10 am – 5 pm
Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival
Upper Valley Campus, NVC, 1088 College Avenue, St Helena, CA
$15/day in advance $20/day at the door
(workshops priced separately)
9:00 am – Outside registration opens
Those who have pre-registered for the festival and/or ukulele workshops on-line can pick up their registration packets, wristbands, and workshop materials.
Those who have not yet registered will have an opportunity to purchase tickets for the festival and register for workshops at the outside registration area by the front entrance to the college. Get there early! Registration in specific workshops is limited and it’s first-come, first-served! (Better yet, pre-register on-line and avoid the rush!)
9:45 am – Doors Open
Doors open to the main square for all attendees. It’s time to shop! We’ll have more ‘ukuleles in one place than ever seen (or played) before and a wide array of fabulous accessories to choose from. And don’t forget to support our fabulous musicians by picking up a couple of their CD’s. Plus, if you haven’t done so already, you’ll have a chance to register for the wide array of workshops taking place the rest of the day. And don’t forget to stop by the Nimbus Art Tent to see what they have in store for the day!
10:00 am – Opening Ceremony
Please join us while Liko Puha offers his inspiring blessing of the festival, followed by a little ‘ukulele string-along with Heidi Swedberg and the gang on the main stage. Let’s get this party started!
10:30 – 12:30 – Nimbus Art Tent
Join the good folks at the Nimbus Art Tent to make a beautiful mosaic as part of a community art project in support of the Mariposa Program. (Your butterfly will become part of a public mural this fall on the Cope building wall in Napa.) There is no charge for this activity, but, if you’d like to make a kitchen trivet to take home, Nimbus will provide a beautiful array of colored glass and all the tools and instruction necessary to create a lovely work of mosaic art with the theme of your choice: ‘Ukulele? Pineapple? Hawaiian flower? There is a $45 fee to make a trivet and you can sign up at the festival, or online. (The butterfly is still free.)
10:45 am – Workshop Session 1
Session 1 workshops take place in the classrooms, but if you’ve never played an ‘ukulele before, or need a little “tune-up,” feel free to grab a uke and join Heidi Swedberg at the main stage for “Play Ukulele in a Day,” followed by Barbie’s Island Keiki. It’s free with your paid admission! (Click here for a list of who all will be performing on the festival stage on Saturday.)
12:00 pm – Noon Concert
More free entertainment: Grab your lunch and a picnic blanket or chair and enjoy the rollicking fun of UkuLenny and The Quiet American, multi-instrumentalists all, who’ll be taking a brief break from teaching workshops to entertain us with songs and styles from across the universe on the main festival stage. (Lunch can be pre-ordered when you pre-register.)
1:00 pm – Workshop Session 2
There are loads of great ‘ukulele workshops to choose from, but if you’re not enrolled in any of them, you can grab your uke and join Heidi, Daniel and John at the main stage to learn how to play and sing the tune de jour, “Silly Love Songs.” This is a great song for players of all skill levels to learn and take back to your local ‘ukulele club (or just sing around the house or office!)
While the workshops of Session 3 are taking place in the classrooms, the stage will be awash with ‘ukulele talent: Dani Joy & the Boys, Erich Sylvester, Jon Gonzales, and Fred & Lynn Sokolow, just to name a few. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the music.
4:00 pm – Workshop Session 4
We’ve got a real special opportunity for those not taking any of the more formal workshops during Session 4: a chance to learn the Bengali version of “Auld Lang Syne” from Laurie Kallevig, founder and director of the Survivor Girl Ukulele Band in Calcutta, India. Come learn about the long reach of the ‘ukulele and how it can bring peace to those who have suffered unspeakable trauma. (Free, but donation requested)
5:00 pm – Silly Love Song Redux
We’ll close for the day with one, last, rousing rendition of “Silly Love Songs,” featuring everyone in attendance. But don’t wind down, yet! There’s still more to come!
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Flea-by-Night Band
Vineland Station, 633 Main Street, St Helena, CA
$25 in advance $30 at the door
(includes dinner from Tacos Garcia)
A rollicking good time delivered up by our very own Flea-by-Night Band, featuring Daniel Ward playing a variety of instruments, from ‘ukulele to coronet, John Barltit putting a multitude of “devices” through their percussive paces, Fred Sokolow playing dobro (and whatever else strikes his fancy), and Lynn Sokolow climbing all over that bass! Plus you’ll be hearing from the rest of the Wine Country staff: Heidi Swedberg, Aaron and Nicole Keim, Dani Joy, Dave Egan, Janet Lenore, and more! All while enjoying the delicious offerings of Tacos Garcia: tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas, and more. Purchase tickets here.