May 26-29, 2017
Uke Fest


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Uke Fest
Friday, May 26-Monday, May 29, 2017

Announcing our 5th annual family-friendly weekend retreat for ukulele players of all skill levels! Workshops, concerts, dancing, jam sessions, great food and lots of fun. Tuition includes all classes, meals and the fun Saturday night concert. Bring the family and enjoy a weekend of music and friends in a gorgeous natural setting, rich in history. Children and teens are welcome to attend with a guardian. Youth discounts and scholarships are available.

 

Can’t make it for the whole weekend? Don’t miss out on the music! Join us for the May 27th Uke–Stravaganza! concert featuring Gerald Ross and the Uke Fest Staff! Open to the public. Admission is included in camp tuition. More info soon.

 

Instructors & Workshops for 2017 To Be Announced


Gerald RossGerald Ross, Uke Fest Organizer and Instructor

Visit Gerald’s website

Gerald Ross is comfortable with just about every type of “roots” music there is, from western swing, bluegrass, Hawaiian, blues, jug band music, jazz standards, Tin Pan Alley, New Orleans rhythms to boogie-woogie, and he plays it all on guitar, lap steel, Dobro and ukulele.

He’s performed in concert with Bonnie Raitt, Arlo Guthrie, Doc Watson, Johnny Gimble, Riders In The Sky, Brownie McGhee and many others. Gerald won the Solo Artist Category of the 1993 WEMU Jazz Competition and has appeared many times on “A Prairie Home Companion.”

These days, Gerald is one of America’s best-known performers on, and advocates for, the ukulele and lap steel guitar; he’s released several CDs of ukulele music, published instructional materials, and is very much in demand as a camp instructor.


Schedule

While the materials for Uke Fest 2017 are being developed, you can take a look 2016 Uke Fest info and photos here.


Tuition

Tuition includes all classes, meals and the concert. Work exchange and youth scholarships are available. 

 

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Adults Early bird price $475
Youth (ages 13-25) Early bird price $375
Children (ages 5-12) Early bird price $325
Parent/Guardian* (Meals, dance and concert, no classes): $295
Under 5 Free

Lodging is additional.

*Camp attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We offer a special Parent/Guardian rate which includes meals, dance and concert, but no classes or lodging.

You’ll enjoy delicious meals by our Chef William Warnes, including dinner on Friday, three meals on Saturday and Sunday, brunch on Monday, beverages round the clock and sumptuous late night snacks. You may select regular, vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free meals. We make every effort to include a range of allergen-free dishes and to inform diners of meal ingredients.


Payment/Cancellation/Refund Policy

You may hold your place with a deposit of $150. Full payment is due no later than six weeks before camp begins.

Partial refunds are available until two weeks before camp begins. Cancellation fees apply.

Please refer to our official payment/cancellation/refund policy for important deadlines and dates for this workshop.


Lodging

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


What to Bring

  • If you are staying onsite: Sleeping bag or sheets, blanket, pillowcases, towels, soap, toiletries. 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.
  • Flashlight, camera.
  • Clothes and shoes for wet and dry weather.
  • Public consumption of alcohol is discouraged.

See this What To Bring/Camp Summary for more details.


Youth Pricing and Scholarship Fund

We’re excited about the growing interest in traditional music and dancing among young people–the future is in their hands. To help young people take part in Ashokan Music & Dance Camps, we offer major discounts for children and young adults and have established a Youth Scholarship Fund. Anyone age 25 or younger can apply by filling out our Youth Scholarship Application.


Work Exchange

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

Indicate your first three choices of positions during online registration and make a deposit of $150 or more to hold your registration.

Contact us by phone (845) 246-2121, or email office@ashokan.org for details.


Registration

Registration will once again be available online. Watch for our announcements on facebook (see below).

Would you like to be notified about upcoming Ashokan Music & Dance Camp events and announcements regarding camp registration dates? Sign up to receive our emails!

Sign Up for Announcements

Please do not call to register or send in your check before registering online.

If you prefer to pay by check, or with a credit card by phone, you may select that option when you register.

You can pay in full now, or hold your spot with a deposit of $150 for each attendee until six weeks before camp begins, when full payment is due. If you are applying for a work exchange position, a deposit of $150 is still required.


Stay in the loop!

Like our Ashokan Music & Dance Camps Facebook page for news and updates.

and like our Uke Fest Facebook page for Uke Fest updates.

 

 

Photos on the top of this page were taken by George Touchstone and Stewart Dean.

You can see more Uke Fest photos on the Photos page.