Since most folks did not want to wait until May of 2023 for the next West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat at Camp Ocean Pines, we decided you shouldn’t have to! So, before 2022 slips away, we’re having an ‘Ukulele Reunion that we’re calling “The Lost Weekend.” So save the dates, October 28 – 30. Or, better yet, register now for 3 days of “the most fun you can have with your ‘ukulele on.”
New Registration Process
In order to streamline the process, you will register for accommodations, meals, and workshop tickets directly with Camp Ocean Pines. (Six workshop tickets are included with each registration.) And while you don’t have to stay at the Camp to join us, you might miss out on some of the fun if you don’t.
Camp Ocean Pines offers a choice of accommodations, including:
- Staying in one of the Camp’s spiffy cabins. (We anticipate no more than 3 people per cabin.)
- Bringing your own tent or motorhome to sleep in.* (Nothing over 35 feet, please.)
- Or staying off campus. (Lot’s of options nearby in Cambria.)
Your registration fee also includes dinner on Friday night; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday; and breakfast on Sunday. (If you are staying off campus, breakfast is not included.)
Registration fees are $384/person if you are staying at the camp and $325/person if you are staying off campus.
*Camping was such a popular option last year that we will have more spots available for campers than we have in the past. But, we still expect those spots to go quickly. So be sure to sign up soon if you plan on bringing your own rig and please reach out to Maddy Cline, at Camp Ocean Pines, to make sure they have space: firstname.lastname@example.org
Multiple Workshop Sessions Each Day
Each registration also includes six workshop tickets. (Additional workshop tickets can be purchased from me either online or at the camp.) There will be three workshop periods on Friday afternoon, five on Saturday, and two on Sunday morning. Each workshop period will have 1 – 3 different workshops geared toward players of all skill levels. (Stay tuned–more to come.)
We will be leaving a few gaps in the schedule to make sure everyone has an opportunity to practice what they have learned and an opportunity to get together to make music. There will be an All Camp Jam on Friday night, and we encourage you to bring a tune or two to share. We’ll have a Halloween Party (“Uke-Spooktacular) on Saturday night and will be awarding raffle tickets for the best costumes. You can earn even more raffle tickets by doing a tune for us in costume!
And while the ‘Ukulele Reunion is meant to be just that–an opportunity for attendees from past events to reunite and make music together, again, we warmly welcome newcomers and new players to join us. Wonderful friendships have been made at these events and this will be no exception.
Back by Popular Demand
Some of our most popular instructors will be returning, including Dave Egan, Gary Peare, and Nancy Piver. Rick Zeek and Rhan Wilson will also be joining us with their ever-popular Ukulele Gospel Hour. And, the Ukulele Guru will also be on hand to aid whatever ails your ukulele life. If registration warrants it, we’ll be adding a few more instructors, as well.
Just in Time for the Scarecrow Festival
And if the ‘Ukulele Reunion isn’t enough to bring you to Cambria the last weekend in October, perhaps the Cambria Scarecrow Festival will. We just missed it last year, but we won’t make that mistake, again! Now in its 14th year, this is a community-wide event featuring hundreds of scarecrows throughout Cambria and neighboring towns where you’ll see scarecrows bowling, bathing, painting, pedaling, fishing or flying. (Apparently none of the scarecrows play the ukulele…yet.)
Registration is now open and I encourage you to register as soon as possible, especially if you plan on bringing a motor home or RV. Space is very limited If you’re planning on staying off-campus, you might also want to start looking into alternative lodging now. This could be a busy week-end.
In Other ‘Ukulele Adventure News:
Cuba is Full!
Our Cuba in March trip is now full. But if you want to be put on the waiting list, please send me an email.
Two Cabins Left for Burgundy
However we still have two cabins left for our Uke, Bike, and Barge trip to Burgundy next September. This is such a fabulous way to “cruise” and see the French countryside, far, far from the maddening crowds. I don’t expect these two cabins to be available long, so please send in your deposit ASAP, if you’re thinking of joining us.
Alaska is on the Horizon
Stay tuned! We are putting together an ‘ukulele retreat in Alaska for next summer! Details to come.
Here, there, and wherever you are–I hope you are enjoying these last days of summer. It’s great to be able to move around the globe, again. And it’s wonderful to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones. Hope to see you in Cambria!