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Workshop Descriptions Now Posted!

In case you haven’t noticed yet, the Workshop Descriptions have now been posted. The list is still a work in progress, but at least you’ll have an idea of what will be available. We’ll post the actual schedule as soon as we can.  In the meantime, here’s a little preview featuring one of our instructors, Victoria Vox, playing her ‘ukulele and “mouth trumpet”:

 

Congratulations!

Reserve-(2)-15-44-03spotligCongratulations to Karen Wagner, winner of our first “early bird” drawing. Karen wins a Tour & Tasting at Raymond Vineyards with a bottle of wine on arrival. We’ll hold another drawing next Saturday and pick another lucky winner from all the people who have submitted their workshop registrations by then. We still have a few pairs of the ScullCandy Ink’d earphones available, so, get your registration in now.

 

 

Flora Springs Lu’au

If you would like to attend the Flora Springs Lu’au, but are not attending the rest of the festival, you simply need to fill out and mail in the Registration Form. Remember, this is a benefit for the Playing For Change Foundation.  Among other things, we will be collecting spare change in empty wine bottles at the Flora Springs tasting room on Highway 29 in St. Helena, and at the lu’au. Your donations will help support and bring PEACE THROUGH MUSIC to the Tintale Village Teaching Center in Nepal; the Mehlo Arts Center in Johannesburg, South Africa; Tibetan Refugee Centers in Dharamsala, India and Kathmandu, Nepal; and the new Ntonga Music School in Gugletu, South Africa. It’s time to put that growing pile of coins to work!

 

Contest! Contest! Contest!

IMG_6599_edited-2I hope some of you are inspired to enter this one! We are looking for a 30- to 60-second “commercial” that would encourage people to pack up their ‘ukuleles and walk, ride, run, swim, or fly to the Napa Valley for the 2nd annual Wine Country Ukulele Festival.  Originality and humor (in good taste) rank very highly. Clever parodies of popular and well-known songs get extra points, as does the subtle (or not-so-subtle) inclusion of MusicGuyMic who is donating the prize. Entries will be judged on originality, comments from viewers (even if the viewer is your mother), and the number of views. You can enter as many times as you like. The winner will receive a Kala KA-ST tenor ‘ukulele with a hard shell case.

ka-stThe Kala KA-ST has a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides, giving this ‘ukulele a rich sound, great volume and tone. It also has die cast tuners, a nice binding, high gloss finish and GHS strings (though Mike will probably trick-it-out a little more.) 

It’s up to you to upload your commercial to You-Tube, then send us the link (you can leave it as a comment here on the festival website) so we know where to look for it.  Assuming it passes the first test (meaning, essentially, that it is suitable for all ages) we will then upload it to the Wine Country Uke Fest channel on You-Tube and try to help you promote it, both here and there. The deadline for posting is September 25 and the winner will be announced October 10, at the festival. (You need not be present to win.)  But, the sooner you get it done, the more opportunites you have to get it viewed.

So give it your best shot, and good luck. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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Registration Now Open!

Registration

Registration is now open for workshops and major events. Visit our Registration Page to open a .pdf file that you can print, fill-out, and send in. Don’t procrastinate or you’ll miss the opportunity to win some wonderful prizes such as:

MarketDinner for Two at Market in St. Helena

A mid-week overnight stay at The Lodge at Sonoma

Private Tour and Wine Tasting for Four at Vine Cliff Winery in Napa

 

For every registration we receive, we will put a ticket into a bowl and draw one of them every week.  If you don’t win that week, your “ticket” will stay  in the bowl and you’ll have another opportunity to win the following week. We will continue to add tickets to the bowl as registrations come in and will hold a prize drawing every Saturday, the last one being on October 2. So, the sooner you get your registration in, the greater your chances AND the more opportunities you will have to win.  Winners will be announced here and you will pick up your prize when you pick up your registration materials at the festival.

But wait!  There’s more!  The first 30 people to register for a workshop pass will also receive a set of  “Ink’d” earphones, courtesy of  SkullCandy (value $20). (I have a set and I love ’em!)

Here’s another important detail. All workshop pass holders will also get a $15 discount on the Flora Springs Lu’au, AND a wine tasting pass (valued at $25 – $35) to use at Beringer Vineyards on October 10. You must be 21 to taste, so please have your ID with you. The workshop pass also entitles you to attend up to three ‘ukulele workshops.  Individual workshop tickets, good for one workshop only, are also available.

Beringer Schedule

Rhine House for webThe following schedule outlines the events of the day at Beringer Vineyards. As you can see, there is plenty to keep you busy. Please note that this is subject to change. We will be posting the specific workshops and performance times as soon as possible. Letting us know your skill level (simple scale from 1-4) on your registration form will help us plan accordingly.

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Rhine House Concert

victoria_vox3bWith sincere gratitude to Beringer Vineyards, I am very happy to announce that the Rhine House Concert is free with festival-type, lawn seating, so please bring a blanket or something else to sit on. (No metal chairs will be allowed on the lawn.) Right now we have no workshops scheduled during the performances by Ralph Shaw,  Victoria Vox, and James Hill.  However, that can change, depending on demand. Also, be prepared to be surprised by some of the other amazing talent we have lined up.

The concert is free but the usual tasting fees apply, if you are also going to be wine tasting. There is no festival parking at the winery, but we will have shuttle buses running in both directions every 10 minutes so that you will not have to walk far or cross Highway 29 on foot. 

New Sponsors

IMG_6599_edited-2We are very happy to welcome Music Guy Mike (or MusicGuyMic), who is joining us as a sponsor of the Flora Springs Lu’au on Saturday night and our You-Tube commercial contest (more about that later); Ohana ‘Ukulele, who is sponsoring the Promenade Stage and provided the prize for our logo contest; and Hawaiian Airlines, who among other things is offering a 5% discount to their already-low web fares for anyone purchasing tickets through our website and $25 one-way inter-island fares through the end of September!  All of our sponsors are very important to the success of the festival and your enjoyment of it. Your support of them and their good work ensures that we can continue to bring you more ‘ukulele fun in the future.

Accommodations Update

If you’re coming in from out of town, please be sure to revisit our Accommodations page.  We have just added some very interesting and affordable housing options at nearby Pacific Union College and the St. Helena Hospital. (It’s not a joke, and, no, you don’t have to arrive in an ambulance.)

Schedule Available

Festival Schedule

Festival Poster 2Be sure to visit the new 2009 Festival page for the Schedule of Events (as it looks right now) and a list of some of the talent headed our way this year.  We will flesh this out with more detailed explanations of each event (and the prices) shortly.   In the meantime, please note that we have a full week-end of ‘ukulele fun in store. 

Also be sure to check out the Festival Poster page where you can download and print out your own fliers to post prominently, wherever you think ‘ukulele and/or music buffs would like to see them.  Your help in getting the word out about the festival is sincerely appreciated.  The more the merrier.

Community Outreach

Thanks to the generosity of the Petalukes, our ‘ukulele-strumming buddies over in Petaluma, we are once again able to put on a performance for the veterans residing at  the California Veteran’s Home in Yountville.  Last year we were able to treat the vets to the sweet sights and sounds of Hawai’i with Robyn Kneubuhl, KonaBob Stoffer, Mark Nelson, and Liko Puha. This year, the inimitable Ralph Shaw will keep ’em hopping with his usual, zany, off-the-wall antics. (Who can forget his song from last year, describing how to build an ‘ukulele case?  In case you missed it, click on the photo of Ralph, taken by Lori Ikeda-Lowe at last year’s festival.) Don’t worry, there’s plenty of Ralph to go around.  Festival attendees will be able to catch his act at Beringer Vineyards on Saturday AND take a couple of workshops from him. He’ll  be popping in and out of some of the other events through-out the week-end, as well.

 New Sponsor

JVC The Perfect Experience Red & Black JPGA big welcome goes out to our new sponsor, JVC, who is providing the Everio camcorders for use in the  Kala UkeTube Booth, where festival attendees will have an opportunity to strum their stuff in a semi-private forum, under semi-professional circumstances, for world-wide distribution.  We’ll have more details on this later. But, for the time being, you might want to start thinking about what song you’dlike to perform for the world at large.  Thanks to the support of JVC and Kala Ukuleles, the  UkeTube Booth will be in operation throughout the day on Saturday, October 10, at Beringer Vineyards.

Rapid Uke 101

Frank in BlueAnd while we’re on the subject of Saturday’s events, feel free to bring along any curious friends or family members who haven’t yet caught the bug (bug? flea? get it?) and drop them off at Frank Novicki’s Rapid Uke 101 booth, where Frank will have them humming and strumming in a quick 30 minutes. Don’t worry if they don’t have an ‘ukulele, yet; we’ll make one available for them. 

Frank is also a valued member of the Maika’i Gents, who will be performing at the Judd’s Hill Hula Party on Friday, October 9.  If you plan attending that,  don’t forget to bring your gently used (but now unused)  slippahs to donate to Soles4Souls, the primary beneficiary of the Friday night event.

  
S4SWebsiteClickThrough160x160Nashville-based Soles4Souls™ facilitates the donation of  new and used shoes and has distributed more than 4.3 million pairs (currently donating one pair every 17 seconds) to people in over 125 countries, including Honduras, Uganda, Romania, and the United States.  We’ll have a collection box at the Hula Party where you can deposit the shoes you don’t want to take back home with you.

And there's more!

Two New Artists Join the Ranks!

Wow! The celebrated Moe Dixon will be coming down from Oregon to join us, and though he’s relatively new to the ‘ukulele, he’s no stranger to the blues and ragtime crowd and is actually the “Moe” in Mya-Moe Ukuleles. In addition to appearing on one of our performance stages (more about that, later), Moe will be teaching “Tricks and Licks–Fingerstyle Approach to Blues and Ragtime.” Here’s a little sample of what he’ll be bringing along:

And that’s not all! Aldrine Guerrero and the crew from ‘Ukulele Underground will be joining us as well. Though he lives in Hawai’i, Aldrine is known the world over for the wide variety of teaching videos and sing-alongs published on the immensely popular ‘Ukulele Underground.

And this is in addition to the amazing talent we already have lined up!

Accommodations Update

Gaia has dropped the two-night-minimum-stay originally required to secure the ‘ukulele festival room rate.  But, with three full days of ‘ukulele magic on the schedule, you may not want to take advantage of it. And don’ t forget, you’ll have an opportunity to catch Brittni Paiva there at a special wine reception on Friday afternoon.

Vendor Applications

Vendor applications are now available.  Space is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and is dependent upon the products being offered. We are looking for a broad mix of merchandise and services that will enhance the experience of the attendees and support the general goals of the festival, which are to celebrate music, the `ukulele, Hawaiian culture, and the Wine Country.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sincere thanks go to the Petalukes, Ko’olau, Kala Brand Ukuleles, Mya-Moe Ukuleles, Ohana Ukuleles, Beringer Vineyards, Flora Springs Winery, Judd’s Hill Winery,  and Miner Family Vineyards for their generous support of the festival. Sponsorship opportunities still exist.  We’re especially interested in fining a company or group interested in sponsoring our Hospitality Garden.

Latest Affiliate Announced

We are very proud to introduce our latest affiliate, Playing for Change, who will be the beneficiary of the Flora Springs Lu’au. Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. Please click on the banner below to learn more about this remarkable endeavor and hear an amazing collaboration of music from around the world.

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To stay up to date on their good works and enjoy more of their music, you can visit the Playing for Change YouTube Channel or, better yet, download any or all of the music from this exciting collaboration by clicking the iTunes link to the right.

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A number  of people were missing the link to subscribe to the weblog.  I’ve tried to make this more obvious. So, if you haven’t done so already, please visit the Subscribe page, click on the link, and enter your email address.  If you have done it correctly, you will receive an email asking you to confirm that you want to subscribe.  Once you’ve confirmed your subscription, you should begin receiving regular updates.

And there’s more!

Two New Artists Join the Ranks!

Wow! The celebrated Moe Dixon will be coming down from Oregon to join us, and though he’s relatively new to the ‘ukulele, he’s no stranger to the blues and ragtime crowd and is actually the “Moe” in Mya-Moe Ukuleles. In addition to appearing on one of our performance stages (more about that, later), Moe will be teaching “Tricks and Licks–Fingerstyle Approach to Blues and Ragtime.” Here’s a little sample of what he’ll be bringing along:

And that’s not all! Aldrine Guerrero and the crew from ‘Ukulele Underground will be joining us as well. Though he lives in Hawai’i, Aldrine is known the world over for the wide variety of teaching videos and sing-alongs published on the immensely popular ‘Ukulele Underground.

And this is in addition to the amazing talent we already have lined up!

Accommodations Update

Gaia has dropped the two-night-minimum-stay originally required to secure the ‘ukulele festival room rate.  But, with three full days of ‘ukulele magic on the schedule, you may not want to take advantage of it. And don’ t forget, you’ll have an opportunity to catch Brittni Paiva there at a special wine reception on Friday afternoon.

Vendor Applications

Vendor applications are now available.  Space is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and is dependent upon the products being offered. We are looking for a broad mix of merchandise and services that will enhance the experience of the attendees and support the general goals of the festival, which are to celebrate music, the `ukulele, Hawaiian culture, and the Wine Country.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sincere thanks go to the Petalukes, Ko’olau, Kala Brand Ukuleles, Mya-Moe Ukuleles, Ohana Ukuleles, Beringer Vineyards, Flora Springs Winery, Judd’s Hill Winery,  and Miner Family Vineyards for their generous support of the festival. Sponsorship opportunities still exist.  We’re especially interested in fining a company or group interested in sponsoring our Hospitality Garden.

Latest Affiliate Announced

We are very proud to introduce our latest affiliate, Playing for Change, who will be the beneficiary of the Flora Springs Lu’au. Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. Please click on the banner below to learn more about this remarkable endeavor and hear an amazing collaboration of music from around the world.

pfc-banner-438x70

To stay up to date on their good works and enjoy more of their music, you can visit the Playing for Change YouTube Channel or, better yet, download any or all of the music from this exciting collaboration by clicking the iTunes link to the right.

Please Subscribe

A number  of people were missing the link to subscribe to the weblog.  I’ve tried to make this more obvious. So, if you haven’t done so already, please visit the Subscribe page, click on the link, and enter your email address.  If you have done it correctly, you will receive an email asking you to confirm that you want to subscribe.  Once you’ve confirmed your subscription, you should begin receiving regular updates.

Festival Update

More great news. 

P1060080In addition to an already stellar line-up of  ‘ukulele talent, and thanks to the support of Gaia Hotel and Spa in American Canyon,  Brittni Paiva, will be joining us at the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival in October to perform, teach workshops, and give private lessons.  JTB_CD_COVER_SHOPIFY_medium

And that’s not all. Derick Sebastian, an exciting new performer from Hawai’i, will also be joining us all the way from Maui.  Be sure to check our Musicians page to see who else is coming. 

 

We’d also like to thank Kala Brand Ukulele for stepping up to sponsor our Uke-Tube Booth, a place at the festival where you can come and give it your best shot in a professional setting for instant stardom (and gratification).  

Kimo_amp_DeVineAnd we’d like to welcome a new supporter, Ko’olau ‘Ukulele, who will be sponsoring “Kimo’s Korner,” hosted by Kimo Hussey.  Kimo will be on hand all day long to share music, answer your questions, play his ‘ukulele(of course), test-drive your personal ‘ukulele or any ‘ukuleles you might be thinking of purchasing, and kani ka pila the old Hawaiian way.

 

 

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With sincere appreciation to everyone who entered our 2009 Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival Logo Contest, I am very pleased to announce the winner: Paul Sirmon, a graphic designer from Southlake, Texas, and proud new owner of the lovely SK 300G, donated to us by Ohana Ukuleles.  With so many great entries, it was a very difficult decision.  Here, for your viewing pleasure are the winning entry and the three runners-up, each of whom will receive a complimentary workshop pass to the 2009 festival:

 

This was such a great process that we will probably be doing it again next year, so put on your thinking caps….

 

More good news…

 

mariott logoThe beautiful Napa Valley Marriot is offering a very special discount that makes the room rate $199/room/night to festival-goers provided you book your room(s) using this link by August 24.

 

Gaia logoAnd Gaia, another full-service spa/resort  in American Canyon is also offering a special rate to festival-goers of only $89/night with a two-night minimum stay. Be sure to mention the “Ukulele Rate” when booking your room.

 

 

For other lodging options, visit our Accommodations Page.  Again, please be sure to make your lodging arrangements early. This is a festival you won’t want to miss!

 

Stay tuned……..