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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. 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.

We hold three weekends a year:

  • Winter: Friday February 5 – Sunday February 7, 2016 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY.
  • Spring: Memorial Day weekend, Friday May 27 – Monday 30 , 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.
  • Fall: Friday October 21 – Sunday 23 2016 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY. Featured staff, workshops, concerts, camper concerts, jams, sings, dances, etc.....
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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2016 Winter Folk Music Weekend

Friday February 5 to Sunday, February 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, 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).

Pictures from 2009 Winter Weekend ... Pictures from 2010 Winter Weekend

Winter Weekend Pricing

See flyer in December and January newsletters or download here (pdf format).
Online booking via Eventbrite.

Prices are per person (or dog), Friday to Sunday. Check to see whether you qualify for the $100 discount.
MembersNon-Members
Double $260 Double $275
Single $325 Single $340
Triple $230 Triple $245
Children (sharing with two adults) — under 6 years are free
6 – 12 years $85 13 – 17 years $120
"Friends" rate for two or three people ages 21 – 35 registering together
double $165 triple $135
Extra day(s) Thursday and/or Monday (no meals) — $50 Dogs $50
All rooms have private bath. Handicapped-accessible rooms available.
Winter Weekend Special Guests

Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen
sing traditional, contemporary, and original ballads and songs, a capella or accompanied by any combination of guitar, banjo, and mountain dulcimer. They were a great hit at our Jean Ritchie Memorial Concert.
Tom & Ben Paley Tom & Ben Paley
Tom played on stage with Woody Guthrie, sang with Lead Belly, and was one of the founders of the New Lost City Ramblers. He is a master banjo player. His son Ben is a wizard fiddler. As well as old time, Ben plays Swedish fiddle. He wrote Swedish Fiddle Music: An Anthology, which has become the standard work on the subject in English.
We will also have impromptu square dancing, courtesy of Ray Taylor. Bring your dancing togs.
A splendid time is guaranteed for all

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2016 Spring Folk Music Weekend

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.

About the Spring Weekend * Spring Weekend Basic Schedule * Spring Weekend Staff

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

About the Spring Weekend

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!


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Spring Weekend Basic Schedule

Friday
5:00 p.m.Check in and Registration
7:00 pmDinner (until 8:30 pm)
8:30 pm Meet the Staff - find out who is doing what.
10:00 pm Snacks and coffee, followed by informal jamming and singing
Saturday
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
Sunday
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
Monday
8:30 amBreakfast (until 9:30 am)
9:30 am Workshops
12:30 pm Lunch (until 1:30 pm)
All over until next time. Hugs encouraged!
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Spring Weekend Staff

Note: more to come!

David Jones David Jones
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.
Norman Kennedy Norman Kennedy
is a 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.
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2016 Fall Folk Music Weekend

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.

About the Spring Weekend * Fall Weekend Basic Schedule

(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 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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