2017 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 19 - May 21: 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 26 - May 29: 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

Jun 2 - Jun 4: 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!  This year we feature the familial talent of three siblings:  Troy, Kendra, and Sabra MacGillivray, who will offer fiddle, piano, and dance workshops, as well as lead sessions, dances, and give us a look into the day-to-day life on the island through an afternoon Culture Corner.

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, fac@facone.org

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

Sponsored by: Folk Arts Center of New England

Jun 6 - Jun 11: Greenwood Fest

Plymouth CRAFT’s Greenwood Fest 2017 brings some of the world’s best green woodworkers together for two and a half days of demonstrations and workshops, as well as plenty of unstructured learning time. Sessions include pole-lathe turning, chair-making, riving, hewing, clog-making, bowl-carving, joinery, lettering, and lots and lots of spoon-carving from sundry traditions.

Special visiting Greenwood instructors include, from Sweden, Jögge Sundqvist; from England, JoJo Wood and Barn Carder; from Brittany, Jane Mickelborough. American instructors include Jarrod Stone Dahl from Wisconsin; David Fisher from Pennsylvania, Tim Manney from Maine, Darrick Sanderson from New York, and Peter Galbert from Massachusetts. Among Plymouth CRAFT’s core instructors will be Peter Follansbee, Pret Woodburn, Rick McKee, and Paula Marcoux. Our super-special keynote speaker is Roy Underhill, of PBS’s The Woodwright’s Shop.

Visit greenwoodfest.org to learn more and register. Or PlymouthCRAFT.org to learn about our other handwork events and learning opportunities.

Details coming soon. Click here to see a video of last years event.

 

Contact: Paula Marcoux,

Sponsored by: Plymouth CRAFT

Jun 16 - Jun 18: 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!

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

Contact: Max Newman,
or Alex Ellis,

Sponsored by: CDS Boston Centre

Photo by Liz Resnick.

Jun 22 - Jun 29: Folk Arts Center of New England Weekend and FolkDays

International folk dance and music is an exhilarating gateway to experiencing and enjoying other cultures.
This year’s staff includes: Turkish-born Baykal Dogan, who will be bringing us dances from the Balkans and the Caucasus, as well as leading drumming classes, and Michéle Champseix, who will be teaching both traditional and popular dances from her native France.  Michéle will be accompanied by a musette player, Gabriele Coltri.  Finally, the incomparable eight-member Pinewoods Band, directed by Tom Pixton, will play for each evening’s three-hour dance party!

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 22-26) geared toward adults and a FolkDays session (June 26-29) 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 6/22-6/26: Thurs. p.m. to Mon. a.m.

Folk Days 6/26-6/29: Mon. p.m. to Thurs. a.m.

Both Sessions 6/22-29:  Thurs. p.m. to Thurs. a.m.
Contact: Marcie Van Cleave at 781-438-4387, fac@facone.org

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

Sponsored by: Folk Arts Center of New England

Photo by Ira Gessel.

Jun 29 - Jul 3: July 4th Weekend

Program to be announced.

Thurs p.m. to Mon a.m.

Contact: Erika Roderick at 978-460-1327,
or Peter Kruskal,

Sponsored by: CDS Boston Centre

Photo by Dave Cornelius.

Jul 3 - Jul 7: English Scottish Contra Week

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 7 - Jul 15: 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 7-10), the week (Session II, July 10-15), 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 15 - Jul 22: 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.
Program Directors: Katy German

Saturday to Saturday.

Contact: Steve Howe,

Sponsored by: Country Dance and Song Society

Photo by Andy Kane.

Jul 22 - Jul 29: 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.
Program Directors: Anna Patton

Saturday to Saturday.

Contact: Steve Howe,

Sponsored by: Country Dance and Song Society

Photo by Claire Morrison.

Jul 29 - Aug 5: English Dance Week

English country dancing, Morris and sword dancing, English clog dancing, with a touch of contras. Also singing, and instrument workshops.
Program Director: Robin Hayden

Saturday to Saturday.

Contact: Steve Howe,

Sponsored by: Country Dance and Song Society

Photo by Stewart Dean.

Aug 5 - Aug 12: 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.
Program Director: Lisa Greenleaf

Saturday to Saturday.

Contact: Steve Howe,

Sponsored by: Country Dance and Song Society

Photo by Doug Plummer.

Aug 12 - Aug 19: Early Music Week

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

Saturday to Saturday.

Contact: Steve Howe,

Sponsored by: Country Dance and Song Society

Photo by Dorrie Olsson.

Aug 19 - Aug 26: Campers’ Week

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

Saturday to Saturday.

Contact: Steve Howe,

Sponsored by: Country Dance and Song Society

Photo by Jeff Bary.

Aug 26 - Sep 1: 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, Cajun, Celtic). American contras and squares for novice to experienced dancers, Cajun dancing, Morris dancing, 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.

Sep 1 - Sep 5: 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: Lizzie MacLachlan and Sarah Pilzer

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.

Sep 8 - Sep 10: Fall Work Weekend

Volunteer grounds work and clean up to close 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 Fall Work Weekend

Sponsored by: Pinewoods