We're offering a new style of T-shirts for this camp--baseball style! Choices are men's grey with blue sleeves, size XS to 3X; women's silver with grey sleeves, size S to 2X; and youth white with blue sleeves, size YXS to YXL. $20 each except sizes over XL are $25. Order when you register to make sure you get the size and style you want.
String band blues track!
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). We're excited to bring back our fun String Band Blues track this fall.
Young adult scholarships!
We recently created a special scholarship fund for young adults (aged 18-30), and raised enough funds at spring camp to finance at least three scholarships. 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.
Special Friday program
The first classes on Friday will include jamming with the instructors, and some classes taught by guest instructors and some of our auxiliary staff. You'll have a chance this day to take a class with one of the following people, in addition to jamming with some of the teachers: Adam Traum, Celia Ramsay, Dana Frankel, Gus Garelick, Ivan Rosenberg, Josh Tharp, Paul Knight, or Paul Shelasky.
New time for opening registration
More user-friendly for everyone, registration will open at noon on August 8th. (This is a week later than originally planned; sorry, stuff happens.) We're hoping this new time of day works for everyone, including late risers and working people with lunch breaks.
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.
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. You pay Marconi's directly upon arrival there. Feel free to call for more info.