July 20 - 27, 2013


Family Week is a wonderful combination of learning and doing. We offer opportunities for experienced campers to deepen their connections and welcome new participants of all ages to share the music and dance that we love, and the community it supports. Our classes strive to improve skills while the evening program stresses inclusion of the entire community, keeping the dancing, singing and other activities accessible and fun, as our skills improve through the course of the week.

Dance classes include contras, squares and English country, including a class to teach the basics of both English and American dance styles, as well as, garland dance and Appalachian clog. There will be many opportunities for singing, a jam session every afternoon, and a daily musical procession or two. Musicians in the band class will prepare to play for a dance each evening; the song class will give us a nightly song. There will also be crafts, swimming, and hanging out with friends, old and new.

Family Week fills us with inspiration that sustains us through the year and we are lucky to have great programs of this sort developing around the country. This year's Family Week at Pinewoods brings together organizers of Family programs from across the country. While preserving cherished Pinewoods traditions, we learn from the experiences of CDSS programs at Timber Ridge, where Kappy Laning is long time Camp Director as well as the programs of other, affiliated, organizations. Katy German is Assistant Program Director and has run the children's program for many years at Berea's Christmas Country Dance School. Kalia Kliban recently directed Bay Area CDS Family Week. We also expect a visit during the week from our Family Week at Ogontz Camp Director, Robin Rogers-Browne. Each of these programs is, and should be, distinct, but we will take this opportunity to share our approaches and, together, bring you and your family a great program. We hope you can join us.

Articles in Making Music Magazine and South Shore Living have highlighted our Family camps.

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.

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Steve Howe, Program Director

Kathy Anderson
Karen Axelrod
*Sam Bartlett
*Katy German
Kalia Kliban
Abby Ladin
*Kappy Laning
*Anna Mayberry
John Mayberry
Keith Murphy
*Deirdre Murtha
Becky Tracy
*Emily Troll
Paul Woodiel

* Advisors, plus
Robin Rogers-Browne


7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available

Kids' Classes

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
Mixed-age Classes
Adult Classes
3:45-5:00 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
Jam Session: Emily Troll
Teen Class: Anna Mayberry
Porch Sing: John Mayberry
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
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