“Glamping” At Riverhawk

Givens-Style Glamping Via the Airstream

What is “glamping” you might ask?  Well, “glamping” is a term used for glamorous camping and what better way to do that than at a music festival.  Those glamorous festival goers love to camp in style in an Airstream or mobile home. Here is the way it is done by our guest writer Tim & Blair Givens and friends.

Riverhawk Music Festival 2018

Each year it begins in April at String Fest (another yearly festival ) in Brooksville, Florida, when you sign up to keep your reservation for Riverhawk. We begin preparing the trailer and discussing plans with our fellow campers. We typically have about 12 or so at our site , staying in trailers or tents.

Glamping & Formal Dining

Group dinners are always the center of discussion and prepared by a different group each night, Breakfast and lunch are found at a variety of great food booths around the venue. Peggy always prepares epic cheese eggs grits on Sundays .

Our days begin early, re-stoking the previous nights fire, coffee, walks through the campsite, tidying up the camp and then a bike ride through the hills. The music begins at noon and runs through out the day on three stages, ending around midnight.
that’s when the real fun begins. lots of jamming around campfires and ending in the wee hours .

Jamming With Other Musicians

Before you know it , the weekend is over, camps are breaking down and the talk is of reconnecting at String Break in April.

Our guest writer is Tim Givens of Palm Beach, a mandolin and banjo player and student for many years.  Tim is an avid boater, skier and camper.


About fretmentor

Born in Detroit, Michigan, David F. Jakubiak has been involved in music since the age of 7, beginning as a clarinet player and then at 9 turning his attention to stringed instruments. He earned trophies in group talent competitions while a student at the University of Michigan. The instructor earned a BA degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Kansas. At college, he also studied classical music and music history. His passion is teaching music and in performing as a musician. In addition to on-stage performances, David has played in various venues from outdoor festivals to small nightclubs. He plays, performs and teaches various styles of music, including rock, pop, blues, jazz, classical, country and bluegrass styles. He performs and teaches acoustic and electric guitar, five-string banjo, and mandolin. His styles range from Scruggs, melodic, Reno and old-time style on banjo, to finger-style and flat-picking technique on guitar, to various styles of mandolin. For over 45 years, Mr. Jakubiak has taught all age groups, taking a personal interest in each student to ensure that they receive the attention and lesson plans that meet their needs and interests. His lessons and instructional materials place a strong emphasis on the practical use or music theory to ensure that the student understands the instrument and learns how to improvise to develop their own style. Mr Jakubiak teaches group and studio classes, webcam lessons over the internet, and individual private lessons to students of various ages. He has compiled and produced eight instructional books on CD as well as numerous instrumental arrangements. David has written for Banjo Newsletter, a monthly publication for the banjo enthusiast and has published an article in Issue #37 of the Fretboard Journal. He is the founder of www.fretmentor.com. To contact David Jakubiak, please feel free to e-mail him at david AT fretmentor.com (substitute the @ sign for the word AT)
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