Whoop-de-do being revived at Blue Deer Center


Margaretville — There is excitement swirling in the New Kingston Valley air regarding the announcement of the return of the Whoop-de-doo, Sunday Sept. 1 at Blue Deer Center just down the road from its original

New Kingston location.
The New Kingston Whoop-De-Doo was a very popular local festival that ran from 1969-1976. The original event was described as “a celebration of food, fun and folkways.” At that time, it was a three-day festival featuring Friday night square dancing in the street, Saturday street fair and Sunday musical/theatrical performances. In its biggest year, 1976, it drew 4,000 people! Since this is the first year of the return of the Whoop-De-Doo, the event has been condensed into a one day, family celebration on Sunday, Sept 1.

The performance schedule as follows: 12:30 p.m., Whoop-de-doo history- Dr. William Birns; 1 p.m., Pamela West (Ms. Pam’s Jamboree 91.3 WIOX Radio & Unicorn Crossing); 2:45 - Master Drummer Marcel Smith performing “Landscapes of the Bardo”; 3:30 p.m., Family Drum Circle (bring a drum); 4:15 p.m., Storey Laurie (Neighbor to Neighbor Project & Grown’ in the Garden) and 6 p.m., Catskill Mt. Boys (Bluegrass Performance & Square Dancing)

There will also be a Golden Eagle Project slide show presented by Peg and Mike DiBenedetto throughout the day. Vendors will consist of a seed exchange, face painting, Huichol art, local crafts and food including chicken barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. and street food Latin Bistro.

The Whoop-de-doo tradition of folkways presenters, the traditional behavior or way of life of a particular community or group, will continue at the event by featuring the following: leather working, water dowsing, stone knapping, yogurt, candle and soap making, stone carving, Alpaca yarn spinning, mushroom wild crafting and wool felting. There will be a train ride, art table and music for children.

Admission is free for children and seniors, $5 for teens and $10 for adults.
The event is sponsored, in part, by a grant from the O’Connor Foundation and will be held on the Blue Deer Center property at 1155 county Route 6, Margaretville. Please call for more information at 586-3225 and see the center’s website at www.bluedeer.org.