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Annual Solsthannukhamas Party

On Friday, Dec. 16 at 8:00 pm, Faith invites everyone to 885 Clayton, San Francisco for SFFMC’s 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.

Classes at The Freight

The Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley’s beloved, folk-music institution, not only is a great concert space but offers classes in many styles and levels of music. Classes and workshops at the Freight offer a chance for anyone to experience the joy of singing, playing instruments, and sharing traditional music in community with others.

Class series are held Monday-Friday afternoons and evenings, and Saturday and Sunday daytimes. Offerings cover a wide variety, such as Clawhammer Banjo, Swing Guitar, Painless Piano, Songwriting, Improving your Song Repertoire, Hawaiian Slack Key, and much more. Many instructors are Club members as well as being some of the finest musicians in the Bay Area and welcoming, friendly teachers.

The Fall Session II starts on November 7, and runs to December 15. For more info, see The Freight website: www.thefreight.org.

26th Annual Christmas Revels

Every December, The California Revels presents “The Christmas Revels,” a joyous and vibrant musical production that welcomes the return of the light after the darkness of winter.

This year, Revels will join King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and Merlin the Sorcerer for a celebration of the changing of the seasons. As the winter solstice approaches in King Arthur’s court, the legendary king summons his lords, ladies, knights and knaves to Camelot. There they will pass the long winter evenings regaling each other with song, dance, feasting, and tales of their thrilling adventures. Complete with magic, Knights of the Round Table, legendary creatures and spectacular costumes, this interactive visit to the mythical kingdom will delight children and adults alike.

Revels will take place December 9–11 and 16–18, at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland. Tickets are available either at www.californiarevels.org or by calling the box office at (510) 452-8800. More info at www.californiarevels.org

Solstice Celebration: Join the California Revels choristers and the Muir Woods staff as they carol and dance the mysterious Abbots-Bromley Stag Horn Dance (an English folk dance dating to the 1600s) amid the ageless Redwoods. Under a full moon, experience the longest night of the year among the world’s tallest tree species, the coast redwoods. Rain or clear skies, dress warmly against the chill, bring a flashlight and a mug for a warm beverage, and meet us in front of the Muir Woods Visitor Center. 3:00 pm–8:00 pm. Arrive early. Parking is limited. More info at the Revels’ website: www.californiarevels.org/calendar

Ring in 2012 at Camp

We are gearing up for another fabulous five days at Camp New Harmony: December 28, 2011 to January 2, 2012! Mark your calendars, fill out your registration form and join your friends for SFFMC’s winter camper-led retreat.

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, sing together, visit, get acquainted, dance, work together, attend workshops, give workshops, do arts and crafts, and generally have a fun and relaxing time.

Housing will be assigned based on when you registered for camp AND your need. We are working on making camp accessible and comfortable for everyone in the community.

For those of you who have already registered, all confirmation letters will be sent out at the end of November. If you have not received your confirmation letter by December 5th, please contact Katie: or (510) 548-4727.

Instructions for canceling your registration and our refund policy are on the SFFMC website, under the “Registration Priority” policy.

The Nitty Gritty

When, where: 2:00 pm Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 to 12:00 pm Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 at Camp Newman: 15 minutes from Santa Rosa (a map will arrive with your confirmation letter). Sleeping facilities vary and are strictly pre-assigned. Check out www.sffmc.org to download more information and a registration form.

Cost: For those registering between Oct. 16th–Dec 1st: Adults over age 30 are $95/day; Young Adults (18–30) are $78/day; Teens (11–17) are $67/day; and kids (3–10) are $35/day. Registration closes December 1. If you need help paying for camp, camperships may still be available, so don’t be afraid to ask! Call Katie: (510) 548-4727.

Confirmed activities:

Check out www.sffmc.org for updates on activities or call Katie at (510) 548-4727 for more info. Hope to see you at Camp New Harmony!

—The New Harmony Committee

Music Cruise to the Caribbean

Hello, I’m Barbara Giamalvo. I have been a phantom member of the SFFMC for 15 years or more. This summer’s campouts at the Boy Scout camp was so much fun; we really enjoyed meeting a lot of great musicians, singers and songwriters. I would like to extend an invitation to everyone in the club to join us on our next musical adventure.

Musician friends have been joining us, cruising, traveling all over the world, over the last 12 years. Jam rooms are reserved for every evening after dinner and every day at sea for a great sailing experience while visiting exotic places around the world.

The next cruise is March 26–April 11, 2012, on the Holland America, MS Noordam. Jam rooms are reserved every day and the ports of call are: Fort Lauderdale; St Maarten; St. Lucia, WI; Dominica; St. Thomas, USVI; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk; San Juan, Puerto Rico.

If you would like more info please call me, Barbara, at (602) 549-6205, or e-mail You can also see details on the Web site www.barbarastravelplace.com. Click on the Groups tab and then type Barbara into the Group Name field in GroupTravel Search.