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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:

  • Fall -Friday 31 October through Sunday 2 November 2014 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY. Featured staff, workshops, concerts, camper concerts, jams, sings, dances, etc..... download pdf flier and registration form (340K)
  • Winter — 13 - 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 May through 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
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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2014 Fall Folk Music Weekend

Friday to Sunday, October 31 to November 2, 2014
at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, 400 Granite Road, Kerhonkson, NY. (15 miles west of New Paltz, NY) map.

The weekend runs from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday, with plenty of opportunities to listen, learn.. download pdf flier and printed registration form (340K), play, and sing. 

Fall Weekend Basic Schedule / Fall Weekend Prices / Fall Weekend Staff ... download pdf flier and printed registration form (340K)
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Fall Weekend Basic Schedule

Friday 31 October
5:00 p.m. Check in and Registration
7:00 pm Dinner
8:30 pm Meet the Staff - find out who is doing what. Followed by Themes from a Hat - everyone can play
10:00 pm Snacks and coffee, followed by informal jamming and singing
Saturday 1 November
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
Sunday 2 November
8:30 am Breakfast (until 9:30 am)
9:30 am Workshops
1:00 pm Lunch (until 2:30 pm)
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Fall Weekend Prices

Note: The members rate is also extended to members of the People's Music Network. Also, if you have not been on any of our last three weekends (Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014), a limited number of $100 discounts is available. Contact Heather Wood (hwood50 (at) aol.com) for info.

All rates are per person (or dog) Members Non-Members Special "Friends" Rate
for three or more people 
aged 21 – 35
Single $380 $400
Double $320 $340 Double 180
Triple $290 $310 Triple $150
Child 13 – 17 $125  Child under 6 Free
Child 6 – 12 $85  Dog $50
Thursday, accommodation only, no food (but enjoy the hotel amenities, pool, spa, scenery, etc.): $50 per person
.. download pdf flier and printed registration form (340K) ... or sign up online (service charge applies)
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2014 Fall Weekend Staff

Ben Bath Ben Bath
came to our Spring weekend and stunned us with his energetic singing style and wide-ranging repertoire. Ben has toured with Northern Harmony and teaches singing school at Bard and Bennington Colleges.
Andy Cohen Andy Cohen
is a blues guitarist and historian whogrew up in a house with a piano and a lot of Dixieland Jazz records, amplified after a while by a cornet that his dad got him. At about fifteen, he got bitten by the Folk Music bug, and soon got to hear records by Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, both of which reminded him of the music he grew up to. At sixteen, he saw Rev. Gary Davis, and his course was set. He knew he had it in him to follow, study, perform and promote the music of the southeast quadrant, Americašs great musical fountainhead. Although he's done other things — a certain amount of writing, and physical labor from dishwashing and railroading to archaeology — playing the old tunes is what he does best.
Andy's website
emma's revolution
Photo by Irene Young
emma's revolution (Pat Humphries & Sandy O)
offer gorgeous close harmonies and unsinkable tunefulness. Emma’s Revolution (the Emma is Goldman) is a classic, globetrotting folk duo whose music is progressive, socially-conscious, confrontational and shot-through with intelligence and cutting humor. Their songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama and covered by Holly Near. They count Pete Seeger among their admirers.
Pat & Sandy's website
Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins-Hanks Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins-Hanks
bring warmth, charm and depth to cowboy and work songs, topical and political songs, and traditional American ballads. Deborah’s lovely alto and rhythm guitar complement Larry’s resonant bass voice, his spare tasteful guitar playing (six- and twelve-string guitars), and his amazing Jew’s harp. Their straightforward presentation embodies the best of traditional folk/roots music.
Larry's website
Brian Harris Brian Harris
came to our Spring weekend. His fine singing and guitar playing so impressed us we had to make sure he was a part of our Fall gathering.
Ryan & Brennish Thomson Ryan (Captain Fiddle) & Brennish Thomson
is a music and dance professional who has been honored by inclusion on both the Traditional and Touring Artist rosters of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. He is a past winner of the Northeastern Regional award at the National Fiddle Contest and is a multi-instrumentalist who performs and teaches weekly on fiddle, banjo, flute, piano, accordian, pennywhistle and other instruments. In his spare time he enjoys playing chamber music in an amateur classical ensemble. Ryan will be our dance caller this weekend. He is joined by son Brennish, who also fiddles. Their range of musical styles is broad; playing tunes from Eastern Europe, Tex/Mex, Blues, Cajun and Bluegrass traditions.
Ryan's website
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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. 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. Registration form etc. will be available in December.
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

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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!

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modified 6/25/14 (dw)