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Weekends

Our weekends are a great opportunity to sing, jam, learn, hang out, and generally enjoy good music in good company in great surroundings. You do not have to be a performer to enjoy the weekend — anyone who is interested in hearing folk music of all kinds will have a great time. General FAQs. Children at weekends FAQs.

Scholarships and Discounts

Note: Full or partial scholarships are available to help with costs at all our weekends. Download the Scholarship Information and Application (MS Word format) to apply. Deadline for Winter Weekend scholarship applications is Sunday 13 January 2019. And if you have not attended any of the last three weekends, you are entitled to a $100 discount. Just note it on your registration form.

We hold three weekends a year:
  • Winter, 8 - 10 February 2019, At Honor's Haven Resort, Ellenville NY. Unstructured weekend of jamming, singing, and square dancing with caller Ray Taylor. Special guests Lorraine & Bennett Hammond, John Roberts.  download flier

  • Spring: Canceled due to loss of venue

  • Fall: 25-27 October 2019. Location TBA. Workshops, concert, camper concert, jams, sings, dance, etc.

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Themes from a Hat
A great "mixer" that we sometimes use at our weekends.

Whether you come to every weekend, come occasionally, or have never tried it, please take our weekend survey.

Got Kids?
Spring and Fall we often offer kids' programs, such as a “petting zoo” where they can actually handle different instruments (fun for adults too!) and more. So bring the kids, grand-kids, etc., and encourage families you know to join us. See also the Children's FAQs.

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Winter Folk Music Weekend 8-10 February 2019
at Honor's Haven Resort, Ellenville NY.
Our unstructured weekend, with open jamming, singing, playing, and square dancing with Ray Taylor.


Special Guests * Pricing

Winter Weekend Special Guests

Bennett Hammond Bennett Hammond
is a superb finger-style guitarist and recent convert to the five string banjo. He names "the three Bs", Bach, the blues and Buddy Holly, as major influences. The New England Folk Almanac wrote, "Bennett is a deceptively inventive and intelligent fingerstyle guitarist — deceptive because, however inventive or finger stretching his playing is, it is sublimely melodic."
Lorraine Hammond Lorraine Hammond
“... is the most versatile dulcimer player I know,” observes North Carolina dulcimer wizard Don Pedi. Lorraine’s numerous credits as a traditional singer, songwriter, teacher, and instrumentalist include her groundbreaking Shanachie release with fiddler Gerry Milnes, Hell Up Coal Holler, a Homespun dulcimer instruction series, and two elegant Appalachian dulcimer books with Yellow Moon Press. Lorraine also plays five string banjo, mandolin, and harp. Her newest CD, The Opal Ring, on the Snowy Egret label, combines the traditional New England ballads of her childhood with her own songs drawn from that childhood in the Connecticut Berkshires. She and her husband, guitarist Bennett Hammond, live in Brookline, Massachusetts. They have performed and recorded together for nearly three decades.
John Roberts John Roberts
is a superb English singer who plays banjo, guitar, concertina, and hurdy-gurdy, as well as being a fine musicologist and music editor. He sings ballads and songs of the sea, of rural pursuits, of social and sociable situations, of industrial toil and strife, and much more. John is also noted for his renditions of Music Hall songs.
Ray Taylor Ray Taylor
Ray and his wife Elma started dancing in 1972 and began calling in 1976, after attending Jack Lasry's Caller School in Harrisonburg, VA. Ray is an accrediated member of Callerlab, and serves on the Mainstream Quarterly Selection Committee. About 4 years ago he switched to the American Callers Association. Ray is currently club caller for two square dance clubs and teaches their beginning classes, as well as plus workshops. Ray calls Mainstream and Plus and has called many guest dances in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, West Virginia, Vermont and Arkansas. Ray and Elma have hosted square dance tours to Hawaii and Alaska and cruises to the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera and the Panama Canal. ,
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Winter Weekend Pricing 
download flier including mail-in registration form
or register on-line at eventbrite (service fee applies)

Note: we have lowered the prices from last year!

Winter Weekend Pricing
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modified 12/02/18 (hw) & 12/13/18 (dw)