Family Week at Pinewoods
July 19 - 26, 2014
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Program Description: a 1 page version of this page
Daily Schedule: a 1 page daily timetable
Description of Classes: a 2 page description of the classes
For accepted campers: Links to a few important pages and surveys.
Welcome families and friends, old and new! This will be an amazing and memorable summer in the beautiful land under the pines and between the ponds. Our family program celebrates the rich English, Anglo-American, and Appalachian traditions of dance, instrumental music, singing and storytelling. This is a wonderful week to spend time with children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Teachers, librarians and all who work with trad music and dance can be recharged with new material and new friends. Adults without children can come, too!
There will be contra and English dancing day and night, along with community dances, and classes in American clogging, Morris, and sword.
When you can dance no longer, there are classes in playing tunes by ear and playing in a band, dance calling, mummer’s play, jam sessions, and group singing. Before dinner we can enjoy storytelling and poetry, and participating in a community cranky theater drawing project.
After dinner, we’ll have a musical procession, more dancing, and then the Pied Piper will lead families with children age 9 and under to their cabins. Parents will put their children to bed. Preteens stay halfway through the evening dance before their bedtime comes. Adults and teenagers can enjoy the evening dance and later activities, pub singing, dance parties, and a cabaret. (Roving monitors keep an eye on sleeping kids!)
We’re excited to share this time with you & we look forward to seeing you at Pinewood Family Week.
-- Sam Bartlett & Abby Ladin, Program Co-Director
Last day start of parade.
Printable Information for Accepted Campers
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Here are links to further details:
The Program: one page Program Description
- Daily Schedule
- Class Descriptions
- Class Questionnaire: Please give us an idea of the classes you will take. Also available online.
Getting Ready: Details for being at camp.
Getting to Camp: Driving Directions
- [Public Transportation] Coming soon
- Van seats between Boston's Logan Airport and Pinewoods [available at $30 each] - Contact us!
- [Rides]: Do you need or can you offer a ride? Coming Soon
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
9:00 Kids' Classes
Age 2-3 Caitlin Romtvedt -- We will play all kinds of games: rhythm games, clapping games, language and singing games, theater games, etc. We will incorporate dance or movement of some sort every day.
Age 4-5 Songs Stories and Dances: Mary Alice Amidon -- Mary Alice will teach an array of songs, chants, fingerplays. We'll play singing games and enjoy making up stories and dances. She will share her favorite picture books of songs and stories. Each day we'll create a band of rhythm instruments and her accordion and have a parade.
Age 6-7 Bettie Zakon-Anderson -- We'll make music together with some simple, homemade instruments and other crafty fun.
Age 8-9 Longsword: Erica Morse, Bruce Rosen -- We will tackle the basics of longsword dancing, focusing on working together as a group and learning about longsword style. We will sing a song or two, play some group games, and learn how to problem solve while being linked in a circle with swords. The challenge is very satisfying!
Age 10-12 Contra Dancing, English Dancing and Storytelling Stuntology: Peter Amidon, Sam Bartlett -- Peter and Sam will join forces with the 10-12s to do some hot contra dancing, elegant English dancing, and an explosive combination of storytelling and stuntology.
9:00 Adult Classes
English Dance: Sue Rosen / Karen Axelrod, -- We'll explore the wide range of wonderful English country dances from the traditional barn dance to the treasured Playford repertoire and the latest gems from both sides of the pond. With glorious music, we'll have fun and dance beautifully.
Appalachian Clogging/Waltz Clog: Abby Ladin / Becky Tracy -- Be percussive! Abby provides a solid introduction for beginners, and always has a challenge for the experienced dancer. Bring hard-soled shoes or taps for a more satisfying sound. We'll also learn waltz clog steps and alternate between 4/4 and 3/4 time.
|10:15-11:00||Morning Gathering (songs, dances, show & tell for all)|
|11:00-12:00||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
1:35 Mixed-age Classes
(All ages) Nap or Rest
Community Band (Age 10 & up, younger if passionate): David Romtvedt -- We’ll shoot for learning one song and dance each day that we can play for the evening community dance. But of course we can change our minds. We might, for example, learn a song on one day that we can then teach at the evening dance and have everyone sing. We’ll take music and dance from different traditions throughout the week. Players of all skill levels and backgrounds are welcome.
Mummers (10 & up, 8-9 w/parent): Abby Ladin, Keith Murphy -- Mummers is BACK! We'll have a new play and need you to help make it happen. There is something for everyone, even those who like to be behind the scenes (8 and up, younger w parent).
Caller's class (10 & up, 8-9 w/parent): Steve Zakon-Anderson -- Steve has been leading workshops for callers for over 25 years. He'll discuss nuts and bolts, facilitate conversations, allow time for practicing and feedback, and help everybody progress, whether brand new to calling or an "old" hand like him.
Ritual (10 & up, 9 if passionate): Erica Morse / --
2:45 Kids' Classes
Age 2-3 Nap --
Age 4-5 Bettie Zakon-Anderson -- We'll enjoy stories and crafts and have a relaxing, playful time.
Age 6-7 Stories and Dances: Mary Alice Amidon -- Square dances, longways and circle dances will be just the ticket along with folktales and story songs. We will act out stories and make up some of our own. We will share singing games as well.
Age 8-9 David Romtvedt -- In many parts of the world people have created music using instruments that play only a portion of the musical scale. We’ll do something like this using pvc pipe to make pacific island style tapping tubes and central African single or double note flutes. Then we’ll make music. We'll also explore lyric writing using pre-existing tunes—kind of a poetry workshop with music.
Age 10-12 Morris: Erica Morse -- We will learn the basics of morris dancing with an emphasis on creation. We will start with a skeleton of a dance and you will have the chance to be a collaborative choreographer. Because teamwork is a large part of dancing in a morris set, we will learn games, group challenges and might even do some improv. If you want, bring a song that you'd like to teach the group!
2:45 Adult Classes
American Dance: Steve Zakon-Anderson / Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy, Sam Bartlett -- We will explore the varied shapes of American dancing with contras, squares, circles and more and a sampling of dances that will encompass the choreography from different eras. Most of all, we'll have a great time dancing to the wonderful music of Keith, Becky and Sam.
Harmony Singing: Peter Amidon -- Peter will lead campers in sublime to rafter shaking harmony singing with a repertoire of traditional Anglo/American and African-American folk songs, spirituals and songs written by folks steeped in traditional music. Participants will work from written music as well as learning songs and harmonies by ear.
|3:45-5:00||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
Jam Session: Becky Tracy
Join me for tunes new and old. Bring a couple favorites so we can share them and perhaps go home with a new tune or two at the end of the week.
Teen Class: Caitlin Romtvedt
We will work on songs and dances from around the world. We will learn songs together as a band on whatever instruments people play. There is also an emphasis on singing and harmonies. Besides learning tunes and some of the history and cultural context around them, we will also do some sort of movement or dance each day.
Storytelling and Poetry: Peter Amidon, David Romtvedt
A warm, edgy, punchy potpourri of stories and poems old and new from Grimm to Shakespeare, from Romtvedt to Amidon.
Cranky Drawing: Sam Bartlett
Sam will lead a Cranky Drawing session during afternoon storytelling. This is a talent optional event, and welcomes everyone from brilliant artists to those who are afraid of pens. Artists can draw to the dulcet sounds of storytelling and chill out from their busy day.
|8:30||Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger|
|8:45-10:45||Evening Dance Party|
|9:30||Bedtime for 10-12 year olds|