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Jay Ungar & Molly Mason host a fun and friendly full-week of Northern-influenced traditional music & dance from New England to Québéquois to the musical roots overseas in Scandinavia, France, and the British Isles. Enjoy a week of music and friendship in a gorgeous natural setting, with daytime classes, pre-dinner Cinq à Six, post-dinner jams and song swaps, nighttime dances to the finest live music, and special camp traditions like communal quilt-making, Camper’s Night, Late Night Contras, and Soirée Française. 

Beginners are welcome! Have fun learning and playing together!

See more information below about the staff, schedule, tuition, work-exchange positions, lodging, and more. Children and teens are

2020 WESTERN & SWING WEEK MUSIC AND DANCE STAFF:

Jay Ungar

Waltzes + Country

Junior Daugherty

Country, Western Swing

Kevin Wimmer

Swing, Blues, Stéphane/Django Band

Paul Anastasio

Western Swing

Jason Anick

Swing/Jazz

Tom Krumm

Laurel Massé

Jazz/Swing and Harmony

Yvette Landry

Honky Tonk and Vocal Harmony

Katie Martucci

Jazz/Swing and Harmony

Paula Bradley

Country, Honky Tonk, Vocal Harmony

Cindy Overstreet

West Coast, Blues

Steve Ryan

West Coast, Blues

Brian Lawton

Lindy

Samantha Lawton

Lindy

John Krumm

Calling Squares + Contras, Composition & Decomposition

Colin McCaffrey

Country, Western Swing

Harry Aceto

Swing, Western Swing

Molly Mason

Western Swing

Andy Stack

Country, Western Swing

Colin McCaffrey

Country, Western Swing

Larry Baione

Swing/Jazz

Molly Mason

Western Swing

Andy Stack

Country, Western Swing

Rob Stein

Steel Guitar

Tom Mitchell

Swing, Stéphane/Django Band

Dave Davies

Trombone, Jug Band, Theory for Jammers

Peter Davis

Swing Clarinet, Sax and Piano, Music Theory, Deep Listening

Danny Tobias

Swing, Jazz Trumpet & Little Big Band

Ethan Setiawan

Swing, Western Swing

Tom Krumm

Vinnie Martucci

Swing, Jazz

Paula Bradley

Country, Honky Tonk, Vocal Harmony

Michael Sansonia

Billy Lang

Country, Swing

Russell Sternglass

Country, Swing

2020 NORTHERN WEEK MUSIC AND DANCE STAFF:

Rodney Miller

Contra

Noah VanNorstrand

Contradance

Molly Tucker

Jay Ungar

Waltzes, Contra

Jamie Fox

Métis

Éric Favreau

Québécois

Daphne Pickens

Audrey Knuth

English

Amy Harkanson

Swedish

Susie Burke

Vocal Play, Singing For the Joy of It, Beginner Guitar

Susan Kevra

Contras, Squares, French Songs & Dances

John Krumm

Contras, Squares, Community Chorus

Susan Kevra

Contras, Squares, French Songs & Dances

John Krumm

Contras, Squares, Community Chorus

Jamie Fox

Métis

Chet Gray

Contras, Squares

Bruce Sagan

Swedish

Amy Harkanson

Swedish

Bruce Sagan

Swedish

Amy Harkanson

Swedish

Casey Murray

Susie Burke

Vocal Play, Singing For the Joy of It, Beginner Guitar

Max Newman

David Surette

Casey Murray

Tom Krumm

Max Newman

David Surette

Susie Lemay

Québécois

Rachel Bell

Contra, French

Molly Mason

Contradance

Mathieu Baillargeon

Québécois

Jacqueline Schwab

English

Susie Lemay

Québécois

Rachel Bell

Contra, French

Mathieu Baillargeon

Québécois

Stuart Kenney

Contradance

Stuart Kenney

Contradance

2020 SOUTHERN WEEK MUSIC AND DANCE STAFF:

Mitch Reed

Cajun/Creole

Judy Hyman

Old Time

Stephanie Coleman

Old Time

Roger Weiss

Fiddle from Scratch

Jay Ungar

Waltzes, Old Time

Kevin Wimmer

Blues, Creole

Becca Wintle

Old Time

Jeffery Broussard

Creole Cowboys

Val Mindel

Appalachian, Country

Tracy Schwarz

Appalachian, Country, Gospel

Ginny Hawker

Appalachian, Country, Gospel

Rick Good

Finger Style Banjo

Sharon Leahy

Clogging, Team Clogging

John Krumm

Squares, Contras

Elista Istre

Cajun/Zydeco Dance & Culture

Moriah Istre

Cajun/Zydeco

Becky Hill

Flatfooting, Clogging, Squares, Contras

Sharon Leahy

Clogging, Team Clogging

Mitch Reed

Cajun/Creole

Judy Hyman

Old Time

Stephanie Coleman

Old Time

Roger Weiss

Fiddle from Scratch

Jay Ungar

Waltzes, Old Time

Kevin Wimmer

Blues, Creole

Becca Wintle

Old Time

Jeffery Broussard

Creole Cowboys

Joakim Lartey

African Drumming, Storytelling

Brandon Thomas

Zydeco Rubboard

Randy Jackson Jr.

Zydeco Drums

Jeff Claus

Old Time

Debra Clifford

Old Time

Ethan Moody

Zydeco, Blues

Molly Mason

Old Time, Country

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Mitch Reed

Cajun/Creole

John Broussard

Zydeco

Laren Droll

Cajun/Zydeco

Jeff Claus

Old Time

Ruth Ungar

Blues, Old Time

Sunday

  • 10am: Brunch (Purchased with Bunk + Breakfast for Pre-Camp Dance)
  • 1-3pm: Arrival and check in.
    Follow signs to check-in. Please unload and then return your car to the main lot immediately. If you need your car nearby for disability or health reasons, please request a special parking permit.
  • 3pm: Welcome Gathering, Staff Concert & Orientation
  • 6pm: Dinner
  • 7pm: Jams & Song Swaps 
  • 8-11pm: Welcome Dance
  • 11pm: Snack

Monday – Friday

  • 8:30-9:30am: Breakfast
  • 9:30am-1pm: Morning classes
  • 12:30-2pm: Lunch
  • 2-5:45pm: Afternoon classes
  • 6pm: Dinner
  • 7-8pm: Jams & Song Swaps
  • 8-11pm: Evening Dance
  • 11pm: Snack
  • 12am: Midnight Specials

Saturday

  • 10-11am: Breakfast
  • 12-2pm : Farewell Dance

Tuition includes all classes and activities, dances, concerts, and meals. Lodging is additional, see below. Work exchange and youth scholarships are available.

Adult: $875
Youth 13-25: $635
Child 5-12: $515

Children under 5 attend for free. Campers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We offer a limited number of Parent/Spouse registrations (for those accompanying a full participant) at a rate of $515 which includes meals, and evening dances/concerts, but no classes. 

We recommend online registration. If someone else registered you and paid for you, only that person may view and edit your registration. If you prefer to pay by check or with a credit card by phone, please call (845) 246-2121 to register.

You may pay in full, or hold your place with a tuition deposit of $150 per person when you register. If making a deposit, full payment is due no later than  (4 weeks before camp begins). A $25 charge will be added to any remaining balance after this date to cover additional administrative costs, and full payment, rather than a deposit, will be required for any new registrations after this date.

Partial refunds are available until 2 weeks before camp begins. We retain $50 per person for cancellations up to (4 weeks before camp begins). We retain $150 per person for cancellations made between and . We retain the full registration amount for cancellations after (2 weeks before camp begins).

All meals are included in the camp price. You may select omnivore, no red meat, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals. 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.

Enjoy the full Ashokan experience and choose comfortable onsite lodging during registration. 

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.

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 Longhouse bathrooms and showers. Please park by your campsite only if you plan to leave your car in place for the duration of the camp.

A limited number of work exchange positions are available to partially defray the cost of the camp. A list of work exchange positions are coming soon. 

Indicate your top 3 choices of work exchange positions during registration. If registering before the full payment deadline, make a deposit of $150 to hold your registration. If you receive a work exchange position, your balance will be adjusted before your final payment is due. When registering after the full payment deadline, pay in full at checkout and your award will be in the form of a refund. Contact us by phone (845) 246-2121, or email camps@ashokancenter.org for details.

A limited number of work exchange positions are available to partially defray the cost of the camp. A list of work exchange positions can be found here.

Indicate your top 3 choices of work exchange positions during registration. If registering before the full payment deadline, make a deposit of $150 to hold your registration. If you receive a work exchange position, your balance will be adjusted before your final payment is due. When registering after the full payment deadline, pay in full at checkout and your award will be in the form of a refund. Contact us by phone (845) 246-2121, or email office@ashokan.org for details.

Breakfast and Lunch Preparation (Discount: $300)

Monday through Friday 7:30-8:30am and 11:30am-12:30pm. Saturday 8:30-10:00am. Shift may include dining hall set up & kitchen cleanup.

Breakfast and Lunch Clean Up (Discount: $300)

Monday through Friday 9:30-10:30am and 1:30-2:30pm. Saturday 11am-12pm.

Dinner Preparation and Clean Up (Discount: $300)

Sunday through Friday 5-6pm and 7-8pm.

Dining Hall Clean Up (Discount: $400)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner cleanup: Sunday 7-8pm. Monday through Friday 9:30-10:30am, 1:30-2:30pm and
7-8pm. Saturday 11am-12pm.

Snack Every Night (Discount: $350)

Set out snack by 11pm, replenish as needed and clean up snack and dining hall when folks are finished. Sunday through Friday beginning at 11pm – approx. 12:30am.

Main Hall & Pavilion Crew (Discount: $350)

Meet Crew Chief after dinner on first night.
Daily, as needed: Sweep, mop, pick up trash, move tables, benches and chairs. Final clean up Saturday, last day, 2-5pm. Duties do not conflict with classes.

Bunkhouse Crew (Discount: $220)

Daily: Sweep bunk rooms; sweep, mop and resupply bathrooms. Final clean up Saturday, last day, 2-5pm. Duties do not conflict with classes.

Sauna (Discount: $350)

Clean and fire sauna by 9:30 each night and tend as needed. Final clean up Saturday, last day, 2-5pm. Duties do not conflict with classes.

We believe in fostering a love for traditional music and dancing among young people. The future is in their hands! In addition to our child and youth pricing, anyone 25 or younger may also apply for a Youth Scholarship. Please apply during registration. 

Children are encouraged to attend and take any classes in which they are interested. We also offer one nature and one music class specifically for younger kids. This option is included at no extra charge for children registered for camp. It is our mission to help parents attend at least one daytime class while their kids are happily engaged in fun of their own.

PERSONAL ITEMS: 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. Hand-held recorders are welcome. We don’t supply musical instruments but some can be borrowed.

CLOTHING: Prepare for wet and dry weather. Most people wear comfortable, informal clothing. You are encouraged to bring dressy, wild or fun clothing for dances and dinner, but that is up to you! Soft-soled shoes are best for most dancing. Hard smooth-soled shoes are best for clogging and step-dancing. There’s no laundry on site so bring enough clothes for the week.

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 (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

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.

BUS  Trailways (800)858-8555 runs buses from Port Authority terminal in Manhattan to Kingston, NY (2 hours).

TAXI  We provide one taxi pick up at the Kingston bus station at 2:40pm on the first day of camp. Contact us at least three weeks in advance for a seat in the taxi (if still available). If you arrive at a different time, or do not reserve in time you’ll need to hire your own cab. We recommend Kingston Kabs 845-331-8200. (About $45.)

RIDES AND CARPOOLING 
 If you’d like to carpool, or offer a ride, please contact our office at least one month before the program begins and we’ll help coordinate a ride.

Pre-Camp Dinner & Contra Dance is Saturday, July 18th. Add tickets when registering for camp or purchase à la carte if you’re not coming to Northern Week. 

< Join the Ashokan Northern Week FaceBook Group to connect with people who plan to attend and share photos and memories after the camp!

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