5th Annual Winter Hoot is Feb 3-5 2017

by Adam Husted
December 27, 2016

Olivebridge, NY—With music, dancing, food, film, art and nature activities for all ages, the 5th Annual Winter Hoot on the weekend of February 3-5 welcomes the community, one and all, for a spirit-raising good time in mid-winter! Hear world-class musical acts from our Hudson Valley region and beyond!

Friday – Dinner, Documentary, Discussion & Jam

5:00 pm  VIP Reception in the Pewter Shop
A thank-you reception for our most generous Hoot supporters (aka: the Pewter Posse!) with wine & cheese, Hoot gifts, and music by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason and Friends. (purchase here)

6:00 pm  Dinner in the Dining Hall
Enjoy a delicious locally-sourced dinner and dessert by Ashokan chef William Warnes (please reserve in advance here) After dinner tea & coffee may be brought into the film afterward.

7:00 pm  Film in the Performance Hall  
Film Short: Crac! Frederic Back’s touching 1981 animated tale of snow, fiddling, family and folk art
Featured Documentary: HUDSON RIVER AT RISK by local film-maker Jon Bowermaster, a close-up look at three distinct risks: The so-called “bomb trains” carrying a highly explosive gas and oil mix along the riverside from the shale fields of North Dakota to Albany and to Philadelphia; the 50-year-old nuclear power plant at Indian Point, which continues to operate even as its infrastructure ages; and the rebuilding of the Tappan Zee Bridge, currently the largest construction project in North American with a potential to create serious environmental harm if not closely monitored.

8:30 pm  Featured Speaker: Jeremy Cherson of Riverkeeper

8:45  Q & A with Jeremy Cherson and filmmaker Jon Bowermaster

10:00 pm  Old-Time Jam Session
Let’s make music together in the dining hall. All instruments welcome or just come listen!

During the documentary a kid-friendly movie will be screened upstairs in the kids zone.

Saturday – All Day Entertainment

All-day entertainment starts at 11am in Ashokan’s beautiful wooden performance hall with music and dancing for kids & families, and goes all day long with a rousing revue of independent folk and roots music for all ages, culminating in a rowdy midnight square dance.

Enjoy local food from Ashokan & Veggie Oasis, local beer & wine, goodies from Immune-Schein, Woodstock Cupcakes, Platte Clove Naturals and more. Plus the ever-popular blacksmithing, sledding, all-ages crafts in the FiberFlame room (leave your child for an additional childcare fee), an array of upstairs parent-child activities, an instrument petting zoo by Hungry For Music (please bring an instrument to donate to kids in need) and intimate mini-concerts in the Pewter Shop filmed and recorded by Beehive Productions.

Natalie Merchant

See schedule of set times below.  Saturday’s performance hall lineup features: beautiful songstress Natalie Merchant, beloved songwriter Dan Bern, award-winning blues duo Annie Raines & Paul Rishell, Hudson Valley fiddle and folk duo Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, heartfelt rural-rockers The Mike + Ruthy Band, all-ages folk experimentalists Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, sweet Catskills storyteller Story Laurie, and Ithaca string-band Home Remedy. For updates please like us on FaceBook!

Come for a few hours or the whole weekend – tickets are pay what you can. Indoor lodging is available in the comfortable Longhouse and Red Maple Lodge rooms.  We need volunteers to help with parking, door, kitchen, EMT and more – please volunteer and help the hoot!

Proceeds from the Hoots support The Ashokan Center’s outdoor environmental education programs, facility improvements, and ongoing community outreach. If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation here. All donations are tax deductible.


11:00am Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower
NOON Family Dance with Home Remedy
2:00pm  Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
3:30pm  Paul Rishell & Annie Raines
5:00pm  Dan Bern
6:30pm  The Mike + Ruthy Band
8:00pm  Natalie Merchant
10:00  Square Dance with Home Remedy

Sunday – Brunch & Community Sing

9:30   Breakfast in the Dining Hall
10:30   “Community Sing” with the Winter Hoot All Stars. Request your favorite song, or sing your own – all instruments and voices welcome.
Noon    Farewell . . . see you at the Summer Hoot!

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