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.
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John Roberts
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Carole Etherton and Andrew McKay
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Will Brown and Kat Logan

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Judy Cook
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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.
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Barry O'Neill
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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.

FSGW Getaway
2012 Getaway Prices

Friday Sep 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM through Oct 01, 2012 at 12:00 AM
United Methodist West River Center (West River,MD)
DisplayGetawayCost
Overnight Admission
Adult Member 1 Night 2 Nights 3 Nights
Upper Bunk $102.00 $170.00 $200.00
Lower Bunk $106.00 $176.00 $206.00
Adult Non-Member
Upper Bunk $112.00 $190.00 $220.00
Lower Bunk $116.00 $196.00 $226.00
Children
Child to age 3 Free Free Free
Child 4 to 12 $44.00 $73.25 $101.25
Child 13 to 17 $58.50 $97.50 $125.50
Students Over 18
$73.25 $122.00 $150.00
Day Admission
No Meals With Meals
Adult Member $35.00 $75.00
Adult Non-Member $40.00 $80.00
Child to age 3 Free Free
Child 4 to 12 $5.00 $45.00
Child 13 to 17 $20.00 $60.00

The FSGW Annual Getaway

The Tradition Continues with a Weekend of Music, Fun and Friendship

Friday, September 28 – Monday, October 1, 2012
West River Conference Center, West River, Maryland

If you love good music and good fellowship, you’ll love the 2012 Getaway! Each year we gather at a beautiful waterfront site on a Chesapeake inlet 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.

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 until the wee 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.

We have some very special guests this year: the delightful mother-daughter duo of Ann Mayo Muir and Christina Muir, one of our favorite singing families, The Beans (Jim and Cindy Bean and Steve Sullwold), talented Appalachian musicians Jon Newlin and Amy Davis, and a wonderful trio from Maine, Meteora (Kat Logan, Jim Loney and Will Brown). They’ll all be performing in mini-concerts and participating in lots of workshops.

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