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Celtic Week Classes - July 16-22, 2017

(Unless otherwise indicated, all classes have a limit of 15)

Fiddle

INTERMEDIATE IRISH FIDDLE A (John Carty)
These classes are for players interested in honing their techniques and taking a novel look at exploring tunes. We’ll look at the full repertoire of traditional fiddle skills including ornamentation, bowing and melodic variation within the tune structure. The existing style of the individual will be explored and encouraged with emphasis given to adopting fresh approaches. Most of the tunes which will be explored are from the rich North Connaught tradition. (Class limit: 30)

INTERMEDIATE IRISH FIDDLE B (Colin Farrell)
In this class for intermediate players we will cover the basics of Irish fiddle technique: bowing, ornamentation and tempo, rhythm and tone. We will be learning new tunes, taught simply, phrase by phrase, before demonstrating how to incorporate various techniques into the tune. We will also take some standard session tunes and look at adding variations and different ornamentations. We will also be listening to recordings of fiddle players and studying the different styles and techniques. Tunes will be taught by ear, but sheet music will be provided for those who need it. (Class limit: 30)

ADVANCED IRISH FIDDLE A (Martin Hayes)
This class for advanced players will explore Irish tunes from the ‘inside-out,’ and focus on the possibilities for variation and improvisation that exist within the tradition, as a means to our own personal expression and interpretation. There will be particular emphasis on bowing, rhythm and the creation of variations. Students should bring an audio recorder. (Class limit: 30)

ADVANCED IRISH FIDDLE B (Liz Carroll)
This advanced fiddle class will work on good bowing and ornamentation, and we’ll tackle interesting and challenging tunes. We’ll learn some new tunes and brush up on some old ones, and we’ll even learn a ‘Liz tune’ or two. (Class limit: 30)

INTERMEDIATE SCOTTISH FIDDLE (Katie McNally)
This course will focus on the nuances of Scottish fiddling through phrasing, bowing, and groove, and aims to deepen your understanding of style in addition to expanding your repertoire. We’ll explore these topics across a broad range of tunes and regional styles, listening to examples and exploring how dance and piping has shaped Scottish fiddling. All tunes, including strathspeys, reels, jigs, marches, and slow airs, will be taught by ear. Students are encouraged to bring a small audio recorder to record musical examples and repertoire. (Class limit: 30)

ADVANCED SCOTTISH FIDDLE (Laura Risk)
This course explores the diverse repertoire of Scottish fiddling and focuses on playing with stylistic nuance. We’ll learn tunes and work on ornamentation and bowing, phrasing and expression, playing “in the groove,” improvising melodic variations, and using accents to create rhythmic excitement. We’ll discuss Scotland’s regional fiddle styles and fiddling history, and listen to recordings of players from different styles. Technique and theory topics will be included as appropriate. All tunes, including strathspeys, reels, jigs, marches, and slow airs, will be taught by ear. Students are encouraged to bring a small audio recorder to record musical examples and repertoire. (Class limit: 30)

INTRO TO CELTIC FIDDLE (Andrew Finn Magill)
What’s the difference between Donegal-style, Clare-style and Sligo-style fiddling? What is a ‘cut?’ This class for intermediate players new to Irish fiddling is a crash course in Irish fiddle – the history, the players, the styles, the ornaments. We will learn some tunes but spend a great time listening to great players, dissecting ornaments, bowings, and dance rhythms. The pace will be determined by the class. At the end of the week I’ll send out a digital document chock full of links and materials. The goal of this class is as much an immersion in the Irish style as getting you more confident in your fiddling. An audio recorder is recommended.

CAPE BRETON FIDDLE A & B (Kimberley Fraser)
(Note: This class for intermediate to advanced fiddlers is offered once in the morning and repeated in the afternoon.)
We’ll look at what makes Cape Breton music different from other music. We’ll talk a lot about bowing and how this gives the fiddle style its ‘accent,’ as well as common fingered embellishments that you’ll hear in the style. Listening to recordings will also be a part of the class. We’ll use this as part of our ear training to identify common stylistic features and apply them in our own music. The class will be taught mostly by ear and we’ll talk about ways to improve your ear training. Sheet music will be provided as reference. We’ll learn jigs and reels and march, strathspey and reel sets, as the class desires. (Class limit: 25)

FIDDLE FOR COMPLETE BEGINNERS (Rose Flanagan)
Learn the fiddle from scratch in a week! This class offers complete beginners an introduction to playing Irish traditional music on the fiddle. You will learn how to hold the fiddle, good bow-hold, left-hand position, notation and the basic scales. We will learn some simple tunes by note, or by ear if you are up for the challenge! Please bring along a recording device.

FIDDLE TECHNIQUE A (Andrew Finn Magill)
This class will be a mechanics class for Irish fiddling: What’s that bowing? What finger do you use? When do you ornament? We will go through each ornament and bowing pattern fiddle style by fiddle style and even fiddler by fiddler. We will also discuss the technique of the fiddle/violin itself and how to reduce risk of injury and adapt classical violin technique to a fiddle context. We will discuss how to practice traditional Irish music and how to maximize one’s practice time. This class is best suited for fiddlers who have some facility with the instrument and who are willing to be challenged. The class will be taught entirely by ear, however sheet music will be given out for any specific tunes we learn. (Class limit: 20)

FIDDLE TECHNIQUE B (Rose Flanagan)
This class is for those students who already play the fiddle but wish to improve their skills. We will concentrate on ornamentation, bowing and phrasing. Please note that this class is not for beginners. We will learn a few tunes throughout the week. Classes will be taught by ear, but notation will be available to all students on request at end of the workshop. Students should have a good knowledge of the fiddle and be able to play tunes at or close to speed. Please bring a recording device and feel free to ask as many questions as you wish! (Class limit: 20)

Flute and Tinwhistle

INTRO TO IRISH FLUTE A (Kevin Crawford)
This class offers an introduction to playing traditional Irish music on the flute for students who already have some experience with the basics of the instrument and can play some tunes at a slow pace with little or no ornamentation. We’ll discuss a ‘how-to-practice’ method and how to approach session playing. We’ll learn a few tunes but the emphasis will be on establishing foundations for you to take home and apply throughout your own learning as well as answering any questions you may have. Students will learn how to ornament tunes with rolls, cuts and tongueing. Tunes will be taught by ear so bring a D flute and a recording device. ABC notation will be provided for those who need it.

INTRO TO IRISH FLUTE B (John Skelton)
This class is designed for those people who have just started on playing Irish music on the flute. It will cover the basics of ornamentation and phrasing. Some time will be spent on tone production and the mechanics of playing a flute. Players coming from the tinwhistle or from another flute discipline will find this class particularly useful. The class is taught by ear but sheet music is available for those that need it.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED FLUTE A (Kevin Crawford)
This class is for students who are skilled enough to play tunes in a variety of rhythms (jigs, reels, etc.), with good technique and at a reasonable tempo. This course will expand on the skills and topics introduced in the intro class, with more attention given to ornamentation, breathing, style and repertoire, while continuing to emphasize rhythm and phrasing in the music. Tunes will be taught by ear so bring a D flute and a recording device. ABC notation will be provided for those who need it.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED FLUTE B (John Skelton)
This class covers all of the aspects of Irish flute playing – ornamentation, phrasing, breathing and rhythm. Some time will also be spent of repertoire and in developing a personal style. We will learn a few tunes and then ‘de-construct’ those tunes to help us understand different styles. Students should be proficient in playing tunes at a moderate tempo. The class is taught by ear but sheet music is available for those that need it.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED FLUTE C (Nuala Kennedy)
Nuala grew up playing traditional Irish music in Dundalk, Co. Louth and has also spent many years living and playing music in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is also strongly influenced by the music of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. In this class, she will explore some of the repertoire from these three places, looking at a variety of tune types including marches and strathspeys. We will also play in a range of keys. This class is for students who are skilled enough to play tunes in a variety of rhythms, and is suitable for those who wish to learn by ear. Music notation can also be provided afterwards for students who would like it.

INTRO TO IRISH TINWHISTLE A & B (Cillian Vallely, Kathleen Conneely)
This class is for students who already have some experience with the basics of the instrument, and can play some tunes at a slow pace with little or no ornamentation. Beginners will learn how to ornament tunes with rolls, cuts and tongueing. Emphasis will be placed on rhythm and phrasing. Tunes will be taught aurally, so bring a D whistle and a recording device. Sheet music will be provided for those who need it.

INTERMED./ADVANCED IRISH TINWHISTLE A & B (Cillian Vallely, Kathleen Conneely)
This class is for students who are skilled enough to play tunes in a variety of rhythms (jigs, reels, etc), with good technique and at a reasonable tempo. This course will expand on the skills and topics introduced in the beginners class, with more attention given to ornamentation, breathing, style and repertoire, while continuing to emphasize rhythm and phrasing in the music. Tunes will be taught aurally, so bring a D whistle and recording device. Sheet music will be provided for those who need it.

TINWHISTLE FOR COMPLETE BEGINNERS (Billy Jackson)
This class is for students with no prior experience of the tinwhistle. Instruction will start with the most fundamental techniques and a few very simple tunes. By the end of the week, you’ll be well on your way to playing. Please bring along a recording device and a tinwhistle in the key of D.

Harp

INTRO TO CELTIC HARP (Billy Jackson & Gráinne Hambly)
The beginning student will be introduced to the fundamentals of this grand and ancient instrument, including basic harp technique (e.g. hand position, posture, exercises). Arrangements of simple Scottish and Irish melodies will be taught by ear, with written music provided as back-up. Billy and Gráinne will each lead the class at various times during the week. In order for classes to commence on time, students are kindly requested to be tuned and prepared well in advance, and to ensure their instruments are in good working order. Students are also encouraged to bring a recording device, music stand, and spare strings.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED CELTIC HARP (Billy Jackson & Gráinne Hambly)
Class topics will include arranging, ornamentation, and accompanying voice and other instruments. A selection of Scottish and Irish material will be taught at a more advanced level and individual interests of participants will be taken into account. Billy and Gráinne will each lead the class at various times during the week. In order for classes to commence on time, students are kindly requested to be tuned and prepared well in advance, and to ensure their instruments are in good working order. Students are also encouraged to bring a recording device, music stand, and spare strings.

Fretted Instruments

CELTIC FINGERSTYLE GUITAR (Robin Bullock)
This class will explore the world of possibilities presented by traditional Irish, Scottish and Breton repertoire arranged for solo fingerstyle guitar. Some tablature will be offered, but students will also create their own individual settings of airs, jigs, reels and the 18th-century harp music of Turlough O’Carolan, sharing arrangement ideas in an informal, hands-on environment. Alternate tunings such as DADGAD, CGCGCD and “Werewolf” tuning (CGDGAD) will be used extensively to open up the instrument’s full sonic potential. A good time will be had by all. An audio recorder is recommended.

SESSION GUITAR ACCOMPANIMENT I (Alan Murray)
This class is for newer guitarists and those new to Irish traditional music. Students will learn chord shapes and patterns for dropped-D tuning and strumming patterns for jigs, reels and other melodies. We will focus on common keys within Irish traditional music, how to be creative with your own playing, and also discuss the “ins and outs” of playing with others. An audio recorder is recommended.

SESSION GUITAR ACCOMPANIMENT II (John Doyle)
In this class for advanced students, players will further master different strumming techniques to a variety of types of tunes, add dynamics to their playing through syncopation and emphasis, confident chord substitutions, fingerpicking techniques, tips and tricks for playing in sessions, how to work out the right chords for tunes and alternate tunings for the guitar. Students should be familiar and comfortable with strumming, have a good working knowledge of Irish music and of music theory. Chord sheets in dropped-D tuning will be provided. Students should bring a capo.

FLATPICKING CELTIC GUITAR (Robin Bullock)
This intermediate-level class will focus on making traditional Celtic tunes come to life, flatpicked on steel-string guitar. We’ll discuss technique, lift, ornamentation, and other facets of making Irish, Scottish and Breton tunes sound authentic on guitar, as well as alternate tunings, capo techniques and methods for picking up tunes by ear. Sheet music and tab will be available if required. Students should bring a capo. An audio recorder is recommended.

DADGAD GUITAR (Eamon O'Leary)
This class will explore approaches to the accompaniment of Irish music – both instrumental and vocal – with the unique DADGAD tuning. Focus will be placed on rhythm, chord selection, phrasing, and right- and left-hand techniques. No experience with this tuning is necessary. Chord charts will be provided.

ACCOMPANYING TUNES ON THE FLY (Alan Murray)
This class is for progressing guitarists looking to hone their skills and focus when in a session environment. Here, students can take a deeper look at the aspects of chord substitutions, rhythm and the elusive “lift” and “drive” that everyone is looking for in their playing. We’ll delve deeper into tune structure, keys, modes, and time signatures and discuss how to recognize them quickly in a session. In this theory-based class, students will learn to “hear” more of the music they already play. An audio recorder is recommended.

CELTIC BOUZOUKI (John Doyle)
In this class we will explore the first basic chord structures for backing tunes and songs, rhythmic patterns in Celtic music, and then explore further into counter-melodies, hammer-ons, and other techniques used to make bouzouki accompaniment dynamic and unique. Students should bring a bouzouki, pick, capo and recording device.

MANDOLIN I (Marla Fibish)
This class will focus on getting the feel, pulse and flow of Irish music on the mandolin. We’ll start by acknowledging that the mandolin is fundamentally a rhythm instrument on which we are trying to play melodies. In order to do that, there are two main areas of focus – getting the right hand moving in rhythm to create the framework, while then focusing on the left hand to maximize sustain and tone production to get a flowing melodic sound. We’ll work on understanding the pulse of Irish music and getting your right hand ‘drummer’ going. We’ll learn and practice picking patterns for various tune types (jigs, reels, polkas, etc.), engaging the wrist (and the rest of your body) to create a full and rhythmic sound. We’ll do exercises and learn tunes together (by ear) and use those tunes to demonstrate, drill and practice what we learn. Bring a recording device!

MANDOLIN II (Marla Fibish)
This class will review and then build on the basics (see Mandolin I class description above), focusing on musicality, and learning technique to support it. We’ll look at phrasing and ornamentation, as well as using dynamics and variation, applying the unique qualities of the mandolin to Irish music, respecting the core of the tradition on this ‘newcomer’ of an instrument. We’ll learn tunes together (by ear) and explore different ways to give those tunes life and lift, applying the concepts and techniques that we learn in class. We’ll also look at tunes you already know, but feel ‘stuck’ on, perhaps unable to take them beyond the way you learned them, and try to push open a few doors for you to take your playing to the next level. Bring a recording device!

TENOR BANJO (Eamon O'Leary)
In this course for banjoists of all levels, Eamon will cover right- and left-hand technique, ornamentation, tune settings, and different banjo styles. Tunes that are particularly well-suited to the banjo will also be incorporated into the class. Students are advised to bring a recording device.

ReeDs

UILLEANN PIPES (Kieran O’Hare)
This class will introduce tunes new to students, and illustrate particular techniques on the uilleann pipes. As students will vary greatly in terms of experience and ability level, it is possible that this class will include some individual or small group attention and tutelage. More experienced students will focus on matters of technique, ornamentation, articulation, and style. Various points of pipe maintenance may also be explored, although this will not include the making of reeds. The class will emphasize the development of classic piping technique, through detailed demonstration and discussion, and through scrutiny of the recordings and approaches of master pipers. The goal is to enable each student to get rewarding and musical returns from the time they spend learning their instrument in class and beyond, to optimize each student’s ability to make music on their own and with others. A recording device is recommended.

BUTTON ACCORDION (John Whelan)
In this class you will learn fingering techniques, bellows control, rhythm & phrasing and how to play stress-free with your accordion. You will learn to understand better how the accordion works with your physiology and how to relax so you can bring out the best in your playing. You’ll learn tunes that fit well with the accordion and bring out the essence of Irish music. You’ll also learn proper practice methods and how to improve your playing going forward. Hard work and dedication will not be wasted with the things you learn because it’s not the length of time you practice but the discipline you have doing it that matters.

PLAYING IN SESSIONS (John Whelan)
Have you ever wondered why your session is so sparse, or the playing is too fast or too slow? Or how to manage your session with beginners, intermediate and advanced players? What do you do when you have twenty-five people or more? This class for all instruments will help you with all these questions and more, including: what session tunes to play; which tunes you need to learn; understanding how your session is effected by social, economic and demographic locations. Whether you have two or twenty people, you can have a wonderful session if you approach it in the right way. Remember that Irish music is inclusive not exclusive. Now go build your session! (No class limit)

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED ANGLO CONCERTINA (Gráinne Hambly)
This class is intended for students who are already at least reasonably competent playing tunes in a variety of rhythms (jigs, polkas, hornpipes etc) on the Anglo C/G concertina. The class will focus on developing aspects of technique and style (e.g. bellows control, rhythm, phrasing, alternative fingerings), as well as ornamentation and use of chords in the context of Irish traditional dance tunes. Participants are encouraged to bring an audio recorder, as tunes will be taught by ear, with written music also provided.

Song and Folklore

IRISH TRADITIONAL SONG (Cathie Ryan)
This course will feature songs in both Irish and English that Cathie has col- lected through the years and new ones she has recently discovered, including love songs, newly-composed songs written in the old style, children’s songs, humorous songs, historic ballads, singalongs, Christmas songs and more. We will focus on the oral tradition of sean nós (old style) singing and utilize those rudiments to deepen and develop our own individual singing styles. We will learn the songs orally so bring audio recorders with you to class. And please bring a song you’d like to share. (No class limit)

IRISH MYTH & FOLKLORE (Cathie Ryan)
The stories and characters in Irish myth and folklore are endlessly fascinating, and Cathie adds a further dimension to them by using a modern psychological perspective. In past courses, Cathie has led workshops on the Celtic Year, Celtic Fire Festivals, the heroic journey in Irish mythology, tales from The Táin as well as Irish folk tales and fairylore. This year her subject is Real Celtic Women: Feminine Archetypes in Irish Myth and Folklore. Drawing from mythic tales, folk stories, song, literature, and poetry we will explore the rich array of feminine archetypes and how both men and women can utilize or harness these energies in our own lives. Discussion will include the goddess and her power to initiate or wound, the dark feminine of warrior Queen Maeve’s unbridled appetite and connection with addiction, the sacred feminine in the healing and creative power of St. Brigid, the wisdom and grace of the Caileach (hag, crone) who governs over the barren time, and how male archetypes in Irish myth are led to confront and accept their own inner feminine while journeying toward individuation. (No class limit)

SINGING SCOTTISH SONGS (Ed Miller)
Each class period will focus on two or three songs, learning them by hearing and singing them over several times. We’ll also listen to recordings by a variety of singers to hear how they present, express and decorate a song. Songbooks and sampler CDs will be available and the language and social context of the songs will be explained. However, the emphasis will be on learning a selection of traditional and more recent songs aurally and orally by repetition. (No class limit)

SCOTLAND IN SONG (Ed Miller)
The songs of the Scottish folk revival of the past 50 years cover everything from politics and social change to urban renewal and personal experience. In this class, we’ll listen to, talk about and SING serious and humorous songs by Adam McNaughtan, Ewan MacColl, Alan Reid, Hamish Henderson, Robin Laing, Andy M. Stewart, Dougie MacLean and others, all of whom are keeping the Scottish song repertoire refreshed, vibrant and relevant. Songbooks will be available. (No class limit)

SING-SONG SONGS (Cathy Jordan)
Cathy was lucky enough to be born into a family that loved to sing and every social occasion was marked with sing-songs or sing-alongs. In this class, she will be teaching some of the best sing-song songs enjoyed in Ireland for generations. The songs will cover all sorts of topics including, love, loss and longing as well as donkeys, fairs and boozing! Great songs that have stood the test of time and remain firm favorites at any great sing-along! (No class limit)

UNREQUITED LOVE SONGS (Cathy Jordan)
In this class, Cathy will concentrate on songs of unrequited love in both Irish and English. This will feature some of the most beautiful and poignant songs in the tradition – songs of the broken-hearted through the ages, from comely maidens to dying soldiers, from gypsies to hedge school masters. (No class limit)

SONGS FROM THE IRISH TRADITION (Len Graham)
In this class, Len will share songs from his extensive collection of songs found in the Irish tradition in the English language. Many themes will be covered including classic and broadside ballads, songs of love, politics, emigration and much more. Each song will be put in context, giving historical and social background. As an oral tradition these songs will be taught by repetition and ear with lyrics provided. Participants are encouraged to bring an audio recording device. (No class limit)

THE HUMOUR IS ON ME NOW (Len Graham)
Len has a large repertoire of songs on a humorous theme – a symphony of jingles, tongue-twisters, lilts, nonsense verses, songs of ceremony and FUN galore! This class is suitable for ALL ages, 7-107. Most of the songs have rhythm and thus will lend themselves to instrumental arrangement. However, this class will be unaccompanied and will be taught by repetition and ear with song lyrics provided. Participants are encouraged to bring an audio recording device. (No class limit)

TRADITIONAL SONGS IN ENGLISH & IRISH (Nuala Kennedy)
Much of Nuala’s repertoire consists of Irish songs in the English language she learned from her mentor and friend, Cathal McConnell of the Boys of the Lough. In this class we will learn a variety of songs from that repertoire as well as other songs which Nuala has picked up over several years performing and singing. We will try to learn some songs by ear, (old-style!) as well as from songsheets. Some basic phrases in Irish will be taught as well as a couple of simple Irish language songs. No previous knowledge of Irish is required. A relaxed and informal class, this is a good way to broaden your repertoire as well as share some of your own songs and singing experience with the group. Please come ready to share at least one song that you enjoy, and bring a recording device. (No class limit)

Percussion and Dance

BODHRAN I (Matthew Olwell)
This class will give students a solid foundation of technique for playing the bodhran, including tuning and tone production, hand and body alignment, and a variety of patterns for jigs and reels. Emphasis will be on playing by ear, musical sensitivity, and active listening. We will investigate the ways percussion is used in traditional Irish music and other styles, with a focus on ear development, and we will incorporate techniques from both top-end and double-ended styles of playing. Beginners are welcome, as are players who want to brush up on the basics or re-evaluate their technique. Audio recording devices are encouraged. (Class limit: 25)

BODHRAN II (Matthew Olwell)
This class is designed for players with a solid foundation of technique, who are ready to sharpen their skills and take their playing to the next level. Class time will be devoted to playing as a group as well as individually. We will examine ways to accent rhythmic elements in different types of tunes, make smooth and interesting transitions within sets, and work well with other rhythm players. Students should be comfortable with both jigs and reels and be able to play with consistent timing. Audio recording devices are encouraged. (Class limit: 25)

BEGINNING SEAN NÓS DANCE (Siobhan Butler)
Sean-nós dancing is considered by many to be the original form of solo Irish dance. Literally translating to “old style,” sean-nós is an improvised dance style that is completely unique to each dancer. Dancing interpret the music through low-to-the-floor percussive movements. This class is a wonderful opportunity for those interested in starting, or returning to, the basics of sean-nós dance. Focusing on the rudimentary movements and rhythms in sean-nós, his class will give students the tools to begin building their repertoire and developing their sense of musicality. Students will leave the week having learned an expansive and fun series of steps. Please wear hard-soled shoes (leather or very hard rubber) and bring water and a recording device or notebook. (No class limit)

INTERMEDIATE SEAN NÓS DANCE (Siobhan Butler)
This class is for those who have some experience in sean-nós dance or other percussive dance styles. Taught at a somewhat faster pace, students will expand their knowledge of sean-nós dancing by learning a more diverse repertoire from Connemara, Clare, Leitrim, and Mayo among others. Additionally, emphasis will be placed on musicality – how one’s dancing relates to the music. Students will learn an impressive series of steps and how to invigorate their beginner steps and create new ones of their own. Please wear hard-soled shoes (leather or very hard rubber) and bring water and a recording device or notebook. (No class limit)

IRISH SET DANCING (Siobhan Butler)
Irish set dancing is the old country dancing from Ireland. Derived from European dances such as quadrilles, this style of group dance has seen a resurgence of popularity in Ireland since the 1970s. Sets are danced in square formations of eight people and made up of several figures or parts. The number of figures in a dance can vary between two and nine and are danced to varying tune types such as reels, jigs, polkas, slides, and hornpipes. While this class is open to dancers of all levels, the class will be tailored for beginners and will cover basic footwork, individual movements, and coupled patterns as well as several dances from areas including Cork, Clare and Connemara, among others. Please wear hard-soled shoes (leather or very hard rubber) and bring water and a recording device or notebook.
(No class limit)

Other Events

POTLUCK SESSIONS
n addition to the regular class sessions, in the afternoons the staff will offer Potluck Sessions serving up a different menu of one-hour workshops each day.

Children's Program

We offer a full-day program, taught by Melissa Hyman, for children ages 6-12. Children must have turned 6 by July 1st to participate. No exceptions please. Evening childcare for ages 3-12 will be provided at no additional cost.

This summer, we will enter the fascinating ancient world of DINOSAURS. You are cordially invited to join our crack team of Swannanoa’s preeminent paleontologists. Our mission: to discover the world of those “terrible lizards” who walked the Earth millions of years ago. Be sure to bring your curiosity and creativity... and don’t forget to pack any fossils you have lying around the house! We’ll learn about the ancient world of the gentle Triceratops, Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus – and, of course, dreaded carnivores like Velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus Rex – through crafts, music, games and stories. We’ll make new friends, play our favorite messy games, and dress up in crazy clothes. We’ll write our own original dino-themed songs with the help of our very talented music teacher, Jane Kramer. At the end of the week parents will get to hear us sing and see the crafts we’ve made at our big performance at the Student Showcase. As a special treat, we will be visited throughout the week by wandering musicians and artists (Gathering staff) who will perform just for our kids. We will, of course, continue our beloved traditions of shaving cream hairdos, movie night, crazy contests and the Gathering Scavenger Hunt. It’ll be a journey you won’t soon forget! There is a $30 art/craft materials fee for this class; fee is payable by cash or check to Melissa Hyman, the Children’s Program coordinator, on arrival.