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Ukuleleblues
06-10-2012, 10:45 AM
Hi all, We were up around South Charlotte this weekend and stopped in at Andrew Jackson State Park just over the border in SC to eat our breakfast and go for a hike.

The park was perfect for a Uke festival. They had a big rustic shelter with fireplace, a great amphitheater, close parking, close restrooms and camping sites.

To make a long story short, the park is interested in helping us, The Charleston Hots Shots, host a Festival.

So I'm am trying to gauge interest from the Charlotte and surrounding area uke scene. If we held a festival would any of you all in the area be interested in attending, helping or performing?

Here are some pics of the facilities (https://picasaweb.google.com/114208724970218454913/AndrewJacksonStatePark?authuser=0&feat=directlink) and a link to the park (http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/andrewjackson/introduction.aspx).

We've put on four other festivals (at Lake Greenwood state park and at Cypress Gardens). We do it for fun, love of the uke and the great uke folks we meet (IE We make no money from them)

Our next Festival is the Blackwater Ukulele Festival (https://sites.google.com/a/charlestonhotshots.com/blackwater-ukulele-festival/), October 13 2012 at Cypress Gardens. You can see pics from past festival here also.

Please give me some feedback so I know whether to proceed or not.

Loz
06-10-2012, 10:57 AM
Yes, you could count me in (attending and/or helping) provided that the date works. I'm right next door in Fort Mill.

Ukuleleblues
06-11-2012, 12:52 AM
If you want to get on the festival's e-mail list, we have a URL for that: Festival E-mail Signup (http://blackwaterukulelefestival.charlestonhotshots.com/get-on-the-e-mail-list). I added a field so you can specify the festival at Andrew Jackson State Park.

UncleElvis
06-11-2012, 05:52 AM
There's a direct flight from Bermuda to Charlotte, so, as long as I'm not working during the fest (or can get the time off), I'm in!

Plainsong
06-11-2012, 07:49 AM
Oh if I were back home, I'd be in! I went to Winthrop, so that entire area is like a 3rd home. If your family complains, there's always Carowinds or Southpark Mall (if it's still nice), and let's not forget that huge liquor store near Carowinds. ;)

Loz
06-11-2012, 08:01 AM
Oh if I were back home, I'd be in! I went to Winthrop, so that entire area is like a 3rd home. If your family complains, there's always Carowinds or Southpark Mall (if it's still nice), and let's not forget that huge liquor store near Carowinds. ;)

That would be Frugal MacDoogal's (http://www.frugalmacdoogal.net)

jmw
06-11-2012, 08:04 AM
I gifted my first ukulele to my godson... AND he lives in Charlotte... so you're giving me multiple reasons to plan a trip to see him and his family... and to take him to his first festival!

Ukuleleblues
06-11-2012, 11:51 PM
Does anyone have the contact information for any of the uke clubs in the area so I can see if there is an interest with them? I know there was a group that used to meet at MIM's on Saturday. Does anyone know how to get in touch with someone from that circle?

Loz
06-12-2012, 01:10 AM
Mim's group doesn't appear to exist anymore however some of the people who participated in it still frequent the boards from what I can gather. 3nails4holes used to run the group with Mim and would likely be able to provide you with more info.

dnewton2
06-12-2012, 01:53 AM
I live a few hours away any might be moving closer to Charolotte. If it works for my schedule I would try and make it.

jimhickeymusic
06-13-2012, 07:02 AM
I rec'd the email and signed up for the information. AND I want to get a group going in S Charlotte/Fort Mill if anyone is interested.

Ukuleleblues
06-13-2012, 12:53 PM
It looks like with the e-mail responses, forums, friends and Ukevine, we are moving forward with setting this up. So far we have two bands (The V-Tones, The Charleston Hot Shots), Noodle McDoodle (Donald Whitley) for a workshop instructor and our friend Mim as a vendor/sponsor.

Go get the word out and sign up for the e-mail notices: http://blackwaterukulelefestival.charlestonhotshots.com/get-on-the-e-mail-list (at the end of the sign up it gives you the option to get on the Blackwater or Andrew Jackson Festival list.)

If everthing comes together we will have a separate festival site for Andrew Jackson.

Everyone down in Charleston is stoked to get this going. YEAH!!!

3nails4holes
06-15-2012, 01:29 AM
hey everyone!

count me in! since mim & i both moved away from mint hill, i think the group foundered.

i've made a few attempts at restarting, but it's been tough.

let's see how this shapes up!

lukevh
06-15-2012, 05:32 AM
You can't count me in, i'm only about an hour and a half away, in greensboro.

Loz
06-15-2012, 06:08 AM
3nails4holes - We're trying to get a local group back together in Charlotte - additional details can be found in this thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?66573-Greater-Charlotte-(North-Carolina)-Ukulele-Group)

Ukuleleblues - provided this new group takes off you're welcome to leverage us to help get the word out about the pending Andrew Jackson Festival

Ukuleleblues
06-15-2012, 08:44 AM
I sent the proposal over to Andrew Jackson today. I'll let everyone know what happens.

Ya'll ought to do a road trip down to Charleston to the Blackwater Festival if you get a chance. 20 minutess from exit 199 (Summerville) on I26 festival.charlestonhotshots.com (http://festival.charlestonhotshots.com)
I got the program schedule set up today.

ukuraleigh
06-15-2012, 11:13 AM
I'd love to attend--from Raleigh. :)

Ukuleleblues
01-23-2013, 11:59 AM
Hi everyone,

I am letting all of the folks that signed up to get information on the Andrew Jackson Ukulele festival or responded in this forum that I was unable to get the festival organized. So I am not moving forward with the festival or get together. I appreciate the interest.

PhilUSAFRet
01-23-2013, 12:08 PM
Whooops, had me going for a minute or two before I realized you aren't talking about Cypress Gardens, FL

UkuleleThreads
01-23-2013, 06:42 PM
I would be interested in being a possible vendor at the event.

Iamcev
05-16-2013, 04:42 PM
Does anyone have the contact information for any of the uke clubs in the area so I can see if there is an interest with them? I know there was a group that used to meet at MIM's on Saturday. Does anyone know how to get in touch with someone from that circle?
Yes! The group is growing with more events, more locations and more fun. We use meetup.com to organize ourselves, and includes some people from mim's and a lot of new folks (like me, an import from the Cleveland Jumping Flea). Sign up for the meetup and join in! Www.charlotteuke.com