The RC4G* organizing committee is planning some big changes for this year. First and foremost, we are seriously considering NOT RUNNING CAMP THIS SUMMER. We’ve been doing this for eleven years. Some of our long-term organizers have new commitments or are simply burnt out. Our younger members are enthusiastic but are at stage of life where making a commitment to camp is difficult. As much as we love Rock Camp, we feel for personal and logistical reasons it might be best to take a break this year.
We have agreed to set tentative dates for one week of camp, AUG 14-18, for campers aged 10 to 18, on the chance that we find new energy or new people to help with organizing and running camp. We will make a final decision on whether to run camp by June 1, at the latest. If you would like to be put on a waiting list for that week, on spec, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have interest in joining the organizing committee to ensure camp does continue, we’d also love to hear from you!
Now for the GOOD NEWS! We are about to launch a new program called ROCK BLOCK! – a drop-in, after-school music program at The Spill Cafe (414 George St. N. in downtown Peterborough). The format will be loose, but will include some instrument guidance, skills workshops and the opportunity to jam with other players. Rock Squad members will be onsite to support and guide the session, and we will have a few instruments available to use. The Spill has kindly agreed to provide us with back-line (drums and amps) and a few guitars to use as well.
ROCK BLOCK! will run from 3-6 pm on the 4th Thursday of the month, starting Jan. 26. Each session will include a chance to learn/practice music-related skills (if you’re interested!). Here’s the schedule:
Jan 26 – guitar maintenance (changing strings, tuning, minor repairs)
Feb 23 – carving your tone on your amp
Mar 23 – set up and tuning your drums
Apr 28 – basic live sound tech
You can stay for as much or as little of the block as you like. Cost will be on a pay-as-you-can basis. Registration is not required – but as this is a new program and we are still working out protocols, we’d appreciate an email or phone call to let us know that you are planning to attend.
Our hope is that the participants will help to shape content and process for the program. We want to create a space where participants can experiment, learn and meet others with similar interests.
Questions about these new plans? Drop us a line at email@example.com or leave us a voice mail at our new phone number: 705-775-7057.