Giving to Special Funds
We rely on donations to "special funds" for funding scholarships and grants, publications, special projects, and for supporting our library and archives. If you are considering a special gift to CDSS we encourage you to contribute to one of our existing funds (see list below) if its goals are appropriate, or to contact us about establishing a new fund.
For information about contributing, contact Robin Hayden, Donations, CDSS, Box 338, Haydenville, MA 01039-0338, 413-268-7426 ext. 107.
Ellen Bray Fund
May Gadd/Phil Merrill Fund
General Scholarship Funds
The Youth Scholarship
Named Scholarship Funds
Genevieve Shimer Publications Fund
This fund was established in 1993 from a bequest from the estate of Ellen Jane Bray of Virginia, to be used to support our programs. We have used this fund for scholarships, for support of leadership programs, and for support of new camp programs.
The Gadd/Merrill Fund was established in 1979 to provide funds for special programs that advance the aims of the Country Dance and Song Society. May Gadd was a guiding light for CDSS from 1927 until her death in 1979; she served as National Director until 1972. Phil Merrill was Music Director for many years and inspired numerous musicians and dancers; he died in 1985. The Fund offers support to CDSS members and groups in the form of loans and grants to activities that make dance and song available to a wider community in various ways, including event backing, publication loans, research grants, and other special projects. The Gadd/Merrill Fund is also used each summer to grant scholarships for aspiring leaders and musicians at our summer programs.
Direct donations to the Scholarship Fund and much of the income from auctions at each camp session support these funds which are used at our camp programs.
These supplement work scholarships in cases where the need exceeds the normal work scholarship award.
This fund is used specifically to make our adult weeks financially available to youth age 15-25. Used in conjunction with a work scholarship, this fund could reduce the camper fee by 1/3 to 1/2.
Each week there are certain tasks, above the normal camper jobs, but which do not interfere with participation in the scheduled program for which we offer a scholarship.
Steve Adams Memorial Fund
Steve Adams, longtime dancer with the Marlboro Morris Men, Thames Valley International Morris Men, and the Green Mountain Mummers, died in the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. His family and friends asked that we set up a memorial scholarship fund in Steve's name. The fund offers scholarships at CDSS summer programs to ritual dancers with financial need.
Christoffer Carstanjen Scholarship
This scholarship is made possible by an annual gift from the family of Christoffer Carstanjen. Christoffer was a dancer and a Pinewoods camper from a young age; a member of the Berkshire Morris as a teenager; and part of the Marlboro Morris Men until his death at age 33 on September 11, 2001. He will be remembered for his generosity, his positive spirit, and his unquenchable good humor. His teammates dubbed him "Mr. Wonderful," a nickname he adopted with enthusiasm. It is the wish of the family to celebrate his life and to pass on his spirit of generosity with this annual scholarship, which was made possible through donations from friends, family, and the dance community at large.
Grace Feldman Fund
This fund was established in 1991 to honor Grace Feldman, longtime Program Director of Early Music Week at Pinewoods. Grace is a member of the Playford Consort, and teaches at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven. The fund supports Early Music Week in many ways, including funding apprentice and special faculty at Early Music Week and providing scholarships for students of Early Music Week faculty.
Mary Kay Friday Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 2001 after Mary Kay's death, through gifts from her many friends. Mary Kay, of Washington, DC, was a dancer and dance caller, and an invaluable organizer in both the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and the Baltimore Folk Music Society. She served on the CDSS Governing Board and Executive Committee from 1988 until her death, including a term as Secretary, and had been a CDSS representative to the Pinewoods Camp board since 1999. The Fund provides scholarships to our dance weeks at Pinewoods and Timber Ridge for those who might otherwise be unable to attend, as a legacy to Mary Kay's spirit of inclusiveness and joy. Note: This fund is separate from the Mary Kay Friday Fund for Leadership Training.
Michele Godbout Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Godbout Fund was established in 1976 in memory of a bright young dancer and folk musician, active in CDSS until her accidental death at age 18. The Fund aims to provide two permanent scholarships to Pinewoods Camp, one at Folk Music Week and one to a dance week. The intent is to award the scholarships to persons who would greatly benefit from the Pinewoods experience and who could not otherwise attend. At this time, this is the fund in most need of additional support.
Ed Helwig Fund
This fund was established in 2000, in memory of Ed Helwig, longtime dancer and CDSS supporter from Larchmont, NY. Ed was one of the founders of the Country Dancers of Westchester, and was a notable fundraiser for Pinewoods Camp. With his dedicated interest in historical dance manuscripts, he was a lifelong inspiration and support to his wife, English dance leader and historian Christine Helwig. The unique and valuable function of this fund is primarily to provide scholarships and other support for dance research and reconstruction.
Bob and Kathleen Hider Fund
The Hider Fund was established at the request of the family of Bob and Kathleen Hider of New Jersey upon Robert's death in 1996. Kathleen joined CDSS in 1927 when it was still the English Folk Dance Society, and held the highest award given by EFDSS, the Folk Certificate in English Country, Morris, and Sword Dancing. She died in 1991. Robert was a longtime member of CDSS who was involved in folk dancing from his teen years. He was a teacher of English country, morris, and sword dance, as well as a square dance caller and folk singer. The Fund provides scholarships specifically for English country dancers to attend our summer programs.
John Hodgkin Scholarship Fund
John Hodgkin of Philadelphia and New York City was a longtime CDSS supporter and our treasurer for many years. He worked tirelessly during his life in support of our programs and activities. (English and Family Week campers will long remember him as the Hobby Horse.) This fund was established by gifts from his family and friends after his death in 1994, for use at our Family Weeks, with preference given to those who haven't previously attended.
Jennifer Wedgwood Lehmann Scholarship Fund
For many years throughout the 1980's, Jenny Lehmann of New Jersey was a member of the Early Music Week at Pinewoods faculty. The memorial fund was established in 1993, seeded by donations from the Princeton Recorder Society and by Jenny's husband. It provides a scholarship to Early Music Week for deserving recorder and viol players.
Peter Redgate Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Redgate Fund was established in memory of Peter Redgate, a dancer and musician from London and Toronto, Ontario, who died in 1999. Peter was born in England, and danced on several morris and country dance teams there before immigrating to Canada in 1958. He was an active dancer and musician in both London and Toronto; because of his skill and grace as both a dancer and musician, he was much in demand by English country dance groups and morris teams. The Fund provides scholarships to English Dance Week at Pinewoods, giving particular preference to applicants between the ages of 18-30.
The Karl Rodgers scholarship is made possible by an annual gift from the Pinewoods Morris Men, who offer it in memory of Karl Rodgers. Karl was a founding member of the Pinewoods Morris Men in 1964. A few years later, he helped found the Village Morris Men in New York City; soon afterwards, he helped establish the Greenwich Morris Men. He was squire of the Pinewoods Morris Men in 1972, and started the team's newsletter, which became the springboard for the American Morris Newsletter. Karl's other main interest as squire was in providing aid for morris dancers to attend the English dance sessions at Pinewoods, for the purpose of eventually becoming teachers and foremen themselves. His efforts led to the PMM Scholarship, which was established by the team in 1974. After Karl's death in 1978, the team formally renamed the scholarship in his memory.
Bruce Weigold Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund was created to honor Bruce Weigold (1954-1990), funded by donations from his family and friends. Bruce was an artist, a blacksmith, and a printer, as well as a dancer, musician, and instrument maker. He was a founder of the erstwhile Rose and Thorn Morris team. The scholarship is awarded to a wide variety of campers, reflecting Bruce's many interests - a folk singer or folk musician, or a morris or sword dancer, leader, or musician.
Janie Winkles Scholarship Fund
Janie Winkles of Little Rock, Arkansas, was a member of CDSS and a Pinewoods camper for nearly 20 years until her death in 1996. She was a founding member, officer, and teacher of the Arkansas CDS, and squire of the Arkansas Traveller Northwest Morris and Garland Team. The fund in her name was created by friends and fellow dancers to be used for scholarships to English Dance Week at Pinewoods, with a preference for people from the South.
Genevieve Shimer (1913-1990) devoted a large portion of her life to teaching English country dancing. She was a leading teacher of the English dance series in New York City and at Pinewoods Camp for over 40 years, taught workshops throughout the USA and Canada, and regularly led sessions at Berea College's Christmas Country Dance School and at John C. Campbell Folk School. She did a great deal of work for CDSS, serving in time as National Director, Vice President, and President, and was coauthor, with Kate Van Winkle Keller, of The Playford Ball.
Because our publications were especially important to Genny, we created the Genevieve Shimer Publications Fund in 1990 to honor her. The Fund is set up as a permanent revolving fund to pay the production costs of our books and recordings; income from their sale goes back into the Fund to be used for further projects. Gifts to the Shimer Fund are particularly important, as they allow us the means to fund and produce projects which might otherwise remain wishful visions.