It's official! We'll be back for the 3rd Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat January 29th - February 1st, 2015 at the Homosassa Riverside Resort! Once again sponsored by Folkcraft Instruments and featuring as instructors Bing Futch, Richard Ash and Guy & Sharrie George. We'll be doing the Manatee Orchestra again as well as our post-retreat run to Walt Disney World. Don't miss out on another year of fun! The information to the right has been updated - get your registration in and your accommodations set soon; we had peak attendance this year and will need to cut off registration at some point. People are finding out about our fun little secret in Old Florida.
And take a look at some of the pics and video from this year's event!
Day 1 - http://tinyurl.com/FLretreat2014-1
Day 2 - http://tinyurl.com/FLretreat2014-2
Day 3 - http://tinyurl.com/FLretreat2014-3
Monday, February 3, 2014
Well, we did manage to get a little sun on the fourth and final day of the retreat. We control many things, but the weather is not one of them. At least it wasn't freezing and snowing during our four days of fun; here's hoping that next year is even warmer!
Please think about joining us again next year where we'll have all new workshops, same four instructors. It's an awesome formula and we'll stick with it. January 29th - February 1st, 2015! Thanks again to the Homosassa Riverside Resort for providing an incredible place for us to do this. Thanks to Folkcraft Instruments for sponsoring the event and to Richard Ash for his fantastic classes, concert performance and assistance with the guests. thanks to Guy George and Sharrie George for the workshops, wonderful performances and organizational details. To Allen and Deborah McCord, Tom Ransom, Les Green and all the volunteers who lent a hand to make this retreat really sing a smooth song, THANK YOU! And to Jae Futch, my wife and my life, thanks for everything you do behind the scenes, and onstage, to bring magic to the events we produce. Most of all thanks to everyone who attended from near and far! Please post your pictures of the event and share with others - let them know that we'll be capping attendance next year to keep it intimate, so don't miss out on another fantastic week in Old Florida!
Oh, and Bill Colbert once again has given us permission to use his photos from the retreat. He did a great job last year, so here are the links to see what Bill saw through his lens. Thanks, Bill!
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Saturday, February 1, 2014
Friday, January 31, 2014
After a chilly, but great, first day - the sun begins to warm us up on the second day as workshops continue in full force! Awesome jams last night and all you can eat blue crabs for dinner. Today's a big day of rehearsals for the Manatee Orchestra, which will perform on Saturday night during the concert. Be sure to share your pictures if you are here with us! If you're not here, it's not too late to join us for the weekend at a per diem rate of $40 per day!
Thursday, January 30, 2014
The first day is here and we're already having a blast! Many folks had to battle the unusual cold weather to get here and are still arriving due to the frozen roads; we're keeping everyone effected in our thoughts today.
If you're still thinking about joining us - you can! $40 per diem rate for each day - concert is $10 at 7 pm on Saturday. Whether you come for a day or for the remaining three - we've got plenty to offer!
Jam tonight at 7 pm during the all you can eat blue crab dinner at the Monkey Bar and Riverside Crab House!
Sunday, January 26, 2014
When G.A. Furgason bought the land that is now the Homosassa Riverside Resort, he had a potential eyesore in the form of a rock pile in the marina outside of the restaurant. So, he put a lighthouse on it and then added some local monkeys that he'd been working with. The result is a longstanding tourist
attraction dubbed "Monkey Island" which is currently home to five spider monkeys named Ralph, Sassy, Ebony, Eve and Emily.
The monkeys are easily seen from the Riverside Crab House, Monkey Bar, Yardam Lounge or marina and boaters can navigate right up to the island.
Be sure to check out this article on the monkeys and say hello during your stay this week!
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
The Homosassa River is a premier fishing attraction known to anglers far and wide. The next best thing to enjoying fresh caught fish off the river is to visit Shelly's Fish Market right there on the banks. If you've got a kitchen in your lodging package and want to live like a local for a few days, head down to Shelly's and pick up some fresh seafood. Best time to visit is around 2 pm when a lot of the boats come in from their daily harvest.
The Homosassa Riverside Resort has some basic items in the boat rental store but there is a full sized Publix off of Halls River Road and S. Suncoast Boulevard. Rooms with a kitchen have cooking and eating utensils with a large fridge, oven and microwave. Get some seafood for the week, then freeze some to take home!
We're really looking forward to seeing you all soon!