Commentary: Cordova 4H Music Camp goes virtual

From left, Isla Haisman and Shiloh Wolfe play bass at the Cordova Post Office during a 2019 4H Music Camp fundraiser event. (July 19, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Updated 11:03 a.m.

We are postponing our planned in-person camp while the community recovers from the recent COVID outbreak. In the meantime, we have some fun ways to make music together in the coming weeks, and later in the summer when it’s safe, we plan to offer some in-person special events for kids including in-person jams, workshops, and a special Alaska Native drum making class with Brooke Mallory.

First: Next week, July 19-23, in lieu of our planned in-person camp, we will have daily kids music jams on Zoom. If you’re already registered for camp, you’ll get an email with details to join in. If you are not registered and you’d like to attend, send an email to cordovabluegrass@gmail.com.

Second: Borrow an instrument! If you want to check out a 4H instrument — guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, fiddles, and more — come to St. George’s Church this Sunday, July 18 between 3-5 p.m. Instrument rentals are free during the pandemic, donations are welcome. We’ll also have ukuleles for sale on Sunday for $55. Please wear masks to instrument checkout.

Third: Cordova 4H Music Camp is so grateful to the Rasmuson Foundation for a nearly $15,000 grant to produce a special Music Camp in a Bag for all Cordova kids as well as kids in Chenega, Yakutat, and Tatitlek — a total of over 500 students. We’ll have details on how Cordova kids can pick up these wonderful bags filled with instruments, projects, and musical activities in the coming weeks.

Keep an eye on the Cordova 4H Music Camp Facebook page and the cordovamusiccamp.org website. We’ll spread the word as we schedule future events.