PROGRAM BEGINS ON MONDAY AFTERNOON
3:00pm — CAMPER CHECK-IN BEGINS – arrive earlier if you like (Please park in upper lot after unloading. If you need your vehicle nearby for medical reasons, please obtain a pass from the on-site office.)
4:00pm — CAMP GATHERING – Staff will describe their classes and answer questions
5:30pm — DINNER
6:30pm — SONG SWAP with Peter Davis
7:45pm — STAFF CONCERT (not open to the public)
10:00pm— SNACKS/BEVERAGES student/teacher time
CLASSES BEGIN at 9am each day
A schedule of daily events will be available when you arrive.
GUITAR CAMP ENDS after FRIDAY BREAKFAST followed by class wrap ups and a farewell event
BUNKHOUSE Rooms hold up to 24 people. Rooms are designated women, men, and couples. Assign yourself a bunk after you check in. Pillows are provided, please bring your own blankets, sheets, pillowcases and towels. There are 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.
CAMPSITES Campsites are available not far from bathrooms and showers. Convenient tent and vehicle camping is available along the wooded perimeter of the Athletic Field, at the top of the Sheep Meadow and at other level grassy areas around Ashokan Center. Please park by your campsite only if you plan to leave your car in place for the week.
PRIVATE ROOMS There are a limited number of private rooms that must be reserved in advance at extra charge. Pillows are provided, please bring your own sheets, pillowcases and towels. There are light quilts in each private room.
WHAT TO BRING
PERSONAL ITEMS: Sleeping bag or blanket and linens, towel, soap, flashlight, swimsuit, bug repellent, earplugs (for light sleepers). 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.
CLOTHING: Weather may vary from hot & humid to cool & rainy. Be prepared. There’s no laundry on site so bring enough clothes. Most attendees wear comfortable, informal clothing.
GUITARS: One main acoustic guitar. Two if you want to study DADGAD or other tunings and don’t want to re-tune.
We’re mainly an acoustic camp but in certain camper performance situations an electric guitar could also be used. In that case, bring your own amp as well.
MUSIC ACCESSORIES: Music stand, notation or tab paper, audio or video recorders are welcome,
OTHER: Any other instruments you might play. We don’t supply instruments but they can sometimes be borrowed.
WHAT NOT TO BRING!
No pets or drop-in guests please.
The Ashokan Center is now licensed to serve beer and wine in Esopus Lodge (the main building). The bar is open from late afternoon to early evening on certain evenings. Sorry, by law, guests are prohibited from bringing their own alcoholic beverages into this licensed building.
PAYMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY
You may hold your place with a deposit of $150. Full payment is due no later than six weeks before camp.
Partial refunds are available until two weeks before camp begins. To cancel, please log into the account you created when registering on Regonline and select the option to cancel. Cancellation fees apply.
Your name c/o Ashokan Guitar Camp, 477 Beaverkill Rd, Olivebridge, NY 12461. Our Saugerties office is 30 minutes from Ashokan. Outgoing mail leaves each weekday at 4pm.
We can be reached at our home office at 845-246-2121 until the first day of Guitar Camp.
When programs are in session call Ashokan Center at 845-657-8333 during business hours, or leave a voicemail after hours. Cell phone reception is available but spotty at Ashokan. Wi-Fi is available in most buildings.
Directions to the Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd, Olivebridge, NY: Take NY State Thruway (1-87) to Kingston exit #19. Leave traffic circle on Route 28 West (toward Pine Hill). In 12 miles (just past Winchell’s Pizza on left) turn left onto Reservoir Road. Cross the Ashokan Reservoir, turn left at the Tee. Continue down the hill and merge onto 28A West. In about 1/4 mile turn left onto Beaverkill Rd. Follow Beaverkill Rd. for about a mile, then turn right into the Ashokan Center driveway and follow the signs.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND RIDES
AIRPORTS Albany is the closest major airport (about 1.5 hours away). Public transportation is available from the airport to the Kingston bus station, where you can take a taxi to Ashokan. Or contact us at least one month before your program begins for a list of people driving from the Albany area who may be able to give you a ride.
BUS Trailways (800)858-8555 runs buses from Port Authority terminal in Manhattan to Kingston, NY (2 hours).
TAXI We provide one taxi pick up at the Kingston bus station on the first day of camp. Contact us at least three weeks in advance for a seat in the taxi (if still available). If you arrive at a different time, or do not reserve in time you’ll need to hire your own cab. We recommend Kingston Kabs 845-331-8200. (About $45.)
RIDES AND CARPOOLING If you’d like to carpool, or offer a ride, please contact our office at least one month before the program begins and we’ll help coordinate a ride.