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Drop in to Camp Harmony

Camp Harmony will run from Thursday, December 27, 2007 through Tuesday, January 1, 2008. (For details, go to www.sffmc.org). It's a special place where we sing, dance, play tunes, eat good food, make fun crafts and hug friends old & new. It's held at Camps Campbell and Harmon, 3 miles north of Boulder Creek, CA on Highway 9. You can take Route 9 up the hill out of Saratoga or come in from Scott's Valley where Routes 17 and 9 intersect.

You can still come to Camp Harmony even if you didn't register! All club members are invited to drop in to camp for one or more days. (A drop in day is for 24 hours, from 2:00 pm one day to 2:00 pm the next and includes a bed in Camp Campbell but does not include meals. Some meals may be available at the Meal Sales Box at the registration desk.)

Standard drop-in prices are $66 per day (no meals) for adults (over 12), $33 (no meals) for children 3-12, and free for kids under 3.

Camp Harmony is great for picking sessions which happen impromptu anywhere - like in the registration hall - at all hours of the day or night. There are also many other sessions (Irish, old-time, what-have-you) scheduled as workshops. Singing workshops and late night singing abound when you come and help make them happen. The dance hall jumps with contra, Irish, French and any other dance forms you care to teach and lead. If you feel like performing, sign up for an evening concert.

Experienced campers can reserve their favorite chores early this year. Contact Ellen Eagan at or Katie at to volunteer early for chores like cleanup, kitchen and parking.

So come on and join the fine Camp Harmony atmosphere!

Labor Heritage Festival

The 23rd Annual Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival is a weekend of solidarity honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in an era of war, racism, and hard times.

The festival is Jan 18-20, at the SEIU Local 1021 "Five to One" Building, across the street from 350 Kansas St. (between 16th & 17th Streets), San Francisco. The festival features music, drama, visual arts, spoken word and much more.

Performers and workshops include: Bay Area Rockin' Solidarity Labor Heritage Chorus, Jimmy Collier, La Paz, Avotja, Lincoln Cushing, Make Your Own Bumper Sticker, Desert Rat: The U.S. labor movement and antiwar activism, Labor Landmarks workshop, with the Labor Archives and Research Center, Films from the S.F. Freedom School, word, song and poetry swap, photography and more to come as invited performers confirm.

Volunteers are needed to help with transportation, housing, and food in exchange for registration fees. Contact coordinator Kendyll Stansbury,

INFO: www.docspopuli.org/WesternWorkers.html or contact Kendyll Stansbury,

Fold-in/Folk Sing February 24

The fold-in is at noon, Sunday, February 24, at the home of Abe and Joan Feinberg.

The more, the merrier. Help with the folknik, enjoy a meal afterwards, and make music. Bring a potluck dish and instruments.

Ellen Robinson at Anna's

Ellen Robinson returns to Anna's Jazz Island for Valentine's Day weekend 2008. Make your plans now for a cozy dinner & great music on Saturday, February 16, 8:00-11:30 pm. It will be another rollicking and heart-felt evening of live music: romantic ballads, gusty blues, timeless jazz standards, and some of her own original material. Let's pack the house...again!

Ellen performs with some of the Bay Area's finest musicians: Jon Herbst - Piano, Bud Spangler - Drums, John Schifflett - Bass, Anton Schwartz - Sax.

INFO: www.ellenrobinson.com, www.annasjazzisland.com, 510-841-5299. Anna's is at 2120 Allston Way at Shattuck, Berkeley. $12.00 cover. Since we sold out last time, reservations are definitely needed!

Rise up Singing Fame

Rise Up Singing was mentioned in Dr. Andrew Weil's Self Healing newsletter, in the December, 2007 issue.

In an article titled "Welcoming the Winter Solstice," he said that to celebrate this year, he would spend the evening with close friends - preparing holiday foods and sitting around a fire, telling stories and singing - and that they choose an eclectic mix of favorite songs from Rise up Singing.

House Concerts

Lisa Ornstein and Andre Marchand, master fiddler and guitarist/singer of traditional music from Quebec will give a series of Bay Area house concerts and workshops in January. All admission contributions go directly to the performers so come out and support, sing and learn with your fellow musicians.

Raise Hell and Voice for Molly

Song submissions accepted until Jan 16th! The "Ballad of Molly Ivins" Songwriting Contest honors the legacy and spirit of Molly Ivins, the progressive syndicated columnist from Texas, who spoke truth to power with wit and style. It has been initiated by the "Raise Hell for Molly Ivins Campaign." The goal is to find a song reflecting Ivins' spirit and courage.

The contest runs until January 16th, 2008. The winner will be announced on January 30th, the one-year anniversary of Molly's passing. Judges include Country Joe McDonald, Ronnie Gilbert, Utah Phillips, and Kinky Friedman.

Find out how to enter at www.raisehellformollyivins.org.

Kerrville Songwriting Contest

Songwriters are invited to submit "original compositions dedicated to a social or political issue of concern" to the Fourth Music To Life Contest, sponsored by the Public Domain Foundation and Kerrville Folk Festival. "Finalists receive travel stipends and free passes to the Kerrville Folk Festival." Donations of up to $1000 will be made to charities selected by the winners, who can perform their song on various stages at the Kerrville Festival, in Texas. Recordings of the concert will be sold to raise funds for the Foundation, which has distributed almost $2 million since 1971 to children and family services organizations.

The panel of judges will include Judy Collins, Christine Lavin, Holly Near, Tom Paxton, Noel Paul Stookey, Mary Travers, and Peter Yarrow. The deadline for entries is February 1, 2008. INFO: www.pdfoundation.org

Author's Talk: Woody Guthrie and the Great American Folksong

"Woody Guthrie And the Great American Folksong" will be discussed by author and journalist Tim Holt Monday, January 14 at 7 p.m. at the Sunset Library, 1305 18th Ave. at Irving. The event is free. Holt will also perform songs that tell a "people's history" of this country, from the settling of the West to the Dust Bowl era. For more info call (415) 355-2808 or (530) 235-4034.

Next Hootenanny: Saturday, February 9

Hootenanny Night is Closed in January BOO HOO! But fret not, Freda. We Will Return Saturday, February 9th with Misisipi Mike and friends. For more info go to www.sfhootenanny.com And stop by our myspace site, www.myspace.com/sfhootenannynight

We now have a bunch of songs up featuring some of our favorite HOOTENANNY NIGHT performers. Two of these tracks are very special live performances (Yes, recorded LIVE AT THE HOOT, thanks Bart!) that are only available here. If you haven't done so yet, be sure to FRIEND us. We love new friends!

--Richard Rice

Neal Walters Dulcimer Workship in Aptos March 1

The Redwood Mountain Dulcimer Group will be putting on a workshop (mountain dulcimer) and concert (mountain dulcimer, autoharp, banjo) by Neal Walters in Aptos on March 1st. Neal will also be giving private lessons in Los Altos on February 29th. Contact Ron Beardslee for further information: