July 23 - 30, 2016
Harmony of Song & Dance offers an incredible diversity of music and dance experiences. The day begins with the all camp sing, a powerful harmony singing experience involving a combination of learning by ear as well as written music. Different staff lead the camp through a wide ranging repertoire of rousing and inspiring harmony singing, accommodating all forms and levels of experience. This is followed by a period dedicated to dancing, again with something for everyone - a class specifically for those with little to no dance experience as well as more challenging classes in contra and English with the finest in dance music and dance instruction.
The afternoon program offers shorter workshops on a range of themes in traditional singing, harmony singing, instrumental playing, English ritual dancing and more social dancing. In the evening, there are inspiring staff concerts, followed by a full dance program of both English country and contra dance.
The days are packed with learning opportunities but set in an atmosphere of great conviviality. Instrumental jam sessions and rollicking pub sings set in the incomparable peace and beauty of Pinewoods make this week a haven for lovers of both song and dance.
~ Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy, Program Directors
American danceLisa Greenleaf
Swimming, Bookstore staffed
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
|9:00-10:15||All-Camp Chorale||Keith Murphy and the singing staff|
|10:30-11:45||Contras and Squares||Lisa Greenleaf|
|English Dance||Susan Kevra|
|Intro to American & English Dance||Peter Amidon|
|11:50-12:25||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|1:15||Singing on the Porch||Alistair Brown|
|1:30-3:15||(Pre-registration) Contra Dance Callers Course||Lisa Greenleaf|
|2:00-2:50||Singing with Rhythm||Rani Arbo, Scott Kessel|
|Harmony of Song and Dance in 3/4 Time||Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy|
|Harmony Singing – Roots to Reinterpretations||Peter Amidon, Mary Alice Amidon|
|Morris Dance||Alistair Brown|
|French Canadian Songs||Pascal Gemme|
|Classic Country Duet Singing||Emily Miller, Jesse Milnes|
|3:00-3:50||Small Group Harmony||Rani Arbo|
|Sea Songs||John Roberts|
|Collaborative Choral Arranging||Peter Amidon, Emily Miller|
|Rapper Sword Dance||Alistair Brown|
|Singing Squares Chorale||Susan Kevra|
|French Canadian Dance Tunes||Pascal Gemme|
|4:00-5:00||Social Songs||Alistair Brown, John Roberts|
|The Delights of Playing English Country Dance Music||Shira Kammen|
|Repertoire from the Great Appalachian Women Singers||Emily Miller|
|Tune into Your Voice||Rani Arbo|
|Contra Caller Course Dance Party||Lisa Greenleaf and Course Callers|
|French Canadian Jam||Pascal Gemme|
|7:30||Evening Gathering and Staff Concert|
|8:30||Evening Dance Party|
Keith Murphy has been immersed in music and dance since his childhood days in Newfoundland. His distinctive rhythmic sound on guitar, mandolin, piano and foot percussion has helped drive several great contra dance bands including Nightingale, Wild Asparagus and Assembly. Having performed at many dance events throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as overseas, he brings a wealth of experience and sophistication to his playing.
Becky Tracy grew up dancing to her father's calling and scratchy 78s of Don Messer's fiddle playing. She has fiddled with the bands Nightingale and Wild Asparagus for the last 15 years and has played in many, many lovely places including Hawaii and France. Becky has a distinctive clarity of tone, a rhythmic attack owing much to French-Canadian playing and the melodic quality of Irish music. Her unmistakable sound has made her a defining presence among dance musicians.
* Mary Alice Amidon
Mary Alice Amidon is a warm and engaging music educator who is passionate and dedicated to song, dance and storytelling with young children. She is a multi-instrumentalist, an accomplished singer of traditional song, and a composer of new songs. As a performer she is gifted in forging a bridge between story, music and listener. As a song leader she inspires open-hearted, full throttle participation.
* Peter Amidon
Peter Amidon fell into the world of traditional music in 1975 and has never turned back. He is thrilled to now be able to make a living as a freelance musician/educator/publisher: telling stories to all age groups, leading harmony singing with adults and teaching and leading dance with children, teachers and families.
Rani Arbo has been singing with and for others since she joined a cathedral choir in 3rd grade. In the last 20 years, she's toured North America with a four-piece string band, singing lead and harmony, playing fiddle and guitar, writing and arranging songs, and interpreting music from sources as diverse as Fiddlin’ John Carson, Bessie Jones, and Leonard Cohen. She has an abiding interest in (and not nearly enough time to devote to) arts in medicine and hospice work.
Karen Axelrod is highly regarded for her creative piano playing at English, American and Scottish dance events around the country. She is in the band Foxfire, with Daron Douglas, and in Peregrine Road with accordionist Rachel Bell. Karen plays accordion with 3rd String Trio, a band that plays old world cafe music. She also plays accordion for Orion Longsword. She loves the ensemble aspect of playing for dancing, as well as the close connection between what the musicians do and what the dancers do. When not playing music, Karen spends her time coming in last in marathons.
Alistair Brown has been singing the old songs, and new songs written by people who like the old songs, since he was fifteen years old. His songs range from big ballads, comic ditties, songs of struggles (usually unsuccessful) against temptation, odes to conviviality and songs of unashamed sentimentality; to outrageously funny stories from a master of the art - all this accompanied by anglo concertinas and button accordion. He is a regular performer in clubs and festivals in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, as well as all over North America. He's been a frequent staffer at Pinewoods since 1980. He has entertained school children with songs and stories, been MC at many festivals and concerts, been guest soloist with three different symphony orchestras, and appeared on numerous radio and television programmes. He has run courses on folk music in university and summer music camps, and has taught folk dance for many years.
Lisa Greenleaf has been treating dancers across the country to her high spirited, witty calling for many years, and is known for precise walk-throughs of zesty and flowing dances. Whether she is presenting cool contras, hot squares, or focused callers' workshops, Lisa engages the crowd with her humor and community spirit.
Shira Kammen has spent well over half her life exploring the worlds of early and traditional music as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. A member for many years of Ensembles Alcatraz, Project Ars Nova and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata and the King's Noyse, and is the founder of Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to performance on river rafting trips. She has performed and taught in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel, Morocco, Latvia, Russia, Japan and on the Colorado and Rogue rivers. Shira happily collaborated with singer/storyteller John Fleagle for 15 years and performs now with a diversity of collaborators, including storyteller Patrick Ball, the English country dance band Roguery, medieval ensembles Fortune's Wheel and Tapestry, and the California Revels, among many others. She occasionally has played on movie and television soundtracks, when weird medieval instruments are called for.
Scott Kessel began drumming in preschool and grew up to study with jazz legend Ed Blackwell, to immerse himself in West African drumming and to tour with groups playing everything from reggae to honkytonk to zydeco to original rock. For the last 15 years, he has been harmony singer and percussionist for the folk/roots quartet Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, playing the “Drumship Enterprise” -- a recycled drum kit comprised of cardboard and wooden boxes, cat food tins and a vinyl suitcase. When not on tour, he teaches workshops in Mindfulness and is the lead artist at Kidcity Children's Museum in Middletown, CT.
Susan Kevra began calling in New England in the early '90s and quickly became known for her warmth, clear teaching and diverse repertoire of singing squares, Western patter calls, contras and English country dances. In 2000-2001, Susan lived in France where she toured throughout Western Europe calling dances, many en français, introducing eager French dancers to American dance and song. Susan teaches French and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, where she has developed a new course, American Social History through Dance.
Emily Miller was born in Kansas and raised in Hong Kong, where her family band performed traditional American music on television shows and in shopping malls throughout the city. Her main musical role these days is as singer in a honky tonk country band the Sweetback Sisters, which tours regularly around the U.S. and the world. When she's off the road, she plays fiddle for her local square dance in her new home of Elkins, WV.
Jesse Milnes learned to play the fiddle from his father, folklorist Gerry Milnes. Growing up in central West Virginia, he was exposed to the music of masters like Melvin Wine, Sarah Singleton and Woody Simmons. He plays a variety of fiddle styles from old-time to country, and also performs his own brand of fingerpicking on guitar. From 2008 to 2013 he toured with neo-traditional honky-tonk band the Sweetback Sisters, traveling across the U.S. and several European countries. Now, he performs as a duo with his wife, Emily Miller, and as a fiddler for square dances throughout West Virginia. When not playing music he repairs fiddles at Smakula Fretted Instruments near Elkins, WV.
John Roberts has been singing English folk songs since the early 1960s, when he joined a local folk club in his native Worcestershire. Coming to the U.S. as a graduate student in 1968, he soon joined with Tony Barrand to form a duo which has lasted ever since. While continuing to work with Tony, and with the seasonal performances of Nowell Sing We Clear, John has continued to work as a solo performer, accompanying a broad repertoire of British Isles songs on concertina and banjo.
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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.
The fee for the week is $885
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 forms 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
Printable page of class descriptions