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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.
27 – 31 May 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.
(For details of past weekends, formats, etc., see our Past Weekends page.)
From dinner on Friday night to lunch on Monday (Memorial Day), 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, dances,
Camper Concerts (where all attendees are invited to perform), and
evening concerts, 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), orjust lying about and relaxing.
We hope you will join us!
Note: Scholarships are available to help with costs at all our weekends. Download the Scholarship Information and Application (MS Word format) to apply. The absolute deadline is Friday 8 April. And if you have not attended any of the last three weekends, you are entitled to a $100 discount. Just note it on your registration form.
You can book online at Eventbrite (booking charge applies)
See the tentative schedule
is a fine singer of traditional songs, especially maritime. He is also an accomplished Molly dancer, and provides the vocal accompaniment for the dances.
has been calling contra, square and English country dances for over 30 years. She's been a featured performer at various festivals, at many dance weekends, and as a staff member at week-long dance camps. In addition to her work as a caller, she's passionately devoted to the promotion and performance of historic English mummers plays and ceremonial dances in American communities. She is the founder and foreman of Handsome Molly, a molly dance team, and was the foreman for Shandygaff Longsword and Garland and a former member of Griggstown Lock, a rapper sword team. For many years, she has directed and performed in mummers plays in central New Jersey.
was originally from England and now lives in Leonia, New Jersey, gateway to the golden west. He has a large repertoire of folksong from both sides of the Atlantic. David has performed in North America, Britain, Australia and Europe, singing at festivals, concert halls, clubs, maritime museums and colleges, presenting songs from the great days of sail, Music Hall favorites, traditional ballads, and the works of contemporary writers. He sings both a capella and with guitar accompaniment and involves his audience in refrains and choruses ranging from boisterous to sentimental.
is an NEA National Heritage Fellow. He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, into a family with roots in that port city dating to the 13th century. While learning songs, stories, and lore from family members and neighbors, Kennedy spent part of his teen years "hanging around" the local handweavers, and was for several years the master weaver at Colonial Williamsburg. He made annual trips to the Outer Hebrides to learn the local weaving, Gaelic songs, and cultural practices. Norman is a fine singer of ballads and songs (in English and Scots Gaelic) and a terrific storyteller.
is known for his lyric voice, good sense of humor and versatile instrumental skills. On fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, keyboard and tin whistle, John demonstrates a vast knowledge of musical traditions. He is on the music faculty at Bennington College in Vermont and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. He is also a composer, dancer and dance caller. He and his wife, Trish, have their own recordings and John has contributed to over one hundred more. In addition to his work with Trish, he works with the Susquehanna Stringband, the Dawnland Singers and the Vanaver Caravan. For almost ten years John worked with Walt Michael & Co. He can be heard on TV and recording projects with Jay Ungar, Molly Mason and other notable musicians. The Dixie Chicks recorded his song, "Long Roads."
is a great guitar player with a widely varied repertoire. He'll be joining us on Saturday evening, after his duties as a cantor at Long Island's Temple Am Echad. Jerry has been coming to the Brooklyn first-Wednesday sing for some time.
plays guitar, banjo, dances and sings traditional and original music. She teaches banjo at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and with her husband, John Kirk and the band, Quickstep. She has been a touring artist, performing throughout North America and internationally. Trish is a dance caller and country dance choreographer. She has a diverse repertoire of circle, square, contra and mixer dances. As a member of the Green Grass Cloggers, from Asheville, N.C., Trish learned ensemble footwork and toured extensively. Her rhythmic stepping style is rooted in the southern mountains with a mix of traditional clogging and more modern percussive steps.
21 – 23 October 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.
(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.
(more to come)
is a fifth-generation ballad singer of traditional ballads and songs carried by her family. Her grandmother, Sara Cleveland, was a well known ballad singer in the 1960s. Colleen grew up going to festivals and learning the songs in the oral tradition. After Sara’s death in 1987, both Colleen and her father, Jim Cleveland, were encouraged to keep the family songs alive. Colleen and Jim received the Traditional Arts of Upstate New York Heritage Award in 1994 for their efforts to bring these songs to the public. The family repertoire of songs runs the gamut from 15th-century Irish, Scots, and English ballads to local area songs, cowboy songs, Civil War and World War I songs, and many other genres.
is a Scottish singer and songwriter whose guitar style influenced a generation. Born into a singing family, he performed with sister Ray and other family members including Cilla Fisher and Artie Trezise. Archie spent many years working with the BBC, hosting the series Travelling Folk and writing songs for many radio and TV documentaries. He also directed the Edinburgh Folk Festival. As well as having a wealth of traditional songs, Archie has penned some great new ones, including "The Final Trawl," recorded by the Clancy Brothers and others. Archie was honored by Queen Elizabeth with an MBE in 2008.
is from Illinois Country, settled by French Creoles over three hundred years ago along the Wabash and Mississippi River corridors. He is a fantastic fiddler, his music bridging the gap between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun styles. Preserved by families in the Ozark foothills, the music remains largely intact and true to the traditions that have been passed down over the generations. Dennis inspires interest and excitement in a region that has been, in may ways, ignored by the history books. What many have considered to be long lost is alive and kicking.
|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|
Friday February 10 to Sunday, February 12, 2017
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, jamming and singing all over the place, where the only scheduled "events" are mealtimes.
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).