New Year’s Eve Dance & Dinner

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019

Squares, contras, swing, cajun, and zydeco with live music by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason & Swingology, Balfa Toujours, The Russet Trio, and Zydegroove.

Dancing starts at 8pm and continues to the wee hours!

New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance is the final night of a 3-night Music & Dance Camp featuring great food, dancing, jamming, workshops, and instruction. Beginners are welcome. 



Swingology (Molly Mason, Jay Ungar, Peter Davis, Dave Davies, Harry Aceto, Russ Sternglass) playing for contras & squares, swing, blues, and waltzes with groove, creativity and pizzazz! 


Christine Balfa & Balfa Toujours (Kevin Wimmer, Jason Frey, Mitch Reed, Jimmy Breaux) deliver Cajun roots music straight from Southwest Louisiana, featuring Balfa family traditions, two Beau Soleil veterans, driving twin fiddles, and powerful vocals. They’ll play for dancing, teach fiddle and accordion, lead Cajun jams and teach Cajun dancing!


The Russet Trio (Aldo Lavaggi, Peter Madsen, Stuart Kenney) are a contra dance band with an uplifting and original blend of Appalachian and Celtic music influenced by folk, blues, and pop.


ZydeGroove (Laren Droll, Roger Weiss, Maggie Hoffee, Alan Bradbury, Doug Chatman, Maggie McManus) are a Hudson Valley Zydeco band with a back-to-the-roots groove that will keep you movin’ on the dance floor all night.



Tuesday Night
6pm: New Year’s Eve Dinner (optional)
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 (included in overnight package)

Dance ticket includes dancing and late-night snack.
Dinner and overnight bunk & breakfast are available for additional cost.

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Children under 12 attend for free.

Campers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Refunds are available until {2_WEEKS_OUT} (two weeks before camp begins.) We retain the full ticket amount for cancellations after {2_WEEKS_OUT}.

You may select omnivore, no red meat, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dinner. 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). By law, guests are prohibited from bringing their own alcoholic beverages into this licensed building.

To enjoy the full Ashokan experience, choose bunk and breakfast when buying your tickets.

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.

IF LODGING ON SITE: 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. 

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. 

Please, no pets or drop-in guests.

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).

< 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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