Fall Camp Out

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Yes, it’s only September but….The Fall Camp Out is October 14 – 20, 2019!!!! Now is the time to put it on your calendar so that you don’t miss it!!!

Fall Camp Out is the one time we can all just get together to play music, catch up with one another, eat some great food and generally relax with our Bluegrass Family. The Lodi Grape Festival Grounds is where the action, or lack thereof, happens. It is centrally located in Northern California and has proven to be very popular with pickers and grinners alike, who have attended the campouts there in the past. There is plenty of camping for RVs and tents alike. There are an assortment of restaurants, wineries and beer breweries available for your taste buds and lots of shopping for those that love that! The Old Town of Lodi is within walking distance and has lots to offer.

We start arriving on Monday, October 14, 2019. There are enough people for at least a couple of jams and more come in every day….until the place is pretty full and we have music everywhere!!!!

There are plenty of RV sites with electric and water but no sewer hook ups. The cost of these sites are $35 per night. There is a dump station on site to use as you leave the event (or whenever you need it). The fairgrounds have nice showers for campers to use. You will find lots of open grassy space for tent/van/car campers. We ask $10 per night for tents/vans/cars.

I have reserved Jackson Hall for Thursday through Saturday this year and so we will have a room for Quilters, Puzzle masters, Game players, and Music makers alike. Please plan on bringing whatever hobby you might like to work on if you aren’t a picker!!!!! I’m thinking it might be fun to do a fall craft project together. I’m looking for some simple ideas, so send those my way.

On Saturday evening we will have our usual dinner and concert. Chef Mike will be returning to provide us with his famous Spaghetti dinner. The cost will be $10. KOB will be selling water and soda and we will have a dessert of some kind!!!

The entertainment this year is still being decided, but will be a fine choice of musicians, as always….

Saturday night is also when we hold our long-awaited Instrument Raffle drawing. Instrument raffle tickets will be available through the Saturday evening dinner. The proceeds from this raffle goes to funding the IBMA event.

We are cleaning out our Mercantile stock and will be bringing it to Lodi. We will have a slew of “vintage” CBA items to be sold. The prices will be Yard Sale Worthy!!!! So bring a shopping bag to fill!!!!!

The Fall Camp Out is when the votes for CBA Board of Directors are counted and the results announced. The new board will be introduced Saturday night.

There will be the Annual Membership meeting on Sunday morning. All CBA members are invited to attend. This is a great time to see how the California Bluegrass Association works. You are invited to ask questions or present topics of discussion. It starts at 10am.

We will be doing the favorite activity for some – the Book Exchange…bring a book, take a book, or just take a book or 2 or 3……the variety has been awesome in the last few years!

As always, I am looking for Volunteers to help with this event. I need people at the gate to greet our attendees and collect their funds. I also need people to help set up, serve and clean up dinner on Saturday night. There is an incentive in exchange for your help, if you are interested, Please let me know!!! You can contact me at [email protected] Thanks so much – in advance!!!!

And so….I look forward to seeing all of you in October and can’t wait to jam, jam, jam………Big Ole Bluegrass Hugs to All Ya’ll!!!!!

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