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Summer Gathering 2000



June 2 - June 4, 2000

Epworth Camp and Retreat Center, High Falls, New York


What happens at a Gathering? CARPOOLING



GREETINGS from the PMN/SFS steering committee and staff!

We invite you, your family, and friends to join us for our annual summer weekend of music, fun, and friendship. This gathering we will focus on learning about the agendas of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), about what other voices are organizing around international financial policy and individual freedom, and about what this means to and how it affects us. Contact Maggie Greene at (860) 223-2407 or if you have suggestions or info to share. <back to top>

What is PMN/SFS?

We are a network of people using music and culture to promote progressive ideas and values. We represent many social, racial, cultural and ethnic communities, as well as a great variety of musical and political interests. In addition to this gathering, we hold an urban gathering each winter, and publish a newsletter and resource directory for our membership. Our vision is to continue to build toward a racially and culturally diverse Network, and our best resource to that end is you. Please share information about PMN/SFS and invite music-makers across a wide range of class, race, age, culture, physical ability, and sexual orientations to this gathering.

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What happens at a Gathering?

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WHERE: This will be our fourth year at EPWORTH CAMP and RETREAT CENTER in High Falls, NY. The camp is on beautiful land which overlooks the Rondout Creek and is snuggled between the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains. Though we're not allowed to swim in the creek, there are lots of nice swimming holes and hiking trails in the area. The camp has a large dining hall, a big barn, wide open fields for camping and several dorms for sleeping (more on sleeping arrangements below). <back to top>

COSTS: These are sliding scale: $90-100 for adults, $35-45 for children 12 years old and under, and no charge for children under 2. The cost for local folks not staying overnight is $80-90 for adults, and $30-35 for children. The day rate: $55-60 Sat., and $40-45 Sun., for adults, and $25-30 Sat and $20-25 Sun., for children. The price includes: all food (Fri. night supper, Sat.breakfast, lunch, dinner, and evening treat; Sunday breakfast and lunch); overnight accommodations (dorm or camping space) and registration.

Scholarships: Please don't let lack of funds keep you from coming to the gathering. Our policy continues to be to give a full or partial scholarship to anyone who needs one. If you are able, we ask that everyone pay at least $36 for adults or $20 for children, to cover food costs. If you need a scholarship, it is absolutely essential that you register well before the weekend so we can do our financial planning. WE ALSO ENCOURAGE THOSE WHO ARE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR SCHOLARSHIP FUND. This makes the gathering more affordable for everyone. <back to top>

DUES: Members will be asked to bring their dues up to date (sliding scale from $15 - 50). Check your mailing label for your membership expiration date. We welcome new members! Membership is our PRIMARY source of funding! <back to top>

SCHEDULE: Registration is Friday 6pm -11pm and Saturday morning. Friday evening begins with unstructured schmooze/jam/get-settled time. Saturday activities: Opening Ceremony, Workshop 1 & Community Meeting before lunch; Plenary (WTO...), Workshop 2 and free time before dinner; and the Round Robin in the evening. Sunday Activities: Workshop 3, Songs of the Spirit, and Closing Ceremony before lunch. <back to top>

WORKSHOP SUGGESTIONS: We have three 1&1/2 hour workshops. Contact Karen Brooks, Workshop Coordinator, with any workshops you would like to lead. See preregistration form for details. <back to top>

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS: We encourage you to tent, and space for that is abundant. For privacy, this is your best bet. There is plenty of indoor cabin space available. Though beds are limited, there is plenty of floor space. Rooms sleep between 4-10 people, bunk beds only. If you have special requirements, please indicate them on the registration form. <back to top>

CHILDCARE: Angela Page will be returning for her third year as Childcare Coordinator for the weekend. If you have questions regarding Childcare, please call her at (914) 292-8715. <back to top>

WHAT TO BRING: Anything musical -- instruments, voices, tape recorders, recordings, songbooks to swap or sell. BEDDING/SLEEPING BAGS and PILLOWS are a MUST! We also suggest you bring a flashlight, insect repellent, bathing suit, Frisbees, gloves, bats, and balls, etc... We encourage you to be aware of folks with chemical sensitivities -- please do not bring or wear perfumes or strongly scented toiletries! PLEASE DON'T BRING: PETS, ALCOHOL, or ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES! <back to top>

SHARE THE WORK: The cost of the weekend is low because we share the workload! When you register, you will sign up for two 1-hour workshifts (kitchen, clean-up, childcare, etc...the sign-up sheets will be near registration). If you can't make your work shift on time, YOU must find a replacement. <back to top>

SWIMMING: We will not have access to the camp's pool, as our gathering is early in the season. But, there are lots of nice swimming holes and indoor recreational pools in the area that we can direct you to if you want to go for a dip. <back to top>

RECYCLING: The camp is all set up for recycling, but please bring more REUSABLE than disposable items. <back to top>

CARPOOLING: If you have room in your car or you would like to find a ride to the Gathering, call Sarah Underhill (914) 626-4507. <back to top>

ACCESSIBILITY: This camp is relatively accessible, but it is not perfect. There are ramps for the dining hall and one of the dorms. There are also accessible bathrooms in these buildings. The land is not quite flat and there is a paved path between most of the buildings. Feel free to call Sarah Underhill (914) 626-4507 for more info. <back to top>

REGISTRATION INFO: Call Sarah Underhill (914) 626-4507. <back to top>

GENERAL QUESTIONS: Email Pat Humphries: or call Sarah Underhill (914) 626-4507 prior to June 2 and call either at Camp Epworth (914) 687-0215 during the Gathering. <back to top>



Driving: The easiest way to EPWORTH CAMP and RETREAT CENTER is by car. It is located 2.3 miles south of Route 213 in High Falls, NY. See online map and directions:

From the South: Take the NYS Thruway to Exit 18 (New Paltz). Left on Rte. 299 West into New Paltz. Right on 32N, go 8 mi to Rosendale. Left on Rte 213W into High Falls. Go through High Falls to traffic light. Left at light onto Lucas Turnpike. Approximately 2.3 miles, Camp Epworth is on the left.

From the North: NYS Thruway to Exit 19 (Kingston). Right into traffic circle and then immediately off circle on Rte 28W. About half-mile to the exit for Rte 209S. Take Rte 209 through Stone Ridge. About 1 mi south of Stone Ridge turn left on Rte 213 east. Approximately 1mi to traffic light. Right at light onto Lucas turnpike. Approximately 2.3 miles, Camp Epworth is on the left.

From the West: From Ellenville on Rte 209, about 14 miles to Lucas Turnpike (on right). About 3 miles to Camp Epworth (on right).

Public Transportation: There is bus service from New York City and Albany via ADIRONDACK TRAILWAYS to ROSENDALE, NY which is about 5 miles from the camp. We will provide shuttle service from the bus stop at the CUMBERLAND FARM/gas station in ROSENDALE to the camp between 6pm and 10pm on Friday and before noon on Saturday. Please indicate on the registration form when your bus is due to arrive so we will know when to expect you. WE DO NOT MEET EVERY BUS - only those with PMN passengers we know about! Use Newburgh or Albany airports. <back to top>


If you would like to lead a workshop or see certain workshops offered, please send a description to: Karen Brooks,, PO Box 92, Heath, MA, 01346, (413) 337-6614. Email is best.

If you are not attending the entire gathering, let Karen know which workshop timeslots you will be available for: #1 Sat. 9:15-10:45am, #2 2:45-4:15pm or #3 Sun. 9-10:15 am.

Be sure to email or call Karen by May 15th to confirm your workshop!

We do our best to include your workshop proposal and accommodate your schedule, but we cannot guarantee that your workshop will be included until we have received all of the potential offerings. <back to top>

STEERING COMMITTEE VACANCIES: If you would like to help guide PMN in its mission and be a part of a fun-loving and dedicated group, consider volunteering to fill one of the five positions up for election this summer. Nominations will take place at the Community Meeting.

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As you have probably heard by now, we will be spending the Summer Gathering at Camp Epworth again this year. Because of a change in their policy, food services will be provided by the camp itself. This means some adjustments on our part.

For one thing, it does not seem that food will be available at all times for us as it has always been with Rick and Joanne as our cooks. Moreover, there will not be the usual flexibility in preregistration that we were accustomed to with Rick and Joanne.

Camp Epworth has made it very clear that they need a specific head count in advance to ensure that everyone gets fed. Preregistration with the number in party who will be attending is required. PEOPLE NEED TO RETURN REGISTRATION FORMS BEFORE MAY 22.

Camp Epworth has agreed to meet our diverse dietary needs as much as possible. If you have specific food preferences/requirements, you need to make these known to the camp. We have been assured that they will offer a choice between meat, vegetarian, and vegan meals. Once you have made that choice you will be expected to stick with it for the weekend. If you or any members of your party have any dietary restrictions or allergies, you need to indicate these on your preregistration form.

We ask that everyone be as cooperative and patient as possible with these changes. Please remember that the site committee is working diligently to find a camp that will accommodate our desire to have Rick and Joanne back as soon as possible.

Again, we just want to emphasize the importance of responding in a timely manner. There is no guarantee that you will be able to attend the Summer Gathering or will be fed by the camp if you have not preregistered BEFORE MAY 22! Printable registration form can be found here. <back to top>