February 3-5, 2017
February 3-5, 2017
With music, dancing, local food, beer & wine, film, art and nature activities for all ages, the 5th Annual Winter Hoot welcomes the community, one and all, for a spirit-raising good time in mid-winter! Hear world-class musical acts from our Hudson Valley region and beyond (schedule below.) Attend for a few hours or the whole weekend - tickets are "pay what you want" at the door or purchase in advance for guaranteed. Indoor lodging is available on site.
The Hoot builds community and connects generations thru our shared love of music and nature. Support Your Hoot!
5:00 pm VIP Reception in the Pewter Shop
A thank-you reception for our most generous Hoot supporters (aka: the Pewter Posse!) with wine & cheese, Hoot gifts, and music by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason and Friends. (purchase here)
6:00 pm Dinner in the Dining Hall
Enjoy a delicious locally-sourced dinner and dessert by Ashokan chef William Warnes (please reserve in advance here) After dinner tea & coffee may be brought into the film afterward.
7:00 pm Welcoming words from your Winter Hoot hosts in the Performance Hall and a few songs from our special guest performer Sarah Lee Guthrie.
7:30 pm Featured Documentary Film: HUDSON RIVER AT RISK by local film-maker Jon Bowermaster, a close-up look at five distinct risks, including The so-called “bomb trains” carrying a highly explosive gas and oil mix along the riverside from the shale fields of North Dakota to Albany and to Philadelphia; the 50-year-old nuclear power plant at Indian Point, which continues to operate even as its infrastructure ages; and the rebuilding of the Tappan Zee Bridge, currently the largest construction project in North American with a potential to create serious environmental harm if not closely monitored.
8:15 pm Additional Speaker: Erin Doran, staff attorney at Riverkeeper
8:30Q & A with filmmaker Jon Bowermaster and Erin Doran
9:30 pm Old-Time Jam Session
Let's make music together in the dining hall. All instruments welcome or just come listen!
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
All-day entertainment starts at 11am in Ashokan's beautiful wooden performance hall with music and dancing for kids & families, and goes all day long with a rousing revue of independent folk and roots music for all ages, culminating in a rowdy midnight square dance.
Enjoy local food from Ashokan & Veggie Oasis, local beer & wine, goodies from Immune-Schein, Woodstock Cupcakes, Platte Clove Naturals and more. Plus the ever-popular 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.
See schedule of set times below. Saturday's performance hall lineup features: beautiful songstress Natalie Merchant, beloved songwriter Dan Bern, award-winning blues duo Annie Raines & Paul Rishell, Hudson Valley fiddle and folk duo Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, heartfelt rural-rockers The Mike + Ruthy Band, all-ages folk experimentalists Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, sweet Catskills storyteller Story Laurie, and Ithaca string-band Home Remedy. For updates please like us on FaceBook!
11:00am Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower
exquisite folk music for all ages
NOON Family Dance with Home Remedy
caller Megan Downes teaches & calls fun dances for all
2:00pm Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
a panorama of fiddle & folk music
3:30pm Paul Rishell & Annie Raines
excellent folk blues guitar and harmonica duo
5:00pm Dan Bern
stunning original lyrics and gusto
6:30pm The Mike + Ruthy Band
your festival hosts let loose with their full band
8:30pm Natalie Merchant
distinctive vocals that you know and love
10:00 Square Dance with Home Remedy and caller Megan Downes
kick up your heels and do-si-do your partner
MIDNIGHT songs with Ruthless Mike and friends
PEWTER SHOP SESSIONS:
3 songs, recorded & filmed with an intimate audience
1:30 Dan Bern
3:00 Sarah Lee Guthrie
4:30 Home Remedy
6:00 Paul Rishell & Annie Raines
KIDS ZONE SCHEDULE:
12:30pm Pollution Patrol w/ Jen Benson from Riverkeeper - learn about how our decisions impact local waterways with cocoa powder, food coloring, and miniature cars. Suggested for ages 4 years and up.
1:30pm Activity TBA with Hudson Valley Sudbury School
2:30 Fun & Games - parachutes and more awesome team-building games with Ally Britton from The Ashokan Center. Open to all ages.
3:30 Catskill Mt Music Together - a parent-child class for kids birth to 5 years recognizing the musicality in us all.
4:30 Story Laurie - homespun folk tales and socially conscious songs for kids and families
6:00 Kids Movie Lounge - relax and unwind from the big day in front of the "big" screen.
9:30 Breakfast in the Dining Hall
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!