A Few Spots Left

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We are very excited about our 3rd annual Old School Bluegrass Camp!  Only 55 days until our first day of camp 2017.  As per usual, we have an amazing lineup of instructors this year.  The whole cast of the Foggy Hogtown Boys will be here, in addition to the awesome Adam Shier and the fabulous Kristine Schmitt.

Although Kristine has been with us each and every year, this year she is our vocals instructor.  Our campers have been asking for more vocals training, and we just had to listen to them.  Kristine is a power house on stage and comes with a wealth of knowledge about singing bluegrass and training your voice.  Last year she organized our bluegrass choir and private vocal lessons at camp.  We also had a singing parade around our school.  I can’t wait for what she has in store for us this year.

If you are thinking about joining us for our Old School Bluegrass Camp, don’t hesitate! We are already 80% full.  There are spots left in each instrument category but not many.

Sign up here, and see for yourself what all the fun is about!  It really will be one of the best weeks of your 2017!

Old School Bluegrass Camp 2017

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It’s back!  We had so much fun the last two years running our Old School Bluegrass Camp, we thought it would be prudent to run our camp for a third year.

Our line up of instructors is just as impressive as it was the last two years.  We have the great Sam Allison, the whole crew of the Foggy Hogtown Boys, and the one and only Kristine Schmitt who will be teaching vocals next year.

So forget the pair of socks, the personalized mug, and the box of chocolates, give the gift of music and happiness this year.  Make new friends, learn to play in a band, master your instrument, and have an awesome time with us at camp next July.  Plan ahead. Registration is already open and some spots are filling up fast.  You can check out our website right here.

If you need more information than our website  provides, feel free to contact me.  I can use a computer and the telephone machine.  I’ll leave it up to you as to how you  would like to communicate.  I also have very good hearing, so if you’d like to simply yell from your front porch, or out your window I will respond in kind.

Slack Turning Starts Now

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We had a friend come over the other day.  Amongst the Jameson’s, he asked us about our educational backgrounds.  As I rattled off our years of schooling, I thought about how far removed I am from that period in my life.  It is not only long ago in years, but also in ideals.  Since I was a young girl I struggled with what profession to choose.  It was always something new.  I bounced around from artist,  to marine biologist, to architect, to psychologist, to social worker, and then settled on technologist.  My post secondary schooling was long but my career wasn’t.  It got interrupted by adventures and children, as is the story of so many women.  Two degrees later, three children in three years, and some key lifestyle decisions landed us here in Milford, running our bed and breakfast, our Old School Bluegrass Camp, and the odd house concert.  I don’t think any of my schooling prepared me for this current project, but maybe it is that unknown element that drew me here.

I recently met a couple for the second time from my old neighbourhood.  They use to run The Pantry Press on Roncesvalles in Toronto.  Two years ago, they sold their home and moved into a 1990 VW camper van.  It was a temporary move, and they planned to buy a condominium in the city and settle down.  They have been travelling North America, visiting friends, going to festivals and working freelance.  They still run their business but do it mostly online.  When they have a deadline, they rent a house for a few weeks and get to work, but otherwise they are free to travel and follow their hearts.  They are currently doing an artists residency at Spark Box Studio in Prince Edward County  for the month of September.  They plan to mount an installation called Shangria-La, exploring the roadsteaders lifestyle.  They love their new way of life and can’t imagine being tied down to a piece of real estate.  The beauty of their story is that this chapter in their lives was so unplanned but so welcomed.  Neither one of them want to stop their VW camper adventure anytime soon.  You can check out their blog here.

When I peeked into their VW van, it reminded me of the days when Jess and I lived on our boat fifteen years ago.   I have to admit I was intrigued by the smallness of it all.  Living in an 11,000 square foot home comes with lots of perks but cleaning isn’t one of them.  I could whip up a VW van in a matter of minutes.  I could lounge in cleanliness with little effort.  Not having any stuff is also very appealing to me, and I know Jess would love that aspect of small living.  It made me think that maybe my current situation isn’t a forever one.  Perhaps my retirement plans should include a VW camper or a sailboat.

We have been busy around here as per usual.  I am blaming general busyness for my lack of blog posts this season.  I hope to get back on track today.  This is officially my turning my slack around post. I’ve been a prolific Instagrammer as of late, but a real lame blogger.  And by lame I mean I haven’t written many posts lately.  I don’t want you to envision me dragging around my left leg when I walk or being mocked in my cardio class because I am unable to lift my arm above my chest.

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Our Old School Bluegrass Camp was a hit again this year.  We had so much fun, with so many great people and fabulous music.  July seems so long ago, but we are already preparing for next year’s camp.  Registration will open December 1st.

Our bed and breakfast, South in Milford,  has been bustling this season which is wonderful.  We have had some lovely people stay with us.  The tourist season is settling down a bit now, which is a nice change since we are exhausted.  We mostly have guests on the weekends, which is manageable with the kids back in school.

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It was very dry here this summer.  Prince Edward County had a level 3 drought.  Many of our neighbours crops were lost.  It was a very good growing season for the vineyards, although they also struggled with the lack of water as well.  Our garden languished in the heat, and we couldn’t keep up with the watering.  Our 9 acres were yellow and crunchy to the touch.  Most of our 1500 saplings that Jess planted have died.  We have had some much needed rain recently, and the lush green landscapes have returned just in time for fair season.  We spent last weekend at the Picton Fair and we are very excited about the Milford Fair this coming weekend.  Wini will be entering a nature photograph for the photography contest, and I plan on competing in the skillet toss again this year.  I won second place last year and received a $5 prize.  I quickly reinvested that $5 at the 4H milkshake stand.  If you are in Prince Edward County this upcoming weekend come out to the Milford Fair.  It is the best show in town!

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Old School Bluegrass Camp 2016!

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It is getting down to crunch time!  Only six more weeks to go.  If you love bluegrass, and play an instrument, you need to get over here for July 3-8th.  We have the best instructors a camp can offer.  Check out this list:  Sam Allison, the whole entire Slocan Ramblers band, ya you heard me, Ivan Rosenberg, and Ben Plotnik!

Spots are filling up fast but we still have some room.  Those mandolin players were highly organized this year.  There are no spots left for mandolin for 2016 but we still room for clawhammer banjo, bluegrass banjo, stand up bass, fiddle and flat pickin guitar.

Don’t delay!  Register here.

Old School Bluegrass Camp 2016

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It’s all coming together.  It is still March and we are already half way full for our Old School Bluegrass Camp 2016.  Last year was such a musical blast that we can’t wait until this year’s camp!

We have a fabulous line up of instructors from Ben Plotnik, Ivan Rosenberg and Sam Allison to the whole Slocan Ramblers band.  Most of these talented musicians are teaching workshops across Canada this summer, and Old School Bluegrass Camp students can study with them right here in Ontario! Plus campers get a one on one session with their instructor.  That is unheard of at most musical camps.

If you would like to come out and play some bluegrass, meet other musicians, learn to play in a bluegrass band, and generally have an awesome musical time in Prince Edward County at my house, then sign up here.  Spots are limited, so don’t delay!

See you in July!

It’s January

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It’s still January.  I’m sure you are completely aware of that fact.  I am totally enjoying this month.  It has mostly been a winter wonderland around here with lots of snow and relatively mild temperatures.  I don’t think it has dipped below minus 15 this season, and there hasn’t been one blackout.  We are just breezing through this winter.

I know some people don’t enjoy winter as much as I do.  Some people long for sunnier days, lake swimming and warm sand.  And believe it or not, some very organized people are already planning their summer vacations.  We have already received several bookings for our BnB which is fantastic.  I love those organized human beings!

I’m not writing this post to stress you out about your summer plans.  I just thought if you were planning a trip to Prince Edward County this summer, I would gently remind you of what we have to offer at South in Milford.  There are many fabulous places to stay in the County, but I am particularly fond of our little spot here in Milford.  So here’s a wee bit of self promotion.

We have three classrooms to rent.  Classroom 1 and 2 are 750 square feet, and The Library is 900 square feet.  Each suite has a living room, dining room, kitchenette, private bath, and outdoor space.  There is a fully stocked communal kitchen at your disposal with a full sized stove and refrigerator.  There is also a bbq you can use.  This season, we will have a farm stand with fresh organic vegetables from our garden and free range eggs from our hens.  We will be selling homemade jams and pies.  And last but not least, we are a 10 minute drive to Sandbanks park.  Park passes will be available for you to borrow during your stay.

I have heard a picture is worth a thousands words, so I’ll shut up and post a few.

Classroom 1 – Two queen beds

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Classroom 2 – One king bed

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The Library – Two separate bedrooms with one queen bed and two single beds

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We do all our bookings on AirBnB.  We open in April and close November 1st.  Maybe we will see you here this season.

While I am drenched in self promotion, I have to also remind you of our second annual Old School Bluegrass Camp from July 3rd to the 8th.  If you have ever wanted to learn a new instrument or hone an existing musical skill with the best bluegrass instructors in Canada, then the Old School Bluegrass Camp is the place to be.

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That’s it, that’s all for self promoting for today.  Enjoy your winter.

Old School Bluegrass Camp – Just in time for the Holidays

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All the rumours are true!  We are running our Old School Bluegrass Camp again in 2016.  It was simply so fantastic last year that we decided we couldn’t live without all that musical fun this summer.  To shake it up a little we have some new and returning instructors.  All of them are the best of the best in what they do.

Registration is now open!  Come be apart of the bluegrass magic this July in Milford.  We make a great gift for the holidays.

Check us out at OldSchoolBluegrassCamp for more details.