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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.

Scholarships and Discounts

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:
  • Spring: Memorial Day weekend, Friday 25 – Monday 28 May, 2018 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY. Featured staff: Scott Ainslie, Liza DiSavino & A.J. Bodnar, Carrie & Michael Kline, with special guest Russ Chandler. Workshops, concerts, camper concerts, jams, sings, dances, etc. Read one member's comments.
  • Fall: Dates TBA. At the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY.
  • Winter, dates and location TBA: Unstructured weekend of jamming, singing, and occasionally dancing
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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Spring Folk Music Weekend — Memorial Day weekend, Friday May 25 – Monday 28, 2018
at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY.
Featured staff, workshops, concerts, camper concerts, jams, sings, dances, etc.

Staff * Pricing

Spring Weekend Staff

Scott Ainslie Scott Ainslie
has been a musician all his life. He came of age during the Civil Rights era, and cultivated a powerful affinity for cross-cultural exchange. He has studied with elder musicians on both sides of the color line — in the Old-Time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, as well as Black Gospel and Blues. He plays this music with affection, authority, and power. Armed with a variety of instruments — vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a one-string, homemade diddley bow (aka cigar box guitar) and carefully chosen historical personal anecdotes of his encounters with senior musicians across the South — Ainslie brings the history, roots music, and sounds of America to life.
Scott's website
Liza DiSavino and  A.J. Bodnar Liza DiSavino and A.J. Bodnar
offer musical excellence, beauty, and communal experiences through a dazzling variety of acoustic music. Based in the Catskill Mountains of New York for ten years and now landed in Kentucky, the heart of Appalachian music, they have shared their unboundaried love of music with audiences for 21 years. Their multi-faceted and engaging repertoire combines timeless traditional, roots, folk, virtuosic instrumental and original music to the accompaniment of over 20 (often unusual) instruments. Their large repertoire of Americana music includes songs from the Catskill Mountains of New York State (as recorded on one of their five albums, “A Home in the Catskills”) and Southern Appalachian ballads and songs (gleaned during their seven years at Berea College, including two fellowship studies).
Liza & A.J.'s website
Michael and Carrie Kline Michael & Carrie Kline
are absorbed in the study of oral tradition, and are old-time singers and storytellers living in the Appalachian region. Singing to audiences of all ages, the duo performs in a variety of situations, from classrooms to prisons, from coffeehouses to picket lines.
Michael & Carrie's website
Article by FMSNY member Helen Engelhardt
Russ Chandler Special Guest: Russ Chandler
is a forceful singer and banjo player who sings traditional, political and modernsongs he feels have something to say to the world we live in. He is a fine banjo player and is knowledgeable about the history and culture of the instrument.
Russ's website
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Spring Weekend Pricing

3 days Fri - Mon
Member Double $450
Member Single $550
Member Triple $400

Non-Member Double $470
Non-Member Single $570
Non-Member Triple $420
Two days Fri - Sun
Member Double $345
Member Single $410
Member Triple $310

Non-Member Double $365
Non-Member Single $430
Non-Member Triple $330

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modified 3/15/18 (hw)