2019 Session Schedule

This season’s schedule follows in chronological order. Clicking on the session title will bring you to the session’s website for more information and registration.

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May 17 - May 19: Spring Work Weekend I

Volunteer grounds work and clean up to open camp. Volunteers with a will to work are welcome; no special skills required! Housing & meals provided. Evening activities vary, initiated by those attending. Please register at least three days in advance and check with us before bringing children.

Register for Spring Work Weekend I

Sponsored by: Pinewoods

May 24 - May 27: Spring Work Weekend II – Memorial Day Weekend

Volunteer grounds work and clean up to open camp. Volunteers with a will to work are welcome; no special skills required! Housing & meals provided. Evening activities vary, initiated by those attending. Please register at least three days in advance and check with us before bringing children.

 

Register for Spring Work Weekend II – Memorial Day Weekend

Sponsored by: Pinewoods

May 31 - Jun 2: Cape Breton Music and Dance Weekend

Join us for a weekend at Pinewoods to celebrate the music and dance traditions of our maritime neighbor to the north: Cape Breton! We are excited to present great teachers that will be announced in the future teaching Cape Breton fiddle, piano, pipes, whistles, square sets, and step dance.
This is a short-and-very-sweet session that is a perfect way to kick off your summer season of fun!

Contact: Marcie Van Cleave at 781-438-4387,

Sponsored by: Folk Arts Center of New England

Jun 14 - Jun 16: Swing Into Summer

Exciting and affordable, Swing into Summer is an enlivening and relaxing weekend full of traditional dance, song, music-making, and other activities that people of every age/persuasion will enjoy. Our campers are young adults, families, and any age you can name. Swing into Summer is a great place to engage in your most beloved activities alongside trying something brand new. Jump with joyful dance moves one period and sing for the first time in years at the next. So, come for what you love; stay for something you didn’t even know you loved!

Committee members: Alex Ellis, Allison Shapp, Max Newman, Eleanor Lincoln and Ben Williams

Fri. p.m. to Sun. p.m.

Contact: Ben Williams,
or Alex Ellis,

Sponsored by: CDS Boston Centre

Photo by Liz Resnick.

Jun 20 - Jun 27: Folk Arts Center of New England Weekend and FolkDays

International folk dance and music is an exhilarating gateway to experiencing and enjoying other cultures.
Cultures featured by our world-class dance staff in daily classes include countries in the Caucasus region, and France;  music will be supplied for some of the workshops and all of the three hour evening dance parties by an ih house band and augmented with surprise guest musicians!
In addition to two daily dance classes geared to all campers, the sessions offer a daily “party prep” class covering classic international folk dances that are done at the evening parties, advanced dance classes,  “Culture Corners”, singing, drumming, and instrumental workshops, and late night after-parties –  and you’ll still have time for swimming, boating, and the simple pleasure of being at Pinewoods!

With a weekend session (June 21-25) geared toward adults and a FolkDays session (June 25-28) that adds age-appropriate classes and activities for children, or the option of staying for Both Sessions, there’s truly a place for everyone. See you there!

Weekend 6/21-6/25: Thurs. p.m. to Mon. a.m.

Folk Days 6/25-6/28: Mon. p.m. to Thurs. a.m.

Both Sessions 6/21-28:  Thurs. p.m. to Thurs. a.m.

Contact: Marcie Van Cleave at 781-438-4387,

Sponsored by: Folk Arts Center of New England

Photo by Ira Gessel.

Jun 27 - Jul 1: July 4th Weekend

July 4th weekend at Pinewoods promises to be fun, exciting, and beautiful!

 

Contact: Aidin Carey at 978-460-1327,
or Peter Kruskal,

Sponsored by: CDS Boston Centre

Photo by Dave Cornelius.

Jul 1 - Jul 5: English Scottish Contra (ESC)

ESC Week is growing! We’re now bringing you the best of English Country, Scottish Country, and Contra dancing—and much more. Come enjoy your favorite traditions while perhaps sampling something new in a fun and friendly session. From the energetic to the elegant, ESC offers a unique and satisfying mix of music and dance in daily classes and mixed evening programs. ESC is a rare opportunity to bring together dance communities in one magical setting—who knows what surprises you’ll find! So ESCape to the Cape this summer for the new English Scottish Contra ESCperience!

Contact: Meghan Murray at 781.775.9788,
or Dan Blim at 734.883.6460,

Sponsored by: CDS Boston Centre, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

Photo by Meyer Billmers.

Jul 5 - Jul 13: Royal Scottish Country Dance Session I & II

Scottish Country Dancing combines the grace and control of balletic footwork with the exuberance of Scots folk dancing into a social dance tradition that is simultaneously vigorous and elegant. Dancers dance in sets of four couples to reels, jigs, and strathspeys played on fiddle, piano, and pipes. Scottish Sessions at Pinewoods offer two of the best SCD programs in the country for beginners and advanced dancers alike, along with Highland dancing, step dancing, and music classes. The Scottish Sessions are also known for their outstanding teachers and musicians from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond.

Pinewoods is the perfect setting in which to learn or perfect one of the most exhilarating forms of social dancing. Ceilidhs and after-parties for all are part of the Pinewoods Scottish experience. Join us for the weekend (Session I, July 5-8), the week (Session II, July 8-13), or both!

Contact: Laura DeCesare at 617-759-1089,
or Ross Parker at 215-694-4511,

Sponsored by: Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

Photo by Ken Launie.

Jul 13 - Jul 20: Family Week

Dance and music activities for the whole family. English country and ritual dances, and American squares and contras. Storytelling, singing, crafts. Some activities for the whole family, some by age group.

Saturday p.m. to Saturday a.m.

Contact: Steve Howe,

Sponsored by: Country Dance and Song Society

Photo by Andy Kane.

Jul 20 - Jul 27: Harmony of Song and Dance Week

Traditional and contemporary songs, harmony singing by ear, choral singing from written music, instrumental music, as well as dance: American contra and square, English country and display. Lots of singing and instrumental music.

Saturday p.m. to Saturday a.m.

Contact: Steve Howe,

Sponsored by: Country Dance and Song Society

Photo by Claire Morrison.

Jul 27 - Aug 3: English Dance Week

English country dancing, Morris and sword dancing, English clog dancing, with a touch of contras. Also singing, and instrument workshops.

 

Saturday p.m. to Saturday a.m.

Contact: Steve Howe,

Sponsored by: Country Dance and Song Society

Photo by Stewart Dean.

Aug 3 - Aug 10: American Dance and Music Week

Contra, square, and clog dance classes along with some English country dance. Also calling workshops, singing and instrumental classes. Add some crafts and a great community.

Saturday pm to Saturday am

Contact: Steve Howe,

Sponsored by: Country Dance and Song Society

Photo by Doug Plummer.

Aug 10 - Aug 17: Early Music Week

Early music for voices, recorders, viols, reeds and plucked strings at all levels. Period instruments. English country dancing for all.

 

Saturday p.m. to Saturday a.m.

Contact: Steve Howe,

Sponsored by: Country Dance and Song Society

Photo by Dorrie Olsson.

Aug 17 - Aug 24: Campers’ Week

Families are welcome. Program created by staff and campers. English and American dancing. Singing, story telling, and leadership workshops.

Saturday p.m. to Saturday a.m.

Contact: Steve Howe,

Sponsored by: Country Dance and Song Society

Photo by Jeff Bary.

Aug 24 - Aug 30: TradMaD Camp (Traditional Music and Dance Camp)

Workshops, dances, concerts, one-shots, camper concerts, jamming, singing, swimming in two lovely ponds, relaxing, learning, and generally having fun. Beginning to advanced classes in banjo, concertina, dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, ukulele and other instruments, plus a variety of jams (old time, bluegrass, Quebecois, Celtic). American contras and squares for novice to experienced dancers, Quebecois dance, and evening dance parties for all. Daily warm-ups, singarounds, ballad singing, blues, spoken word, and a duckie flash mob swim.
 
Coordinators: Joy Bennett and Heather Wood
 
Saturday PM to Friday AM
 

Contact: Heather Wood at (646) 628-4604,
or Joy Bennett at (917) 922-5404,

Sponsored by: Folk Music Society of New York and others

Photo by Suzanne Mrozak.

Aug 31 - Sep 3: Labor Day Weekend

Co-sponsored by the Folk Arts Center of New England and the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre , Labor Day Weekend at Pinewoods offers an end of summer celebration of New England  contras, English country, and international dancing, plus workshops in instrumental and vocal international dance music. The relaxed schedule also includes  evening dance parties and after-parties, and various staff- and camper-led activities, all amid the lovely pine forests of Pinewoods Camp.

Program Directors:

Fri. p.m. to Tues. a.m.

Contact: Marcie Van Cleave at 781-438-4387,

Sponsored by: CDS Boston Centre, Folk Arts Center of New England

Photo by Mitch Diamond.