Family Week at Pinewoods

July 18 - 25, 2015

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Our family programs provide many opportunities to share traditional English and Anglo-American dance, music and storytelling as well as the beauty of the outdoors with children. This is a great way to spend time with your children, your grandchildren, your nieces and nephews, or other children dear to you. Each age grouping has a maximum number of spaces available. Adults without children are also welcome. We offer new material and many insights for teachers, librarians, and others working with children who wish to incorporate traditional music and dance material into their curriculum. We will add details as they become available.

Along with contras, English country and community dancing, there will be classes in morris, sword and clog. There will many opportunities for singing, storytelling as well as jam sessions and musical processions. There will also be crafts and many surprises. Family Week never fails to fill us with a level of inspiration that sustains us through the year. We hope you can join us.

Program Description

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

A Typical Day

At each of our Family programs, a typical day includes two classes tailored to age groups. Morning starts with age specific classes for children age 2 and up, while parents and the teens pursue their own music and dance classes. Also, the whole camp gathers to sing and dance together before lunch. Children not napping after lunch may join their parents in a wide variety of classes designed for mixed age groups. After dinner the whole community comes together for a family dance followed by singing and stories.

As dusk settles, a Pied Piper leads the families with children age 9 and younger (8 and younger at Campers' Week) to their cabins where the parents 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, while roving monitors listens for wakeful children. If a child is uncomfortable, the monitor will alert the parent at the dance. Each family is expected to prepare their children for these scheduled bedtimes.

Last day start of parade.

2010 Group picture
Photo by Andy Kane

Daily Schedule

7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
9:00-9:55 Kid and Adult classes
10:00 Refreshments
10:15-11:00 Morning Gathering (songs, dances, show & tell for all)
11:00-12:00 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:15 Lunch
1:35-2:30 Mixed-age Classes
2:45-3:40 Kid and Adult classes
3:45-5:00 Swimming, Bookstore staffed and socializing
4:00-4:30 Jam Session
4:45-5:15 Porch activities, Relax
6:00 Dinner
7:15-7:45 Community Dance
7:50-8:45 Evening Gathering
8:30 Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger
8:45-10:45 Evening Dance Party
9:30 Bedtime for 10-12 year olds
11:00 After-dance Activities