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New Year’s Camp 2021




Three days of music & dance classes, sing-alongs, jamming to ring in the New Year!

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


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.
6pm Dinner 
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
11pm Snack

Monday & Tuesday
Dance classes, music classes and jam sessions all day. Wood-burning sauna, nature walks, cross country skiing, ice skating.
8:30am: Breakfast
9:30am–1pm: Dance classes, music classes, singing and jam sessions
1pm: Lunch
2–5:30pm: More dance classes, music classes, singing and jam sessions
6pm: Dinner 
7pm: Sing-along or Slow Jam (Monday)
8–11pm Contras, Waltzes, Cajun and Swing dancing 
11pm: Snacks 

Tuesday Night
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!

See New Year’s 2019 Schedule

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

Pricing TBA

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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 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.

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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 office@ashokan.org 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.

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.

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!

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Nestled in New York’s beautiful Catskill Mountains amid beautiful forests, meadows, and streams, the Ashokan Center is a natural, serene, and inspirational setting. Our sustainably-designed facilities blend with the beauty of nature, creating a place where guests feel at home and inspired to learn, relax, and celebrate.

Buffet Style


Chef William Warnes brings over 30 years of experience as a gourmet caterer to the Ashokan Center. He and his team enjoy providing specialized meals to groups of all sizes, be they 200 wedding guests, 150 folk musicians, or 75 hungry fifth graders just back from a hike. He enjoys working with event organizers to create the perfect menu, drink options, and serving style to exceed expectations.


Lodging options include private rooms with private bathrooms, dorm-style bunkhouses with shared bathrooms, and campsites. 

For camps, festivals, and most retreats, guests must bring their own linens or sleeping bag, a pillowcase, a light blanket, towels and toiletries. Pillows are provided. Light quilts are provided in private rooms. 

Linens are provided for all wedding guests and are an option for rental by retreat guests. 

Camping guests have access to our new bathhouse and must bring all their own camping gear. We do not provide RV hookups. 

Longhouse Lodge (4 dorm style common sleeping rooms, and 4 private rooms)

The longhouse is a welcoming, spacious, and comfortable two story bunkhouse. With handcrafted log bunk beds and a spacious, airy feel, Longhouse is a perfect mix of rustic and modern. It is divided into four wings. Each sleeps up to 24 in twin bunks with a shared bathroom. A private room with a queen bunk (twin on top) is located in each wing.

Longhouse Lodge
Longhouse Lodge
dorm style / common sleeping rooms
Longhouse Lodge
Common Area
Longhouse Lodge
Private Room

Sycamore Lodge (4 private rooms)

Sycamore Lodge provides an intimate feel that is perfect for smaller groups. Its four bedrooms are linked by a spacious common area with mini-fridge and sink. Ea​ch bedroom has a two bunk beds (one with queen bottom) and private bath. The upper level has a beautiful porch. 

Sycamore Lodge
Sycamore Lodge
Private Bedroom
Sycamore Lodge
Common Area
Sycamore Lodge
Upper Back Porch

Red Maple Lodge (8 private rooms)

Red Maple Lodge is conveniently located alongside the dining hall and gathering spaces of the Esopus Lodge. Red Maple features eight private rooms, each with two bunkbeds and a private bath. Both levels have a covered porch, and the second floor has a shared lounge area. 

Red Maple Lodge
Red Maple Lodge
Private Bedroom
Red Maple Lodge
Back Porch
Red Maple Lodge
Lounge Area

Indoor Spaces

Esopus Lodge

The multi-purpose Esopus Lodge houses our performance hall, dining hall, classrooms, and the kitchen. The performance hall has beautiful vaulted ceilings, sprung dance floor, stage, grand piano, and basic sound equipment.

Performance Hall
28' x 45'
Dining Hall
66' x 29'
Garden Room
15' x 24'

Pewter Shop

A space with a 19th century feel, the Pewter Shop is a multi-purpose room on the upper campus. Well-heated by a wood stove during the winter, and cooled by sufficient windows and doors in warmer months, it provides a perfect location for more intimate gatherings year-round.

Pewter Shop
Pewter Shop
34’ x 22’ *limited electricity*

Outdoor Spaces

Killian Pavilion
covered dance floor and stage
Rec Field
campfire circle, camping and bathhouse nearby
Waterfront Area
seating by pond

Hoot Hill

Pete Stage is 10′ x 12′  Toshi Stage is 16′ x 24′, both are covered by roof and have 200amp electrical service • Flat area near stage can accommodate a 60′ x 40′ tent  large flat area on hilltop – no power.

1885 Turnwood Covered Bridge

Moved to the property by Lester Moehring, owner circa 1932, this bridge was built in 1885 – the builder’s name and year are inscribed in the rafters – and is listed on the State and National Registers. It underwent a historical restoration in 2017-2018

Covered Bridge
Covered Bridge

Wiggly Bridge

Ashokan’s iconic wiggly bridge has been beautifully repaired and restored to service.

Wiggly Bridge