YES! Mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 20th for a real treat! This workshop will go deep into the playing styles of Castilian and Celtic music, with the likely incorporations of San Miguel Fraser’s contemporary compositions. See their website at: https://sanmiguelfraser.com/
They will play a combination of fiddles, cittern, percussion, and singing! It is not limited to the instrumentation that Maria and Galen will be teaching with, but it is recommended for intermediate to advanced players. Here’s a video of them playing in London earlier this year: https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cug62tugxBM/
Send payment via PayPay, and use this email: email@example.com. You’ll receive the exact location within 48 hours of your payment being received! Let’s just say for now, it’s in the Green Lake area of Seattle 😉
Other questions – write to firstname.lastname@example.org
We say goodbye to our dear friend in the Scottish Fiddle community, Donna Varnau. Her health rapidly declined shortly after she hosted the our April session at her home. Her passing on May 7 came as a dramatic shock. She kept herself in immaculate health, but it was no match for pancreatic cancer- which was discovered all too late. She was 77 when she “passed to the other shore”, according to her obituary in the Edmonds Beacon. To learn more about this vibrant woman we lost far too early, click here.
Donna no doubt holds the record for hosting the most NWSF meetings, sessions and other events. Her warm and welcoming smile made you feel truly at home for any occasion she hosted. She was incredibly gracious, as well as spirited, witty, full of spunk, and at the same time, so insightful.
Those of us who have had the pleasure to know her throughout the years, will cherish this dear friend, and sorely miss her. Plans at this time include returning to Donna’s home for sessions from time to time, as her husband David enjoyed our tune playing while he worked on his sculpting in his studio. We will also name our current scholarship fund in Donna’s memory.
You might also enjoy the tune, Donna Varnau’s Jig, written by Calum MacKinnon. It reflects Donna’s personality in so many ways!
Donna, may your golden fiddle play to your heart’s content, and may you never have to tune it, rosin your bow, or even put it away, so it’s always ready to play, like you were.
SORRY-A formal announcement coming later- BUT we have had to cancel this event!!
Sign up soon! Plan a viewing party, have lunch with tunes! Support NW Scottish Fiddlers with the purchase of your ticket!
YOU choose your own ticket price, anywhere from $5 -$50! You choose when you want to view the concert- it’s available for up to 48 hours after the live broadcast!
Once you get a ticket, be sure to set up your account. You only need to provide your name and email- and this is what makes it so easy to see the show, and, you’ll be able to put comments in the chat, before the show, maybe even request a tune or two?? and… you can opt-out of future marketing, just setting up your account by going to Mandolin.
If you need help, once you’re on the website, there’s a great help page– just click on the section devoted to “Box Office” for answers to your questions.
What a wonderful workshop! Thanks to so many people for making this happen! It could not happen at all without our wonderful instructors, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas (photo from the concert).
A BIG thanks to the planning committee who kept each other inspired and full of the “can-do” attitude:
Susan Barkan – Epidemiologist, and Covid expert planner
Jasmin Faulk-Dickerson – Organizer of the Martin Luther King focus, volunteer at the workshop with most varied jobs and responsibilities
Erin Esses-Lusk – Ceilidh theme creator, and planner.
Cummings Family- Taught the incredible songs!
Dante and Eros Faulk and Jesse Partridge – Contra dance musicians extraordinaire, and let’s not forget they were also the sound system managers at the workshop!,
Jesse Partridge- Truly fantastic contradance caller
Niki Love- Ceilidh co-organizer, emcee, and amazing helper for concert ticket sales
Derek Stallman- Tune review instructor
Ladies Loe- Most awesome warmup act for the second half of our concert!
Bill Boyd – Our treasurer
Anna Aldrich for taking pictures- We need her to take a selfie, sorry no current photo.
And so many more wonderful people, who just stepped up, and helped make this a truly incredible workshop!
It’s official! Less than 50 days before we’re up on stage with these two amazing, long-time friends of ours for the concert that concludes our weekend. Tell your friends to come. We’re excited to be in the new Stanwood High School PAC this year.
Tickets are available at the door, as well as through Eventbrite. Need to save a little on tickets? Buy at the door, but no guarantee how long supply will last.
Contact Marcia Thumma if you have questions, at email@example.com.
So you’re all signed up and joining us for our WOW 2023 workshop. Hooray!
Here’s a few date reminders and other helpful information.
December 1st your final balance is due. If we don’t receive your payment by then, we reserve the right t place you on a wait list, and when we have room, we’ll get in touch with you.
Not sure what you owe? No problem! Write to Bill Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org and he’ll let you know what your balance is.
How to pay that final amount, once you know it? You have three choices!
Write a check- and send it to Bill Boyd, at 7728 21st Ave. NW, Seattle, 98117. Envelopes must be postmarked by Dec. 1. Please let us know you’re mailing a check.
Zelle the payment. Here’s some tips on how to do that!
PayPal will work, too. Here’s the steps:
We hope that no one needs this information, but if you do- here’s the cancellation deadlines. November 15th is the last day to cancel without losing your deposit. We hope that you won’t want to do that, but you should know, anyway! Also, if you are thinking about cancelling, December 1st is the last day for you to do that, and get a refund for the amount paid, minus your deposit. After December 1, refunds for cancellations are given only if we have someone to replace you.
Don’t forget to tell your friends about the workshop! There’s still time!!
If you have any questions at all, about the workshop, write to email@example.com.
Sorry! We’re cancelling today’s session due to air quality concerns!
Please check the calendar and events tab for future meetings!
Dear friends- Our charges are now more affordable, as of September 25th! Look for items in BOLD for the new prices, etc.!
I think by now, we’re all tired of the jolt we get when we look at the prices of everything from food, to gas, to getting your lawn mower repaired… you name it. The good news is that this year’s workshop costs $395- just $30 more than it did back in 2020, when it cost $365 to attend.
I know it was a shock to see our prices for this year, especially after two years of affordable Zooming, when you could even pick your own price. This year, our most affordable plan requires that you room with 2 other people. It costs $395.
Here’s what you’ll get:
So, you’re not comfortable sharing a room with 2 people? How about just 1 roommate? For just $25 more ($420 total) you can stay in Mt. Baker with just one friend! That’s just a $55 increase from 2020…
We have scholarships ready to hand out. Folks willing to room in Mt. Baker, at the $390 plan will be our priority. Scholarships will start at $100/person. Scholarships are forANYBODY (not just for students). Sure, there’s a teacher recommendation part of the scholarship, but we take several factors in to account!
Please let us know that you could use some help by filling out a scholarship application.
Here’s how to proceed:
1. submit your registration for the workshop first.
2. A $50 downpayment will hold your place- send a check, postmarked by OCTOBER 15th. Send to Bill Boyd, Treasurer, 7728 21st Ave. NW, Seattle WA, 98117
3. Apply for the scholarship as soon as you’ve registered for the workshop.
I hope that this information will be helpful. Check out all our workshop pages on the website. Look for the tab, “January “WOW” Workshop”
There’s also one page dedicated to registration, and it will take you to the registration page to get you started.
Best wishes! Hope to see you in January!