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Fall Folk Music Weekend - October 22 - 24, 2021

At the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson NY
All attendees must show proof of vaccination. CDC guidelines recommend mask wearing indoors, even for those who are vaccinated.

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 residential weekends (Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Fall 2019), you are entitled to a $100 discount. Just note it on your registration form.

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Pamela Jean Agaloos * Aubrey Atwater * Atwater-Donnelly * Elwood Donnelly * Cliff Haslam +* Joseph Morneault

Pamela Jean Agaloos
Pamela Jean Agaloos
was born in Chicago and raised in the Philippines. She graduated from De La Salle University with two degrees: BS Ed in English, and AB in Literature. All throughout this diversion, Pamela has fostered her interests in musical theater, an interest that stayed with her since high school. Her last musical theater performance was Rio Uphill, a staged reading in March 5, 2020 right before the pandemic. Ten years a New Yorker, Pamela is an active musician in the trad music scene. She is mainly heard at the Iona Brooklyn session, and at the 11th Street bar. She's also a neighborhood regular at the Sunnyside Singer's Club.
Aubrey Atwater Aubrey Atwater
is from Warren, RI, an award-winning musician, singer, clog dancer, writer, teacher and public radio commentator, Aubrey Atwater presents captivating programs of folk music, dance, and narration. Aubrey has performed throughout the United States and beyond, singing and playing dulcimer, banjo, guitar, mandolin, and whistle, and thrilling audiences with her highly percussive freestyle clogging. In a scholarly, yet humorous way, Aubrey conveys the heritage behind traditional folk music and dance, showing deep passion and understanding of folk history and key players. Aubrey and her husband Elwood Donnelly have thirteen recordings and eight books to their credit.
Atwater-Donnelly Atwater-Donnelly
is an award-winning duo that presents a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance. From Warren, RI, Aubrey and Elwood are vibrant teachers, offering vocal workshops in harmony, ballad and repertoire, as well as master instrumental and dance instruction on mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, Irish whistle, guitar, harmonica, limberjacks, bodhran, bones, spoons, freestyle clogging, foot percussion, and contra dance. Their joy and musicality blend with their scholarly sides, showing a deep understanding and appreciation of folk music history and its key players. In their 30-plus-year career together, Aubrey and Elwood have produced seven books, a documentary film, and thirteen recordings which receive international airplay.
Elwood Donnelly Elwood Donnelly
is one half of the husband-wife duo, Atwater-Donnelly, who present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, a cappella pieces, old-time gospel songs, dance tunes, and original works. They blend gorgeous harmonies and play mountain dulcimer, banjo, tin whistle, harmonica, percussion, and other surprises including Appalachian clog dancing. Elwood has a BS degree in Education, which contributes to his ability to coach and instruct students, particularly beginners, advanced beginners, and intermediate players, with patience and understanding.
Cliff Haslam Cliff Haslam
is a native of Warrington, Cheshire - about 16 miles up the Mersey from Liverpool. He is as fine an exemplar of the British folk tradition as you'll find this side of the pont. His songs display a fine sense of humor and a bit of British bawdry, along with great vocal artistry. His booming bass-baritone breathes new life into an old chantey ... anad next moment renders a ballad so tender it would bring tears to the eyes of an executioner. Cliff has been a mainstay of the New England folk scene for many years. He has inspired countless people to sing, learn songs, and join the community of folk music.
Joseph Morneault Joseph Morneault
is a social historian and performs with a few groups (The Jovial Crew; Littlefield & Morneault; Different Tack) and some solo work, bringing to life early American songs relating to the everyday person; work songs, songs of the sailor, drinking songs, some of love and consequences, ballads, introspective songs… His involvement with traditional and historical fife and drum goes back to his earliest grammar school days and while he still plays them as well as makes fifes and such, he currently focuses more on his craftsmanship and his interpretation of songs. Joseph is the long-time side musician for Cliff Haslam, and he is the president of the Maritime Music and Tradition Society Org. which will be putting on the new Sea Music Festival in Connecticut in 2022.

Workshop Leaders

Susan Bady Susan Bady
began singing folk music as a student at Antioch College in the 60s and also as an activist in the Civil rights movement. She loves to dance to the live music we offer at Pinewoods. Susan has been a member of FMSNY for many years. She loves to sing many different styles of music, but her A-1 favorite these days is yodeling. After hearing Roy Rogers sing and yodel on Youtube she began listening to other yodelers and then copying them until she developed proficiency. But Susan couldn't have done this if it were not for the warm, non-judgmental atmosphere of Tom Weir's song circle. There she felt safe enough to experiment with squawks and hiccups until she became quite good at yodeling. And it is that warm, welcoming atmosphere where all songs are welcome and all skill levels appreciated that she and Gary strive to emulate in the outdoor song circle they started in Brooklyn parks, as an alternative to the Zoom sings.
Gary Goodenough Gary Goodenough
is a Brooklyn resident who joined the song-circles, thanks to an exhortation by Pete Seeger, in a PBS documentary, to “go out and sing!” In response to the Covid-19 restrictions, he and Susan Bady started a song-circle at an outdoor location in a Brooklyn Park. They follow the example of Tom Weir, who is now running the Park Slope group, and conduct a circle that is very friendly, comfortable and inclusive, where folks can visit together and sing freely, without worries about musical ability. He is very grateful to Frank Woerner, and the other founders of the Wednesday Park Slope song circle, for their great welcoming kindness and for sharing their vast musical knowledge and experience.
Clarice Kjerulff Clarice Kjerulff
As well as being the current president of the Society, Clarice is a fine singer, with a soprano voice that has been featured in many Christmas Revels. Of Danish extraction, she knows many of the traditional ballads of that country, as well as having an amazing reportoire of doo-wop songs (proven in many late-night weekend sessions). Clarice is also an avid photographer.
Heather Wood Heather Wood
Heather is a veteran singer from the English revival for some 50+ years, dating from her days with The Young Tradition. She has a great repertoire of ballads, historical songs, love and agricultural songs, and a lot from the humorous side. In addition to the old songs, she has written some dynamite new ones. Over the years, Heather has also acted as agent for other artists, run folk clubs, organized weekends and other events, and written about folk music for an assortment of publications.


Don Wade Don Wade
has over four decades of experience in sound reinforcement and recording. He has worked at everything from concerts to large festivals and is particularly familiar with Folk, Classical, and Jazz. Don is co-founder of Minstrel Records, which has produced some fine albums.

Pricing and Registration

Printable Registration Form: pdf format * MS Word format to download
Please note: You can sign up to pay via Eventbrite or by check or credit card (details on the registration form). You must also send your proof of vaccination, either via email to hwood50 (at) or by mail to FMSNY, 444 West 54th St #7, New York NY 10019.

Rates are per person and include accommodation for two nights (Friday and Saturday) plus meals from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday
  Members Non-Members
Double $350 $375
Single $410 $435
Children (in room with two adults): No children under 12.
12 years old: $90; 13-17 $130 (must be fully vaccinated)
Friends rate (per person, two or three people under 30 booking together):
Triple $165; double $195
Dogs $50 (service dogs free).
Extra nights (Thursday, Sunday, etc.) $50 per person, no meals

Weekend Schedule

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Folk Music Society of New York / N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club

Fall Folk Music Weekend, October 22-24, 2021 at Hudson Valley Resort, Kerhonkson NY

The heated indoor pool will be open. Check with resort for times.

P = Participatory, T = Teaching.

Silent Auction - closes 10:15 am Sunday. Bid often, bid high to support the Scholarship Fund.

“Jamming” includes singing and playing!

Check out the Sales Area – goodies from staff and others

We accept cash, checks, and credit cards





4:00 pm

Registration – Hotel Lobby. Check in with us and with the hotel


6:30 – 8:00 pm

DINNER is available until 8:00 pm in Dining.


8:30 pm

Meet the Staff – find out who is doing what. Followed by Themes from a Hat (Room 1)

Snacks and coffee etc. at 10 pm


10 pm & later

Informal singing, jamming, dancing — whatever your pleasure! Look & listen; it's all around.
(Please no singing in or near the sleeping rooms)




8:00–9:20 am

BREAKFAST is available until 9:20 am in Dining



Room 1

Room 2

Room 3


9:30 – 10:20 am

Songs of Jean Ritchie (P) – Atwater-Donnelly

Spoken not Sung (P)
– Heather

Open for jamming


10:30 – 11:20 am

Spotlight on Cliff Haslam


Open for jamming


11:30 am – 12:20 pm

Pinewoods Pickup Band rehearsal (P) – led by Chris

Sit and Sing Awhile (P)– Susan Bady & Gary Goodenough

Open for jamming


12:30 – 1:30 pm

LUNCH in Dining



Room 1

Room 2

Room 3

2:00 – 2:50 pm

Spotlight on Pamela Jean Agaloos


Open for jamming


3:00 – 3:50 pm

Dance (P) – music from Pinewoods Pickup Band, caller Elwood

Ballad Swap (P) – Aubrey, Cliff, Jos

Open for jamming


4:00 pm

Camper Concert (P) — the applause will be for you.


6:30–7:45 pm

DINNER in Dining


8:00 pm

CONCERT: Chris, Cliff & Jos [intermission] Pamela, Atwater-Donnelly. Snacks & coffee at 10 pm.



Spooky Songs and Stories (P)

Informal singing, jamming, dancing — whatever! Look & listen; it's all around. (Please no singing in or near the sleeping rooms)


SUNDAY –Please vacate rooms by 11 am. Silent Auction closes at 10:15 am


8:00–9:00 am




Room 1

Room 2

Room 3


9:15 – 10:05 am

Songs of the Spirit (P) –

Clarice Kjerulff

Mountain Dulcimer (T) - Aubrey

Open for jamming


10:15 – 10:30 am

Silent Auction ends at 10:15 promptly. Come check your bids and pay up. Cash, checks, cards OK


10:40- 11:30 am

Spotlight on Atwater-Donnelly


Open for jamming


11:40 am – 12:30 pm

Songs of the Sea (P) – (Cliff, Jos, Chris)

Songs in Tongues (P) - Pamela

Open for jamming


12:40 – 1:40 pm

LUNCH in Dining Please let us know if you are leaving before lunch



The Program is over - we hope you had a GREAT time! Music and hugs encouraged.

Workshop Descriptions

What is a “Spotlight on …”? It’s where we ask our staff to do anything they like —
describe how they got into this music, acknowledge their sources, tell tales out of school, etc.

------------------------------- FRIDAY -------------------------------

--------- 6:00 – 8:00 pm — DINNER in Dining ---------

Fri 8:30 pm Room 1: Meet the Staff. Our staff members introduce themselves and their workshops. Followed by Themes from a Hat (P) — Heather. We call out a word, and if you know a song with that word in it, raise your hand and we’ll have at it. You’ll be amazed at what you and everyone else will dredge up from the back pockets of their memories.

Afterwards Snacks & coffee etc. available. Go jam, sing, frolic. And maybe sleep.

------------------------------- SATURDAY -------------------------------

9:30 – 10:20 am .Songs of Jean Ritchie (P) – Atwater-Donnelly. Bring songs to share or requests.

9:30 – 10:20 am Spoken not Sung (P) – Heather. Bring stories, poems, monologs. Nary a note of music.

10:30 – 11:20 am Spotlight on Cliff Haslam.

11:30 am – 12:20 pm Pinewoods Pickup Band rehearsal (P) – led by Chris. All instruments welcome. Tune books available.

11:30 am – 12:20 pm Sit and Sing Awhile (P)– Susan Bady & Gary Goodenough. Bring a song to share.

2:00 – 2:50 pm Spotlight on Pamela Jean Agaloos

3:00 – 3:50 pm Dance to the Pinewoods Pickup Band (P) – Caller Elwood. Come and trip the light fantastic.

3:00 – 3:50 pm Ballads – Aubrey, Cliff, Jos. A ballad is a song that tells a story. Some have choruses.

4:00 pm Camper Concert (P) Sign up to strut your stuff. One item or five minutes (whichever is the shorter). Anything (legal) goes, and the applause will be for you.

8:00 pm Concert: Chris, Cliff & Jos [intermission] Pamela, Atwater-Donnelly. Snacks & coffee 10 pm.

After the concert Spooky Songs & Stories (P) A warmup (or chiller) for Halloween! Costumes welcome.

------------------------------- SUNDAY -------------------------------

9:15 – 10:05 am Songs of the Spirit (P) - Clarice. Not only Gospel, but any song that lifts the spirit

9:15 – 10:05 am Mountain Dulcimer (T) – Aubrey. Any level of experience.

10:15 – 10:30 am Silent Auction ends at 10:15 am.

10:40 – 11:30 am Spotlight on Atwater-Donnelly

11:40 am – 12:30 pm Songs of the Sea (P) – Cliff & Jos. Shanties, forebitters, tales of Jack Tar at home and at sea and the ladies (sic) he encounters.

11:40 am – 12:30 pm Songs in Tongues (P) – Pamela. Bring songs in obscure languages. We’ll keep count.


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modified 10/12/21 (hw)