More than 100 ukulele players got together this weekend for workshops and musical concerts at the Plinkers Band Camp 2019 at Nelson Lakes.
“This year’s Band Camp has been the biggest yet and we had people from Kaikoura, New Plymouth, Mapua, Blenheim and Picton,” says Karen Brown from the Plinkers.
“It started just as a weekend retreat for Plinkers, but as it was growing, we’ve had more people from outside who came to join us, and it is nice to meet those other people.”
The Plinkers is a social ukulele group that started in 2006.
“We were a group of people who had just learned how to play the ukulele and wanted to get together weekly and jam,” Karen says.
The first Band Camp was in 2008 and 27 people took part.
“We stayed at the Red Deer Lodge, here at the lakes but we had to find a new venue and someone had suggested the Rotoiti Lodge Outdoor Education Centre.
It’s perfect for our needs and what I most like about it is that everyone is dining together, and everyone is in the same rooms and getting to know each other,” she says.
The group now has more than 300 members registered at their mailing list. Between 50 and 70 of them get together to play the ukulele and sing every Sunday at the Ocean Lodge (20 Muritai St, Tahunanui), in Nelson.
During winter, it is from 3pm to 5pm, and in summer it runs from 4pm to 6pm.