Workshops on the River!


Alcohol Ink WorkshopLinda CranstonCome explore the magic of alcohol ink! The colors are amazing. We will be creating a small painting and/or a glass vessel that can hold a candle. All materials supplied. Alcohol Inks are highly fluid, vibrant, fast drying, moisture-resistant and permanent once dry.
$10 Materials Fee. Max 8.
Beatles JamLaurie HuttonWe will meet to play Beatle songs together. Singers and players welcome. Bring your favorite Beatles song. The Beatles complete songbook will be available to use to select and lead your song. This will be the ultimate sing a long session!
Solo Open MicLaurie HuttonOpen mic every night during dinner!
Open StageSteve LopesAcoustic or electric, solo or multiplayer in the dance hall! Sign up with Steve.
DIY Sound Reinforcement for Small VenuesSteve LopesSteve is in charge of sound here at Arts ‘n Jams and he’s also a musician gigging with several bands. He did sound for us inside in June for the Band Contest and the Open Mic. Steve has developed a process over the last decade for a band to run their own sound consistently (from the stage) without a sound tech. Come hear about his process! (max 20)
Mushroom Medicine for Goals and Healing Richard ShowersMushroom micro-dosing has changed peoples lives. Done in such a way, you don’t know if “it” was you or a whisper from the plant. I share how it has impacted my life and made me a good person It is not a magic pill, but rather a great tool to on your journey
Dance PartyLaurie HuttonJoin us in the Dance Hall for a dance party. We will spin dance favorites of the last decades to keep you grooving.
Upright bass tips and tricks.Norm StrassnerHaving a background that includes classical, jazz, dance and big band, folk and rock, I can help to unlock your abilities on the upright bass.
Songwriters in the Round Texas styleKevin Dooley,
Andy Eppler,
Scott Ramseur
I will be organizing the rounds and have a couple writers in mind and will find a few more as I see who is coming . For the demos folks with lots of experience and even multi instrument players are a plus for lil add ins etc tho this format is mostly a very solo let the writer set the tone I hope folks will come check out this unique setting (tho sorta campfire influenced)
Play what you hear in your heart. ❤️Lonny LewisI have played semi-professionally for more than 45 years. I am not technically trained, but I have a lot of musical life experience. I know the difference between a technician and a musician. I look fowrard to sharing my musical process for learning and personalizing tunes and songs. I am also open to teaching what I can to those who struggle with fluidity in their music. I will initiate the “emotion to sound” correlation. (max 15)
All Things Guitar
Campfire Jams
Charlie StevensAll things guitar: This would be a general Q&A where the attendees could use me as a resource to ask about whatever they wish to learn!

Campfire jams: This course would discuss my personal opinions about the etiquette of jamming. I would offer tips to help new comers feel welcome and comfortable hopping in at jams! We would also discuss ways veteran musicans can be more accommodating to create an environment where everyone has fun!
One-on-One Mentoring with Jeanne EmJeanne McAdaraIn between all of the fun skills workshops and creative group activities, take some time out for a one-on-one mentoring session with Jeanne Em, a singer-songwriter and professional writer/editor. Come to her with your thoughts or questions about living the life of a songwriter, musician, artist, writer, and performer, even when it’s not your day job. Philosophize about personal growth & confidence in creative pursuits. Or, bring a song lyric or a piece of writing that just isn’t jelling for you, or a song you’d like to hear someone sing harmony on. Talk about your artistic hopes and fears with someone who has an artist’s share of her own. Each person’s session will be uniquely their own with no set agenda and the goal is to leave you feeling inspired to take the next step in your personal creative journey.
EcodyingPatty fabiabReach out to Patty if interested, this may be full / waitlist.
Garden MosaicsDanielle HolmesWe will be making garden tile mosaics. The mosaic tiles are in kits, and other embellishments will be provided. This fun activity will leave you with a unique decorative piece to enhance your garden. Only five slots.
DrumsDanielle Holmes, Steve LopesDrumming!
Rail Arts and Jam Camp Ladies JamBrandy Ray with Elle Michelle and Colleen MurphyJoin Brandy Ray (Brandywine & the Mighty Fines), Lauren Harris (Elle Michelle’s Grateful Holler), and Colleen Murphey (Bottlerocket Hurricane, Thinning Veil Artworks) for an all levels jam for female-identifying players. Come join in with other women and learn the ins and outs of bluegrass jamming. This will be a safe space for women to take risks, lead songs, learn, and raise their voices together! Bring your instrument and come sing with us. No experience necessary. If you can make some basic chords, we can go from there!
Instrument Upcycling
Colleen MurphyIn this fun and unique class we will turn trash into treasure by creating instrument found art. Using guitar strings as a basic example with wire and wood we will turn our otherwise usless old strings into sculptures to adorn our homes or give as gifts. Bring $25 to cover materials and an old set or 2 of instrument strings to make it your own) I will show you the basics of making a string sculpture tree with used strings and wire. I will also discuss how to turn various instruments (and other trash) into lovely visual art. (Wire cutters & gloves may be shared.You may choose to bring your own.) Limited to 16 students
“Join the Jam” workshopAlan MishellIf you’ve been listening to the jams and are interested in joining in, but don’t quite feel like you’re up to it, come to “Join the Jam” song circle. A friendly place to learn the basics of song circle and jam participation. Learn some tunes, meet some people, play your instrument. Next time you’ll be ready to join right in! Looking forward to playing with you!
Beginning Old-TimeyJeff Haemer
Janel Vanderwarf
A beginners’ workshop offers a lot of bang-for-the-buck. Folks come in thinking they can’t play. Most leave convinced they can. What could be better? I’ll use some simple fiddle tune — maybe ‘Angeline the Baker’ or ‘Going Upstairs’ or even ‘Yankee Doodle’ — to show folks how to learn it, how to think about it, and how to play it with friends, in a jam or for a dance. I may rope my own friends into helping. Bring whatever instrument you play (or want to play). I’ve been teaching beginning old-timey workshops around the country for decades.
Blind WinesBrandy and Josh RayDo you have the nose of a sommelier? Come find out when you wine down with your gal, Brandy. Sip some wine and get some tips on writing tasting notes as we blind taste test, write notes, and compare different wines before revealing the true notes, price, and brand. No wino experience necessary. Tips appreciated to cover bottle costs! Bottles provided by the Ray’s please bring $10+ to cover cost
Clawhammer BanjoLauren Harris
Elle Michelle
You’re invited to take the banjo picks off and learn the basic of Clawhammer style banjo playing!
Boho Wind CatcherKaren BoehmeMake an upcycled Bohemian Wind Catcher! There’s plenty of small tree branches to use as a base here at Parrish Ranch, so we just need you to bring fabrics, beads, found objects, and more to share! Have an old shirt that has meaning but can no longer wear? Bring it! Colorful scarves and bandanas… that’s perfect! Fringes, tassels, cords, ribbons, and costume jewelry are great for adding flair! Just be sure it’s something that you are okay with ripping up and/or deconstructing, because our gathering will be sharing and reassembling materials into pieces to take home. The more variety, the more we can all exchange and make each piece of our own! BYO scissors or anything you think might be helpful (be sure to put your name on it), but this is one of those easy workshops that doesn’t require a lot of skill or tools.