Scottish String Fling 2024

Friday, May 10 - Sunday, May 12

Are you a classical player who is open to learning melodies by ear and eager to express a full range of emotions with your bow? A cellist who wants to know how to “chop”? A trad player who loves the power of a massive group of strings playing in rhythm and thrills to the dynamics of a fabulous tune medley?

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with other musicians and express joy together through beautiful music with world-class musicians and teachers, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas.

This camp is recommended for intermediate and advanced fiddle (violin) and cello players, but other levels and instruments are also welcome to observe and join in.

The entire group will work together from Friday to Sunday to build a dynamic arrangement of Scottish (and adjacent) tunes with a focus on melodic expression, ornamentation, and how to achieve an epic groove. Saturday will also include an opportunity to sing & dance – incorporating the rhythm and music into our bodies and voices.

This weekend has become known for its boundless fun and camaraderie, and a playful blend of old and new. Alasdair & Natalie both soulfully honor Scottish roots and embody exciting multi-genre string traditions emerging in the world today.

“Everything was excellent: the site, food, staff, faculty, schedule, other participants!”

“I loved the music, the energy… the desserts!”

“Alasdair, Natalie, Emerald, Donal, Jay & Molly – what lovely warm people. I loved that they created an open and soulful environment for us.”

 

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Please self-select from our 4-tier registration based on your ability to pay:

STANDARD covers Ashokan’s cost per-person to host the event. If you can afford to pay the Standard price, please do.

ECONOMY is for those who can’t currently afford the Standard price, but would like to attend and be part of our community. If you need this assistance, this tier is for you.

YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP is available for campers age 25 and under who are paying their own way and for families in need of financial support.

SUPPORTER makes flexible pricing possible! One Supporter covers one Economy registration, and two Supporters will cover a Youth Scholarship. If you’re doing well and remember what it was like to need some help, this price is for you. You’ll be helping forge a tighter-knit, intergenerational Music & Dance community in the spirit of generosity, equity, and abundance. We are grateful!

Thank you for supporting the Ashokan Center and each other!

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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:

We ask everyone to test for COVID-19 in the 24 hours before arrival. 

If you test positive, do not attend.

If you’ve recently recovered from COVID and have been symptom free for 5 or more days without the use of fever-reducers, you may attend. 

All refund requests due to COVID exposure, or COVID-related concerns will be honored.

Longhouse bunk rooms will be capped at 1/2 occupancy. 

Overall camp attendance will be limited to provide ample space for distancing.

On Site:

The Ashokan Center will provide onsite rapid testing upon request or as needed.

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 can be provided on request. 

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.

SUMMER 2023: You may pay in full or hold your place with a deposit of $200 per person if registering 4 or more weeks before camp. Full payment is due 4 weeks before camp begins. To cancel your camp registration, email events@ashokancenter.org

• We retain $50 per person for cancellations requested up to 4 weeks before camp begins, and for COVID-related cancellations made at any date.

• We retain your $200 deposit between 4 and 2 weeks before camp.

• We retain the full registration amount within 2 weeks of camp.

FALL 2023: You may pay in full or hold your place with a deposit of 25% per person if registering 4 or more weeks before camp. Full payment is due 4 weeks before camp begins. To cancel your camp registration, email events@ashokancenter.org

• We retain $50 per person for cancellations requested up to 4 weeks before camp begins, and for COVID-related cancellations made at any date.

• We retain your 25% deposit between 4 and 2 weeks before camp.

• We retain the full registration amount within 2 weeks of camp.

FRIDAY

  • 3-5pm: Arrival and check in.
  • 5pm: Open Jam
  • 6pm: Dinner
  • 7:30pm: Welcome Concert/Workshop, Jamming

SATURDAY

  • 8:30am: Breakfast
  • 9am – Noon: Morning class with Alasdair and Natalie
  • 12:30pm: Lunch
  • 2-5pm: Afternoon class with Alasdair and Natalie
  • 6pm: Dinner
  • 7:30pm: Ceilidh (Performances and Dance), Jamming

SUNDAY

  • 8:30am: Breakfast
  • 9am-noon: Morning classes with Alasdair and Natalie
  • 12:30: Lunch
  • 3pm: Gala Fiddle and Cello Concert with Alasdair and Natalie plus Jay & Molly!

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 (under 3 for Family Camp). 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 12 people (50% capacity) and are designated women, men, or all 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 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. 

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