Friday, Sept. 11

9:00 am – noon

Ukuleles at the St. Helena Farmer’s Market

SHFM_TractorIf you’re already “Up Valley” (that’s the local lingo for any where in the Napa Valley north of Yountville)  on Friday morning, you should check out the Saint Helena Farmer’s Market in Crane Park. Here’s what we’ll be cooking up there:

  • 9:30 – 10:00 am  –  Free lesson for the kiddies with Heidi Swedberg
  • 10:30 am   –  Chef’s demo (always very informative AND delicious)
  • 11:30 – noon   –   Free adult beginner’s lesson with Heidi Swedberg

Plus, you’ll be able to catch Erich Sylvester busking at the market; so you just might want to bring along your uke (and a little spare change to toss in their case.) And, of course, there will be plenty of fresh, organic food and produce for you to try and buy and a few local handicraft vendors.  It’s a great way to spend Friday morning in St. Helena with your ‘ukulele.  AND IT’S FREE!

Click here for the directions.

4pm – 6pm

Happy Hour String-Along at Farmstead

Farmstead CollageOrder an adult beverage at the bar, grab your ukes, and join Heidi Swedberg, Daniel Ward, John Bartlit, and a host of other ‘ukulele funsters for a rollicking good time as we swing, sing, and string our way through some of our all-time favorite tunes at the first, ever, Happy Hour ‘Ukulele String-Along. Songbooks will be available to purchase OR you’ll be able to download them for free.  We’ll let you know when they’re available.

Farmstead  Restaurant at Long Meadow Ranch, 738 Main Street, St. Helena, CA

6pm – 8pm

The Quiet American at Farmstead

The Quiet AmericanThen, when the String-along is over, you can order up a skillet of cheddar biscuits or a wood-grilled artichoke and sit back and enjoy the music while The Quiet American (Nicole and Aaron Keim) takes the stage at Farmstead from 6 – 8 pm.

This is going to be a very fun and busy day! And one more reason to get to the Napa Valley early Friday morning and help us kick off the 8th annual Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival in style! Great eats, drinks, and great music. I hope you get here in time to enjoy it with us.

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