FAQ

QUESTIONS? Here are ANSWERS — basic info for enjoying your stay at Black Creek. We’re updating this page frequently, so check in again soon.

Getting there: Altamont Fairgrounds, 129 Grand St., Altamont NY

Hours: The Welcome Tent opens at 3pm on Friday, May 27, to greet you and provide you with an attractive wristband. If you get there earlier, please know you may be lured in to help with set-up. The festival officially closes at noon on Sunday, May 29, when we begin packing up chairs, tables, and pop-ups. Some folks stay for a while to help; most folks head for home.

Admission includes workshops & all the jamming you can do.
– Full weekend: $30 per adult (includes camping)
– Saturday only: $20 per adult (no camping)
– Sunday morning (event ends at noon): Pay what you want
Kids under 18 are free but must be with a parent or other responsible adult.

Pay with cash or check at the Welcome Tent when you arrive, or pre-pay online with credit card. Don’t stay away because you can’t afford the admission. Volunteering (3 or 4 hours) earns a free weekend pass with camping. Email us to request a volunteer slot, or for other circumstances, email us a request for a comp pass: blackcreek@oldsongs.org
Additional $20 fee for RVs electric/water. See “Camping,” below.

Food
BYO food, or a quick drive to town gets you to a grocery store & a diner. (Sorry, we were unable to arrange a food truck this year.) Note that the popular breakfast destination, the Home Front Cafe, is closed, no longer in business.
Cooking is limited to outdoor campstoves (or one of those amazing no-fuel solar cookers). No propane or other open flame devices inside buildings. Saturday dinner is the traditional potluck. If you want to join, bring something to share. If you’re uncomfortable gathering with a large group of people for the potluck, it’s OK to have dinner on your own – at your campsite or in town.

Camping
You can stop by for the day but most of us camp out Friday-Saturday-Sunday in tents or small trailers. The site offers a large field for tenting (free with weekend admission) and a limited number of RV hookups. (RVs pay $20 additional fee to cover electric/water hookup; sorry, no dumping station). Do not set up camp in any of the buildings or under the pavilion; these are reserved for jamming, workshops, community meals and shelter.

Amenties
Tenters can carry potable water to their campsite from central water faucets. Port-a-potties available. Two public bathroom buildings offer flush toilets & limited shower facilities. No open fires. No propane or other open flame devices inside buildings.

Volunteers
Everybody helps! Pitch in where you see the need. It’s how we keep our costs low and preserve our do-it-yourself ethos. We especially need all-hands-on-deck to pack up on Sunday noon to 1 pm. “Official” volunteers—who’ve signed up in advance and who get free admission in exchange—run the Welcome Tent, support the workshops, and do a myriad of other essential tasks. Email blackcreek@oldsongs.org to sign up. We’re especially grateful for non-musical spouses/partners who serve as super-volunteers.

Dogs
No dogs – Fairgrounds policy. Leave all your pets safely at home.

Electric vehicles
You can plug your electric vehicle into a regular 220V outlet for recharging; $20 fee, per Fairgrounds policy. No fast-charge or DC outlets available on site.

Weather
Some years it’s hot, some years it’s cold, some years it’s rainy, some years it’s perfect. Jams that go late into the night might be chilly. Be prepared and go with the flow. There are several fair buildings open for jamming in case of rain. The shade or drizzle-protection of your easy-up or tarp might be a welcome comfort.

Worries
– Emergency: Call 911. We are at the Altamont Fairgrounds, Gate 3, in the Village of Altamont, NY.
– We’re not asking anyone to wear a mask. Masks are welcome; do what feels comfortable for you. We respect the right of a host of a private jam to ask that you wear a mask; so maybe you put on the mask you brought or maybe you move on to another jam.
– The fairgrounds are accessible to the public, so use common sense to secure your valuables, including instruments, food and drink, especially overnight.