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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:

  • Spring — Memorial Day weekend, Friday 23 May through Monday 26 May, 2014 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 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...
  • Winter — 6 - 8 February 2015 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY. An informal weekend of singing and jamming. more information below
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
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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 Spring Folk Music Weekend:

Memorial Day Weekend (23 – 26 May) at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, 400 Granite Road, Kerhonkson, NY. (15 miles west of New Paltz, NY) map. — see for hotel details.

flier with registration form (pdf, 2M) * Online registration (service fee apples)
Day Rates are listed online, but you can pay at the door. Meals: Breakfast $12; Lunch $15; Dinner $20

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

About the Spring Weekend

Preliminary Schedule (pdf format) subject to change

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 (see below), 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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Spring Weekend 2014 Staff


Emily Eagen & Trip Henderson (from the Whistlin' Wolves) with Don Friedman

Emily Eagen Emily Eagen
is an active performer of early music, contemporary music, and traditional American music, as well as an avid experimenter in musical genres of all kinds. She sings, whistles, and plays the ukulele with the roots/old-time/early blues band The Whistlin’ Wolves. A two-time International Whistling Champion, Emily has been known to whistle everything from opera to jazz, and regularly leads workshops in group and solo whistling. In a 2007 Carnegie Hall workshop led by soprano Dawn Upshaw and composer Osvaldo Golijov, Emily premiered The Wane of More, a piece for voice, whistling, and chamber ensemble by composer Gyan Riley. Her whistling has been featured on numerous recordings, was used as live accompaniment to an installation by artist Tony Luensman at the Cincinnati Art Museum for Frank Duveneck’s painting “The Whistling Boy”, and was recently the whistling “voice” of e-bay.
Emily's website
Peter Trip Henderson
is known as the Big Apple's "Merry Monarch of the Mouth Harp." He has shared the stage with many major artists, including: Bo Diddley, B. B. King, Honey Boy Edwards, Otis Rush, John Herald, Hazel Dickens, John Sebastian and Bruce Springsteen. Trip regularly performs with an amazing variety of different bluegrass, blues, and old-time music groups throughout the Tri-State area including the Brooklyn Corn Dodgers, the Lucky Dogs, a new early blues/ Southern roots music band. In 2001, Trip had the rare honor of performing "Amazing Grace" on the stage of Radio City Music Hall in a historic duet with the world's largest Wurlitzer Organ to open the film premier of The Face: 2000 Years of Jesus in Art. To the best of our knowledge, this was the first time in history that a harmonica was paired with Radio City's gargantuan Wurlitzer. For his "day gig," Trip is Special Events Coordinator for Thirteen WNET New York.
Don Friedman Don Friedman
is a longtime club member and a great singer and guitarist. He performs with Evy Mayer and Phyllis Elkind as Triboro, and with Emily Eagen teaches a monthly bluegrass/old-time/gospel harmony class at the Jalopy Theatre and School of Music in Brooklyn. Don's musical tastes are wide-ranging — from old time to pop and everything in between.
Max Godfrey Max Godfrey
is a dynamic singer of work songs and ballads, who also plays fiddle and guitar. Max is a working farmer in Georgia, as well as a student of African American Studies and English at University of Georgia, where he studies literature in hopes of better understanding race in America. One of his biggest interests is the intersection between storytelling and music.
Read an article by Max
Sue Dupre Sue Dupré
is based in central New Jersey and has been calling contra, square and English country dances for over 35 years. She has been a featured performer at various festivals, at many dance weekends, and as a staff member at summer dance camps at Pinewoods, Mendocino, Buffalo Gap and Ogontz. Sue is known for enthusiasm and good humor, for an extensive repertoire representing the best of the old and the new, for clear and efficient teaching, and for her work with novice dancers. In addition to her work as a caller, Sue is passionately devoted to the promotion and performance of historic English ritual and ceremonial dances in American communities. She is the founder and foreman of a molly dance team, Handsome Molly, a sword and garland dance team, Shandygaff Longsword, is a former member of the rapper sword team, Griggstown Lock, and for many years has directed mummers plays in central New Jersey. Sue will be our dance caller for the weekend, and in addition will introduce us to Molly Dancing.
Sue's website
Bob Dupre Bob Dupré
sings for molly dancing and is also a fine singer of especially maritime songs.
Kathy Wallis Kathy Wallis
is a singer, storyteller and keeper of the tradition. She lives in Cornwall, UK, which is the source and inspiration of many of her songs and stories. Whether she is singing a plaintive ballad or telling a one-woman saga, whether it be in a woodland or on a concert stage, Kathy is at home and has the exact story or song at her fingertips for every occasion. Kathy has a wealth of knowledge of the traditions and customs of the UK, but in particular of Cornwall. Two local traditions are kept by her village and actually take place in the house in which she lives, one of which is actually depicted on the ceiling of her lounge, which dates back to 1599! This is the first time Kathy has come to the U.S. to share her passion for Cornwall, its stories, its songs and its traditions.
Kathy goes wassailing
Mary Zikos Mary Zikos
has been singing all her life. Her concerts feature traditional and contemporary songs with a story or two mixed in. Zikos began singing harmony in the '70s with the shantey chorus OutwardBound, and continued with the trios Liverpool Judies and Rhubarb Fool. For the last twenty years, she has been the singer for the Princeton-based English ritual team Handsome Molly.
Handsome Molly's website
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Winter Folk Music Weekend: Friday to Sunday, February 6-8, 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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modified 4/22/14 (hw)