July 18 - 25, 2015
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.