Schools, Camps, and Festivals

Stephen Foster Dulcimer RetreatNov 9-10
Held at the Stephen Foster Culture Center State Park, Florida. Workshops for beginning, intermediate and advanced students, jam sessions and evening concerts. Instruction on the mountain dulcimer and hammer dulcimer.

Ukes on the Loose IINov 10
Held at Bishop’s Ranch near Healdsburg All day Ukulele Retreat from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.! $10 all-day passes (bring your own food) still available!, workshops, open mics and singalongs! E-mail

Beatles Sing-along at Chit Chat CafeNov 11
Held at the Chit Chat Café, 5 Manor Drive, Pacifica, CA. Sing along to Beatles Music, hosted by Jeanine Menger and the B-2s. Songs from the Abbey Road album featured this month.

Sunshine State Acoustic Music CampNov 16-18
Held in St. Petersburg, Florida. $159 for entire weekend! Lots of great workshops, including songwriting, how to get gigs, performing techniques, banjo, mandolin, fingerpick guitar, etc. Full information available at:

West Coast Ragtime FestivalNov 16-18
At the Red Lion Hotel, Sacramento. Featuring various artists including Meredith Axelrod, Jeff Barnhart, Mimi Blais, Tom Bopp, Chris & Jack Bradshaw, Tom Brier, Marty Eggers, Ann Gibson, and Bryan Wright. Dancing, dance instruction, seminars, and silent movies. For information, call 1-866-724-9273, or go to

Kolo Festival 2012Nov 23-24
Returning to the Wellness Center at City College of San Francisco. Teachers include singing teachers Radka Varimezova and John Morovich, dance instructors, performers Brass Menazeri, Trio Zulum, Helladelics, Agapi Mou and so much more. Full information available at

Ukulele Sing-Along JamNov. 24
Held at Bronco Billy’s Pizza Palace, 41200 Blacow Rd, Fremont, CA from 4:30-6:30 p.m., every fourth Saturday. Bring ukes and music to share. Everyone plays! Contact

California RevelsDec 7-16
Performances are December 7, 8, 9, and 14, 15, 16; Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm; Oakland Scottish Rite Center on Lake Merritt; 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA (No ticket sales at the Scottish Rite Center except on days of performance). Full information at:

Bob Reid, Margaret Miles House ConcertJan 12
8:00 p.m. Saturday night; $15. Rare appearance in Piedmont by Vicki and Shelby Solomon. E‑mail

Women’s Hearts and Hands Guitar CampJanuary 18-21
Mendocino, CA. Excellent guitar instruction for women by women in a supportive, beautiful environment. Beginner - Advanced Intermediate. Folk, Blues, Jazz, Fingerstyle, Celtic, Brazilian, Chord Melody, Chord Theory, Alternate Tunings, Performance Opportunities. Song Circles. Delicious, nutritious catered meals. Information: 707/869-9642,

Irish Music CruiseFeb 2-9
Enjoy Irish and other British Isles music and story concerts at sea for a whole week! Artists include The Wolfe Tones, The Makem & The Spain Brothers, Jez Lowe, and many more. More information available at

WintergrassFeb 28-March 3
At the Hyatt Regency, Bellevue, Washington. Featured artists include The Seldom Scene, The David Grisman Sextet, Peter Rowan and the Travelin’ McCourys, and many more. Features intensive workshops in vocal harmony, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar; a youth academy for kids aged 7 to 14, and a youth orchestra! Details available at

Walker Creek Music CampApr 5-8
At Walker Creek Ranch west of Petaluma. Instruction on major bluegrass and old-time instruments, dancing, concerts, Kids Camp music program, musicians of all ages welcome. Instructors: Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Sharon Gilchrist, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen:, Sid Lewis and many more. $350-$750 depending on food and lodging choices. Kids Kamp: $75 and up. Scholarships available, especially for young people; some work trades available. or Ingrid Noyes: Registration opens Nov. 1, classes fill quickly.

California Autoharp GatheringMay 16-19
At the St. Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA. Features musical variety, including autoharps in myriad musical genres, including bluegrass, Latin, rock-n-roll, Celtic, O’Carolan, country blues, Hawaiian! Information at, or contact Mike Mueller at