Just a note (and a photo) to bring y’all “up-to- speed”. First, the new ad for the Julian Family Fiddle Camp (JFFC) is ready and soon to be sported on a few relevant websites, and printed in some select hard-copy magazines (You can view the ad by clicking on the following link: JFFC Ad – 2012). Second, I am pleased to report that JFFC instructor, Katie Harvey, took away first prize as the champion Scottish-style fiddler at this year’s Highland Games in Ventura, CA. As if this wasn’t enough, Katie traded the plaid for overalls and, the following day, won the advanced fiddle division at the Old-time Fiddlers Convention and Festival in Goleta, CA. Her brother, Thomas, took first in beginning mandolin, and my daughter, Shira, took second in intermediate fiddle. They were quite happy with their respective showings, and riding the joy of the day, formed an impromptu band with some new-found fiddling friends, Anya and Obin Sturm, and together took first-place in the novice band category! Below’s a picture of Anya, Katie, Thomas, Obin and Shira. WTG you guys!