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American Banjo Camp held its first session on the weekend of September 5 - 7, 2003 at Fort Flagler State Park on Marrowstone Island in the Puget Sound. It was a big success! Every year since then, on the weekend following Labor Day the camp has been held, at Fort Flagler from 2003 to 2015 and at Pilgrim Firs in Port Orchard from 2016 until the present. Photos and quotes from past years are online.
There's a lot more to banjo culture than just banjo jokes. There are thoughts from great (and not so great) thinkers, cartoons, news items, and of course endless discussions of strings, mutes, capos, picks, and gear in general. You'll find some of that on the ABC Notes, Comments, and Fun page.
Banjo Camp thrives on the enthusiasm and cooperation of all its attendees. The simple act of telling your friends or people you meet at a jam about the camp can really help ABC survive.
Please feel free to print this out and spread copies around.
The T-shirts are a breathable, soft cotton/poly blend this year with a design in black and white ink on a heather grey background. All sizes are available in a unisex style. Long sleeves are also available. You can order the T-shirt when you register for camp and it will be waiting for you when you arrive, at check-in.
You can also find a wide selection of early ABC clothing, cups, and other items (e.g. a Bill Keith clock with the circle of fifths on it, or even an ABC thong!) at the ABC Online CafePress Store.
Miscellaneous Cool Items
Jenny Glover's fine Fiddletails blog features a tune, "Sadie at the Back Door," written by Jere Canote and performed at ABC in 2009. Here's a link to her blog.
What does music do to your brain?
This YouTube Video explains a lot!