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This is the first entry in our “WCUF YouTube Commercial” contest, sponsored by MusicGuyMic. Ooh! Ahh! Wow!  The deadline is September 25, so you still have time to enter one of your own for an opportunity to win a brand new Kala ‘ukulele. (See the previous post for more information.) And please feel free to pass this video along.

Congratulations

CuvaisonJean Miller is the latest winner in our “early bird” sweepstakes and has won a gift certificate for a tasting for four to  Cuvaison Estate Wines.  She’ll also take home a bottle of their Chardonnay Carneros.  We’ll pull another name out of the hat this Saturday afternoon, so if you haven’t done so already, be sure to get your registration in ASAP. 

Workshop Update

 We have three new instructors and three new workshops to add to our line-up.  Ukulele Bartt will be joining us from Southern California to teach “Liverpool Luau – Beatles for Beginners”  and Kumu Debbie Haumea Aynaga will be coming over from Stockton to teach  Hula ‘Auana: “E Pili Mai,”   a lovely introduction to beginning, traditional Hawaiian hula.  You can read more about Bartt and Debbie and their workshops on our Instructors  (formerly “Musician’s”) and Workshop pages.  Aldrinne Guerrero will also be teaching a workshop for us, and we’ll let you know what it will be soon.  If you follow the Ukulele Underground  at all, you know it will be worth waiting for.

Ohana Promenade Stage

Louis Wu and Ohana ‘Ukuleles   have been generous supporters of the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival from the beginning, and I am delighted to announce that this year they will be sponsoring the Promenade Stage, featuring live music at Beringer Vineyards, Saturday, October 10, from 10:00 am until we close at 5:00 pm.  Paul Knight Sound will be covering both this and the Rhine House Stage to ensure a great experience for everyone. Here’s just a sample of who will be performing on the Promenade Stage during the day:  Kimo Hussey, Brittni Paiva, Derick Sebastian, Aldrinne Guerrero, Dominator, Erich Sylvester, Victor ‘Ohana, Templebar Royal Hawaiian Ukulele Band, Ukulele Bartt, Da Island Way, AHAmele, and more.  Mike DaSilva, our on call ‘Ukulele Doctor, will be manning Ohana’s booth, so please take a moment to stop by and ask him to let Louis know how much we appreciate his contribution. Better yet, pick up an extra ukulele to give as a gift to a special someone…maybe even yourself. Mike will also be able to help with any minor repairs to your ‘ukulele while you’re at the festival.

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Hello.  And welcome!

There are so many exciting things happening with this year’s festival, I hardly know where to begin.  We better start with the dates. It’s official. The 2009 (and 2nd annual) Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival will run from Oct. 9 – 11. So far we have the following instructors and performers lined-up: James Hill, Ralph Shaw, Victoria Vox, Kimo Hussey, Faith Ako, Steven Espaniola, the Dominator, Michelle Kiba, Liko Puha, the Makai Gents, and I’m sure we’ll be adding more.

We also have two Napa Valley wineries on board–Judd’s Hill and Flora Springs–both with a couple of ‘ukulele enthusiasts on staff.  (‘Ukuleles pair very well, it turns out, with most wines. ) I’ve got a couple of other wineries on the line who also want to be a part of this, so stay tuned. We’re still finalizing the different events and sorting out who’s going to be where and when, but in the meantime, rest assured that the workshops, held again at the Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College, will be top-notch, and if there’s enough interest they will extend into Sunday morning.

I know a number of you are anxious to get your room reservations and the earlier the better; it’s a very popular time of year here in the Napa Valley.  Harvest is generally still in full swing and the Valley is ripe with the smell of fermentation. Calistoga would be a great place to stay and is just about 10 minutes up the road from St. Helena. And you can take a soothing mud bath after (or before) your busy ‘ukulele day.  At this writing, there seems to be availability in all price ranges.  Check out Calistoga Fun for all the options. 

mod_fAnd don’t forget: the deadline for our logo design contest is Friday April 24.  We’re looking for something bright and colorful that will convey all the fun and friendship we will enjoy at this year’s Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival.  The prize for the winning entry is a lovely koa soprano ‘ukulele, SK-300G, generously donated by Ohana.  Send your entries to me at elainede@sbcglobal.net and put “WCUF logo contest” in the subject line.

 

Leave your Slippahs at Our Door

 And while we are having fun making music and new friends, we will have a chance to do some good as well. This year we have teamed up with a couple of charitable affiliates and will probably be adding more as the festival unfolds. The first is Soles4Souls, a 501 (c) (3), based on a very simple concept: get shoes and give them away.

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Over 300 million children in the world are without shoes–roughly the same number of shoes that we in the United States throw away every year.  And some 1.3 billion hookworm infections (transmitted through the feet when walking without shoes) have been accounted for world-wide.

Well here’s a chance to make a huge difference in someone’s life with a very simple act.  Bring those gently-worn shoes cluttering your closet to the Judd’s Hill ‘Ukulele Extravaganza on Friday, October 9, and turn them in for an opportunity to win some fabulous raffle prizes. The more shoes you bring in, the cleaner your closet, the more chances you have to win, and the more shoes we can send. Win, win, win. How simple is that?

 

dpworldmusicdayslogoNot only that, the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival is a Daniel Pearl World Music Days event, part of an international network of concerts, featuring 3,100 performances in 84 countries, all using the universal language of music to encourage fellowship, raise awareness, and affirm our commitment to tolerance and humanity. Daniel Pearl is the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002. October 10 is his birthday. We will celebrate it in style.

Be sure to check out the Scenes from 2008 and Festival Store pages above. And don’t forget to Subscribe so you can be notified automatically as we update information about the festival on this site.

Stay tuned.  There’s lots more to come.

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