July 7-9, 2017

For a summer vacation the whole family will love, all you'll need to pack is a sense of adventure and fun! Inspired by Jules Verne's classic novel, Around the World in 80 Days, this weekend will feature food, music, crafts and games from the regions that Phileas Fogg and Passepartout visited. We'll have fun with disguises and dress-up, and enjoy a special reader's theater performance at Cabaret followed by a foreign film festival for teens. Book lovers and folks of all ages will enjoy gathering to unpack some of the novel's enduring themes. The perennial pleasures of an early summer weekend by the lake, on the trails or at the campground offers opportunities for spiritual renewal and relaxation. We hope you will join us for this intergenerational weekend which truly has something for everyone!


Shiri Dembovich is a mother and teacher who enjoys bringing literature to life as community building experiences.

Regina Baird Haag is co-executive director of Powell House, a life-long lover of great fiction, and is interested in having fun with folks at PoHo.

Register by June 21st: $230/adults; $115/ages 13-22; $58/infants-12; $165/commuters & campers


Save the Date!

Women's Weekend, August 18-20, 2017

We have a powerful tradition of annual women's weekends at Powell House where we celebrate and consider what it means to be women and Quakers in our changing world. This summer we will, as always, deepen friendships and share fun, connections, songs, and silence.

This weekend will be facilitated by Renee Fogarty and Pamela Boyce Simms.

Check back for more information regarding the focus and format of the weekend!


This is a trans-inclusive and inter-generational women's space.

Register by August 5th: $230/adult; $115/ages 13-22l $57.50/infants-2; $165/commuters/campers.

After August 5th: $250; $125; $65; $175.

Childcare with 3 weeks notice.


Fun in the Sun!!  August 24-30, 2017

A family-oriented event exploring the cultural and natural surroundings and locations of interest around Powell House!!  Come for the whole week or just a couple of days - whatever suits your schedule! Just let us know when you register what your plans are.  We'll make sure you are comfortable, well-fed, and have ample activity options. Sing up each evening for the offerings of the next day which will include camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, nature-based crafts, exploring the sky or animals or insects or the land. There will also be worship opportunities each morning.

Cost - Residential: First 2 nights: $200/person; $400/family sharing same room.  Each additional night: $100/person; $200/family.

Cost - Commuters/Campers: First 2 days/nights: $150/person; $300/family. Each additional day/night: $60/person; $100/family

Questions?  Give us a call.  518-794-8811. Check back for additional information.

On the Way to Silver Bay, July 21-23, 2017

We are opening up Pitt Hall, the ACC, and the campground for the weekend!  Whether you are on your way to New York Yearly Meeting's annual sessions held at Silver Bay or just want a low-key weekend, come.   We'd love to see you.  It will be a weekend filled with visiting, playing ultimate Frisbee, blowing bubbles, singing, playing board games, quilting, swimming, and even doing a few work projects.  In other words, think of it as a summer "Celebrate Family & Friends." We'll also have extended worship in Pitt Hall for both Saturday morning and late afternoon. So, find your space on the grounds of Powell House; mix it up; enjoy. You're welcome to come for half the weekend or all of it. Just let us know when you are coming so we'll have enough food.

Special weekend rate (2 ov, 5 meals): $250/families; $120/singles/commuters/campers

Half weekend (1 ov, 3 meals): $200/families' $100/singles/commuters/campers

NOTE: Registration page is set up for individuals for full weekend at $200 and group(families of 2 or more) for full weekend at $250.  A $50 deposit is required to secure your registration.  Just be sure to let us know in the "what we need to know" box when you plan to arrive - full weekend or half weekend - and who is coming with you!




Powell House is the conference and retreat center of the 

New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Powell House
524 Pitt Hall Rd
Old Chatham,  NY
phone  518-794-8811
fax     518-794-8815
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