Ashokan 50th Reunion & Earth Day 2017
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====== About Ashokan ======

In 1967, SUNY (State University of NY) New Paltz established a Field Campus at Ashokan. Among other activities, the Ashokan Environmental Education Program began offering residential learning opportunities to elementary schools across New York State . Thanks to the hard work and dedication off teams of instructors, administrators, and support staff, the magic of the Ashokan program is still thriving. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of that program, the Ashokan Center hosted a staff reunion on Earth Day 2017, represented by former employees from the past 5 decades. It was akin to a family reunion, as staff recalled stories from their past Ashokan Experience and participated in some of the activities that still make the Ashokan Center a leader in Environmental Education programs.
There were various volunteer reclamation projects during the day and a former staff member did a recreation of early 1800s schooling at the stone school house.

One of the summer uses of the Ashokan campus began in 1980 with the Music and Dance camps, hosted by Jay Ungar and his wife Molly Mason.

Shortly after the first Northern Week, Jay composed "Ashokan Farewell," inspired by the people, the place and the music. Many have since heard this tune as the musical centerpiece of the Grammy Award winning score for Ken Burns' PBS series "The Civil War"

In 2008, the SUNY system decided to divest itself of the field campuses; the Ashokan Foundation was created to purchase the property and continue its use for education, music and dance.

Visit for more about the Ashokan Foundation and Ashokan's Fiddle & Dance Camps.

==== About my picture taking ====

I try to capture the joy and essence of the camp. I’m doing it for the campers, but to get images that crackle with life, joy and the power of the camp experience shown here, I have to get close, very close. I ask for tolerance.


>> If something I’ve done bothers you, please tell me so I can stop it in the future.
>> If you don’t want your picture taken (or dislike a picture I’ve taken and want it removed), please tell me…and remind me if I’m taking shots that include you. Also, and understandably, you may not want pictures taken of your kids, so tell me. Or anything else. Please tell me
>> In order for you to be able to get to the pictures online, download them and to point your friends to those online pictures, the whole world must also be able to
>> Ignore me. Ignore me. I’m part of the dance floor, part of the furniture. I. Am. Not. Here. You are your most alive, most beautiful/handsome, most glowingly alive just being who you truly are. Be yourself, let yourself go. Please don’t pose for or look at the camera.
>> And an odd request: the most difficult thing about taking dance pictures in low light is getting the camera to focus. About 80% of my dance pix are out of focus and discarded, many would have been wonderful. If you wear dance clothes with simple bold patterns, my camera will focus more easily.

I would suggest that, if you want to make a print, that you download the original full sized images. See the instructions at:

These pictures were taken without the express permissions of the people in them, so I ask you to use them with restraint and due respect for their privacy.
Further, I ask that:
= you not use these pictures as part of manipulated art. Take the whole image and credit me with copyright, don't drop it into a piece of your art.
= if you use one of these pictures in a webpage, your Facebook page and the like, that's OK, but be moderate in that use or use a URL pointer. Please credit: Stewart Dean (c) 2017,
= Contact me with any questions, sdean@
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