At every camp, we offer classes in Bluegrass and oldtime music, plus one additional track featuring some related style (jug band, swing, classic country, etc). We've long thought about including a Celtic music track, and finally we are doing it!
We're very excited about the four Irish musicican/teachers who will be joining us this spring: Liz Carroll on fiddle (pictured), Dáithí Sproule on guitar, Marla Fibish mandolin, and Michael Black for singing. Irish music fans, this one's for you!
Our new "deluxe lodging" option!
"If you are looking for something more private and quiet, the Marconi Conference Center offers a discounted rate for Walker Creek Campers. The Marconi Conference Center is in a park-like setting in the town of Marshall and is of interest to nature and history buffs. In the early 1900’s this was the site of the transpacific telegraph station. It has also been a railroad station hotel (when Highway One was a railroad track). The wireless is good and the rooms are updated, clean, quiet and comfortable. Marconi is about 8 miles west of camp on Highway One overlooking Tomales Bay. Allow about 20 minutes driving time, and a little more time to park and get settled in. You may not make the 7:30 AM yoga class or the 10:30 PM jams, but you will get beautiful views of the best of the Marin countryside."
"In our treks back and forth to Marconi, the wildlife sightings were 19 grazing deer, 3 barn owls (probably same one), 1 fox, flying cows, and 1 huge milk truck we “squeaked” by each morning. Wild!!"
To sign up for this option, choose the commuter with lunch and dinner choice for camp (breakfast is included at Marconi's) and under Order Comments on your registration, let us know you want a room at Marconi's and we'll reserve it for you. Feel free to call for more info.
New policy for priority registration
We hate to do this, but at the same time, it's good news for the camp. We have always tried to put everyone who signs up the first day (regardless of what time) into their first choice classes. At our most recent camp, first day registration was amazing and this resulted in some super-sized classes, which tends to bring the quality of the experience down a little bit. In an effort to avoid that happening again, we're going to say the first ten people to sign up are generally going to be in, and after that you may get assigned to your second choice class or be on the waiting list. Registration will open at midnight, so stay up late or get up early for best chance, not only for your first choice class but also for lodging (private and semi-private rooms also filled to capacity the first day last time).
Our new T-shirt design features a favorite photo that seems to capture the spirit of camp--people having fun playing music! Drawing by Karen Bell, based on a photo by Patrick Campbell. Order one when you register to be sure to get the size and color you want. Available in men's grey, women's blue, and unisex white; sizes youth XS to adult 3X.
Young adult scholarships
In our on-going efforts to get more young people to camp, we are setting up a special scholarship fund for young adults (aged 18-30). If you are in that age group and want to come to camp but are short on funds, ask for a scholarship application. If you would like to see more people from this demographic at camp and have any extra funds to contribute, donate to the fund--thanks! With this addition we hope to keep our camp multi-generational, with musicians from all age groups represented at every camp.