Festivals ’n’ Such

Vancouver Island Music RetreatMay 11-13
Held at the Seven Springs Resort on Nanoose Bay. A weekend of endless music making, including workshops on subjects chosen by you, concerts, and hatbands (names drawn from a hat)! Details and further information at www.vancouverislandmusicworkshop.com

SFFMC Memorial Day CampMay 25 - 28
Rustic setting among the redwoods in Santa Cruz County. Jams, campfires. Again this year: No advance registration. However, Mark would like to have an idea how many are coming: or Info, including map and directions: Melissa Sarenac, or Ed Hilton, or Ed Hilton,

Country Roads Folk Music CampMay 25 - 28
Mount Madonna County Park, Watsonville, CA. A family camp for all ages. Children as well as adults join in sing-alongs, playing guitar and other instruments, crafts and recreation. Informal jams, campfire sing-along and open-mic. info: Anna Green, 408-379-4090, www.soundwestmusic.com.html

Vasona Vibrations Concert SeriesSaturdays, June and July, 5-7 pm
On the lawn near the Ranger’s Office, Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos, CA. FREE! Local artists present music in a wide variety of musical genres. Info: 408-354-2608, www.southbayfolks.org/vasona

Kosmos Music And Dance CampJune 6-10
Camp Cazadero, Cazadero CA. World music and dance workshops, great music and dance staff, beautiful setting. info:

36th Annual SF Free Folk FestivalJune 9-10
Presidio Middle School, 30th Ave at Geary, SF, CA. Concerts, dancing, workshops, jamming, open mike and more. Details in this folknik, attached flyer, and updated often online. info: www.sffolkfest.org

12th Annual CBA Summer Music Camp June 10-13
Held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. Stellar faculty, with workshops in bluegrass and old-time banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, bass, vocals, ensemble classes, jamming 101, and fungrass programs for young children or siblings of attendees. Details from Ingrid Noyes at or at www.cbamusiccamp.org

Live Oak Music FestivalJune 17-19
Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara, CA. Camping, dances, kids’ activities, jam sessions, crafts and more. Artists this year include Indigo Girls, David Lindley, James McMurtry, Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, Oscar Hernandez, Andre Thierry & the Zydeco Magic, Melody of China, and Resination, among many more! Info: 805-781-3030, www.liveoakfest.org

Kate Wolf Memorial Music FestJune 29 - July 1
Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville, CA. This year featuring Texas Tornados, Blame Sally, Marcia Ball, Alisa Fineman & Kimball Hurd, k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang, Justin Townes Earle, Cache Valley Drifters, Richard Thompson, Lucinda Williams, Loudon Wainwright III, and Lucy Wainwright Roche, with many more. Jamming, workshops, storytelling, kids’ area. Info: 707-829-7067, www.katewolfmusicfestival.com

Born to Drum Women’s Drum Camp 2012 June 29-July 1
Held at Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma CA. For women and teenagers 15 and up. Camp features an international faculty of women drummers, work-shops, concerts, dance, fireside drumming, and cultural exchange—also a marketplace, organic food, great accommodations, inspiration and FUN! Details at www.womendrummers.org/category/born-to-drum-2

SFFMC July 4 CampJune 29 - July 2
Boulder Creek Scout Reservation, near Boulder Creek, CA. Musical jams, open mics, workshops, swimming. Info: May/June folknik or e-mail

Mendocino Folklore CampJune 30-July 7
Mendocino Woodlands, CA. 50th Anniversary! International dance and music workshop classes cover —America, Croatia, Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Romania, Scandinavia and Scotland. Family Friendly and Kids’ Class tracks. Info: (415) 225-9956, www.mendocinofolklorecamp.com

Festival of American Fiddle TunesJuly 1-8
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA. Featuring fiddling in a variety of styles, including Louisiana, Quebec, Old Time, Danish, Texas-style Bluegrass, Irish, Cape Breton, and New England; additional workshops include step dancing, harmonica, banjo, dance calling, and Hispanic music of Old New Mexico. Info: 360-385-3102,

Common Ground on the Hill Traditions Weeks and FestivalJuly 1-6, 8-13
Two separate weeks of classes, concerts, dances and other activities in the traditional roots-based arts, held on the campus of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.  The Common Ground on the Hill Festival takes place on the weekend between Traditions Weeks, and is held at the nearby Carroll County Farm Museum. Details and registration information at www.commongroundonthehill.org/11reggateway.html.

Willamette Valley Autoharp GatheringJuly 26 - 29
Western Mennonite School, Salem, Oregon. Tina Louise Barr, Bryan Bowers, Mike Herr, Eileen Kozloff and more. Workshops, open stages, jamming, singing, concerts, great food. Reserve and pay by July 15. Info:

Puget Sound Guitar WorkshopJuly 28 - Aug. 3, Aug. 4-10, Aug. 11-17.
Three separate sessions in a wooded setting about 1-½ hours southwest of Seattle. All three sessions are full (as of 4/12/2012), but you can get on the waiting list for any session by sending in a registration with a deposit. Info: (360) 647-0741, www.psgw.org

Women’s Hearts & Hands Guitar Camp Summer Session:Aug. 10-13
Mendocino, CA. Guitar instruction for women by women in a beautiful, supportive environment. All levels, many styles, theory, and tunings. Details from Kay at or at www.WomensHeartsAndHands.com