Club News

Musical Meetings

Musical meetings of the San Francisco Folk Music Club are held every other Friday at 885 Clayton Street, between Carl & Parnassus Streets in San Francisco. Singing and jamming in three separate rooms start at 8:00 p.m. Snacks are provided through $1 food kitty donations or finger food contributions. Guests are always welcome, no one is expected to “perform” and there is no charge.

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
—Plato

Date 5/3 5/17 5/31 6/14 6/28
Food Setup Debbie K. Melissa S. Tes W. Melissa S. Kim P.
House Setup Joel R. Bob A. Joel R. Debbie K. Forrest
Bulletin Board Estelle Debbie K. Margaret B. We have eliminated the Bulletin Board job starting in June, merging that task with Host/ess.
Host/ess Glen V.L. Joel R. Bob A. Joel Tes
Host/ess Estelle Bill K. Joel R. Lyla Bill K.
Singing Room Tes Yvette T. Stephen H. Paula J. Lyla
Theme Friendship Joy, Love, Fun Transportation Broken Hearts Food, Drink, Things We Ingest
Cleanup Roan Morgan C. Kim P. Jamar Morgan C.

Board Meetings

The SFFMC board meets on the second Tuesday of each month — potluck at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 8:00 p.m. All Club members are welcome to attend the potluck dinner and the Board meeting.

NEXT FOLKNIK FOLD-IN/FOLK SING: Sunday, June 30 at home of Marian Gade,

Club News

Letter from Donna Hyatt

Dear SFFMC members,

I haven’t been back in nearly two years, and I want to send the folk community a brief update of our lives.

Shawn and I live not too far from Amsterdam (about an hour or so south) in a small university city called Nijmegen. It’s the oldest city of the Netherlands, and is close to the German border. Since our arrival, we have taken advantage of being in the middle of Europe, and thus have traveled fairly extensively. We’ve spent time in Germany, Austria, Italy, France (I’ve been to Paris five times! Love it), Belgium, England, and Switzerland. Shawn also travels up north occasionally for work, so he’s been to Helsinki and Copenhagen as well. Shawn’s job is going well— he works for a company called NXP—they also have an office in San Jose (as well as other places around the world). I work now at a teacher-training university in the Bachelor program, educating future English teachers. I also work one day per week at another university (across the street) teaching academic writing to master and doctoral-level students.

Our most important news, however, is that we are expecting a baby girl in April! We plan to stay here for her birth, but do hope to bring her to San Francisco sometime within the next year so she can see our city and meet everyone. [Ed. note: Baby Sadie was born 4/20/2013.]

Finally, I wanted to ask the folk community about a possible collaboration. The mother of one of our students is a university professor, and she is putting together a workshop on Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bill Staines, and the American folk tradition. She has offered to bring the workshop to our students, and I mentioned my involvement in SFFMC and the possibility of adding in the San Francisco Folk Music Club somehow. The overall idea is that a choir and a folk group will perform at the university (and possibly do a tour here in the Netherlands), and the professor leading the project wants to use photographs to provide the historical, social and cultural context of the songs they will perform. I hoped maybe to get some video footage of San Francisco folkies to include, too …. maybe their perspective of the American folk tradition and, in particular, ways they have been influenced by Seeger, Guthrie, and Staines. Maybe a video piece of Faith? Maybe the folk community has some ideas too. If someone is willing to collect digital video footage, I can edit it and give it to the Club as well.

Donna Hyatt Scarlett

(Donna is a former SFFMC Vice President.)

Open Wings

Wendy Burch Steel’s debut CD, Open Wings, produced by Laurie Lewis, had its release show at the Freight and Salvage on January 10, with players Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Richard Brandenburg, Melody Walker, Larry Chung, Markie Sanders, Nell Robinson, Evan Morgan, Annie Staninec, John Schott and the T Sisters. It’s also been well reviewed in Bluegrass Breakdown, Americana Gazette, and many other publications, and Americana Gazette will be including an interview with Wendy in their next publication. Open Wings is a mixture of original songs and covers of Americana, bluegrass, blues and folk.  Folks can buy the CD by going to Wendy’s Web site: www.WendyBurchSteel.com.

Upcoming Club Campouts, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights;
May 24, 25 and 26.
Location: Waterman Creek (Mark Levy’s).
Adults $10/night. Kids under 16 $4/night.
Babes in arms free. Day use $8/day.

July 4 weekend

Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights; July 4, 5 and 6.
Location: Boulder Creek Scout Reservation
Adults $17/night. Kids under 16 $8/night.
Babes in arms free. Day use $10/day.

Labor Day weekend

Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights; Aug. 30, 31 and Sep. 1. Location: Boulder Creek Scout Reservation Adults $17/night. Kids under 16 $8/night. Babes in arms free. Day use $10/day

For more details on campouts:

folknik Positions Available:

If interested in and qualified for either of these positions, please e-mail Alan Ackerman,

New Housing at Camp New Harmony

Joe Offer

All sorts of new things will be happening at Camp New Harmony! The Camp New Harmony Committee met at the beginning of April with staff from our host, Camp Newman. The topic of discussion was the camp’s $30 million construction project, which will be taking place over the next five years or so. There should be three fourplex cabins completed by the time we get to camp in December of this year, giving us twelve new housing units. As new cabins are completed, the Lower Village cabins will be demolished — giving us 32 housing units to replace the twenty we’ve been using.

After the new cabins are completed (target: May 2015), the next phase will be construction of a new Health Lodge. We will be without a health lodge for one winter, but by then we will have 32 ADA-compliant housing units.

The next year (2016-2017), we will be without a dining hall while a new one is constructed. The camp promises that they will have an adequate substitute facility operating for us during the year of new construction. When finished, the new hall will hold 700 campers, twice the capacity of the current dining hall. The new building can be divided into three sections, so two of the sections can be used for music venues, a dance hall, or whatnot.

There are no immediate plans for changes to most of our existing music venues—dance hall, Ruben’s Cabin, the Carpeted Room, and other spaces in that area. Cabins up the hill will also remain the same — although the long-range plan is to replace all the buildings at the camp except for the building we currently use as a dance hall.

So, for several years to come, we will have new buildings to look forward to every year. The new buildings promise to meet our needs better, and keep us safer and warmer.

Welcome New Members!

James Byfield Brenna Donnellan Jim McCormick
Jaya Carl Steve Goldfield Andrea McFarland
Jeff Cherniss Joan Goldman Eri Messer
Rebecca Cisin Frankie Hansbearry Morgan Proctor
Gerard Donnellan Stephen LaDyne Rebecca Richman
Deanne Donnellan Johann LaRocque

Folk Music & Beyond May/June 2013

JoAnn Mar, KALW Host & Producer, “Folk Music & Beyond” (every Saturday 3 to 5 pm on 91.7 FM, www.kalw.org)