Banjo player by the lake

Fall Getaway Weekend

Each fall, FSSGB sponsors a weekend in a tranquil setting within easy driving distance of Boston. The weekend is filled with music -- song swaps, workshops and mini-concerts led by professional staff and campers on Saturday and Sunday. The Fall Getaway gives campers a chance to meet each other, trade songs and tunes, and enjoy a relaxing weekend away from the city.

Details for 2017

The next Fall Getaway Weekend will be held Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17 at Prindle Pond Camp and Conference Center in Charlton MA. This year we'll be on the newer side of camp (Hilltop) - every bedroom has its own bathroom!

Download this year's materials (more to come as we get closer to the event):

We are delighted to have Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz and Gail Finnie on staff for our Getaway Weekend this year.

Start with two compelling voices, an uncanny sense of harmony and a deep grounding in traditional American music. Add in stunning guitar work and a warm, intimate performance style, and what do you get? Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz. As one reviewer says, "Martin and Susanne make beautiful music together." Martin is internationally known as an interpreter of pre-war blues and other roots music. He started his career recording with and accompanying legendary folk musicians such as U Utah Phillips, Rosalie Sorrels, and Jim Ringer and Mary McCaslin. Susanne is a veteran of the Boston roots music scene. A life-long singer, she slips seamlessly into any genre, making it her own; soulful blues singer one minute, sassy honky-tonk gal the next. Together they embrace a deep love and respect for the roots of classic blues, old time, early country, and honky-tonk. At the same time, they make the music their own, presenting it with style, grace and wit. Martin and Susanne played and sang together for three years in Honky Tonk Masquerade, a rockin’ honky tonk/western swing band, before striking out as an acoustic duo two years ago. Their performances have delighted audiences from Maine to Georgia. Their first CD together, Old Songs, New Hats, was released late in 2015.

Gail has performed as a solo artist for the last 25 years in New England's coffeehouses, clubs, festivals, museums, and schools. For many years she brought folk music to a whole new generation as a music specialist in pre-schools, and as both a substitute music teacher and teacher's aide in public schools. Gail plays Appalachian dulcimer and guitar. She teaches dulcimer, both privately and in workshops at various festivals in the Northeast. Gail has released four solo recordings - "Just in Time", "Farther Along", "Full Circle", and "Heart of a Believer" (her latest recording, released early in 2012) featuring musicians such as Johnny Cunningham, Tim and Mollie O'Brien, Brooks Williams, Robin Batteau, Aoife O'Donovan, Jake Armerding, and Heidi Muller. Her a cappella group Taproot released two CD's, "If You Build It" and "Grand Design". Christine Lavin introduced Gail to an international audience by including her version of the Anne Dodson song, "Lie Easy" on the Rounder Records compilation "When October Goes".

This year's workshop schedule will be broken into two tracks - one with a focus on singing (with or without instrumentation) and one with a focus on playing instruments (with or without vocals!) The workshop schedule is still being developed, but will feature some favorite sessions from past years and some new workshops, led by both staff members and fellow campers. If you have suggestions or requests about workshops, send email to

If you have any questions about the weekend, send email to send email to or call Lori at 978-264-9710.