The Hoot began in 2013 when Mike Merenda, Ruth Ungar, and their friends at the Ashokan Center and throughout the local community decided to pull together and try their hands at producing a festival. People came! It was great! Twice a year, the Hoot Heroes continue to build a Hoot - a celebration of music & nature for all generations. Check out this Hoot Postcard archive to see which performers played the first 10 Hoots!