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







The Mid-Atlantic region will be hosting a CMN Luncheon to honor Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer on Sunday, April 19, 2017 at El Golpho Restaurant, 8739 Flower Avenue, Silver Spring, MD, from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.  A flyer is forthcoming within the next few days. 

We will ask each artists to perform at least one song in their honor and I will ask the honoree's to play a song or two, then we will have a question and answer segment where they can share their experiences in the children's music field.  Let Devin Walker know if you have any questions.

CMN Mid-Atlantic Co-Coordinator
David Perry
610-457-1239 (cell)

CMN Mid-Atlantic Co-Coordinator
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

We had our first Six People Singing Songswap of the year in January at the home of regional coordinator Carole Stephens.  Actually it was 9 people sharing great songs and networking!  So we're doing it again!  Please join us if you can get to the Chicago area on March 25.
Saturday, March 25     3-5 pm at Susan Salidor's house in Chicago
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

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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



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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



The Children's Music Network  New York Metro Region &  Vernon Heights Child Care Center invite you to join us

Friday Evening, March 24

5:30-7:30 PM

For a Musical Potluck and Songswap bringing together families, teachers, musicians and performers in a vibrant urban community setting

Vernon Heights Child Care Center

258 South Columbus Avenue (corner Beekman Ave- Entrance on Beekman)

Mount Vernon, New York


Bring yourselves, some food to share, voices, instruments and your passion for this vital work of connecting, listening and learning from one another through the sharing of our music. It's never been more important!

  Questions? Nancy Hershatter  cell 203-240-7348

Barbara Girt:
Nancy Hershatter:

Northern California

SAVE THE DATE;  April 23, 2017  SONG SWAP- details TBA

The gathering  in Berkeley was a lovely mixture of new and stalwart members and guests!  13 people joined to meet and share .  We heard original songs, by 2 new members, one motivated by his young children, and one, by his grand-daughter.  We had the opportunity to urge Leisel,the mother of Nanci Schneidinger, to finish her beautiful song to honor Spring, which she shared with us.  We sang with gusto, the song created by Melanie DeMore's “Put One Foot in Front of the Other”. which she wrote in response to the election.

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

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