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New Year at Camp New Harmony

We are gearing up for a fabulous five days at Camp New Harmony, December 30, 2008 to January 4, 2009! Mark your calendars, fill out your registration form and join your friends for SFFMC's winter, camper-led retreat.

Our new location, Camp Newman, is located between Santa Rosa and Calistoga on Porter Creek Road. Camp Newman offers attendees more private and accessible housing (at a lower price!) while also offering lots of public spaces for the workshops, jams, concerts and dances that make Camp New Harmony the perfect way for folkies of all interests to celebrate the new year. (The rumors are true: folks who haven't come to camp in a few years, or decades, have already registered because of our new location!)

For those of you who have never come to camp, New Harmony is a do-it-yourself camp where everyone is welcome to participate in any activity. We play music, work together, sing together, visit, get acquainted, dance, attend workshops, give workshops, do arts and crafts, and generally have a fun and relaxing time.

The Nitty Gritty

When, where: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009 at Camp Newman: 15 minutes from Santa Rosa (a map will arrive with your acceptance letter). Sleeping facilities vary and are strictly pre-assigned. Check out to download more information and a registration form. Or call the registrar, Katie Riemer at 510-548-4727 (before 9 p.m. please.)

Cost & Registration: UPDATE: CAMP HARMONY IS FILLING UP FAST! You must register by December 12. For those registering between Nov. 1st-Dec 12th: Adults, over age 30, are $85/day; Young Adults (18-30) are $72/day; Teens (12-17) are $60/day; and kids (3-11) are $30/day. (If you need help paying for camp, Camperships may still be available. Please call Katie.) On-site or drop-in registration will not be available; see the website or contact the registrar for more information.

Confirmed activities: John Barleycorn; Songs of Heroes and Heroines; Old-Time Fiddle Bowing; Beginning Rounds; Music Theory; Kids Chorus; Irish, English, French, Scandinavian and Contra Dancing and Music; Open-Mic Concert every night Check out for updates on activities or call Katie at 510-548-4727 for more information.

Hope to see you at Camp New Harmony!

Solsthannukhamas Party

Starting at 8:00 p.m., on Dec. 19 at 885 Clayton, San Francisco, 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.

Faith Honored at Rosie the Riveter Festival

A whirlwind of activities that began on October 3 and ended on October 5 drew thousands of visitors to Richmond to participate in the second Rosie the Riveter Home Front Festival by the Bay. The guest of honor on Sunday was the San Francisco Folk Music Club's own Faith Petric, who, during the war years, worked as a "Rosie" at the Hoboken Shipyard in New Jersey.

The weather was perfect during the weekend, with clear and sunny days. Sunday morning began at 10:00 a.m. at the Ford Building Craneway in the former Ford assembly plant. The Home Front Worker reunion was in full swing, with lots of Rosies and other Home Front workers and their families being interviewed by Betty Soskin, the ranger, and telling of their personal experiences.

A trio from the SFFMC, Happenstance (local songwriter Peter Krug, fiddler Gretchen Belgrave, and singer and guitarist Ken Hayes) played songs from the late 1920s to early 1950s. And when one of the scheduled acts had to cancel, an impromptu group of Thad Binkley, Marian Gade, Steve Gilford, Phyllis Jardine and Faith filled in with several songs.

At 2:00, Faith and Estelle Freedman, came to the stage and Estelle sang the song she had written about Faith, "She Was There." Faith led a Malvina Reynolds song, "Sing Along," then was presented with a plaque honoring her contributions. The plaque was inscribed:


The "Rosie" whose riveting repertoire has endeared her to generations of adoring fans and whose life has provided a template for purpose and fulfillment to the countless folksingers, musicians, and audiences she has inspired.

Rosie the Riveter/ World War II Home Front National Historical Park bestows the Rosie the Riveter Award of Honor at the 2nd Annual Home Front Festival in Richmond, California.

On this day, October 5, 2008

Faith responded by leading a song: "Union Maid," then Bob Reid sang his song "Remember the Years We Had Faith." After that, Faith led "Bread and Roses" and "This Land Is Your Land." The program concluded with a brief sing-along led by Thad Binkley, Marian Gade, and Steve Gilford, the MC.

Fold-In Saturday, Dec 13

The fold-in & folk-sing is at noon, SATURDAY, December 13, at the home of Joan Hall & Abe Feinberg, 1121 Ashmount, Oakland (510) 451-1122. The more, the merrier. Help with the folknik, enjoy a meal afterwards, and make music. Bring a potluck dish and instruments.

In Harmony's Way Singing Sessions & Winter Concert

Come and join the IHW monthly sing, at their new location. An IHW session is not a performance, but a rousing, welcoming song session where anyone can lead a song, join in on the choruses, or just sit and listen. Sessions can be as varied as their participants but are inspired by the american, British Isles and Irish a cappella tradition

As of September, the session location has moved. Though still held the first Wednesday of every month at 8:00 p.m., they are now located at Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA (just north of Alcatraz). The library is closed to the public during our meeting time. The main room is large enough to seat us all comfortably, and you may bring your own beverages. INFO: about the session and the In Harmony's Way group and CD are online at

The In Harmony's Way Winter Concert tradition also continues for a 4th year, on December 20, 8:00 p.m., at the Freight and Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley. This wonderful evening concert is also participatory so come warm up the beginning of Winter with plenty of singing. Tickets are available at the Freight website:

West Marin Irish Slow Session

A new Irish tune session has started on Monday nights in Point Reyes Station. West Marin Ceoiltais is primarily a slow jam, focusing on learning tunes and ear training.The session's blog describes their Ceoiltais as "the learning space below a session: the place you go to if you are not yet session-ready." As the session grows they look forward to adding a more intermediate level session. They would love to have more learning musicians join them: every Monday night 7-9 p.m., at West Marin School.

The Ceoiltais's lovely blog site has pictures and information about the group and its activities. For more information visit the blog at There you will find upcoming set lists, directions, the group's philosophy and much more.

Some 2009 Club Campout Dates

Hurray! Phyllis is happy to report that the Club has secured its 2009 campground reservations for our July 4 and Labor Day camps. Both camps will be at the Boulder Creek Scout Reservation (BCSR) for 3 nights each. Mark these dates on your calendar: July 2-4 and Sept 4-6!

Peacemas Concert

Hali Hammer and Eric Park will hold their annual Peacemas concert with Randy Berge and other special guests. Come listen on Saturday Dec, 6th at 4:00 p.m., at 1609 Woolsey Street, Berkeley. A pot luck follows the concert. Donation: $7 to $1,000,000, sliding scale.

Ellen Robinson at Anna's

Join Ellen for a wonderful evening of live music when she returns to Anna's Jazz Island in Berkeley on Saturday Dec. 6. Save the date now before you make all your holiday plans. Ellen will be singing her usual eclectic mix of timeless jazz standards, gutsy blues, romantic ballads and some of my own original material.

She is performing with the quartet Murray Low on piano, Sam Bevan on bass, Bud Spangler on drums and Kristen Strom on saxophone. For more information, visit and

Annual Christmas Revels

This year Revels returns to Medieval Europe with a brand new staging of the King and the Fool. The setting is an ancient castle where the king is entertained by his court, his troubadour, and most significantly, by his court jester (Geoff Hoyle). As the Winter Solstice rolls 'round, the spirit of darkness appears in the guise of the Black Knight whom the King must combat. The action of the show depicts the demise and eventual return of the King who, "Like Winter ...must die, Then to life again like Spring!"

As always, there will be music, ranging from inspiring chorales to hearty sing-alongs, lovely costumes, and courtly dancing. Our wonderful children's chorus will be a key ingredient this year, along with mumming, the Abbots Bromley dance, and performances by accomplished guest artists. Performances take place in Oakland at the Scottish Rite Theater, 1547 Lakeside Drive, a short walk from the Lake Merritt Bart Station. Performances are December 12-21.

For more information and tickets: 510-452-9334,

Folk Music & Beyond Radio Winter Programming

Public Radio station KALW, 91.7 FM, hosts locally produced Folk Music & Beyond every Saturday from 3:00-5:00 p.m.