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

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.


Sara Grey



Ed Trickett


Bob Zentz and
Jeanne McDougall

Mai Hernon and
Mick McEvilley

We have a wonderful line-up: Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins
(who couldn’t make it last year because of a last- minute
medical emergency) will be here from the West Coast with songs of
cowboys and more. Ed Trickett’s gentle approach and varied
repertoire are sure to please. Sara Grey, back again from
across the Pond, will bring her banjo and lots of songs. Caroline
Paton
of Folk-Legacy Records will enchant us all with ballads and
much more. Multi-instrumentalist Bob Zentz and his partner
Jeanne McDougall will be joining us from Tidewater Virginia.
We’re eager to meet traditional Irish singer Mai Hernon and
her guitarist husband, Mick McEvilley. Last, but
definitely not least, our old friend Heather Wood is sure to
entertain. All of these folks will be performing in mini-concerts and
participating in lots of workshops.


Larry Hanks and
Deborah Robins



Heather Wood



Caroline Paton


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.

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.

Limited kitchen facilities (fridge, freezer, microwave) are available to us at all times. No smoking is permitted indoors, and as the facility is run by the Methodist Church, we are asked not to bring any alcohol.

What to bring:
Along with voices, instruments, and your love of music, bring bedding, pillows, towels, flashlight, and a coffee mug to help save paper. No pets, please.

Rates and Registration: When the registration form is published early in the summer, it will include the 2014 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 2013 schedule.

Here's the 2014 schedule. It is pretty firm at this point, but it is 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.


Registering two or more? Member prices are cheaper.

2014 Getaway

Friday Sep 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM through Sep 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM
West River United Methodist Conference Center West River Conference Center (West River,MD)

$35.00for Adult Member 1-Day No Meals $220.00for Adult Non-Member 3-Night Upper
$75.00for Adult Member 1-Day With Meals FREEfor Child 00-03
$106.00for Adult Member 1-Night $5.00for Child 04-12 1-Day No Meals
$102.00for Adult Member 1-Night Upper $45.00for Child 04-12 1-Day With Meals
$176.00for Adult Member 2-Night $44.00for Child 04-12 1-Night
$170.00for Adult Member 2-Night Upper $73.25for Child 04-12 2-Night
$206.00for Adult Member 3-Night $101.25for Child 04-12 3-Night
$200.00for Adult Member 3-Night Upper $20.00for Child 13-17 1-Day No Meals
$40.00for Adult Non-Member 1-Day No Meals $60.00for Child 13-17 1-Day With Meals
$80.00for Adult Non-Member 1-Day With Meals $58.50for Child 13-17 1-Night
$116.00for Adult Non-Member 1-Night $97.50for Child 13-17 2-Night
$112.00for Adult Non-Member 1-Night Upper $125.50for Child 13-17 3-Night
$196.00for Adult Non-Member 2-Night $73.25for Student 1-Night
$190.00for Adult Non-Member 2-Night Upper $122.00for Student 2-Night
$226.00for Adult Non-Member 3-Night $150.00for Student 3-Night


You can Register Online with your credit card-- just click the Sign Up button below the prices. You can also download the Registration Form and mail it along with payment to our registrar.

2015 Getaway

Friday Oct 02, 2015 at 4:00 PM through Oct 05, 2015 at 11:00 AM
West River United Methodist Conference Center West River Conference Center (West River,MD)

Registration is not open yet.

Camp Information for
West River United Methodist Conference Center West River Conference Center
Driving Directions:
Driving Directions from the Washington Beltway (I-495):

From the North side/Montgomery County, etc.:

Beltway to Exit 19A (US 50 East)
Follow US 50 East toward Annapolis for 11.3 miles
Take Exit 16 (MD 424) South toward Davidsonville
Follow MD 424 for 3.7 miles.
Continue across MD 214 East (Central Avenue) onto Birdsville Rd
Follow Birdsville Rd 2.9 miles to (MD-2) Solomons Island Rd
Turn right on Solomons Island Rd 0.2 miles to Mill Swamp Rd (1st left)
Turn left on Mill Swamp Rd and go 1.7 miles to (MD 468 E) Muddy Creek Rd
Turn right on Muddy Creek Rd 5.8 mile to Chalk Point Rd
Turn left onto Chalk Point Rd
Camp entrance is 0.9 miles on the left (5100 Chalk Point Road)

From the South side/Virginia, Wilson Bridge, etc.:

Beltway to Exit 11A (MD 4 South/East – Pennsylvania Avenue) toward Upper Marlboro.
Follow MD 4 past Upper Marlboro for 11,6 miles.
Then take MD-258 East toward Bristol / Deale / Mt. Zion for 7.2 miles.
Turn left onto MD 256 (Deale-Churchton Rd.), and follow MD 256 for 1.7 miles,
Then left onto MD 468 (Muddy Creek Rd.) for 0.1 miles.
Turn right onto Chalk Point Rd.
Camp entrance is 0.9 miles on the left (5100 Chalk Point Road).

From Baltimore and BWI:

Use I-97 South to Annapolis.
Where I-97 meets US 301 East, follow signs to MD 665, Aris T. Allen Blvd.
MD 665 1.5 miles to the exit for MD 2 (Solomon\'s Island Rd.)
MD 2 South towards Edgewater.
MD 2 South for 3.7 miles.
Left turn onto MD 214 (Central Avenue) East.
MD 214 East for 1.4 miles.
Then turn right on MD 468 South (Muddy Creek Rd).
Follow Muddy Creek Rd for 8.2 miles,
Turn left onto Chalk Point Rd.
Camp entrance is 0.9 miles on the left (5100 Chalk Point Road).


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, read below on how to contact Charlie Baum, head of the Scholarship Committee. If you need to pay in foreign currency, and don't wish to register on-line, we may be able to make arrangements through Camsco Music .

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