Again this year, the first dance of English Trifle weekend will begin at 2 pm Saturday, May 28. There will be two afternoon sessions on Saturday — with a break for tea between them — and an evening dance. On Sunday, there will be two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions. Then dinner and more dancing. Monday morning, after a leisurely breakfast, one last session, lunch and then off you go, home in time to fix dinner and start the laundry.
If there is enough interest, we may add an “introductory” session at one pm on Saturday, to go over the basics for those who have not tried English recently, or perhaps ever!
We have three very fine callers — Scott Higgs, from the Philadelphia area; Gaye Fifer, from Pittsburgh; and Melissa Running, from Washington, DC. Excellent music will be provided by eight musicians (Susan Brandt, Tina Chancey, Bruce Edwards, Ralph Gordon, Andrea Hoag, Aaron Marcus, Paul Oorts, and Kathy Talvitie). We expect to “mix and match” the musicians, so that no two sessions will feature the same mix of instruments. We anticipate that you will be able to dance ECD at every session, if you wish, but we hope to offer a few workshops — perhaps a callers’ exchange, and certainly a chance to create a new dance, as we did last year. That dance will be posted on this website soon.
The Playhouse, where we will be dancing, is approximately 40 x 60, and has a painted wood floor. It is air conditioned, and overlooks a small lake.
This year’s all-inclusive price is $120 per person. The price includes all meals and comfortable cabins (you will need to bring your own linens — sheets, towels, blankets, pillow). There are a fair number of rooms with private or semi-private baths, unusual in a camp. The camp has a well-maintained swimming pool, and a friendly and helpful staff.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We are excited about being able to offer this very special event for a second year.
April Blum and Kappy Laning, Organizers