After 8 fabulous years, we decided that the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival needed a little vacation. And where better to take a little time off than at summer camp! And so, we bring you the newly revised, equally awesome, and more user-friendly:

Camp Oo-Koo-Lay-Lay!

August 3 – 7, 2016

Bothe/Napa Valley State Park

A lot of things will remain the same: the beautiful Napa Valley location with its wonderful food and wine; experienced organizers and support personnel committed to showing you the most fun you can have with your ‘ukulele on; a wonderful faculty of professional ‘ukulele instructors and performers offering small and informative workshops; and the most important ingredient of all, you!

In addition, because of the nature of the camp itself and its location, we’ll be able to create more of the wonderful camaraderie we enjoy so much at the West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat and the other ‘Ukulele Adventures we have so much fun at and have become known for.  At the same time, this is a great opportunity to support our beautiful, local state park, Bothe. And we are hoping this will create a wonderful opportunity to open up the terrific experiences we offer to a broader range of people, particularly those who would like to bring their families along.

Family Summer Camp!  ‘Ukulele Style!

So, if you haven’t already signed up, I hope you will consider joining us at Camp Oo-Koo-Lay-Lay this summer and get in one the ground floor of what we hope will become a fine family tradition.  Registration just opened and if you act soon you may be able to get one of the few remaining campsites available for the entire weekend.

In the meantime, here’s a little summary of last year’s Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival:


That had to be the best one, yet!

From the Campfire Jam at Bothe State Park (seriously, the camp host thought it was going to be another Woodstock. . . . .yes, really!) to the stand-out show with Heidi Swedberg and the Smoking Jackets (and the exuberant Conga Line) at Velo Vino on Sunday afternoon. . . . .Wow!

Flea by Night Band with Nicole and Aaron Keim

And how about that Flea-by-Night Band, Saturday night? Yea! The minute they started playing we were all ready to “Shake that Thing! with Nicole Keim.”

Aaron Keim did a jaw-dropping number on the upright bass. And could you believe  Daniel Ward’s wicked fingers on the uke? Dang that guy can play. Not to mention John Bartlit. Did anyone count how many instruments he was playing at the same time? And that was just the back-up band! More than 80 years of professional musicianship was up on that stage Saturday night. . . . .and it showed! Yeh……we’ll be coming ’round the mountain with YOU, Heidi Swedberg, any time!

If you missed it, I’m sorry.  But don’t fret. We have loads more ukulele merriment coming your way.

 Hawai’i Island ‘Ukulele Retreat

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 October 9 – 15, 2016

See you around the uke!

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