Cambria Pickin’ in the Pines


Logo3October 17-20, 2017

Cambria Pickin’ in the Pines was created to offer autoharp 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 every May until the next California Autoharp Gathering, 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 have been joining us in the fun.

Our first Cambria Pickin’ in the Pines was held at the Pickford House (Mary Pickford) in Cambria in October 2012 with about 20 guests. Bursting at the seams there, we relocated to Cambria Pines Lodge in 2013 and have remained there ever since.  Occupying a small main room for the past three years for dining, workshops, open mics, concerts and jamming, we again have found ourselves bursting at the seams. So in 2017 for our 6th Annual Cambria Pickin’ in the Pines, we are excited to offer a large and lovely room that seats up to 120 guests within the same resort. The event has also been extended from two nights to three nights and four days!

We enjoy open mics where a very supportive audience encourages each of us, while a complete sound system, compliments of Terry Hall, allows us to sound our very best. 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 you private lessons, for a fee, should you desire.  Our 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 our featured performers.  What better way to end a musically inspiring day shared with fellow musicians.

Dave Engels shared in the Autoharp Quarterly, Winter 2016, an article recapping his experience as Cambria Pickin’ in the Pines. To read Dave’s article, please click here.