Wander Down 2019
Workshops & Activities
All Workshops are included in the price of your ticket. Workshops are first come, first serve. VIP ticket holders are guaranteed a spot in all classes.
Barn Dance/Halloween Costume Party - Saturday Night
Called by the always hilarious, Keith Yoder, this event is an absolute blast. Music provided by participating artists and campers. No experience necessary. Just don’t take yourself too seriously and wear your Halloween costume if you packed one! (Costume not required.)
Band Scramble - Sunday Morning
The band scramble is one of the highlights of the Wander Down, whether you are participating or spectating. On Friday, enter your name and instrument on the sign up sheet in the Dining Hall. On Sunday morning, we’ll randomly generate bands from the entries and announce them from the Lake stage. Each new band will then have 20 minutes to rehearse, come up with a band name, and prepare 2 songs to perform on stage.
Kids Trick-or-Treating - Saturday Afternoon
Don’t forget your kids’ Halloween costumes this year. They’ll be needed to trick-or-treat from our artists in the Dining Hall on Saturday. Participating artists from this year’s lineup will be be handing out candy to kids in costume. Kids 16 and under are welcome.
Planted-Based Ticketed Dinner - Saturday Night at 6:00
This year, Joe Zich of 309 Cultures, will return to host another fantastic dinner party featuring all organic,raw, and plant-based cuisine. This one of a kind dinner experience with a capacity of 20 people is a great chance to learn more about plant-based cuisine and meet other like-minded campers! Cost is $30 per person. Click here to purchase your ticket.
Open Mic - Friday afternoon
This year, we’ll be offering both a youth and an adult open mic. We recommend arriving a few minutes early to sign up as there is limited time for both. Spectators welcome! Hosted by Keith Yoder.
There will be open jam areas (both indoor and outdoor) available all weekend. Areas for beginner and intermediate jams will be designated. Just show up and join the fun!
Art & Outdoor Education Workshops:
Illinois Native Plants and Foraging - Adults
This workshop is designed as an introductory course to common, local plant species, with an emphasis on edible plants. Attendees will be introduced to a variety of interesting species and taught basic foraging skills. Of course, we will introduce you to the plants you need to stay away from, too!
"Wandering" About Sign Lanquage? - All Ages
Come and learn how to sign the chorus to The Way Down Wanderers tune, “Moonglow Carolina.” We will practice and then when we are ready, you will be invited on stage Sunday to use your signing skills while WDW plays the song. No experience necessary...bring your enthusiasm and your love for music and we'll have a fun time. Ages 10 and up. Limited to 10 participants.
Adult Paint Party Workshop - Adults
Join us as we paint & create an 11x14 canvas. This fun 2 hour session only requires an open mind and good vibes! We will be painting a fall inspired picture. All supplies are included and no experience needed. I will help guide and inspire you to make it your own masterpiece and find the artist within! Ages 13 and up. Limited to 30 painters.
The Beatnik Poetry Coffeehouse - Adults
Come warm up with a cup of coffee and snap your fingers. In this workshop, lead by John Williams of The Way Down Wanderers, guests are encouraged to bring original material to perform onstage. Dust off those old notebooks you won't ever show anybody!
Gong Sounds Meditation - Adults
Workshop will begin with gentle yoga like movement, so that the body can relax during GONG Session. The sound of the gong creates deep relaxation and works as a vibrational massage that stimulates circulation while its wide range of frequencies stimulate nerve endings. The gong also works deeply on the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies.
Hiking Safety & Survival Tips - Adults
Our Hiking Safety and Survival Tips seminar is designed to keep you safe in the woods. Attendees will be taught to pack an outdoor survival kit and familiarized with the items that can help ensure a safe trip outdoors. In the unfortunate event that an outdoor hike turns into a survival situation, we will also provide a number of tips that will help you find your way to safety.
Beginner's Bird Watching - Adults
Wake up early and learn the basics of bird watching including where to watch, how to identify birds using a field guide, and how to record your finds. By the end you'll even be able to contribute to Cornell Univeristy's ornithology database! Limited to 20 participants.
Make your own Rain Stick - Kids
Recomended for children ages 5 and up. (Younger children may participate with help from a parent.) In this class you will make a rain stick out of basic everyday materials.There will be many materials for decorating and customizing your rain stick. Weather you want to shake it all night or just softly like the morning rain, this musical instrument is fun for all! Limited to 15 participants.
Knot Tying - Kids
Bring your children to learn a brand new skill set in knot tying! Demonstrations will include picture examples, as well as a hands on learning experience. Attendees will also be taught the importance of knot tying skills and how these skills are used in outdoor environments. Each child will be able to use their new skills to design a bracelet to take home. Ages 5 and up.
Recycling Activity - Kids
This workshop is designed to teach young festival goers all about recycling! Attendees will be taught about the importance of recycling, types of items that can be recycled, how to sort and store recyclables, and how to talk to adults about starting a recycling program in their home or school. The workshop will conclude with a fun recyclable sorting activity. Ages 4 and up.
Beetles, Butterflies, and Bumble Bees - Kids
Kids of all ages are welcome to come and learn about the magical world of bugs! Learn how bugs work, how to collect and identify them, and how to preserve them to share knowledge with others! Ages 5 and up. Limited to 15 participants.
Face Painting - Kids
This is for kids of all ages! (Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult) Select from many of your favorite images including: characters, animals, tiaras and heroes. Weather it is face paint or arm art, you will be colorful for the festival! Please allow 10-15 minutes per child in each line. This activity is first come first serve.
Kids Jam with The Way Down Wanderers
Instruments not required but strongly encouarged. Rainmakers and spoons are welcomed! Ages 7 and up. Learn a song with The Way Down Wanderers and perform it with them on the Main Stage, Sunday afternoon!
How to Play the Spoons - Kids
Learn the basics of spoons playing with John Merikoski of The Way Down Wanderers! Ages 5 and up. Be sure and bring your own spoons.
So You Want to Try Guitar? - Adults
Beginning guitar with Keith Yoder. This is a group class. Guitar required. Mature children, accompanied by an adult are welcome.
So You Want to Try Mandolin? - Adults
Beginning mandolin by Andy Hatfield. This is a group class. Mandolin required. Mature children, accompanied by an adult are welcome.
So You Want to Try Banjo? - Adults
Beginning banjo by Keith Yoder. This is a group class. Banjo required. Mature children, accompanied by an adult are welcome.
Intermediate Guitar - Adults
Intermediate guitar skills by Andy Hatfield. This is a group class. Guitar and basic guitar skills required. Mature children who can play the guitar are welcome in this class as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
So You Want to Try Harmony Singing? - Adults
With Keith Yoder & Andy Hatfield. Learn the basics of harmony singing by singing simple songs together as a group!
Song Writing: Arrangement & Form - Adults
The Way Down Wanderers talk about their song-writing process, play a few songs and answer questions about their lyrics and melodies.
Bluegrass Ambassadors - All Ages
Experience music from far off lands, hear stories of wild adventures and walk away with a deeper understanding of places unknown -The Henhouse Prowlers
Intro to Jamming - All Ages
Keith Yoder will make you feel comfortable in a jam situation by teaching jam etiquette and basics. Learn and play a simple song in a group setting. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All string instruments welcome. Instrument required.
Intermediate Jam - Adults
This jam will be led by Andy Hatfield and is designed for participants who have participated in group jams before. All string instruments welcome.
Older children with advanced skills and an accompanying parent are welcome.
Advanced Jam - Adults
This jam will be led by Keith Yoder & Andy Hatfield and is designed for advanced players. Solos and song suggestions will be encouraged! All string instruments welcome.
Strategies for Song Writing:
How to Unstuck Yourself - Adults
A workshop which helps songwriters at any level develop ways to finish their ideas and combat pitfalls such as ‘the second verse curse’ with Micahlan Boney.
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