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Southern Week Online

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason host a fun and friendly online week of Southern traditional music from the Bayou to the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond.
 

The Ashokan Center builds community through shared experiences in nature, history, music and art. For 40 years we have hosted traditional Music & Dance Camps at our 385 nature preserve. This year we have learned how to host them online! 

“This is the first online weekend I have done and I have to say you nailed 
it.” – William in Belfast

  

“From the musicians/teachers to the tech support… everything went very
 smoothly and I learned a lot! MORE! MORE! – Kay in Pennsylvania

THE ASHOKAN ONLINE CAMP EXPERIENCE features SLIDING SCALE REGISTRATION!

  • Experience interactive workshops, nightly jams & song swaps with world-class instructors
  • Take one class or as many as you like
  • Participate via Zoom or watch on private livestream
  • Socialize in our lunchtime hangout
  • Enjoy great online resources to keep your toes tapping and a sweet song in your heart
  • Access all classes, activities, and resources again and again for a full year!

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. 

Our Fun & Friendly Instructors:

BECKY HILL

BECCA WINTLE & DEBRA CLIFFORD

EMILY MILLER & VAL MINDEL

ELISTA ISTRE & MORIAH ISTRE

GINNY HAWKER & TRACY SCHWARZ

JAKE BLOUNT

JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON

JEFF CLAUS & JUDY HYMAN

JEFFERY & MILLIE BROUSSARD

JOAKIM LARTEY

JOE NEWBERRY

JOHN KRUMM & TOM KRUMM

KEVIN WIMMER

MIKE MERENDA

MITCH REED

SHARON LEAHY & RICK GOOD

STEPHANIE COLEMAN

All times EDT New York, USA

Meet The Teachers & Welcome Jam

Monday 6:00 - 8:00 PM
All Staff
Enjoy a sampling of what each person will be teaching, then sing, play, and dance along!

Flatfooting for All

Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Becky Hill
Break down classic steps from favorite Appalachian percussive dancers, bring leather or smooth soled shoes and find a clear a space to dance

Old Time Fiddle (Beg-Int) Part 1

Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Stephanie Coleman
Learn a tune with emphasis on how to express yourself melodically and rhythmically using a few simple yet potent bowing tricks

Creole Fiddle

Tuesday 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Kevin Wimmer
Learn tunes and techniques in the tradition of Canray Fontenot and other Creole fiddle greats

Square Dance Calling Basics

Tuesday 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Becky Hill
Collect the basics of square dance calling and leave with the tools needed to start calling four couple set dances in your home

Clawhammer Banjo (Beg-Int)

Tuesday 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Mike Merenda
Review the basics of clawhammer banjo and learn a memorable tune to take your practice to the next level.

Waltz Jam and Dance with Jay & Molly

Tuesday 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
Come play and dance to some of Jay & Mollys' favorite waltzes

Old Time Jam

Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Jeff & Judy, Becca & Debra
Play & dance along at home. Campers are encouraged to bring an old time tune to share as well!

Song Swap

Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Sharon & Rick, Mike & Ruthy
Sing, play, dance along at home. Campers are encouraged to bring an old time song to share as well!

Songs for Saturday Night

Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Ginny Hawker, Tracy Schwarz
Sing classic Country and Honky-Tonk Songs with Ginny & Tracy

Two Finger-Style Banjo

Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Rick Good
Thumb and finger lead and explore the whole neck of the banjo

Slow Jam 1 (All Instruments, All Levels)

Wednesday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
John & Tom Krumm
All are invited to learn and play along with inspiring music at slow and accessible tempos.

Creole Perspective

Wednesday 1:00 -2:00 PM
Jeffery Broussard
Jeffery share’s insights into Creole music, culture and life in Southern Louisiana

Old Time Harmony Singing

Wednesday 1:00 -2:00 PM
Val Mindel & Emily Miller
Learn an old-time duet, working through elements such as phrasing, blend and harmony options and ideas on how to sing together in these distanced times.

Cajun and Zydeco Dance

Wednesday 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Moriah & Elista
Learn the fundamental differences between Louisiana's two most popular dances, Cajun Two Step versus Zydeco Two Step. Stick around 'til the end to learn a wildly popular hybrid common in both Cajun and Creole circles. See y'all on the dance floor!

African & Appalachian Music Connections

Wednesday 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Joakim Lartey + Jake Blount
Explore the deep connections between African and Appalachian musical traditions with Joakim & Jake

Cajun Jam

Wednesday 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Mitch & Kevin
Play & dance along at home. Campers are encouraged to bring an cajun tune to share as well!

Gospel Sing

Wednesday 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Ginny Hawker, Tracy Schwarz, Val Mindel, Emily Miller, Jesse Milnes
For a sense of community through the singing of spiritual songs, join Ginny, Tracy, Val and her family.

Clawhammer Banjo (Int-Adv)

Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Joe Newberry
Left hand fun, plus right hand work to propel tunes where you want them to go.

Old Time Fiddle (Beg-Int) Part 2

Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Stephanie Coleman
Learn a tune with emphasis on how to express yourself melodically and rhythmically using a few simple yet potent bowing tricks

Cajun Fiddle

Thursday 1:00 -2:00 PM
Mitch Reed
Learn the tunes of the old masters that will tickle your heart, make you smile and stomp your feet

Hudson Valley Hoedowns

Thursday 1:00 -2:00 PM
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
Come play and dance to some of Jay & Mollys' favorite square dance tunes

Old Time Guitar

Thursday 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Debra Clifford & Becca Wintle
Learn how to use bass notes, bass runs and backbeat to accompany a fiddler with your guitar

African + American Rhythms

Thursday 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Becky Hill + Joakim Lartey
Explore the connections between Appalachian and Ghanaian foot, body and instrumental percussion with Becky + Joakim

Old Time Radio Hour (Staff Concert)

Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 PM
All Staff
A chance to kick back and listen to the fantastic Southern Week Online staff!

Old Time Singing

Friday 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Joe Newberry
Tips and techniques, plus famous songs and other songs that ought to be.

ZydeFit

Friday 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Moriah Istre
Step into an energetic dance workout based on the spicy beats of contemporary Zydeco.

Slow Jam 2 (All Instruments, All Levels)

Friday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
John & Tom Krumm
All are invited to learn and play along with inspiring music at slow and accessible tempos.

Zydeco Accordion

Friday 1:00 -2:00 PM
Jeffery Broussard
Learn a Zydeco accordion tune, plus rhythms and techniques from the master

Appalachian Fiddle DDAD (Int-Adv)

Friday 1:00 -2:00 PM
Judy Hyman
Let’s learn a tune from the ground up in DDAD tuning with the bowing to make it bouncy, rhythmic, fluid and open.

Old Time Mandolin

Friday 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Jay Ungar
Learn the melody and chords for a classic string band rag

Banjo Uke Basics

Friday 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Jeff Claus
Making a solid, steady groove with a good sound and feel, using the basic chords of the keys D, G, A, and C.

Old Time Jam 2

Friday 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Jeff & Judy, Stephanie
Play & dance along at home. Campers are encouraged to bring an old time tune to share as well!

Old Time Song Swap

Friday 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Joe Newberry, Val Mindel
Sing, play, dance along at home. Campers are encouraged to bring an old time song to share as well!

Songs for Sunday Morning

Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Ginny Hawker, Tracy Schwarz
Sing traditional Appalachian Sacred songs with Ginny & Tracy

Team Clogging

Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Sharon Leahy
Learn four basic clogging steps, dance together and hear your own feet this time!

Cajun Favorites Repertoire & Jam

Saturday 1:00 -2:00 PM
Mitch Reed, Kevin Wimmer, Jeffery Broussard
A fun, accessible jam filled with classic Cajun two-steps and waltzes

Appalachian Fiddle AEAC# (Int-Adv)

Saturday 1:00 -2:00 PM
Judy Hyman
Let’s learn a tune from the ground up in “Calico” tuning (AEAC#) with the bowing to make it bouncy, rhythmic, fluid and open.

Cook a Gumbo—Millie style

Saturday 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Millie Broussard
Learn to recreate Millie Broussard’s legendary gumbo in your own home

Playing Banjo Uke with a Fiddler

Saturday 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Jeff Claus, Judy Hyman
We'll be joined by fiddler, Judy Hyman, to play some simple tunes at a moderate tempo for the full hour, with bits of instruction along the way.

The Last Time I Played Dixie

Saturday 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Come one and all.
Jay Ungar informally shares some stories about the tune "Dixie" and the role of Civil War era music in our history and present.

Campers’ Night

Saturday 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Southern Week Campers
Sign up to sing, play or tell a story (5 min limit)--all styles and idioms are most welcome!

Farewell Jam

Sunday 10:00 - 11:30 AM
All Staff
One last chance to sing, play, and dance along!

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Join the camp Facebook Group to connect with your fellow campers before, during, and after!

TanyaPrintGrid
Check out T-Shirts, Mugs, Notebooks and More with 40th Anniversary Art by Tanya Zabinski!

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EMAIL camps@ashokancenter.org 
CALL 845-246-2121

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