Pinewoods Sessions 2023

Scottish Session I: July 7-10, 2023
Scottish Session II: July 10-15, 2023

Join us in 2023 in the woods of Plymouth for Scottish dancing beneath the tall pines. You'll enjoy dance and music classes during the day and a dance party every night, plus after-parties, auctions, ceilidhs (known to the outside world as talent shows), and more!

Each year there is a theme for the week's events. This year's theme has not been chosen yet. More details are coming -- stay tuned.

The schedule of fees for the 2023 sessions has not yet been decided. Watch this space for updates, or subscribe to our mailing list.

There will be an additional fee for online payment, but you are always welcome to send a check. The online application form will prompt you as to whether you wish to send a check or pay electronically.

Scottish sessions often fill up in advance. Any applications received before April 1 will be given priority, and if necessary they will be entered into a lottery for available slots. Any applications received after April 1 will be placed on a wait list.

2023 Teaching and music staff

The teaching staff:
  • Bruce Herbold (San Francisco)
  • Charles Liu (Boston)
  • Jennifer Schoonover (Boston) doing both highland and conditioning, back by popular demand
  • A special, exciting teacher from Scotland, specializing in older traditions and more social dancing

The music staff:
  • Tom Pixton on accordion, piano (Music Director, Boston)
  • Elizabeth Anderson on fiddle (Boston)
  • Peter MacFarlane on fiddle (Vermont)
  • Ben Anderson on cello (Boston)
  • Beth Murray on piano (Boston)
  • Barbara Pixton on bass, piano (Boston)
  • Stephen Thomforde, Session 1 pipes (Boston)
  • Nate Silva, Session 2 pipes (Boston)
  • Sue Chari and John Crabtree on sound
  • Plus two returning favorites: On fiddle (Scotland), On piano (Norway)

Documents for 2023

  • Online application form (Coming soon)
  • Camper jobs list
  • Evening dance diagrams (session I) and (session II) (Coming soon)
  • Evening dance notes (session I) and (session II) (Coming soon)
  • Evening dance combined notes/diagrams (session I) and (session II) (Coming soon)
  • Session I dances on strathspey.org (Coming soon)
  • Session II dances on strathspey.org (Coming soon)
  • If you are using the Mobile SCD App, the lists are session I: (Coming soon), session II: (Coming soon)
  • Party planner (Coming soon)
  • Class descriptions (coming soon)
  • Class selection for campers
  • What to bring
  • Hospitality and rides coordinator (Coming soon)
  • Pinewoods Gazette (Coming soon) *

* A printed copy of the Gazette will be available to each camper upon arrival.

This year a customized, prefilled accepted camper form is being emailed to campers who are accepted to Pinewoods Scottish Sessions. Please contact us if you have any questions or wish us to send you another link to the form.

Contact the chairs: Catherine Scannell and Debbie Jarvis at (617) 777-3865

From this past Pinewoods 2022 Scottish Sessions: