Are you ready for an unforgettable, Balkan-infused weekend in the woods? Grab a sleeping bag, put on your dancing shoes, and don’t forget your instrument!
The Workshop ||
The Iroquois Springs workshop runs from Saturday evening to the next Saturday morning. Classes begin Sunday morning, and are held each day through Friday. Following a review session Friday morning, participants have the option to perform in a student concert. The week closes on Friday with a Balkan-style lamb roast and the last of the week’s great evening parties. We have part-time attendance and evening party-only options available.
The Program ||
A broad array of instrumental, vocal, ensemble, and dance classes at all levels are offered across five daily 75-minute class slots. We provide an instrument-lending program to enable new students to get started on harder-to-find village instruments. In the early evenings the program includes folklore presentations and panel discussions, group sings with musical accompaniment, and our fun, community-building auction. Live-music dance parties featuring our world-class staff musicians will rock your socks in the dance hall, and the party continues late into the night in our more intimate cafe-bar, the kafana, featuring a variety of staff and camper musical sets, from the sublime to the floor-stomping.
We welcome families! The Iroquois Springs workshop features two class periods a day in children’s activities, a singing class for younger voices, and a the Čoček Nation youth band. Children are also welcome and encouraged to take adult classes, according to their capabilities.
The Facility ||
The EEFC’s East Coast Balkan Music & Dance Workshop is held at Iroquois Springs, located near the town of Rock Hill, in the Catskill Mountains. It is an immaculately maintained, spacious site with a pleasant, open country atmosphere. It is located 90 miles NW of New York City and 80 miles NE of Scranton, PA, on NY Route 17. The camp has bunkhouse-style cabins with porches, electricity, abundant storage space, and interior bathrooms. For more privacy there is plenty of space for tents. The site has a lake, swimming pool and attractive common buildings.
The workshop features three delicious meals a day and an evening snack, with selections to please both omnivore and vegetarian tastes.
Evening Parties ||
Live in the area? Join us for a fabulous evening of live music and dancing. Admission includes the evening dance party, a delicious complimentary evening snack, as well as late-night kafana activities until 2:30 a.m. No overnight accommodations are available for partygoers; please make sure you make provisions for getting home safely after the party (or consider registering for our B&B option).
Arrive anytime after 8 p.m. and pay the $35 per person fee at the Front Desk in the Dance Hall/Theater. The dance party generally starts at 9 p.m. Please make your reservations by email any day or time before 6 p.m. of the day of arrival. It is also possible to attend the Friday Lamb Roast. The cost for this event is $50, and it includes dinner and the evening party (no overnight accommodations).
Bed & Breakfast ||
Come for dinner, early evening activities, the dance party and the late night kafana. Then spend the night and enjoy breakfast before you hit the road! Here’s how it works:
6:30 p.m.: Arrive at our lovely Catskills site in time for a delicious dinner. Before you get in the dinner line, check in at the Front Desk in the Dance Hall/Theater and set up your bunk. At 8:00 p.m. take in a folklore presentation, singalong, or join in our auction. Dancing to live music begins in the main hall generally around 9:00. Post dance party, our Kafana in the woods is a bar and a club, a grill and a pub, and a place where much music and merriment happens into the wee hours. Stay as long as you like, and then sleep in a bunk with the bedding you brought from home. Roll out of bed, have breakfast by 9:30 a.m., and hit the trail by 10. All this can be yours for just $135. Such a bargain! A cheap hotel in Monticello is about $85 and contains no options for gajda, rakija, čočeks, or ćevapčići!
For more information, please visit http://www.eefc.org.