"How-To" Holidays

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BRUSH UP ON YOUR HOLIDAY HOSTING SKILLS WITH OUR FABULOUS “HOW-TO” EXPERTS!  Keep it relaxed and simple so you can enjoy the season while entertaining. Learn to mix and make classic cocktails to put everyone in the holiday spirit, decorate holiday cookies with ease, and create your own expert holiday crafts. Have fun while gathering new “ How-To “ knowledge for the holidays!

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Mohonk Mountain House is a National Historic Landmark resort located just 90 miles north of New York City. Overnight rates include breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and cookies, and most activities, including ice-skating in our Pavilion; cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snow tubing (weather permitting); and use of the indoor heated swimming pool and comprehensive fitness center in our Spa wing.

"How-To" Holidays Activities

Friday | Saturday SundayProgram Leaders 

Friday, December 11

8:30 p.m.  Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack
Present a Gypsy-Jazz Christmas

Join Doug Munro, Bill Nixon (violin), Ernesto Pugliese (guitar), and Michael Goetz (bass) for a night of holiday Gypsy-Jazz.

Saturday, December 12

11:00 a.m.  “How-To” with Charlotte Lyons: Felt Ornaments
Join crafting expert Charlotte for a special craft session. Make your own festive felt house and tree ornaments like the ones that were popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Good for all ages! (Please note: children age 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult.)

3:00 p.m.  “How-To” Holiday Cookie Decorating
Pastry chefs from Mohonk’s own Bake Shop will demonstrate the art of decorating fanciful holiday cookies. You will learn tips and techniques to create festive cookies at home.

5:00 p.m.  “How-To” Holiday Cocktails: Tips from the Pros
Join Mohonk’s own staff mixologists, headed by Beverage Manager Anna Stone, for a class that will reveal tips, tools, and techniques. Whether you’re planning a large elegant holiday soiree or a small family and friends get-together, these tips will impress your guests. Then we’ll put our holiday entertaining skills to good use, mixing up festive, large-format drinks for an in-class cocktail party!
(Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. There is a $25 per person program fee. Persons under the age of 21 may not attend this event.)

8:30 p.m.  Dance the Night Away with the Big Blue Big Band 17-Piece Orchestra
Join other House guests and enjoy dance music from the Big Blue Big Band in our Lake Lounge.

Sunday, December 13

11:00 a.m.  “How -To” with Charlotte Lyons: Pinecone Elves
In this second crafting session with Charlotte you will get to create your very own Holiday Elf! Good for all ages. (Please note: children age 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult.)

Program Leaders

La Pompe Attack plays the music of Django Reinhardt who invented an entirely new style of jazz guitar technique (sometimes called Gypsy-Jazz), as well as Gypsy interpretations of standard jazz and popular music. They also compose and perform their own original compositions.

Charlotte Lyons designs and makes things in a variety of styles and media. Still inspired by the humble simplicity of traditional art and craft and the inventive use of repurposed materials, Charlotte aims to mix an unfussy playfulness with the vintage charm of handmade keepsakes. For more information visit http://charlottelyons.com.

Big Blue Big Band has been exciting crowds for the past two decades with music that gets you on your feet. Directed by saxophonist Jason Clinton, with vocalist Kate Weston, this 17-piece big band performs popular dance music from the '40s to the present. 

See you there!

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