Ukulele festival strums into Silver Creek this weekendBe it at Bikini Bottom with SpongeBob and friends or in Silver Creek with ukulele aficionados, get ready to strike a chord.
By: Chaviely Dellinger, Lake County News Chronicle
Be it at Bikini Bottom with SpongeBob and friends or in Silver Creek with ukulele aficionados, get ready to strike a chord.
The third-annual Silver Creek Ukulele Carnival runs from Friday - Sunday, Aug. 23 - 25, at the Silver Creek Town Hall, northwest of Two Harbors. Performers will include the Two Harbors Ukulele Group and other local musicians. Events are free, though food on site and at food-based functions will require purchase.
Friday’s festivities include a jam session/dance/social, starting at 7 p.m. Saturday will be a full day, beginning at 9 a.m. and featuring a strum session, many workshop-based activities, and an open-mic session. One of the main attractions Saturday is the festival concert, from 4-7 p.m., featuring the Two Harbors Ukulele Group as well as the Massed Ukulele Group. The carnival wraps up Sunday with events including a ukulele breakfast and church service, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Al Anderson, a member of the Two Harbors Ukulele Group, said the festival is all about music and connecting with people.
“One of the things that always comes to mind is a comment made by a visitor from Minneapolis by e-mail. She said, ‘It was a magical weekend, and I did not want it to end.’”
The ukulele fanbase is growing, and so is the carnival. Anderson said the first carnival brought in 16 people, and the second brought in 34. This year he’s expecting a considerable number more, based on website activity.
“We may outgrow the current facility,” he said.
No pre-registration is required, but RSVPs are appreciated. More information and a complete schedule of events can be found at http://www.twoharborsukulelegroup.com/2013-silver-creek-ukulele-carnival.html.