Swing and Irish tracks!
At every camp, we offer classes in Bluegrass and Oldtime music, plus one additional track featuring some related style (jug band, swing, classic country, Celtic, etc). For 2021, we're excited to bring back our popular Swing and Irish tracks (Swing in the spring, Irish in the fall).
Our 2020 shirts feature a drawing of one of our favorite activities from last year's camps: hula hooping while fiddling! The drawing, by our artist Karen Bell, is based on a photo taken by camp photographer Patrick Campbell. Thanks to both of them, and to Lucy K for being our model! Available in red or white, men's or women's style, sizes XS to 3X and the white shirts are available in youth sizes S to L as well. If you get a white shirt, you can take it to the shirt painting activity to make a colorful, personalized T!
Young adult scholarships!
We recently created a special scholarship fund for young adults (aged 18-30), and raise funds each camp to finance it. 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.
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. First day registration has lately been amazing, which we're pleased about, but means that sticking to this policy would result in some super-sized classes, which tends to lower the quality of the whole experience. So in an effort to keep class sizes optimal, we're going to say the first ten people to sign up are going to be in, and after that you may get assigned to your second choice class or be on the waiting list. Do NOT list a second choice if you won't be happy about being placed in your second choice class (but also be aware that things change and you might well end up in your first choice class by the time camp rolls around).
Our new "deluxe lodging" option, and a new way to sign up and pay for it
"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!!
NEW! To sign up for this option, choose the private or semi-private room at Marconi's when you register, that includes the total price. No need to pay Marconi's separately anymore, and signing up this way automatically reserves the room for you.