(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:
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 page
Each week 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 week's caller, please use the link below:
Online ECD caller contribution
The FSGW Getaway will be online this year via Zoom from Friday, October 2 through Monday, October 5.
Enjoy four days of singing circles, concerts, instructional workshops, and presentations.
Admission to the Getaway will be free this year! A donation of $25 (or any amount) is suggested, but not required. Donations will support the FSGW Getaway scholarship fund and FSGW's programming. Donate to Getaway
Registration, which will be available in early September, will allow you to attend all the sessions and to receive the final schedule with Zoom links and other information.
Details are on the Getaway page.
The Next FSGW Open Sing will be part of the Online Getaway!
Kathie Mack will be our host on October 2nd at 7:30PM.
There will be no set theme — all topics are on the table!
There is an option for "Singing or Just Listening”.
Those who choose to be Singers should prepare a song in advance and plan to sing it either alone or with live accompaniment at home (no recorded tracks or karaoke, please).
Registration deadline is 12 Noon EDT on October 2nd.
Zoom link will be sent the afternoon of October 2nd.
This gives us much needed time for setup.
Registration form is at:
Sign up to be one of the four students in the Vocal Clinic.
Ken Schatz is a master singing and acting coach who specializes in coaching folk performers. He will coach four pre-registered students while the rest of us watch, listen, and learn. Q&As. (You do not need to register for the Vocal Clinic, if you just plan to watch, listen, and learn.)
You will need to register for the Getaway before you can sign up for this workshop.
This dance will be called with non gendered role terms
Bands: THE MEAN LIDS; UNCLE FARMER; BUDDY SYSTEM
Callers: Will Mentor, Gaye Fifer, Sarah VanNorstrand
When: October 4, 2020 from 1pm to 11pm. There is a break between 6pm and 7pm for the contra dance world's best potluck.
The 10th annual full day of dancing will feature three amazing bands and callers, with hours and hours of blissful dancing!
Please use fragrance sparingly or not at all. Contrastock is being called with non- gendered dance role terms
Sign up to be one of six students in the Fingerpicking Guitar
The finger-picked guitar is a folk music staple. Learn more about how to do this effectively. Knowledge of basic chords required. Elly will coach six pre-registered students while the rest of us watch, listen, and learn. Q&As. (You do not need to sign up for the Fingerpicking Guitar session, if you just plan to watch, listen, and learn.)
You will need to register for the FSGW Getaway before you can sign up for this workshop.
On Tuesday, October 6, 2020, the FSGW Board will meet from 8pm to 10pm 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: email@example.com
Our featured tellers this month are the amazing April Armstrong and the terrific Tim Tingle!
Join us on Wednesday, October 14 at 7:30 EDT via Zoom. Please register FOR FREE. You will get an email with the necessary Zoom information. We ask for donations to support our tellers, suggested $15 per person. Donations can be made online before, during, or after the event.
The Grapevine is spoken word performance for adults and teens, celebrating the timeless art of the story, hosted by storytellers Noa Baum, Renée Brachfeld, and Tim Livengood.
For more information and to register, go to The Grapevine (Storytelling)
The monthly family-friendly Schweinhaut Song Circle provides a daytime opportunity to enjoy delightful songs, old or new, humorous or serious, timeless or topical. You can join us using any Internet-connected device--computer, tablet, or smartphone--or you can join by dialing a phone number.
The Song Circle is about the joy of singing, not about talent. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age or experience. Bring kids and grandkids, and come for informal group singing or just to listen, but do come to sign or just to listen. Free!
While Montgomery County senior centers are closed, we are doing that using Zoom as the software platform.
The Zoom link will be sent Wednesday morning to those who have attended the Schweinhaut Song Circle using Zoom and to others who register at https://forms.gle/jr4sR9tmu6VRMBdN8 by Tuesday, October 20.
We'll go around the virtual room as many times as we can, giving everyone a chance to request a song (or just pass) during each round.
Until 2 p.m., Wendy Lanxner will lead some songs with guitar accompaniment. Wendy is happy to accompany any song that she knows or can find chords for. It’s helpful if you send your requests in advance using the form in the registration link above.
After 2 p.m., you may lead any song(s) you wish, but it’s helpful if you let us know in advance, using the form in the registration link above, if you would like to lead one or more songs and/or to be an instrumental accompanist.
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 before June 15, go to https://zoom.us/download to install Version 5.2+ before you want to join any Zoom session. (Version 5.2.3 is the latest one.)
Join us on October 21 via Zoom. Especially if you're just getting started with Zoom, please try to join the Zoom session 10 or 15 minutes before 1 p.m. so that we can help with any technical issues before the session begins.
For more information see the Song Circles page.
Our featured tellers this month are the marvelous Jennifer Munro and the masterful Loren Niemi!
Join us on Wednesday, November 11 at 7:30 EDT via Zoom. Please register FOR FREE. You will get an email with the necessary Zoom information. We ask for donations to support our tellers, suggested $15 per person. Donations can be made online before, during, or after the event.
Our featured tellers this month are the protean Nancy Donoval and the world-traveling Valerie Tutson.
Join us on Wednesday, December 9 at 7:30 EDT via Zoom. Please register FOR FREE. You will get an email with the necessary Zoom information. We ask for donations to support our tellers, suggested $15 per person. Donations can be made online before, during, or after the event.
Our featured tellers this month are the celebrated Connie Regan-Blake and the mythic Carolina Quiroga-Stultz.
Join us on Wednesday, January 13 at 7:30 EDT via Zoom. Please register FOR FREE. You will get an email with the necessary Zoom information. We ask for donations to support our tellers, suggested $15 per person. Donations can be made online before, during, or after the event.