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Pickin’ in the Park cohosts Uke-toberfest at Story Mansion Oct 14 2017

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Uke-toberfest, the fourth annual Bozeman Ukulele Picnic, is Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Story Mansion.

The event starts with a free drop-in ukulele crash course for first-time beginners of all ages (7+) at 3:30pm. A no-host picnic, ukulele jam and play-along follows, beginning at 5pm. The public is invited to bring a ukulele, a picnic dinner and a song to share or perform. Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret will provide lemonade, door prizes and a selection of songs for all to play along on.

The event is hosted by Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret in partnership with the Bozeman Parks and Recreation Department’s “Pickin’ in the Park” Program. In the case of rain, activities will move indoors.

Those who don’t have a ukulele can borrow a loaner while supplies last. To reserve a loaner for the lesson, send a message via the contact form on our “about” page or find Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret on Facebook.

The Story Mansion is located at 811 S. Willson in Bozeman.

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2016 Picnic Photos

If you missed the 2016 Bozeman Ukulele Picnic at Story Mansion Park, here’s a taste of the fun. Thanks to those who helped out and showed up, and thanks to our co-sponsors, Bozeman Parks and Recreation, for providing this fabulous venue through their Pickin in the Park program.

We had 10 students for the beginner lesson, and a good sized smattering of picnickers who came out to join us on a perfect sunny day.

We had some great open mic performances and played some fun songs together with help from Mark G, Mark S. and Joe and Tara. As usual, Marla’s partner, David, did much of the grunt work and took photos for us!

We were pleased to see some new players join in the play-along. They even helped us bid a fond farewell to our good friend, Mark Sinclair, famous baker and ukulele all-star, with the songs “I’ve Never been to Spain” and “Amigos para Siempre.” (Henceforth there will be no mention of the “Stairway to Heaven” train-wreck! 🙂

In celebration of 5 years (and possibly our last picnic) we ordered some keen swag and gave out some door prizes. Congrats to lucky winners and thanks to all who patronized our swag table — I hope you’re all loving your tee shirts, tote bags and coffee mugs! If you missed the chance to buy something I’ve posted the leftovers on our facebook page. Thanks again to all who helped make this year’s picnic happen.

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Bozeman Ukulele Picnic Saturday Sept. 10 2016

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The fourth annual Bozeman Ukulele Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Story Mansion.

3:30 pm Free ukulele crash course for first-time beginners
If you’ve never touched a ukulele before, this is your chance to learn to hold, strum and play your first songs with easy chords. The 1-hour crash course is appropriate for all ages (8+). (Kids under 12 should attend with a parent).

5:o0pm no-host picnic, ukulele jam and play-along
We’ll open up the mic for anyone who wants to perform a song while we dine and after open mic time, we’ll all get together to start the play along.

Bring a ukulele, your own picnic dinner and a song to share or perform, or just come join us and strum or sing along on the play along songs!

Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret will provide lemonade and a selection of songs for all to play along on. The event is hosted by the City of Bozeman’s Pickin’ in the Park program in partnership with Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret.

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We’ve ordered our first-ever run of Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret Tee shirts! So bring a Jackson (that’s $20) if you’d like to purchase one! We’ll also be giving away some fun swag to our faithful volunteers and a lucky door prize winner, so show up and get your just desserts! You can also find all kinds of custom Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret swag HERE and order your own.

The Story Mansion is located at 811 S. Willson in Bozeman. In the case of rain, activities will move indoors.

Those who don’t have a ukulele can borrow a loaner while supplies last. To reserve a loaner for the lesson, contact Bozeman Ukulele Via the form on the ABOUT page or find Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret on Facebook.

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4-Hers rock the uke

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle did a nice article covering our workshops for Montana 4-H Congress.

That was fun… Valentine uke night 2014 in review

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As is often said in ukulele lore, “I thought it would be funny to wear that pantsuit…” and then comes the morning after…

Thanks everybody for coming out to an incredibly crowded but pretty darned fun Valentine open mic and play-along! Thanks again, Wild Joe’s Coffeespot for hosting our event for the second time in a row, and making us feel very welcome. And thanks to all the helpers, open mic-ers and play-alongers who stuck with us through the crowds! We hope you had as much fun as we did.

The next events will probably be a bit quieter and lower key, but just as much fun!

  • An Open Lesson — Sunday, March 2, 2014, 1pm at the Bozeman Public Library Small Meeting Room
  • Our first-ever Ukulele Pizza Jam — Sunday, March 16, 2014, 7pm at Colombo’s Pizza (Back Room)

Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World Kamakawiwo’ole Style

I think we’re going to attempt to do this arrangement of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Wonderful World as popularized by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole at the April 16 play-along.

Thanks to the how-to on Ukulele Tricks for the chords!