If you love good music and good fellowship, you'll love the Getaway! Each year we gather for a weekend in the fall at West River Conference Center, on an inlet of the Chesapeake, for a weekend of music-making and fun with old friends and new, including a fine line-up of special guests. One of our friends from California has described the Getaway as a gathering of musicians, with all attendees being just folks, whether they are professional musicians or shower singers. West River Conference Center has heated facilities and flat terrain — a lovely spot with lots of inviting places to jam or sing, from first light to the wee hours.
Friday evening features a pot-luck supper and a big open sing. Saturday and Sunday overflows with informal participatory workshops, mini-concerts, song circles, and jam sessions. There are often 3 or 4 (and sometimes 5) events occurring simultaneously, so there s always plenty to choose from. Each evening there's a sign-up concert — a chance to strut your musical stuff — as well as spontaneous songfests and jam sessions until the wee hours. There are CDs and some instruments and crafts for sale, and a silent auction to benefit our scholarship fund bring an item to donate and take a different one home!
Questions? Contact the Getaway Chair
We had a great lineup of special guests for 2017: Two of our favorite friends from the U.K., Carole Etherton and Andrew McKay, brought lots of original and traditional songs. The Will Brown and Kat Logan pleased us with their varied repertoire, great harmonies, and instrumental skill. Judy and Dennis Cook, Getaway regulars until they moved to Ohio, were back with lots of ballads and other traditional songs. The folksinger's folksinger - the incomparable Barry O'Neill - joined us. Last but definitely not least, we welcomed Julie Henigan, who brought songs from many different genres, and loved for everyone to singing along! All of these folks performed in mini concerts and participated in lots of workshops.
Pictures (starting from top left): Carole Etherton and Andrew McKay, Will Brown and Kat Logan, Judy Cook, Dennis Cook, Barry O'Neill, Julie Henigan
The weekend starts off on Friday evening with a pot-luck supper and a big open sing. Saturday and Sunday we have a full program of informal participatory workshops, mini-concerts, song circles, and jam sessions, with 3 or 4 (and sometimes 5) events occurring simultaneously, so there's always plenty to choose from. Each evening we have sign-up concerts - a chance to show us all what you can do - and lots of spontaneous songfests and jam sessions at all hours. There are CDs and some instruments and crafts for sale, and a silent auction to benefit our scholarship fund - bring an item to donate and take a different one home!
We're hoping to encourage more folks to bring their kids (or grandkids) and want to plan appropriate activities for them, so do let us know in advance how many children you'll be bringing, and their ages.
50 bedrooms in buildings with heat and AC, up to four bunks in a room (discount offered if you'll take an upper bunk; if you cannot take one, please let us know). Hot showers. Tents and RVs are OK, but no hookups available. Public gathering areas and some bedrooms are handicapped accessible. Special dietary needs may be accommodated if you let us know in advance. Be sure to let us know if you'd like to be in a "music-all-night" cabin.
Limited kitchen facilities (fridge, freezer, microwave) are available to us at all times. No smoking is permitted indoors
Map of the camp (shows cabin locations)
Directions (goes to the facility's web site, includes driving directions)
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|1 Night||2 Nights||3 Nights|
|Children||Child to age 3||Free||Free||Free|
|Child 4 to 12||$49||$78||$106|
|Child 13 to 17||$58||$102||$128|
|No Meals||With Meals|
|Child to age 3||Free||Free|
|Child 4 to 12||$5||$45|
|Child 13 to 17||$20||$60|
Registering a family of two or more? Family memberships cost $XX, so it might be cheaper to join FSGW.
If you need a scholarship or price break, contact, Charlie Baum, head of the Scholarship Committee. If you need to pay in foreign currency, and don't want to register on-line, we may be able to make alternate arrangements - contact Charlie Baum for that as well
Questions? Contact Charlie Baum.
Along with voices, instruments, and your love of music, bring bedding, pillows, towels, soap, flashlight, and a coffee mug to help save paper.
No alcohol (the facility requests that we not bring alcohol or provide alcohol)
2016 schedule (pdf, 54K)