The season at Pinewoods consists of 18 sessions, each run by one or more of seven Program Providers. They plan the program, hire teaching and music staff, and organize activities for their week or weekend. The Country Dance and Song Society runs 6 week-long sessions, each having a different focus. Six of the groups run weekends and extended sessions. To learn more about these organizations, we invite you to visit the Providers’ websites below.
"Continuing the traditions. Linking those who love them."
116 Pleasant Street, suite 345
Easthampton, MA 01027-2759
Phone: (413) 203-5467
CDSS is a national leader in promoting participatory dance, music and song that have roots in English and North American culture. We believe in the joy that participatory dance, music, and song bring to individuals and communities. Within the U.S. and Canada, we educate, support, and connect participants in these living traditions. We advocate for the vitality and sustainability of these art forms into the future.
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (781) 591-2372
Since 1915, the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre has been working to preserve and promote the knowledge and practice of the traditional and contemporary dancing and dance music of England and New England. The Boston Centre sponsors and produces classes, parties, workshops, and residential and special events featuring the best performers and practitioners of English and New England country dancing. Events are open to all, and most feature teaching; no experience or partner is required.
"Participating in world dance and music traditions"
10 Franklin Street
Stoneham, MA 02180-1862
Phone: (781) 438-4387
Events: (781) 438-4389
The Folk Arts Center of New England, celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2015, is dedicated to promoting the traditional folk arts of world cultures. The Folk Arts Center produces over 200 participatory dance and music events each year, including two June international dance and music sessions and the Labor Day Weekend session at Pinewoods Camp each summer. In addition, the offices act as a resource and referral center and supports other like-minded organizations and individuals; it runs a music shop (affectionately known as The Little Shop of Horas!) that carries hundreds of hard-to-find traditional music recordings and books.
444 W 54th Street #7
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (646) 628-8386
Phone: (917) 922-5404
The Folk Music Society of New York, Inc. aka the New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club, runs concerts, weekends, workshops, singing parties, get-togethers, and TradMaD Camp, all with an emphasis on traditional folk music of all flavors. The group started as “The Pinewoods Folk Music Club” in 1965, a name by which we are still widely known. Our mission is to present the finest traditional music by source artists and modern performers steeped in the tradition, and community music-making open to all with an interest in the old songs and tunes.
10 Franklin Street
Stoneham, MA 02180-1862
The Boston Branch is the oldest branch of the Royal Scottish Country
Dance Society outside the UK. Since 1950, it has been promoting
Scottish Country Dancing – a social dance tradition that combines the
energy and enthusiasm of lowland Scots folkdancing with the elegance
and precision of balletic footwork – as well as highland and step dance
and traditional Scottish music. The branch has been hosting sessions
at Pinewoods Camp since 1953, featuring dance and music classes for
all levels, splendid evening dances, and a roving bagpiper alarm
Sierra Club is an environmental organization, founded in 1892, which promotes green policies for the protection of nature and organizes outdoor recreation activities. Its mission is : “To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.”
The Plymouth Center for Restoration Arts and Forgotten Trades (CRAFT) was founded in late 2014 as a 501(c)3 organization to provide unique learning experiences in a wide variety of traditional crafts and trades. CRAFT students value the opportunity to directly connect with top-notch traditional practitioners and to immerse themselves in a vibrant educational community.
CRAFT artisans are known for their technical and aesthetic excellence, as well as for their commitment to ensuring that traditional knowledge and skill endure through creative education. Our core group excels in green woodworking, textile and fiber arts, traditional blacksmithing, and culinary arts, including food history and wood-fired cooking and baking.
We offer workshops and events through our web site, PlymouthCRAFT.org, and carry them out at partnering venues throughout southeastern Massachusetts.