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July 4 Campout -- Boulder Creek

The SFFMC campout will once again be in one of our favorite camps: Boulder Creek Scout Reservation. It's near Boulder Creek (off Hwy. 9, south of Big Basin State Park, on Bear Creek Road) and the 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.

Note: Camp is back to three nights this year.

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 park- ing for RVs

General Details

Day use fee is $5. • RVs park in the parking lot unless otherwise directed by the ranger. • SFFMC T-shirts will be on sale at the registration table. Price: $15 each, blue or maroon in various sizes. • Neighbors are directly across Bear Creek, so try to keep singing and talking quiet after 10:00 p.m. Keep any singing circles that will go later than 10:00 p.m. as far from Bear Creek as possible. • Swimming! We plan to have a lifeguard Friday and Saturday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Watch for a poster at the pool or registration table.


We would like to keep up the workshop tradition at summer campouts. Several people have given workshops recently. Our thanks!

We will need to have a workshop bulletin board at registration—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. Anyone can lead a workshop.

Parking and Unloading

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

Volunteer 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. Early arrivals (check-in is 2:00 p.m. the first day) can help post signs, register and direct parking—come to the registration desk for instructions. Please show up for your chore. If you can’t, leave a note at the registration desk so we can cover the time.

Friday Night Potluck

Potluck is Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the outside dining area near the camp kitchen. We'll probably hold 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 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. Please clean up any dishes that you use and take care of any food left over by about 7:30 p.m. Leftovers may be labeled "Free" or something similar and left in the fridge.


"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).

Welcome Camp New Harmony

Mark your calendar (December 30 - January 4) and join friends and families to celebrate New Year '09 at New Harmony in its new location: Camp Newman, located in the rolling wooded countryside between Santa Rosa and Calistoga. This new venue for our long-standing, winter campout is a year-round camp and retreat center. It provides improved facilities on a site both compact and spacious and has a variety of halls and gathering spaces to meet all our workshop, dancing, and jamming needs.

All buildings have easy access with paved paths and ramps and there are actually bathrooms in every building. One of the larger halls has a great fieldstone fireplace and big window-walls looking onto the lawns, trees, and forested hillsides beyond. (The Dance Floor Subcommittee is hard at work ensuring we have a good sized, wonderful surface for dancing.) Accommodations range from group, dorm-style housing to motel-like doubles. Moreover, their nicely appointed, centrally located Health Lodge provides true accessibility for our members with impaired mobility and for those who need the most convenient camp home-base.

We are working with Camp Newman on details that affect our budget, but we hope to hold the line on prices and perhaps do even better. Please reserve your questions until the next folknik, which will provide full details to help make housing choices for registration. This is an important transition year for Harmony and our community; help us make it a memorable success as we plan for our music-laced future together.

We have added a "Camp New Harmony" link to to contain info about Camp New Harmony. For updates, check it out from time to time!

Family Week Dance & Music Camp

Fifteen years ago, BACDS (Bay Area Country Dance Society) started Family Week Camp to extend its music and dance traditions to its next generation. In 2008, BACDS Family Week will be held July 5-12 at Foothill Horizons camp in Sonora, California -- a beautiful setting with a heated pool and modern facilities. Registration and info, at You need not be a BACDS member to attend.

This summer, some featured teachers are:

In addition to mixed-age and teen activities, Family Week offers separate adult and children's classes and night-time roving baby-sitters, to free up adults' time at night. Camp is renowned for talented staff, the cameraderie it creates among campers, and delicious meals. And Family Camp isn't just nuclear families; many folks bring along a niece, nephew, grandchild, or friend of the family. Some simply come as their own inner child. Many find that watching happy, young people gain skills and confidence, often to an exceptional degree, is one of this camp's outstanding features.

32nd Annual Free Folk Festival

This year's fabulous SF Free Folk Festival takes place June 21-22, noon-11:00 p.m. (ish), at City College of SF, 50 Phelan Ave, San Francisco. This year, we will use their brand new Performance Center, Gym and surrounding buildings. Maps and directions are at or Campus is on several bus routes and a few blocks from the Balboa Park BART station. There is also plenty of on-campus parking.

Come see hundreds of your favorite folkies, dozens of free workshops, concerts and dances. Check out the website for late-breaking program updates: As always, we need volunteers and as always, volunteering is fun. C'mon, sign up - you'll be there anyway. Volunteering info: (510) 843-4147, or

Concert and Jam in Ashland, OR

Mark Ross celebrates the music of U. Utah Phillips, May 27, from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., 84 Fourth Street, Ashland, OR. Sliding scale: $9.95 to $20. Info: Jessica Bryan at (541) 535-6044 or Mark Ross celebrates the music of U. Utah Phillips with stories from his 40+ year association with this folk music icon. Performance followed by a jam session for all.

New in Harmony's Way Sessions

A new In Harmony's Way singing session has started in the foothills! It's held monthly on the second Sunday, 2-5 p.m., at the home of Sharon and Jaya Carl, 1665 High Street, Auburn. Directions at BYOB, we'll provide soft drinks. If you want to bring snacks, they will be eaten! Come prepared to lead a song or two. Info:

Upcoming dates: May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10. To receive announcements, email

Memorial Day Camp Work Party

It’s not too late to come to our Memorial Day weekend campout at Waterman Creek in Santa Cruz County. Reg forms and info in the March/April folknik or at If you haven’t registered or received a map by campout date, contact Donna Hyatt for directions: (415) 321-0835 or

Before camp, we will have a work party to help land- owner and folk club member Mark Levy get things ready. Help out and stay for an extra day of camping and music—free! Mark needs to know if you plan to volunteer for this; contact him at: (831) 338-7283 or