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.
Bob Zentz and
Mai Hernon and
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
of Folk-Legacy Records will enchant us all with ballads and
much more. Multi-instrumentalist Bob Zentz
and his partner
will be joining us from Tidewater Virginia.
We’re eager to meet traditional Irish singer Mai Hernon
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
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.
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.