Welcome to Camp New Harmony: SFFMC’s New Year’s celebration for Club members and their families. This year we will sing, dance, and jam for five days in the quiet rolling hills between Santa Rosa and Calistoga. Register in advance for all or any part of camp and be assured of meals in the dining room. Please read the information below carefully. For photos, more info, and a registration form, go to Camp New Harmony on the Club home page.
New This Year: A 12 or 21 passenger shuttle bus will loop camp between 10:00 am and Midnight, Thursday–Sunday, and possibly late on New Year’s Eve. It will be able to carry personal, electric scooters, and may possibly be wheelchair accessible. More details in the Nov/Dec folknik. We hope this will make camp more comfortable and accessible for all. Because the bus will not be running 24/7, housing assignments will be about the same as last year. For the safety of all, and so the bus and Newman maintenance staff have a clear path, driving personal vehicles around camp will be prohibited, even if you have a disabled parking permit.
If you or someone in your party will need to use a wheelchair at camp, please let Katie know as soon as possible so we can be sure to get a wheelchair-accessible bus.
Gluten-Free Meals Option: If you are requesting gluten-free meals this year, please also indicate whether you are an Omnivore or Vegetarian.
Price Increase: Camp Newman has increased their rent (for all their clients, not just SFFMC) and so we have had to increase our rates. Register early and for full camp to get the best deal (and best housing assignments). Also, please request a campership of anywhere between 5–50% if that enables you to come to camp. This is our way of doing a sliding scale and has worked well for many years because of the generosity of those who donate to the campership fund. Thank you! (Call Katie if you have any questions: , before 9:00 pm, please.)
Activities: Harmony is a self-made music camp for our Club members of all ages and experience levels. There is no hired staff for leading activities. Any camper can sign up to teach or lead a workshop, no experience necessary, and this is a great place to learn to teach.
We organize beginning workshops in guitar, fiddle, voice and dance before camp. If you can lead a beginning workshop or have an instrument to loan to a beginners class (especially a guitar or fiddle), please note it on your registration form or contact Katie ( The camp will appreciate all your help!)
Though some workshops are pre-planned, many of the workshop times and areas are available for sign-up at camp. Anyone can attend any workshop that is given, and beginners are especially urged to try anything they think they might like. Activities with children in mind are welcomed and encouraged.
Each evening there is a concert and a different themed dance in the dance hall. The concerts are planned entirely at camp, so prepare something special to show off or be inspired once you get here. All performers are welcome. For a list of workshops and evening dances offered at past camps, check our Website.
Housing & Parking: Our lease requires that all housing be pre-assigned. The camp is terraced into the hillside amidst many fruit trees and small paved roads. It encompasses approximately 10 acres and comprises over 70 living units. Each living unit has its own bathroom and sleeps anywhere from 2 to 10 people. Most units are vehicle accessible but parking is limited—all campers are strongly encouraged to carpool. A very limited number of single units are available for an extra fee. Please clearly indicate your housing preferences on your registration form.
Housing is assigned based on need and on when your registration is received—the earlier you register and the more detailed information you provide on your registration form, the more likely you will get your preferred housing arrangements. Camping and RVs are not allowed. Please call Katie if you have any questions about housing options. (Teens and Young Adults: if you want to stay in a dorm together, please indicate this on your registration form!)
Camper Chores: All campers age 6 and up do chores at camp. This is part of your camp fee and is how we keep our camp costs low. Upon arrival, you’ll sign up for an hour or two of chores. Chores include after-camp clean up, parking duty, moving tables and chairs in the dining room and dance hall, minding the sales table, helping in the crafts room, etc.
Camperships & the Campership Fund: The Club offers fee reductions known as “camperships” to those who would not otherwise be able to attend camp. Everyone is eligible for these funds, but the supply is limited. The funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, on the honor system. We encourage you to register early if asking for a campership. To apply, register for the days you wish, calculate the fees, then calculate a discount up to 50%. Write this in the appropriate spot on the registration form. Subtract and send a check for the reduced fee. We will notify you promptly if the fund has been used up.
Tax-deductible donations to the Campership Fund are welcome and appreciated! You may add your donation to your camp fee. If you have any questions call or email Katie:
People with Children: We now have lots of family and infant-friendly housing! We will provide interested families a list of other families attending camp. We know camp is expensive for families. We encourage you to register early and take a campership, if you need one to come to camp. If you have any questions call or email Katie!
People with Disabilities: If you require special housing because of a disability, please indicate this on your registration form and call or e-mail Katie to discuss housing options.
Registration: Contact the registrar, Katie Riemer: (before 9:00 pm, please) OR e-mail (include “Harmony” in subject line). More info at www.sffmc.org
Experience the driving rhythms of chanteys and the beauty of seafaring ballads from the wooden decks of the historic sailing ship Balclutha, berthed at Hyde Street Pier on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Join the park in its 23rd year of presenting sea music’s outstanding performers.
All concerts begin 8:00 pm. Tickets: $14 general, $12 members. Tickets available at www.maritime.org, by calling 415-561-6662, or in person at The Maritime Store, 2905 Hyde St., at the entrance to Hyde Street Pier. Evening of show, Maritime Store serves as box office.
Saturday, Sept. 24: The Cutters. “A homegrown Irish folk sound with each member of the family pitching in. They bring banjo, fiddle, guitar, Irish tinwhistle, bodhran, and cultivated vocals to evoke the timeless relevance of folk music.”—Dave Beck, KUOW FM, Seattle.
Saturday, Oct. 15: David Coffin. From New England, David has performed traditional and contemporary sea music from Europe and North America since 1980. Accompanying himself on concertina, his venues range from concert halls and coffeehouses to schools, radio, and museums. David is one of three singers featured on a just released CD of Civil War songs.
Saturday, Nov. 19: Holdstock And Macleod. Performing together for over 30 years, Dick Holdstock and Allan Macleod captivate audiences with authentic renditions of songs from their homelands of England and Scotland. Trading off on guitar and mandolin, their songs provide an extraordinary glimpse into a not so distant maritime past.
Fiddletown, California celebrates 60 years of fiddling at their annual Fiddler’s Jamboree and Street Fair on Sept. 17, 10:00–5:00 pm.
Join them as they close down the street, tune up the strings, and enjoy a day-long festival of music, food and crafts. There’s wine-tasting, a fiddle contest and a horseshoe contest, unique crafts, cowboy poetry and much more. Brothers Comatose and Laura Lind are on the entertainment bill and there’s more to come. Bring your instruments! More info at www.fiddletownca.com, (209) 245-6239.
The third annual El Cerrito Free Folk Festival is coming to Windrush School on October 22nd, from noon until 10:00 pm.
The festival has been popular and well received by both the city of El Cerrito and the greater folk community, and we’re expecting another great time this year. Some of the performers already confirmed include the Lonestar Retrobates, Hali Hammer, The Harkenbacks, AK and her Kalashnikovs, Shay Black and many, many more.
There will be several stages, workshops, a family program, and as always, plenty of jamming.
We will once again be sponsored by the San Francisco Folk Music Club, the city of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission, and Windrush School, which is donating their beautiful and historic school with several acres of hillside campus. The School is totally green and wheelchair accessible and a short walk from El Cerrito Del Norte BART station and AC Transit.
The Festival is completely free and open to the public because everyone—the performers, the staff, and all the people who help out are donating their time and energy.
Volunteer! We always need more help. You can volunteer at Check out our website at www.elcerritofolkfest.org, for more details as they come in.
We wish to thank our members who decline mailings and choose to access the folknik online, thereby saving postage and printing costs.
However, because of bulk mail regulations and procedures, it is more cost effective to send all members this issue along with the new Membership Directory. We return to our regular mailing program with the next issue. If you have no need for this printed folknik, please pass it on to a friend who may be interested in the SFFMC!
The fold-in is at noon, Sunday, October 30, at the home of Joan Hall and Abe Feinberg,
The more, the merrier. Help with the folknik, enjoy a meal afterwards, and make music. Bring a potluck dish and instruments.