New Year’s Camp 2021
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason host a joyful, wintertime music and dance camp featuring daytime classes at all levels, evening dances, sing-alongs, and jams, plus a gala New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance.
Camp Arrival & Departure
Arrival & check-in begin at 3pm Tuesday, Dec 29th
Camp concludes Friday, Jan 1st with an 11am-1pm Farewell Dance
2021 NEW YEAR’S CAMP STAFF TBA:
3-6pm: Arrival and check in. Follow signs to park and walk down for check-in. If you drive down to unload please return your car to the main lot immediately.
7pm Choose a Sing-along or Slow Jam
8pm Contras and Waltzes with Swingology
9pm Swing Dance with Swingology
10pm Cajun Dance with Balfa Toujours
Monday & Tuesday
Dance classes, music classes and jam sessions all day. Wood-burning sauna, nature walks, cross country skiing, ice skating.
9:30am–1pm: Dance classes, music classes, singing and jam sessions
2–5:30pm: More dance classes, music classes, singing and jam sessions
7pm: Sing-along or Slow Jam (Monday)
8–11pm Contras, Waltzes, Cajun and Swing dancing
6pm: New Year’s Eve Dinner
7pm: Waltzes and a Sing-Along Song Swap
8pm: New Year’s Eve Dance with our camp staff|
11pm–1am: Our bountiful New Year’s Eve snack table—while the dancing continues
Midnight: Countdown to 2019 & more dancing ’til the wee hours!
10am: Farewell Breakfast
11am-1pm: Farewell Dance—a little of everything!
Tuition includes all classes and activities, dances, concerts, and meals. Lodging is additional, see below. Work exchange and youth scholarships are available.
Children under 5 attend for free. Campers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We offer a limited number of Parent/Spouse registrations (for those accompanying a full participant) at a discounted rate which includes meals, and evening dances/concerts, but no classes.
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 Tuesday, Dec 1, 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 Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020 (4 weeks before camp begins). We retain $150 per person for cancellations made between Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020 and Tuesday, Dec 15, 2020. We retain the full registration amount for cancellations after Tuesday, Dec 15, 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 towels. There 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.Click here for photos and more details.
A limited number of work exchange positions are available to partially defray the cost of the camp. A list of work exchange positions is TBA.
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 email@example.com for details.
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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 weather to vary from cold and snowy to cool and rainy. Most people wear comfortable, informal clothing. You are encouraged to bring dressy, wild or fun clothing for the New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance, 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.
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.
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.)
RIDES AND CARPOOLING 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.
New Year’s Eve Dance (included in the camp!)
After a four-course meal and a sing-along, there’ll be couple dancing and called dances in two rooms ’til the wee hours with a midnight countdown and more dancing in the upstairs Zydeco Lounge. If you can’t make it to the whole camp, come just for New Year’s Eve and dance to great live Swing, Cajun, Zydeco, Contras, Squares, Blues and Waltzes.
< Join the Ashokan New Year’s Facebook Group to connect with people who plan to attend and share photos and memories afterwards!