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



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



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

Great Lakes

GL Region will host a joint mini-conference with regional ECMMA members on Sunday, April 2nd in Columbus, OH! Topics to include Music for Inclusion, Song Literature, drumming and more! For more information or to RSVP contact





On April 9, 2017,  The Children's Music Network Mid-Atlantic Region held a Tribute Luncheon at El Golfo Restaurant n Silver Spring, MD, honoring the musical duo Cathy Fink and marcy Marxer. In a warm, informal setting, these children’s and family music trailblazers generously shared stories and advice gleaned from their 25 years of live performances and 20 award winning recordings. We were all thrilled to have an opportunity to personally express our admiration and gratitude for all they’ve done. It was, of course, also wonderful to hear them sing for us ("It’s Better When We Sing It Together”) and a pleasure to sing to them. 

This special event was organized by Devin Walker with help from his CMN Mid-Atlantic Co-Coordinator, David C. Perry.  For more details and pictures of this very special event, check out this Facebook Photo Album: 

Cathy and Marcy were very appreciative of this recognition and for all the work CMN is doing in the children’s music industry. So much so that they volunteered to host a Song Swap at their home with CMN members and other children artists later this year, whereby each artist should write and perform one new song for the group for immediate feedback and critique. We will share the details as plans are finalized.

Your CMN Mid-Atlantic Region Co-Coordinators,

David C. Perry

Devin Walker



From Past Events!



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.


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 You can also contact Mid-Atlantic Co-ordinator David C. Perry at 610-457-1239 or, if you have any questions about this event or suggestions for additional regional activities.

We hope to see you there!


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


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.


PICS FROM 2014 EVENTS: Facebook

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
















If you are interested in hosting a song swap to gather some friends to sing over the holidays, please contact Jane Arsham at 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've got a great year planned for New England in 2017-- something for everyone.   We hope to see you OFTEN!!

Children’s Music Network-New England 201


 April 29th                Annual NE CMN Gathering

                                    First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington

                                    630 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA  02476

                                    Contact CMN office:

                                REGISTER HERE

                               FACEBOOK LINK- INVITE YOUR FRIENDS

The Schedule & Workshop Descriptions:





8:30a-9                                     Gather/coffee time


9:00a-9:15                             Welcome


9:15a-10:30                          Keynote Presentation, Debby Rawson Stratton

                                           “The Power of the Creative Arts in the Lives of Young Children”



10:45a-12n                         Workshops, Session One


12n-1:15                                    ---Lunch-----


1:15p-145                            Contra Dance


1:45p-3:00                           Workshops, Session Two


3p-3:15                                 Business Meeting


3:15p--4:45                           Round Robin


4:45p-5                                  Closing


5 - 5:30                              Clean up


Workshops, Session 1

Debby Rawson Stratton & Diana Kane, The Arts- An Integral Part of every child’s education

Jackson Gillman,  Flak Happens

Amy Conley, “Stand Strong Children” Song Swap


Workshops, Session 2

Eve Kodiak, From Meltdown Prevention to Total Fun Learning

Tim Seston, Making Music:  The Recycle Bin Band

Dorothy Cresswell, Zipper Song Swap!


Debby Stratton & Diana Kane: The Arts- An integral part of every child's’ education

This workshop conducted by Debby Stratton M.Ed. and Diana Kane M.Ed. is a continuation of the keynote. It will expand on the keynote message by discussing definitions of the creative arts, how different art forms can be effective in different situations as well as examples of various creative arts activities and how they can be used to influence children’s lives. There will be a big emphasis on music: song choice, singing with children, and children’s flexibility of picking the songs they sing and when they sing.

Jackson Gillman- Flak Happens

This will be a two-part workshop, starting with Feng-Shui - how best to create a performance-friendly setting.  And when all the ounces of prevention fail, Flak Happens. UCO's (Unidentified Crawling Objects +/or Under-Chaperoned Overexuberants), PA interruptions, technical disasters, firedrills, - you name it - these performance curveballs are inevitable.  Some can be ignored but others need to be dealt with.  Workshop tips and exercises will be offered to better prepare us for handling all those Great Unexpectations.

Amy Conley Song Swap"STAND STRONG, CHILDREN"  

Children face many issues these days-- gender identity, abuse, poverty, racism, sexism, bullying and more.   Share songs that help children stand strong for themselves or for others, songs about saying no to bullying or drugs, protecting friends, feeling empowered in their own gender identity, creating change, accepting diversity, etc.  We are all unique and children need courage to protect and celebrate their uniqueness. 

Eve Kodiak: From Meltdown Prevention to Total Fun and Learning -  How to Add Effective Movement Integration to your Circle

We'll explore the brain-body connection between movement, thought and behavior - which is a lot simpler than it sounds! And put it into action with two brand-new Eve Kodiak songs that incorporate reflex and yoga movements: Wave to the Animals and Walking Walking Up and Down. We'll also talk about finding the integrative movements in the songs you bring, discuss your questions and troubleshoot your situations.

Tim Seston: Making Music: The Recycle Bin Band

In this hands on workshop we will work together in teams to make our own instruments out of recycled materials and form small bands. The goal will be to share our interests and knowledge as we learn how easy it can be to make music in an elementary school or preschool setting.

Dorothy Cresswell-  Zipper Song Swap!

Let’s share our favorite zipper songs, songs that zip in a word or phrase but keep everything else the same.  These songs are great to get immediate (or almost immediate) participation from your audience to sing along.  Children “own” the song when they offer their ideas for fill-in-the-blank. They are great for pattern-building in the brain. Great for stretching vocabulary and concepts. They are fantastic  to build beginning reading skills and flow of phrases for beginning readers and to reinforce skills and flow for more advanced readers.

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June 11th      Song Swap with optional potluck

                          Bill Harley & Debbie Block, 2-5pm (optional potluck to follow)                      

                           301 Jacob St. / Seekonk, MA. 02771   (15 min from Providence, 1 hr from Boston)

                           RSVP:       Debbie at:                   


July 22nd                    Song Swap

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



September 23         Song Swap

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



October 13th-15th      International/National Gathering

                                    Resort and Conference Center,  Hyannis, MA


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.


Dorothy Cresswell (


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.  :-)




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,

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

Barbara Girt:
Nancy Hershatter:

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 
Or find out more on FB:
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.
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 / 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,


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,





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