July 4 Campout - 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 Rd. Same place as last year's July 4 and Labor Day campouts.
Please register early; the ranger wants an approximate advance count of attendees. We'll send a confirmation letter and directions after you register. A printable registration form is 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.
The day use fee is $5.00.
RV parking will be in the parking lot unless otherwise directed by the Ranger.
We would like to revive the workshop tradition at summer campouts. Anyone can lead a workshop. To get this going we just need someone to set up a bulletin board - a large board or piece of cardboard with marked days and time slots - similar to the one at Camp Harmony. We can set up this board near registration, or some other central area and to sign up anyone can just list the workshop, leader's name, time and location e.g. in the kitchen, around the pool, etc.
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 Tuesday morning.(the morning we will leave.) Final camp cleanup includes the kitchen, restroom 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. Help us fill the following jobs in advance - email by June 1, or
Registration supervisors: preferably people who have done registration before. Set up registration table and information at start of day. Occasionally help volunteers at registration. Ensure that cash box and cash are safe at end of day. Stay in touch with the registration by the two-way radio every hour or two to see if they need replacements or other help. Can be divided into two or more blocks of time per day.
Cleanup coordinator: preferably someone who has done cleanup before. Be at the dining hall on the last day and delegate cleanup chores to volunteers on the lists. Ensure kitchen is locked at end of cleanup.
Please show up for your chore. If you can't, leave a note at the registration desk so we can cover the time.
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 pm as far from Bear Creek as possible.
SFFMC T-shirts will be on sale at the registration table. Price: $15.00 each, blue or maroon in various sizes.
Sunday night potluck
Potluck at the outside dining area near the camp kitchen on Sunday night at 6:30 pm and a concert in the amphitheater afterwards. 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 noonish 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; disposable suggested. Sorry, there's no dish washing machine.
We plan to have a lifeguard for Sunday and Monday. The days will be announced at camp - watch for a poster at the pool or registration table.
"Pack it in, pack it up." At camp's end, bag trash from your campsite's garbage can and carry it to the ranger's trailer near the maintenance shed (across from 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.
Remember, no alcohol or drugs are allowed at the camp. (Boy Scout rule.)
Before this year's Memorial Day campout, we are having a work party to help landowner and folk club member Mark Levy get things ready. Come help out and stay for an extra day of camping and music - free! Volunteers should arrive as close to noon as possible on Wednesday, May 24. After the work is finished, we can have a potluck, then jam around the campfire. There will be no charge for camping Wednesday or Thursday night, since everyone will have worked to help Mark get the place ready. For information, contact Ed Hilton at 510-523-6533 or
Fold-in/Folk Sing - June 18
The fold-in is at noon, Sunday, June 18, at the home of Abe & Joan Feinberg, 1121 Ashmount Ave, Oakland, 510-451-1122. The more, the merrier. Help with the folknik, enjoy a meal afterwards, and make music. Bring a potluck dish and instruments.
This California Bluegrass Association-sponsored program includes a
music camp and performance program for young musicians, ages 3 to 18. Visit
google Kids on Bluegrass for details.
Contra Dancing Dangerously
Hooray! The Faultline Frolic, North Bay Country Dance Society's urban
contra dance weekend, doesn't conflict with the Free Folk Fest this
year, so you can have it all!
The weekend begins Friday June 16th with an evening Contra dance and continues Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning (6/17 - 18) with eating, dancing and singing -- all at Monroe Hall in Santa Rosa.
The Frolic features the band Notorious with Eden MacAdam-Somer on fiddle and vocals, Larry Unger on banjo and guitar, and stuntman Sam Bartlett on mandolin. Erik Weberg calls, and Seth Houston leads singing. All this for $55 for NBCDS members and $65 general. Register by June 9. Info: www.nbcds.org, or call 707-527-9794, or email