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This is the  latest entry in our YouTube Commercial contest, entered by (you may have guessed it) Ukulele Bartt. Is it going to be the last?  There are still a few days left.  So get your entry in, get folks to watch, and make yourself eligible to win the new Kala from MusicGuyMic.

Important Festival Updates

The workshop schedule has now been posted.  If you haven’t registered already, surely there’s something there that strikes your fancy, and you will send in your registration, soon. Speaking of registration, the latest winner in our “early bird” drawing is Sharon Paltin, who will be receiving a gift certificate for a tour and tasting for four to Vine Cliff Winery in Napa. Congratulations, Sharon.  Next week’s prize is dinner for two at Market in St. Helena, so get your registration in now to be included. After that, there will only be one more!

Liko Puha If you’re coming to the festival, there are a few changes you need to be aware of.  Liko Puha will, indeed, be opening the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival at Beringer Vineyards on Saturday, October 10,  at 10:00 am with a Hawaiian chant. We hope you will plan on joining us for this lovely tradition that will set the stage for all that the day has to offer.  Workshops will commence at 10:15.  A little later in the morning, Liko will be teaching one or two Hawaiian songs on the ‘ukulele, focussing on correct pronunciation–very important if don’t want to sound like a complete dodo.  However, he will not be available to teach ‘Auana Hula. Fortunately, with the addition of  Debbie Haumea Aynaga we are still able to offer traditional hula for beginners. Please see the Workshop listings for more information.

Flora Springs Luau

Da Island Way

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Registration for the Flora Springs Lu’au is now available online. The cost is $55 for Wine Club Members and Workshop Pass holders and $65 for all other adults.  What a great way to end the day!  David Bustamante and the dancers of Da Island Way will be there to greet you at the entrance to the caves and you will emerge to a beautiful view of the Napa Valley at sunset. There will be food and wine a plenty while you are serenaded by Steven Espaniola and Faith Ako. Then it will be time to put on your dancing shoes and get ready to party with  Michelle Kiba and the Tiki Tones.  And, just in case you didn’t pick up the perfect ‘ukulele while you were at the festival, our gracious ‘ukulele sponsor for this event, MusicGuyMic, will be there to help you find just what you’re looking for. And there’s even more, but we wouldn’t want to tell  you EVERYTHING.

Sunday School

James_Hill_Photo_5pageKimo_amp_DeVineWe have a few spaces left in “Sunday School” at Miner Family Vineyards and a new guest ‘ukulele-ist for the venue. Kimo Hussey will be joining James Hill in the caves for this unique event pairing food, wine, and ‘ukulele.  

We’re not quite sure what the two of them are going to come up with, but we do know it will be stellar.  Meanwhile,  Natalie Niksa of La Saison is busy coming up with the menu and  it is a great time to acknowledge the generous contribution that Miner Family Vineyards is making to the festival. Even if you’re not going to make it to the Sunday School, you should stop by, taste a little wine, and let them know how much you appreciate their participation.  They are located on the Silverado Trail in Oakville, right on your way to or from the festival. As I said, we do have a few spots left, so you should act fast if you’d like to join us there.

 Sponsor Update

KoAloha_Film_SMLWe are very fortunate to have two, new sponsors joining us.  KoAloha Ukulele has taken on the role of sponsoring the Friday night Judd’s Hill Hula Party, so  those attending will have an opportunity to win one of their lovely ‘ukuleles and see a sneak preview of  “The KoAloha ‘Ukulele Story,” in addition to all the other wonderful things we have planned: music by the Maika’i Gents, party hula with Michelle Kiba, shoes for Soles4Souls, “The Hukilau” parody contest, and more.  Thank you, KoAloha.

Girl in HatAnd Hawaiian Airlines has just donated two round-trip tickets to Hawai’i, which we will be giving away at the festival. Remember, if you book your ticket through the link on our website, you will not only save 5% on their lowest internet fare, but you will also be helping us continue to bring you wonderful musical talent from Hawai’i.

Vendors

Just a reminder, the International Marketplace will be in full swing at Beringer Vineyards,  Saturday, October 10, from 10 am – 5 pm. It could be a very long time before you ever see that many ukuleles in one place, at one time again.

Publicity

We have built it.  Now we just need everyone to come.  Please help us spread the word.  And while you’re at it, please be sure to check out KAPU 104.7.

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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.

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.

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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.

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heritage_legacyIt just keeps getting better.  Beringer Vineyards will be hosting the SaturDAY portion of the festival at their historic property in St. Helena on Saturday, October 10.  We’ll have  workshops in the caves, in the Rhine House, next to the bocce courts, and on the lawn under the majestic oaks.  We’re bringing heritage_propertyin some great talent for the concert(s) and we’ll have plenty of room for informal kani ka pila and jam sessions. The International Marketplace will be back and we’ll have  a lei stand,  UkeTube and Insta-Uke booths, party hula and more. I think we’ll even have a human-powered smoothie machine there! 

flora-springsThat evening we’ll be moving the party to Flora Springs  on Zinfandel Lane (not the tasting room on Highway 29) for the lu’au and concert, with the broad sweep of the Napa Valley at dusk as a backdrop. Simply beautiful.  There will be loads of fantastic entertainment, wonderful food and wine, and great company. More details to come.

miner-familyWe won’t be abandoning you on Sunday, either. Miner Family Vineyards will be hosting us for a  wine/food/’ukulele pairing event, in the cave room at the winery on October 11, right around brunch-time.  Seating for this unique event, “‘Ukulele Sunday School,” will be very limited.  So stay tuned.

judds-hill And don’t forget that the zaney bunch at Judd’s Hill will be hosting the “Judd’s Hill Hula Party” at their winery on Friday evening, October 9.  There’ll be a mini ‘ukulele film festival, music by the Maika’i Gents, party hula with Michelle Kiba, and, of course,  food and wine!  A fun time for all and a chance to donate your gently used slippahs to Soles4Souls. Don’t forget to bring your ‘ukuleles!

And now for the small print. With all this talk of wine and wineries you might be thinking this is not a family event. Far from it.  The venues are all family-friendly and our next generation of  well-behaved  ‘ukulele enthusiasts is more than welcome.

 

Accommodations Update

yountville-innThe Yountville Inn is extending a $50 discount to people staying with them for the festival; you just need to mention the “‘ukulele festival” when making your reservation.  This is a lovely, deluxe property in Yountville, which is about halfway between Napa and St. Helena. Because of the time of year (and the fact that it’s a weekend) a 2-night minimum stay is required. But, what a fabulous treat for yourself–breakfast, wine tasting packages, and more…….

bothe2A treat of an entirely different sort would be to stay at Bothe State Park  (right next to the Tucker Farm Center). Bring your motor home or tent and experience what the valley was like before the arrival of the grape. Prepare for warm sunny days and cool (bordering on cold) evenings under the redwoods, under the stars.

That’s it for now. But please stay tuned and make your reservations early!  

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