Ashokan Family Camp 2015

Family Camp photos by Stewart Dean
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2016 Dates TBA

An all-ages, hands-on experience in Music, Dance, Storytelling, Puppetry, Nature, Crafts and Pure Play!

Ashokan Family Camp will activate your fun button with music, dance, singing, storytelling, puppet making, nature trails, crafts, swimming and family play time. Our superb music and creative staff is ready to teach all levels from beginner on up. Community dances, group sings, jam sessions, storytelling, spontaneous creativity and quality time in the great outdoors… age-old ways that enhance well-being and bring people together. From babies to teens and parents to grandparents, Ashokan Family Camp will leave you with hearts full of happiness and family memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Begin or improve on the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, banjo or percussion
  • Join community sings (rounds, chorus songs, call & response & more)
  • Enjoy accessible community dancing
  • Hike nature trails, swim and enjoy other outdoor activities
  • Make puppets and join a puppet show
  • Try blacksmithing or broom-making and bring home a durable family treasure
  • Take part in jam sessions and slow jams
  • Join a teen band or mixed age band
  • Make musical instruments from junk
  • Write songs and learn to lead songs

About Classes and Age Groups

We offer classes for children as young as age 4 without a parent, but parents are always welcome. Some young children may benefit more by participating in a class with a parent. All under 4 classes are parent-child.


In recognition of the goal to bring family members of all ages together for camp, we offer substantial discounts for ages 21 and under. A deposit of $150 per person will hold your spot until full payment is due four weeks before the start of camp. Click here for prices and refund policy.


Enjoy the full Ashokan experience and choose comfortable onsite lodging as part of the registration process. More information and costs here.

The 2015 Staff

Ingrid & Elvis the dinosaurINGRID CREPEAU Puppeteer & Puppetry Teacher  Ingrid has been a puppeteer for over 40 years. She has two regional Emmies® for puppet design for the children’s TV show SNEAKERS.  Her bicentennial puppet Arbor the Eagle is in The Smithsonian’s permanent collection. Ingrid’s creations have appeared in shows at Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center and the Houston Grand Opera.  In 1984 she co-created Dinorock Productions with Michele Valeri and Mike Stein and has been delighting thousands of children ever since with her tremendous dinosaur puppets and sets for 9 interactive stage musicals, performing in theatres, museums and schools all over the country. In 2003 Ingrid became an author with the release of her book A Show of Hands: Puppetry with Young Children.
Michele by Barry GordemerMICHELE VALERI Music for the Young, and  Young At Heart  Michele is a nationally known singer, songwriter and recording artist for children. Her albums, Mi Casa Es Su Casa, Dinosaur Rock, and Dreamosaurus won “Parent’s Choice” magazine awards for the Best Children’s Albums; The Great Dinosaur Mystery garnered two Washington Area Music Awards. Dreamosaurus was additionally honored with a Grammy® nomination. She is a founding artist with The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Performing Arts and the musical puppetry group, Dinorock Productions, Inc.  Her latest CD for young children is  Little Ditties for Itty Bitties. Michele is ready to delight the youngest of our community, while engaging everyone in the magic of making music.
Cathy1CATHY FINK Coordinator, Banjo, Ukulele, Fiddle, Guitar Social Music Conductor  Cathy has been performing, recording and touring for over 40 years. She plays and teaches old time banjo, guitar, ukulele and loves leading an old fashioned sing-along. With her partner, Marcy Marxer, she has released 42 recordings, won 2 GRAMMY® Awards in the Children’s Music field, 14 GRAMMY® nominations and over 50 Washington Area Music Awards. She’s on her third or forth generation of families growing up with her music. Cathy teaches through Homespun Tapes and Beware of Cathy in a Hula Hooping contest.
Marcy1 lo resMARCY MARXER Ukulele, Mandolin, Guitar, Trick Roping  Marcy equals music. She plays over fifty instruments from steel drums to hammered dulcimer and pennywhistle to Latin percussion.  She instigated the renaissance of the four string Cello Banjo and tenor guitar. She’s been featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Flatpick Guitar Magazine, Ukulele YES! and teaches through Homespun Tapes and In addition to playing, singing and songwriting, Marcy is an accomplished trick roper and is ready to twirl her way into your heart.
Joakim LarteyJOAKIM LARTEY Percussion, Storytelling Born in Ghana, West Africa, Joakim grew up in Ghana’s capital, Accra and was immersed in the music of the streets and the surrounding countryside. He was exposed to the music and rhythms of the many cultural groups that performed and taught at places such as The Achimota School and the Institute of African Studies in Legon, Ghana. He had many mentors. His Community Rhythm workshops have included as few as 4 and as many as 4000! In a parallel life Joakim is a highly regarded mediator and conflict manager working with schools and communities across New York State.
John KrummJOHN KRUMM Song leader, Instrumentalist, Dance Caller John takes his decades of experience in progressive music education, his skill on guitar, fiddle, banjo, piano and mandolin, and turns them into a musical joy machine. He loves to sing with folks, compose rounds, call dances and play music for them. John sees American traditional dance as an expression of the individual in the context of a caring and creative community. It is a celebration of our ability to create such communities as we make our way through a fast-changing world.
Tom KrummTOM KRUMM Fiddle, Mandolin, Teen Programs Tom is one of those all round young musicians with a gift for teaching, jamming and playing in any ensemble. He attended his first Ashokan Music & Dance week when he was 6 weeks old and has grown up surrounded by traditional music and dance. He is a classically trained violinist who has played violin in local orchestras for several years and has been the concert master of his high school orchestra for two years. He plays regularly with various contra dance bands in the Philadelphia area. He enjoys music with teens and young folks, and can teach beginners and advanced students on fiddle, mandolin and ukulele. He’s headed to Berklee School of Music right after camp!


Tentative Class List

Subject to change Teen Band, Fiddle, Mandolin, Ukulele, Guitar, Banjo, Singing (Rounds, Harmony, Singing for the fun of it), Folk Dance (Squares, contras & more), Home Made Instruments, Puppetry & Puppet Making, Community Rhythm, Slow Jams, Nature Walks, Talks & Crafts!

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