The Folklore Society of Greater Washington’s annual Chesapeake Dance Weekend (CDW), held each April near Annapolis, MD, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2012. See Joel Bluestein’s article in the Winter 2012 issue of the CDSS News on the weekend’s history, and Doug Plummer’s 2010 video, “Love from Thin Air.” Enjoy!
The Chesapeake Address
(thoughts on the thirtieth year of the Chesapeake Spring Dance Weekend)
One score and ten years ago our friends brought forth on this dancefloor, a new notion, conceived in fun, and dedicated to the proposition that music and dance can be enjoyed equally.
Now we are engaged in a great weekend, testing whether that notion, or any notion so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great dancefloor of that weekend. We have come to dedicate a portion of that weekend, as a recognition for those who here gave their time that that notion might live.
It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate─we can not consecrate─we can not hallow─this dancefloor. The great dancers, living and dead, who danced here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget how they danced here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished fun which they who danced here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us─that from these honored dancers we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion─that we here highly resolve that these dancers shall not have danced in vain─that this weekend, shall have a new birth of energy─and that dancing of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
The Chesapeake Address was composed by Joel Bluestein, Washington, DC area dancer, musician and one of the weekend’s founders. The big event will be April 13-15, 2012.