Registrant Information 2016
Welcome fiddle campers 2016! You should have received an e-mail with this info.
There is a lot of info below, but it is important to read it all to have the best experience at fiddle camp.
Fiddle Camp is located at beautiful Stowel Lake Farm, 190 Reynolds Road in the South End of Salt Spring Island. It will be well signed from the main roads, and there are directions attached to this e-mail in the "What to do on Salt Spring Island" document. Please note that Stowel Lake Farm is a retreat centre, organic farm, and home to a small community of people. We are special guests on this amazing site, and it is very important that we respect their requests:
(1) Please stay within the large designated fiddle camp area-- if you cross any fences/gates, you have gone too far!
(2) No pets, tobacco, drugs or alcohol on site
Please read through the information below, it is very important and will answer a lot of questions you may or may not have asked. There are also directions/what to do on Salt Spring, schedules, maps, etc posted in the FAQ section of the website
Fiddleworks Instructors' Showcase Concert
Fiddleworks and the Salt Spring Folk Club are co-presenting this AWESOME concert featuring “Jayme Stone and the Lomax Project” and all the other fiddle camp instructors. It will be at FULFORD HALL 2591 Fulford-Ganges Rd starting at 7:00 on Sunday July 17th. You can still get tickets, read on...
If you purchased tickets with your registration for Sunday's "Instructor's Showcase Concert", then your names will be on a list at Fulford Hall and you can get in any time from 6:00 PM on. Dinner is available for purchase at the Hall between 6:00-7:00 as well-- the food is AMAZING, being provided by Haidee Hart (who will also be catering the camp again this year).
Concert Tickets are still available for $20 each; you can purchase them on island at SS Books, Stuff & Nonsense, through the web
or at the door if there are any left.
You will get your name tag, snack tickets, and a smile at registration. You can register between 6-7 pm on Sunday night July 17 at Fulford Hall before the Instructor's showcase concert or you can register Monday morning between 8:30-9:30 at Stowel Lake Farm, 190 Reynolds Road-- remember to bring your cheque book or Canadian cash if you owe any money, thanks.
Renting An Instrument
If you are a FIRST TIME FIDDLER, or if you are trying out a new instrument this week, you need to make sure that you have an instrument! We have this great deal where you contact Larsen Music and they will take care of your rental needs and bring your rented instrument right to fiddle camp on Monday morning and pick it up after the concert on Friday!
Call 1-877-472-1907 Fiddles are $20/week, cellos $45/week including insurance.
All full time participants, even first time fiddlers, are a part of this dynamic class. It happens every day from 9:30-10:45 upstairs in the Barn. Monday is different, orchestra is in the afternoon so first timers know how to at least hold their instruments and are able to participate too.
The tunes we learn from this class will be performed at the amazing Friday Gala Concert.
Fiddleworks relies on volunteer hours to make our events fabulous. Please sign up for one or two small jobs by going here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hiIwHtL7qB0NdygceIV__24zv8Sda6ps552-gznjErs/edit
or sign up on the first morning of camp, and help build your Fiddle community!
Jobs include everything from washing dishes, sweeping floors, cleaning toilets, setting up for events, cleaning up after events, picking up garbage, sorting recycling, moving/setting up sound gear, and helping with little things that come up along the way. You will be sincerely appreciated and wow, you'll feel great about being an all-star community builder!
There are officially no more class changes available at this time. If you ned to change a class you can try to do that at registration and with an offering of chocolate might have some success.
There are still a few classes that have room for part timers who are already at camp with their families (sign up Monday morning).
If you registered for a delicious home cooked farm lunch each day then it will be waiting for you in the lower field between 12:00-12:30 daily. (You will be given a bracelet at registration which you will need to wear all week to get your lunches). If you didn't sign up for lunch please remember to bring your own lunch, as there aren't any stores/restaurants near by. Sorry, It's too late to sign up for lunches at this point.
The Snack Shack
You get snack tickets if you are a participant. If you want more snacks you can buy tickets at the store and use them at the snack shack, or pay cash. We will be providing healthy snacks and fresh baked cookies, squares, muffins, and juices plus organic Salt Spring coffee and organic tea and yes of course there will be fruitsicles.
Please bring your own mug for hot beverages (or purchase a fiddleworks to-go tumbler)-- there will be no disposable cups provided. Also bring a water bottle to stay hydrated! All water onsite is excellent for drinking.
We will be handing out t-shirts on Monday afternoon to those who pre-ordered with their registration. If you need to trade for a different size you can do this Tuesday morning. Tuesday afternoon at 3:15 any few remaining shirts will go on sale.
Friday Gala Concert
Our Gala Concert will be at Centennial Park in Ganges, as long as the weather cooperates. The concert will take place on Friday July 22nd starting at 7:00 sharp under the band shell (tune up at 6:15), and what a concert it will be! Please bring blankets or festival style low-to-the-ground seating so you can sit on the grassy hill and enjoy the show. After the concert we will have our community dance. Because this beautiful location is right on the ocean, it can get pretty cool at night-- so remember to bring extra layers so you'll stay warm and have maximum fun!! Please do invite all your friends and family to the show.
There is something completely wonderful (and totally optional) happening almost every evening...
Monday: Meet your fellow fiddle campers -- pre-purchased dinner or bring a picnic dinner 6:00 PM followed by jamming at 7:00 PM @ Stowel Lake Farm Barn
Tuesday: family dance 7:00 PM @ Beaver Point Hall
Wednesday: Possibly capture the Flag and definitely Jamming in the barn from 7:30-?
Thursday: Variety Show 7:30 @ Stowel Lake Farm in the Barn
Friday: Gala Concert, 7:00 PM Centennial Park, Ganges
The public are invited to attend the Dance on Tuesday & Concert on Friday so please bring along your friends, family, and even nice strangers are welcome. Everyone is welcome to prepare an act for the Variety Show! The complete listing of evening activities is attached on our "week at a glance" schedule.
Random Acts of Violins
This is a tradition started by Oliver Schroer, and which we love to continue each year at camp in his memory... basically, it is a colourful spontaneous music parade through downtown Ganges leaving from the boardwalk just behind Treehouse Cafe on Wednesday night at 5:45 PM. Bring your crazy wigs, colourful clothing, and join in the joy!
Come get your merch! On site we will have a store with Instructor's CD's, Music Books, shirts etc and an information station where you can get info about camp and the island, and sign up for Thursday's variety show. Store hours are approximately 8:45-9:30 am and 12:00-2:00 pm Tues-Friday.
Luthier Laura & Larsen Music on Site
Lovely Laura the luthier (and little Charlotte and Quinn!) will be on site to fix instruments, rehair bows, and answer your questions about anything to do with fiddles. They will also have fiddles, bows, cases, strings and other assorted music items for sale.
We like dogs, but they are NOT allowed at fiddle camp. woof.
Instructor Changes to a few classes
We are very sad to tell you that Calvin Cairns has had to withdraw from teaching at camp this summer. Because of this we have had to do some last minute shuffling of instructors: Merrie Klazek will now teach the First Time Fiddle Class, Zavallennahh will teach Intermediate Fiddlin’ Around the World and Beginner + Fiddle Favourites, and master fiddler Pierre Schryer will teach Merrie’s Beginner Fiddle Class and Calvin’s Int+ Jam Band class. Thanks for your understanding.
Other Useful Information
Attached to your e-mail and below is a document called "What To Do on Salt Spring Island" with a list of things to do and places to eat, get groceries, driving directions etc. Also attached are schedules of the week, a daily schedule, and a map of the Farm.
We ask that parents of young children (6 & under) stay with their children in class and/or remain on site while their kids are in classes, thanks.
*Remember to label all your belongings, including fiddle cases and books/binders!
*We encourage you to bring a recording device to your classes.
*We don't provide music stands, so if you want to use one please bring your own.
*A lot of our classes are outside, so you may want to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen etc.
*Please consider bringing your own folding chair or stool
*All indoor spaces are shoe-free zones, so bring easy on/off footwear
*If you like coffee/tea, bring a mug as there are no disposable cups.
*Bring a water bottle-- stay hydrated, stay happy (-:
*Lunch is picnic style, so you might want to bring a picnic blanket to sit on in the field while you eat your food and enjoy the lunchtime staff concerts!
*Please keep your lunches peanut free, as we have several people with allergies
*There is wireless internet available around the Barn
*There is very limited or no cell reception at Stowel Lake Farm
We look forward to making music with you soon!!
Zavallennahh & team fiddleworks
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