This page includes more details about the The Ukulele Party Week – Nov 2018.
For general information about Learning Vacations, the hotel and the town, see the welcome page.
Come Play and Play
The Ukulele Party part.
- 4- 2 hour morning workshops, leaving ample time for enjoying the beach, walking in town, hiking, biking, paddle boating, horseback riding, or simply relaxing in a hammock
- Evening jams and open mics encourage preparation of new material with old and new musical partners
- Open Mic Performances at local bars/restaurants and a closing advertised performance of group and solo/small group pieces
- Players of all levels are welcome – from beginner to advanced.
We have 2 Ukulele weeks this year. Come for one or both!
November 5th-12th – “Ukulele Party Week” with David Olson
November 12th – 19th – “A Mexican Ukulele Holiday” with Ben Hassenger
And a little about our teachers:
David Olson- Toronto, Ontario
David Olson has been playing, writing and performing music for four decades and is not likely to stop now regardless of what anyone says about it. In his non-spare time he teaches ukulele and guitar. He has played Lead Ukulele at the Corktown Ukulele Jam In Toronto for some years, and is a Co-Founder and Leader of The Storefront Ukulele Sessions, as well as its offshoot, the semi-annual Ukulele Wang Dang Doodle events held on the Toronto Islands each summer and winter.
He is especially well versed in the musical forms and styles of the first half of the Twentieth Century, and his knowledge of arcane pop-culture trivia makes him insufferable at parties. We encourage you not to get him started.
Ben Hassenger- Lansing, Michegan
Ben Hassenger’s musical career began in the early 1970s when he was arrested for playingSmoke on the Water on accordion and singing in animal sounds in the cafeteria at Lansing Community College. It was the start of something special, for sure.
Ben now works as a music facilitator with Special Education children, teaches ukulele to students and teachers in Michigan school systems, seniors at Prime Time in East Lansing, as well as group and individual ukulele lessons at Elderly Instruments, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Michigan State University’s Community Music School.
He plays guitar and ukulele in the bands Blue Jello and The Ukulele Kings and is the co-founder of the Lansing (MI) Area Ukulele Group and the organizer of the Mighty Uke Day festival, Interlochen’s Uketoberfest, the Upper Peninsula’s Yooper Uke Week, and the Midwest Uke Camp in Olivet. He has traveled across North America and various Asian countries, teaching ukulele and English as a Second Language at various festivals and schools.
He is also a prolific songwriter, with two of his songs about the Detroit Tigers enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Ben’s a fun and involving performer with a variety of original songs about dogs, food, love, Michigan, and the other important things in life.
(We know you are on vacation, you can opt in or out of what you’d like)
Day 1 arrival, dinner and evening program
Day 2 – morning activity, breakfast, class, lunch, free time, evening jam
Day 3 – morning activity, breakfast, class, lunch, free time, evening jam
Day 4 – bike trip and breakfast in Jaluco (option to uber or taxi to breakfast), free time, lunch, free time, evening open mic.
Day 5 – morning activity, breakfast, class, boat trip and lunch, Barra sunset, free evening
Day 6 -morning activity,breakfast, class, lunch, free time, Public performance
Day 7- morning activity, breakfast, free day, bagged lunches available, evening event tbd
Day 8- morning activity, breakfast, Go home… (or stay for another great week)
Cost: $1100 (CAN) for the week includes:
- 7 nights accommodation – private room, private bathroom, air-conditioned
- welcome dinner, 7 breakfasts and 5 lunches
- Ukelele Program (above)
- bike excursion (optional)
- excursion by bus and boat to 2 nearby communities, lunch and sunset (optional)
- orientation and translation
- Airport transfers from and to the Manzanillo airport to your hotel in West Melaque*
- Note: this price does not include flights, dinners, and gratuities.
Early Bird Special! !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Register before June 1st for just $900
Register before September 1st for $1000
*prices are based on private rooms. For those who wish to share a room (1 Bed) a further $50 discount applies per person.
*air transfers are included for those arriving to Manzanillo airport late Monday afternoon. We recommended participants to fly to Mexico City first. From Mexico City the recommended flight is number 2568 with Aeromexico, which leaves Mexico City at 4:30pm.
If you are flying from Toronto please click here for details on the recommended flights to fly with the group.
If you prefer a different route, please speak with Dawn before booking your flight. There are not many direct flights to Manzanillo this time of year. Another option is to fly to Puerto Vallarta and take a 4 hour bus to Melaque.
*those who want to come for fewer days can negotiate a pro-rated price. Those who want to stay for 2 weeks can negotiate a slightly reduced rate for the 2nd week.
*$500 deposit required for booking with balance due by October 1st, 2018. Refunds available (less $50 admin fee) until October 1st. No refunds after October 1st.
*for answers to frequently asked questions see our FAQ page
For more information and registration: please contact Dawn at email@example.com