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Camp Harmony - Ring in the New Year 2007

It's time to register for SFFMC's annual New Year's bash known as Camp Harmony. This 5 day music/dance/tribal meeting/party for Club members and their families is brought to you by you & me and everyone who participates: first-timers, old-timers, total pros, rank beginners, little kids, middle-sized teens, big ol' folks: singers, musicians and dancers of all sizes and ages.

SPECIAL NOTE TO OLD-TIMERS: Harmony's future depends on you, our long-time campers. The special difficulties last year made for a Harmony we will not soon forget, but we must also remember that camp is usually healthier and drier than 05-06 was. Ralph encourages you to pre-register as you normally would with those golden years in mind, and encourage your friends to come, too.

FIRST TIME ATTENDEES ARE WELCOME! If you've never experienced this camp, we hope that this is the year you begin. Register before November 1 for the best rates. If you have been to camp before, we are sure you are already gently peeling your label from the back of your Folknik and sticking it to your registration form.

WHEN, WHERE & HOW: 2:00 pm Wed., Dec. 27, 2006 to 2:00 pm Mon., Jan. 1, 2007 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 10-16 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 for $10. 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: $325 Adult, $200 Children 3 through 12. The early per day rate is $74/day for Adults, $45/day for Children. After November 1, registration is only on a daily basis (2:00 pm to the next 2:00 pm = 1 day), and is $82/day Adult and $50/day Children. Every camper age 6-100 is expected to do 1 chore for every day registered as part of their payment for camp. Giving a workshop does not count as a chore. On-site, drop-in registration will be $60/day Adult, $30/day Child, plus 1 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. If you are flush this year, please consider donating to the campership fund; it's tax deductible!

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 9:00 pm, for special family housing arrangements.

ABOUT CHORES: Camp Harmony is a community-organized, volunteer effort. Every attendee over age 6 must commit to doing 1 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 1 hour commitment, but some chores (such as coffee making) cover a longer period of time and allow more flexibility. Some of the more onerous 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 9:00 pm, to reserve one of these special chore slots.


BUTTON MAKING: Start Harmony early. Come to Mary Luckhardt's house in Richmond (510-233-5065, on Tuesday, December 5th 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.

Children's Music Network Conference

The sixteenth annual Children's Music Network National Conference will be held October 6-8, 2006, at Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, California. The CMN National Conference is for anyone and everyone involved with children and with music. Workshops and song swaps include International Singing Games, Songs for Environmental Awareness, Easy Guitar for Teachers, Tips for Performers, and dozens more. Nona Beamer will be presented with CMN's Magic Penny Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring her longtime dedication to the preservation of traditional Hawaiian music, dance, and stories.

For more information, contact The Children's Music Network, P.O. Box 1341, Evanston, IL 60204; (847) 733-8003, email: or visit

SF Festival of the Sea

The annual Festival of the Sea at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is on Saturday, September 9. The park opens at 9:30 am, and the festival runs from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. There'll be Living History demonstrations aboard the Balclutha, rigging demos, a boat building competition, iron forging demos, rope making, a maritime library book sale, kids crafts, storytelling, and - you guessed it - sea music, featuring members of our local sea music community, and more. The morning will begin with the Living History pumps, capstan, and sail raise demos beginning at 10:15.

Festival admission is free, but a $5 donation at the entrance appreciated. As at every year's sea fest, we are waiving the fees to board the historic ships. At 8:00 pm, we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the park's monthly chantey sing! To accommodate the expected larger than usual numbers of people, the sing will be held aboard the ferryboat Eureka, in the back of the auto deck. Wheelchair accessible. Please note the new chantey sing reservation number: (415) 561-7171 or reserve by email at Volunteers are needed for the festival! Gate greeters, instrument check, cook's assistants and various other duties. All volunteers are welcome to the evening performer/volunteer/staff dinner. If interested, please contact the volunteer coordinator Terry Dorman at (415) 556-1613. It promises to be a great day, and you can be a big part of making it a success!

Fold-in/Folk Sing - October 29

The fold-in is at noon, Sunday, October 29, 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.

World Harmony Chorus Fall Session

The Fall Session of the chorus starts up in September. Come and join us! For more information, see the chorus website at: or email Daniel Steinberg, chorus founder and director at

The WHC is a community chorus, open to singers at all levels of ability and experience. Drawn from a wide variety of ethnic sources and folk traditions, including South African freedom songs, Eastern European kolos, Latin American choral works and English and American folk music, their repertoire is exciting and rich with harmony and polyrhythm. The chorus is hosted in Oakland by the Lake Merritt UMC: In Mountain View, the chorus is a program of the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), a non-profit arts education center committed to providing arts for all: (650) 917-6800 or

Rafael Manriquez Benefit Concert

The band Quijerema is giving a benefit concert to offset medical bills for the great musical maestro Rafael Manriquez who recently underwent major heart surgery and another a small heart attack. Concert is on September 10th, 7:30 pm at La Peña Cultural Center ( 2135 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. Rafa is a formidable guitarist, a fantastic singer, a composer of over 450 songs and has produced many great records. He has given tremendously to the Bay Area community over the years through his music and teaching. For more information about Rafael, visit

Quijerema celebrates and expands the cultures of the Americas through original music, poetry and multi-media art installations. Quijerema is Quique Cruz (Chile: Composer, Strings, Winds & Percussion); Jeremy Allen (USA: Bass & Percussion); Maria Fernanda Acuna (Venezuela: Percussion & Venezuelan Cuatro); David Barrows (USA: Saxophones, Winds & Percussion); John Calloway (USA: Piano & Flute). For more info on the band, visit Quijerema will be joined by Rafael Manriquez himself.

You can also send checks made out to Rafael Manriquez to the following address: Rafael Manriquez Medical Fund c/o Hounds of Renown Records, 5111 Telegraph Ave, PMB 307, Oakland, CA 94609

Bluestein Memorial Concert

The third annual Gene Bluestein Memorial Concert will be held on Friday, October 6, at 8:00 pm, at the Tower Theatre of the Performing Arts, 815 E. Olive Ave., Fresno. Reserved-seating tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the Tower Theatre Box Office. This year's concert features the four Bluestein children: Joel, Evo, Jem and Frayda. The Bluesteins will pay tribute to their father with whom they performed and recorded while growing up in Fresno and abroad.

Gene Bluestein, a well-known and controversial professor of English & American Studies at Fresno State, included music in his classes. The use of music sprang from his conviction that the arts are inseparable from life. His efforts to keep the best of American folk traditions in the limelight resulted in a series of annual concerts in Fresno, in the 1970s & 80s, featuring well-known performers from throughout the country.

The Gene Bluestein Memorial Concert Fund aims to continue Bluestein's legacy of presenting folk artists who represent the United States' rich and diverse heritage. Previous concerts have featured Sweet Honey in the Rock, Jean Ritchie and Richard Hagopian's Armenian Orchestra.

For info on the upcoming concert, Bluestein family recordings, and the Gene Bluestein archives visit