Fall Newsletter 2017 - P.S.
• Currently scheduled Gathering-sponsored concerts for 2018 include the Celtic Series of Mainstage Concerts featuring Socks in the Frying Pan on February 9, The Sharon Shannon Band on February 24, Dervish on March 9, and the Alt on April 14. All shows will be in Asheville’s Diana Wortham Theatre. For tickets, contact (828) 257-4530, or visit their website for details.
• If you know someone who’s considering a college, our Admissions Office would like to know about them! Contact them at 1-800-934-3536 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
• If you’re considering joining us and are wondering what kind of environment you can expect, just remember that the Swannanoa Gathering is not a conference center or resort, but a music camp held on a college campus (Remember camp? Remember college?). Although the college does a great job accomodating our requests, we do not control their schedules and facilities. We may not be Club Med, but we work hard to make everyone feel welcome. And, unfortunately, until we can afford that biodome, I’m afraid we can’t control the weather, either.
• Free shuttles to and from the Asheville airport will run at set times to be published in our catalog, so that those requiring shuttle service may make their flight plans around those times. Shuttle space is on a first come, first served basis.
• If you’re interested in carpooling to the Gathering, check out the RideShare page at our website.
• One common question on our evaluations concerns why different instructors teaching the same class are scheduled at the same time, since many folks expressed a desire to study with both. The reason we have additional sections of the same class is not to provide a double shot of the course to the same group of students, but to allow more students to take the class. To achieve this, we schedule them at the same time to make people choose. The good news is that we work hard to ensure that any choice will be a winner. And for you Celtic and Old-Time Week fiddlers, Fiddle Week should offer you a second opportunity to take classes in your favorite styles.
• Children under 12 may continue to stay in a room with two adults, at least one of whom is a registered student, at no charge. The accompanying adult should provide bedding for the child and the second adult must agree to the arrangement, otherwise it will be charged as a single room.
If you got the newsletter in the mail, you’re already on our mailing list. Please check to make sure that we have your current address and notify us if we need to update it. If this newsletter came to you by some other means, be sure to call or send in the form below to make sure that you’ll receive a copy of our catalog in March. If you’re online, you’ll find that the text of this newsletter and our catalog will appear at our website around the time hardcopies appear in the mail. It’s a good idea to check the website occasionally for any program and/or staff updates, and also for additions to the list of concerts we sponsor throughout the year.
From the course schedule found in our catalog, each student can plan a curriculum tailored to his or her needs and interests. Although it’s possible to register for as many courses as there are class periods for that week, we recommend that students consider carefully how many classes they want to take, since too many may not leave enough opportunity and/or practice time to absorb all the material presented. Those taking a double-length fiddle class during Celtic Week, for example, may find it to be all they can handle. Also, because class space is limited, we ask that students adopt a “take all you want, but want all you take” attitude out of consideration for their fellow students. That said, however, overachievement is certainly available for those type-A’s who thrive on that sort of thing. Evening activities might include open mikes, dances, staff concerts, picnics, student showcases, jam sessions, song swaps and more.