- Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
It’s been a year since the Ashokan Center opened the rough-hewn wooden doors of the magnificent new buildings on its Olivebridge campus. Last February, you may recall, I did a feature centering on Ashokan curators and renowned roots-folk musicians Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. Well, since then the center has been busy presenting a steady stream of classes and “place-based” educational programs in community building, social and emotional learning, language arts, and hands-on living history and field-science research for kids, adults, and families, as well as events and retreats that dovetail nicely with its famed Music and Dance series. And it’s music and dance that will be at the fore during the facility’s New Year’s at Ashokan Weekend, which takes place December 29 through January 1.
Billed as “four days of music and dance workshops, performances, and dances featuring old-time, swing, and Cajun music, and waltz, contra, and square dancing,” the culture-rich happening culminates with a communal dinner and dance party on New Year’s Eve at the site. Performing acts include the Revelers, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason and Swingology, and the Russet Trio; also scheduled are music instruction workshops, song swaps, jam sessions, and intimate classes in traditional folk dancing. What better way to bid 2013 an "Ashokan Farewell"?
As a taste, here’s a bit of Jay and Molly, Story Laurie McIntosh, and Ira McIntosh at Ashokan’s Maple Fest earlier this year:
For information and reservations, call (845) 657-8333 or visit http://ashokancenter.org/.