Cambria Pickin' in the Pines

We're Back for 2021!


March 1, 2021

Many of you already know that Dana and Terry retired as directors of this annual event. ‘Tricia and I have volunteered to take this on. This gathering is just too enjoyable to let it fall by the wayside. Dana and Terry have set a very high standard for us to live up to, but we’ll do our very best! Cambria Pickin’ in the Pines is on for 2021.

The 2021 event is scheduled for October 18 – 21 (Monday afternoon through Thursday morning) this year, at Cambria Pines Lodge as before. We’ve been able to hold the registration cost to $281 per guest, which, also as before, includes three catered dinners and two catered lunches. Room reservations are up to each guest to obtain and pay for, but we have contracted a limited number of rooms at heavily discounted prices. See registration details.

A cautionary word – this event is scheduled with the understanding that we can gather safely without special pandemic protocols. If this turns out to be questionable, we will have to defer gathering to 2022. We’ll make a decision more than a month in advance of the start date. We WILL err on the side of safety! If we must defer, any money collected will be 100% refunded, and in time for room reservations to be cancelled within the free cancellation period.


Skip Clayton, Co-Director
Tricia Clayton, Co-Director

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

FYI – Unavoidably, the CAG main event is scheduled for October, starting the 21st, pm., the day we finish. It is an easy drive from Cambria to Dunlap in a day, so attending both our event and CAG’s is not a conflict unless you are attending pre-CAG activities, in which case you’ll have to choose.

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. 

What can you expect at Cambria?

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
  • Private lessons: Time Slots will be available on arrival.

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!

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!