Family Week at Pinewoods
July 18 - 25, 2015
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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 band classes (learn to play tunes by ear!), jam sessions, and instrument classes. If you’ve never learned an instrument, first timers can attend the “musical petting zoo” where anyone who’s ever wanted to try an instrument can do it! There will also be classes in harmony singing, dance calling, making marble machines, and an adult craft class. As the afternoon winds down toward dinner, there will be daily storytelling.
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!)
Family Week never fails to fill us with a level of inspiration that sustains us through the year. We’re excited to share this time with you & we look forward to seeing you!
-- Sam Bartlett & Abby Ladin, Program Co-Director
Last day start of parade.
Printable Information for Accepted Campers
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 Musical Fun: Hannah Naiman -- Each morning, Hannah will lead the 2-3 year olds in a fun-filled hour of rhythm, song and movement designed just for them. We'll greet the day with animal songs, action songs, playparty games and instrument fun!
Age 4-5 Sing, Dance and Explore: Andrea Cooper -- We will explore singing dances, dancing songs, rhythm games, gaming rhythms, stories with songs, songs with stories, and other fun stuff.
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 Longsword: Suzy Petrov / Becky Tracy -- The 8-9 year olds will uphold the Family Week tradition and bear witness to mid-summer by learning a Longsword dance for performance later in the week. Our dance comes from the Ampleforth tradition as filtered through some 25 years of my own students' dancing in school.
Age 10-12 Morris: Rick Mohr / Claudio Buchwald -- We'll enjoy clashing sticks impressively to oomphy music and surging around the floor in big patterns, as we see how much fun people were having in English villages 100 years ago.
9:00 Adult Classes
English: Sue Rosen / Karen Axelrod, Naomi Morse -- 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.
Clog: Abby Ladin / Sam Bartlett -- Basics first for a great foundation, then we'll clog our way through some traditional square and round dance figures. FUN!
|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
Marble Machine (Age 6-10): Claudio Buchwald -- Participants will create their own marble run on a flat piece of plywood using pre-shaped ramp materials that they will cut to size and glue in place. They will test the run as they add to it and troubleshoot as they go. I will suggest possible variations and, of course, each child will be able to make up their own. One such detail is making a field of nails that makes a musical sound as the marble goes through. All tools and materials will be provided, including small saws and a guide to facilitate making square cuts safely. Come make a unique and entertaining toy.
Musical Petting Zoo (Age 8 & up, younger w/parent): Mark Roberts, Sam Bartlett -- Have you always wanted to play an instrument but were afraid to ask or you did not have one available for you to try? Mark and Sam will facilitate a Musical Petting Zoo where anyone who wants can try out fiddles, banjos, ukes, whistles, the musical saw, and the guitar. We will get you in tune, give you some tips and let you experiment to your heart’s delight. You might even learn a tune or two if you’re not careful!
Community Band (Age 10 & up, younger if passionate): Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy -- We will work on simple but fun tunes which we will aim to play in the evening dance program. We will work from written music as well as play by ear. All instruments welcome.
Community Art (Age 10 & up, younger w/parent): Andrea Cooper, Abby Ladin -- No matter which way you look, you'll find a spot in this class. Being offered for everyone from 10 to adult, there is the opportunity to create, by yourself or with others. Remember art class in school? Get this project finished by the end of class or else? Nothing like that here. You can create on your own timeline whatever you missed trying in school. Andrea will encourage, suggest, facilitate, but it's your time, your expression, your art. There will also be an open table of supplies for parents/younger kids who would like to use this period for unstructured art-making.
Harmony Singing (Age 10 & up): Peter Amidon, Mary Alice Amidon -- Peter and Mary Alice Amidon 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 be working from written music as well as learning songs and harmonies by ear.
2:45 Kids' Classes
Age 2-3 Stories: Andrea Cooper -- Picture book time! Andrea will bring her favourites, you can bring your favourites too. We'll throw in a few related songs, finger rhymes and activities to enhance the stories.
Age 4-5 Music & More: Suzy Petrov -- The 4-5 year olds will be treated to a multi-faceted measure of "Susie's Music Class." This will include lots of singing, dancing, playing of singing games and field trips to explore the camp surroundings as we seek out the seemingly small and insignificant, but hugely important beautiful things.
Age 6-7 Adventures: Claudio Buchwald -- The afternoon time lends itself more to relaxed active adventures. Weather permitting, we will explore different environments at camp, play with dirt and water and trees and whatever we can discover (teachers call improvising in response to the children "the emerging curriculum", which makes it sound properly pedagogical). I will have a variety of science-related activities, books to read and art materials and songs to add to the mix, especially if we have to stay indoors. The class will respond to the kids in the group, their interests and personalities.
Age 8-9 Tinikling: Abby Ladin -- Exciting and rhythmic dance stepping over bamboo poles, from the Philippines. Done in waltz time, this dance form will be the perfect compliment to Longsword.
Age 10-12 Contra Dancing, English Dancing and Storytelling Stuntology: Peter Amidon, Sam Bartlett -- Peter Amidon and Sam Bartlett will join forces with the 10-12s to do some hot contra dancing, elegant English dancing, and an explosive combination of storytelling and stuntology.
2:45 Adult Classes
American: Rick Mohr / Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy, Mark Roberts -- We'll dance only the best contras and squares, in fine company, propelled by inspired music from Becky, Mark, and Keith. For extra fun we'll enjoy a few dance surprises and rise to some group challenges.
Northern Fiddle Repertoire: Naomi Morse -- An exploration of fiddle tunes and style, including tunes from the Irish, Quebecois, New England, and Swedish traditions (and maybe more!). We will learn at least one tune each day, and examine what makes each style unique. All tunes will be taught by ear so bring a recording device if you're able. Any melody instruments are welcome.
|3:45-5:00||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
Caller’s Class (Age 13 & up): Sue Rosen
Music by Karen Axelrod
Do you think you might want to be a caller? Have you written a dance you'd like us to try out? Come and hear what callers talk about, take a turn at the mic, ask questions, swap ideas and resources or just come and dance with us.
Stories: Peter Amidon
In the camphouse every day after swimming and before dinner, Peter will tell his favorite folktales, fairy tales and fables of heroes and villains, princesses and witches, kings and ogres, wizards and wise women, queens and peasants.
Teen Class: Rick Mohr, Naomi Morse
Teens, this is your class! We'll explore the most fun dance and song traditions we know, and perhaps even create some new ones. Our rising tide of group harmony and frolics will lift all boats to new heights of chords, calls, and capers.
|7:10||Parade from Dining Hall to Dance|
|8:30||Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger|
|8:45-10:45||Evening Dance Party|
|9:30||Bedtime for 10-12 year olds|