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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.
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 * Here is the tentative schedule. Note that we have added special guest John Roberts.
(For details of past weekends, formats, etc., see our Past Weekends page.)
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!
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.
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.
|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.
is an ex-pat Brit whose strong voice and instrumental expertise on concertina, banjo, and more make him a welcome addition to our program. He is an excellent ballad singer with a wide repertoire, and also sings Music Hall and maritime songs, plus just about everything else.
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.
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.
|5:00 p.m.||Check in and Registration||8:30 am||Breakfast (until 9:30 am)|
|7:00 pm||Dinner (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 singing||All over until next time. Hugs encouraged!|
|8:30 am||Breakfast (until 9:30 am)|
|1:00 pm||Lunch (until 2:30 pm)|
|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|
See flyer in July/August newsletter. Here is the Online booking information.
|Prices are per person (or dog), Friday to Sunday|
|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|
|Extra day(s) Thursday and/or Monday (no meals) — $50||Dogs $50|
|All rooms have private bath|
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).