It wasn’t far into the process of creating La Semana de Uke-Culinary Fiesta that we realized we had a winning combination: ukuleles, food, photography, and overall merriment, all in a stunning location. So we’ve decided to take this show on the road with our first stop in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. And what could be a better time of year than the fall, when the crowds have dissipated, the winter chill still has not yet settled in, and the sky and surrounding countryside are awash with color?
We also recognized the value of small, intimate venues, where even those travelling alone soon make long-lasting friends and everyone attending is connected by the simple bond of wanting to learn and make music (and fabulous meals) together. And after an exhaustive search we believe we have found the perfect spot, the Don Gaspar Inn, intimate, somewhat secluded, and yet within walking distance of the world famous plaza and Canyon Road.
And the staff! Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward are an ukulele match made in heaven. Talent, experience, diligence, generosity, creativity, and more fun than a barrel of monkeys. And they cover all the bases–fabulous teachers with years and years of experience in a broad range of skills and genres. In a field full of rising “stars,” these two really shine!
Ukulele workshops will be available for those on beginning, intermediate, and advanced tracks. Those wanting to cook will learn all about Southwestern cuisine, barbecuing techniques, and a few tricks from behind the bar. In addition to cooking workshops, for those who don’t play the ukulele, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore beautiful Santa Fe and its environs on foot and with our very own chauffeur and professional photographer, Jordan Coonrad, who can guide you to the best opportunities for you and your camera. And then, there are always hiking opportunities close at hand with retreat leader, Elaine de Man.
More details will come as we get closer to the date. We’ll also be adding opportunities for those who’d like to extend their stay both before and after the retreat. In the meantime, if this all sounds good to you, mark your calendar for November 4 – 8 and be sure to “follow” this site (look to the left, just below the logo) so you will be sure to get the latest news as it becomes available.
Stay tuned. There are even more ukulele adventures coming your way.