Thursday, June 30, 2011

McDANIEL COLLEGE HOSTS 17th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COMMON GROUNDS ROOTS FESTIVAL

800 participants. 120 classes. 100 instructors. Finding common ground through traditional arts and uncommon thinking.

WHEN: July 3-8 and July 10-15
WHERE:
McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., less than 90 minutes from the nation’s capitol

For more information, click here: COMMON GROUND ON THE HILL
Explore your course and enrollment options HERE

There are dozens of stories at Common Ground on the Hill:

  • A photojournalist works shoulder-to-shoulder with his students chiseling a dugout canoe from a 12-foot Sycamore log…
  • A social psychologist and professor embraces evil as a means to promote peace…
  • The soul-stirring sounds of Buckwheat Zydeco, Jesse McReynolds, The Burns Sisters, Guy Davis and Sankofa Dance Theater echo across Maryland’s hills and valleys…
  • Music, art, beliefs, nonviolence are not simply lived but passed on…
    A former state senator campaigns for Chesapeake Bay restoration
  • Newly learned Arabic and Chinese are spoken here…
  • Impromptu jam sessions keep cadence with the crickets on a summer’s eve…   
  • Baskets, tapestries, necklaces, clay pitchers and blacksmith-forged fireplace pokers take shape in the hands of bankers, teachers, scientists, homemakers—people from all walks of life who have stepped out of the 21st century, if only for a week or two.
  • Hearts sing and spirits soar…

During the first two weeks in July, campus is transformed as nearly 800 participants with dulcimers and didgeridoos, bagpipes and banjos, craft beads and pottery tools, axes and chisels, dancing shoes and open minds plunge into an unparalleled exploration of cultural diversity and quest for common ground among people of all ages, cultures, beliefs, races and genders.

Their guides on this unique roots journey are more than 100 instructors in 120 different classes from workshops, studios and offices in Iceland, France, Ireland, Scotland and all over the U.S. who will share their skills, talents and wisdom in the traditional arts and the perspective-broadening, uncommon thinking for which Common Ground is known.

Common Grounds Roots Festival sessions flank the July 9-10 Roots Music and Arts Festival which draws thousands to the nearby historic Carroll County Farm Museum and features Grammy-winner Buckwheat Zydeco, Jesse McReynolds with Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, The Burns Sisters, Guy Davis, Craobh Rua, Footworks, Sankofa Dance Theater, Walt Michael & Co., Scott Ainslie, Lea Gilmore and more. For more info, click HERE.