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Location: Binghamton and Ithaca, New York, USA
Dances: Bampton, Headington, Badby, Bledington, Fieldtown
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Active: 1976 - 1993
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The Hearts of Oak were formed as a women's side in 1976 in Binghamton, NY. In 1979, they became a mixed side and continued as such until disbanding in 1993.

The Hearts are best remembered for hosting The Five Day Wonder from 1983 through 1993 (eleven times). Each year, a camping site was chosen in south central New York, to act as the home base for the daily dancing forays. The "Wonder" was never a very large ale, numbering slightly over 100 dancers at its peak. Nonetheless it was enjoyed - indeed almost revered - by its core of attendees, who came from a variety of sides: women's, men's and mixed.

The Five Day Wonder was notable for the absence of "civilized" amenities such as showers, and more notable for the presence of "hyper-civilized" amenities such as saunas, hot tubs, and ponds. It was also characterized by a consistently excellent cuisine, predominantly vegetarian, featuring an intentional excess of garlic.

The Five Day Wonder took place in late June, during the Wednesday - Sunday period which included the summer solstice. In those years when the solstice fell on Monday or Tuesday, the Wonder was scheduled immediately before or after the solstice, depending on which week was closer to the full moon.

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