Wintergrass Youth Education & The ASTA

Beth Fortune, director of Youth Education for Wintergrass (Wintergrass Youth Academy and Wintergrass Youth Orchestra Gala), as well as a 2011 graduate of IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass, has been invited to chair the Alt-styles Committee for ASTA, the American String Teachers Association.  Fortune is the Director of Orchestras and Choirs for Washington Middle School in Seattle, Wash. Bluegrass music is making inroads into ASTA. Two bluegrass-related seminar proposals were recently accepted and will be presented at the 2012 ASTA National Conference in Atlanta March 22-24, 2012. The topics include “How to Bring Middle and High School String Orchestras into the Festival Scene,” presented by Beth Fortune, Andy Carlson, Renata Bratt and Bob Phillips; and “Get to the Roots of It!” presented by Karen Cramer, Tom Petersen and Trisha Tubbs—on incorporating fiddle/bluegrass tunes into the school strings program, starting a bluegrass/roots program, building community relationships and integrating history and other disciplines.

Wintergrass 2011 Airport Shuttle Information-Shuttle Express

How to Find Us:
Once you get your luggage in Baggage Claim, cross a sky bridge and go to the 3rd floor of the parking garage. Follow the Ground Transportation signs—our booth is in the center of the 3rd floor, between the orange and purple elevator banks (next to the airport’s ground transportation office). Our coordinators will help you or you may use our 24-hour check-in by phone hotline.

About Shuttle Express:
Shuttle Express provides reliable and affordable airport transportation between SeaTac Airport and downtown Seattle and the surrounding cities and hotels in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. We’ve served as SeaTac Airport’s official share-ride transportation company since 1987, and are an industry leader in safety, reliability and customer service.
SeaTac Airport’s Official Share Ride Shuttle Service

Share Ride–it’s economical, safe and environmentally-friendly. We save about a million car trips each year! Go Shuttle Express offers Share Ride Service with several departures to every zip code each hour, 24 hours a day. You’ll save money with our multiple-rider Share Ride rates and roundtrip discounts, plus kids 12 and under always ride free with a paying adult for airport transfers.

Here is your reservation booking portal:

Wintergrass Festival—Shuttle Express Online Reservation Booking Portal http://shuttleexpress.hudsonltd.net/res?USERIDENTRY=WINTER&LOGON=GO

Wintergrass 2011 Jamming

The Bellevue Hyatt Regency is a perfect venue for jamming. Lots of space on different floors,halls, in guest rooms (except on designated quiet floors) a variety of suites with hosted jams from some regional bluegrass associations. And if you need instruments or strings there will be plenty of vendors eager to sell you something. There are even some beginners jamming workshops to get you started. Here is a link to both the workshops and the stage schedules.  http://acousticsound.org/

Wintergrass 2011 Education Program Updates

Wintergrass 2011 still space in both Educator Seminars and the Guitar, Banjo and Songwriting Intensives. For more information on the the educator seminars here is the link http://www.acousticsound.org/education.html.

These programs are in coordination with Wintergrass at a special price. These programs are more intensive in their instructions than the workshops that are included in the Wintergrass 2011 tickets. Here is the link to the schedule of those workshops.   http://www.acousticsound.org/index.html

 

Guitar Intensive with Josh Williams

February 24, 2011, 1-4pm


Study intermediate guitar with six-time SPBGMA Guitar Player of the Year and 2008, 2009 IBMA Guitar Player of the Year Josh Williams. Josh toured Special Consensus, went on to work with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage from 2003-2007, currently plays with the Tony Rice Unit and now fronts his own Josh Williams Band.

Banjo Intensive with Ron Stewart
February 24, 2011, 1-4pm

Multi-instrumental threat Ron Stewart is one of the most sought after session players in the genre’s history, and is in high demand as an engineer and producer. In his thirty-three years of playing banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass, and mandolin, Ron has performed with a who’s who of bluegrass, including Lynn Morris, Curly Seckler, JD Crowe and The New South, followed by a stint as a member of the Dan Tyminski Band and most recently with The Boxcars.

Songwriting Intensive with Tim Stafford

This will be a six-hour, intensive class in songwriting, covering all aspects of the craft and art: lyric writing, melody, rhythm, harmony, making memorable and lasting songs. We will cover the following topics according to class interest:
•How do they do it (An examination of selected songwriters and how they approach songwriting)
•New guitar chords you can use to make your songs different
•Saying exactly what needs to be said in a song; knowing what to put in and to leave out
•Composing melodies that match lyrics
•The business of songwriting—how to make money doing this! Learn how to pitch songs.
•This will be a “hands-on” class and we will attempt to write our own song in the course of the day!

Tim Stafford is an Award-winning songwriter, guitarist and producer. His song “Through the Window of a Train” (written with Steve Gulley) won IBMA song of the year in 2008, recorded by his band Blue Highway, which has been together since 1994 with the same members. Over 125 of Tim’s songs have been recorded. He won a Grammy Award in 1993 with Alison Krauss and Union Station for Every Time You Say Goodbye. He’s also won eleven IBMA Awards, two SPBGMA Awards and a Dove Award, and is nominated for both Guitar Performer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year at the 2011 SPBGMA Awards held in Nashville. He also wrote the authorized biography of guitar legend Tony Rice, Still Inside: The Tony Rice Story (Word of Mouth Press, 2010) with author Caroline Wright.

Wintergrass 2011 Preferred Dining Guide

Support those who support Wintergrass!!
Every year a dedicated core of volunteers feeds and waters Wintergrass artists, volunteers and sponsors in the Hospitality room. It’s an impressive number of people to feed no matter what the circumstances are, but this group works miracles year after year. Those miracles could not be accomplished without the efforts of Peggy Aguilar and the generosity of local restaurants. The restaurants on this list have all jumped in to help the Hospitality room truly be a success. All of these folks are being great neighbors. We encourage you to return the favor by choosing to feed and water yourself at these establishments and letting them know you appreciate their supporting Wintergrass.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
(fine Italian dining, rich, old country ambiance, happy hours Mon-Fri 3 – 6PM)
425-519-6476
Across the street from the Hyatt valet street level (use skybridge)
**Bluegrass Dinner Show (reservations)
Friday 5:00 – 10 PM and Saturday 5:30 – 10 PM
Priority seating will be given to those with dinner tickets, which can be purchased at Maggiano’s or at festival registration. The dinner buffet includes
Bruschetta, Maggiano’s Salad, Beef Tenderloin, Four cheese Ravioli, Spaghetti Meat Sauce, Salmon, NY Cheesecake, and Zuccotto Cake all for $25 which includes
gratuity and tax! What a deal.
www.maggianos.com
Twisted Cork
(elegant cuisine, wines, happy hours Mon-Sun 3PM- 7PM & 9PM – close)
425-637-0808
Hyatt foyer past fireplace
**Bluegrass stage Friday 7:30 – 10:30 PM and Saturday 6:15 – midnight
www.hyattregencybellevue.com/twistedcork
McCormick & Schmicks Seafood Restaurant
(hailed as finest seafood restaurant and best happy hour)
425-454-2606
Across the street from the Hyatt valet, street level (use skybridge)
**Bluegrass Atrium Show, Saturday afternoon 3-6pm
www.mccormickandschmicks.com
Tully’s Coffee
(custom-roasted, 100% Arabica, whole bean coffees, teas and breakfast breads)
425-453-9456
Hyatt first floor foyer, hours: Thurs 5AM-11PM, Fri 5AM-1AM, Sat 6AM-1AM
Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub
(authentic and traditional Irish food and beverage in casual setting)
425-453-8080
Across the street from the Hyatt valet, street level (use skybridge)
www.paddycoynes.net
Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill
(innovative & gourmet Southwestern cuisine, vegetarian & gluten-free menu)
425- 467-5911
Top floor on Bellevue Way (use skybridge)
www.ztejas.com
P F Chang’s China Bistro
(casual Asian, Chinese, Mandarin dining, gluten-free dishes)
425-637-3582
street level on Bellevue Way, street level (use skybridge)
www.pfchangs.com
Garlic Jims Pizza
gourmet pizza, gluten-free pizza, free & fast delivery
425-646-1378
Simply call for quick delivery
www.garlicjims.com
Top Pot Doughnuts
nostalgic 1920’s ambiance, hand-roasted coffee, and gourmet doughnuts
425-457-7440
Street level behind the Hyatt ½ block, left at Hyatt valet door, 106th Ave,. & 9th St.
www.topdoughnuts.com
Panera Bread
lunch hot spot with freshly baked bagels and bread, signature sandwiches and soups
425-453-2600
Street level behind the Hyatt one block, 106th Avenue and 11th Street
www.panerabread.com
Subway
fast food, sub sandwiches, voted best Subway in Bellevue)
425-462-8977
Street level behind the Hyatt one block, 106th Avenue and 11th Street
www.subway.com
Rock Bottom Restaurant Brewery
original burgers, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, on-site brewery
425-462-9300
street level on 106th Avenue, near 6th past Hyatt valet 1 ½ blocks on left
www.rockbottom.com
Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar
happy hour, daily 3-6 PM
425-502-5021
One block SE of the Hyatt
www.barriorestaurant.com
Purple Café and Wine Bar
multi-award winner for best global wine selection
425-502-6292
One block SE of the Hyatt
www.thepurplecafe.com
LOT No.3
Brunch Sat/Sun 10 AM – 3 PM, happy hour 4-6 daily
425-440-0025
One block SE of the Hyatt
www.lotno3.com
Daniel’s Broiler
fine dining, stunning city views, happy hours
Mon-Sun 4 – 6:30 PM & 9PM-midnight
425-462-4662
21st floor in tower just before skybridge out of Hyatt,
interior entrance via 1st bank of elevators to your left
www.schwartzbros.com./danielscrm#anchor3
Joey’s Restaurant
(continuous happy hour)
425-637-1177
Across from the Hyatt valet
www.joeyrestaurants.com

Wintergrass 2011 RV Parking Information

RV Info – UPDATED

RV parking is available at the Diamond Parking Lot located at NE 10th at 106th directly across the street from the Hyatt. The cost for one space is $30 per day. Most RVs will require two spaces. Spaces must be reserved in advance by calling 425-462-4208 between 8am and 4pm. The office normally closes at 4pm on Thursdays and Fridays and is not open on the weekend. Credit card payments are not accepted. You must mail in payment prior to your arrival. Your permit will be mailed to you.

There is a full service trailer park less than 10 miles to the Bellevue Hyatt Regency. The Trailer Inns RV Park features 100% full hookups with 15/30/50 amp electrical service,large super sites 67 feet long,free cable TV, phone hookups and free wireless internet among it’s amenities. Check out their website for more info and reservations. http://www.trailerinnsrv.com/seattle/index.html

Wintergrass 2011 Workshops!

The schedule of workshops for Wintergrass 2011 can be found at this link on the Wintergrass 2011 website.Workshops are offered on Thursday,Friday and Saturday and are included in the ticket price. Some of the topics include banjo building,harmony singing,gypsy and swing guitar, clogging, “festival yoga”, cello madness,jamming, band meet and greets,instrument care, how to win contests. Leaders of the workshops include many of the performers of both national and local bands and representives of some of the leading instrument companies.