“It’s a soul-nourishing reminder of the power of music and dance to connect people and bring joy.”

–Ellen Saltonstall

Postponed to 2021 // Plymouth, MA

Bring your whole family tree to these woods

Unfortunately, Family Week at Pinewoods 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. If you are registered for this week, please log in to CDSS Commons to access the cancellation & refunds form. You can defer your registration to 2021, or claim a full refund. We also ask you to consider donating to CDSS in support of our camp staff and future camp programs.

Children performing a longsword dance

Program Description

At Family Week at Pinewoods, we celebrate community through music, dance and song. The idyllic location and eclectic class offerings bring campers back year after year. Come join in daily swimming, good food and good humor. From the very youngest to the very oldest, each participant plays an important role in shaping the unique experience and beauty of each Family Week.

Along with devoted and inspired camper participation, this year’s infinitely creative program staff will provide continuous insights and entertainment throughout the week, both planned and impromptu, from the silly to the sublime. We will have an opportunity to be entertained by Sam Bartlett’s famous stunts, listen to Peter Amidon’s ingenious stories, craft handmade wooden treasures with Thomas German, join in community gatherings to celebrate our diverse talents, and dance and sing as a community, led by world-class callers and musicians. Our children’s classes are led by experienced educators who incorporate traditional music and dance, and our adult classes provide opportunities to try something new or simply relax in your comfort zone. Family Week is dedicated to passing on a spirit of hope and peace for the future to our children. What better place to do this than rustic cabins in the New England woods?

~ Elvie Miller, Program Director

An intergenerational line of dancers

Schedule

7:45-8:15Hot Breakfast, served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45Cold Breakfast, Coffee/Tea available
9:00-9:55Period 1
Classes by age group, kids can be dropped off at their class at 8:55
Singing and Playing (3-5) – Elvie Miller
Rhythms and Folktales (6-7) – Mary Alice Amidon
Social Dances from Appalachia (8-9) – Wendy Graham Settle
Social Dance (10-12) – Peter Amidon
English Country Dance for All (13+) – Margaret Bary
Clogging (13+) – Abby Ladin
10:00-10:55Period 2
Classes by age group, kids will stay in the same location and teachers move
Songs and Stories (3-5) – Mary Alice Amidon
Crafts, Stories and Singing Games (6-7) – Jane Miller
Ritual/Longsword (8-9) – Abby Ladin
Molly Dance (10-12) – Katy German
Rapper (13+) – Margaret Bary
Cool Contras and Hot Squares (13+) – Wendy Graham Settle
11:00Cooling refreshments
11:15-12:00Morning Gathering
Songs, Dances, and show and tell for all
12:30Lunch
1:40-2:25Intergenerational Time
All non-program activities for campers under 13 must have adult supervision
Weaving for all (All ages, under 10 with an adult) – Elvie Miller
Mumming (8+) – Abby Ladin
Community Chorus (8+) – Mary Alice Amidon & Peter Amidon
Woodcarving (12+/10-12 with an adult) – Thomas German
Dance Band (10+) – Eric Schedler & Naomi Morse
Kerry Sets (13+) – Owen Morrison
2:30-4:15Swimming, Bookstore staffed
4:15-4:40Stories and Stunts, with Sam Bartlett
4:45-5:30Teen Class: Flatfooting/Freestyling/Calling and Writing Dances (13-17) – Wendy Graham Settle & Owen Morrison
Instrument Jam Sessions
Camper-led classes
6:00Dinner
7:00Parade to the Community Dance
7:10Community Dance
7:45Evening Gathering
8:15Pied Piper
Bedtime for children 9 & younger
8:45-10:45Evening Dance Party
9:30Goodnight Song and Bedtime for 10-12 year olds
11:00After-dance Activities

Class Descriptions

9:00-9:55

Singing and Playing (3-5) – Elvie Miller

We’ll sing and play the morning away! Crafts, games, song and dance.

Rhythms and Folktales (6-7) – Mary Alice Amidon

We will explore fun rhythms with a percussion band as well as hear unknown stories from around the world. Jack tales, giants, faeries and adventures will carry us away each day.

Social Dances from Appalachia (8-9) – Wendy Graham Settle

Music by: Owen Morrison: Appalachian flatfoot and social dance party. We will work on swinging, giving weight and being a good partner while we have fun dancing together.

Social Dance (10-12) – Peter Amidon

Music by: Denis Liddy: Peter will lead the 10-12s in genre-bending contra dancing, celestial English dancing, transcendent choreography, robustly angelic singing, and a folktale or two.

English Country Dance for All (13 & up) – Margaret Bary

Music by: Naomi Morse, Eric Schedler, Karen Axelrod: Explore the dynamic range of English country dance, from luxurious to jaunty, fluid to frisky, and bluesy to buoyant. This class will encourage you to deepen your dancing skills through a repertoire of classic and modern favorites, inspired by glorious tunes.

Clogging (13 & up) – Abby Ladin

Music by: Sam Bartlett: We’ll start with basic rhythmic footwork, then build skills and combine steps. Modifiable for any level. If you need to be challenged we’ll play with syncopation. Sam plays the banjo and who doesn’t love that!

10:00-10:55

Songs and Stories (3-5) – Mary Alice Amidon

Mary Alice will share her favorite chants, finger plays, singing games and singing picture books with 4s and 5s. Come ready to sing and play together. We’ll hear stories and act them out. Marching band included.

Crafts, Stories and Singing Games (6-7) – Jane Miller

During our busy and active class, we’ll sing, play singing games, tell stories and make craft projects. Bring your imaginations and playful spirits.

Ritual/Longsword (8-9) – Abby Ladin

Music by: Wade Bartlett

Molly Dance (10-12) – Katy German

Music by: Karen Axelrod: Who knows how to have a good time? Bored 19th century ploughboys in midwinter, that’s who! And boy, are we grateful to them coming up with this fun style of dance. Molly dancing is a living ritual dance tradition that started in England. Though the formations and figures are often similar to other Morris dance traditions, Molly dancing has a distinctively eccentric flare. Molly dancers are known for being creative, mischievous and rowdy, but generally harmless. Wardrobe items to bring: comfortable and supportive shoes, something that is solid black, and something that is wildly colorful or zany.

Rapper (13 & up) – Margaret Bary

Music by: Naomi Morse: Do you enjoy the thrill of scooping, jumping and locking swords to the sound of metal on metal? Come learn new figures and polish up your stepping. This class will guide beginners through the basics of rapper, and allow more experienced sword dancers to develop their own sequences of favorite moves. For best sound production, wear hard soled shoes.

Cool Contras and Hot Squares (13 & up) – Wendy Graham Settle

Music by: Sam Bartlett, Denis Liddy, Eric Schedler: Spicy and spirited contras and squares for one and all.

1:40-2:25

Weaving for all (All ages, under 10 with an adult) – Elvie Miller

Explore weaving techniques from simple cardboard looms to traditional Norwegian bandweaving. A variety of weaving supplies will be available, as well as many creative weaving project ideas. Campers are welcome to bring yarn to work with. Every child under 10 must bring an adult every day.

Mumming (8 & up) – Abby Ladin

We’ll put together a rowdy ritual play with knights and fights, greed and good deeds, silly walks and chicken squawks, mirth, rebirth, and hero of great worth!

Community Chorus (8 & up) – Peter Amidon, Mary Alice Amidon

Singing by ear and from written music, a cappella and otherwise. Rafter-shaking harmony singing of the Amidons’ favorite arrangements of old and new songs.

Woodcarving (10 & up, 10-12 with an adult) – Thomas German

Use your artistic skills to carve simple pendants, pins, spoons, or spreaders. We will focus on basic carving principles, techniques and of course carving safety. Carving tools, wood and other materials will be provided. ($5 material fee payable at class) (15 person limit for the class).

Dance Band (10 & up) – Eric Schedler, Naomi Morse

Learn and play some great dance tunes while working on rhythm, arrangement, beginnings, endings, tune changes, and playing as an ensemble.

Kerry Sets (13 & up) – Owen Morrison

Music by: Denis Liddy: We will focus on dances from the Sliabh Luachra region of Ireland, on the borderlands of Cork and Kerry. These Irish cousins of American square dances are danced to fast paced polkas and slides along with the occasional hornpipe. No experience is necessary.

4:30-5:00

Stories and Stunts – Peter Amidon, Sam Bartlett

Short ditties, epic folktales, jokes, legends, poems, literary fragments and ballads with one of America’s best loved storytellers, Peter Amidon. The tales will be punctuated with indispensable japes, frolics, tomfoolery, buffoonery, shenanigans, skylarks, horseplay, and capering monkeyshine led by Pinewoods House Stuntologist Sam Bartlett.

4:45-5:30

Teen Class: Flatfooting/Freestyling/Calling and Writing Dances (13-17) – Wendy Graham Settle, Owen Morrison

We will have a fun week working on Appalachian flatfooting, freestyling, calling and writing dances, plus a surprise or two.

Instrument Jam Sessions (10 & up) – see schedule for theme and leader

Musicians of intermediate and advanced level are welcome, willingness to pick up new tunes by ear is highly encouraged! Join a different staff musician each day to play tunes you love and learn new tunes. All sessions open to all instruments. Staff musicians will offer specific advice on their own instruments each day.

Registration and Fees

To register for this week, please log into CDSS Commons. You can find more information about the registration process here. If you need financial assistance in order to attend, please go to our scholarships page.

Family Week at Pinewoods
Adult (18+)$915
13-17$805
10-12$686
7-9$595
4-6$503
2-3$320
0-1$64

Staff

Jane Miller

Family Week at Pinewoods
Jane Miller

Naomi Morse

Family Week at Ogontz, Family Week at Pinewoods
Naomi Morse

Eric Schedler

Family Week at Pinewoods
Eric Schedler

Karen Axelrod

Cascade of Music & Dance, English Dance Week, Family Week at Ogontz, Family Week at Pinewoods
Karen Axelrod

Sam Bartlett

American Dance & Music Week, Family Week at Pinewoods
Sam Bartlett

Owen Morrison

Cascade of Music & Dance, Family Week at Pinewoods
Owen Morrison

Mary Alice Amidon

Family Week at Pinewoods
Mary Alice Amidon

Peter Amidon

Family Week at Pinewoods
Peter Amidon

Wade Bartlett

Family Week at Pinewoods
Wade Bartlett

Margaret Bary

Family Week at Pinewoods
Margaret Bary

Katy German

Family Week at Ogontz, Family Week at Pinewoods
Katy German

Thomas German

Family Week at Pinewoods
Thomas German

Wendy Graham Settle

Family Week at Pinewoods
Wendy Graham Settle

Abby Ladin

Family Week at Pinewoods
Abby Ladin

Denis Liddy

Family Week at Pinewoods, Program Directors
Denis Liddy

Elvie Miller

Family Week at Pinewoods, Program Directors
Elvie Miller