Fun For All Ages
Activities by Age Group
The Family Stage this year will feature parades, acclaimed storytellers and comedians, games, hula hooping, bubble art, crafts, movies and a peek into the indigenous history of Rhode Island. Exeter’s own Tomaquag Museum is sponsoring the Family Stage again this year to bring the music, stories and crafts of native peoples to Rhythm & Roots. Len Cabral, an internationally known storyteller and great grandson of a Cape Verdean whaler, will showcase his exuberant interpretation of African, Cape Verdean and Caribbean folk tales. Games, bands, costume-making and a performance from the Rhythm & Roots Youth Music Camp are also on tap.
R&R Youth Music Camp
Where kids learn, play, and perform Cajun Music from friendly, patient and gifted teachers
Learn How to Play:
As part of the festival commitment to keeping traditional Cajun music alive and thriving in New England, the Rhythm & Roots Youth Music Camp is offered at no cost.
Renowned fiddle teacher Pam Weeks directs the camp, assisted by Karen McGrath. The gifted and patient teachers include Weeks, Amy Larkin and Cathy Mason (fiddle); Jim Joseph and Tim Kness (accordion); Bill Olson and Elna Joseph (guitar), and Michael Pattavina (mandolin, upright bass). Michelle Kaminsky serves as advisor.
The program culminates in the very popular Dance Tent performance for an enthusiastic crowd of parents and festival fans on Sunday at 2 p.m. “Les Jeunes Cajuns” and their instructors play and sing tunes they have learned during the weekend.
Local Children Welcome and Encouraged to Participate!
No ticket? No problem! Local children whose families are not attending the festival are invited to participate in the Rhythm & Roots Youth Music Camp. Classes are held in the Ninigret Park picnic pavilion outside the ticket gate. All parents (local and festival patrons) should plan to stay at the pavilion during lessons, so bring a book and your coffee or tea!
Parents please note:
- Please plan to stay while classes are in session. Bring your coffee, a book, camera, blanket or chair. Relax, watch, listen and enjoy!
- We are staffed to teach only. If your child needs a trip to the restroom, etc., please attend to his or her needs. Also bring any special items that your child may require. Thank you.
- If your child has special dietary needs, please bring along an appropriate snack and drink.
If you need to cancel for any reason, please contact us so that others may have a chance to participate.