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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.
We hold three a year:

  • Spring — Memorial Day weekend, Friday 22 – Monday 25 May, 2015 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY. Featured staff, workshops, concerts, camper concerts, jams, sings, dances, etc. Read one member's comments.  Download pdf flier   more information below
  • Fall — Friday 6 – Sunday 8 November 2015 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY. Featured staff, workshops, concerts, camper concerts, jams, sings, dances, etc.....
  • Winter —  Probably February 5 – 7, 2016 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY. An informal weekend of singing and jamming.
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
Still more singing - click to enlarge
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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2015 Spring Folk Music Weekend:

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.  Download pdf flier including performer details, costs, and registration coupon.  Or Sign-up online (service charge applies).  Note there is a special low group rate for any group of 3 or more people age 21-35 who register together -- download the flier or see http://springfolkfriends.eventbrite.com to register at that rate.

(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, 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, 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!

Spring Weekend Schedule

The basic schedule is below. Check out the actual Preliminary Schedule (pdf). (Note: rooms have yet to be allocated)

Friday Monday
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 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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2015 Fall Folk Music Weekend

Friday 6 – 8 November 2015 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY. Feat– Mon Per Person, two days, Fri – Sun DoubleMember$430Non-member$450 DoubleMember$325Non-member$345 SingleMember$520Non-member$540 SingleMember$385Non-member$405 TripleMember$385Non-member$405 TripleMember$295Non-member$315 Children (in a room with two adults) — Under six years — free Dogs Three days: 6-12 years: $125; 13-17 years: $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

Order online: General Weekend: http://springweekend.eventbrite.com; Special Friends Rate: http://springfolkfriends.eventbrite.com

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2016 Winter Folk Music Weekend

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).

Pictures from 2009 Winter Weekend ... Pictures from 2010 Winter Weekend
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modified 4/17/15 (hw-dw)