Blues in the Gorge

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Instructors: Pat Donohue, Mary Flower, Scott Ainslie, Eleanor Ellis, and Josh White, Jr.

Thanks for visiting Blues in the Gorge!

This page is still under construction as we work out details with our faculty.  Please consider filling out our waiting list form below. When registrations are open, you will be among the first to receive notification.

Co-Sponsored by the Cascade Blues Association

Click Here to Join our Waiting List
Registration opens May 1st and ends September 9th, 2015 (or when we fill)

September 30 – October 4, 2015

Come to Blues in the Gorge and…

  • Watch, listen and learn up close from a few of the best musicians around for five days/four nights while hanging out with fellow blues music enthusiasts.
  • Explore Menucha’s historic buildings and grounds (including the Prohibition-era speakeasy – now our espresso bar), eat our excellent homemade meals and check out our amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge.
  • Enjoy plenty of instructor attention. Space is limited to 54 participants to ensure highest quality instruction!

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More Specific Information 

Pat Donohue

Grammy Winner Pat Donohue

Click any link below for specific details about this year’s Blues in the Gorge.

2015 Faculty Bios

We have incredible faculty! Please click on the 2015 Faculty Bios link above to get information, video links and photos of Mary Flower, Pat Donohue, Scott Ainslie, Eleanor Ellis and Josh White, Jr.

Class Descriptions (under construction)

Here’s a sampling of classes:  Blues Moves – Pat Donohue, Fingerpicking Blues and Rags – Mary Flower, Slide Essentials – Scott Ainslie, Basics of Blues – Eleanor Ellis.

For full class descriptions, including the level of experience necessary to enjoy each class, click on the Class Descriptions link above.

Schedule (under construction)

Lodging Options

Creevey Commons from outside

Creevey Commons

Overnight Guests can opt to stay in the Creevey Complex (Semi-private Lodging, bathroom in your room) or, for a reduced rate, Ballard Hall (Community Lodging = bunk style lower bunks only, some rooms have bathroom down the hall).

Ballard with blooming lupine

Ballard

Workshops will be held in both buildings and all-camp gatherings will be held in Creevey Commons.

Both Creevey and Ballard are wheelchair accessible. Creevey has two handicapped parking spaces right in front.

If you have specific housing needs, please call us and we will do our best to assign you an appropriate room.

Commuter guests should arrive each morning in time for the 9:30 a.m. class. Commuters eat lunch and dinner in our dining room with everyone else. They should depart when the evening’s concert and jams wind down.

Costs-Transitional Ministry Workshop

Community Lodging -
Share with 3-4 roommates in bunk style rooms (lower bunks only) Some rooms have your bathroom in the room, two have your bathrooms in the hall.
Program fee $314+
Meals $130+
Housing 251= $695
4 nights +
9meals
Semi- private Lodging -
Share with 2 roommates (non-bunk rooms, bathroom in room)
Program fee $314+
Meals $130+
Housing 351= $795
4 nights +
9meals
Semi- private Lodging -
Share with spouse or 1 roommate (non-bunk rooms, bathroom in room)
Program fee $314+
Meals $130+
Housing 451= $895
4 nights +
9meals
Commuter Program fee $314+
Meals $94+
Facility use fee $100
($25/day for 4 days) = $508
3 lunches +
3 dinners
Option to bring a
non-participating spouse;
Stay in semi-private housing
Add Meals $130+
Housing (SP) $351 = $481
4 nights +
9meals
Cancellation Policy: If 90+ days out, canceling a registration results in a full refund minus a $50 handling fee. If 46-90 days out, 65% refund. If 30-45 days out, 50% refund. If fewer than 30 days out, there is no refund available.

What to Bring

Capo, extra strings, audio and/or visual recorders, picks, bottleneck, folding music stand optional, guitar tuner, sense of humor!

Menucha provides towels, pillows, blankets, sheets, bar soap and earplugs.  To see a suggested list for overnight items click here.

Visit the Blues in the Gorge Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Menucha.Blues.In.The.Gorge

Scott Ainslie

Scott Ainslie

Pat Donohue

Pat Donohue

Mary Flower

Mary Flower

Josh White, Jr.

Josh White, Jr.

Eleanor Ellis

Eleanor Ellis

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