The Annual Summer Hoot Festival Returns to Ashokan | Sponsored | Festivals | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine
Last Updated: 06/14/2019 2:37 pm
The sustainably sourced Summer Hoot Festival returns August 23-25. - PHOTO: TOM EBERHARDT-SMITH
  • Photo: Tom Eberhardt-Smith
  • The sustainably sourced Summer Hoot Festival returns August 23-25.

Think three days of love, peace, and music is impossible in our time? Think again. This August 23 through 25, the Ashokan Center will hold their annual Summer Hoot, a sensory buffet of music, food, and crafts that takes place at New York State's longest-running environmental education center. The 385-acre campus, with its complex of historic and sustainable buildings, is now powered by 100% solar energy.

Ruth Ungar Merenda, who grew up bathed in Catskills air and American roots music at Ashokan Music and Dance Camps, is now the director of arts and communications for the nonprofit. For her, the Hoot is a great opportunity to uphold our responsibility to the planet while having a seriously good time. This year's event will include a demonstration solar array, composting and waste management, and reusable metal pint cups. In addition to the focus on sustainability, the festival is also financially inclusive, with a suggested donation for admission.

  • Photo: Tom Eberhardt-Smith

Once there, you'll be immersed in outdoor family fun. "The message is in the music, the workshops, the feeling of everyone getting a thrill from science, art, and history all wrapped together with happy people and harmonies," says Merenda. "The Hoot is when we celebrate all that's good. Plus, you'll probably discover your new favorite band."

This year's music lineup features more than 25 acts including The Mammals, Reverend Robert Jones, Radio Jarocho, Steve Poltz, and Heather Maloney. There will also be a dance performance by Vanaver Caravan, puppet shows by Arm of the Sea Theater, juggling and comedy shows for kids, and a Love Waves gong bath. And, as always, Saturday night will end on a high note with a square dance accompanied by a live band and caller.

The Summer Hoot will be held August 23-25. Tickets are now on sale.

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