Cambria Pickin' in the Pines

October 22-25, 2019

Cambria Pickin’ in the Pines was created to offer autoharp and other stringed instrument enthusiasts a supportive venue where all can comfortably relax in a resort atmosphere while being musically motivated and inspired through jamming, workshops, open mic experiences, and concerts. We offer an atmosphere of learning and enjoyment with an unhurried schedule, resort style accommodations and complete meals.

Because so many of us found it a long stretch of time waiting from California Autoharp Gathering (CAG) every May until the next CAG, we chose to create this venue. We wanted to be centrally located between northern and southern California to make the location convenient for all California guests. As it turns out, now folks from all over the United States come to Cambria to join in the fun.

Our first Cambria Pickin’ in the Pines was held at the Mary Pickford House in Cambria in October 2013 with about 20 guests. Bursting at the seams there, we relocated to Cambria Pines Lodge in 2014 and have remained there ever since. In 2017 we extended the event from two nights to three nights and four days. In 2019 for our 7th Annual Cambria Pickin’ in the Pines, in our endeavor to maintain intimacy, we are excited to again offer our lovely and spacious room to the first 50 registrants.

What is new for 2019? Well, for starters:

  • Separate jams designed for beginners and intermediate/advanced players
  • Specialized jams for various genre’s of music
  • Organized jam leadership
  • Interactive workshops to practice what is being taught
  • More Open Mic time

What makes it fun?

We enjoy open mics using a complete sound system while a very supportive audience encourages you.  There are always vocalists and musicians with other accompanying instruments available to accompany you for Open Mic.

All of the featured performers are there to offer private lessons, for a small fee, should you desire.  The workshops are very informative and inspiring.  In between all of these events, you can jam away to your heart’s content.  Each night we close with a concert put on by a featured performer.  What better way to end a musically inspiring day shared with fellow musicians!

In 2019 make this your musical vacation!  Stay a few extra days (discounted rates apply) visiting Hearst Castle, art galleries, the elephant seals along the rugged coastline, and Cambria’s farmers’ market, and great dining establishments!