Here are the hosts for upcoming Seasons of the Ukulele. If you're excited to host, but haven't had a chance to sign up yet, Seasons needing hosts are listed below with no name in red..
Guidelines and tips are below the list of upcoming hosts. Past themes/challenges are in post #2 below.
If you would like to be on the reserve list (that is, if you'd be willing and able to host on short notice if someone is unable to host or if I'm unable to contact a host for an upcoming week), please let me know and I'll add your name to the reserve list.
Reserve Hosts -
Harry122 Janet frisbee fred Tootler pabrizzer
If you have not hosted before check out this video by Linda Louden on most things you will need to be able to do - Creating Playlists and Posting Your Season on Ukulele Underground Tutorial
pabrizzer, Seasons Volunteer Coordinator.
266. 19th March - 26th March .... Srax
267. 26th March - 2nd April .... uke1950
268. 2nd April - 9th April .... pabrizzer
269. 9th April - 16th April .... Harry122
270. 16th April - 23rd April .... mythinformed
271. 23rd April - 30th April .... wee_ginga_yin
272. 30th April - 7th May .... kolibri
273. 7th May - 14th May .... TCK
274. 14th May - 21st May .... ukuleledaddy
275. 21st May - 28th May
276. 28th May - 4th June
277. 4th June - 11th June
278. 11th June - 18th June .... LimousinLil
279. 18th June - 25th June
280. 25th June - 2nd July
281. 2nd July - 9th July .... pabrizzer
282. 9th July - 16th July .... uke1950
283. 16th July - 23rd July .... turtledrum
284. 23rd July - 30th July .... Tootler
If you'd like to host a Season, choose a week during which you'll have the time and energy to be a good host.
Mark your Season week on your personal calendar so you can prepare as the week nears.
Sign up for only two weeks per year unless unclaimed weeks remain unclaimed, then go ahead and volunteer for another.
If things change and you're unable host, please contact me (a private message is best) ASAP so a substitute can be found.
The only week with a theme in advance is the last full Season before Christmas. (The Holiday Songs week was like a holiday party, with many warm greetings and cheer, so we'll be continuing the tradition.)
Good ideas for hosts
During your Season, we're in "your house", so you can set things up your way, but there are a few expectations:
Hosts must have posted at least one video for a Seasons challenge---more is much better---the more you've participated, the better you'll be at hosting a great Season.
Please comment in your Season thread on the entries or post a response video giving feedback to all the participants. Or, even better, do both.
Each Season should begin no sooner than late Saturday evening mainland USA time (try to be sure it's after whatever you consider dinner time). At that time, the host posts the theme, the rules, and the prizes for the week. The host should emphasize that no videos should be posted before 12:00 AM Sunday Hawaii time.
Each Season ends eight days later on Sunday at 11:59:59 PM Hawaii time (a quirky tradition begun by chrimess which reminds us each week of the origin of all this ukulele music). So consecutive Seasons overlap on Sunday, with one Season closing and one Season opening. (Seasonistas who live outside mainland USA/Canada time zones have the same length of time to participate, but their start and end times are calculated in their own time zones.)
Choose theme and set parameters. (Bonus songs allowed? Multi-tracking? etc.)
Post theme Saturday night (USA mainland time); don't allow videos posted until Sunday.
Season ends at 11:59:59 PM Hawaii time the next Sunday.
Select winners (using a method of your choice) and announce them soon after then end of your Season.
Offer prizes for the winners. Prizes need not be expensive. (Certificates are fine; joke prizes are fine; but ukuleles are the best prizes )
It's great if the host posts a video during the week, whether it's an intro video, a response video, a performance, or one (or more) of each.
The more the merrier---encourage new people to join us.
Follow the host's specifications for that week. (Read the host's challenge thread carefully and/or watch the challenge video.)
Comment on others' videos, and not just your top favorites! Everyone likes encouragement. Your comment might help someone enormously. Each comment contributes the positive vibe of the Seasons, and strengthens the aloha spirit of the challenges. (In the past, some people posted lists of the entries, with comments for each one. Now, more participants comment on YouTube. Participants like to be noticed, and posting in the thread---without duplicating the video or lots of text---is welcome.)
A quote from former Seasons volunteer coordinator and ukulele hero, ukuloonie:
I think that we have a good group here who participate each week. I was thinking if you don’t see somebody for a while on the Seasons, it might make somebody’s day if they were just contacted to see how they were doing, not to find out why that they are not participating, just to say hello, thinking of you and hope all is well.