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 2020

Fall Getaway Weekend will be held Friday through Sunday, September 11-13, 2020, at Prindle Pond Camp & Conference Center in Charlton, MA. Staff members TBD.

The getaway weekend will take place at Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, MA. The weekend features concerts by the staff members as well as a campers' concert – like an open mic, all campers are welcome to sign up to perform. Workshops are scheduled throughout the weekend, led by staff and campers. Campers are invited to go at their own pace and make their own fun by starting or joining spontaneous sings and jams. If you would like to lead or request a workshop, send email to


Bob and Jeanne Zentz Tom Smith

Our staff for 2020 consists of Bob and Jeanne Zentz and Tom Smith. Bob and Jeanne are old friends and life partners who share a love of music and history -- which they love sharing with others! With a friendship dating back to the early 1970s, Bob and Jeanne combine his lifetime of bringing traditional music as "edu-tainment" to students of all ages, with her work as a History Ph.D. with a growing reputation for helping restore lost musical "soundscapes" and adding to an understanding of music in a historical context. Tom Smith's songs are in turns humorous, touching, thought provoking, and inspiring. Deeply rooted in the old-school folk tradition, his timeless stories are told with a voice that is honest and sincere with melodies that you will remember forever.

The getaway weekend includes a flea market, proceeds of which benefit the Fall Getaway Weekend scholarship fund. (Additional donations are needed and welcome!) Bring anything you like to donate to the flea market – preferably musical in nature, but clothes, household items and other donations are welcome! Anything that isn’t sold will be donated to a local charity.

Prindle Pond is about 1.5 hours west of Boston. All housing is in comfortable private rooms with modern indoor plumbing. Six delicious meals (Saturday lunch through Monday breakfast) are included, and vegetarians options are always available.

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