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Weekends

Our weekends are a great opportunity to sing, jam, learn, hang out, and generally enjoy good music in good company in great surroundings. You do not have to be a performer to enjoy the weekend--anyone who is interested in hearing folk music of all kinds will have a great time. General FAQs. Children at weekends FAQs.
We hold three a year:

  • Winter — Friday 13 – Sunday 15 February 2015 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY. An informal weekend of singing and jamming. more information below
  • Spring — Memorial Day weekend, Friday 22 – Monday 25 May, 2015 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY. Featured staff, workshops, concerts, camper concerts, jams, sings, dances, etc. Read one member's comments
  • Fall — Friday 6 – Sunday 8 November 2015 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY. Featured staff, workshops, concerts, camper concerts, jams, sings, dances, etc.....
Note: Scholarships are available to help with costs at all our weekends. Download the Scholarship Information and Application (MS Word format) to apply.
General Weekend Frequently Asked Questions
Jamming - click to enlarge
Singing - click to enlarge More singing - click to enlarge
Still more singing - click to enlarge
Themes from a Hat
A great "mixer" that we sometimes use at our weekends.

Whether you come to every weekend, come occasionally, or have never tried it, please take our weekend survey.

Got Kids?
Spring and Fall we often offer kids' programs, such as a “petting zoo” where they can actually handle different instruments (fun for adults too!) and more. So bring the kids, grand-kids, etc., and encourage families you know to join us. See also the Children's FAQs.

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2015 Winter Folk Music Weekend

Friday to Sunday, February 13 – 15, 2015
at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, 400 Granite Road, Kerhonkson, NY. (15 miles west of New Paltz, NY) map.

download pdf registration form ... or sign up online (service charge applies)

This weekend is less formal than our Spring and Fall weekends, which have planned workshops, concerts, etc.  It is a weekend filled with informal music.

Comments from a participant:  “One of my favorite memories is of the weekend where we were snowed in—but who cared. We were comfortable, fed well—there were scrabble players and our traditional jigsaw puzzles and, best of all, music all around. I love the relaxed atmosphere of this weekend and look forward to it every year.” Eileen Pentel

Download another member's comments (pdf) (It's from years ago at a different location but it still describes the spirit of the weekend!)
The best experience is to come for the whole weekend and stay at the hotel, but you can also come just for the day (or part).

Pictures from 2009 Winter Weekend ... Pictures from 2010 Winter Weekend

Winter Weekend Prices

Note: If you have never been on a weekend, or have not been on any of our last three weekends (Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014), a limited number of $100 discounts is available. Contact Heather Wood (hwood50 (at) aol.com) for info. Scholarships are available to help with costs at all our weekends. Download the Scholarship Information and Application (MS Word format) to apply.

All rates are per person (or dog) Members Non-Members Special "Friends" Rate
for three or more people 
aged 21 – 35
Single $320 $335
Double $255 $270 Double $170
Triple $225 $240 Triple $140
Child 13 – 17 $125  Child under 6 Free
Child 6 – 12 $90  Dog $55
Thursday or Sunday, accommodation only, no food (but enjoy the hotel amenities, pool, spa, scenery, etc.): $55 per person
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2015 Spring Folk Music Weekend:

Memorial Day Weekend (22 – 25 May) at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, 400 Granite Road, Kerhonkson, NY. (15 miles west of New Paltz, NY) map. — see www.hudsonvalleyresort.com for hotel details.

(For details of past weekends, formats, etc., see our Past Weekends page.)

About the Spring Weekend

From dinner on Friday night to lunch on Monday, expect a weekend full of music, camaraderie, and relaxation. After dinner on Friday, we will Meet the Staff, when each of our staff members does a brief show-and-tell about their weekend workshops. Then we'll probably play Themes from a Hat, followed by late-night jamming and singing.

Saturday and Sunday will offer a variety of workshops, a dance, a Camper Concert where all attendees are invited to perform, and an evening concert, with late-night jamming and singing.

Monday morning there will be workshops until lunch, then it is all over until next time

The hotel and the area offer plenty of options for hiking, swimming in the heated indoor pool, indulging in the spa (extra charges), or just lying about and relaxing.

We hope you will join us!

Spring Weekend Basic Schedule

Friday
5:00 p.m. Check in and Registration
7:00 pm Dinner (until 8:30 pm)
8:30 pm Meet the Staff - find out who is doing what.
10:00 pm Snacks and coffee, followed by informal jamming and singing
Saturday and Sunday
8:30 am Breakfast (until 9:30 am)
9:30 am Workshops
1:00 pm Lunch (until 2:30 pm)
2:30 pm Workshops
3:45 pm Dance with the Pinewoods Pickup Band
4:45 pm Camper Concert
6:00 pm Dinner (until 7:45 pm)
8:00 pm Staff Concert
10:00 pm Snacks and coffee, followed by informal jamming and singing
Monday
8:30 am Breakfast (until 9:30 am)
9:30 am Workshops
1:00 pm Lunch (until 2:30 pm)
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2015 Fall Folk Music Weekend

Friday 6 – 8 November 2015 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY. Featured staff, workshops, concerts, camper concerts, jams, sings, dances, etc.....

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modified 12/16/14 (hw)