Since last entry, Julian Family Fiddle Camper, Maril Parker and husband Gregg, held the annual “Applepalooza” party at their lovely Julian home, and darned if there weren’t some twenty fiddle camp alumni there! Great time – unbelievable food, and of course, apple pie and fresh-pressed apple juice. Will note that, while he couldn’t be there, fiddle camper Buzzy Geist managed to provide the event with a fantastic variety of sausages he personally makes and markets. REALLY – REALLY – good stuff!!
The day after the Parker’s event, I and a good number of other “fiddlemeisters” made it out to Goleta, CA for the annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention and Festival. Am pleased to note that, yet again, our own Katie and Thomas Harvey walked away with a number of prizes for fiddling and picking, and I even got some attention for whatever it is I do on the mandolin. While there, I had chance to meet and speak with a great mandolin player, Sharon Gilchrist, as well as enjoy the fantastic flatfoot dancing of Nashville native, Rebecca Stout. With some luck, Rebecca will be at the 2013 camp to demo and instruct those interested in this traditional form of dance and music accompaniment – a true folk art that, like fiddle music itself, has deep and old roots, yet remains a timeless joy.
As for the 2013 camp, registrations are already rolling in, and to make it easier to secure space, we’re now set up to accept payments via PayPal As you can see from the website’s Instructors page, we’ve a full compliment of top-notch teachers for fiddle, mandolin, guitar and banjo and, should the “cards and letters” prove there’s enough interest, we’ll add some instruction on upright bass.
In addition to the above, I’m extremely pleased to note that the Julian Family Fiddle Camp has been accepted for review by Fractured Atlas, a wonderful nation-wide non-profit organization that provides fiscal sponsorship for young and select organizations promoting and advancing the arts. On assumption that we pass their review, the Julian Family Fiddle Camp will be adopted by the organization, and while functionally independent, able to solicit and receive tax-deductible donations, i.e., something that is critical for our student scholarship fund, as well as securing the support necessary to cover many of the costs associated with annual camp production.
I will be posting more about the camp soon, noting that there will be a new page added to the website that will clarify the procedure for making tax deductible donations in support of the camp in general, or to specifically contribute to the Camp’s scholarship fund.
I’ll keep you up to date, and look forward to reading your posts here as well.