WESTERN & SWING WEEK
June 25-July 1, 2017
*Optional Pre-Camp Swing Dance and BBQ – Sat, June 24
July 16-22, 2017
*Optional Pre-Camp Squares & Contra Dance and BBQ – Sat, July 15
Aug 13-19, 2017
*Optional Pre-Camp Square & Cajun Dance and BBQ – Sat, August 12
*Start a night early— add tickets and accommodations for our famous “night before” dances when you register online!
EACH PROGRAM BEGINS ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON
1pm—Check-In Begins. Please park in the upper lot after unloading.
3pm—Welcome Gathering, Staff Concert & Orientation
7pm—Jam Sessions and Song Swaps
8pm—Get-Acquainted Dance Party
EACH PROGRAM ENDS ON SATURDAY AT 2PM
12—2 pm—Farewell Dance
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
The schedule of classes and events is available at check in. Classes range in skill level from total beginner to advanced. You can attend any classes you like, but please actively participate only in classes at your level of experience. At the Staff Concert on Sunday, each instructor demonstrates and describes what they plan to teach. You then get to meet with instructors to ask questions and tell them about your goals for the week.
BUNKHOUSE: Rooms hold up to 24 people. Rooms are designated women, men, and couples. Assign yourself a bunk after you check in. Pillows are available, please bring your own bedding or sleeping bag, pillowcases and towels. There are a small number of light blankets for bunkhouse residents who are unable to bring one. If you will need us to provide a blanket, 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 available, please bring your own bedding or sleeping bag, 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. There are a small number of light blankets for bunkhouse residents who are unable to bring one. If you will need us to provide a blanket, please let us know well in advance and we’ll do our best. Hand-held audio recorders are welcome. Videotaping of workshops, classes or performances is not permitted. We don’t supply musical instruments, but folks commonly lend them to fellow campers.
CLOTHING: Prepare for weather to vary from hot and humid to cool, dry, or rainy. Most people wear comfortable, informal clothing. Some bring dressy, wild and fun clothing for special events like the Fancy Dress Friday night dinner, Mardi Gras Parade at Southern Week, Honky-Tonk Night at Southern and Western & Swing Weeks, or the Down East Road House at Northern Week. Soft-soled shoes are best for most dancing. Hard smooth-soled shoes are best for clogging and step-dancing. There’s no laundry for campers on site so bring enough clothes for the week.
WHAT NOT TO BRING!
No pets or drop-in guests please.
Beer and wine will be available for purchase in Esopus Lodge from 5pm until a couple of hours after dinner. Because it is now a licensed facility, guests are prohibited from bringing their own alcoholic beverages into Esopus Lodge.
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. To cancel, please log into the account you created when registering on RegOnline.com and select the option to cancel. A link to your account can be found in your registration confirmation email or you can use the ‘register’ buttons on the camp pages. Cancellation fees apply.
Your name c/o Ashokan Music & Dance, 477 Beaverkill Rd, Olivebridge, NY 12461.
Our Saugerties office is 30 minutes from Ashokan. Outgoing mail leaves each weekday at 4pm.
PHONES and WIFI
(845) 246-2121 Music & Dance office until the first day of the camp
(845)657-8333 at The Ashokan Center office during our camps
Cell phone reception is available, but sometimes spotty at Ashokan.
High speed Wi-Fi is available in all buildings.
The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd, Olivebridge, NY 12477
Take NY State Thruway (1-87) to Kingston exit #19.
From traffic circle take Route 28 West (toward Pine Hill).
In 12 miles (just past Winchell’s Pizza) turn left onto Reservoir Road.
Cross the Ashokan Reservoir, turn left at the Tee.
Head down the hill pass, the first left (Rt 28A East) and merge onto 28A West.
In about 1/4 mile turn left onto Beaverkill Road.
Follow Beaverkill for about one 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 at 2:40pm 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.