Saturday, May 8, 2010

Date for Bluegrass Retreat

The date for our First Annual Bluegrass Retreat will be August:  27-29, 2010.  We hope you'll save this date and join us for lots of music and fun!  We are planning workshops including:

* Changing strings
* Complete disassembly and reassembly of your banjo (hands-on, where you do this with help)
* How to play music with others
* Instrumental workshops:  fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar & upright bass

We will have bands performing, and we are also planning our own Hee Haw show.  (We got this idea from The Chris Talley Trio's trip to Bettendorf, IA.)  If you'd like to participate in the Hee Haw show, please let me know so that we can include you!   We need pickers, singers, and comedians.

We are also trying to provide some instruction in the Virginia Reel and a simple square dance.  I have not firmed up the details on this yet, and it is possible that I won't be able to work this out.  I'm trying, though!

The retreat will be held in Pinckneyville, IL at Lake Sallateeska.  There are a limited number of hotel rooms on-site that are available in addition to RV hook-ups and bunk-style (group) housing.  You can visit their website at  I encourage you to call and make your reservations early, as space is limited.

We will be posting more information as it becomes available, including what day which events will be held on, and also cost information for the retreat, which includes workshops and concerts.  There will also be free events which will be open to all.

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