Summer 2020 Closing Announcement

April 5, 2020

Dear Pinewoods Community,

It is with sadness that Pinewoods Camp, along with our five program
providers, Country Dance and Song Society, Country Dance
Society-Boston Centre, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Folk Arts
Center of New England, and the Folk Music Society of New York announce
the cancellation of the 2020 summer season. Your health and well-being
are of the utmost concern to us, and it is with that in mind that we
all feel that it is safer to wait until next year to resume dancing
and singing under the pines.

After careful deliberations by our entire board and looking at various
scenarios including postponing the opening date, we have decided that
the safest scenario is to close Camp for the season. Camp takes at
least two weeks to open, and so any date we thought might be safe to
open would need to be proceeded by getting crew here two weeks
earlier—when it wouldn’t be safe.  In addition, the fact that our
pastime is social dancing, which involves touching hands with everyone
in the room, is a recipe for disaster. There are also economic
considerations to consider, as even the partial opening of Camp
requires a significant investment with the looming possibility that we
would have to close a short time later, if we experienced any outbreak.

It is therefore time, dear Campers, to sit this dance out and come
back stronger than ever in 2021.

If you have questions or concerns, please email them to me at . The board and I will answer them. I will post the questions and answers on the Pinewoods’ website ( in a FAQ’s section.

Be safe, my friends.


Carl Mastandrea

Executive Director

Pinewoods Camp


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