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Ashokan stories

Q&A with Interpreter of Black Folk Music, Jake Blount

We recently got to chat with Jake Blount on how his musical journey brought him to Ashokan’s Old Time Rollick year-after-year. Jake Blount (pronounced: blunt) is an award-winning interpreter of Black folk music based in Providence, RI. Let’s start on

2024 Solar Eclipse

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, United States, and Canada. Even though our region isn’t in an area where there’ll be totality, those not in that path can see at least

It’s Trout Fishing Time!

With the season just opening on April 1st, here’s a bit of backstory on this historic pastime, thanks to “Trout Fishing in the Catskills.” It’s a beautiful, knowledge packed book by avid fly fisherman and Catskill neighbor Ed Van Put

Mushroom Talk with Luke Sarrantonio

A quick introduction into fungi with a really fun guy, Hudson Valley mycologist, Luke Sarrantonio. Luke is the founder of Mycophilic and For the Love of Fungi Mushroom and Arts Festival. You can find him online at @Mycophilicorganism or on

Ashokan / Turnwood Covered Bridge

One of 29 covered bridges in New York State, and one of five covered bridges in Ulster County, the Ashokan Bridge (also known as the Turnwood and Olive Bridge) is a wooden covered bridge now located over Esopus Creek on

Son Jarocho Camp Will Be First Of Its Kind in the US

It’s a learning opportunity, a music-loving opportunity, a sharing of culture and community: It’s the Ashokan Center’s Ariles Son Jarocho Camp. Patterned after Luna Negra, a well-known annual gathering for son jarocho musicians in Veracruz, Mexico, this camp will be