Sunday July 5 – Thursday July 9, 2015
An all ages hands-on experience in Music, Dance, Storytelling, Puppetry, Nature, Crafts & Goofiness
Registration will open soon – View the 2014 details below:
Ashokan Family Camp will activate your fun button with music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, nature activities and crafts. In the beautiful natural setting of the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY, families can enjoy a wide variety of age-specific and skill-specific classes along with full family activities.
Our superb musical and creative staff is ready to teach all levels from beginner to virtuoso. Through community dance, group sings, jam sessions, puppet making, storytelling and the spontaneous creative moments, we remind ourselves of how important the arts are to our well being and the power of it’s message to bring us together in groups large and small.
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
- Learn to call dances
- Make puppets and join a puppet show
- 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
- Try blacksmithing, tinsmithing or broom-making
- Enjoy guided nature walks and other outdoor activities
Registration Details and Pricing Philosophy
In recognition of the goal to bring families of all ages together for camp, we have created pricing that provides discounts for children under 12 years of age, and a “family” discount for groups of three or more. Click here for details.
The 2014 Staff
Puppeteer & Puppetry TeacherINGRID CREPEAU has been a puppeteer for over 40 years. She has two regional Emmies® for SNEAKERS a children’s TV. 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.
Music for the Young, and Young At Heart MICHELE VALERI 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.
Coordinator, Banjo, Ukulele, Fiddle, Guitar Social Music ConductorCathy 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 www.truefire.com. Beware of Cathy in a Hula Hooping contest.
| Marcy MarxerUkulele, 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 www.truefire.com. In addition to playing, singing and songwriting, Marcy is an accomplished trick roper and is ready to twirl her way into your heart.
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 countryside surrounding Accra. He was exposed to the music and rhythms of 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!
Songleader, Instrumentalist, Dance Caller John takes his 33 years 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 and lead rounds and calldances. John sees American traditional dance at its best as an expression of the individual in the context of a caring and creative community, and as a celebration of our ability to enter into such communities as we make our way through a fast-changing world.
Fiddle, Mandolin & More Tom Krumm 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
Singing (Rounds, Harmony, Singing for the fun of it)
Folk Dance (Squares, contras & more)
Home Made Instruments
Puppetry & Puppet Making
Nature Walks, Talks & Crafts