View Full Version : Blackwater Ukulele Festival Next Saturday - March 19

03-12-2011, 01:03 PM
Hi everyone! It's only 7 days until the Blackwater Ukulele Festival (http://blackwaterukulelefestival.charlestonhotshots.com/)!!! The forecast for Saturday, March 19 is 76/54 and sunny. It should be absolutely beautiful! It appears that we will have a great turnout with lots of uke player from all around the SE attending.

The line up looks like this:

- Two uke workshops, a beginner and advanced taught by Don "Noodle" Whitley (http://www.ukulelenoodle.blogspot.com/)at 10:30 and 11:30
- Learn how to Hula with Kathy "Kanani" Bach and Denise Primel at 11:30.
- Show off your chops on stage during the open mic from 12:30 until 2:00
- Free concert from 2:00pm until 5:00pm with
- The Charleston Hot Shots (http://www.charlestonhotshots.com/)
- Kent Knorr
- The V-Tones featuring Don "Noodle" Whitley

Mim's Ukes (http://www.mimsukes.com/) and The North Carolina Ukulele (http://www.alohau.com/)Academy will be there with a lot of Ukuleles for sale. They will have Eleukes, Banjo Ukes, Kalas, Ohanas, Lanikai, Makais, Kamakas, Mahalo, etc. If you see something on their sites that you want to try, give them a call/send an e-mail so they can bring it down. Great prices and selection!

We also will have East of Maui (http://www.eomhawaiianstore.com/)as a vendor with unique Hawaiian and uke related items. Denise, owner of EOM will also be one of or Hula instructors. Lyn Calahorrano (joseandlyncalahorrano@hotmail.com) will also be at the festival selling some really cool custom uke and guitar straps.

There will be many other craft vendors and the Friends of Cypress Gardens will have hot dogs/hamburgers for sale. The Gardens and the Friends are also helping us put on this festival on for you, so buy lots of food from them. The Friends volunteer their time out of love of the Gardens.

The Doc Williams SPCA will also have puppies there for adoption. The five dollar donation to participate in the workshops and open mic will go to the DWSPA.

Here are the directions to get to the gardens (http://blackwaterukulelefestival.charlestonhotshots.com/how-to-get-there). Gates open at 9:00am and the festival starts at 10:00. The festival will be at the double gazeebos (http://blackwaterukulelefestival.charlestonhotshots.com/map-of-the-gardens).

Please remember if you think you want to buy a Uke, or item from one of the vendors they won't be able to take credit cards.

Bring a folding chair/blanket, your uke and a big smile. It's shaping up to be a great festival!!

If you have any questions, call me at (843) 761-4859 after 5:00, or my cell (843) 291-8056 days.

Park Info --------->>>>>

Dog on leashes and alcoholic beverages are not permitted. (Alcoholic dogs not on leashes can't come either :) )

There is no grilling, but picnic basket lunches are welcome and there are picnic tables available.

The Gardens is the only Blackwater Swamp park in the country. It is a natural setting. It's spring and the wildlife in the park are becoming active after the winter. Be respective and aware of the wildlife.

Click here for the price of Admission to the Gardens. (http://www.cypressgardens.info/admission.asp) If you are a resident of Berkeley County, SC, admission is free if you arrive before 12 noon on the day of the festival.