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Village Harmony Adult New England Camp – USA, MA
June 19, 2023 - June 25, 2023
Come join us for seven days of eclectic musical stimulation in a perfectly-idyllic western Massachusetts summer setting. Venue: Stump Sprouts Retreat Center – Hawley, MA
The first of this summer’s two limited-enrolment New England adult camps will be led by a team of three wonderful teachers: Mollie Stone from Chicago, Frank Watkins from Wisconsin, and—joining our in person teaching team for the first time—Yiddish folk singer Polina Shepherd from the UK.
Authentic African American gospel and spirituals, South African dance-songs, and diverse music from eastern Europe and the Yiddish diaspora will head off our repertoire for the week.
The framework of the week-long residency will be communal, with everyone taking turns to help prepare meals and clean under the supervision of a head cook. Our menu will be primarily vegetarian and responsive to the tastes, needs and culinary talents of our camp participants. Evening events will likely include a Georgian-style supra (feast) and a cabaret night.
Village Harmony adult weeks tend to be relaxed and non-competitive, even as we emphasise authenticity and absorbing the spirit of each musical tradition. Written music may distributed for some songs, while other genres might best be taught by ear. Virtually everything will be taught by example.
The program will conclude with a simple, low-key concert to show off what we’ve accomplished during the week.
NOTE: Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will not be required to attend our 2023 camps. Our programs’ covid-19 protocol will depend on the state of the pandemic.
Leaders: Mollie Stone, Polina Shepherd, Frank Watkins
Location: Stump Sprouts Retreat Center – Hawley, MA
Price: $900 ($700 commuters)
Enrolment will be limited to 24 housed on site, plus a handful of commuters. Stump Sprouts offers simple but very comfortable rooms each with two or three beds and shared bathrooms.