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Labor Day Camp—Boulder Creek

Friday, Aug. 31, 2:00 pm to Monday, Sept. 3, 12 noon. Our campout will once again be in the redwoods at the Boulder Creek Scout Reservation, about a mile from the town of Boulder Creek—the same place as this year’s July 4th camp. It’s at 250 Scout Ranch Road, off Highway 9, south of Big Basin State Park, off Bear Creek Road. See the club web page folknik for a map and directions.


Jams and workshops: Informal musical jams in the day and around campfires at night, open mics on two nights and workshops on various topics. 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 & 3 chord songs. Many thanks to the workshop leaders!

This year’s workshops can include previous topics and many others. More suggestions for possibilities: singing techniques, instrument instructions, Malvina Reynolds songs, Carter Family songs. If you want to lead or suggest a workshop, e-mail Phyllis at , or sign up at camp at the workshop bulletin board.

Open mics: We usually have open mics the second and third nights of the campout at the main outdoor amphitheater. Sign up at the registration table.

Swimming: Bring your suit! On Labor Day, the weather is usually great for swimming. We plan to have a lifeguard (required) and swimming in the afternoon on the second and third days.

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

The kitchen has a stove and oven, a microwave, pots and pans, and a sink for dish-washing. Please mark clearly all dishes, pans and utensils that you want returned to you. Bring your own plates and silverware to the potluck dinner. Please take your food off the serving tables after about an hour and a half and wash pans, dishes and utensils that you have used. Then put away the food. Label, with your name, all food you want saved.

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


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

The camp is a linear layout, with campsites along the road, room for 100-200 people. Many of the campsites have firepits, and usually the camp has firewood available. Cubland, at the bottom of the hill, is a large flat site, which accommodates tents, and has flush toilets and running water. The parking lot is nearby.

The road from the parking lot up to the kitchen is one-lane, with no loop at the end, and must be clear at all times for emergency vehicles. It is important that everyone follow the parking directions. People at registration will direct parking. We may not drive directly into the campsites. We park the vehicles in the parking lot or temporarily along the paved road and use the carts provided by the camp to take our camping gear a short distance to the campsites. RVs park in the parking lot. Vehicles must park in the lot after unloading. Vehicles back into spaces.

Cautions: The camp has neighbors directly across Bear Creek, so any singing after 10:00 pm—the usual noise curfew—near the creek need to be quiet songs. It is best to locate singing circles as far as possible from the creek and the ranger’s house if we plan to sing later than 10:00 pm.


SFFMC T-shirts will be for sale at the registration table at $15 each. We have the newest color, burgundy, plus the usual blue and maroon, in various sizes.

Pitching In

We need everyone over 12 years old (except day use attendees) to do 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. We always need parking lot volunteers—especially on the last morning.

Final camp cleanup includes the kitchen, restroom and litter patrol. We always need volunteers for them! Please sign up at registration as soon as you can after arriving. Other volunteer jobs: early arrivals (before 2 pm check-in, 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.


NO ADVANCE REGISTRATION. Register at camp. First-come, first-served for campsites and tent cabins. The 17 tent cabins are usually enough.

Dates: Friday, August 31, 2:00 pm to Monday, September 3, 12 noon.

Rates: Adults: $15/night per person, kids under 16: $8/night per person, up to two kids in a family. Additional kids in the same family: free. Day use: $7/person.

If you have friends who are interested in folk music, please invite them. They need not be a members of SFFMC (though we encourage new members). If camping isn’t your style, come for the day ($7.00 fee), rent an RV, or stay in a motel nearby!

Special Publicity: We are publicizing this campout widely again this year to increase attendance so we can afford to keep coming to Boulder Creek Scout Reservation, one of our favorites. Please help publicize this Labor Day campout to all your friends who are interested in folk music. We send publicity to several California folk clubs, music stores and other organizations. If you have ideas of where to send flyers or color post cards, or if you want a PDF of a black and white 8x11 inch flyer to send out, contact Phyllis Jardine at

El Cerrito Free Folk Festival

The fourth annual El Cerrito Free Folk Festival will be returning this year, but to a new location, soon to be announced. It will be held on Saturday, October 13, from noon–10:00 pm. We look forward to another great festival, with several stages, family program, workshops, and of course, lots of jamming.

The San Francisco Folk Music Club and the city of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission are cosponsoring the festival and as always, it will be completely FREE and open to the public. We are able to keep it free because all the performers and staff volunteer their time and energy. Check out the web site at for information on volunteering and for more details as they come in.

San Francisco Sea Music Festival

This year’s Sea Music Festival at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is Saturday, August 25, 10:00 am–5:00 pm. Entry to Hyde Street Pier and Visitor Center begins at 9:30 am.

Admission is free to Hyde Street Pier and the Visitor Center activities. Ships admission fees for boarding the historic vessels is: Adults $5. Ages 15 and under, free. Free with National Park passes. No advance tickets for ships. Ticket booth is located halfway along Hyde Street Pier.

Celebrate our maritime heritage, and San Francisco’s hosting of the America’s Cup trials, with music all day from two stages on Hyde Street Pier, plus workshops aboard the ferry Eureka, morning shipboard demos aboard the Balclutha, and kids music and storytelling in the Visitor Center Theater.

Performers include: Tom Lewis, The Johnson Girls, Dan Milner, Holdstock and Macleod, Shay Black, The Barbary Ghosts ,Noonan, Rhodes and Cory, Maori and Chinese dance troupes, and much more. The day’s music will be followed by a chantey sing on the pier from 7:30–10:00 pm. info: or 415-447-5000. Chantey Sing reservations: 415-561-7171.

Fold-in/Folk Sing August 26

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

The fold-in is at noon, Sunday, August 26, at the home of Hali Hammer,

Sea Music Concert Series

Experience the driving rhythms of chanteys and the beauty of seafaring ballads from the wooden decks of the historic ship Balclutha. Join the National Maritime Park in its 24th year of presenting some of sea music’s outstanding performers at Hyde Street Pier

Saturday, September 15, 8:00 pm: Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham: On tour from England, Keith and Sylvia present a wide repertoire, strong voices and striking harmonies.

Saturday, October 20, 8:00 pm: Shanghaied on the Willamette: Accompanying themselves on a range of instruments, Jonathan Lay and Gordy Euler sing Celtic, American and English songs of the sea.

Saturday, November 17, 8:00 pm: Emerging Performers: A new generation of traditional music performers emerges in this special concert featuring the new band Month’s Advance, solo singers Jeremy Friedenthal and Miriam Rubenson, and Irish music instrumentalists extraordinaire Darcy Noonan and Autumn Rhodes.

Tickets: $14 general, $12 members. Season ticket (all 3 concerts) $36. Tickets available at, or call 415-561-6662, or e-mail,

Sing Out for Earth Day

—Hali Hammer

I’ve been singing since early November with Occupella ( and saw a documentary called The Singing Revolution about 300,000 Estonians who took to the streets to sing their banned national anthem and brought about social change. This was a “wow” moment for me, inspiring the idea of initiating a national sing of our own.

On Earth Day (April 22, 2012), in synch with each other people all over the country and beyond sang “This Land Is Your Land” together in the key of D (for consistency), and videotaped their performances for a montage that I’m currently putting together (I’ve received over 30 videos from 13 states, Spain and Costa Rica). Many are already posted on YouTube, including the SF sing (“This Land Is Your Land: SF Earth Day Sing Out”,

There will be a screening and party when the montage is completed; I’ll e-mail a link to the Harmony list. Contact me at or check the Sing Out for Earth Day page on Facebook).