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Family Camp 2021




2020 “in person” Family Camp has been rescheduled. Its registered participants may cancel before August, 31 2020 for a full refund or remain registered for the 2021 camp. 
Click below for more information about Family Camp Online.

Bring your parents, your kids, and your friends to Ashokan Family Camp, hosted by beloved musician and educator John Krumm. Share music, dancing, singing, storytelling, puppet-making, nature trails, traditional crafts, and quality time in the great outdoors… age-old activities that enhance well-being and bring people together. 

This is truly an experience for all members of the community. Librarians, teachers, and anyone who works with children will find ideas and materials to enrich their curriculum. From babies to teens and parents to grandparents, Ashokan Family Camp will leave you with hearts full of music and family memories that will last a lifetime.

Begin or improve on the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, or banjo. 

Join community sings (rounds, chorus songs, call & response, and more) 

Enjoy square and contra dancing and Appalachian clogging. 

Hike nature trails, swim, and enjoy other outdoor games and activities.

Make puppets and join a puppet show.

Try blacksmithing, broom-making, and tinsmithing. Bring home a family heirloom.

Take part in jam sessions.

Join the band. Join a parade.

Make musical instruments from junk.

Write songs and learn to lead songs.


See more information below about the staff, schedule, tuition, work-exchange positions, lodging, and more. Youth discounts and scholarships available. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 



 2020 Family Camp Coordinator

 John takes his decades of experience in progressive music education and his skill on guitar, fiddle, banjo, piano, and mandolin, and turns them into a musical joy machine. He loves to sing with folks, compose rounds, fiddle tunes and songs. He calls and plays for square and contra dances. John sees American traditional dance as an expression of the individual in the context of a caring and creative community. It is a celebration of our ability to create such communities in this fast-changing world.

Listen to John’s Fiddle from Scratch class performance “Will the Circle Be Broken” at Ashokan’s 2017 Western & Swing Week!


Tom is one of those all-around young musicians with a gift for teaching, jamming, and playing in any ensemble. He attended his first Ashokan Music & Dance week when he was 6 weeks old and has grown up surrounded by traditional music and dance. He is a classically trained violinist and accomplished fiddler. Tom is a frequent staff member at Ashokan Fiddle and Dance camps, and teaches beginners and advanced students on fiddle, mandolin, and ukulele. Tom is in his third year at the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA.

Here’s Tom performing a solo fiddle piece! 


We are very lucky to have with us this year, Karla Notoriani. Karla comes to us from Ithaca, New York. She is a long-time and gifted Music Educator. An Ashokan mainstay, she has developed and directed Uke-astras for all ages, Choral music, and children’s dance for too many years to count. Her Jack and Mary adventure stories have fired the imagination of children everywhere, including a very young Tom Krumm.

Here’s Karla performing with young Devon Finlay at Ashokan in 2013!


Joakim Lartey is a drummer/percussionist, storyteller, educator and sound designer.He was co-founder, lead singer and percussionist of Woodstock’s Futu Futu. He is engaged in a lifelong exploration of recording technology and the fusion of traditional/ancient and contemporary musical forms He has collaborated/played with Natalie Merchant, Jack DeJohnette, John Hall, Baba Olatunji, Phoebe Legere, among others…His most recent collaborators include Chris Lane, Thomas Workman, Ted Orr, Blue Food, puppet-designer Patrick Wadden, Dutchess Arts Council, Gabriel Dresdale and Phoebe Legere

Subscribe and Watch videos on Joakim’s YouTube Channel!


Box and String is the duo of Bill Quern and Sarah Gowan. Sarah and Bill play instrumental traditional roots music and dance from the American Appalachians, England, Canada, Scandinavia, and France as well as their original music composed in traditional styles. With a combined instrument collection that includes guitar, mandolin, concertina, melodeon, 4 & 5 string banjo, fiddle, harmonica, jaw harp and foot percussion we provide a varied and entertaining program. They enjoy playing for and teaching traditional dancing – squares, contra, French, waltz – as well as for listening.


Sarah and Bill play instrumental traditional roots music and dance from the American Appalachians, England, Canada, Scandinavia, and France as well as their original music composed in traditional styles. With a combined instrument collection that includes guitar, mandolin, concertina, melodeon, 4 & 5 string banjo, fiddle, harmonica, jaw harp and foot percussion we provide a varied and entertaining program. They enjoy playing for and teaching traditional dancing – squares, contra, French, waltz – as well as for listening.

 Here they are performing “Fire Jig.”


Ellie Grace was born into a deep musical tradition and began her life-long love affair with dance at the ripe old age of five when she slipped on her first pair of tiny clogging shoes. She has spent her life performing professionally as a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and dancer who specializes in roots-based Americana and percussive dance. She first took to the stage as a young member of her family band and now tours internationally as a solo artist and a member of several beloved bands (Leela and Ellie Grace, Claflin & Grace, and Blue Eyed Girl) and ground-breaking dance companies. Ellie has performed at prestigious venues across the United States and Canada, ranging from the Winnipeg Folk Festival to the Lincoln Center in New York City to the Summer Solstice Festival in Los Angeles to the National Women’s Music Festival. She recently appeared as a featured guest with Peter and Paul (of Peter, Paul, and Mary) at the Rubicon Theater in California and Janis Ian at the Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina.

Ellie is a passionate and devoted teacher, having taught at camps, schools, colleges, and festivals across  the country for well over twenty years. In addition to her time on faculty at Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and University of North Carolina–Asheville, Ellie has directed schools of folk music and dance in Missouri and North Carolina. In the culmination a lifetime of performing and teaching, Ellie received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from Smith College in May of 2015. She approaches music and dance the same way she approaches life: with an irrepressible spirit, a driving rhythm in her step, a healthy dose of humor, a devotion to social justice, and an undying commitment to using the performing arts to build community and lift others up.

Subscribe and Watch Videos on Ellie’s YouTube channel!


Stan Fowler, aka Dance Ranger, brings over thirty years of life guarding experience at dance and music camps from across the country to Ashokan Family Week this year. A US Coast Guard vet, former NPS park ranger and current life guard trainer, he brings a life time of water, dance and outdoor experience to camp. With twenty years on the staff at the family week in California, he is known and loved as lifeguard, prevailing expert, wild man, water sprite, and reigning muse of revelry.


J’Mae Shemroske earned a Early Childhood Teacher certificate from Lifeways www.lifewaysnorthamerica.org and holds her degree in Outdoor Education. J’Mae has been teaching and working with children for many years and recently has worked both at the Saratoga Springs and Hawthorne Valley Waldorf Schools. J’Mae has been farming and developing a homestead with her partner for 8 years, she currently sells at both the Saratoga and Greenfield Farmer’s Markets and manages the latter. J’Mae is a mother and birth doula.



Peter’s multi instrumentalism includes clarinet, alto sax, 5-string & tenor banjo, piano, guitar, mandolin and whistle as well as an intuitive approach to a variety of musical genres including traditional folk, blues, vintage pop and jazz forms.

Class Schedule TBA


  • 3-4pm: Arrival and check in.
    Follow signs to check-in. Please unload and then return your car to the main lot immediately. If you need your car nearby for disability or health reasons, please request a special parking permit.
  • 4-6pm: Games and Dances + Meet the Staff 
  • 6pm: Dinner
  • 6:45-7:30pm: Evening Program TBA
  • 10pm: Snack


  • 7-7:45am: Early Morning Program TBA
  • 8-8:45am: Breakfast
  • 8:45-12pm: Morning Program TBA
  • 12-1pm: Lunch
  • 1-6pm: Afternoon Program TBA
  • 6-7pm: Dinner
  • 6:45-7:30pm: Evening Program TBA
  • 10pm: Snack


  • 8-8:45am: Breakfast
  • 8:45-9:30am- Move out and Farewell Gathering

Tuition includes all classes and activities, dances, concerts, and meals. Lodging is additional, see below. Work exchange positions are available.

Adult: $575
Child/Youth: subtract $30 for every year under 18

Babies under 2 attend for free.
Campers under 18 must attend with a parent or guardian. 

We recommend online registration. If someone else registered you and paid for you, only that person may view and edit your registration. If you prefer to pay by check or with a credit card by phone, please call (845) 246-2121 to register. 

You may pay in full, or hold your place with a tuition deposit of $150 per person when you register. If making a deposit, full payment is due no later than Monday, Jul 6, 2020 (4 weeks before camp begins). A $25 charge will be added to any remaining balance after this date to cover additional administrative costs, and full payment, rather than a deposit, will be required for any new registrations after this date.

Partial refunds are available until 2 weeks before camp begins. We retain $50 per person for cancellations up to Monday, Jul 6, 2020 (4 weeks before camp begins). We retain $150 per person for cancellations made between Monday, Jul 6, 2020 and Monday, Jul 20, 2020. We retain the full registration amount for cancellations after Monday, Jul 20, 2020 (2 weeks before camp begins).

All meals are included in the camp price. You may select omnivore, no red meat, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals. We make every effort to include a range of allergen-free dishes and to inform diners of meal ingredients.

The Ashokan Center is licensed to serve beer and wine in Esopus Lodge (the main building). The bar is generally open from late afternoon to early evening. Sorry, by law, guests are prohibited from bringing their own alcoholic beverages into this licensed building.

Enjoy the full Ashokan experience and choose comfortable onsite lodging during registration. 

LONGHOUSE BUNKS: Rooms hold up to 24 people and are designated women, men, or mixed gender. Place your belongings on a top or bottom bunk after you check in to claim it. Pillows are available, please bring your own blankets, sheets, pillowcases, and towels. There are a small number of light blankets for those bunkhouse residents who are unable to bring one of their own. If you will need us to provide one, please let us know well in advance.

PRIVATE ROOMS: There are a limited number of private rooms that must be reserved in advance at extra charge. Pillows are available, please bring your own sheets, pillowcases, and towelsThere are light quilts in each private room.

CAMPSITES: Camping is available with access to Longhouse bathrooms and showers. Please park by your campsite only if you plan to leave your car in place for the duration of the camp.

A limited number of work exchange positions are available to partially defray the cost of the camp. A list of work exchange positions are coming soon. 

Indicate your top 3 choices of work exchange positions during registration. If registering before the full payment deadline, make a deposit of $150 to hold your registration. If you receive a work exchange position, your balance will be adjusted before your final payment is due. When registering after the full payment deadline, pay in full at checkout and your award will be in the form of a refund. Contact us by phone (845) 246-2121, or email camps@ashokancenter.org for details.

Breakfast and Lunch Preparation (Discount: $145)

Tuesday through Thursday 7-8:00am and 11-12:00pm. Friday 7-8:00am. Shift may include dining hall set up & kitchen cleanup.

Breakfast and Lunch Clean Up (Discount: $145)

Tuesday through Thursday 8:45-9:45am and 1-2:00pm. Friday 8:45-9:45am.

Dinner Preparation and Clean Up (Discount: $145)

Monday through Thursday 5-6pm and 6:45-7:45pm.

Dining Hall Clean Up (Discount: $180)

Monday 6:45-7:45pm. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:45-9:45am, 1-2:00pm and 6:45-7:45pm. Friday 8:45-9:45am.

Snack Every Night (Discount: $145)

Set out snack Monday through Thursday before the end of the evening program about 10pm. Replenish as needed. Clean up snack & dining hall when folks are finished, approx. 11-11:30pm.

General Cleanup Crew (Discount: $145)

Daily, as needed, flexible hours: Sweep, mop, move tables, benches & chairs, pick up trash. Final clean up on
Friday after camp ends, 11:00am-1:00pm.

We believe in fostering a love for traditional music and dancing among young people. The future is in their hands! In addition to our child and youth pricing, anyone 25 or younger may also apply for a Youth Scholarship. Please apply during registration. 

PERSONAL ITEMS: Sleeping bag or blanket and linens, towel, soap, flashlight, earplugs (for light sleepers). There are light quilts in each private room and a small number of light blankets for those bunkhouse residents who are unable to bring one of their own. If you will need us to provide one, please let us know well in advance and we’ll do our best. Hand-held recorders are welcome. We don’t supply musical instruments but some can be borrowed.

CLOTHING: Prepare for wet and dry weather. Most people wear comfortable, informal clothing. You are encouraged to bring dressy, wild or fun clothing for dances and dinner, but that is up to you! Soft-soled shoes are best for most dancing. Hard smooth-soled shoes are best for clogging and step-dancing. There’s no laundry on site so bring enough clothes for the week.

Please, no pets or drop-in guests.

Incoming mail

Your Name c/o Ashokan Music & Dance
477 Beaverkill Rd, 
Olivebridge, NY 12461

Outgoing mail leaves each weekday at 4pm.

Music & Dance (845) 246-2121 Wed & Thurs noon-8pm
Ashokan Center (845) 657-8333 standard business hours

Cell phone reception is available but spotty. Calls may be dropped but texts are reliably received.

High speed Wi-Fi is available in all buildings.

Physical Address:
Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd, Olivebridge, NY 12461

Take NY State Thruway (1-87) to Kingston exit #19.
From traffic circle take Route 28 West (toward Pine Hill).
In 12 miles (shortly after Mobil & Citgo) turn left onto Reservoir Rd.
Cross the Ashokan Reservoir, turn left at the Tee.
Head down the hill, pass the first left (Rt 28A East) and merge onto 28A West.
Take next left onto Beaverkill Rd.
Follow Beaverkill for about one mile, then turn right into the Ashokan Center driveway and follow the signs.

AIRPORT  Albany, NY (ALB) is the closest major airport (about 1.5 hours away). Public transportation is available from the airport to the Kingston bus station, where you can take a taxi to Ashokan. Or contact us at least one month before your program begins for a list of people driving from the Albany area who may be able to give you a ride.

BUS  Trailways (800)858-8555 runs buses from Port Authority terminal in Manhattan to Kingston, NY (2 hours).

TAXI  We provide one taxi pick up at the Kingston bus station at 2:40pm on the first day of camp. Contact us at least three weeks in advance for a seat in the taxi (if still available). If you arrive at a different time, or do not reserve in time you’ll need to hire your own cab. We recommend Kingston Kabs 845-331-8200. (About $45.)

 If you’d like to carpool, or offer a ride, please contact our office at least one month before the program begins and we’ll help coordinate a ride.

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