Fiddleworks Salt Spring Information 2019
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Welcome Salt Spring Fiddle Campers 2019!
There is A LOT of info below, but it is important to read it all to have the best experience at fiddle camp 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.
Fiddle Camp is located at beautiful Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, 355 Blackburn Road. Please note that the Centre is a retreat centre, organic farm and home to a community of residents. 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
(3) No open flames (fires, gas burners/stoves) on the property.
(4) The site is strictly vegetarian. No meat or eggs are allowed on the property.
Fiddleworks Instructors' Showcase Concert
Fiddleworks and the Salt Spring Folk Club are co-presenting this AWESOME concert featuring “XXXX” and all the other Fiddle Camp instructors. It will be at FULFORD HALL 2591 Fulford-Ganges Rd starting at 7:00pm on Monday, July 22nd.
If you purchased 3, 2, or 1 star registration then you will have your name on the list at the door for entry to Sunday's "Instructor's Showcase Concert", 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 XXXXXX (who will also be catering the camp this year).
Concert Tickets are still available for $21 each; you can purchase them through the webstore
or at the door if there are any left.
You will get your name tag, swag, and a smile at registration. You can register between 6-7 pm on Monday night July 22 at Fulford Hall before the Instructor's showcase concert or you can register Tuesday morning between 8:30-9:30 at the SS Centre- 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 (like cello) this week, you need to make sure that you have an instrument! Our lovely luthier Laura firstname.lastname@example.org can take care of your rental needs and bring your rented instrument right to fiddle camp on Tuesday morning and pick it up after the concert on Friday!
All full time participants, even first time fiddlers, are a part of this dynamic class. It happens every day from 9:30-10:30 in the Pond Dome The tunes we learn from this class will be performed at the amazing Friday Gala Concert.
It really does take a village to make our camps run smoothly. By now you will have already had the chance to sign up for a Fiddleworker work-trade position. There are still a few vacant positions. If you are interested in any of these positions please contact us. Each position is traded at a rate of $20/hour which will be refunded to you at or before camp.
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!
Class changes are allowed up until 1 month before camp via the class change form. If you need to change a class after that time, you can try to do that at registration and with an offering of chocolate might have some success.
Each day a delicious farm fresh lunch will be waiting for you in the lower field between 12:00-12:30. (You will be given a name tag at registration which you will need to wear all week to get your lunches).
The Snack Shack
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. Snack Shack is cash only.
Please bring your own mug for hot beverages -- 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 Tuesday afternoon to those who pre-ordered with their registration. 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 26 starting at 7:00pm 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...
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
Family dance 7:00 PM @ Beaver Point Hall
Possibly capture the Flag and definitely Jamming in the barn from 7:30pm-?
A movie about Oliver Schroer will also be playing in the Marlee Room after dinner @ 7:00pm
Variety Show 7:30 @ Stowel Lake Farm in the Barn
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 5:15 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 the variety show. Store hours are approximately 8:45-9:30 am and 12:00-2:00 pm Wednesday-Friday.
Luthier Laura & Tapestry Music on Site
Lovely Laura the luthier (and her darling children) 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.
Other Useful Information
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 and in the designated 'work area'.
*There is very limited or no cell reception at Stowel Lake Farm, if you are new to camp please download a map before you arrive as reception on the island can be spotty.
We look forward to making music with you soon!!
Zavallennahh & team fiddleworks
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