Information for Attendees

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This year we celebrate Sierra Fiddle Camp's 15th (in-person) camp with a wonderful adventure in music, dance and community—we are delighted that you'll be a part of it! This section provides vital information about the camp and what to bring. Please read it thoroughly, and contact us if you have additional questions or need clarification. There is a list of useful contacts on the final page. We have been able to accept all applications to camp so far this year, as we are not yet over-full. Financial aid applications were due April 15th and awards will be announced by May 3rd . Deposits will become non-refundable May 15th, and payment in full will be May 25th. If at any time you wish to communicate by mail, our mailing address is:

Alasdair Fraser’s SIERRA FIDDLE CAMP, P.O. Box 219, Nevada City CA 95959

Attendees under the age of 18 who are not being accompanied by a parent or who are not applying to camp on the same application as their guardian will find additional forms on the camp’s website (Minor Release Form, Guardian Acceptance Form – to be completed by the Guardian – and Health History form) that their parents will need to fill out and return, due by May 25th.

A word about the camp “village”: Our goal is to develop an immersion experience that is creative, nurturing and comfortable for all the participants. This is especially true this year, as we try to create a covid-safe bubble our first year back. Please don’t ask friends or family to visit you at camp during the week. Drop-in visitors or guests are not permitted – please don’t ask us to make exceptions.

ADDRESS of CAMP: Shady Creek Outdoor School & Conference Center 18601 Pathfinder Way, Nevada City, CA 95959

Sierra Fiddle Camp will arrange a shuttle to and from the Sacramento airport; if you would like to take advantage of that, please contact Heather Grove ( and indicate that you need shuttle transportation on your Return/Final Payment form (which you sent in with your balance payment by May 25th).

Nearest airport: Sacramento (80 miles / 1½ hour driving time)
Driving directions are also available on the AFSFC website under “Getting to Camp”.
Public transportation is available to Nevada City, but not to the camp. If you let us know well in advance when you’ll arrive, we can arrange a pick-up at a central place in Nevada City or nearby Grass Valley.
Carpooling is encouraged! There is limited parking at camp. Some cars may need to be parked remotely.

Registration begins at 4:00 pm on Saturday June 18th. Dinner, at 7:00, will be followed by an all-camp orientation and jam session. Classes start at 9 am on Sunday, June 19th. We leave camp by 11:00 am, Sunday, June 26th, following breakfast.

Cell phone reception is usually available from certain areas of the campus. Emergency contact # at the camp is (530) 913-8291 (Sally Ashcraft).

INTERNET: Internet connectivity is sometimes available at the camp but cannot be guaranteed.

The camp straddles Shady Creek in an oak/pine woodland. Some campers may find the sloping terrain challenging. Be prepared to walk up and down hillside paths, both paved and unpaved, and allow yourself enough time to get to class and meals. Mid-June weather tends to be sunny and dry, with temperatures ranging from mild to hot during the day, with cool star-lit evenings.

Each room sleeps 4-8 people in bunks and some queen beds (we do NOT have rooms/cabins for just 1 or 2 people). All rooms have electric lights and outlets, some rooms have a fan. Shared restroom and shower facilities are located nearby. Rooms will not be locked. Participants must provide their own bedding and towels. (see “What to Bring” below) For those who plan to bring and sleep in their own tents, there are several level, cleared tent sites near the shared restrooms (but there is no discount on your camp fee if you choose to sleep in a tent). Sites for trailers/RVs are very limited, we can accommodate only smaller vehicles, and those sites are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; there are no electrical/water/waste hookups available. If you have roommate preferences, or plan on bringing a tent, or have other considerations, please indicate such on the Return (Payment) Form.

Meals will be served three times a day on the outdoor patio adjoining the beautiful Dining Room – outdoor seating will be available for all who are interested, or inside if you choose. Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets will feature a wholesome tasty menu designed to please both adults and children. A fresh salad bar will be available for lunches and dinners. Vegetarian meals or special meals will be available only for those who indicate that preference in advance, so please make sure you indicate special needs on the Return Form. We can accommodate many special dietary needs but if yours are more restricted than most, our foodie Heather Grove ( will be in touch with you sometime before the start of camp.

Beer, wine and sodas will be available for purchase; we encourage you to bring your own mugs or bottles (some will be available for purchase at the camp store), for water or other beverages. In an effort to reduce waste, we will not be providing disposable cups. There will be water jugs available near classes and coffee & tea will be provided at break times.

Our camp shop will carry special fiddle camp items, including a choice selection of CDs, music books, fiddle strings, batteries, camp t-shirts and other specialties. Credit cards will be accepted. Sierra Fiddle Camp participants who have released their own CDs or published tune books may place their wares on consignment at the shop. To arrange consignments contact Maria DiCintio ( There will be a 15% commission on these sales.

NO PETS: Pets are not allowed at camp.

SMOKING: Is not permitted at Shady Creek Camp.

PARKING: Cars are not permitted to drive through camp or park next to rooms or cabins except while loading or unloading. Utility handcarts are available in the parking lot to transport your gear at the start and end of camp, and we’ll have volunteers available, also. Parking is limited at camp, and some vehicles may need to be parked remotely.

HEALTH CARE: Limited first aid supplies and assistance are available at camp. In the event of accident or illness, the nearest EMT/Fire Station is seven minutes away. The nearest hospital is in Grass Valley, about 25 minutes by car.

Fiddle Classes: All fiddle classes are taught by ear. There will be four levels of fiddle instruction available: Basic Beginning, Slow, Moderate and Fast. Students choose their own level based on experience and ability to learn by ear. You’re free to try different classes, but we encourage you to find your class level early in the week.
Basic Beginning lessons are for those who have never played the fiddle. Adult basic beginners and beginning children will be in separate classes. Slow class is for people who have some playing experience, but need extra time to learn tunes by ear. Each of these classes will meet twice a day. Instructors include: Janette Duncan, Caroline McCaskey, Meghan Perdue, and Katie Le Sesne.
• One Moderate and two Fast classes (each with three sessions a day) will be taught in rotation by Alasdair Fraser (Scotland), Alasdair White (Scotland), and Lisa Ornstein (USA-Quebecois). Cello (Natalie Haas, Aria DiSalvio, Erin Esses and Katie Le Sesne), Piano (Neil Pearlman) and Guitar (Conor Hearn and Eamon Sefton) classes will focus on techniques for accompanying fiddle tunes; participants are expected to have had experience playing those instruments to participate in any of these classes; Kaden Hurst will teach Mandolin classes twice daily. Ensemble/Rhythm & Groove will be taught by Laura Cortese. Summer McCall will lead Social Dance in the evenings, in her inimitable style. Camp piper and bard, Elias Alexander, will hold forth intermittently on piping, whistles, and subjects dear to his heart.

OTHER DAYTIME ACTIVITIES: CAMP SCHEDULE The swimming pool will be open most of the day and some evenings. There’s a basketball court and volleyball net, siesta, and the creek!

EVENING ACTIVITIES: CAMP SCHEDULE Before dinner each evening, we gather informally at the “Village Gathering” for a rousing song circle and to listen to cameo performances by some of our younger campers. After dinner, there will be dances, impromptu jam sessions and song-sharing throughout the week. Special events include:

• Instructors’ Concert Sunday evening

• Evening Dances

• Camp Ceilidh (talent night)

• Pool Party

• Costume party (theme: MASQUERADE)

• Banquet and Costume party Friday night – Midsummer Celebration is our theme! Some people plan ahead and bring a costume; others will improvise from what’s on hand at camp.

__ musical instruments
__ clothing for warm days and sometimes cool nights (sweatshirt/sweater) __ water bottle / mug (we won’t have disposable cups)
__ personal articles / toiletries (there’s a nearby store if you’ve forgotten something)
__ bedding (sleeping bag & pillow or sheets & blanket)
__ towels (bath, pool)
__ flashlight for each member of the family
__ bathing suit
__ comfortable shoes for walking and dancing
__ shoes for wading in the creek
__ recording device for classes
__ extra strings, batteries, tapes
__ hat, sunglasses (parasol?)
__ sunscreen, insect repellent
__ extra money for purchasing items in the camp store or drinks from the cantina

FINAL CAMP CONCERT: We will not be going into town for the regular Ceilidh in the Park concert this year. We will however host a final celebratory concert on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Shady Creek Camp. Details to be announced.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: The camaraderie that develops as we all study, play and live together makes fiddle camp very special, and it wouldn’t work so well, or be as much fun, without everyone pitching in. There are many ways to get involved, from helping other participants with their luggage on arrival, to staying for the final clean up, making sure we all get out of camp on time with all our belongings, and everything in between. Check the list on the “Return (Payment) Form” (which you’ll return with your payment in full by May1st) for these and other things you can do to help make the camp run smoothly. If you have a special service or idea you’d like to add, please let us know that, too. Your involvement is not only appreciated, it’s essential!

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp, like its older sister camp, the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School, is sponsored by Scottish Fiddlers of California, a California non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation, and is organized by volunteers.

DONATIONS: Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp uses tax-deductible contributions to enrich the camp experience and provide assistance to musicians who need some financial support to attend camp. With the generosity of folks in our community who appreciate and support the vision of Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp, we can provide financial aid to campers, bring in extraordinary international faculty, build dance floors and much more. Please consider making a donation to AFSFC by mailing a check (made out to Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp) to: AFSFC, PO Box 219, Nevada City, CA 95959. During camp, we will have a silent auction with delightful, distinct and unusual items and services. If you would like to donate something, please contact Christine Ingersoll at at least two weeks prior to camp. Other opportunities to support this fund will be available during camp; you will find a detailed information sheet in your registration packet upon arrival. The spirit of generosity between us is what creates the magic in our musical village. Thank you!

The organizing committee:
Alasdair Fraser • Sally Ashcraft • Connie Gaulter Muir • Bruce Robinson Heather Grove • Meghan Perdue • Katie Le Sesne

Send forms & balance due to: Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp, PO Box 219, Nevada City, CA 95959
Questions on accommodations, billing & general info: Connie Gaulter Muir, email:; ph: (530) 478-9004
Transportation information & to book airport shuttle: Heather Grove (
Camp shop consignments & information:
Maria DiCintio,
Pamela Roberts,; (916) 606-4546









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