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Camping in Harmony 07-08

Camp Harmony approaches! It's SFFMC's annual ring-in-the-new-year music/dance/tribal meeting/party for SFFMC members and their families. The camp is brought to you by you and me and everyone who participates so please come and join in. FIRST-TIMERS ARE WELCOME.

When & Where:

Again this year it will be held in the Santa Cruz mountains near Boulder Creek (The address and a map will arrive with your acceptance letter.) The dates are from 2:00 pm Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007 through 2:00 pm Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008.


Prior to November 1st, the early-bird special price for the entire camp is $355 (age 13 & over) $215 (age 3-12). If you can't be there for the whole event, you can register for any part of it at the rate of $80/day (age 13 & over) or $48/day (age 3-12). This gets you bed, meals and all the fun you can share.

After November 1st, the price for an adult, full event pass goes to $440 or $265 (ages 3-12). The day rate (2:00 PM to the next 2:00 PM = 1 day) goes up to $88/day (age 13 & over), $53/day (age 3-12).

On site registration will be available too but won't include meals.

Financial Assistance:

Camperships are available for those who find that some financial assistance would help them to attend. The limited funds are allocated first-come, first-served so register early. If you're flush this year, please consider adding something to the campership fund. It's tax deductible.


There are many places around the camp for workshops and all campers are invited to share their favorite activities by leading a workshop. All concerts, crafts, dance, dance calling, jams, music, stories, etc., etc. are welcome. 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 Reimer 510-548-4727 for pre-camp scheduling.

Families are welcome. Please contact Katie Reimer at 510-548-4727 to find out about special housing arrangements.

Special Needs:

For concerns about health, diet restrictions, limited access, or disabled housing, etc., contact Ray Frank: 530-756-7089,


The entire camp is planned and run by club member volunteers. This includes every attendee over age 12 who commits to giving at least 1 hour per day of their labor so that camp can happen. Even folks aged 8-11 help in the kitchen for a half hour per day. There are many more hours of work to do than people to do them. Each year some stalwart members spend many extra hours working. Please help us all by signing up for chores and actually doing them. If you see that something is being neglected feel free to jump in and lend a hand.

Camp Harmony is a do-it-yourself affair without paid staff. We all help make it what it is. If you can arrive early or stay late to help with set-up or clean-up, contact Katie Reimer 510-548-4727.

Button Making:

Start Harmony early. Come to Mary & David Luckhardt's house in Richmond on Tuesday, Dec. 4th for the button making pot-luck party (510-233-5065, Make yourself a custom button.

The Rules:

Sea Music Concert Series

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park presents concerts of traditional and contemporary songs of the sea. Both concerts are held aboard the historic sailing ship Balclutha, berthed at Hyde Street Pier, on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. Wheelchair accessible.

John Roberts: Saturday, October 20, 8:00 pm
John Roberts is at the forefront of the English folksong revival. Accompanying himself on concertina and banjo, he is also recognized as a leading interpreter of traditional sea songs and chanteys. He has just released a new CD, Sea Fever.

Tom Lewis: Saturday, November 10, 8:00 pm With a powerful voice and razor wit, Tom Lewis brings 20 years of Royal Navy experience to every performance. He accompanies himself on accordion and ukulele.

Tickets: $14 general, $12 San Francisco Maritime National Park Association members. Discount season ticket: $24. To purchase tickets, please call 415-561-6662, ext. 33.

World Harmony Chorus

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. Their repertoire is rich with harmony and polyrhythm and is 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. 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.

Old Time Music in Berkeley

The 2007 Berkeley Old Time Music Convention will take place Thurs. Sept. 13-Sun. Sept. 16. INFO: Many events are FREE.

Thursday, September 13, noon, at the Freight, Panel Discussion with 3 southern performers from 3 generations: Donna Ray Norton (25-year-old a cappella ballad singer from Madison County, VA), Lee Stripling (octogenarian Alabama fiddler), & Rich Hartness (50-something fiddler from Asheville, NC). FREE

Thursday, September 13, 8:00 pm, Concert at the Freight: Donna Ray Norton, Rich Hartness & Friends, and the Todalo Shakers (W.B. Reid, Frannie Leopold, Eric & Suzy Thompson, Steven Strauss)

Friday, September 14, 8:00 pm, Concert at the Freight: Heidi Clare (formerly with the Reeltime Travelers), the Lee Stripling Trio, and Tom, Brad & Alice (Tom Sauber, Brad Leftwich, Alice Gerrard)

Saturday, September 15, 11:00-3:00, String Band Contest at the Berkeley Farmer's Market. Youth Showcase at 11:00, Contest follows. Website has entering details! FREE

Saturday, September 15, 7:00 pm Square Dance at Ashkenaz with the Knuckle Knockers (Karen Heil, Martha Hawthorne, Bill Foss), Dram County with Amy Hofer, & the Tallboys, Callers Evie Ladin, Caroline Oakley & Michael Ismerio. First hour geared towards families and less experienced dancers.

Sunday, September 16, 11:00-2:30, Workshops at the Jazzschool: fiddle, banjo, guitar, singing, and a slow jam. See website for details.

Sunday, September 16, at 3:00, Old Time Cabaret at the Jupiter. Website has sign-up details. FREE

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention couldn't happen without a lot of help! To volunteer, please email

Ellen Robinson in Concert

Ellen Robinson and her trio rock the house once again at Anna's Jazz Island! Pianist Jon Herbst joins the rest of her fabulous rhythm section: Sam Bevan and Bud Spangler. Concert is Saturday, October 20, 8:00-11:30 pm, at Anna's Jazz Island, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, 510-841-5299. $12.00 at the door -- reservations recommended. INFO

Send Granny Back to Russia

Bay Area clarinetist and composer Beth Custer screens and discusses her new score for the silent film "My Grandmother." Beth will speak about the film's history and her composing process at two fundraisers for the Beth Custer Ensemble's international performance tour of the live score. INFO: "My Grandmother" was directed by Soviet Georgian director Kote Mikaberidze in 1929. It was banned by the Soviet regime for 40 years, but is still noted for its anarchic styles: stop-motion, puppetry, exaggerated camera angles, animation and constructivist sets. "My Grandmother" is a quick-paced pastiche of American folk & blues, contemporary classical, jazz, and world music. A delightful example of the Soviet Eccentric Cinema movement, it's also an irreverent satire of the then still-young Soviet State system. Tuesday, September 4th, Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley. $20 donation Wednesday, September 5th, Dolby Laboratories, 100 Potrero Avenue, SF. RSVP: $20 donation