What Happens Each Day at Bluegrass at the Beach?
THE CAMP AND THE DAILY SCHEDULE
BEGIN ON SUNDAY
On Sunday at noon we start with a welcome and a camp kickoff. You
will meet the instructors and staff, get an overview of the week's
schedule, and get answers to any questions that you may have. The
rest of the day is spent in individual classes and in general orientation.
THE WEEKDAY WORKSHOPS
During each weekday you will be in your instrumental class until
lunch. The second half of each day (except Friday) is spent singing
and playing in a variety of optional workshops, including vocal
harmony, vocal technique, rhythm, and popular bluegrass-related
topics. Late afternoon you can either join in on a great repertoire
class to learn lots of new songs or participate as a member in one
of the performing ensemble groups coached by our featured instructors.
On Sunday evening, Bluegrass at the Beach organizes
an introductory fresh tuna fish barbecue at the Nehalem
Bay State Park campground. The tuna is typically caught
off the Oregon Coast within a day of the barbeque and the dinner
is always a huge success that will not even remotely remind you
This is a free night. Jamming at the campsites
and student ensemble practices are the typical fare.
The annual Bluegrass at the Beach Parade will form
near our assigned campsites in the Nehalem Bay State Park,
and we will carry on through the Park to attract as much attention
as possible to our Participants Concert to be held later that night
at the Nehalem Bay State Park Amphitheater located a short walk
from the Pacific Ocean. This event is usually overflowing
with enthusiastic performers, and every one from the State Park
is welcome to come and join us for the evening.
Every year the Nehalem Bay Winery holds a big event
for us that includes several great bands. This unique event includes
music and food, is open to the whole community, and is a great party
not to be missed. Those who are not students but are interested
in attending this event should call the Nehalem Bay Winery
at 503-368-5300 and ask about the Bluegrass at
the Beach event. The party begins around 6 PM, and the
Winery staff provides dinner.
Our music camp would not be complete without the popular Thursday
night ensemble performance. This is where the daily practice of
the student ensembles culminates in a music event held at the
North County Community Center Auditorium. We all get together
to put on a concert for each other and the community, complete with
lights and a professional sound system run by Paul Knight,
who helps Laurie Lewis with sound on numerous tours.
The instructors complete the evening with the usual stellar-level
of their musical excellence and outrageous humor. The place is always
packed and the energy is contagious! There's nothing quite like
the final night at Bluegrass at the Beach.
We extended the camp into Friday morning to allow for a more relaxed
final lesson and a bit more time for the sweet sorrow of departing
from old and newfound friends. Camp posters are signed, contact
info is exchanged and we wind up another year with eagerness for
next time. By the end of the week, Bluegrass at the Beach has worked
its way into the hearts of all who attended. They truly know they
have shared something very special.