We have a date for the 2011 Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival: September 10 & 11 at the Upper Valley Campus of the Napa Valley College, in St. Helena. We’ll be posting updates on the festival webpage as they become available. Be sure you’re subscribed to that to stay in the loop!

We’re also in the process of planning the festival’s opening night (Friday, Sept. 9) celebration at the Napa Valley Opera House.  This year it will include a VIP reception at the Opera House before the concert.  We are currently looking for wineries, caterers, and/or restaurants who might be interested in joining us that evening as special event sponsors.  If you fall within that category, please let me know. Basically it would involve pouring your wine at the event or offering some nibbles.  Besides the exposure (including a link on the festival website) we will have other relevant perks available for our sponsors.  So please, let me know……

I’m also looking for volunteers to help out with the festival both before and during the festival. So, if you have a hankering to help, let me know.

If you missed the first, ever West Coast Ukulele Retreat at Asilomar on the Monterey Peninsula, I am sorry.  It was, by all accounts, a total blast.  We will be doing it again next year, so mark your calendars: May 16 – 20, 2012 and be sure to subscribe to that weblog to stay in that loop. 

Here’s a little teaser from this year’s retreat:


And don’t forget, Napa Valley Flea Jumpers meet at 5:00 pm, the last Sunday of the month (that would be today), at the Gordon Huether Studio in Napa. To stay in that loop, be sure to sign up in Yahoo Groups.

That’s it for now.  See you soon.