The FSGW Annual Getaway
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.
We have an exceptional lineup of Special Guests this year. We're delighted to welcome Sally Rogers
, a marvelous songwriter and singer of traditional and contemporary songs. British-born David Jones
presents music-hall songs, stories, sea songs and ballads that will make you laugh or melt your heart. Larry Kaplan
is a fine guitarist and singer-songwriter with a maritime bent. If you like songs of cowboys and other working people, Steve Cormier
will fill the bill. Geoff Kaufman
, a shanty-man at Mystic Seaport, will share songs of the Northeast and the sea. Saro Lynch-Thomason
comes to us from Asheville, NC, with lots of Appalachian ballads and regional songs. And to top it all off, the trio Bare Bones
(Bill and Rebecca Kimmons
and their "spare rib" Dock Cutlip
) will bring us exquisite harmonies and gospel songs. All of these folks will be performing in mini concerts and participating in lots of workshops.
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.
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.
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 2016 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 a printable registration form.
Here's this year's schedule. It is quite firm at this point, but subject to change.
Here's a link to a map of the camp. Here is another one that is in color and is interactive, but it doesn't identify all of the cabins.