Festivals 'n Such

Auburn Christmas Festival Nov 11-12
Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn, CA. Fine Craftwork & music, gourmet delights, delicious meals & munchies & drinks. Performers include Norton Buffalo, Golden Bough, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Joe Craven, and more. INFO 209-533-3473, www.fireonthemountain.com

Far-West Folk Alliance Conference Nov 17-19
Sacramento Marriot Rancho Cordova, CA. Learn how to build your community, career and contacts while making and listening to music with your peers. Workshops & panels, jamming, small concerts with many performers, and daily & evening showcases. Performers include: Utah Phillips, Bob Cheevers, Blame Sally, Houston Jones and many, many more. INFO 818-621-8309, www.far-west.org/conference.html

West Coast Ragtime Festival November 17-19
Red Lion Hotel, Sacramento, CA. Listening & dancing to every kind of ragtime & ragtime related music. Jamming, dance instruction, seminars, open piano, piano lessons, Ragtime Collectors Exchange. More than half the fans wear 19th century garb. INFO (916) 457-3324, www.westcoastragtime.com/05wcrf-home.htm

11th Annual BACDS Fall Ball Nov 18
San Mateo Masonic Temple, San Mateo, CA. An evening of elegance and English Country Dance. Traditional and modern dances. Music: Jon Berger, Rebecca King, and Shira Kammen. Practice workshop 2:30-5 pm (with Gary Goodman, David Strong & Ruth Anne Fraley). Singing at 7:30 pm (rounds, catches, bawdy songs with Cathleen Myers). Dancing 8-11 pm. Dances are briefly talked through but usually not prompted. Bring a contribution for the potluck buffet after Ball. INFO www.bacds.org/events/fallball2006/index.htm

Vancouver Folk Song Society Retreat Dec 1-3
Camp Alexandra, near White Rock, BC, Canada. Workshops, jamming, fully catered. Children welcome! INFO 604-251-5341, www.geocities.com/vfss.geo/index.html

19th Annual No-Snow Ball Dec 2
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, Oakland. A great tradition. Santa Claus & Chucknukkah Galt with Winter FoG (Fear of Guppies): Kathrine Gardner, Craig Johnson, Charlie Hancock, Jim Oakden & Cathie Whitesides. Festive dress encouraged. INFO www.bacds.org/events

Encuentro del Canto Popular Dec 9
Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California St., San Francisco. Many of the world's foremost composers and performers of el canto y musica popular. Performers include Toto la Momposina, John Santos Quintet, & Carne Cruda. INFO 415-648-1045, www.accionlatina.org/encuentro/

Women's Hearts & Hands Guitar Camp Jan 12-15
Mendocino, CA. Guitar instruction for women by women in a supportive, beautiful environment. Beginner-Advanced. Blues, Jazz, Fingerstyle, Celtic, Brazilian, Chord Theory, Alternate Tunings. Performance opportunities. Delicious, nutritious catered meals. INFO 415-669-7447, www.womensheartsandhands.com

Blythe Bluegrass Music Festival Jan 19-21
Colorado River Fairgrounds, Blythe CA. Alecia Nugent, Carolina Road, Copper River Band, Hurricane Creek, The Lampkins, The Larry Stephenson Band and more. Ideal weather, camping, international food, crafts, Bluegrass Quilter's Quilt Show, Husband Calling contest. INFO 760-922-8166, www.blytheareachamberofcommerce.com

WinterSongs West 2007 Jan 26-29
Zaca Lake Retreat, CA. A full weekend of songwriting, singing, performance, guitar and harmony classes with Kenny Edwards, Caroline Aiken, Severin Browne, Penny Nichols and Florence Riggs. INFO 845-246-0223, P.O Box 803 Saugerties, NY 12477, www.summersongs.com/wsw05.php

In Harmony's Way Singing

The In Harmony's Way CD project has grown into an open, monthly a cappella singing session. The first Wednesday of each month, from 8:00-11:00 pm, singers gather at the cozy Epic Arts Center in Berkeley to raise the rafters with chorus songs from the American and British Isles tradition.

If you like the post concert singing or Pub Songs workshop at Camp Harmony, then you'll love these sessions. There is no pressure to lead a song, but all are welcome to. Sessions are free, though the hat is passed to help pay for the space. Epic Arts is at 1923 Ashby Ave., at MLK, (across from Ashby BART) INFO at www.epicarts.org.

In Harmony's Way will also be giving a Winter Concert at the Freight and Salvage Coffee House on Dec 22, at 8:00 pm. IHW concerts are fully participatory so come warm up the first night of Winter with plenty of singing. Tickets are available at the Freight website: www.thefreight.org. INFO on In Harmony's Way is available at www.inharmonysway.com

New Storytelling Gathering

Nomadic Rambles, a new storytelling gathering, is starting on November 8 and will take place the second Wednesday of every month thereafter. The Rambles will be at the Nomad Cafe, 6500 Shattuck Avenue at 65th Street, from 7:00 pm-9:30 pm. They will combine featured tellers and open story-swapping. The featured tellers for November are Bobbie Kincade and Jean Ellison. Ed Silberman will host.