July 15 - 22, 2017
Put down your screens. Leave behind the hustle and stress of your every-day life. Pack up your dancing shoes, your instruments, and your festive attire. Come to laughter, music, song, and allemandes. Come and remember the joy of creating something new and fun. Come be with people from many generations. Come to the woods, to the land between the ponds!
Family Week at Pinewoods truly is a place of magic and joy. The week provides campers with opportunities to share traditional English and American dance, music, and song, as well as the beauty of the outdoors. This is a great way to spend time with your children, your grandchildren, your nieces and nephews, or other children dear to you. Adults without children are also welcome. Whether you're looking for a community experience, special family time, or a chance to grow your intergenerational dance, music, and song repertoire, Family Week at Pinewoods will provide you with a wonderful folk emersion experience.
Our staff includes top notch teachers and musicians from across the country. Susan Michaels, joining us from Seattle, WA, will bring us a zesty variety of American Squares, Contras, and Storytelling. Dorothy Cumming, hailing from New York, will share enticing English Country Dances that explore the Many Moods of Pat Shaw, and reveal new ways to savor ECD. Claudio Buchwald and Sam Bartlett are returning from Bloomington, IN, to infuse the week with excellent music, stunts, marble machines and general good fun. Karina Wilson from Santa Fe, NM, is joining this year with her own mix of fantastic fiddling and slow groove mastery, along with Jonathan Jensen from Baltimore and lydia ievins from western MA, who will share their expertise on dance band musicality. Aidan Murphy from Vermont, and Elvie Miller from Ireland, round out the musician group, each adding to the magic of the week.
And I haven't even gotten to the phenomenal kids' staff! There's nothing better than watching the young campers become fast friends and co-conspirators, or seeing the pride on their faces as they share their dances and creations at the end of the week. Deirdre Murtha, Jody Kruskal, Gillian Stewart, Abby Laddin, and Hope Tarter will create an energizing and engaging program for the younger campers. Country dancing, percussive dancing, singing, folk stories, longsword, mummers' play, and instrument-making - what more could you ask for? And I'll be coming up from Asheville, NC, to lead us all in intergenerational dancing, facilitating creative controlled chaos at the art table, and making sure everyone is well cared for during the week.
These are memories and friendships that last a lifetime. This is what my children have been waiting for all year long. And this year is going to be magical year! I hope to see you there.
~ Katy German, Program Director
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
|9:00-9:50||kids can be dropped off at their class at 8:55|
|(2-3)||Playtime Fun||Hope Tarter|
|(4-5)||Sing, Dance, and Explore||Deirdre Murtha|
|(6-7)||Darn Good Dancing!||Jody Kruskal|
|(8-9)||Mummers Play||Abby Ladin|
|(10-12)||Morris and Country Dance Mash Up||Gillian Stewart|
|(13 & up)||American Squares||Susan Michaels|
|(13 & up)||Falling in Love with English Dance (beginning ECD)||Dorothy Cummings|
|10:10-11:00||Morning Gathering (songs, dances, show & tell for all)|
|11:00-12:00||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|1:30-2:20||All non-program activities for campers under 13 must have adult supervision|
|(99 & under)||Nap, rest, snore, recharge, dream|
|(All ages (under 10 w/parent))||Open Art Table||Katy German|
|(All ages (under 10 w/parent))||Community Art! – Make Your Own Instruments||Jody Kruskal|
|(6 & up)||Marble Machines||Claudio Buchwald|
|(8 & up)||Community Chorus||Deirdre Murtha|
|(10 & up, younger w/parent)||Slow Groove (beginner level jam)||Karina Wilson|
|(Intermediate and up)||Dance Band Musicality and Repertoire||lydia ievins, Jonathan Jensen|
|2:30-3:25||kids can be dropped off at their class at 2:25|
|(2-3)||Storytime Fun||Hope Tarter|
|(4-5)||Dancing with Friends||Jody Kruskal|
|(6-7)||Folk Stories and Drama||Deirdre Murtha|
|(10-12)||Percussive Dance||Abby Ladin|
|(13 & up)||Afternoon Contras||Susan Michaels|
|(13 & up)||The Many Moods of Pat Shaw (all level ECD)||Dorothy Cummings|
|3:30-4:30||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|(99 & under)||Stories and Poems||Susan Michaels|
|(10 & up)||Jam with Sam||Sam Bartlett|
|7:05||Parade from Dining Hall to Dance||Jody Kruskal|
|7:15-7:50||Community Dance||Katy German|
|8:00-8:45||Evening Gathering||Abby Ladin|
|8:30||Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger|
|8:45-10:45||Evening Dance Party|
|9:30||Bedtime for 10-12 year olds|
Katy German grew up in Berea, Kentucky - a community full of song and dance traditions from Appalachia, England, and Denmark. She was a member of the traveling youth performance team The Berea Festival Dancers, with whom she traveled to Denmark, England, Scotland, and Ireland. Katy's passion is working with youth, inter-generational, and beginning-level dancers. She's been on staff at many family dance weeks, including Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, Cumberland Dance Week, and Lady of the Lake. During her six years in the Chapel Hill area, she helped coordinate monthly family dances. She now lives in Asheville, NC, singing, dancing, and calling family dances. She remains very involved with Christmas Country Dance School in Berea, as a program adviser, youth program coordinator, and class instructor. She is a current member of the CDSS Governing Board.
Sam Bartlett is an irrepressible mandolin, banjo and guitar player, known to dancers across the country for his fine musicianship and philosophy of stuntology. His original music has been profiled by NPR's All Things Considered and Sing Out! magazine declared him a member of “the rhythm players hall of fame.” The inventor and most distinguished practitioner of stuntology, Sam will amaze and delight us with his latest discoveries. Sam's community art projects bring the whole camp into the creative process. Mr. Bartlett has made large scale paper sculptures and puppets for more than 30 years, from the hills of West Virginia to the public school in Gustavus, Alaska.
Claudio Buchwald was born into a musical family and raised in Peru until age ten, and delighted in and adopted some of the new music forms he met here in the U.S. He has toured in Africa and South America with the David Holt Trio and plays old-time music with The Monks. Claudio plays also for contras and squares, English country dancing, morris and salsa. Claudio currently plays piano with dance bands The Cocks of the North and Evening Star. During the school year, he teaches first and second grade at the Harmony School in Bloomington, Indiana.
Dorothy Cummings has been participating in English county dance since March 1997, when the New York Times ran Linda Wolfe's article "In Step with Austen: English Country Dancing." She benefited from a calling apprenticeship at CDNY in 2009-2012 and leads ecd at CDNY, the NYC metro area, the Hudson Valley, and further afield. She is fascinated by the variety of ways that people learn and motivated to ease the learning process. To dance well, people need to keep dancing. With crisp diction, lively musicality, and personal warmth, Dorothy promotes an encouraging and rewarding ecd experience to keep dancers coming back.
lydia ievins, from Montague, MA, plays fiddle regularly for English, contra and couple dancing. Her love for creating rich harmonic lines led her into exploring the vibrant traditions of Swedish fiddling; she has thus discovered that the nyckelharpa makes a striking addition to English country dance. As an avid dancer herself, she infuses her playing with rhythmic clarity and sensitive phrasing to produce eminently danceable music.
Jonathan Jensen is an inspired pianist in musical styles ranging from English country and contra to ragtime and jazz. Jon is a composer of brilliant dance tunes and waltzes, a frequent performer at dance events and a bassist with the Baltimore Symphony. When not playing piano at camp he is often filling in on whistle, recorder, ocarina or mandolin and offering his original songs, both silly and serious.
Jody Kruskal of NYC is known for his distinctive American sound on the Anglo concertina. His harmonic and rhythmic style has energized dancers with the contra bands Grand Picnic, Squeezology, Hog Wild, Dressed Ship, Ten Gallon Cat, The Thistle Biscuits and Strumbow Squeezeblow. Jody calls barn dances for wedding and community events and sings old songs at folk clubs and festivals across the U.S and Britain. He is a freelance educator, teaching music and dance in elementary schools, summer camps and pre-K programs. Jody writes new music too, composing original scores for theater and dance productions, concert works for gamelan with the new music ensembles Son of Lion and Music for Homemade Instruments, video games and gaming sites, as well as hundreds of fiddle tunes for traditional dancing.
Abby Ladin grew up immersed in the traditional folk music revival of the ‘70s on the East coast. She was clogging by the age of six, performing with her sister Evie by age 10 and touring nationally at 18 with the renowned dance and music company Rhythm in Shoes. 20 years later she continues to teach the fundamentals and possibilities of clogging to all who crave rhythm in their feet.
Susan Michaels is a long-time dance caller from Los Angeles where she has been calling dances for more than 20 years! She will also a storyteller, delighting all with her heart-warming and wacky stories.
Elvie Miller grew up immersed in the New England music and dance community. As a Watson Fellow, she studied traditional music in northern Europe, and subsequently moved to the music-rich County Clare, Ireland, where she now lives with her husband, fiddler Denis Liddy, and their twin daughters. She teaches both classical and traditional piano at a local music school.
Deirdre Murtha has been a music teacher for the last 15 years, and was a preschool and elementary classroom teacher in New York City for 10 years before that. Her music and dance programs for all ages bring her to preschools, libraries, camps, homeschooling groups and her son's elementary school. Deirdre is a member of the dance education group Pourparler; is certified in Level One Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroize music education; and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Hunter College in New York. Deirdre also performs, with her husband Sean, in Strange Potatoes, an Irish traditional and old-time music duo; and as a member of the maritime and sea chantey group The Johnson Girls (www.thejohnsongirls.com). She has also been a member of two Revels productions. Deirdre lives in Norwalk, CT with Sean and their sons Brendan and Graham.
Gillian has been teaching and performing sword dancing on both sides of the Atlantic since 2004. Hailing from the vigorous folk scene surrounding Boston, MA, she also indulges in morris, pub singing, percussive stepdance, and social dancing of many stripes. Her teaching has been described as "engaging, high energy, and accessible". She currently leads Orion Longsword and dances with Candyrapper VSOP and Muddy River Morris. In her copious free time she enjoys social singing, cooking for dance events, and recreational data analysis.
Karina Wilson is a Southwestern favorite fiddler, hailing from Santa Fe, NM. The daughter of a noted caller and organizer, Karina has been playing fiddle and going to dances since age five. Starting with classical violin, she has mastered Zimbabwean marimba on her way to swing dance fiddling, with a hot rhythmic style that rocks and rips at your heart strings at the same sweet time.
ABOUT PINEWOODS CAMP
CDSS has been at Pinewoods Camp since 1933. Located on 25 acres of woodlands near Plymouth, Massachusetts, it provides the setting for educational vacations filled with music and dance. Spacious, wooden outdoor dance pavilions are nestled among the towering pines. Cozy two-person cabins offer accommodations between two beautiful lakes, which are ideal for swimming, kayaking, canoeing and relaxing. The main pebbly beach has a long dock, with deep-water swimming to the anchored raft offshore. Scattered along the shores of the two lakes are other, more private, entries to the water. Gatherings, parties and concerts are held in the lakeside Camphouse, next to the main beach. The open-air, lakeside Dining Hall offers delicious meals and a congenial atmosphere for meeting new friends. With their large stone fireplaces, both the Dining Hall and the Camphouse provide a warm place to gather in cooler weather.
Plan your packing so that you can carry luggage to your cabin over narrow, sometimes uphill paths. There are carts available in the parking areas to help with loading or unloading.
Pinewoods is about a one hour drive from Boston, MA, and about five hours from New York, NY. It is accessible by train, bus and van service.
GETTING TO CDSS PROGRAMS AT PINEWOODS FROM BOSTON'S LOGAN AIRPORT!
It is easier than ever to get to CDSS programs at Pinewoods Camp from Boston's Logan Airport! Book a flight that arrives by 1p.m. and reserve a seat on the 2:00 van to camp – this is the earliest we will be ready to receive you. The van runs from Terminal A right to camp, where the greeters will help you unload at the place most convenient to your cabin. You can also reserve a seat for your 9:45 departure on the last day of camp, suitable for flights noon and later. Please reserve your van seats at least 1 week before you arrive. We cannot guarantee space for late reservations. Also, talk with us if your flight times are incompatible with these vans, we may be able to schedule additional vans at other times.
The program begins with swimming and an informal tour of camp on the afternoon of the first day; followed by an orientation meeting and dance after dinner.
Arrival time is after 3:00pm on the starting Saturday. Departure is by 10:00am the final Saturday.
You will need to bring a flashlight to find your way around at night. A battery powered or wind up alarm clock and insect repellent may be useful. If you are on a special diet, you may need to bring your own particular food. An ice chest for drinks and snacks to share at after-dance parties may be handy. A specific packing list is sent with acceptance information.
Don't forget to pack your swimsuit, raincoat, sweater, towels, bed linen, and blankets or a sleeping bag. An extra blanket could be needed.
The nearest stores are a 15-30 minute drive away.
All participants are assigned on-site housing in the month before camp starts. Space is limited; we can't guarantee that all specific requests will be filled. Requests may be made on the Registration Form or with information sent later.
Most housing is in double-occupancy cabins with bathrooms close by. There are some buildings with several single rooms, as well as a few houses with a variety of bedrooms and bathrooms. Double cabins tend to be quieter than singles or houses.
General housing categories at Pinewoods are:
- Quiet or party areas
- Double or single occupancy
- Double cabin
- Building with bathroom
- Specific area or building
For Family and Campers' Weeks, housing will be assigned based on the age of the youngest family member; most children over six are assigned a roommate in a cabin near their parents.
In the cooperative spirit of camp life, all campers have a daily job to help camp run smoothly.
Jobs are usually a half hour or less per day, every day, and the same job all week. Jobs are assigned in the month before camp starts; you have the opportunity make specific requests about your job assignment either on the Registration Form or later with your Registration Status Form.
We can't guarantee that all specific job requests will be filled, but please let us know if you have a preference or limitation (e.g., dust allergy, unable to lift heavy objects, can't stay up late, can't get up for breakfast).
At family sessions parents are generally assigned a job with their young children.
General job categories are:
- Dining room: breakfast, lunch or dinner (set/clear tables)
- Kitchen (serve food, clear, wash dishes, make coffee/tea)
- Sweeping (pavilions, community areas)
- Party help (late night party setup/cleanup)
- Clerical (office, bookstore, auction)
- Greeters (must be able to arrive by 2:00pm)
- Gopher (campstore, auction, lifting)
PHONE & COMPUTERS
Though your plate will be full with activities while at camp, for those of you who must keep in contact with work or home, there are options. There is first class mail and UPS service. We do ask that laptops and cell phones be kept out of the awareness of other campers. Even if you can't, others want to enjoy this time away from the reminders of work-a-day living.There is a touch-tone phone for camper use; you will need a calling card to make long distance calls. Cell coverage is ok.
DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS
Online payments can be made with Mastercard or VISA. We can only take the amount you approve, so balance payments need to be initiated by you.
Mailed-in registrations can be paid by Mastercard, VISA or by check, made payable to CDSS, in U.S. Funds. Mail to CDSS, 116 Pleasant St Suite 345, Easthampton, MA 01027
A deposit of $150/person/week, if not paying full amount, is needed with registration.
Full cost depends on the Week and, at family programs, the ages of children.
Full payment for sessions starting before August 1: due May 20
Full payment for sessions starting on or after August 1: due June 20
There is a fee of $25 on any late payment.
Deposits/payments are processed upon receipt. In the case of cancellation from the wait list or from a session, a refund will be issued as per our cancellation policy.
Registration can be completed online or Registration Form (pdf) may be mailed, hand-delivered, e-mailed or faxed to the CDSS office. Registration confirmation and status will be sent out after April 1. If you wish confirmation that we received your application, please send a stamped, self-addressed postcard or email us at email@example.com.
We offer work scholarships to any camper in need, and named scholarships to practicing teachers, leaders and musicians. Please read about our scholarship programs before applying. Scholarship applications will be considered at the time of registration and should therefore accompany the Registration Form.
Donation in support of Scholarships are needed and gratefully accepted. If you are able to help another person benefit from our programs, you can do so by making a contribution along with your registration or at our online store. In addition, at each week of our summer camps, we hold auctions which raise money for future scholarships.
If you have registered and been accepted, you should have received an email from Steve Howe that includes your Registration Status Form and an attached file titled Information for Accepted Campers. The email was sent to only one email address per registration. The body of the email is the Registration Status Form; please contact us with any specific updates and corrections to that form including your contact information, housing and job requests, your meal preferences, expected arrival time and emergency contact information. Here are link to several printable bits of important information.
Acceptance Information: This should have been attached to your Registration Status Form email.
If we do not yet have your signed Waiver, please do that now.
Getting Ready: A page with some hints on life at camp.
Packing List: Suggestions of things to bring
Public Transport: Directions to camp
Driving: Directions to camp
A letter from the Program Director
Family Bio: Please use this form or a sheet of your own design for posting at camp and the historical notebook.