The Winter Hoot

The next Winter Hoot Jan 29- 31, 2016 will include a special Friday night event, a fun-filled Saturday of music, food, and activities for the whole family, and a Sunday morning singalong. Advance tickets and lodging will be available November 1st.  

This Village Voice slideshow gives you a taste of what it's like . . .

Venturing north to the Hudson Valley, the three-day Winter Hoot folk music festival at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, New York brings together the folk music community through music, arts, and food. Infused with the spirit of Pete Seeger, Levon Helm, and Woodstock, organizers Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar want to get young people involved in the folk scene. "We have spent many years touring folk festivals," Ungar says. "At most of the folk festivals I've been to, especially in the Northeast, there aren't many teenagers or twentysomethings. You can't market a festival to teenagers and say, 'You should come hear this acoustic guitar, fiddle music and original songs.' But if they've been coming since they were five, then they'll come forever."

Words and photos by Sachyn Mital for the Village Voice  (Published on February 2, 2015)

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