With music, dancing, food, film, art and nature activities for all ages, the 3rd 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 including Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason and Hoot founders and organizers, Mike + Ruthy. Enjoy local food, beer, wine, blacksmithing, dancing, hiking & more throughout the weekend. Come for a few hours or the whole weekend. Indoor lodging is available in the comfortable new buildings.
The Hoot builds community through music and dance & raises scholarship funding for the thousands of children whose lives are transformed by experiencing nature at The Ashokan Center.
Join us for a delicious dinner by Ashokan's Executive Chef, Jill Freiberg (by reservation only), followed by a screening of Jon Bowermaster's new documentary film Antarctica 3D: On The Edge (will be screened in beautiful 2D) and a question & answer discussion with director Jon Bowermaster and renowned scientist Dr. Maureen Raymo from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University.
Afterwards there will be an informal old-timey music jam led by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason.
All-day entertainment starts at 11am with music and dancing for kids and families, goes all day long with a lyrical & rousing revue of independent folk and roots music for all ages, culminating in a rowdy midnight square dance.
Enjoy local food, beer, wine and goodies in our wintertime farmer's market, blacksmithing demos, guided hikes to Cathedral Gorge, bodywork in the balcony (back by popular demand,) all-ages crafts in the FiberFlame room (leave your child for an additional childcare fee) and a newly organized parent-child activity zone upstairs, sponsored by local schools and kid's groups.
Our second-annual Winter Hoot "community sing," inspired by Pete Seeger, is a great chance to lead a song, follow along, and build community thru music. 10:30am - 12:00pm.
Brunch will be served at 10:00am. Non-overnight guests please give us a heads up if you plan to eat with us.