Regional Events

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Join us! To find an event in your area, click on your region or on the map to the right.

For more information, or to receive notices of upcoming events, contact your local CMN coordinator.

The CMN regional was AWESOME!! My friend and I were so happy to learn so much from Eve Kodiak and Ellen Allard. What new ideas and skills to explore!!! The preschool setting in Canton was great and the company even better. I connected with LOTS of old music friends!
— Sandy S, May 2013

Canada

 

If you are interested in hosting a song swap to gather some friends to sing over the holidays, please contact Jane Arsham at office@cmnonline.org

 

 

Looking forward to seeing you at the 2016 International Conference in Los Gatos, CA  Oct 14-16

Great Lakes

The Great Lakes Region is very excited to be hosting the CMN 2018 International Conference at the Lodge at Sawmill Creek Resort on the banks of Lake Erie.  The dates are Oct 12-14, 2018.  Make your plans now and perhaps extend a day or two on either end to really enjoy this beautiful setting!

 

Lisa Heintz( lisaheintz10@gmail.com)

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-Atlantic

CMN "JERSEY JAM” Song Swap & Concert

DATE:
Saturday August 5, 2017
2:00 - 3:30 pm  Socializing & Song Swap
3:30 - 4:00 pm  Doors Open to Public
4:00 - 5:00 pm  Community Concert 

LOCATION:
Old Franklin Schoolhouse
491 Middlesex Avenue
Metuchen, NJ 08840

CMN members in the the Mid-Atlantic and New York Metro regions are invited to join us for an afternoon of music making at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse in Metuchen, New Jersey. We’ll socialize and swap songs from 2:00 to 3:30 and then open the doors to the public for a Community Concert. It’ll be a great chance to play and sing with each other, while giving the locals a taste of CMN’s musical magic. 

Our point person for this cool event is CMNer Danny Adlerman, who hosts a monthly Open Mic at this cozy historic venue. Expect more info as August 5th draws nearer, but in the meantime, feel fee to contact Danny at danny@dannyandkim.com or 732-895-2095

You can also reach out to me (David) if you have any questions about our region, this event or suggestions for additional CMN activities. 

Have a great summer!

Your CMN Mid-Atlantic Region Co-Coordinators,

David C. Perry

Devin Walker

 

 

From Past Events!

 

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Pool Party, Song Swap & Potluck

On Saturday, July 30th, 2016 CMN Mid-Atlantic members and their families gathered at the lovely home Janet Sclaroff in Cherry Hill, NJ, for a Pool Party / Song Swap / Potluck Dinner. The weather gods smiled upon us and provided plenty of time for swimming, splashing, diving and water frisbee before rain clouds moved in late afternoon.

Then it was time to eat, drink and and be merry, chowing down on scrumptious burgers and chicken plus an array of salads and other miscellaneous munchies. The day was rounded out with a song circle featuring a wide variety of wonderful songs, original and old favorites, from silly to sublime, that had everyone singing and playing along.

Special thanks to Janet for being the perennial hostess-with-the mostest – and a big wet hug to Marsha Goodman-Wood for journeying all the way from Washington, DC, with her hubby and three kids to be part of the fun.



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Looking forward to seeing you at the 2016 International Conference in Los Gatos, CA  Oct 14-16

For more information, feel free to e-mail Janet at catpjx2@me.com. You can also contact Mid-Atlantic Co-ordinator David C. Perry at 610-457-1239 or DCPerry@aol.com, if you have any questions about this event or suggestions for additional regional activities.

We hope to see you there!

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CMN "Here Comes Summer!" Kids Art & Music Festival (+ Pool Party)

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, a dozen or so members of The Children's Music Network Mid-Atlantic Region provided more than four hours of music for the “Here Comes Summer!” Kids Art & Music Festival at The Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill, NJ. In celebration of the first weekend of summer – and the museum’s 21st birthday – we performed two sets on an outdoor stage and then moved into their indoor theater for the final set of the day. The museum was thrilled to have us as part of the festivities and expressed their gratitude with a nice financial contribution to CMN.

Afterwards, joined by other CMNers who weren’t at the Festival, we gathered at the nearby home of Janet Sclaroff for a Pool Party / Potluck / Sing-Along. As you can imagine, a warm and wonderful time was had by all. What a glorious way to kick off the summer!


For additinal pictures check out Facebook album of Mid-AtlanticPool Party /Gathering at the home of Janet Sclaroff

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CMN Children's Concert for Peace

On April 11, 2015, an amazing array of performers from the Mid-Atlantic Region of The Children's Music Network joined forces at the Newtown Meeting House to perform a benefit concert for the Peace Center of Bucks County. Fantastic fun for a great cause!


Group singing closing song


Left: Pauline Houston McCall   Right: Dave Fry


Peter Moses

Click on this link to see more photos of the event, including all the performers and a bunch of adorable singing, dancing kids.

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PICS FROM 2014 EVENTS: Facebook

Midwest
 
Save-the-Dates:
 
Saturday, April 22       3-5 pm   Earth Day Songswap and Community Sharing Time - Location TBA
 
Sunday, May 21           1-5 pm    Midwest Regional Gathering, Location and Speakers TBA,
 
 
If you have suggestions for a workshop presenter, please contact Carole Stephens asap!  Also planning song swaps around the MidWest-- want to host?  Contact Carole and she'll help make it happen.
 

Yours for a SongSwap!
Carole Stephens, Midwest Region Coordinator

Looking forward to seeing you at the 2016 International Conference in Los Gatos, CA  Oct 14-16

 

Check out some pix from recent fun times!!

June 2015: Six People Singing Six People Singing SongSwap Social in Chicago turned into NINE people singing, networking, laughing and sharing!  Host Carole Stephens welcomed Nina Marder, Karen Banks-Lubicz, Alina Celeste, Kristen Lems, Jeanie B, Brigid Finucane, Sue Nierman and Susan Salidor for a productive afternoon.  Watch for an announcement about our upcoming Regional Gathering in August!

 

Feb 2015: A great time was had at the Blue Isle Public Library with hosts Anna Stange and Candy Heitner-- Several scarf and color songs were shared.  A story from Abe Lincoln interpreter, Dave Becker.  Dave Orleans shared Stuart Stott's new midwinter song.  Brigid Finucane shared an interesting play party song (somewhat similar to London Bridge).  Anna Stange shared falling down and getting back up play party songs.  


Candy Heitner (left) and Debbie Parks.

Energy is building in the region leading up to this year's Annual Conference in Zion, IL Oct 16-18, 2015. Hope to see you there f not before!  If you have any questions, concerns (or would like to host a SongSwap in the future) please feel free to contact me!

Yours for a Song(Swap!)
Carole Stephens, Midwest Rep/CMN
847-384-1404
carole@macaronisoup.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mountain

If you are interested in hosting a song swap to gather some friends to sing over the holidays, please contact Jane Arsham at office@cmnonline.org or contact Katherine Dines, CMN Contact in Colorado.

 

 

Looking forward to seeing you at the 2016 International Conference in Los Gatos, CA  Oct 14-16

New England

We had a wonderful turn out for our June Song Swap at the the beautiful home of Bill Harley and Debbie Block.  A dozen folks from all over MA, NH & RI  converged to share songs and wisdom with fellow CMNers.  A fabulous feast followed, with the best of CMN's culinary faves on display.

We believe we speak for all in attendance that a great time was had by all.  In fact, one attendee declared that "the amount of talent and wisdom in the room was extraordinary!". He was right.

Looking ahead, we hope you've all marked your calendars for our next Song Swap in western MA in July.  See below for details.   Thinking about hosting yourself?  Contact Dorothy or Co-Rep. Tina Stone with questions.

October will be here before you know it! Our International Conference Committees are working hard, behind the scenes, to ensure a fabulous event.  Want to help?  Please contact Conference C-Chairs Diana Kane and Kim Wallach.  VOLUNTEERS are CMN's life blood, and we can use any/all expertise you can bring.  We look forward to seeing and hearing from you.

 
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Children’s Music Network-New England 2017

Greetings from Tina & Dorothy!

It was so nice to see a good number of CMN New England at the Regional on April 29!  It was an inspiring, awesome day with a terrific keynote from Debbie Rawson Stratton, wonderful workshops-- thank you Eve Kodiak, Jackson Gillman, Diana Kane and Debbie Stratton, Amy Conley, Tim Seston & Dorothy Cresswell.  We're definitely geared up and looking forward to hosting the 2017 Conference in October, where we sincerely hope we'll see everyone!

In the meantime, thanks to the hospitality of Debbie Block and Bill Harley, we've got a great opportunity to get together, sing, and eat, and make plans for the fall.  Here's the information  
       

July 22nd                    Song Swap

                                    Dorothy Cresswell, 1:00-4:00 PM, 17 Town Beach Rd., Belchertown, MA

                                    dcresswell@charter.net

 

September 23         Song Swap

                                    Liz Benjamin, 2p-4p,  Montpelier, VT,

                                    lizbenjamin64@gmail.com

 

October 13th-15th      2017 International Conference

                                         Resort and Conference Center,  Hyannis, MA

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From Nancy Hershatter---The 2017 workshop at NEFFA was FABULOUS---- it featured the best of CMN--- the songs, the fun we have, the abundance of resources available to members, the spirit of sharing and cooperation that are our hallmarks. Families in attendance really GOT who we are, and everyone had a great time. Performers took turns round robin style, and each had time for 2 songs. Philip Alexander and all 3 of his wonderful kids, Sally Rogers, Lydia Adams Davis, Dorothy Cresswell, Kim Wallach and myself were the performers.

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Dorothy Cresswell (dcresswell@charter.net)

 

Enjoy some photos from our 2015 NE Regional Conference held in Arlington, MA

Lenka & Morgan sharing a song at the Round Robin                      Kathy Reid-Naiman delivering Keynote


              Connecting over Lunch                                             Post Conference Jam on a beautiful Spring evening
 
It was a day full of songs and smiles and dances too, a space to laugh with old  friends and welcome the new.  A lovely keynote, engaging workshops, a lively lunch hour jam and an excellent round robin were capped off by a beautiful closing.  
 
Thank you to members old and new and to all our guests for bringing such great energy. We hope to see you all at the CMN National in Zion this fall.  :-)

 

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Picturies from earlier song swaps!



New York Metro

Save the Dates   The Children's Music   Save the Dates

Saturday, July 15   3-7 PM

Summer Song Swap/Potluck at the home of Jean Young in Larchmont, NY 

Bring Instruments, voices and songs, and food to share

RSVP for address and directions:  Nancy Hershatter,  J123sing@aol.com

Friday, Sept. 22 and Saturday , Sept. 23

CMN New York Regional Conference

Vernon Heights Day Care Center

258 South Columbus Ave.  Mount Vernon NY

Friday night we will host a Community Sing with and for the families of Vernon Heights.   On Saturday, we will have several workshop slots. If you would like to present (or co-present) a workshop, call Nancy Hershatter at 203-743-0453 or e-mail her at J123sing@aol.com.

Barbara Girt: bcgirt@mac.com
or
Nancy Hershatter: J123sing@aol.com

Northern California

 

April 23, 2017  SONG SWAP In Los Gatos

Report from Carol Passovoy:

         We had a good turn out of stalwart members and a couple of younger recruits of Pam Donkin, who are quite busy teaching and performing.  There were 14 of us all together although half are missing from the photo  below.


        Everyone had a chance to share an original or favorite song and we still had time to munch and talk with individuals. Kathleen Virmani shared her process of creating a small xylophone which was duplicated to supply each girl in a girl scout troop her own instrument.  I included the songs of 2 great members who could not be with us:  Pam Donkin and Greta Peterson’s song “Walk Lightly on the Earth"  which Pam had posted last week, in honor of Earth Day, and “Don’t Let the Good Times Slip Away” by late, treasured member, Lisa Atkinson.  Another long time member who was unable to come, is Nancy Raven.  We noted that her 40 year career, as a singer, song-writer, teacher is being honored on June 10 at the Monterey Peninsula College.

Carol Passovoy and Kathleen Rushing are your No. Cal Coordinators for CMN!  They hope to organize some gatherings this next year in at least 3 different locations, making it convenient for our members to attend.

If you would like to suggest an idea for a gathering, or volunteer your home or appropriate venue, we would love to hear from you.  In the past we have had song swaps, workshops, concerts, and always a potluck including lots of Kale dishes from Nancy Schneidinger.

You can email or call either one of us with any ideas or suggestions.  It was so great meeting a few new members and lots of "old" members at the October Conference in Los Gatos where We Could Not Keep From Singing, what a great weekend that was!  

Hope to hear from you soon, and go put that date on the calendar, right now!  
Kathleen and Carol.

Kathleen 925 216 5395
Carol (530) 412-1930

 

41st Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival

Saturday, June 10, 2017

12:00 noon – 10:00 pm 

(Doors open 11:45 am)

Everett Middle School: 450 Church Street, San Francisco

CMN Children’s Music Songswap, 12:00 Noon-1:00 PM In the Family Area

Everyone welcome!

 
The festival attracts approximately 1,500 festival-goers and showcases local talent and folk traditions from around the globe. 
 
This year’s Festival is a full day of performances, music and dance workshops, dance parties, crafts, vendors, formal and informal music-making, and just plain fun for the whole family. 
All performances and workshops are free and open to anyone who wants to drop in and participate or just listen. 
 
Festival event schedule and website: 
The full schedule, donation and volunteer signup links can be found at sffolkfest.org. 
Or find out more on FB:  
https://www.facebook.com/events/337996666597129/
 
Background: 
The San Francisco Free Folk Festival is a gift to the people of San Francisco and the Bay Area from the San Francisco Folk Music Club, founded in 1949. Since the first annual event in 1977, the Festival has been a cornerstone celebration of folk music’s rich history, and a treasured tradition for folk lovers from throughout the Bay Area. The festival celebrates the shared experience of American populism, new and emerging talent, and diverse folk traditions from around the globe that converge in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
Event site: 
Everett Middle School (details and map)
450 Church Street, San Francisco (between 16th and 17th St)
The event site is fully accessible and ADA compliant.
 
Public Transit:
The J-Church Muni line stops right at the school. The school is a 10-15 minute walk from the 16th Street Mission BART station.
 
Parking:
Onsite parking will be available for a fee.


February 26, 2017 Songswap

 

 

Want to host a song swap-- any other great ideas for the region,
contact Carol Passovoy cdpass@att.net / 530-412-1930

 

Northern Califormian CMNers gather to sing and enjoy each other's company!


L-R Dale Allen Boland, Kathleen Virmani, Freesia Raine, Carol Passovoy, Lisa Sniderman (Aoede), Nancy Schimmel, Bonnie Lockhart, Michael Quadro, Peter Apel. Photo taken by member Rozalina Gutman. Also present Dennis and Linda Ronberg

 

Northern California CMN'ers enjoying themselves a song swap

Long time CMN Board Member, Wiley Rankin, and his wife Debbie

Pacific Northwest

If you are interested in hosting a songswap or get together please contact

Your Friendly Regional Co-Reps,

Greta Pedersen, greta@greta.net

Southeast

If you are interested in hosting a song swap to gather some friends to sing over the holidays, please contact:

Marci Bernstein
Asheville, NC

Judy Caplan Ginsburg
Alexandria, LA

Elise Witt
Pine Lake, GA

 
Southern California

Nothing in the works at this time!  If you are interested in hosting a song swap or get together, please contact Jane Arsham, janea@cmnonline.org

 

 

 

Southwest

If you are interested in hosting a song swap to gather some friends to sing over the holidays, please contact:

Purly Gates
Driftwood, TX

Frank M. Hernandez
Tucson, AZ