Friday, August 16, 2019

Registration OPEN For 2020!


Join us February 27th - March 1st, 2020 for the 
8th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat!

Join Guy & Sharrie George, Richard Ash and Bing Futch for another beautiful time on the Homosassa River in Homosassa Springs, Florida! It's almost time for the 8th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat, sponsored by Folkcraft Instruments! 

25 workshops for mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, Native American flute, pennywhistle, ukulele and more!  Registration is $179 for all four days and is first-come, first-served with only 100 spots available.  We've got a special discounted block of rooms at The Homosassa Riverside Resort, plus there are a number of campground options available nearby.


Come learn, relax, jam and swim with manatees!  Registration and lodging information is located on the right side of the page.  Workshop descriptions will be posted soon!





Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Itinerary Update For 2020 Castaway Music Cruise!

Hello future crew members and fellow sailors! We have a few itinerary changes to share with you for our upcoming March 2, 2020 Brilliance of the Seas sailing. From Royal Caribbean:

"Over the past few months, we’ve been hard at work transforming our private destination, CocoCay, into Perfect Day at CocoCay and we’re excited to share that you’ll now experience everything it has to offer. Instead of visiting Cozumel, Mexico, we’ve added Perfect Day at CocoCay and the beautiful port of Nassau, Bahamas to our itinerary! To accommodate all these exciting changes, we’ve adjusted our departure time in Key West, Florida. Below, please find our updated itinerary.

Mon - Tampa, Florida - Depart 4 pm
Tue - Key West, FL - Arrive 11 am - Depart 5 pm
Wed - Nassau, Bahamas - Arrive 11 am - Depart 10 pm
Thur - Perfect Day at CocoCay - Arrive 7 am - Depart 5 pm
Fri - Cruising
Sat - Tampa, FL - Arrive 7 am

Discover all that the Bahamas has to offer! While in Nassau, explore the streets and tunnels of the lost city of Atlantis! Whether you wander the city, swim with dolphins, or get a close glimpse of the 250-marine species in the underground aquarium, you won’t be disappointed.

Then, while in Perfect Day at CocoCay, you’ll see that this mighty island is packed with new thrills and even more ways to chill. With several new attractions added to our lineup, like Oasis Lagoon, Thrill Waterpark, Chill Island, plus much more, you’ll find yourself planning your next trip here in no time! To find out more about how you can spend your time in Perfect Day at CocoCay with us, click here.

Any pre-paid Royal Caribbean International shore excursions scheduled for Cozumel will be refunded to your original form of payment. Any affected Royal Caribbean International shore excursions booked for Key West, will be rescheduled for you by our Shore Excursions team. Within the next 3 business days, you’ll receive an email with your updated excursion details. Then, feel free to browse through our Cruise Planner for additional excursions that may interest you.

Thank you for understanding. We can’t wait to welcome you onboard your Royal Caribbean International vacation!"

Friday, April 5, 2019

Deadline For Special Cabin Pricing Extended To May 3rd!


A happy group of castaways on Coco Cay in The Bahamas during the 2nd Annual Castaway Music Cruise!

We had such a blast this year aboard the Royal Caribbean ship Enchantment of the Seas! With stops in Nassau, The Bahamas and private island Coco Cay, there were plenty of opportunities to sightsee, explore local cuisine and play lots and lots of music!


It was so much fun that we've already begun booking passage for next year's cruise and you're invited to join us for another wonderful musical time!  Here's everything that you need to know, including the newly extended deadline for special cabin prices!:




  • 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas
  • Monday, March 2 thru Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • Departing from Tampa, Florida with stops in Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico
  • Call Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines @ 800-465-3595, (select Option #4).  Book with GROUP # 1499734 "Castaway Music Cruise" 
  • $200.00 Refundable Deposit - Refundable until final pmt due date - Dec. 3, 2019 
  • Inside cabins start at $ 543.82 per person- includes all taxes and fees - (for 2 in a cabin)
  • Ocean View cabins start at $ 614.82 PP - (taxes & fees included). (for 2 in a cabin)
  • Ocean View Balconies start at $ 758.82 PP (taxes & fees included) (for 2 in a cabin)
  • Suites available - ask for rates and deposit terms
  • $50.00 onboard credit for each cabin
  • $200.00 deposit is TOTALLY refundable until December 3, 2019 when final payment is due!
  • Prices are held until 5/3/2019 
  • Separate Registration for Workshops aboard ship - go to www.CastawayMusicCruise.com to register for workshops $129.00 includes all workshops for Mountain Dulcimer, Ukulele, Pennywhistle and Native American flute. ($79.00 for Retreat Attendees - $29.00 for Jam/Flash-Mob Only Pass)
  • Call Sharrie @ 440-478-1302 with any questions!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Special Prices On Cabins For The 3rd Annual Castaway Music Cruise - Through April 4th!



2020 Castaway Cruise is Ready for Booking!
Follows 2020 Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat
  • 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas
  • Monday, March 2 thru Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • Departing from Tampa, Florida with stops in Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico
  • Call Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines @ 800-465-3595, (select Option #4).  Book with GROUP # 1499734 "Castaway Music Cruise" 
  • $200.00 Refundable Deposit - Refundable until final pmt due date - Dec. 3, 2019 
  • Inside cabins start at $ 543.82 per person- includes all taxes and fees - (for 2 in a cabin)
  • Ocean View cabins start at $ 614.82 PP - (taxes & fees included). (for 2 in a cabin)
  • Ocean View Balconies start at $ 758.82 PP (taxes & fees included) (for 2 in a cabin)
  • Suites available - ask for rates and deposit terms
  • $50.00 onboard credit for each cabin
  • $200.00 deposit is TOTALLY refundable until December 3, 2019 when final payment is due!
  • Prices are held until 4/4/2019 
  • Separate Registration for Workshops aboard ship - go to www.CastawayMusicCruise.com to register for workshops $129.00 includes all workshops for Mountain Dulcimer, Ukulele, Pennywhistle and Native American flute. ($79.00 for Retreat Attendees - $29.00 for Jam/Flash-Mob Only Pass)
  • Call Sharrie @ 440-478-1302 with any questions!

Friday, March 1, 2019

THANK YOU!



It was another fabulous retreat - we had a wonderful time with everyone, thanks for being a part of it!  If you're missing anything, we had quite a few lost and found items, so check with us.  Registration for the 8th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat will be open again soon.  What an amazing week!  Hope everyone has safe travels home.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Welcome to Old Homosassa, Florida!


It's a gorgeous day in Homosassa Springs and this is about how it's going to look/feel for the next several days as we enjoy our 7th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat!  The instructors are beginning to roll into the Homosassa Riverside Resort in preparation for the week and we'll officially kick into ready-mode tomorrow afternoon with early registration in The Manatee Ballroom.

The ballroom is located right behind the resort's registration desk.  Starting sometime in the late afternoon, we'll begin early registration.  

We're all looking forward to sharing this beautiful place with you and wish you all safe travels to Homosassa Springs!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Have You Registered Yet? We're Getting Close!



Registration is STILL OPEN for the 7th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat - February 21st - 24th, 2019 in Homosassa, Florida! You can register for $159 per person to the top right of this page. Workshop descriptions and schedules are listed here as well.

For those going with us on the Royal Caribbean vessel Enchantment of the Seas for another Castaway Music Cruise, which will depart right after the retreat on February 25th from Port Canaveral and return from Nassau, Bahamas and Coco Cay on Friday, March 1st,  be sure to register for workshops aboard the ship if you haven't already.

There will be a number of workshops available for mountain dulcimer, ukulele and pennywhistle along with jams, flash mobs and more!





Check out some of the fun from last year's retreat and cruise in this special episode of "Dulcimerica"!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

T-Shirts and IMPORTANT Cruise Dining Info!



T-shirts are now available to order online, for both our Retreat and the cruise!  Go to www.islandguymusic.com and scroll down to order!   We'll have them for you at the retreat or the first jam night of sailing! 

Shown above is the 2019 Cruise T Shirt - 100% cotton tee - design on front only.   If you would like to order and have it for you, click here:  We will not be ordering extra T shirts.  If you would like one, but don't wish to order online, contact Sharrie by phone or txt and she will take care of that for you!  Sharrie's number: 440-478-1302.  If you need a size small or XXXL, email Guy @ hdggeorge@aol.com for those. Make sure he confirms your order.   Our online store is too limited......

We also NEED to know if you wish to sit for dining at a table with specific people for our dinner time.  This only applies for the first night, as we will be able to move about within our group after that, but if you would like to be near a friend or cabin-mate, please reply to this email, or call or text Sharrie at 440-478-1302!  We must return this by Jan 18th, so there isn't much time to get requests done.  We appreciate hearing from you ASAP!  

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

2019 Retreat Schedule

Thursday

8:30 am - 9:30 am - Absolute Beginning Ukulele - Sharrie
9:45 am - 10:45 am - Beginner Pennywhistle - Guy
11 am - 12 pm - Fresh Strings For The Festival - Richard
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm - Manatee Orchestra - Mountain Dulcimers - Bing
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm - Manatee Orchestra - Hammered Dulcimer & Pennywhistle - Guy
3 pm - 4 pm - Manatee Orchestra - Ukulele - Sharrie
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm - Beginner Mountain Dulcimer - Richard

Friday


8:30 am - 9:30 am -  Reading Rhythms/Strum Patterns - Richard
9:45 am - 10:45 am - Learn Easier, Practice Smarter, Get Ready To Jam - Guy
11 am - 12 pm - Chord Melody Style - Bing
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Ukulele Strum Magic - Sharrie
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm - The Magical Harmonies of DAA - Richard
3 pm - 4 pm - Rockin’ The 1+ and 8+ Frets - Bing
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm - Uncharted Gospel & Folk Territory - Guy



Saturday


8:30 am - 9:30 am - Get That Island Feel - Guy & Sharrie
9:45 am - 10:45 am - Learning Native American Flute - Bing
11 am - 12 pm - Play The Melody - Sharrie
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Performance Gear AMA - Bing
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm - Retuning Your Dulcimer - Richard
3 pm - 4 pm - Manatee Orchestra Rehearsal

The Manatee Orchestra will open up the Saturday evening concert at 7 pm

Sunday


8:30 am - 9:30 am - Sunday Morning Coming Down - Bing
9:45 am - 10:45 am - Celtic Music For HD and UKE - Guy & Sharrie
11 am - 12 pm - Murder Ballads - Richard