The redhead with two dogs meets the lassie down the street with two dogs. They commit to jam every Tuesday night on their ukuleles, non-stop! And, non-stop they do. Eventually their ukulele collection gets out of hand (you know how we ukulele lovers are.) They soon discover that when they show up with a ukulele, shit happens. Good shit!
We like to keep it short and sweet. Actually, one of is short, the other … well, we’ll let you decide. After bopping around the uke scene, we got antsy! Hence, with divine guidance, and a little bit of spice, the Sassy Lassie Ukulele Retreat was born.
This is us … the highlights. The lowlights are in a bank vault in Bermuda.
Diana Youngblood is a fiesty redhead whose superpower allows her to be a plan-a-freaking-maniac. Whether she is orchestrating girls’ nights, large-scale women’s expos, publishing a magazine, planning staycations, vacations, or a simple picnic, she just bloody-well can’t stop.
She wears many hats, with her favorite being the giant peacock feathered, award-winning hat at the latest high tea fundraiser.
By day she is an educator, by night ... well, think Lois Lane, Marian the Librarian, or Janet from Rocky Horror Picture Show … OK, you get the idea.
She has enjoyed more than 30 years in the music education arena throughout the midwest and southwest Florida. Wearing her responsible day hat, she has toured as an artist-in-residence, published award-winning books and music, written curriculum, developed programs through symphonic orchestras, and she currently teaches piano, ukulele and voice in her private home studio, and at a school in southwest Florida where her students begin their ukulele experience in kindergarten.
Her inspirational style and passion for teaching has been described as “a breath of fresh air.”
With her ukulele pals she is known as “Gingah.”
SASSY LASSIES SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES
"We had so much fun. What I remember most from the very first time was your guidance and encouragement to put ourselves out there. I fell in love with a microphone and became an insufferable mic hog. May the Sassies live on! Thank you for making it all happen."
"Another great magical weekend. It was great! Thank you for coordinating."
"Thanks for organizing the retreat. It was so much fun."
"Thank you for inspiring me! You have helped me step out of my comfort zone."
Carole Morris-McHugh is from Scotland which means she has superpowers in the areas of drinking, swearing and fighting; all while wearing a kilt.
In the corporate world, she was a professional writer and communications consultant. In the non-corporate world, after a very early retirement, she is now a music-loving gypsy. Well, she doesn’t have a gaily-painted wooden caravan, but she did have a very cute little RV by the name of Trixie.
Carole has had musical experiences and adventures while living in Scotland, Toronto, New Jersey, Houston, Vancouver, and Florida, and traveling to too many places to mention.
No matter where she is living, she loves to give back to her community. Over the years she has been a volunteer ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher - helping clients develop a lovely Scottish accent along the way. (Salty swearing forbidden.) She has also had incredibly rewarding volunteer experience with Hospice, and with several dog rescue and Humane Society groups.
Playing the ukulele and singing gives her ultimate joy! She has too many pastimes to list, tops for her are cross stitching, fire walking, dog walking and cliff diving.
With her ukulele pals she is irreverently known as “Queen of Scots,” or simply, “Queenie.”
"What an outrageous, amazing weekend! I needed this time away so bad, and then ... this weekend exceeded all my expectation. There's nothing better than music, laughter,, newfound friends, good wine, and no curfew. Thank you Sassies! You rock."
"I love your dedication to the Sassy Lassies. It was great spending quality time with wonderful women and adding great songs to our repertoire."
"A truly magical weekend indeed, thank you both for such a pleasure to meet you and the others - really harmonizing group, felt friends for ever!! Magical! You are incredible ladies. Such a feel-good time through music. THE best!!!"
"You both have such a beautiful passion for music and it shows in your retreat."