Camp Harmony: Tuesday, December 27, 2005 - Sunday, January 1, 2006
Camp Harmony approacheth! If you haven't done it yet, be sure to get
your registration to Katie right away. The deadline is December 3. If
you are already registered and realize you can't attend all or part of
camp, please contact Katie at
(Subject: Camp Harmony Cancellation) or by phone at 510-548-4727 (before 9:00 pm
please!) as soon as you can. Prompt cancellation gets you a bigger
refund, and allows more folkies a chance to get in. If you lost your
registration form you can print one from our website at www.sffmc.org.
Click on Camp Harmony and then on Forms and Registration.
We know how expensive camp is for families. To help those who need it,
this year we have set aside some campership funds for kids 3–17. You
may take $5 per day off your child’s registration fee. Take this
discount before any requested percentage campership. Please do not ask
for more than you need to come to camp. Funds are very limited and we
need to stretch them as far as we can. We will notify you if we have
run out of campership funds, but for now, some are still available.
Registrations and Drop Ins
If you have not signed up by December 3, check with Katie to see if
camp is full. We may be able to take a few late applications. Phone
before 9:00 pm or email as above with the subject: Camp Harmony
Registration. If camp is full, members are still welcome as Drop-In
campers. A drop-in day is 2:00 pm to 2:00 pm the next day, and includes
a bed in a cabin if one is available. The price is $50/day ($30/day for
kids 3–11) plus one chore. No meals are included in the price, but some
meals may be available for purchase from preregistered campers. Check
the Meal Sales box at camp.
Camp Harmony is held at Camps Campbell and Harmon, 16275 Highway 9,
Boulder Creek, CA, 3 miles north of Boulder Creek town center.
This camp has all-volunteer staff, so any camper can (and is encouraged
to) hold a workshop. There is always a special need for
beginning-anything! If you can teach a workshop, please contact Joan
or 510-451-1122 (for beginners
workshops) or Katie Riemer at
or 510-548-4727 (for
everything else). Joan is also the person to contact if you can loan an
instrument to a beginners workshop. She is especially looking for
child-sized fiddles and guitars, but will coordinate the loan and use
of all loaner instruments. Joan and Katie will fit all those workshops
into the camp schedule. There will be plenty of space left at camp for
more workshops of all kinds. Check the Workshop Calendar when you
Workshops, evening concerts and dances and song and tune sessions are
only a few of the activities at camp. One of the most rewarding
activities is the way you help camp work for all of us: your chore
hours. Helping Debby in the kitchen is one of the main ways, or doing a
stint in a parking lot is a great way to work off those required hours.
You can sign up for those, and other jobs, when you arrive at camp. If
you can commit now to 2-3 hours on January 1 for Take Down, please
contact Ellen Eagan (650-583-6413 or
). This will
fulfill all your chore hours for a full 5 days at camp! There are 12 of
these choice spots, and we will all be able to enjoy camp, knowing
there will be enough hands on tap to make the work go smoothly at the
end. Whether you commit early or sign up for your chores at
registration, the basic rule is the same: your chore hours are part of
your “payment” for attending camp. You are responsible for the chores
signed for in your name. Please show up on time and do them regardless
of how much fun you might be having at the time.
Bring Your Cup!
Of course you’ll bring your own mug to camp and carry it with you
everywhere. Just in case you forget, we will again have rental cups
available in the Dining Hall, Reg Room and a few in Sommer Lodge— $1.00
for the whole week. These cups are your responsibility for the duration
of camp, so you must wash them yourself. Camp staff will not wash any
cups during camp, which is one of the many reasons we must now provide
our own. We also will have a limited number of paper cups available,
but to discourage waste and cover our costs, we will need to charge 10
cents for each cup you take. We’ve used over 6000 cups each year in the
past, and this change has significantly cut the amount of waste we
generate. Parents, please provide cups for your children, too. Please
bring and carry your mug with you!
The schedule isn’t set yet, but will be available at the website before
camp starts. Adam Cavan is coordinating the Swing Night music at camp.
If you want to bring an electric instrument to camp, please talk to
Adam first. Remember, Camp Harmony is primarily an acoustic music camp,
and electric instruments are discouraged at all but this special camp
or 415-989-7552. There is dancing every
night at camp, often contras, but also French, Balkan, Irish sets and
If you have any health, disability or dietary concerns, contact Ray
or 530-756-7089. Flu shots are highly
recommended and are most effective at least 6 weeks before they are
needed. Isn’t that right about now?
As always: NO PETS! Also no beeping things are allowed to beep at
On Dec. 23 at 885 Clayton, SF, everyone is invited to our annual
observation of Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas and other observations of
the holiday season. Bring favorite treats—finger foods and drinks— and
good cheer and heartfelt songs. Non-alcoholic and wine grog are
provided by the Club.
The Camp Harmony Button Making Party is Tuesday, December 6 at David
and Mary Luckhardt’s house in Richmond. Call 510-233-5065 or email
for directions. Make a special button for yourself,
and help crank out the 400 buttons we will need for camp. This is
always a fun party.
Happy New Year to all our Harmony Family from the Camp Committee. We
hope to see you all at Camp.
Folk Music and
Bob Campbell & Joanne Mar’s radio show airs Saturdays, 3:00–5:00 pm
on 91.7 KALW—San Francisco Public Radio. Whether it’s a live show with
amazing musicians from near and far or tracks chosen by the eclectic
and interesting hosts, it’s always great. You can also see playlists,
information on the artists, and stream shows from their website
www.kalwfolk.org. Turn it on and tune in!
11/5 Where Classical Meets Folk: Is it classical or is it folk?
11/12 Gordon Bok: The great singer from Maine shares his songs of the
sea and sailing. Also, A Sense of Place: Music deeply rooted in the
11/19 Music & Conversation with Laura Love.
11/26 Fishtank Ensemble: Local ensemble performs a mix of Continental
styles live in our studios.
12/3 Prison Privatization: Folksinger Si Kahn returns to talk about his
new book and CD.
12/10 Recent Releases: All the best of the latest from Ireland,
Scotland, England, and America.
12/17 Michael Mullen: The demon fiddler from Tempest and Caliban and
his band join us live for tunes in Scots and Irish traditions.
12/24 Songs for the Holidays: Seasonal music celebrating yuletide and
the winter solstice.
12/31 New Year’s Eve: Music of celebration and reflection
Sing December 18
The fold-in is at noon, Sunday, December 18, at the home of Abe &
The more, the merrier. Help with the folknik, enjoy a meal afterwards,
and make music. Bring a potluck dish and instruments.
Website o’ the
My latest discovery is www.folkstreams.net. This wonderful site is a
treasure trove of independent documentaries on folk culture, all
streamed for free from the site. They say this about themselves:
“The mission of Folkstreams.net is to build a national preserve of
documentary films about American folk or roots
culture...Folkstreams.net also encourages alternative forms of
filmmaking about subjects neglected by mainstream corporate media.”
The site has films on Gandy Dancing, Delta Bluesmen, Fife & Drum
music of MI, history of the Medicine Show, Cowboy Poets, the Ballad of
Frankie Silver, and that’s just a few of the music related pieces. In
addition to more musical subjects, there are pieces on folk artists,
healers, story-tellers; I could go on. I also found this lovely quote
from a posting on their blog, www.folkstreams.net/blog/.
“...Folklore is not confined to the past or even confined to its
heroes...but is alive and well in every community. People sometimes
like to romanticize folk culture and folklore subjects, to treat them
like endangered species, but folkways are survivors...”