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A Glimpse of life at Camp

Attending Camp means different things to different people, and every camp is different but at Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Time Music Camp it is our priority to make your week one to remember. It is our hope you leave us with a new outlook on the genres of music you will learn about, that you have learned enough to keep you practicing all year long but most importantly that you have had a great time and made new friends.

On Monday you will arrive around noon or 1:00 PM. You can scout out a campsite that will suit your needs and set up camp first, or you can get registered first. Registration will be in the fantastic new Jack Milliken Centre beginning at 2 PM it is the big building downtown (downtown refers to the area where the main stage is) When you register you will receive an arm bracelet color coded to the meal package you have purchased, a lanyard with your name and class on it and all the materials you will need for your class. Once registered you should look around the downtown area if you are not familiar with it and if you are familiar then you should track down friends you haven’t seen all year and have a good old chin wag.

John Murray (who knows every small detail about Ness Creek) will be offering welcome walks beginning at 1:30 PM. He will take you all around the site and tell you interesting things about the area and get you familiar with the site. On Monday afternoon there will be special interest workshops going on, you and your Chaperone, Spouse or Partner are welcome to sit in on these workshops. You will want to have your instrument close by because at 5:00 PM we will have a workshop called ” jam etiquette and intro to slow pitch jamming” our friends Ken and Jennifer will host this workshop and they will explain important features about jamming – what to do – what not to do and slow pitch jamming. What is slow pitch jamming you ask? We take some of the most familiar tunes and s–l–o–w them right down so beginners can easily play along and the best thing is we have a slow pitch jam every day at 5 PM. It’s ok if you really don’t want to bring your instrument the first day but we encourage you to participate by listening to the etiquette discussion and by singing along, because whats a jam without singers, right?

Near the end of the slow pitch jam workshop a scrumptious smell will linger over your way, this will be smells of the Monday night BBQ. Make no mistake, the food you will eat at camp is the best there is. We are thrilled to have Wanda and her staff from 3rd and Main in Big River come out every year to feed us. At the end of the jam you will want to put away your instrument and make your way to the food services area downtown, just let your nose lead you there! Once we all gather we will have some welcome announcements, a few housekeeping favors to ask everyone and then we will eat. Soon after we eat we will meet our instructors and then we will have an evening activity – maybe a vocal jam followed by a bedtime story by Bonnie. There is always campfires lit and ready for jamming around after the daily programming is complete.

Tuesday morning up and at ’em. Have breakfast and head to class. You will have a short break in the morning and then you go back to class until lunch. We ask that everyone comes to lunch on time as we make important announcements at noon. After lunch, there is more class time until 3:00 PM. You will have free time until 4:00 PM when you can take part in a specialty mini -workshop before the slow pitch jam. If you have purchased the full meal plan then you can head over to food services after the slowpitch jam for supper, or back to your campsite to eat. Each evening we will have an activity going on and it is usually in the JMC (Jack Milliken Centre) bring your chair over after supper and listen to the instructor’s concert/band scramble or participate in the old time dance or if it is Thursday you will be the star in the class performances.

Camp sounds pretty jam-packed full of fun and cool stuff to do but you will have free time when you can practice the skill you learned during class and if time permits maybe go for a swim in nearby Nesslin Lake or just relax! Whatever your plans are, make the most of it as Camp doesn’t last long before you know – it is Friday…….

On Friday we begin to prepare for Festival and there is a lot happening on the site. The extra noise makes it difficult to have classes, but if you have arranged with extra one on one with your instructor this is a good time to do it. Friday morning is pretty quiet, we serve brunch rather than breakfast and lunch. At 10 AM we will all meet backstage to rehearse for the Festival Kickoff Kitchen Party. During the week we will have all dedicated some class time to learning a chosen song that everyone in Camp will perform to kickoff the Festival together. Once the kickoff is over – Camp has officially ended, but no worries because with your camp registration you have a Festival pass that you would have been issued during camp registration. You already have camp setup, so you might as well stay! You will see your instructor and their band do their live stage show and that is usually pretty different than what you see around the camp fire. Enjoy!!

This is an example of our schedule, it will be fine tuned once we know more about our instructors in 2018.

PLEASE NOTE –

CAMP DOES NOT OPEN UNTIL NOON (12 PM) ON MONDAY – THERE ARE NO DAYTIME MEALS OFFERED, THE ONLY MEAL WILL BE THE MONDAY NIGHT BBQ THAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR CAMP PACKAGE. PLEASE COME PREPARED.

ON FRIDAY WE WILL BE HAVING BRUNCH SO NO BREAKFAST AND NO LUNCH. IF YOU ARE STAYING FOR FESTIVAL WE USUALLY HAVE FOOD VENDORS OPEN FOR A LATE LUNCH MEAL.