Links to Attendee Info
A mellow, just before leaving, jam on
Come Jam with us....
Stuff to get you here, stuff to
tell you what to bring, stuff to prepare you
numbers: Chimney Corners (for directions if lost) (413) 623-8991, NESI
organizer (Stewart) (845) 797-1897
Googling the NESI websiteIf you've got a question you've been unable to find an answer for on the website, you can
search the NESI website with Google: it's simple.
Key Stuff You Need To Know
(in printable PDF
This is an overview of how the time is blocked
out throughout the
weekend. Note that this tells you when meals are, when the
workshops take place every day and like that....it does not
tell you what the individual
That's where the Big Board
below comes in...
Please remember that you are not required to do anything. You can just
hang out. But we encourage to you take workshops, offer
(and even ask
for) workshops, join the dance
band, come to the pub sings on Friday and/or Saturday nights, write and
submit a limerick and/or haiku for the competition, perform in the
Saturday evening concert, dance after the concert (or sing at the Pub
Sing) and make the most of the weekend.
Betcha didn't know Emily Post played an accordion, huh?
printable PDF format) Everything about Coming & Going, What
to Bring, The Cabaret/Concert/Talent Show Saturday night, the
Contra Dance and/or PubSing, Getting a ride if you need one, talking
to other attendees about NESI in
advance, hints & tips.
A lovely, enormous, well-appointed
facility that's a YWCA camp in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts during the
summer...and for weekend in the fall is ours! The address is 748 Hamilton Road, Becket, MA, directions here
Checking in Late
If you arrive at an odd hour and
find no one at the registration table in the dining hall, there will be
there telling you where to find someone who can help you. If you come
on Friday night, look for Lynn in the pub sing. If you come in really
Friday, she might be under one of the tables there. When things totally
down, we will leave a housing list on the registration table so you can
your assigned bed and complete your registration in the morning.
Last Minute On-Site Walk-In
Registration (without prior mail-in registration)
you show-up last minute at the door without prior mail-in registration, you'll will be
welcomed for walk-in registration
you are hoping for cabin or lodge
housing less than 10 days before the event, please contact Lynn (firstname.lastname@example.org) to
find out if anything is still available. You never know. But
don't walk in and assume we can provide it. The Chimney Corners food
service staff needs a near-accurate count well ahead of the event
date. We can't add many unforeseen additional meals and lodge
cabin housing is only available with meals.
- ONLY if we haven't hit our maximum number of registrants (AND WE HAVE IN THE PAST!) and then
a camper or day-tripper.
we likely won't be able to feed you (because we give the CC kitchen a count after registration closes and they
won't have provided for you). You'll have to bring your own or go
will be able to last-minute register to camp without meals (you did
tent and sleeping bag, right?)
if we haven't reached maximum number of attendees.
Camping is unheated :) and has
access to the cabin-area bathhouse building (toilets, showers, hot
done our best to make this year's NESI at the new site a wonderful experience,
but if you pop in at the last minute, there are limits. Please
register early; We now have a maximum upper limit (which makes for a warm and friendly crowd),
and we've hit that limit before. We wouldn't want you to be (literally) out in the cold. As an alterrnative,
Off-Site Lodging and Dining
Here's a Google
search for the local motels which doesn't seem to include the Becket Motel, also a worthy
place to stay.
Google search for restaurants. Ditto
The Big Board
The Big Board
registration room off the dining hall) shows where, when and what
workshops are actually taking place. Only major events like the
Saturday Night Concert (and meals) are scheduled in advance. For
everything else, the weekend takes shape starting on Friday as people
post workshops they will host or want. They do that by sticking a
Post-It note in an empty time slot...and presto, there's now a
scheduled workshop or jam or interest session or whatever. For
more details on how this works, to see past years' Big Boards (since
what happens changes from year to year, they're different every year)
and to see an enlarged copy of last year's Big Board, see here.
A whole webpage on the eats at Chimney Corners....
Snacks!!!!It's a wonderful thing when, in
the late hours when you're jamming or song-swapping, to grab a snack or
something to drink. So we havew a late-night snack table, Friday and
Saturday nights, set up in the dining hall. It depends on
some people (not everybody!) to bring something and maybe something
special. Give it a thought. What you might bring to share
includes, but is not limited to, drinkables, hard and soft, munchables,
sweet, salty, fruity or veggie...cookies, crudities (sliced carrots,
peppers, celery, broccoli, etc.), pretzels, dips, chips, salsa,
popcorn, all like that. It'd be a good thing to have special needs food
and drink, like gluten-free. If you bring such, please label it.
We’ll have a place to store your donations in the registration room
(and space in the camp's walk-in cooler for such that need it). A
volunteer will coordinate, please pitch in if asked. And please
remember to bring the infrastructure for your goodies: paper plates, cups and plastic flatware as needed.
(in printable PDF
format) How to drive to NESI...includes an address
and even Longitude and Laddertude for your
Using the directions in this link will get you to Chimney Corners over
paved roads. There is a short-cut back way for the last mile, using
off Route 20; it's unpaved, but Google Maps, Mapquest and maybe your
GPS may direct you that way. Your choice.
Short and sweet, it's 748 Hamilton Road, Becket, MA
Which you should sign up for so you
know about late-breaking news and
which you can use to
ask to share a ride, request a workshop in some topice or drum up
support or feedback for a possible workshop you're interested in
holding. Stuff like that.
...of Sunderland MA will have a NESI shop
set up in a side room off the
hall. Stop in to check out their
travelling stock of music and instruments or make an appointment for
repairs after the weekend. The shop will be attended by Doug, Bob,
Margaret. And if you want them to bring you something, so you can
and try it and not pay postage, you might want to call or email them to
arrange that. NESI was the creation of the wonderful, facilitating Rich Morse who also started the Button Box
Private Sale Tables
If you want to put something up for
private sale, there will be tables
set up in the dining hall.
Although the building will be locked when not supervised,
the dining hall is a public space. You will need to decide when and
whether you want to take your sale item(s) to a lockable place (your
car) or not. We have had a lot of success with an honor system for more
than two decades, but NESI and/or Chimney Corners can't be responsible
for any loss. We hope no one will ever undermine this important feature
of our players' community.
New Private Sales Policy (from the Attendee Guide)
- Private sales of a few instruments by an attendee are welcome.
There will be table space set up at the back of the dining room. Be
sure to include written information that includes the price and your
contact information (phone, cabin or lodge room #, email, etc.)-- including how to reach you during the event as well as
own original publications (music books) and recordings (CDs) are also
acceptable for sale by attendees. Most people set up an honor-system
cash box for this.
- Sales by professional instrument
builders and/or dealers are limited to having flyers or business cards
and one or two samples that are not for sale. Please do not bring
instruments with the intention of selling them on-site
Contra Dance Musician's Info It rarely changes from year to year...click on link at left for info...
lead the band and Sam
will call. Click on their hyperlinked names to the left if you need to send them an email.
March The Processional tune/march this year is a traditional and well-known Scandinavian walking tune, the Äppelbo gånglåt.
Gånglåts were traditionally played for people walking a distance to a
barn dance in Scandinavia. Aren't all the diacritical marks for
Scandahoovian language fun?
In PDF format In ABC format MP3 sound file, to learn by ear (sound file from here)
Huh? What's with a Processional anyway? Is there a coronation at the Squeeze-In??
night after dinner, there'll be a processional march from the dining hall to
the Cabaret/Concert/Talent Show, with massed squeezers playing
tune...supplied above so you can learn it in advance.
- The processional tune has changed! After careful consultation with the hoi polloi, it was decided that the tune would change occasionally....so it has!
- you may have to open PDF sheet music in Adobe Acrobat
(available free, the original presentation application for
PDFs) as a separate app outside of your web browser....it often comes
up as distorted unreadable garbage when shown in a browser's PDF plugin.
What it is, how to play and win!
Late Breaking News & Info
- Forecast: try this link
or this link (and click on the 10 day froecast tab for a nice graphical weather chart fot the next 10 days) in the week before NESI.
- Also, here's a cautionary note from a long-time attendee:
of the first years at our previous venue, it rained all hard all day
Saturday, cleared up that evening and the temperature dropped like a
stone. There was ice on the lake [large puddle] outside my tent door
Sunday AM. At altitude weather can change wildly, especially
temperature. Allow for it.
The NorthEast Squeeze-In is brought to by SIORGs, its organizers,
who toil mightily behind the scenes to bring you a delightful weekend
that just seems to happen magically. We pay the same as
everyone else, but get the satisfaction of your smiles.