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Southern Week 2022

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Sunday, August 14th -

Saturday, August 20th

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason host a fun and friendly full-week of Southern traditional music from the Bayou to the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond. Enjoy a weekend of music and friendship in a gorgeous natural setting, with daytime classes, pre-dinner cultural history sessions, post-dinner jams and song swaps, nighttime dances to rollicking live music, and special evenings like Old-time Radio Hour, Mardi Gras Parade, Camper’s Night, and Honky Tonk. Beginners are welcome! Have learning and playing together! 

Staff includes: Becky Hill, Sparky & Rhonda RuckerJefferey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, Mitch Reed, Sharon Leahy, Rick GoodEarl WhiteMike Merenda, Ruth Ungar Merenda, Laren Droll, Mark Sagar, Roger Weiss, Wayne FugateEli WildmanVictor Furtado, and more TBA!

Can’t spend the week? Join us for a BBQ and Dance Sat, August 13, 2022 starting at 6pm.

 

Please self-select from our 3-tier registration based on your ability to pay. Thank you for supporting the Ashokan Center, this camp, and each other!

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BECKY HILL – Clogging, Flatfooting, Square Dance Calling

 

 

 

 

JEFFEREY BROUSSARD & THE CREOLE COWBOYS

Jeffery Broussard – Creole/Zydeco Accordion

John  Broussard – bass 

Gary Francois – Rub board

Paul  Lavan – Drums

 

 

EARL WHITE – Old Time Fiddle

 

 

 

 

VICTOR FURTADO  Old Time Banjo

 

 

 

 

MIKE MERENDA & RUTH UNGAR MERENDA 

 Mike – Old Time Banjo

Ruth – Uke

 

 

 

ELI WILDMAN –  Old Time Guitar

 

 

 

 

MITCH REED – Cajun/Creole Fiddle

 

 

 

 

SHARON LEAHY & RICK GOOD

Sharon – Team Clogging, Morning Yoga

Rick – Finger Style Banjo

Sharon & Rick – Country Harmony Singing

 

 

SPARKY & RHONDA RUCKER

Sparky – Blues Guitar

Rhonda – Blues Moutharp

Sparky & Rhonda – Songs and stories about the antebellum South, the Civil War, the civil rights movement

 

 

THE BUNKHOUSE BOYS 

MARK SAGAR – Cajun Guitar

 

 

 

 

ROGER WEISS – Fiddle from scratch

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAREN DROLL – Cajun accordion

 

 

 

 

WAYNE FUGATE – Old Time Mandolin

 

JAY UNGAR AND MOLLY MASON,  Your Hosts! 

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason are masters of music and storytelling who generously share their lives and their music with audiences. There are so many moments and strands to savor in the course of an evening of their music.

 

Jay’s fiddling is brimming with playfulness, drama, soulfulness and technical verve, as he explores the many musical styles and idioms that he has internalized and made his own. Molly’s total mastery and inventiveness on piano and guitar is always spot-on, as she supports the tunes and follows the flow of the melody. Her rich and expressive vocals along with the resonant strains of Jay’s violin, 

This protocol meets or exceeds current CDC and NY State Department of Health guidelines and is subject to revision based on changing conditions and changes in those guidelines. We’ll notify registered campers if there are any significant changes before camp begins. We trust our caring community to find the right balance of caution and fun within these parameters, to make safe decisions, and to treat fellow campers with respect.

In Advance:

  • Everyone is encouraged to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • We request that everyone tighten their exposure circle in the days before camp to limit the chance of exposure.
  • If you test positive or come in close contact with someone who is Covid positive within 6 days of the start of the event, DO NOT attend. 
  • All refund requests due to Covid exposure or Covid-related concerns will be honored.
  • Longhouse bunk rooms will be capped at 1/4 occupancy. 
  • Overall camp attendance will be limited to provide ample space for distancing.

On Site:

  • Upon arrival everyone will submit to a temperature check & rapid test administered by the camp nursing staff.
  • Anyone who tests positive or develops symptoms consistent with Covid will be asked to leave the event and will be entitled to a refund.
  • Masks are recommended while gathering indoors (except when eating or performing.) N-95 masks will be provided upon request. 
  • Weather permitting, all activities will be scheduled in covered outdoor locations. Both outdoor and indoor dining options are available.
  • Whole room exhaust fans in the Performance Hall & Dining Hall will draw a constant stream of fresh air.
  • Daily cleaning includes disinfectant for all door handles, tables, and any frequently touched surfaces.

Full payment is due no later than 4 weeks prior to the start of camp. Cancellations requested before that date will receive a full refund. COVID-related cancellation/refund requests will be honored at any date. All other cancellations will forfeit their deposit if requested after the full payment due date.

ARRIVAL DAY

  • 1pm: CAMPER ARRIVAL.
    Follow signs to check-in. Please unload and then return your car to the main lot immediately. If you need your car nearby for health reasons, please request a special parking permit.
  • 3pm: WELCOME GATHERING
  • 4pm: MEET THE TEACHERS
  • 6pm: DINNER
  • 7:00pm: JAMS & ACTIVITIES
  • 10pm: SNACK


CLASS DAYS

  • 8:30-9:30am: BREAKFAST
  • 9:30-12:30pm: CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
  • 12:30-2pm: LUNCH
  • 2-5pm: CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
  • 5-6pm: OPEN MIC (Esopus Courtyard)
  • 6-7pm: DINNER
  • 7:30-10pm: CONCERTS & JAMS
  • 10pm: SNACK & INFORMAL JAMMING


DEPARTURE DAY

  • 10am: BRUNCH
  • 12-2pm: FAREWELL GATHERING

You may choose to pay up front or pay a deposit and balance. Balance payment is due 4 weeks before the event.

Registration includes all activities and meals. Lodging is optional and camping is free.

Children under 5 attend for free. Campers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

All meals are included. You may indicate your dietary restrictions when registering. 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.

LONGHOUSE BUNKS: Rooms hold up to 6 people (25% capacity) 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 bathrooms and outdoor showers. Please park by your campsite only if you plan to leave your car in place for the duration of the camp.

  • If you’re lodging with us please remember to bring a blanket and linens (or sleeping bag), towel, toiletries, soap, flashlight, earplugs (for light sleepers). There are light quilts in each private room and we have a small number of light blankets for bunkhouse residents who can’t bring one of their own. Let us know well in advance if you’ll need one.
  • Flashlight, recording device, camera (or maybe those are all your phone!)
  • Comfortable informal clothing for wet and dry weather. Some may also bring dressy, wild or fun clothing as well but that is up to you! There’s no laundry on site so bring enough clothes for the camp.

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 Camp Phone (845) 657-8333 x 3 

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

DRIVING DIRECTIONS  
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.

If there are no camp spots or private rooms available above, you may add your name to this waitlist. If space opens up we will contact you.

 

The Ashokan Center builds community through shared experiences in nature, history, music and art. We have hosted traditional Music & Dance Camps at our 385 acre nature preserve for over 40 years. In 2020 we learned how to host them online and in 2021 we began to reimagine how to gather in person once again. 

Come join the Ashokan family to celebrate, learn, connect, deepen your music, make new friends, and brighten your day. Our events are open to all folks, all ages and all orientations. 

<< Join the camp Facebook Group to connect with people who plan to attend and share photos and memories afterwards!

Thank you to the Martin Foundation for supporting Ashokan Music & Dance Camps.

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