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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.

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:
  • Fall 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.....
  • Winter: 25-28 February, 2018 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY. Featured staff, workshops, concerts, camper concerts, jams, sings, dances, etc.....
  • Spring: Memorial Day weekend, Friday 25 – Monday 28 May, 2018 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY. Featured staff, workshops, concerts, camper concerts, jams, sings, dances, etc. Read one member's comments.
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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2017 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.....

Staff * Pricing
register online (service fee applies) * download weekend flyer including mail-in registration form 


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Staff

Jamcrackers Playing original and traditional music of the Adirondack Mountains since 1993, Jamcrackers is Peggy Lynn, Dan Berggren, and Dan Duggan. Their musical performance is genuine and contagious. The trio's diverse blend of folk and blues, ballads, gospel, and dance tunes sparks a rare chemistry and a guaranteed good time.

Jamcrackers' website
Dan Berggren Dan Berggren is an award-winning educator and songwriter who has deep roots in the Adirondacks. His music reflects the spirit and the hardworking people of that region and it has traveled around the world in performances from Central Africa to Transylvania. Author and environmental activist Bill McKibben says: "Dan is a throwback to the old role of the folk singer... he's articulating things that need to be said right now."
Dan's website
Dan Duggan Dan Duggan, National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, is known from Maine to California for his wizardry on the hammered dulcimer, flat-picking guitar, and keyboards. In addition to his extensive array of recordings (18), Dan's dulcimer talents are spotlighted on Paul Simon's Grammy-nominated album You're the One and The Paul Simon Collection. Many of Dan's original tunes are published in the collection Coming Home. Dan will be our caller for this weekend's dance. He actually calls while playing the hammered dulcimer.
Dan's website
Dan Duggan Sam Edelston is an entertainer with many facets. In recent years, he has been pushing the creative boundaries of the mountain dulcimer. But beyond that, he also performs on guitar, banjo, and hammered dulcimer, and most people would agree that he sings, too. He does songs that span the rock & roll era and decades before that, plus original songs, funny songs, shout-alongs, and more.
Sam's website
Peggy Lynn Peggy Lynn writes and performs songs about women and natural beauty of the North Country and her bluesy alto melts every audience. With Sandra Weber, she co-authored Breaking Trail: Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks. In 2005, both Peggy and Dan Berggren received the Adirondack Mountain Club's Education Award.
Peggy's website
More to come!

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Pricing

Includes accommodation with en suite bathrooms and all meals
(dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday; plus evening coffee, tea, and snacks on Friday and Saturday)

Fall Weekend 2017 Pricing

Register on-line (service fee applies) * download weekend flyer including mail-in registration form 


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2018 Winter Folk Music Weekend 9 - 11 February 2018
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
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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.


modified 8/8/17 (hw)