9th Annual Watkins Glen Hammered Dulcimer Retreat!!
I am pleased to announce that we will be holding another hammered dulcimer weekend retreat in Watkins Glen, NY. Last year, we expanded to add an extra full day! Thursday, April 30, 2020 - Sunday, May 3, 2020 plus a concert on Saturday May 2, 2020. For the last 16 years in Sandbridge, VA, I have run intensive weeklong workshops (four weeks -- see www.sandbridgedulcimer.com). This weekend workshop is proposed to be a mini-Sandbridge. Kate LaMoreaux, a Watkins Glen resident, has attended one of the Sandbridge weeks for many years, and had the idea to do this workshop and will be helping me coordinate everything.
Here are the workshop details:
Level: The majority of players will be intermediate with some advanced level players and some advanced beginners. Thus, the workshop will be geared to the intermediate level but I will cover a range of ideas. If you are unsure whether this will be appropriate for you, please contact me. Typically, I offer plenty for those who might be below or above the level of most in the class. For me, it is mostly about attitude. As long as you OK NOT getting something immediately, you should be fine!!
Meals: All meals are included in the cost. Our chef prepares dinners for us on Thursday, Friday (Maryland crab cakes) and Saturday night. For breakfast and lunch, we will be on our own. However, the workshop supplies all food so that folks don’t have to run out and buy meals. Commuters are welcome to join us. A few weeks before the workshop, we will send out a brief “food survey” to cover preferences and special dietary needs.
Topics: The topics to be covered include a wide variety of arrangement techniques/ideas, application of chord theory, backup/accompaniment skills, ear training, pattern recognition of chords and arpeggios and much more.
Location: The workshop will be held at the lovely Seneca Lodge Lake House in Watkins Glen, NY. We have a variety of lodging options including staying at the lodge in shared rooms (one private room), “home stay” (shared or private rooms in several private homes very close to the workshop), and commuting for those who are local.
Housing options and costs (food included from Thursday dinner through Sunday breakfast):
For all fees, there is a two-day option (subtract $125 from all fees)
Lodging at the Seneca Lodge Lake House: $650
Lodging in private cabins at The Seneca Lake Cabins - $650 (4-8 rooms available); $700 for private cabin
Commuters: $525 (also includes all meals)
"Home stay" shared room: $525 (2 rooms)
"Home stay" private room: $625 (6 rooms available)
Two bedroom apartment - Madison Guest House: $700
Guest/spouse fee: $125
(1.) Lake House (sleeps 9 which includes Ken) -- sleeps 8 participants
Bedroom 1: 2 queen beds ($650)
Bedroom 2: 2 twin beds ($650)
Bedroom 3: 1 king, 1 pullout (2 beds) (Ken's room)
Bedroom 4: 1 double bed ($650)
Loft: 2 pullouts (1 queen sleeper, 1 twin sleeper) ($650)
(2.) Private cabins (sleeps 8 in separate rooms, two to a cabin) ($650)
(3.) "Home stay" – sleeps 10 participants
(a.) Kate's house (5 minute drive) -- sleeps 2 ($625)
Bedroom #1: Double
Bedroom #2: Double
(b.) Betsy's house (5 minute drive) -- sleeps 4 ($625)
Bedroom #1: Queen (master bedroom)
Bedroom #2: 2 Twins ($525 if shared)
TV room: Pull out queen
(c.) Tony's house (12 minute drive) -- sleeps minimum of 4 ($625)
Bedroom #1: Double bed
Bedroom #2: Double bed
Bedroom #3: Double bed
Bedroom #4: Double bed
(d.) Additional home stay options are sometimes available
Registration and payment: To reserve your spot, please send a $300 non-refundable deposit due Dec 15, 2018 to Ken Kolodner, 3806 Fenchurch Rd., Baltimore MD 21218. Paypal (to a friend) is fine as well. I can accept credit cards (for a small extra fee) if need be (call me at 410-746-8387 or 410-243-7254). Please specify your first and second choices for housing. Commuters only need to let me know that you are commuting. The bigger issue is to figure out where people are staying and whether you prefer a private room.
Full payment (non-refundable) is due Feb 1, 2019. All fees are non-refundable after Jan 15, 2019.
Kate can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 607-546-6477
Thanks so much for your interest in the workshop. This will be fun!! Any questions, contact Kate or me.
Sat, May 2: Concert with Ken Kolodner and Friends (fiddle, hammered dulcimer and mbira) Concert at 7:30 p.m. with Ken Kolodner and Friends, St. James Church, N Decatur & 6th St Watkins Glen, NY 14891.
Contact: email@example.com 607-275-7050; firstname.lastname@example.org 410-746-8387
Tickets: $15; $10 - children under 14; kids under 5 are free
Thursday, April 30, 2020
12-2 Arrival, check-in, set-up, tune
2-5 p.m. Session #1
5:00 p.m. Happy Hour!
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30-8:30 p.m. Session #2 – this depends on everyone’s energy level!
8:30 Jam till we drop!
Friday, May 1, 2020
9:30-12 Session #3
2-5 p.m. Session #4
5:00 p.m. Happy Hour!
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Concert with Ken Kolodner and Friends (with Mary Lynn van Deventer) at The St. James Episcopal Church at 6th and Decatur, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 $15 general admission; $10 workshop participants
10:00 Jam till ?
Saturday, May 2
9:30-12 Session #5
2-5 Session #6
7:30-9:00 p.m. Student showcase!
9:00 Desert and jam till we drop!
Sunday, May 3
9:00-11:30 Session #5
12:00 Lunch and depart