Frequently Asked Questions
What if I can't stay the whole time?
We offer both full-time and part-time registrations options. If you only want to stop by for the party, you can even register at the door!
What if I want to stay longer?
Unfortunately our time is limited but if you're hoping to extend your vacation, we greatly recommend exploring the Black Mountain and/or Asheville area.
What should I bring?
If you plan to stay onsite, including Weatherford Hall and any overflow housing, you do not need to bring bedding or towels; these are provided by the Blue Ridge Assembly. You may wish to bring an extra towel, and DO bring toiletries, flashlight, bug spray, sunscreen, umbrella, water bottle, and anything else that would make your stay comfortable. Also, bring clothes for all possible weather conditions - from warm to cold!
NOTE: We are fragrance free. Please refrain from using perfumed or fragranced personal products while at the workshop.
Is there parking?
The conference center has plenty of parking lots and spaces. You may park in any marked space, including those near the cabins.
How do meals work?
We hire our own chef! All meals, Friday dinner to Sunday breakfast, are provided by our chef at the Weatherford Hall dining room. Our chef will do his/her best to accommodate folks with allergies and provide vegetarian entrees, so please indicate this on the registration and medical forms. Meal times will be posted on the Playshop schedule on our web site. For those with dietary restrictions, the menu ingredients will be posted at meals. If you wish to bring snack or supplements, Weatherford Hall has refrigerators for food storage. NOTE: This is not finalized and may be updated for 2021.
What is the dance space like?
Our dance space is a large, airy gymnasium with a lovely wooden floor, on the second level of an old historic building (Main stair: 8-9 steps; Back-door stairs: 20 steps). The building does not include plumbing. Restrooms are located in the nearby “new” gymnasium, and the YMCA provides coolers of drinking water for our event.
Is there dancing after 11pm?
Yes! The dance party goes after 11pm for any who would like to join.
What is there to do when I'm not dancing?
In addition to the Playshop programming, the YMCA offers several other activities that are available to us: hiking trails, tennis courts, volleyball and horseshoes. There’s also a general-purpose gymnasium to use, if you want to throw some hoops or create your own activities. (The pool will not be available because it’s closed after Labor Day.)
What if I don't need accommodations?
If you're local or have made your own housing arrangements you are very welcome to come the day camp starts to register for workshops and parties. Please be aware that if you want to join us for meals, you must pre-register and pay by the posted deadline for all meal options.
Where can I get more dance action?
If you love to dance as much as we do, we recommend you check out some other dance events as well. Folkmoot, Dancing in the Triangle, Ruthy's Israeli Folk Dancing, Dance Asheville and Nordic Fiddles and Feet are some of our favorites.
Mountain Playshop is committed to maintaining a workshop environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. For the safety and enjoyment of all, attendees are expected to be respectful of other participants and camp staff, and to follow camp rules. The policy, as adopted by the Playshop Board, reserves the right to require any person to leave Camp if their behavior is extraordinarily disruptive or inappropriate, and/or poses a threat to the campers, him/herself, or others as determined by a consensus of Board members. Any concerns can be communicated to Camp Chairs or Board members. The complete Policy on Harassment and Discrimination, including how to report an incident, can be found here: Policy on Harassment and Discrimination.
Please note that we will not have exclusive use of the entire conference center. (We will have exclusive use of Weatherford Hall). Instead, we will be sharing the YMCA with people attending other events. Please take a few moments to review the camp maps in our registration package to help you navigate around the camp.