Cambria Pickin' in the Pines

The latest as of 4-23-2022: we will defer until 2023, due to 1) Covid and protocol concerns, 2) the cost of the event, and 3) unresponsiveness of the venue in my attempts to reach someone in order to change the meeting room to the smaller, lower-cost room.

We do plan to have the event in 2023, in the usual timeframe, but probably at a different suitable venue.  Details to be announced. 


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

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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!