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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.

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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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