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Elainede
04-09-2012, 09:11 PM
Calling all ukulele builders, luthiers, and makers of ukulele accessories wanting to participate in the first, ever, SAN FRANCISO UKULELE EXPO, free and open to the public.

There will also be an ukulele swap-meet--a chance to divest yourself of any extraneous ukulele gear you might have and pick up some more--in addition to displays by leading ukulele manufacturers.

There'll be on-going jam sessions and free workshops for beginners.

The idea is bring the entire Bay Area ukulele community together AND introduce as many new folks as possible to the many joys of ukulele.

To be held the first, second, or third weekend in November. Please contact me via private message if you are interested in participating or helping out.

More to come.

Elaine

Lori
04-10-2012, 07:06 AM
Sounds like fun!

–Lori

Elainede
04-10-2012, 07:12 AM
I knew I could count on you, Lori. :) Will you be at Wine Country this year?

Elaine

janeray1940
04-10-2012, 07:18 AM
Calling all ukulele builders, luthiers, and makers of ukulele accessories wanting to participate in the first, ever, SAN FRANCISO UKULELE EXPO, free and open to the public.


Elaine, thank you - you have no idea how happy the words free and open to the public make me! Between travel expenses and fees, most of the upcoming northern California uke events are cost-prohibitive for me, and I know I'm missing out on seeing the work of some wonderful luthiers. I'll gladly spring for a trip to the City for this one!

Elainede
04-10-2012, 07:22 AM
I'll gladly spring for a trip to the City for this one!

Music to my ears......and be sure to bring your friends......

Lori
04-10-2012, 07:42 AM
I knew I could count on you, Lori. :) Will you be at Wine Country this year?

Elaine

We are doing fewer festivals this year, but I think we may do Wine Country again. We will have a few new additional accessories to introduce, and I think that would be a good one to do (my husband likes the dining and the wine).

–Lori

amute
04-10-2012, 12:47 PM
Sounds great!

SailingUke
04-10-2012, 01:18 PM
Looks like there is going to be a Lake Tahoe ukulele retreat (http://tahoeukuleleretreat.com/) in November as well.

erivel
04-10-2012, 01:50 PM
I'd love to check it out!

ksiegel
04-10-2012, 02:17 PM
To be held the first, second, or third weekend in November. Please contact me via private message if you are interested in participating or helping out.

Elaine

Please keep us informed! My wife has a BOD Meeting the week before thanksgiving for the non-profit Bay Area Science Fiction group she's on, and if we can do everything in the same week, I get to come, too! (Even though we have to pay all of our own expenses - it is a REAL non-profit group!)



-Kurt

Especially if we can find a sheep and wool festival around the same time!

manapualabs
04-10-2012, 03:49 PM
Sounds like fun! Any ideas on venue, yet?

Elainede
04-11-2012, 05:42 AM
Sounds like fun! Any ideas on venue, yet?

Can't say just yet, but I can say it's a great location with loads of free parking.

Elainede
04-11-2012, 05:45 AM
(my husband likes the dining and the wine).

–Lori

As I recall, your husband also enjoyed performing at the open mic at Taylor's Refresher on Sunday night..........;)

Elainede
04-11-2012, 05:50 AM
Between travel expenses and fees, most of the upcoming northern California uke events are cost-prohibitive for me, and I know I'm missing out on seeing the work of some wonderful luthiers. I'll gladly spring for a trip to the City for this one!

Where are you coming from? Have you checked out Camp Oo-Koo-Lay-Lay (http://www.campooloolaylay.com)? It's not free, but if you're willing to camp it can be as little as $60 a day and you can come for as many, or as few days, as you'd like! And August is a fabulous time of year to be in the Sierra Nevada. In any case, we'd love to see you at either event......

manapualabs
04-11-2012, 05:54 AM
Can't say just yet, but I can say it's a great location with loads of free parking.

Excellent! Free parking is a real draw when the event is in San Francisco!

janeray1940
04-11-2012, 06:01 AM
Where are you coming from? Have you checked out Camp Oo-Koo-Lay-Lay (http://www.campooloolaylay.com)? It's not free, but if you're willing to camp it can be as little as $60 a day and you can come for as many, or as few days, as you'd like! And August is a fabulous time of year to be in the Sierra Nevada. In any case, we'd love to see you at either event......

I live in Santa Monica, so it's not the getting-there that makes me balk, it's the staying-there. While not opposed to camping, I don't own gear and I know from past experience that renting gets pricey. Truth is, I would rather funnel my limited travel dollars and even more limited time off toward Hawaii than just about anyplace else :)

There just seems to be so much fun uke stuff going on in the northern part of our state, and so little here in the southern part! And accommodations are always a much better deal for the partnered rather than the solo like myself, so... on principal, I hold out for the few events that are closer to home and don't require a hotel.

But like I said - if the event was in SF and was free to attend, I would not hesitate to book a few nights at my favorite cheap SF motel (yes, they do exist) and drive up I-5. So I will certainly be looking forward to seeing this unfold!

Elainede
04-11-2012, 12:16 PM
Thanks everyone for all the great feedback. I'll be posting more information as this event unfolds......

Elainede
04-25-2012, 05:35 AM
And accommodations are always a much better deal for the partnered rather than the solo like myself,

Not entirely true! Both the West Coast Ukulele Retreat (http://ukuleleretreat.com) and Camp Oo-Koo-Lay-Lay (http://www.campookoolaylay.com)
will help you find a roommate so your housing cost would be halved.....

But if you're serious about going to Hawaii, I'd recommend Aloha Music Camp on the Big Island.....or George Kahumoku's camp on Maui.

Paul Dominic Martin
05-20-2012, 08:03 AM
i wanna go!!! :D

janeray1940
05-20-2012, 08:36 AM
Not entirely true! Both the West Coast Ukulele Retreat (http://ukuleleretreat.com) and Camp Oo-Koo-Lay-Lay (http://www.campookoolaylay.com)
will help you find a roommate so your housing cost would be halved.....

But if you're serious about going to Hawaii, I'd recommend Aloha Music Camp on the Big Island.....or George Kahumoku's camp on Maui.

That's the thing though - as one who opts to travel solo, the idea of a roommate isn't very attractive. I've never been a "joiner" or big on group interaction - great for classes and jams or whatever, and then when that's done and over with, the "vacation" part of the equation is necessary. For me, that means time alone - I realize I'm probably in the minority here in more ways than one.

Bottom line, though, IMHO if something costs x-amount for two people, then it should cost exactly half that for one. But our society has never worked that way; why should it start now? :)

Meanwhile, I'll keep looking forward to learning more about the SF Ukulele Expo as things develop.

Gillian
05-23-2012, 07:12 PM
Free parking... in San Francisco??

Add me to the very interested list!

mds725
05-27-2012, 08:31 AM
PM sent. I'd like to help out, depending on the weekend of the event and the tasks you have in mind (no more lifting heavy equipment for me, I'm afraid).


...... I would not hesitate to book a few nights at my favorite cheap SF motel (yes, they do exist) and drive up I-5.....

I live in SF and I didn't know that!

janeray1940
05-27-2012, 08:38 AM
I live in SF and I didn't know that!

There are a couple places I know of that are under $100 a night with FREE PARKING, no less. I'm not going to announce it to the Interwebs, but if you ever need an inexpensive, bare-bones place to put people up, message me and I'll reveal my secrets :)

Mind you, these are NOT luxury accommodations, but they are clean and safe for petite solo female travellers (the standard by which I judge everything!). For comparison - when I was up there in December I stayed at Hotel Tomo, and that was probably the most "fancy" place I've ever stayed in the Bay Area.

Elainede
05-27-2012, 08:44 AM
The offers of help are so encouraging! Thank you so much. Still working out a couple of the details which could impact the date of the San Francisco event. But I'll let you all know here, first. Tell me one thing. It'll be indoors....would you you come even if it's raining?

In the meantime, we've just finished up an absolutley amazing weekend at the West Coast Ukulele Retreat (you should see the retreat video for a brief recap of all the smiling faces): www.ukulelereteat.com

And, we've got Cap Oo-Koo-Lay-Lay coming up in August (www.campookoolaylay.com) and, of course, the Wine Country Ukulele Festival in September (www.winecountryukefst.com).

Phew...so many great things to do with your uke....so little time.....

Looking forward to seeing any and all of you at any one of them....

mezamurillo
11-06-2012, 05:16 AM
What weekend will this take place? QUOTE=Elainede;912292]Calling all ukulele builders, luthiers, and makers of ukulele accessories wanting to participate in the first, ever, SAN FRANCISO UKULELE EXPO, free and open to the public.

There will also be an ukulele swap-meet--a chance to divest yourself of any extraneous ukulele gear you might have and pick up some more--in addition to displays by leading ukulele manufacturers.

There'll be on-going jam sessions and free workshops for beginners.

The idea is bring the entire Bay Area ukulele community together AND introduce as many new folks as possible to the many joys of ukulele.

To be held the first, second, or third weekend in November. Please contact me via private message if you are interested in participating or helping out.

More to come.

Elaine[/QUOTE]

hoosierhiver
11-06-2012, 05:51 AM
Man, I just saw this for the first time. What a great opportunity to bother Russell!

ksiegel
11-06-2012, 06:32 AM
So, has any information on this been finalized?

I've done a Google(tm) search, and the only link I can see is this thread.

I'm interested - we'll be in the Bay Area the 3rd & 4th weeks of November, but....

There really hasn't been any information since Elaine's original post. It is really hard to plan for something that doesn't seem to exist.



-Kurt

hawaii 50
11-06-2012, 09:16 AM
What weekend will this take place? QUOTE=Elainede;912292]Calling all ukulele builders, luthiers, and makers of ukulele accessories wanting to participate in the first, ever, SAN FRANCISO UKULELE EXPO, free and open to the public.

There will also be an ukulele swap-meet--a chance to divest yourself of any extraneous ukulele gear you might have and pick up some more--in addition to displays by leading ukulele manufacturers.

There'll be on-going jam sessions and free workshops for beginners.

The idea is bring the entire Bay Area ukulele community together AND introduce as many new folks as possible to the many joys of ukulele.

To be held the first, second, or third weekend in November. Please contact me via private message if you are interested in participating or helping out.

More to come.

Elaine[/QUOTE]


this is already november? where and when is this happening.. i am in San Mateo so i want to come and see ..who going to be there?

Lori
11-06-2012, 11:50 AM
I never got any booth info for the event, so I assume it's not happening. Usually Elaine would send me a form since I show at Wine Country Uke Fest.

–Lori