Thursday, February 11, 2016

Just TWO Weeks Away!

Guy George teaching hammered dulcimer

We're just two weeks away from our 4th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat and we're excited for another great time at the Homosassa Riverside Resort!  The weather is forecast to be absolutely beautiful with days in the 70s and evenings in the 50s.

Richard Ash teaching mountain dulcimer
There are still a few registrations available and only a few rooms left at the resort, so don't miss out on your chance to experience one of the most fun, laid-back, educational and inspirational dulcimer retreats in the world!

Join the fun!
We have workshops in mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, ukulele, Native American flute, penny whistle and more!  Loaners are available for all instruments.  If you've ever wanted to try something new, our schedule is linear - so there are no competing classes which means no tough choices!

Sharrie George teaching ukulele
We'll have breakfast coffee and snacks, with fantastic meals available at the Riverside Crab House and a number of locations around the resort.  Buy fresh seafood from Shelly's, within walking distance, and bring it back to your room for world-famous grouper and blue crab dinners!

Manatee swim!
We're the only dulcimer event where you can swim with manatees! Swim tours depart several times daily from the marina.  You can also rent a kayak, go fishing, or just chill out by the water's edge and enjoy the peace and tranquility of Old Florida.

Beautiful Homosassa
There will be plenty of jamming and, of course, The Manatee Orchestra, where YOU become a part of the Saturday evening concert!  Find out why so many folks make it an annual tradition to join us in Old Homosassa for the Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat!  Don't delay - we WILL sell out!  Use the links to the right for more information and book your accommodations today! 

See you soon!
Bing and Guy

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Official 2016 T-Shirts!

T-shirts are now available to order for this years Retreat! Click on this link to order: (Retreat t-shirt is at the end of the page) Order by 2/10/16 to get yours at the Retreat!

Friday, January 22, 2016


Hi everyone! We're just around the corner from our 4th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat and are getting really excited about another great year! Be sure to check out the workshop descriptions and know that there is no pre-registration necessary - just take the classes you want; you're always welcome to change your mind! (We're kind of laid-back like that.) Don't forget to make your lodging reservations - all the info you need is on the right-hand side of this page. Sorry to say, we have had to cancel this year's Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue post-retreat dinner show. Many people just could not make it happen this year, so we'll skip one and come back with even more of an appreciation for it next year at our fifth annual event! If you have any questions, please feel free to direct them to me at and I'll get right back to you with your answer. We've got a good number of registrations available, so let your friends know that they can escape the cold and come too! Looking forward to having you with us in Old Homosassa soon!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue: Deadline NYE 2015!

Hi, everyone! Just a quick reminder about our traditional dinner at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. We're going to make the reservation for Monday, February 29th - probably the 6 pm show - and in order to be sure we're in, we'll need to collect the admission fees so we can pay up front. $67.99 includes all food and beverage plus a fantastic and entertaining show. So far, the list of attendees is as follows:

Barbara Joe
Sandy Vandine +1
Mary Ellen

Let me know if there are any changes. You can PayPal the amount to or send us a check made out to "J.O.B. Entertainment Inc." Deadline is end of the year! Looking forward to sharing another great retreat and celebration with everybody!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Just Four Months Away!

We're just four months away from the 4th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat! As we get closer, the numbers are getting larger - don't miss out! Register by using the links on the left of this page. Also be sure to make your accommodation reservation at either the Homosassa Riverside Resort or the Homosassa River RV Park and Resort. Discounts are available for both locations if you mention the dulcimer retreat. If you're wanting to join us for the Monday night Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue at Walt Disney World, be sure to drop me a line at so we can go ahead and get a head count. We're excited - gonna be a great time!

Friday, August 28, 2015


Once again, a group of us will be indulging in our four-year strong tradition of enjoying the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground on the Monday following the retreat (2/29).  As usual, we'll need to make reservations long in advance to secure seating for this very popular and long-running show!  For those who don't know, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a delightful dinner show featuring a talented cast and a fantastic all-you-can-eat meal.  You don't need to be staying at the resort in order to attend.  We'd like to get a tally of how many folks are interested and, at a point not too far into the future, we'll collect everyone's money for the tickets and make a reservation.  We usually are on the ground floor, up close to the stage.  Prices are $67.99 and includes all food and beverage and the show, of course. In order to reserve our table, we need to make a reservation by December, so if you want to join us for this joyous, raucous and fun-filled evening, please contact me and we'll start a list!

2016 Workshop Schedule

Subject to change!


8:30 am - 9:30 am - (Guy) Take the Mystery out of the Hammered Dulcimer - Beginning
9:45 am - 10:45 am - (Guy) Fun with Chords and Improvising - Beginner HD
11 am - 12 pm - (Bing) Beginning Mountain Dulcimer: The Basics
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm - (Bing) The Manatee Orchestra - Mountain Dulcimers (MD)
3 pm - 4 pm - (Guy) Manatee Orchestra for Hammered Dulcimer, Pennywhistle and Steel Drum! - Part I
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm - (Sharrie) Beginning Ukulele - Beginning Level


8:30 am - 9:30 am -  (Richard) Popular Songs That Are In The Public Domain, 2016 Edition (MD)
9:45 am - 10:45 am - (Bing) Beginning Mountain Dulcimer: The Bridge To Better
11 am - 12 pm - (Sharrie) Manatee Orchestra - Part I - All Levels Ukulele
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - (Bing) A Pick Is Worth A Thousand Notes - Beginner/Intermediate (MD)
11 am - 12 pm - (Sharrie) Manatee Orchestra - Part I - All Levels Ukulele
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - (Guy) Manatee Orchestra for Hammered Dulcimer, Pennywhistle and Steel Drum! - Part II
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm - (Richard) Copyrights For Musicians
3 pm - 4 pm - (Bing) How To Play Native American Flute
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm - (Guy) Get That Island Feeling on a Hammered Dulcimer - Intermediate

Friday night jam at the Homosassa River RV Resort and Campground!


8:30 am - 9:30 am - (Sharrie) Manatee Orchestra - Ukulele with other instruments - Part II
9:45 am - 10:45 am - (Bing) Mountain Dulcimer Blues and Slide (MD)
11 am - 12 pm - (Guy) BEGINNING Pennywhistle
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - (Guy) Building a Repertoire on the Hammered Dulcimer - Intermediate
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm - (Bing) - Improvisation Made Easy - Mountain Dulcimer - Beginner/Intermediate
3 pm - 4 pm - (Bing, Guy, Sharrie) Manatee Orchestra REHEARSAL - All Instruments!

The Manatee Orchestra will open up the Saturday evening concert at 7 pm


8:30 am - 9:30 am - (Bing) Fingerpicking’ Good - Mountain Dulcimer - Intermediate/Advanced
9:45 am - 10:45 am - (Richard) Murder Ballads, Volume 1 (MD)
11 am - 12 pm - (Sharrie) Beyond Beginner Ukulele
12:15 - 1:15 - (Guy) Mom’s Jig - Intermediate HD