More Information about the Weekend of MusicWhen and where: October 19-21, 2007 at the Fallsview Best 5 Resort and Spa, Ellenville, NY ........... Back to Main Folk Music Society page.
Can I perform?
Can families participate fully?
What kind of place is the Fallsview?
Are workshops only for adults?
What if I want a break from my children?
How does it really work?
Does the family programming affect the adults?
How do I get there?
Can I talk to a person?
Can I find out more about the performers?
How do I sign up?
What happens on these weekends?Our
weekends are a great time to listen
to music, make your own music, learn new songs, listen to old songs
and/or increase your instrumental and vocal skills. This weekend
will include workshops on old-time music, Balkan singing, ballads,
Banjo workshops and other listening or participatory workshops. The
Saturday evening concert will present our staff, so if you miss their
daytime workshops you can hear them in the evening. There will be a
contra dance (suitable for both experienced and inexperienced people) with a dance
caller, in the evening after the concert. There will also be a dance
workshop during the day, which may include a community dance and/or
learning about contra dancing. ... To top of page
Can I get
a chance to perform?Weekend participants get a chance to
perform in a camper’s concert. For those who do not wish to
perform, an audience is always appreciated. After the scheduled
events are over, people get together and jam. Singers, players and
listeners are welcome .... To top of page
Can families and
their children participate fully?We
want this weekend to be
welcoming for families. The cost of the weekend for children ages 4-15
is only $25.00, and free for children under 4, if they share a room
with 2 adults. Cots are
provided. We put families in rooms near each other. This allows the
babysitter to use one room for a sleeping room for the younger
children and one as a quiet play room for older ones during the
evening concert. We work out these arrangements with the parents. ... To top of page
kind place is the Fallsview?Fallsview has a heated indoor
places to take walks and excellent accommodations. These are hotel
rooms with a private bath, and not the bunk bed setups you find at a
summer camp being used for a folk music weekend. Great meals are included ... .To top of page
there be only workshops for adults?There will be a number of
that children can enjoy including a jug band workshop, a petting zoo
(with many different instruments—not animals) and family dancing.
You don’t have to be a child to attend these workshops, since they
are for children of all ages. If possible, we’d like families to
register at least one month in advance. Once we know the ages of the
children, we can design workshops around them. Be aware that most
workshops are at least an hour and younger children may not have the
patience to stay the whole time. A parent or responsible adult needs
to be at the workshops with the children. ... To top of page
I’d like a break from my children?When we have four or more
will provide a babysitter for around 2 hours during the day and for
the evening concert. There will not be babysitting at the same time
as a family workshop. The exact times and the activities depend on
the ages of the children and the interests of those who wish to take
advantage of this service. We work out the details with the parents
at the weekend. If there are enough teenagers, we can set up
something for them. The FMSNY pays for the babysitter, but if you use
this service, a small tip is often appreciated. ... To top of page
does it really work?Babysitting allows parents to take
advantage of some of the workshops and the concert. Interacting with
other parents, and of course the folk music community has always been
very special. To be surrounded by music, not only in the workshops,
but all around as people play and sing wherever there is space, is
soothing and exciting all at once. It is a time to share with your
child a love of making one’s own music, away from distractions such
as TV and video games. We try to set up a situation where you can
have some adult experiences as well as those you share with your
children. ... To top of page
I have no children. How will the family
programming affect me?These weekends are meant for adults.
Providing a program for the children and babysitting helps our
participants enjoy having the children around without having them
disturb the workshops. Parents are still responsible for their
children. Our family workshops usually include participants who do
not have children with them. They may be teachers who need some
ideas, people who like that specific workshop and those who enjoy
being with children. ... To top of page
How do I get there?Most
participants drive up -- we will send you detailed directions when you
register. We try to match up those needing rides with those who
can take riders. There is bus service to Ellenville, NY and we
will provide shuttle service from the bus station to the hotel. ... To top of page
I have more questions, can I talk to a person?If
you have questions about the program, please call the Folk Music
Society's Program Chair, Eileen Pentel at 718-672-6399. If you
have questions about registering or the facilities, please call the
Registrar, Evy Mayer, after 11 AM, at 718-549-1344. ... To top of page
How can I find out more about the performers. How do I sign up?You can print out a flier with details about the performers and a registration blank. It is available in 2 formats: html (300K) or pdf (1.2M). You can also register online at http://fallweekend.eventbrite.com/ ... To top of page
Be prepared to enjoy yourself.... To top of page