People's Music Network

for Songs of Freedom and Struggle

2017 SG Logistics (Food, Housing & Other)

LOCATION: The PMN Summer Gathering takes place at Camp Kinderland, located at 1543 Colebrook River Road, Tolland, MA. The camp is less than 3 hours from Boston; less than 4 hours from NYC; just one hour from Hartford, 50 minutes from Springfield, MA, and a half hour from Winstead, CT. We will be organizing carpools for folks seeking to share a ride.

FOOD: The registration price includes all meals with Vegetarian, vegan, and omnivorous options (Friday dinner, Saturday. breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening treats, and Sunday Breakfast and lunch). Read the menu from last year’s gathering (2016) here.

BedACCOMMODATIONS: There is abundant rustic, indoor, dormitory-style cabin space available. In addition, Camp Kinderland has 40 private and semi-private rooms, many with double beds. The one pictured on the left is an example. These are available by special request on the registration form. Priority is given to persons with special medical needs. After that, rooms are assigned by lottery with priority given to couples sharing a bed. No linens are provided, so please bring your own bedding. Also, cabins are not air-conditioned, so consider bringing a small fan to stay cool in the event of hot weather. For those who prefer to stay in a tent, the grassy area between the Joe Hill and Morris Rosenfeld cabins is the designated camping area, with bathrooms available in nearby cabins.

HOTELS: If you prefer to stay off site, accommodations in the vicinity of Camp Kinderland include:

The New Boston Inn, 101 N Main St, Sandisfield, MA 01255, (11 minutes from Camp Kinderland, See Driving Directions Here)


  • A fan to keep cool in your cabin (cabins are not air-conditioned).
  • BEDDING/ SLEEPING BAGS and PILLOWS are a MUST! (There is no linens or bedding provided by the camp)
  • Anything musical: instruments, tape recorders, recordings, songbooks to swap or sell.
  • Other: flashlights, frisbees, gloves, bats, and balls etc. The camp is in a wooded area: be aware that this is an area where you may find Lyme disease-carrying deer ticks. Protect yourself with the least toxic, least scented, earth-friendly insect repellent that you can; wear long sleeves, socks and long pants; and check yourself for the small ticks after walking through weedy or grassy areas.

WHAT NOT TO BRING: pets, alcohol, or illegal substances.

SMOKING: There is no smoking allowed at Camp Kinderland. If you smoke, you need to do it off the camp property.

ACCESSIBILITY: If you use a wheelchair or motorized vehicle to get around, Camp Kinderland has some accessibility issues that may affect your plans to attend the gathering. However, there is one wheelchair accessible cabin for men and one for women, and all the main workshop spaces, including The Paul Robeson Theatre and the Dining Hall are fully wheelchair accessible. If you need accommodation for accessibility, please call or email the accessibility coordinator, Sally Campbell, 646-498-4175, <>, who can help with those issues.

CHEMICAL SENSITIVITIES: Be aware that some attendees are negatively affected by perfumes, strongly scented toiletries, and/or essential oils. Please refrain from bringing or wearing them.

LakeFrontSWIMMING: We will have access to the camp’s lakefront beach on Saturday, June 3, 2017. See an image of the swimming area to the right.

WiFi AVAILABILITY: Wireless internet connection will be available around the camp office, but not in the dining hall, the Paul Robeson Theatre, or the Rec Hall.