Ukelele players swarm Strathmore for 2011 Uke Fest

August 19, 2011

Break out your ukuleles — the third annual Uke Fest is strumming along at the Music Center at Strathmore.

On Wednesday, the Crib at Strathmore turns into a lake of ukulele players, with more than 50 performers, including the Washington Ukulele Orchestra.

Strathmore is also seeking to break the record for biggest ukulele strum-a-long (breaking the 851-player record set in London in June 2009). Attendees are invited to “B.Y.O.U.” (Bring Your Own Ukulele) or purchase one onsite.

The event is free, with food, drinks and blankets available for use. 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.

For those interested in either testing the waters or polishing their talent before they arrive, two Warm-Up Workshops for beginner and intermediate players will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Education Center. The price is $25 for the public and $22.50 for Strathmore Stars.

Strathmore is at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. For information, visit strathmore.org.

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