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Maine Fiddle Camp 2012!

Posted by Mandogryl on Monday, August 27, 2012

Another Maine Fiddle camp has come and gone. We always attend the last session of the year, this time from Aug. 19 to 24. The weather was excellent! Sunny and mid-70’s every day. One night while in a jam session we had a brief thunderstorm, but otherwise the weather was perfect. The first night got down to the lower 50’s.

We actually drove up from New Jersey, arriving a few days early to check on the house and do some work such as mow the lawn and tend to the garden.

Arriving at fiddle camp a couple of hours early gave us time to set the new, big 6 person tent, which is quite luxurious. Able to stand up inside of it. Every morning we woke up at 5:30 to take a shower (to be the first to help ensure hot water), then got dressed and headed down for coffee. This is one of my favorite times of day. Breakfast was served between 7:30 and 8, and at 9 we went to class. Danielle was in the Heron group of fiddles, which is quite a high level, 5 of 6. Last year we were in level 4. She was frustrated at first because it was a large group, partially filled with excellent students. The learning is quite fast. She recorded the tune on her electronic device so she could work on it during down time. I suggested that maybe she ought to drop back down to 4, but she toughed it out, and learned the tunes. Yea, Danielle! She got to perform her tune onstage on the last day.

As for myself, I was in cello 2, but they were truthfully above me in skill, so I dropped back down to 1, and am glad I did. We had a terrific time, and was onstage 4 times.

Even if you did not play an instrument, I highly recommend Maine Fiddle Camp, for the staff performances alone! The instructors are great. I had both Greg Boardman and Daniel Hawkins for cello instructors. My favorite tune to learn was Coleman’s March.

Already looking forward to next year, to learning more tunes and meeting up again with our friends.

I posted some pictures in a folder at my homepage here at the Fiddle Hangout, if you care to check them out. Thanks! 

Almost forgot: I got to meet George Fowler, who is a FHO member. He is one of the instructors at MFC, and taught an awesome Waltz workshop!

6 comments on “Maine Fiddle Camp 2012!”

fiddlerd Says:
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 @7:32:34 AM

Sounds like you had a great time. What a nice way to spend the week and those temps make me jealous. It will be awhile before we have that kind of weather. I'm looking forward to next year when I will attend a camp. Maine is way too far or I would be there. Keep having fiddle fun!

Mandogryl Says:
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 @7:44:09 AM

Thanks! It doesnt get much better than maine fiddle camp!

bj Says:
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 @4:52:51 PM

I don't know if Rick Carlson was up there this year, but he RAVED about it last year. I'll be seeing him this weekend and get the full report . . . we're off for Fiddlin' Bear at Lake Genero. Why don't you two come up for it?

Mandogryl Says:
Thursday, August 30, 2012 @9:57:49 AM

Hmmm...don't know the name. BTW, MFC has a nice Facebook page if anyone is inclined. I've been uploading videos to it.

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Saturday, September 1, 2012 @6:04:01 PM

The maine problem with the Maine Fiddle Camp, mainley, is that it's in Maine. Too far away.

Mandogryl Says:
Saturday, September 1, 2012 @6:24:33 PM

That is also why it, and Maine, is good.

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