• Winter Weekend 2024

  • February 23-25, 2024

WUMB will host our Winter Acoustic Music Weekend (WAMW) on February 23 – 25, 2024, in Groton, Massachusetts. This will be a ‘hands-on’ New England acoustic music retreat. Come for camaraderie and classes, concerts and great guided and freestyle jams, with these first-class players and teachers:

John Doerschuk
Martin Grosswendt
Trina Hamlin
Lorraine Hammond
Bennett Hammond
John Kirk
Trish Miller
Alastair Moock

Groton is about an hour northwest of downtown Boston. The camp is in a beautifully wooded area, and facilities are comfortable. Rooms are single or double, with private or shared bathrooms. The food is hearty, and the desserts are legendary. Walking between buildings is on fairly level ground, give or take possible snow banks! Oh – and there are several working fireplaces. Space is limited, and we encourage you to sign up early!

Registration opens at 4:00pm on Friday afternoon.
Dinner is at 6:00pm.
Alcohol is not allowed at the Winter Weekend.
Depart the campus on Sunday by 3:00pm.

The fees for WAMW 2024 are as follows:

  • *Prescott Lodge
    Single person room with private bath  $950 member        $1000 non-member
  • *Prescott Lodge
    2-person room with private bath           $675 member        $750 non-member
  • *Blanchard Hall
    Single person room with shared bath   $850 member        $900 non-member
  • *Blanchard Hall
    2-person room with shared bath           $600 member        $650 non-member
  • **Non-Lodging/Commuter                    $450 member        $525 non-member

*Cost includes meals, lodging and classes.
**Cost includes meals and classes.

A $300 deposit at the time of registration reserves your spot.
Final payments are due no later than January 5, 2024.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation by January 4, 2024: full refund minus $200 processing fee.
  • Cancellation between January 5, 2024 and January 18, 2024: full refund minus $250 processing fee.
  • Cancellation between January 19, 2024 and February 9, 2024: full refund minus $300 processing fee.
  • Cancellation after February 9, 2024: all payments non-refundable.
  • Phone cancellations must be followed by confirmation in writing. You may email your confirmation to samw@umb.edu .

Camp Information

Weather and Environment:
Prepare for winter weather, so bring lots of layers and sturdy shoes or boots! But all of the cabins have heat and hot water, so you’ll be plenty cozy inside. The camp is located in the beautiful Groton forest by a lake, so be ready to get outdoorsy. The ground can be uneven and, if it snows, pretty slippery so be careful of your surroundings.

What to Bring
To be prepared for all the activities and weather, here are some suggestions on what to bring with you:

  • Single-sized sheets, pillows and pillowcases, blankets or sleeping bag, towels and toiletries.
  • Flashlight
  • Alarm Clock
  • Your own marked mug for coffee – there are coffee makers in several lounges and the dining hall
  • Long johns, thick socks, warm winter outerwear
  • Good winter walking boots
  • Your musical instruments (that includes singing voices)
  • A recording device – some workshops may be entirely by ear and a recording device makes it easier to practice later

SAMW Campstore

The SAMW store stocks music accessories, instructors CDs, sweatshirts, mugs, t-shirts, and an assortment of music related items. Please see the schedule for store hours.

Local Shopping
Grotonwood Camp is located approximately 6 miles from a general store and approximately 5 miles from a Stop & Shop and a Shaws.

Phone Number
The Grotonwood Camp number is (978) 448-5763.

Location and Directions

167 Prescott St.
Groton, MA 01450
P:(978) 448-5763