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Ukejenny
05-14-2014, 01:41 PM
Since we started the ukulele club in January, it has been a blast. There have been two other clubs spring up in the North Alabama area. I have been tossing around the idea of a uke fest for a while now, and finally bit the bullet. It was meant to be. A friend of mine was invited to a luncheon at a venue that will be perfect for the festival and it is free!

If you are in Alabama, Tennessee or NW Georgia, come and join us this September! https://www.facebook.com/alabamaukefest

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Nickie
05-14-2014, 03:18 PM
OMG Jenny, that is on heckovan undertaking! Do you have people to help you? Do you have enough time to plan and impletment it?
Free? I wish I could come! Good luck, I know you'll have loads of fun.....and work hard!

Maiden Uke
05-14-2014, 03:20 PM
Kudos! Great that you were able to put this festival together!

Spud1$
05-14-2014, 03:25 PM
I want to come!!

Ukuleleblues
05-14-2014, 04:00 PM
Ukejenny, I sent you a PM with some info that you may be helpful.

Ukejenny
05-14-2014, 04:24 PM
OMG Jenny, that is on heckovan undertaking! Do you have people to help you? Do you have enough time to plan and impletment it?
Free? I wish I could come! Good luck, I know you'll have loads of fun.....and work hard!

The first one will be very laid back...I hope! I have help and the other two uke clubs are in on it with me. Right now, I'm trying to figure out the best way to make the music accessible to one and all. I have three and a half months to figure it all out.

Ukejenny
05-14-2014, 04:25 PM
Oh my goodness, that is wonderful. I replied with several questions and I will check out the information. You might be sick of me by the time this is over!


Ukejenny, I sent you a PM with some info that you may be helpful.

Ukejenny
05-14-2014, 04:26 PM
I want to come!! C'mon!!!! And bring a gaggle of uke friends!


Kudos! Great that you were able to put this festival together! I haven't actually put anything together aside from a Facebook page, a T-shirt design, and some noodling around on the Internet trying to get a grasp. But, onward and upward!!!

KevinV
05-14-2014, 05:16 PM
Good for you. I hope it all plays out well. I'd be happy to just get a local uke club going. There's a great one in Tampa but it's a bit of a haul and usually held on evenings that I work. I put out a local Craigslist ad and got 1 reply over the last month+. Not very promising.

southcoastukes
05-14-2014, 05:33 PM
Jenny,

While we haven't met, this sounds great - I'm interested myself!

I went to school just over the state line at Berry College in Rome and I remember the drive over the mountains and down through Fort Payne as some of the most beautiful roads I've ever driven. I've been looking for an excuse to get back up to see those mountains and lakes again.

I happen to know some potential entertainment for you in your area - depending on what you can do, there might even be a possibility to bring up some musicians from here in the New Orleans area.

I always thought about the possibility of a festival of sorts down here, but it's a lot of work, and I'm glad to see someone else in the (general) area taking it on. With that gorgeous location and the lack of such events in "the heart of Dixie", it could turn out to be more than you think.

Drop me an e-mail about the entertainment, and best of luck!

PhilUSAFRet
05-15-2014, 04:55 AM
For good advice, check with the Tampa Bay Ukulele Club. They have been putting on some great ones over the years and Steve Boisen is a very active member of UU. http://www.tampabayukulele.com/

Steedy
05-15-2014, 05:19 AM
Sounds great, and Guntersville is just a short hop down I-65 from Nashville! :cool:

See you in September,
See you when the summer's through.

Ukejenny
05-15-2014, 05:22 AM
Good for you. I hope it all plays out well. I'd be happy to just get a local uke club going. There's a great one in Tampa but it's a bit of a haul and usually held on evenings that I work. I put out a local Craigslist ad and got 1 reply over the last month+. Not very promising.

I started my club with one friend who was willing to "try it". Then, I started taking my uke out to scout meetings and the like and put it into peoples hands every chance I got. Once they got their hands on it, they liked it. Some of the folks in our group were in high school band and were happy to find a musical outlet that was stress free. Others are friends of friends of friends who thought it would be cool to try. Starting out small is a good thing. Go for it! Get together with your one person and see where it goes from there.

Ukejenny
05-15-2014, 05:29 AM
Jenny,

While we haven't met, this sounds great - I'm interested myself!

I went to school just over the state line at Berry College in Rome and I remember the drive over the mountains and down through Fort Payne as some of the most beautiful roads I've ever driven. I've been looking for an excuse to get back up to see those mountains and lakes again.

I happen to know some potential entertainment for you in your area - depending on what you can do, there might even be a possibility to bring up some musicians from here in the New Orleans area.

I always thought about the possibility of a festival of sorts down here, but it's a lot of work, and I'm glad to see someone else in the (general) area taking it on. With that gorgeous location and the lack of such events in "the heart of Dixie", it could turn out to be more than you think.

Drop me an e-mail about the entertainment, and best of luck!

Yes, yes, and yes!!! I sent you a PM, Dirk. I love this area of the Southeast as well - mountains, lakes, and not too far from the beach. Aside from the occasional tornado, it is purt'near paradise!


For good advice, check with the Tampa Bay Ukulele Club. They have been putting on some great ones over the years and Steve Boisen is a very active member of UU. http://www.tampabayukulele.com/
Thank you so much! I have a lot of sleuthing to do between now and September. I'm thankful to have all the help from UU and from friends in the clubs here in North Alabama.


Sounds great, and Guntersville is just a short hop down I-65 from Nashville! :cool:

See you in September,
See you when the summer's through.




Absolutely! We enjoy going to Nashville and Chattanooga. We traveled to Tennessee more often when we lived in Scottsboro, but we still love to get up that way. Hope you can come and join us!

Yukon Cornelius
05-15-2014, 07:14 AM
Jenny,

While we haven't met, this sounds great - I'm interested myself!

I went to school just over the state line at Berry College in Rome and I remember the drive over the mountains and down through Fort Payne as some of the most beautiful roads I've ever driven. I've been looking for an excuse to get back up to see those mountains and lakes again.

I happen to know some potential entertainment for you in your area - depending on what you can do, there might even be a possibility to bring up some musicians from here in the New Orleans area.

I always thought about the possibility of a festival of sorts down here, but it's a lot of work, and I'm glad to see someone else in the (general) area taking it on. With that gorgeous location and the lack of such events in "the heart of Dixie", it could turn out to be more than you think.

Drop me an e-mail about the entertainment, and best of luck!

You went to Berry?When? I didn't go there, but I lived and grew up in Rome. Lots of friends and family went to Berry.

Osprey
05-15-2014, 09:10 AM
The drive from Pensacola is not that bad. We have an active Uke group here. Several of us might come
Cliff

Uke Republic
05-15-2014, 10:06 AM
Awesome! I'm not far from I-20:D

Ukuleleblues
05-15-2014, 02:41 PM
Good for you. I hope it all plays out well. I'd be happy to just get a local uke club going. There's a great one in Tampa but it's a bit of a haul and usually held on evenings that I work. I put out a local Craigslist ad and got 1 reply over the last month+. Not very promising.
Kevin, I sent you a PM with some ideas that worked when I was forming a club. I did't want to highjack this post. I sent two of the same messages by accident so delete one so I don't junk up your mailbox. Hope you find it useful. Good luck.

Ukuleleblues
05-15-2014, 02:46 PM
Oh my goodness, that is wonderful. I replied with several questions and I will check out the information. You might be sick of me by the time this is over!Ukejenny, Check your PM, Hope you find the info useful.

bassfiddlesteve
06-23-2014, 07:21 PM
For good advice, check with the Tampa Bay Ukulele Club. They have been putting on some great ones over the years and Steve Boisen is a very active member of UU. http://www.tampabayukulele.com/

Not that active, really ;)

- Steve

drjond56
06-28-2014, 06:11 PM
Just noticed this thread. I am in Montgomery and will consider attending if not working that weekend--don't have schedule yet

Kim la
08-15-2014, 07:33 AM
this looks like a lot of fun! i am in daphne,al at the other end of the state,but i am going to try to come. i am new to the uke and new to this site. having a blast so far. Good luck.

purplepisces0316
04-21-2015, 03:19 AM
I live in southeast Alabama I'm just a beginner but hopeing n praying I can come n maybe learn alot

purplepisces0316
04-21-2015, 06:00 AM
I'm going just made reservations for the weekend . I'm excited n scared ,hopeing to learn much I'm a beginner so ty can't wait

kohanmike
04-21-2015, 09:21 AM
I just played at the first Santa Monica Ukulele Festival last Saturday with The CC Strummers. It was organized as a fund raiser for Santa Monica High music department by Mike Kent. He did a really good job of planning, but it was scheduled on the same day as the LA Uke Expo in Downtown (to go for the Guinness record of ukuleles playing together), and the Long Beach Grand Prix, and the Los Angeles Book Festival, so both uke festivals suffered.

Getting the word out as far and wide as possible is in my opinion very important, especially if local radio and TV stations include it in their things-to-do segments, or even as a full story. I don't think Mike would mind if you contacted him for feedback on organizing a uke festival, I'll PM you with his email address.

Ukejenny
04-27-2015, 06:33 PM
I'm going just made reservations for the weekend . I'm excited n scared ,hopeing to learn much I'm a beginner so ty can't wait


I live in southeast Alabama I'm just a beginner but hopeing n praying I can come n maybe learn alot


I just played at the first Santa Monica Ukulele Festival last Saturday with The CC Strummers. It was organized as a fund raiser for Santa Monica High music department by Mike Kent. He did a really good job of planning, but it was scheduled on the same day as the LA Uke Expo in Downtown (to go for the Guinness record of ukuleles playing together), and the Long Beach Grand Prix, and the Los Angeles Book Festival, so both uke festivals suffered.

Getting the word out as far and wide as possible is in my opinion very important, especially if local radio and TV stations include it in their things-to-do segments, or even as a full story. I don't think Mike would mind if you contacted him for feedback on organizing a uke festival, I'll PM you with his email address.

Hey guys, just seeing this while looking for a different thread. The 2nd Annual Alabama Uke Fest is scheduled for September 12 and it is going to be a fun day of music and friendship. Last year was a blast and we are hoping for more fun this year. Here is the website http://alabamaukefest.weebly.com

Come one, come all!!!

kohanmike
04-27-2015, 07:34 PM
Jenny, I didn't even notice that the original thread was last year and that you already got it going (and I pride myself on being an observant computer user).

Ukejenny
04-28-2015, 03:00 AM
Jenny, I didn't even notice that the original thread was last year and that you already got it going (and I pride myself on being an observant computer user).

That is okay! We can always use more help and more ideas. We are definitely not seasoned hosts yet, but we are having fun.

LDS714
04-28-2015, 04:58 AM
Hey guys, just seeing this while looking for a different thread. The 2nd Annual Alabama Uke Fest is scheduled for September 12 and it is going to be a fun day of music and friendship. Last year was a blast and we are hoping for more fun this year. Here is the website http://alabamaukefest.weebly.com

Come one, come all!!!

Planning to make the drive down to Guntersville, and hopefully stop in Huntsville on the way and bring some old band mates.

Fleapluckin_Flapper
04-28-2015, 12:38 PM
Hey Jenny I just shared your FB page on my FB pages "mandolin Babe's Pickin Parlour","Ukulele Lady of SoCal",and "Sweet Sherrie's All Things Ukulele Page" Have you made small flyers? I could place them in with my orders when I ship them.

dtdrogmiller
02-11-2016, 10:38 AM
this looks like a lot of fun! i am in daphne,al at the other end of the state,but i am going to try to come. i am new to the uke and new to this site. having a blast so far. Good luck.

Hello, I live in Spanish Fort, Al and play, but am looking for a group with lessons. I have about a year playing

Darlene

Osprey
02-12-2016, 03:09 AM
Hello, I live in Spanish Fort, Al and play, but am looking for a group with lessons. I have about a year playing

Darlene
You have a couple of choices that I am aware of; there is a group that meets in Fairhope. Another group (Pensacola Ukulele Players Society) meets in Pensacola every Saturday morning at Blues Angel Music.