Whether you come to every weekend, come occasionally, or have never tried it, please take our weekend survey.
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.
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 * Weekend Staff * Pricing etc. * Basic Schedule
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 (with snacks and coffee). There will be a Silent Auction to benefit our scholarship funds, where you can find many a treasure.
Saturday and Sunday will offer a variety of workshops, a dance (or maybe two), 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!
|CrossStitch (Alice Backer and Phyllis Elkind)
perform old-time country music featuring tight vocal harmonies and solid instrumentation. Their influences include the old-time sound of the Blue Sky Boys, the country sound of the Louvin Brothers, and the bluegrass sound of the Stanley Brothers and Jim and Jesse — music popularized by the movies Oh Brother! Where Art Thou and Cold Mountain.Although they are not brothers (nor are they sisters), they do share a love of this style of music and its rich repertoire. They accompany their singing with guitar, fiddle and autoharp.
offers songs of the sea, songs of the earth, songs of the heart and the spirit. He ranges from ancient ballads to work songs, songs of love to humorous glimpses of human foibles, and insights into history. At the core of Geoff's performance is his rich tenor voice and an exuberant love of singing. And part of that love is to entice audiences to sing along, to share in the exhilaration of full-throated vocalization if they wish. In this age of electronic overload and passive media pabulum, Geoff likes to stress the "live" in live performance, promoting participation, be it by voice or heart or mind.
is an internationally recognized composer of rounds and partner songs. He teaches singing classes and choral workshops at Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camps, as well as folk and family music camps around the country. Currently, John is musical director, arranger and composer for Summoning the Sun, an annual event featuring vintage and traditional music and mumming. He also is composer in residence for the Living Books program. John believes singing is a right for everyone, not a gift for the elite. We are all greatly diminished for every voice that is not heard. In his other incarnation, John has spent the last 42 years as a dance caller and musician, and will be our dance caller for the weekend. Music provided by the ever-popular Pinewoods Pickup Band.
was always intrigued by scratchy 78s and strange ghostly sounds, Brenna MacCrimmon first heard Turkish and Balkan folk music in the vinyl collection of her local public library in the early 1980s .She has worked with Turkish and Macedonian groups in Toronto over the years and has made frequent trips to Turkey and environs to absorb the music and culture. Brenna has branched out from her Turkish music, to performing early blues with Bill Westcott on piano.
sings traditional songs from Ireland, in Irish and English, and from the American south — Appalachian, early country, old time, sacred harp, primitive Baptist, and related styles. She also teach traditional singing at Jalopy Theater and School of Music, in Brooklyn, NY.
is a pianist, composer, arranger, musicologist and music theorist specializing in African-American and classical music of the 20th century. A piano player from the age of 8, Bill studied blues piano with “Little Brother” Montgomery, a major blues recording artist of the 1930s and of the later blues revival, alongside his formal university training in music. This experience confirmed him in his life-long interest in early blues and jazz piano styles. Recently, he has been working with Brenna MacCrimmon.
|Per Person, three days, Fri – Mon||Per Person, two days, Fri – Sun|
|Children (in a room with two adults) — Under six years — free||Dogs|
|Three days: 6-12 years: $125; 13-17 years1: $185.Two days: 6-12 years: $90; 13-17 years: $130||$50|
|Special "Friends" rate for those 21 – 35 years old||Extra days (Thurs and/or Tues)|
|Three days: Double $245; Triple $230. Two days: Double $185; Triple $155||$50, no meals|
|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!|
|Saturday and Sunday|
|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|
Friday 6 – 8 November 2015 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY. Featured staff, workshops, concerts, camper concerts, jams, sings, dances, etc.....
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).