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Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 08/18/2011

UkeFest strums its way to Strathmore

The 2011 Uke Fest is seeking to break the record for most ukuleles played at once, beating the 851 number set in London in June 2009. (Photo by Jim Saah)
Break out your ukuleles - the 3rd annual 2011 Uke Fest is strumming along at Strathmore . On Aug. 24, The Crib at Strathmore turns into a lake of ukulele players, with over 50 performers including the Washington Ukulele Orchestra. Strathmore is also seeking to break the record for biggest ukulele strum-a-long (breaking the 851 ukulele players number set in London in June 2009), and attendees are invited to “B.Y.O.U.” (Bring Your Own Ukulele) or purchase one onsite. The event is free, with food and drinks, available for purchase. The Summer Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Those interested in playing in the strum-a-long must register onsite by 7 p.m. day of festival.

For those interested in either testing the waters or polishing their talent before they arrive at the festival, two Warm-Up Workshops for beginner and intermediate players will be held on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m in the Education Center. The price is $25 for the public and $22.50 for Strathmore Stars. Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. For more information, visit

By Erin Williams  |  11:33 AM ET, 08/18/2011

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