Click on above link to view the camp's own website
NESI is held at this spacious, fantastically appointed and
staffed summer camp and conference center,
Click once or
twice on the map for an enlarged version you can pan around in.
Also, if you do so, you will get a page with just the map, which is
good for printing out the map! Note well the
sanctioned parking areas.
748 Hamilton Road, Becket, MA, in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, directions here.
Lots of big and little places to play and play around in, along with
good eats, great lodging, camping and recreational facilities. In the image above the
Hall (where you register, too) is on the left and, on the right, is the
Smith Art Center (where workshops, the contra dance and concert is held)
The pictures following were taken at
various times/years, some in the spring (snow may still on the ground),
some in the fall at a NESI
First, the main buildings...
....though most of the time it's used like this late night jam here...
double-click to see the image full size
There's a big meeting room at each end (with
fireplaces), at one, the Button Box shop,
with countless concertinas, recordings, instruction books, sheet music & acres of accordions
the helpful Button Box staff and maybe a jam session
at the other, the NESI headquarters (with check-in desk
& the Big Board),
never-ending jam session & the only available WiFi
Outside, out back are two covered porches flanking an enormous 35'
open porch overlooking the pond
...and out front is a little stone court for a small jam...
Close by is the Smith Art Center (rec hall), where we take the annual group shot
...with a lovely wooden dance
floor for the dance and stage for
the concert night performances and contra band
...and yet more workshop
Further out is a
lovely big heated workshop space, the Environmental Learning Center (with deck overlooking the pond)
and a rustic
pavilion with a huge fireplace they'll set
crackling for us
to one of the lodges, there's a snug little library with fireplace and
yet another covered porch........
...and so many places to chat or kick back when you're tired of playing...
have tons of jamming and workshop space...in addition to the
pavilions, workshop centers, library, etc, each floor of the four
winterized lodges has a lounge, one upstains and one down. Many
have fireplaces with all the firewood, cut, split, dried & ready to
digs come in three
flavors: lodge, cabin and a camping field.....
- All housing units have shared
lodges have a one or more
baths per bunkroom cluster,
while the cabins are clustered around a common bath house.
- The bedrooms hold two high bunk beds, we don't count or use
upper bunk (we have way more space and digs than we can use)
heated lodges each with
upstairs and downstairs lounges
Register early to get a
lodge bed; these are prime digs!
Thirty summer (unheated, no electric)
cabins with single bed bunks....
Foam mattresses supplied, but bring a
(battery-type only) lantern & a warm sleeping bag. No cooking
in the cabins
Folks: can't stress this enough:
You Do Not Drive Onto the Field. Park on the side road and walk your gear over.
We rut it and there'll be a big bill to smooth it out
Recreational Facilities that
Here's the pond front in the fall,
where there are canoes and kayaks for the asking
Note that a fully extended accordion does not qualify as a Personal
..and a Sauna (with a skylight!)
that they will fire up for us.
- We're allowed our own drink. Alcohol isn't sold, but isn't
BYO and enjoy. Clean up your "dead soldiers"
- All building and rooms are ramp accessible for disabilities
- There are refrigerators in each lodge, some dining hall fridge
and an ice machine there as well
- We now have a true half-day Sunday with lunch...time for a few
classes and bit more jamming...
but be out of your digs and packed into
your car by noon