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Ring in 2006 at Camp Harmony

It’s time to register for SFFMC’s annual New Year’s bash known as Camp Harmony. This five day music/ dance/tribal meeting/party for Club members and their immediate families is brought to you by you and me and everyone who participates: first-timers, old-timers, old pros, rank beginners, little kids, old geezers, singers, musicians and dancers.

FIRST TIME ATTENDEES ARE WELCOME! If you’ve never experienced this camp, we hope that this is the year you begin. If you have been to camp before, we are sure you are already gently peeling your label from the back of this Folknik and sticking it to your registration form.

WHEN WHERE & HOW: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005 to 2 p.m. Sun., January 1, 2006 at Camps Campbell and Harmon on Highway 9 in the Santa Cruz mountains near Boulder Creek (a map will arrive with your acceptance letter). The facilities include heated cabins each holding 8-16 people, many with indoor plumbing, and your prompt registration includes all meals.

REGISTRATION: To register, you must be a current SFFMC member. You may join the club when you register for camp but please make sure that your dues are paid with a separate check. A club member is welcome to bring family members to Camp Harmony on their registration.

COST: Registrations postmarked on or before November 1st qualify for the Early Bird special price for the entire camp of $300 Adult, $200 Children 3 through 12. The early rate for 1-4 days is $70/day for adults, $45/day for children. After November 1 there is no break for full camp, and the price is $75/day, adult and $49/day, child. Every camper age 6-100 is expected to do one chore for every day registered as part of their payment for camp. Giving a workshop does not count as a chore. Onsite, drop-in registration is $50/day, adult, $30/day, child, plus one chore, but doesn’t include meals. Some meals may be available for purchase from other campers.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Camperships are available for those who need them. The limited funds are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and get used up fast, so register early.

SPECIAL FAMILY CAMPERSHIPS: Since the prices have gone up sharply this year, please see the registration form and instructions for special family camperships. We want families at camp and have earmarked some funds for this purpose, so please let us help you bring your gang to camp.

DONATIONS: We need your help to make camp affordable for all. If you are doing well this year, please consider making a donation to the campership fund. There is a place of the registration form for your donations, or you can send them to SFFMC, 885 Clayton St, San Francisco, CA 94117, marked “Camp Harmony Donation.” ALL donations are tax deductible! Thank you.

WORKSHOPS: There are many places around the camp for workshops and all campers are invited to share their favorite activities by leading a workshop. All songs, crafts, dance, dance calling, jams, music, stories, instrument techniques, etc are welcome and open to all. Sign-ups for the various workshop times and spaces will be posted at camp, but if you have something that you already know you want to present, contact Katie Riemer (510-548-4727 for pre-camp scheduling. Contact Joan Feinberg (510-451-1122, if you can offer a beginning workshop in any instrument or if you can loan an instrument for beginners to try at camp.

SPECIAL NEEDS: For concerns about health, diet restrictions, or limited access, contact Ray Frank (530-756-7089, ). Families are welcome! Contact Miriam Sundheim (510-523-4558 before 9 p.m., ) for special housing arrangements.

ABOUT CHORES: Camp Harmony is a community-organized volunteer effort. Every attendee over age six must commit to doing one organized chore for every day registered so that camp can happen. We have even designed some special chores for campers aged 6-11. Most adult chores require a one hour commitment, but some chores (such as coffee making) cover a longer period of time and allow more flexibility. Some of the more strenuous chores, such as parking lot duty and end of camp cleanup, count for more than one chore slot. Staying late on the last day of camp to help with clean up for 2-3 hours will fulfill your full-camp chore requirement. Contact Ellen Eagan (650-583-6413 before 9 p.m., ) to reserve one of these special chore slots.

RULES: No pets are allowed at camp. Please keep all electronic noisemakers quiet. Don’t save beds or cabins for folks arriving later. All camp activities are open to all campers. Please keep outdoor shoes off the dance floor.

BUTTON MAKING: Start Harmony early. Come to Mary Luckhardt’s house in Richmond (510-233-5065, ) on Tuesday, December 6th for the pot-luck button making party. Make a custom name button for yourself, and help produce the 400 buttons we need for camp. Please join us for a wonderful camp and a joyous beginning to a New Year.

Happy 90th Birthday, Faith!

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley presents a birthday celebration concert in honor of Faith Petric's 90th birthday -- a truly historic event. The concert is also a benefit for The Freight, so join in the fun, honor our fantastic Faith and support a great venue. The long-expected party takes place Saturday, September 17 2005. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., concert begins at 8:00 p.m. Betcha it’ll sell out.

Faith takes the stage for the first half of the show, performing songs with personal significance to her, with guitar and harmonies provided by Peter Kessler. The second set features special guests, including Estelle Freedman, Laurie Vela, Don Burnham, Van Rozay, Ronnie Gilbert, Ed Bronstein, Aileen Vance, Nancy Schimmel, Bob Reid, and members of the Freedom Song Network. And the entire evening is hosted by that font of wit, wisdom and tall tales, Utah Phillips, himself.

More details and tickets available for sale at the Freight & Salvage website: Tickets also available for sale from the box office at The Freight, 1111 Addison Street, Berkeley, or by calling them at 510-548-1761.

Folkie Directory Updates

Your humble SFFMC Directory editorniks are planning an update to the 2005 Directory -- corrections, additions, and changes. Please send any changes to: SFFMC DIRECTORY, 885 Clayton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 or email

The changes will be included as a separate sheet with the next folknik (Nov/Dec '05).

The deadline for changes is Monday, October 3. We will probably plan additional updates later.

Fold-in/Folk Sing October 30

The fold-in is at noon, Sunday, October 30, at the home of Abe & Joan Feinberg.

The more, the merrier. Help with the folknik, enjoy a meal afterwards, and make music. Bring a potluck dish and instruments.

Annual Sea Music Concerts

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s annual sea music concert series is getting underway, with a lineup of outstanding performers from Europe and across the country. They are:

All concerts are held aboard the historic square-rigged ship Balclutha, berthed at Hyde Street Pier on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Concerts begin 8:00 p.m., with entry beginning 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for each concert: $14. San Francisco Maritime National Park Association members, $12. Season tickets: all three concerts, $39. Members: $33. To reserve, please call 415-561-6662, ext. 33.