oona Starritt
Sante Salomone
Sophia Raab
Theodore Kolack

October 24
Alice Moodie
Austen Kite
Gabriella Bechtinger
Jasmine You
Jenna Dewey
Joshua Dewey
Martin Meshoyrer
Pippa Daykin
Ruby Danaceau
Violet Siu

October 25
Anjali LeDoux
Aubrey 'Milo' Jimenez
Cleo McGrath
Evangelina Winckler
Eve Carter
Kate Burnham
Leila Yatak
Sammy Baumfeld
William Habig

October 26
Eva Hurley
Florence Haines
Mia Groden
Samantha Belford
Siena Pizzo

October 27
Ana Villarreal

October 28
August Schumann
Lincoln De Pietro
Raquel Briskin
Troy Burnett

October 29
Bale Garrett
Brandon Phillips
Gabrielle Aboutaam
Julia Zweig
Liv Chaikin
Lulu Delgado Moore

October 30
Ayaan Chan Shue
Henley Olefson
Jacob Fisch
Liora Grasheim
Madaline Spencer
Talia Landow
Vera Murray-Same
Xaviera Manzano

October 31
Christiane Dulos
Jack Marcovsky
Jackson Hong
Nayana Schott
Rosalinda Borletti
Sarah Sofia Mesa Hernandez
Violet Friedman

Rose's HFWAA 2022 Summer Re-Cap


The Hancock-French Woods Arts Alliance ( is the not-for-profit arm of French Woods. The majority of the funds raised helps with college tuition and necessities for some of our counselors who are both in-need and committed to a career in the arts. HFWAA is a US public 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation.

We are happy to announce that summer 2022 was a fundraising success. Through our French Woods families and sponsors who supported the Race for the Arts,  the Raffle, Birthday and Just Because Parties and tennis lessons,  we were able to resume and increase assisting college students committed to the arts.  

HFWAA also took on planning, implementing and subsidizing our 2nd ever CIT Retreat over Memorial Day Weekend.  Click on for the re-cap. Many of our 1st year, 2nd year and Super CIT's joined us for an unforgettable experience all about Courage, Connection & Compassion.

We ran our 12th Annual 4K Race for the Arts this summer. There is no charge to run the race or participate as a volunteer, but a minimum contribution of $35 entitled campers to a commemorative t-shirt and showing support for HFWAA and their counselors. Thank you to our parent sponsors and our corporate sponsors. All told, we raised almost $67,000 from our four races this past summer.  We hope that many of you will consider sponsoring your camper for Summer 2023! 

Birthday Parties or Just Because Parties...are held during the evenings. Smores parties, Campfire Parties, Movie Parties, Cooking Parties and more. Your child's bunk will be treated to a special evening as you honor your camper by sponsoring one of these fun events. 266 parties were held in 2022. So many parties, so many cookies, so much popcorn, and the marshmallows! 

Towards the end of the summer, we held a Raffle with first prize being free tuition for the session of your choice for summer 2022. Tickets are $50 each; 7 for $250 or 15 for $500. 421 tickets out of 500 were sold.!

HFWAA Announces Raffle Winners
The Hancock-French Woods Arts Alliance is please to announce the Camp Tuition Raffle Ticket Winners. The drawing was held August 28, 2022 after the Closing Show.

GRAND PRIZE: The Treloar Family
(Free Camp Tuition for Bianca for the Session of their choice for 2023)

SECOND PRIZE: The Cope Family
($1,500 OFF Camp Tuition for Chloe for 2023)

THIRD PRIZE: The Nichols Brown Family
($1,000 OFF Camp Tuition for Lily for 2023)

FOURTH PRIZE: The Healy Woods Family
($500 OFF Camp Tuition for Isaac for 2023)

French Woods Festival of the Arts is the sponsor of the HFWAA Raffle. Here, almost $20,000
was raised. All proceeds went to the HFWAA college scholarship fund. HFWAA would like
to thank the families who took a chance and in doing so gave a scholarship opportunity to
some young adults who are both in need and committed to a career in the arts.

Counselors interested in applying for an HFWAA scholarship fill out a rigorous application and we strive to give those chosen a hand-up rather than just a handout. Those young adults are an integral part of making the French Woods summer experience a great one.



Camper and Staff News


Ben Wohl just performed as Horton the Elephant in Random Farms Kids’ Theater’s main stage production of Seussical the Musical!
Maddie Wohl just performed as Baby Kangaroo in
Random Farms Kids’ Theater’s main stage production of Seussical the Musical!
Cat Smith will be appearing at the French Woods Cabaret at 54 Below on November 11th.

Speaking of 54 Below Celebrates French Woods... 
54 Celebrates French Woods is returning to the renowned Feinstein’s/54 Below on Friday, November 11th at 9:30 pm. The annual benefit for the Hancock-French Woods Arts Alliance will feature performances by both former French Woods campers and staff along with a special performance by current campers. The evening is music directed by French Woods music director Ben Caplan and co-produced by French Woods alumnus Michael Kushner and Jen Sandler. 
Located at 254 W 54TH ST. CELLAR, NYC 10019, The show starts at 9:30pm on November 11th - Get your tickets!  


Just Registered (as of 10.19.22)


Gabrielle Aboutaam
Marlo Alexander
Winter Anderson-Saurus
Emma Arends
Molly Arends
Kaya Arenger
Luka Arenger
Zoe Aronson
Olivia Arza
Alexia Avila
Avery Badani
Elsa Baker-Spitzer
Thomas Baker-Spitzer
Ari Barak
Zivi Barak
Austin Barocas
Summer Barocas
Alfred Bateman-Martin
Sammy Baumfeld
Elle Baylor
Ash Bennahmias
Charlie Bern
Alexis Berry
Sabrina Bianco
Asher Bishop
Gracie Bissonnette
Madeleine Bissonnette
Ella Bodner
Miranda Bonnelly Malla
Katherine Borenstein
Talia Boyer
Melody Brandwein
Piper Brooke
Rebecca Browning
Quincy Butler
Skylar Byrnes
Isabelle Campbell
Emerson Campbell-O'Donnell
Alexis Carpenter
Ezra Cayton-Hodges
Leila Cayton-Hodges
Jade Chalmers
Phoenix Chalmers
Maggie Chang
Mia Clements
Jacqueline Cohen
charlotte cramer
Lucien Crane
Sybella Crane
Matilda Creane
Evelyn Cropper
Octavya Cropper
Julia Cruz
Delphine D'Hollander
Justine D'Hollander
Ruby Danaceau
Lucy Davies
Melanie Davis
Pippa Daykin
Isabel Denbo
Charlie Derick
Henry Derick
Jane Derick
Francesca Di Bari
Mary Bowes Dierdorff
Angelo Diforio
Grace Dinger
Charlotte Dopkowski
Henry Dore
Noa Dunayer
Shira Dunayer
Eva Edelman
Tobin Elliott
Adrian Farrell
Charlie Faulkner
Fred Faulkner
Olivia Feinblum
Sunny Feldman
Eliana Ferrari
Sadie Ferrari
Ela Figueiredo
Ema Figueiredo
Caitlin Fisch
Jacob Fisch
Mathilde Fleischman
Jadeyn Foster
Eva Franco
Orli Frank
Sloan Friedler
Jake Friedman
Madeleine Froehlich
Oliver Froehlich
Veronica Gallagher
Amelia Garrett
Kahlil Garza
Brooke Gatto
Livia Gelinas
Oliver Geller

Caroline Gerosa
Calvin Godino
Grant Godino
Mia Goldstein
Owen Grace
Jordan Greenberg
Zach Greenhawt
Abigail Gribbon
Talia Grill
Amelia Hacker
Judah Hahn
Darragh Hallinan
Annabelle Hanlon
Noah Harkavy
Aaron Harris
Alexandra Harris
Jordyn Harris
Scarlett Harris
Isaac Hedgpeth
Levi Hedgpeth
Olivia Hege
Elizabeth Hemingway
Lola Henders
Hannah Hiatt
Ashley Hoberman
Charlotte Holcman
Jackson Hong
Amelia Hovey
Juliana Huff
Maasai Hurt
Georgia Irving
Audrey Isserles
Jadyn Jacobson
Piper Jacoby
Jovie Johnson
Francesca Jones
Kiran Kamath
Piya Karthikeyan
Abigail Kesmodel
Anabella Khavin
Coco Kief
Ashley King
Emma King
Amelia Klebacha
Jacob Kleinstein
Marni Kofsky
Nathan Kossoy
Shannon Kraus
Grace Krueger
Wyatt Krueger
Madeline LaGreco
Ciela Lalvani
Gianina Lasky
Alyza Laufman
Zachary Laufman
Alexis Lee
Gianna Lehane
William Lepow-Beauregard
Elliott Levine
Gabriella Lieberman
Rafaela Liebowitz
Maceo Lindsey
Kayden Lipnicky
Tinsley Louv
Andrew Lull
Alexis Maire
Abby Malloy
Andrew Maskoff
Ella Mathews
Jack Mathews
Jayden Matsis
Lily Mavroudis
Arden Maynard
Harper Maynard
Blake McCarthy
Graham McCarthy
Joey Mekyten
Kayden Merritt
Shiloh Merritt
Thailen Merritt
Shayna Meyer
Ella Miller
Elliot Miller
Gideon Miller
Haley Millowitz
Norah Mintz
Grady Miranda
Quinn Miranda
Katie Moon
Charlotte Moore
Harrison Morgan
Jacob Morrell
Jack Morrow
Harper Murphy
Ryley Murphy
Hannah Myers
Brooke Naznitsky
Jacob Newman

Marcus Nguyen
Siena Nitzky
Elise O'Keefe
Alma Ohad
Itan Ohad
Isabella Ortiz
Catherine Pascali
Levi Pearl
Mason Peluso
Violet Peluso
Mila Perez
Jackson Preisser
Layla Pritt
Adrian Pugliese
Katherine Purdy
Zimu Qiu
Lola Radoncic
Leah Regan
Charlotte Reiser
Alexander Renbeck
Paisley Reynolds
Francesca Riccardo
Vanessa Rodriguez Walker
Jesimae Rojas
Parker Rosamilia
Sofia Rosamilia
Julia Roth
Maisie Rownd
Laszlo Rubenstein
Zelig Rubenstein
Thelma Rubin-Rottenberg
Haley Ruthman
Liam Ruthman
Lily Safabakhsh
Sante Salomone
Sophia Sasso
Jonah Schneider
Rio Schneider
Ruby Schneider
Nayana Schott
Sienna Schott
Zachary Schwartz
Susana Sebourne
Quinn Sheehan
Addison Shulman
Natalie Shulman
Hailey Simon
Liat Skolnick
Alice Slocum
Olive Slocum
Luna Slusser-Tucci
Penelope So
Georgia Sobacki
Bowie Southern
Laszlo Sterling Summers
Lucas Storch
Sarah Strom
Talia Sturtz
Addison Takefman
Jack Tavelin
Junya Thomas-McLeod
Ella Tobin
Penelope Tobin
Ryder Tobin
Elana Topelson
Harper Tsaur
Hollis Tsaur
Hudson Tsaur
Spencer Udin
Norah Van Valkenburgh
Leila Vetrini
Julia Wacker
Kate Wacker
Madeline Wallace
Quentin Wallace
Isaac Wallsten
Theodor Wallsten
Ilana Wasserman
Marcia Wechsler
Helie Weinberg Herzog
Alexis Werkley
Charles Whitaker
Aidan Wild
Vivian Williams
Celeste Wilson
Gabriel Wilson
Ben Wohl
Maddie Wohl
Harper Wong
Jacob Woodlee
Madeline Woodlee
Sadie Wynne
Ellie Young
Katie Young
Jacob Zacks
Natalie Zeitlin
Julia Zweig
Zev Zweig

Isaac's Corner

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Our Early Registration campaign continues with Ron holding tuition rates down for our campers until December 15th. If you haven’t done so, be sure to
take advantage of these rates that will be going up. 

You can re-register for camp online. Just go to the home page and in the upper right  hand corner click on the link that says "Sign Up."   Once your application is complete, please  call the office with your deposit information as, remember, we do not take credit cards over the internet.  Any questions at all - please call us at the winter office (607) 637-8400.

We also are reaching out to prospective French Woods Families and this month have begun holding our Virtual Info Sessions on Zoom. There families have an opportunity  to meet our full time French Woods team, head counselors, heads of departments and learn about our plans for 2023. 

You, are our best source of introducing others to camp. We thank you for being French Woods 'ambassadors'.

In closing, as of October 15th, there are 236 days left until session 1, summer of 2023 and 255 days for the start of session 2.


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