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Labor Day Campout—Boulder Creek

The SFFMC campout will once again be in the redwoods at Boulder Creek Scout Reservation, on Sept 2-5. It’s off Highway 9, south of Big Basin State Park, on Bear Creek Road—and is the same place as this year’s July 4th campout. See the flyer attached to the print folknik for a map or click here for directions.


Jams and Workshops: We’ll have informal, daytime jams and around the campfires at night, open mics on two nights and various workshops. Previous workshops included songs of the New Lost City Ramblers, Utah Phillips, John Prine, Tom Paxton, Hank Williams, the Beatles, Joan Baez, the sea, and 2- and 3-chord songs. Many thanks to the workshop leaders! This year’s workshops can include any of the previous topics or new ones. If you want to lead one or have suggestions for a topic, e-mail Phyllis at or just sign up at camp at the workshop bulletin board near the registration table.

Open mics: Usually the second and third nights of the campout at the main outdoor amphitheater (which seats approx. 100). A sign-up list will be at the registration table.

Community Potluck: Saturday night at 6:30 pm, at the outside dining area near the kitchen, followed by an open mic in the amphitheater. Food may be stored in the refrigerator and freezer in the kitchen; it must be removed by 11:00 am on the last day.

The kitchen has a stove, oven and microwave, pots, pans, and a sink for dish washing. Please clearly mark all your own dishes, pans and utensils. Bring your own plates and silverware (or disposable). By about 8:00 pm, please remove and put away your food, and wash any kitchen items you used. Label any food you want saved.

Swimming: Bring your swim suits for the great Labor Day weather. We plan to have a lifeguard (required) 1:00-5:00 pm on the 2nd and 3rd days.

Hiking: Two hiking trails lead from the camp: one is a self-guided historical trail about 3.5 miles long (about 1.5 hours), and the other a nature trail about 1.5 miles long.

T-Shirts: SFFMC t-shirts will be for sale at registration for $15.00 each. We have a new color, burgundy, plus the usual blue and maroon.


Outside the kitchen is an outdoor dining area with a deck, picnic tables and umbrellas. On the deck is a free ice machine. Nearby are the pool, eight tent-cabins with cots and a bathroom with showers.

Campsites run linearly along the road and can fit 100–200 people. Many campsites have firepits and firewood is usually available. At the bottom of the hill, near a parking lot, is a large, flat site which can house tents. Nearby are bathrooms with flush toilets and running water.


The road between the parking lot and kitchen is one-lane, with no loop at the end, and must be clear at all times for emergency vehicles. People at registration direct parking and it is important that everyone follow their directions. In general: Vehicles must back into spaces. We can not drive directly into the campsites. We unload vehicles from the parking lot or along the paved road and use the provided carts to carry gear the short distance to the campsites. RVs park in the parking lot, as do all other vehicles, after unloading.

The camp has neighbors directly across Bear Creek, so any singing near the creek, after 10:00 pm—the usual noise curfew—needs to be quiet songs. The best location for late singing circles is as far from the creek and the Ranger’s house as possible.

Pitching In

Everyone over 12 years old (except day use attendees) does an hour of camp duty: registration and parking, cleanup after the potluck, or camp cleanup on the last day. (Kids can be helpful with cleanup.) Final camp cleanup includes the kitchen, restroom and litter patrol. We always need volunteers for it and parking lot volunteers, especially on the last morning.

Please sign up for your chore at the registration table as soon as you can after arriving. Other volunteer jobs: early arrivals (before 2:00 pm the first day) can help post signs, register and direct parking. E-mail if you can be there early—or just come to the registration table at camp.


Dates: Friday, Sept. 2, 2:00 pm—Monday Sept. 5, 12:00 noon, 3 nights total.

New this year—no advance registration! Register at camp only. First-come, first-served for campsites and tent cabins, but there have always been enough tent cabins.

Rates: Adults: $15/night per person, kids under 16: $7/night per person, up to 2 kids in a family—additional kids in same family: free. Day use: $7/person.

If you have friends who are interested in folk music, please invite them. It is not necessary to be a member of the SFFMC to attend (although we encourage new members). If camping isn’t your style, come for the day, rent an RV, or stay in a motel nearby.

Special note: Publicity

We are publicizing this campout widely again. We want to increase attendance so we can afford to keep coming to Boulder Creek Scout Reservation: one of our favorites. So please pass the word to all your friends who might be interested.

We are sending publicity to several CA folk clubs, music stores and other organizations. If you have ideas for where to send flyers, or want a PDF of a flyer to send out (B&W, letter sized) contact

Fold-in/Folk Sing August 28

The fold-in is at noon, Sunday, August 28, at the home of Hali Hammer, (Please note new location.)

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

New Membership Directory

The Club is updating and publishing the membership directory in 2011. Only members who renew or join by July 11 will be listed.

All updated contact information is due by Monday, July 11, for inclusion in the new directory.

Update your information if you have changed your:

E-mail all changes to: Also, please indicate which information you’d like to have listed in the directory—all or only selected items.

To make sure you’ll be included, check that your dues are paid up to date. Your dues’ expiration date is on the folknik, above your address imprint.

Not receiving folkniks... are your dues current? If you are a paid member and prefer to read the folknik at, rather than receive a hard copy, let us know.

Dues help cover the cost of printing and mailing the folknik, and help fund other SFFMC events such as our camps and festivals: Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Camp New Harmony, the SF Free Folk Festival and the El Cerrito Free Folk Festival. Expenses for all these continue to increase.

To renew or join the Club, please send a check (payable to SFFMC) for $10.00 (for one year, or more for multiples thereof) to:

If your dues are current and you have information changes only, send them to:

—Thad Binkley, for the Directory 2011 Committee

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention

If you like old time music—playing it, dancing to it, singing it, listening to it—you won’t want to miss the Ninth Annual Berkeley Old Time Music Convention: September 14–18. It’s concerts, square dances, instructional workshops of all kinds, a film showing, a panel discussion, the old-time Cabaret and of course the String Band Contest. Plus plenty of jamming at the various venues!

Performers include: Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz; Thomas Maupin, Daniel Rothwell & Friends; Mike Bryant & Joseph Decosimo; the Pilot Mountain Bobcats; Craig Ventresco & Meredith Axelrod; Susan Michaels; Erik Hoffman; the ACES (Alan Senauke, Chad Manning, Eric & Suzy Thompson); Triple Chicken Foot; Roots Revue; the New Omatics; plus about 100 other musicians who play in the String Band Contest or the Cabaret.

Want to be a part of all this? Volunteer! It’s fun and you’ll meet wonderful people. To find out more, please e-mail Cynthia Gair, our Valiant Volunteer Coordinator

El Cerrito Folk Festival 2011

The third annual El Cerrito Free Folk Festival returns to Windrush School on Saturday, October 22, 2011. It is once again sponsored by SFFMC, The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission, and Windrush School.

The Festival runs from noon–10:00 pm. and, as always, is FREE and open to the public. This is made possible because everyone—from performers to staff—volunteers their time. And we will be needing all the volunteer help we can get!

We look forward to another great schedule with two performance stages, a family program, workshops and, of course, lots of jams spread out over two buildings and several acres of the beautiful and historic hillside campus.

Check out the Web site at to volunteer and for more info as it becomes available.

Ray Choi Autoharp Concert

On July 23, great autoharp musician and maker Ray Choi will teach a workshop in the afternoon and give a concert in the evening.

Ray was a well known stage and TV entertainer in Korea. His main instruments were guitar and voice, especially yodeling, but Ray has focused on autoharp since 1999 here in CA, where he is owner of the Grace Music Store in Garden Grove. His unique, hand carved autoharps are works of art—see them at

The event is at the home of Sally Schneider in Castro Valley. In the 4:00 pm workshop Ray will show his original picking style he calls the “song bird tremolo.” The concert starts at 7:00 pm. For more info, contact Sally Schneider at