(update 4/12/2020) Not all of our events are canceled, some are changing to an online format using conferencing and live streaming tools.
The FSGW Calendar can be viewed two ways:
On Tuesday, July 5, 2022, the FSGW Board will meet from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in a video conference meeting. Please contact the FGSW President via this link or the FSGW WebMaster via this link to get the video conference information if you wish to attend.
Board meetings are open to members. If you have agenda items you wish to have considered, please contact the FSGW President at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mostly Balkan international folk dance instruction for all levels at 8 pm. Request dancing beginning at 9 pm. To register, please send a photo of your vax card showing proof of booster, your email and phone number (for contact tracing) to Jamie at email@example.com.
See the website for more information: dancingplanetproductions.com/folkdance
Dan Gillespie calls to the playing of Robin Wilson (flute), Becky Ross (fiddle), and Janina O'Brien (piano).
In-person dancing at Glen Echo Town Hall
The dance is held in the upstairs room of the Glen Echo Town Hall.
General information on our English Country Dance (in-person) web page
The monthly Schweinhaut Song Circle provides a daytime opportunity to enjoy delightful songs, old or new, humorous or serious, timeless or topical. Free!
Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience. Come for informal group singing or just to listen.
The Song Circle will be held in person at the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901.
The in-person session will be held under FSGW's COVID-19 Policy Tier 2 guidelines: Participants are encouraged, but not required,
to pre-register (see below),
to show proof of having completed a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine (including boosters if eligible) before June 24,
to wear a mask except while leading a song.
If you can't come in person, you can join us on Zoom with any Internet-connected device--computer, tablet, or smartphone--or you can join by dialing a phone number.
In observance of Independence day, bring or request your favorite American traditional songs (Appalachian, blues, bluegrass, chanteys), or any other songs! We'll go around the room as many times as we can, giving everyone a chance to lead or request a song (or just pass) during each round.
If you wish to request particular songs, it helps to keep the singing going if you let us know in advance using the registration form linked above.
Susan McNelis will lead songs with guitar accompaniment, and any participant may lead any song, a cappella or self-accompanied.
If this will be your first use of Zoom, go to https://zoom.us, click on " Sign Up, It's Free " and follow the prompts (entering your email address when asked for "your work email"). Do this ahead of time so that you'll be all set to "join the meeting" when it's time to do so. Information about getting started with Zoom is at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697.
If you installed Zoom on your computer before June 27, go to zoom.us/download to download and install Version 5.11.1 of Zoom Client for Meetings before you want to join any Zoom session. (You now can select automatic updates.) For a smartphone or tablet, update the Zoom app from your App Store (iOS update may be delayed a few days) or equivalent source.
Join us on July 8 in person or via Zoom. Especially if you're just getting started with Zoom, please try to join the Zoom session 5 or 10 minutes before 1:30 p.m. so that we can help with any technical issues before the singing begins.
For more information see the Song Circles page.
Hosted by Linda Mansdorf, John Robinson, Vita Hollander, Ben Hole & Nancy Jo Lame. This is a FREE event.
To Register for the Zoom link contact John Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Normal Friday night Folk Dance cancelled because of COVID-19 virus and Community Center closing.)
No experience or partner necessary.
More information: International Folk Dancing (Greenbelt)
Contra dance in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD. Co-sponsored by Friday Night Dancers and FSGW.
Caller: Wendy Graham
Band: Deborah Payne (fiddle), Sam Gleaves (Appalachian singer, multi-instrumentalist), and Charlie Pilzer (piano, bass). Wendy, Deborah, Sam and Charlie met in Berea, KY at the Christmas Country Dance School. Where they enjoyed many evenings of playing and singing together. Sam and Deborah live in Berea, KY, Wendy lives in Durango, CO and Charlie in Takoma Park, MD.
Gender Free Terms for all dance calls. All dances will be taught.
Lesson at 7:30pm
This is an FSGW Tier 1 event.
Family dance in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD. Dances led by: Lucia Schaefer
Live music! Masks required. Proof of vaccination required for dancers 12 years and older. Vaccination highly encouraged for children 11 years and younger.
Tickets will be sold at the door.
Gospel Sings are held the second Sunday of every month. In these pandemic days, group singing will take place outdoors for only two hours, from 4 - 6 pm. Everyone is welcome, but please be sure you are vaccinated and symptom-free, and please bring your mask with you. Hymnals will be provided.
The July 2022 Sing will take place on the spacious front porch of Karen Smith in Kensington MD, only a few blocks from the Wheaton Metro Station on the Red Line. RSVP/directions: email email@example.com or call/text 240-338-0180.
General information about Gospel Sings
April Blum leads the dancing while Emily Aubrey (fiddle), Susan Brandt (flute), and Melissa Running (piano) play.
Caller: Abigail Hobart
Band: Sugar Beat with Elke Baker (fiddle) Susan Brandt (flute) and Marc Glickman (piano). Sugar Beat is a folk fusion band blending Scottish, Irish, Quebecois, Klezmer, and American music with contemporary improvisation.
FSGW and Voices in the Glen invite storytellers and listeners to an evening of shared stories. Anyone is welcome to tell a tale; no one ever has to. Event details and Zoom link here.
General information on Story Swaps
Kappy Laning calls while Tina Chancey (fiddle), Tom Wright (10-string mandolin) and Sophie Chang (cello) make the music.
Band: Box String Trio - Bill Quern and Sarah Gowan (combined; guitar, mandolin, concertina, melodeon, 4 & 5 string banjo, fiddle, harmonica, jaw harp and foot percussion) and Laura Alexander (cello). Box String Trio plays instrumental traditional roots music from the American Appalachians, England, Canada, Scandinavia, and France.
Anna Rain calls to the music of Colleen Reed (flute), Paul Oorts (mandolin and accordion), and Neil Epstein (piano).
Join us online for an evening of English Country Dancing.
Our talented caller has put together a program of dances adapted for one or two dancers.
We will be using Zoom video conference. To get details on how to attend, visit the English Country Dance (online) page
Each month we will be collecting contributions to the caller (turns out it is more work to prepare an evening of dances for people dancing solo, or in pairs, in their homes). To contribute to this month's caller, please use the link below:
Online ECD caller contribution
On Tuesday, August 2, 2022, the FSGW Board will meet from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. probably in a video conference meeting. Please contact the FGSW President via this link or the FSGW WebMaster via this link to get the video conference information if you wish to attend.
The 2022 FSGW Getaway is taking a sabbatical, thanks to the dangers of COVID. We're not sure we can safely gather a group of singers in a real location without it becoming a contagion-spreading event. Look for the next Getaway in the Fall of 2023.