Nic Gareiss Bio
Michigan-born dancer Nic Gareiss has been described by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and “the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. His choreographic work re-imagines movement as a musical activity, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions, weaving together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional dance footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He has concertized internationally for over ten years with many of the luminaries of traditional music, including Frankie Gavin, Dervish, Bill Frisell, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Phil Wiggins, Buille, Solas, Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll, The Gloaming and The Chieftains. Nic holds a degree in Anthropology from Central Michigan University and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick.Grace MacMaster Bio:
Grace MacMaster is a vibrant fiddle player presently based in West Michigan. A native of Chesley, Ontario, Grace began studying piano and violin at an early age with the intent to focus on the Cape Breton fiddling style. Her grandfather, the late Alexander H. MacMaster, hailed from Judique, Cape Breton and visits to the island along with several recordings of great Cape Breton fiddlers motivated her to embrace her Celtic roots. Grace enjoys collaborating with musicians and has appeared as a guest with various bands. In addition to performing, Grace enjoys teaching private piano and violin lessons and recently directed fiddle workshops in West Michigan and New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a graduate of Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi with a BFA in graphic design.
This is our final “regular” Wheatscouts for the school year, followed by:
Spring Camp-out: June 6&7
Fall Camp-out: late September
This children’s program was started in at Wheatland 1987 with the purpose of educating children through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and nature while promoting family tradition and fellowship. Wheatscouts also gives the adults a chance to bond with other grown-ups while turning the little ones loose for a couple of hours.
Wheatscouts meet during the months from October – June, and are generally scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of each month from 11am till 1pm in the Gladys Wernette building on the Wheatland Music site. Each season kicks off and closes with a Wheatscouts Family Campout, held on site at Wheatland.
Wheatscouts is offered free of charge, is open to the public and a small healthy snack will be provided. (Feel free to bring a snack to share as well) Each gathering is uniquely themed, so stay tuned to both the Wheatland website and Facebook page for up to date information.
If you would like additional information regarding Wheatscouts you may call Jennifer Fields (coordinator) at 989-944-5011 or the WMO Office at 989-967-8879. Please contact the office if you would like to be added to the Wheatscouts mailing list.
2014-2015 Wheatscouts Schedule
September Fall Campout
Wheatscouts Campout – June 6th & 7th