The Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Furthering the understanding, investigation, appreciation, and performance of the traditional folk music and folklore of the American people.

The FSGW Annual Getaway

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A Weekend of Music, Fun and Friendship
If you love good music and good fellowship, you'll love the Getaway! Each year we gather at a beautiful waterfront site on an inlet of the Chesapeake for a weekend of music-making and fun with old friends and new, including a fine line-up of special guests. One of our friends from California has described the Getaway as a gathering of musicians, with all attendees being "just folks," whether they are professional musicians or shower singers. We gather at the West River Conference Center, West River, MD. It has heated facilities and flat terrain, and is on the shores of an inlet of the Chesapeake Bay. West River is a lovely spot with lots of inviting places to jam or sing, from first light to the wee hours.
John Roberts
Carole Etherton and Andrew McKay
Will Brown and Kat Logan

Judy Cook
Dennis Cook
We had a great lineup of special guests for 2017: Our old friend John Roberts came with his concertina and a huge bag of songs. Two of our favorite friends from the U.K., Carole Etherton and Andrew McKay, brought lots of original and traditional songs. The wonderful pair from Maine, Will Brown and Kat Logan were a pleasure with their varied repertoire, great harmonies, and instrumental skill. Judy and Dennis Cook, Getaway regulars until they moved to Ohio, were back with lots of ballads and other traditional songs. We were excited that the folksinger's folksinger - the incomparable Barry O'Neill - joined us. Last but definitely not least, we welcomed Julie Henigan, who brought songs from many different genres, and loves for everyone to sing along! All of these folks performed in mini concerts and participated in lots of workshops.
Barry O'Neill
Julie Henigan
The weekend starts off on Friday evening with a pot-luck supper and a big open sing. Saturday and Sunday we have a full program of informal participatory workshops, mini-concerts, song circles, and jam sessions, with 3 or 4 (and sometimes 5) events occurring simultaneously, so there's always plenty to choose from. Each evening we have sign-up concerts - a chance to show us all what you can do - and lots of spontaneous songfests and jam sessions at all hours. There are CDs and some instruments and crafts for sale, and a silent auction to benefit our scholarship fund - bring an item to donate and take a different one home!
We're hoping to encourage more folks to bring their kids (or grandkids) and want to plan appropriate activities for them, so do let us know in advance how many children you'll be bringing, and their ages.
Accommodations: 50 bedrooms in buildings with heat and AC, up to four bunks in a room (discount offered if you'll take an upper bunk; if you cannot take one, please let us know). Hot showers. Tents and RVs are OK, but no hookups available. Public gathering areas and some bedrooms are handicapped accessible. Special dietary needs may be accommodated if you let us know in advance. Be sure to let us know if you'd like to be in a "music-all-night" cabin.
Limited kitchen facilities (fridge, freezer, microwave) are available to us at all times. No smoking is permitted indoors, and we are asked not to bring any alcohol.
What to bring:Along with voices, instruments, and your love of music, bring bedding, pillows, towels, soap, flashlight, and a coffee mug to help save paper. No pets, please.
Rates and Registration: The registration form lists the 2017 rates. Rates are for one, two, or three nights, and for day-trippers who bring their own food. To dine at the Getaway buffet you MUST register in advance. If you register for two nights, the fee covers three meals each day and a late-night snack both Saturday and Sunday. A three-night registration gives you an additional night's lodging and breakfast on Monday morning. A one-night registration gives you all meals and snacks on either Saturday or Sunday and, if you wish, a bed on either adjacent night.

Here's the 2017 schedule.

Here's a link to a map of the camp. Here is link to the camp's website which also includes a site map.

Registering a family of two or more? Family memberships cost $45, so it might be cheaper to join FSGW.

For More Information Please Contact
FSGW Getaway Coordinator, Charlie Baum
706 Bonifant St.
Silver Spring,MD 20910
Home Phone (+): 301-589-6855
Home 301-587-2286 Work 202-334-1701

Payment Notes

If you need a scholarship or price break, contact Charlie Baum, head of the Scholarship Committee.

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