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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.

Note: Scholarships are available to help with costs at all our weekends. Download the Scholarship Information and Application (MS Word format) to apply.

We hold three weekends a year:

  • 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.....
  • Winter Probably February 5 – 7, 2016 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY.
  • Spring — Memorial Day weekend, Friday 27 – Monday 30 May, 2016 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY. Featured staff, workshops, concerts, camper concerts, jams, sings, dances, etc. Read one member's comments.
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 Fall Folk Music Weekend:

6 – 8 November at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, 400 Granite Road, Kerhonkson, NY. (15 miles west of New Paltz, NY) — see www.hudsonvalleyresort.com for hotel details.

DOwnload the Fall flyer (pdf format) with booking form.

About the Fall Weekend * Fall Weekend Staff * Fall Weekend Basic Schedule * Fall Weekend Pricing

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

About the Fall Weekend

From dinner on Friday night to lunch on Sunday, 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 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. Sunday 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), orjust lying about and relaxing.

We hope you will join us!


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Fall Weekend Staff

Donie Carroll Donie Carroll
is a traditional folk singer and entertainer with musical roots in Ireland & America. Based in NYC, Donie is world renowned. He has shared the stage with many legends of traditional folk music, both American and Irish.
Donie's website

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Jeff Davis Jeff Davis
is one of America’s most respected collectors and interpreters of traditional music. He has traveled far to visit “source singers”--farmers and miners who remembered the old songs and tunes — and closer at hand to libraries and archives, always look for the best of the music that was once common in out towns and villages.
Jeff's website

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Spider John Koerner Spider John Koerner
is a legendary performer of traditional American folk and country blues, a rhythmic guitarist, song-crafter, singer, and humorist who shapes his musical style from a solid foundation of study of the old blues masters, respect for the traditional song, and a firm command of his source material.
Spider John's website

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Dave Ruch Dave Ruch
is equal parts historian, entertainer, educator, comedian and folklorist, who finds his song material in dusty archives, obscure songbooks, diaries, old recordings, scholarly journals and sometimes from his own children, and brings these gems to life in a most entertaining manner. Whether singing in the old unaccompanied style, or backing himself with great skill on banjo, guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, bones, spoons, washboard or jaw harp, joyful songs combine with stories and humor to captivate audiences young and old.
Dave's website

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Erica Weiss Erica Weiss
was steeped in traditional music and dance from an early age: most notably she enjoyed eight childhood years in the Ukrainian Dnipro Dancers performing troupe in NYC. In college years she was a member and conductor of the Yale Slavic Chorus. It was in the '90s that Erica fell head over heels in love with Appalachian fiddle music. At about the same time, she learned Cajun and Zydeco dance. With many trips to Louisiana and other points south, and instruction from many of the finest, she dove right into rhythm guitar, fiddle, song and dance and has since had the opportunity to play with some of today’s most exciting musicians. Erica Weiss currently plays guitar, fiddle, and sings with several old-time bands. She will be our dance caller for the weekend.

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Fall Weekend Basic Schedule

Friday Sunday
5:00 p.m.Check in and Registration8:30 am Breakfast (until 9:30 am)
7:00 pmDinner (until 8:30 pm)9:30 am Workshops
8:30 pm Meet the Staff - find out who is doing what.12:30 pm Lunch (until 1:30 pm)
10:00 pm Snacks and coffee, followed by informal jamming and singingAll over until next time. Hugs encouraged!
Saturday Making Music
8:30 amBreakfast (until 9:30 am)
9:30 amWorkshops
1:00 pmLunch (until 2:30 pm)
2:30 pmWorkshops
3:45 pmDance with the Pinewoods Pickup Band
4:45 pmCamper Concert
6:00 pmDinner (until 7:45 pm)
8:00 pmStaff Concert
10:00 pmSnacks and coffee, followed by informal jamming and singing

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Fall Weekend Pricing

See flyer in July/August newsletter. Online booking information coming soon.

Prices are per person (or dog), Friday to Sunday
MembersNon-Members
Double $325 Double $345
Single $385 Single $405
Triple $295 Triple $315
Children (sharing with two adults) — under 6 years are free
6 – 12 years $90 13 – 17 years $130
"Friends" rate for two or three people ages 21 – 35 registering together
double $185 triple $155
Extra day(s) Thursday and/or Monday (no meals) — $50 Dogs $50
All rooms have private bath

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2016 Winter Folk Music Weekend

Probably Friday to Sunday, February 5 – 7, 2016
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 and dancing.
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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modified 7/25/15 (hw)