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Labor Day Camp -- Boulder Creek

The SFFMC campout will once again be in the redwoods at the Boulder Creek Scout Reservation, near Boulder Creek (off Hwy. 9, south of Big Basin State Park, on Bear Creek Road - the same place as last year's Labor Day and July 4 campouts.) Please register early; the ranger wants an approximate advance count of attendees. We'll send a confirmation letter and directions after you register. (For a printable registration form, click here.) If you have friends who are interested in folk music, please invite them to come to this campout. It is not necessary to be a member of the SFFMC to attend the campout. We usually have plenty of room. There are tent spaces and eight tent cabins with cots, plus parking for RVs.

Day Use

The day use fee is $5.00.

RV Parking

RVs: park in the parking lot unless otherwise directed by the Ranger.

Workshops

We would like to keep up the workshop tradition at summer campouts. Several people have given workshops recently. Our thanks! Let's do it again.

Anyone can lead a workshop. All you need to do is to set up a bulletin board like the one at Camp Harmony - a large board or piece of cardboard with marked days and time slots. List your workshop with the subject, the leader's name, and the place, e.g. in the kitchen, around the pool, etc. Just set up the bulletin board at camp near registration, or some other central area.

Parking and Unloading

The parking lot has been enlarged to hold about 95 vehicles, which should help with parking space. We must park in the parking lot and are not allowed to drive into campsites. Two or three cars at a time will be allowed through the gate, near sites, but not into them-to unload and reload after camp. Do not drive off the paved road without permission. There are hand carts for carrying gear to campsites. Pack light!

SFFMC volunteers will register campers and direct parking; please follow their directions. Back vehicles into spaces after unloading.

Volunteers & help needed

We need everyone over 12 years old to do an hour of camp duty: registration and parking, cleanup after the potluck, or cleanup of camp on the last day. We always need parking lot volunteers, especially on Saturday afternoon and Monday morning - the morning we leave.

Final camp cleanup includes the kitchen, restrooms and litter patrol. These jobs are essential, and we always need volunteers for them! Please sign up for them at the registration desk as soon as you can after arriving.

Other Volunteer Jobs

Early arrivals (check-in is 2:00 pm the first day) can help post signs, register and direct parking. Email if you‘ll be there early - or just come to the registration table at camp.

Help us fill the following jobs in advance: e-mail or

Registration supervisors: preferably people who have done registration before.

This job can be divided into two or more blocks of time per day.

Cleanup coordinator: preferably someone who has done cleanup before.

Please show up for your chore. If you can't, leave a note at the registration desk so we can cover the time.

Quiet hours

Neighbors are directly across Bear Creek, so try to keep singing and talking quiet after 10:00 pm Keep any circles that will go later than 10:00 p.m. as far from Bear Creek as possible.

T-shirts

SFFMC T-shirts will be on sale at the registration table. Price: $15.00 each, blue or maroon in various sizes.

Saturday Night Potluck

Potluck at the outside dining area near the camp kitchen on Saturday night at 6:00 pm and an open-mic in the amphitheater afterwards. There will be a signup sheet. Ask at the registration table. We have had a suggestion to have children, especially younger ones, at the start of the open mike before they get tired.

You may store potluck food in the kitchen's fridge or freezer until the dinner. Label your food, and do not leave anything in the refrigerator or freezer when you leave camp. The deadline to retrieve food will be posted - it's usually at 11:00 a.m. on the last day. We can use the stoves, pots and pans, serving dishes and utensils, etc. in the kitchen. Bring your own plates and silverware. Sorry, there's no dish washing machine. So, please clean up any dishes that you use and take care of any food left over by about 7:30 p.m. Either throw away any leftovers, or leave them in the refrigerator labeled "Free - help yourself," or a similar sign.

Swimming

We plan to have a lifeguard for Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 - 4:00 pm. Watch for a poster at the pool or registration table.

Garbage

"Pack it in, pack it up." At camp's end, please designate a person to bag trash from your campsite's garbage can. Carry it to the ranger's trailer near the maintenance shed (across from the kitchen; look for signs). Use plastic bags hanging from the trash cans in your campsite. Check the kitchen for extra bags (in one of the drawers with the cleaning supplies) or check the men's restroom near the dining hall). Bottles and cans may be recycled in the appropriate bins; some are near the kitchen building.

Living with War Hootenanny

The next two SF Hootenanny nights are July 14 & August 11, at the Cafe International 508 Haight Street (at Fillmore), SF; 7:00 - 10:30 pm. Don't miss it; it's always a Hoot! INFO at www.sfhootenanny.com. The July show features Beatbeat Whisper and Joseph Childress.

August's performers are all featured on Neil Young's Living with War Today website. The line-up is: Robert Temple, Phillip Flathead, August Bullock, Deborah Crooks, and Annie & the Vets.

The Old Saw Festival

For great music that's a cut above the rest, come to the 29th annual International Musical Saw Festival, Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12 2007, in beautiful Santa Cruz county, California.

The cutting edge music starts Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 1:00 pm, with a free acoustic jam near the world's only life-sized bronze statue of a saw player - in front of Bookshop Santa Cruz, located at 1520 Pacific Avenue. Next comes a free potluck dinner and jam at 6:00 pm in the outer parking lot of Roaring Camp in Felton, just seven miles north of Santa Cruz.

The big event happens Sunday, August 12, at Roaring Camp when the world's greatest saw players come out of the woodwork to join other acoustic musicians in a variety of musical performances. You'll hear bluegrass, country, folk, gospel, blues, classical, and even show tunes (believe it or not, no heavy metal) throughout the day. Festivities start at 10:00 am, with spontaneous acoustic jams throughout the day. There's a Saw-Off competition from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, and a Chorus of the Saws at 3:00 pm., with up to 50 saw players trying to play in unison.

And for those who want to learn how to play music that really has some teeth in it, there's a free Musical Saw Workshop at 4:00 pm.

The entire event is free, and fun for the whole family. For more information, check out www.SawPlayers.org, or www.RoaringCamp.com. Come to the 29th annual Musical Saw Festival, and say you saw it here first!

Camp Harmony Changes

Camp Harmony is one of the SFFMC's annual and most beloved events and has been ringing in the New Year for over 40 years. We gather at back-to-back camps in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz mountains near Boulder Creek, CA. This year's Camp will be between Thursday, December 27th 2007 and Tuesday, January 1st 2008. So come up to the redwoods and dance, play, sing, eat & drink, make friends and music and the rafters ring.

Since Camp Harmony will be coming your way again this year, turn over this folknik and check the mailing label; it shows your membership expiration date. Check that date and make sure to send in dues to the club now so that you'll receive the September folknik issue with your Camp Harmony registration form.

Camp is never the same twice. This year, we'll all be sleeping on the Camp Campbell side, but meals will be on the Camp Harmon side as usual. There will be 20 beds available on the Camp Harmon side but they will all be reserved for special needs housing. If you have a medical need for this, indicate it on your registration form.

Also, we will not be continuing the shuttle service between camps this year but you will be able to carpool between camps.

See you at camp!

Fold-in/Folk Sing August 26

The fold-in is at noon, Sunday, August 26, at the home of Marian Gade, 136 Highland Blvd., Kensington, 510-524-9815.

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