Old-Time Week – July 17-23, 2022

COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges to the safe presentation of in-person gatherings of all types. For next summer, our safety protocols will be guided by the recommendations of the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Buncombe County Health Department and those of Warren Wilson College. We anticipate that these measures will continue to evolve in response to the progress of the virus, but as of this writing:
All participants, including children, must provide documentation, verified with a photo ID, that they have been fully vaccinated. Following the recommendations of both the NC Department of Health & Human Services and the Buncombe County Health Department, this includes a booster shot.
All participants must be masked and practice physical distancing while indoors.
Social dancing such as contra-, square- and ceili dancing will not be possible next summer due to physical distancing requirements.
Since we will attempt to create a ‘bubble of the vaccinated’ on our campus during the workshops, there will be no events open to the public, and we suggest that Gathering participants remain on campus throughout the week.
Participants will be updated throughout the spring of any changes or additions to these safety measures.

 

Our oldest program, Old-Time Week at the Swannanoa Gathering features fabulous jams, great food, a beautiful location and the best old-time musical lineup in the country! The week explores the rich music, dance, and singing traditions of the southern Appalachian region through a wide variety of classes taught by an experienced and supportive staff. The many diverse offerings enable students to explore new areas; fiddlers sing, and singers learn to play instruments. Students enroll in as many as three regular classes during the week, and each afternoon a variety of short workshop topics are offered during the Potluck Sessions. In addition, this year, folk legend Janis Ian will be offering her “Master Class in Artistry” during all five weeks of the Gathering. The daily Communal Gathering features master musicians, singers, and dancers from across the Appalachian region. Evening activities include jam sessions, singing, clogging, concerts, the Old-Time Social open mic and the popular Late-Night Honky-Tonk! For families, we offer the Teen Gathering, a class specifically for teenagers and Young Old-Time, an evening jam for young players.