Fall Weekend 2023

October 27-29, 2023

FMSNY puts on one weekend a year for attendees to enjoy concerts, workshops, and each other’s company. The Fall Weekend is held at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, 400 Granite Road, Kerhonkson, NY. Our weekends are for both making and listening to folk music, and feature a variety of staff performers. For more general information, see our FAQ.

2023 Staff and Registration

This year’s Fall Weekend will be October 27-29, 2023 and will feature Elizabeth LaPrelle, Brian Dolphin, John Roberts, and Chris Koldewey as staff. You can register online through Eventbrite. Questions: hwood50@aol.com; 646-628-4604.

Elizabeth LaPrelle

Elizabeth LaPrelle has been performing Appalachian ballads and old-time songs since she was eleven. Her magnificent voice, her respect for the songs, and her authentic mountain sound and style brought her to the attention of first Ginny Hawker and then Sheila Kay Adams. Raised in Rural Retreat, Virginia, Elizabeth attended old time fiddlers’ conventions and sang harmonies with her family, who taught her traditional singing styles and encouraged her to sing their own favorite American folk music. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary with a major in Southern Appalachian Traditional Performance, and now tours the US regularly both performing and teaching.

Brian Dolphin

Brian Dolphin is a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Fulbright recipient, and doctoral student of Ethnomusicology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has studied folk music, lived with indigenous musicians, and performed all over the world. In addition to being a scholar, he leads an active life as a songwriter, performer, and songleader of both Ukrainian and American folk musics, uniting diverse communities through both the Ukrainian Village Voices choir and the Dolphin & You Community Sing. Since 2019, Brian has been channeling his musical energies through the Dolphin & You Patreon, where every month, he releases his own music and that of other up-and-coming singer-songwriters who would otherwise go unrecorded and unheard.

John Roberts

John Roberts is a superb English singer who plays banjo, guitar, concertina, and hurdy-gurdy, as well as being a fine musicologist and music editor. He sings ballads and songs of the sea, of rural pursuits, of social and sociable situations, of industrial toil and strife, and much more. John is also noted for his renditions of Music Hall songs.

Chris Koldewey

Chris Koldewey has been singing folk music since his teens, comes from a family rich in maritime traditions, and his lullabies as a child were traditional songs of the sea. He has performed in many states along the eastern seaboard of the US, the Maritime Provinces of Canada, and in the UK. A multi-instrumentalist, Chris might be heard playing guitar, concertinas, banjo, or mandolin. He spent twenty years working in the Chantey Department at Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut, where museum visitors could hear the songs and see the work for which they were used. Chris was privileged to sail and chantey on two historic vessels: the barque Picton Castle out of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, and the only wooden whaler left, the Charles W. Morgan out of Mystic, CT. Chris uses his experience, learned during a 32 year career as a public school music teacher, to engage and inspire audiences and workshop students as they expand their participation and enjoyment of traditional music.


Single Room$460$485
Double Room$400$425
Triple Room$375$400
Age 0-5Free
Age 6-12$90
Age 13-17$130
Day Rates (no lodging or meals)
All Weekend$30
Friday Night$5
Saturday All Day$25
Saturday Afternoon & Evening$20
Saturday Evening$15
Sunday Morning$10
Extra Night (Thursday or Sunday)$70

Scholarships & New/Returning Attendee Discounts

FMSNY issues three scholarships for the Fall Weekend: the George Parker Scholarship, the Charles & Ilse Mayer Scholarship, and the Lil & Lou Appel Scholarship. These funds provide full or partial scholarships to individuals who could not otherwise attend and who have a strong interest in folk music, singing, and/or instrumental playing.

TO APPLY: Please download and complete the Scholarship Application. The most important considerations are financial need and interest in folk music. The candidates will be considered and notified by mail or e-mail. All information is confidential.

FMSNY also provides a discount of $100 for people who have never attended a weekend before or who have not attended any of our past four weekends (Winter & Fall 2019, Fall 2021 & 2022). This has been made possible by an anonymous donor and is limited to the first ten new and first ten returning attendees. Please note that this discount does not apply to child rates or extra days.

TO APPLY: When registering through Eventbrite, enter the Promo Code NEW for new attendees or RETURNING for returning attendees. 

COVID-19 Policy

FMSNY will, of course, be monitoring the COVID-19 situation as the Fall Weekend approaches. Full refunds will be available in the event of the Fall Weekend having to be canceled, or if an attendee chooses to cancel for whatever reason.

In order to provide a safe, healthy, and enjoyable weekend for all, attendees must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and take a rapid antigen test before setting out for the weekend. Masks will be optional.

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