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Botkin Lecture This Weekend
Jeff Warner to Receive CDSS Award
Year of Song
Be in the Directory
Thank You
Quick Notes: -Grant Deadlines, Amazon Smile, Website, Dance Map, Bilingual Callers, Ringtones, Facebook
2016 Summer Camp Season
Donate Now
Botkin Lecture This Weekend

Barring more blizzards, Graham Christian, author of The Playford Assembly (CDSS, 2015), will talk about the book at the Library of Congress as part of the American Folklife Center's Botkin Lecture series. Graham's talk, accompanied by dancers and musicians, will be from 1:00-2:30 pm, on Saturday, January 30, in the
Coolidge Auditorium, 101 First St. SE, Washington, DC. Copies of the book are now available from our store.

Cover illustration: Dottator et Lineator Loquitur. John B. Papworth (1775-1847). From Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1817.

Jeff Warner to Receive CDSS's LCA Award

Jeff Warner
(photo by Ralph Morang)
The Country Dance and Song Society is pleased to announce that Jeff Warner of Portsmouth, NH, will be the 2016 recipient of the CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award. Jeff is one of the nation's foremost performers and interpreters of traditional music and an advocate for bringing folk music to people of all ages, through his deep knowledge and love of American and English folk songs. His warmth and encouragement of singers, both experienced and new, young and old, has enriched many lives.

Year of Song
CDSS Year of Song
From CDSS Executive Director Rima Dael

Following up on a year of celebrating our Centennial, we are designating 2016 as our YEAR OF SONG. What is that? Well, we are taking a whole year to answer the question, "What does song mean to CDSS?" I chose 2016 for two reasons: to honor the start of Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles' prolific folk song collecting in southern Appalachia (1916-1918), and to look at how song serves our mission. This examination also will begin a cycle at CDSS of focusing on one or two genres at a time, as we identify community needs and allow for better use of our resources.

Read more about the Year of Song and January's selection "May It Fill Your Soul," a new composition from singer and instrumentalist Brendan Taaffe of Vermont here.
Be in the Directory
CDSS Member Directory One of the last of our Centennial projects is a print edition of the CDSS Member Directory. The deadline for inclusion is this Sunday, January 31; you can join here.  If you think you're a member and want to check your info, go here. Your membership ensures that CDSS can continue to support, advocate, educate, connect and sustain the dance and music traditions that we cherish for ourselves and for our families for the next hundred years.
Thank You
The CDSS staff thanks you for your kind notes and messages since the death of our coworker Jeff Martell on January 8. His family's service for him last week was packed with friends, stories, songs, many tears, and a lot of laughter.
Quick Notes
  • GRANT DEADLINES are February 1, June 1 and October 1. Find more information about funding here or contact Linda Henry.

  • CDSS can receive donations from AMAZON SMILE - For eligible purchases, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to us. Go to where you'll be prompted to select a charitable organization. Be sure to select Country Dance and Song Society in Easthampton, MA.
  • CDSS website WEBSITE - Have you seen our new website, redesigned by webmaster Lynn Nichols? It has a cleaner design, easier navigation, an improved how-to section, additions to the online library, and much more.
  • CDSS Dance Map Is your dance series on our DANCE MAP? Help us fill it with dances! Thanks to Jacob LeGrone for developing the map.
  • CDSS is developing a list of BILINGUAL CALLERS (Spanish/English and French/English). Let us know if you call contras, squares or English country dance, teach morris and sword dances, or lead songs bilingually.
  •  Show the world how much you love English and contra dance and song! Download a free RINGTONE from our website!
  • Facebook logo Stay in touch with us on Facebook
2016 Summer Camp Season
(photo by Denise Smith) 
Register for camp! - We have 10 weeks this year, including 2 new sessions: The Revels Village, co-programmed by CDSS, Revels Inc., and Revels North, which will be held at Ogontz Camp in Lyman, NH, and Dance, Music & Spice which will be at Camp Cavell in Lexington, MI. Neither week would be possible without the dedicated work of the Revels folks and our hard-working friends in Michigan. Find more information about CDSS's Summer Camps here.

PINEWOODS CAMP Plymouth, MA (Sat.-Sat.)
Family Week, July 16-23
(Sam Bartlett & Abby Ladin, program chairs)
Harmony of Song & Dance, July 23-30 (Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy)
Contra Dance Callers Course, July 23-30 (Lisa Greenleaf)
English Dance Week, July 30-Aug 6 (Robin Hayden)
American Dance & Music, Aug 6-13 (Sue Rosen)
Early Music Week, Aug 13-20 (Larry Zukof)
Campers' Week, Aug 20-27 (Margaret Bary)

OGONTZ CAMP Lyman, NH (Sun.-Sun.)
The Revels Village, July 24-31 (Paddy Swanson)
Family Week, July 31-Aug 7 (Bettie & Steve Zakon-Anderson)
American Dance Musicians Course, July 31-Aug 7 (Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy)
Teachers Training Course, July 31-Aug 7 (Kari Smith)

TIMBER RIDGE High View, WV (Sun.-Sun.)
Adult & Family Week, Aug 14-21 (Janine Smith)
Square Dance Callers Course, Aug 14-21 (Kathy Anderson)
American Dance Musicians Course, Aug 14-21 (Larry Unger and Audrey Knuth) 

Dance, Music & Spice, Aug 14-21 (Carol Ormand)

Contributors to this issue include: Caroline Batson, Christine Dadmun, Rima Dael, Linda Henry, Pat MacPherson, and Lynn Nichols.