We had a wonderful weekend of jams and workshops in 2015! Check back in summer 2016 for festival updates.
Philadelphia Area Traditional Music and Dance (PATMAD) is sponsoring an annual acoustic folk music weekend at French Creek state park near Elverson, PA. The park is about an hour from Philly. French Creek Music Retreat is a resurrection of a family folk music festival of old.
We meet in Group Camp 1, which has a large lodge and cabins available that sleep 2 or 4. The camp is reserved for the weekend of Sept. 18-20, 2015 for this event that focuses on acoustic instrumentalists and singers. We can have some great jams with workshops throughout the day and a dance in the evening! The registration fee includes a bed in a 2 or 4 person rustic cabin (See photo at right) with old metal bed frames (See photo bottom of page). An air mattress or foam pad, good flashlight, and bug spray are recommended.
This event begins at 5:00 Friday evening, and we need to be cleaned up and out of the lodge by noon on Sunday. There will be a pot luck dinner on Saturday night and continental breakfasts on Sat. and Sun. mornings (bring your own dishes & utensils). Please enough food for yourself (and family) and extra to share. Please bring your own folding chairs for outdoor jams and workshops.
There will be a pick up band for the dance, jam sessions, and workshops (see schedule below). You can go hiking, boating, playing frisbee golf, badminton, enjoy campfire circles, etc. You can become friends on facebook to see photos of the camp at https://www.facebook.com/groups/158619740929577/.
For the kids, there will be face painting and their own rhythm band.
The cost is only $25 per person for this all-volunteer weekend, Saturday only is $15, Saturday- Sunday is $20, and Friday only is $5.00 (children 17 and under are free). Everyone will be assigned a small job to help run the camp smoothly.
On Friday night there will be a $5 spaghetti dinner. Please indicate your interest on the registration form.
Click HERE to register!