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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.
Spring Weekend — Memorial Day weekend, Friday May
26 – Monday 29, 2017 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY.
Featured staff, workshops, concerts, camper concerts, jams, sings, dances, etc.
Staff * Pricing * Scholarships and Discount
2017 Spring Weekend Staff
|Cathy Barton & Dave Para
give dynamic performances acclaimed for their variety and expertise in both vocal and instrumental styles. Their repertoire and informal audience rapport are marked by a special affection for traditional music. Their more than 35 years of playing together have taken them to festivals, clubs, concert halls, schools and recording and media studios across the United States and five European tours. Their audiences are as diverse as their repertoire.
was born in Mississippi and has focused on, performed, recorded, and taught the classic fiddle tunes from that state. He co-wrote, with Stephen T. Austin, Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930's. Harry has eight recordings to his credit and performs in the "Wahoo String Band", as well as leading duos and bands under his own name. He teaches fiddle and mandolin weekly in Garrison NY and teaches workshops on Mississippi fiddle tunes around the US. Harry went on to college in Alabama, where he recalls “I was lucky to meet and study with folklorist Beatrice McClain. Her family's band, the McClain Family, toured for the Department of State and played Carnegie Hall. She inspired me to learn square dancing, to learn my first fiddle tunes, to go to fiddle contests, and when I moved to Manhattan in my 20's, to search out the folk music community.”
performs and gives workshops in Old-Time Music, Traditional Ballads and more. He teaches beginning and intermediate level old-time banjo, both clawhammer and finger picking styles, gearing lessons to the proficiency and preferences of the students. Alan is a fine singer of traditional ballads.
is a Mountain dulcimer player, guitarist, banjo player, vocalist, songwriter, performer, teacher, and Arts in Education Specialist. Songs of the hills, the farms, and small towns find their voice in the sweet sounds of the Mountain Dulcimer.
Scholarships are available to help with costs at all our weekends. Download the Scholarship Information and Application (MS Word format) to apply. Note that the deadline for applying for a scholarship to the Spring weekend is Friday 28 April 2017. 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.
Fall Weekend — Friday October 27 – Sunday 29 2017 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY. Featured staff, workshops, concerts, camper concerts, jams, sings, dances, etc....
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).