Family Camp 2017

Family Camp at Ashokan 2017
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Family Camp 2017
This camp took place in August 2017

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2017 Daily Class & Activity Schedule

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!

View the Ashokan Family Week 2017 Schedule of Daily Activities (PDF)

2017 Family Camp Staff

Eshu Bumpus by Susan Wilson

Eshu Bumpus – Storytelling

Eshu captivates his audience with a variety of African, African-American, and World folktales leavened with music, humor, and mystery. Eshu is a renowned storyteller, an accomplished jazz vocalist, and a master at physical characterization.
His primary mission is to help raise the level of confidence of those he works with through creating, writing, and telling stories. He helps people to develop tools that break the story creation process down into accessible tasks and activities that are as enjoyable as they are instructive. Through this process, Eshu hopes to encourage literacy and communication and to forge a strong sense of community through our most human of activities, storytelling.

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Jody KruskalSong and dance leader, concertina, instrument making

Jody is known for his engaging performances and distinctive sound on the Anglo concertina. His unique harmonic and rhythmic style has been energizing contra dancers for over 25 years. He is a genius of instruments made from junk, and his world-famous parades of instrument makers and players of all ages are a sight—and sound—to behold.

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Grian MacGregor – Puppetry, puppet-making

Grian finds inspiration for her puppetry from her life experiences. She is a gardener, chicken wrangler, beekeeper, writer, mask-maker, dancer, recycler, traveler, collage artist, and creator of wearable art. Her charming puppet characters are loaded with personality, and her stories are timeless in theme. She’s brought her magic to communities from Edinburgh to Ecuador and Maine to Mexico, guiding children down the joyful path of puppetry. The Ivy Vine Players Puppet Theater is more than half-way to its goal of presenting puppet shows on
every continent on Earth.

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Tom Krumm – Fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, band

Tom is one of those all-around 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 and accomplished fiddler. Tom is a frequent staff member at Ashokan Fiddle and Dance camps, and teaches beginners and advanced students on fiddle, mandolin, and ukulele. Tom is in his second year at the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA.

Ellie Grace – Clogging, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, singing, teen liaison

Having spent a lifetime steeped in diverse musical traditions, Ellie is a singer, multi-songwriter, and percussive dancer who grew up traveling across North America performing with her sister and her parents as The Grace Family. Ellie’s music has a strong grounding in traditional American and Old-time string band styles, but crosses over into the contemporary folk realm.

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John Krumm – Camp coordinator, song leader, instrumentalist, dance caller

John takes his decades of experience in progressive music education and 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, fiddle tunes and songs. He calls and plays for square and contra dances. 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 in this fast-changing world.

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Stan FowlerStan Fowler – Lifeguard, ranger, bon vivant

Stan Fowler, aka Dance Ranger, brings over thirty years of life guarding experience at dance and music camps from across the country to Ashokan Family Week this year. A US Coast Guard vet, former NPS park ranger and current life guard trainer, he brings a life time of water, dance and outdoor experience to camp. With twenty years on the staff at the family week in California, he is known and loved as lifeguard, prevailing expert, wild man, water sprite, and reigning muse of revelry.

J’Mae Shemroske – Early Childhood Specialist

We are very pleased to have J’mae Shemroske working with us at Family camp this year. J’mae is a certified Early Childhood teacher with degrees in Outdoor leadership and Natural Resource Management. She brings a wealth of experience from her work at Dance camps, and Waldorf Schools as well as her own wonderful farm camp “Wild Droplets” in the Saratoga Springs area. J’Mae is a Doula/Childbirth Assistant and has two of her own children, who will be joining her at Ashokan Family Camp this Summer.