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Winter Hoot

February 2-4, 2018


Winter Hoot

February 2-4, 2018

It's the 6th annual Winter Hoot at Ashokan!

Volunteers Needed: Please log in to Help The Herd and choose 1 or 2 shifts in Parking, Door, Kitchen or EMT.  Thank you for lending your helpful hands!

Volunteers Needed:
Please log in to Help The Herd and choose 1 or 2 shifts in Parking, Door, Kitchen or EMT.  Thank you for lending your helpful hands!

With music, dancing, local food, beer & wine, film, art and nature activities for all ages, the 6th Annual Winter Hoot welcomes the community, one and all, for a spirit-raising good time in mid-winter! Hear world-class musical acts from the Hudson Valley and beyond. Attend for a few hours or the whole weekend - tickets are "give what you can" at the door. Purchase in advance for guaranteed parking and entry. 

The Winter Hoot takes place at the beautiful Ashokan Center (477 Beaverkill Road Olivebridge, NY 12461) about 20 minutes west of Woodstock, and it's curated and organized by Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar who are honored and proud to be embarking on year six! 

The Hoot builds community and connects generations thru our shared love of music and nature.  Thank you for supporting Your Hoot!


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friday, feb 2nd
dinner, documentary, discussion & jam

5:00 pm  VIP Reception in the Pewter Shop

Celebrate love, music, nature, and Ashokan with Jay & Molly in the Pewter Shop. Friday 5pm at the Winter Hoot. This is a special VIP reception for our most generous Hoot donors, the Pewter Posse (learn more here.) Jay & Molly will be playing selections from their beautiful brand-new release "The Quiet Room."

6:00 pm  Dinner in the Dining Hall (reserve here)

Indulge in a satisfying, locally-sourced, seasonal, plant-based dinner and dessert by Peace Nation of Kingston, NY. Friday 6pm at the Winter Hoot. You must reserve in advance for this special meal so we know how many to expect. $30 per plate, $25 when buying a weekend pass, $12.50 for kids or volunteers. 


7:00 pm  A Winter Hoot Welcome & Documentary Film Screening

Can we heal the planet by reducing or eliminating our meat and dairy consumption? There is hope in every bite! Learn more when you see the film COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret, on Friday 7:30pm at the Winter Hoot. There is no extra charge for the film, feel free to donate as you wish. 

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During the documentary a kid-friendly movie will be screened upstairs in the kids zone including Film Short: Crac! Frederic Back's touching 1981 animated tale of snow, fiddling, family and folk art

8:30 pm Post-Film discussion

with guest speakers: Janet MacGillivray-Wallace, Esq., environmental lawyer and founder of the nonprofit, Seeding Sovereignty, and Noe Del Cid, founder of the environmentally conscious restaurant Peace Nation. 


9:30 pm Jam Session in the Dining Hall

led by Robert Burke Warren - bring your instruments! We welcome song and tune leaders, followers, and listeners alike!





saturday, feb 3rd
music, dancing & more

All-day-and-night entertainment starts at 11am in Ashokan's beautiful wooden performance hall with music and dancing for kids & families. This year's rousing revue of independent folk and roots music for all age includes a number of artists premiering new work and goes all day long, culminating in a rowdy midnight square dance. 

The lineup includes: gospel-folk stompers Spirit Family Reunion, Hoot Hosts The Mammals, old-time song keepers Anna & Elizabeth, traditional Mexican ensemble Radio Jarocho, anthemic rocker turned country explorer Connor Kennedy, caller Megan Downes and stringband Little Leatherwood (feat. Stephanie Coleman + Little Nora Brown), vintage folk-blues-swingers The Wiyos, kid-rocker Uncle Rock, and "As The Crow Flies"; a musical storybook by Tracy Bonham (and friends.)

Enjoy local food from Ashokan & Veggie Oasis, local beer & cider, blacksmithing, sledding, all-ages crafts in the FiberFlame room (leave your child for an additional childcare fee), an array of upstairs parent-child activities, an instrument petting zoo by Hungry For Music (please bring an instrument to donate to kids in need) and intimate mini-concerts in the Pewter Shop filmed and recorded by Beehive Productions.



11:00am "As The Crow Flies"; a musical storybook by Tracy Bonham (and friends)
a new self-discovery tale for all ages by the amazingly talented vocalist and songwriter, cast to include Jay Collins, Robert Burke Warren, and Jeremy Bernstein.

NOON Family Dance with caller Megan Downes and music by Little Leatherwood (feat. Stephanie Coleman & Little Nora Brown) 
fun dances for all - no experience necessary

2:00pm  The Wiyos
early swing, rural folk, old-time blues & Appalachian

3:30pm Radio Jarocho
lively traditional music & dance from southern Veracruz, Mexico

5:00pm  Connor Kennedy
presenting new work in a country vein

6:30pm  The Mammals (Mike + Ruthy)
premiering new songs from Sunshiner

8:30pm  Spirit Family Reunion
joyful, current, unifying, gospel-folk enthusiasm

10:00  Square Dance to Little Leatherwood (feat. Stephanie Coleman & Little Nora Brown) with caller Megan Downes
kick up your heels and do-si-do your partner

MIDNIGHT Anna & Elizabeth
ballads, tunes, and stories from the time before television, with lovingly hand-crafted "crankies" 

3 songs, recorded & filmed with an intimate audience

1:30 Radio Jarocho
3:00 Spirit Family Reunion
4:30 Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
6:00 Little Nora Brown



12:30 Magic Tricks with Thomas the Magician (all ages)
1:30 Percussion Workshop with Joakim Lartey (all ages)
2:30 Catskill Mt Music Together (parent-child ages 0-5)
3:30 Youth Ensemble Theater improv games (ages 9-adult)

4:30 Uncle Rock - shake your head like the head of a mop with Hudson Valley's beloved kid-connected rocker
6:00 Kids Movie Lounge - relax and unwind from the big day in front of the "big" screen


THE HOLLER (in Sycamore lounge)

Join us at the 2nd Annual Holler at the Winter Hoot 2018. Holler at the Hoot is your chance to record 1 or 2 takes of a song or poem that speaks to our times. All voices welcome! Sign up here.


please note: schedule times are subject to change
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sunday, Feb 4th
brunch & community sing

9:30   Breakfast in the Dining Hall
10:00  Anna & Elizabeth mini-concert
10:30   "Community Sing" with the Winter Hoot All Stars. Request your favorite song, or sing your own - all instruments and voices welcome.  
Noon    Farewell . . . see you at the Summer Hoot!

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