This Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, we return to Bort Meadows in Anthony
Chabot Regional Park, Oakland, an East Bay Regional Park.
basic: portable toilets, water faucets, no showers, a few picnic tables.
We have the usual concerts, jams, and campfire sings.
Bring wood for
campfires, but remember that in an effort to protect the local oaks
from Sudden oak Death virus, only commercially processed wood – certified
to be uncontaminated, cut up lumber, or processed fire logs are allowed
in the park.
Parking is in a
central lot, not at campsites. There are loading and unloading areas,
but cars must be moved out of these in a short time – unless you want
to pay a parking ticket of $75 or more.
of time! Park officials need a registration count before camp, and you
get the Early Bird rate that way. Early Bird rate deadline is May 1;
forms and $ must ARRIVE at 885 Clayton Street by that date.
Send the registration
coupon and a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with your check
to: SFFMC-Memorial Day, 885 Clayton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117.
Confirmation and directions to camp are mailed back to you.
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Harmony Thank Yous!
SFFMC rang in 2003
in a joyous celebration at Camp Harmony, continuing our tradition of
a great many years.
We don’t want to
brag, but with the help of zillions of hands right when we needed them,
we had a great camp this year. Here are a few of the people that made
Harmony 02/03 what it was:
Committee Chair, Camp Liaison, Board Rep, Setup Supervisor, and the
guy who makes it all happen.
Committee Secretary-Treasurer, Acting Registrar, Carpool Coordinator,
Thanks to our local
committee members Ray Frank, Phillip Garrison, David Luckhardt and Trish
Waldon who come to meetings, and Robert Reed and Laurie Vela, who live
too far away, but participate electronically.
Ray is our Health
and Safety Officer, Kitchen Advisor and Crew Chief, and Concert Coordinator.
Robert is the Parking Tsar and Laurie organizes Arts and Crafts and
the Kid’s Chorus. Phillip keeps us sane and organizes our equipment
rental, David heads the Take Down Crew and Trish coordinates Sommer
Ray Fixler organized
family housing, Jane Doyle organized special needs housing. Madge Strong
and Joan Hall-Feinberg organized workshops and loaner instruments. Elizabeth
Douglas organized the evening dances, and Adam Cavan organized Swing
and Shary Levy took home and recorded all the Lost and Found. Maxine
Gerber and Brendan Doyle organize the supplies, know where everything
is and who’s bringing it next year. Arlene Immerman was our On Site
Registrar and the Daily Supervisor every day. Beth Kotkin keeps track
of all the signs and makes new ones. John Gregorin designed the buttons.
Pete Sumner tuned the pianos this year, and repaired the trail when
it got too muddy. Talk about an all ’rounder!
In the Kitchen
this year, working with Debby McClatchy, our fabulous chef, were Cass
and Quena Crain, Sharyn Dimmick, Paul Donnelly, Elliot Dror, Anselm
Engle, Dan Engle, Peter Langston, Linnet Millikan, Joe Offer, Lewis
Santer, Ed Silberman, and Rory Solomon. Debbie Grainger of Camp Harmon
cooked breakfast. Tim Hudson did all the recycling.
organized the hot drinks in the Reg Room and Rachel Levin brought all
the Rent-A-Mugs. Also in the Reg Room was Carol Chapman, who brings
Arts and Crafts to all of us with box making, and this year with magnet
making. We must thank Carol also for always being available as an unofficial
Registration resource, ready to answer questions or help sort out a
problem at the Reg Desk.
Let’s not forget
the many workshop leaders who fill the schedule with songs, jams, dance
lessons, music theory and instrumental sessions (and yoga, massage and
arts and crafts, too!). Since we are a do-it-yourself camp, these folks
give their time and expertise to all of us without even a chore credit!
Thanks to all these
folks, 2002-03 was "The Best Ever" and we know that 2003-04
will be better yet. Watch this space in September for YOUR application!
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Francisco Free Folk Festival
The 27th Annual
San Francisco Free Folk Festival will take place on June 21-22, 2003,
at Roosevelt Middle School. Join us for two full days of free dances,
workshops, concerts, and open mic, a music and craft marketplace and
continual fun featuring all styles of music. There is also food available
The festival is
for anyone who wants to smile a lot, create new friendships, and be
surrounded by music, dance and a wonderful community!
Admission is (of
course) free. The festival is easy to reach by MUNI lines 1, 2, 4 or
38. On-site parking is extremely limited, but street parking is available
within reasonable walking distances. The event is wheelchair accessible.
Starting in late
March the festival web page at www.sffolkfest.org
will be updated continually as performers and workshop leaders are confirmed.
And right now you can check out last year’s page, which is still up!
More than fifty music workshops include beginning and more advanced
sessions for a range of instruments, including fiddle, guitar, harp
and vocal workshops such as song circles and harmony singing. Workshops
are led by experienced teachers from our local community and beyond.
Thirty-six dance workshops cover the basics such as waltz, hambo,
contra and International dance. We will also have swing, Irish, Scottish,
English and many more.
Performers include locally and (inter)nationallly renowned artists,
such as Jubilee, Tony Marcus and the World Harmony Chorus. There are
also open mic sessions which anyone may sign up for.
Family oriented activities include a concert, crafts, storytelling and
children’s workshops. We gladly welcome ideas for family shows, crafts,
or other family-oriented activities; please contact Michael Jones at
(650) 622-9598 or email email@example.com.
Be A Star! Volunteer!
Would you like to perform, lead a workshop, or volunteer? It takes about
200 volunteers to make this festival happen. Opportunities to help are
numerous and range from helping schedule performers to being a performer
Singers and musicians, soloist or groups, may perform in venues ranging
from the Main Stage to the "Cafe Cabaret" small stage. For
information on performing please contact Karen Imperial at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need workshop leaders in instrumental music, singing, and dance.
We need leaders
of children’s or family-oriented activities, such as sing-alongs, dance/movement
workshops or hands-on craft activities. Be creative and ask your kids
and teens to participate!
And we need volunteer
organizers of volunteers and volunteer tasks before and during the festival.
(Just so you don’t think it’s all work and no play, volunteers have
been known to get jam sessions going in the instrument room, at the
information desk, in the parking lot…).
To volunteer, please
contact Michael Jones, email@example.com.
Our Teens and
We want to continue to expand the activities for young people during
the festival. We always invite ideas and brainstorming from you and
your children. Kids are welcome to become involved. Our children are
the future of the festival, the folk club, the music and dance we do
and more! Help keep the spirit alive for future generations. back
Sing: April 27
The fold-in will
be at noon, Sunday, April 27, at the home of Abe and Joan Feinberg,
1121 Ashmont Ave., Oakland. Phone (510) 451-1122.
The more, the merrier
– to help with the folknik, enjoy a meal afterwards, and to make music.
Bring a potluck dish and instruments. back
A syndicated, live-audience weekly radio show broadcast on
the net each Monday evening at 6;45 EST (that’s 9:45 out here) by YAHOO!Broadcast
and InSight Communications.
Sponsors are Sing
Out! Magazine, Mother Earth News and Bluegrass Unlimited. Information
on this worthy enterprise at www.woodsongs.com
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of the San Francisco Folk Music Club are held every other Friday at
885 Clayton Street, between Carl and Parnassus Streets in San Francisco.
Singing and jamming in three separate rooms start at 8:00 p.m. Guests
are always welcome, no one is expected to “perform,” and there is no
charge. Snacks are provided through $1 food kitty donations or finger
*Songs by, for
and about women celebrate International Women’s Day on March 7.
The SFFMC board
meets on the second Tuesday of each month; potluck at 6:30 p.m., meeting
at 8:00 p.m. All Club members are welcome to attend the potluck dinner
and the Board meeting. March 11: Phil Morgan’s, 817 Arlington,
Berkeley, (510) 525-1965 April 8: Marian Gade’s, 136 Highland
Blvd. Kensington, (510) 524-9815 May 13: Phil Morgan’s, 817 Arlington,
Berkeley, (510) 525-1965 back
leads singing of peace songs every other week, usually on Tuesdays,
in BART stations. For information email email@example.com
or see www.betsyrosemusic.org/events.html.
is at the Marin Center on Sunday, March 23, 7 p.m.
owner and engineer of Bay Records, 1414 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley, has
been nominated for a Grammy award as Mastering Engineer in the “Best
Historical Album” category: Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Collection:
1960-2000,The Journey of Chris Strachwitz. Michael, an SFFMC member
for some 40 years, has engineered many recordings (LPs, tapes and CDs)
for other SFFMC musicians.
Network Santa Cruz meets Sunday, March 9, 2-4 p.m. at Louden Nelson
Center, Room 7. Bring “Stop the War” and other socially significant
songs, refreshments, and help to defray $26 cost of the room. For details
Kit Gardner send, “Thanks for the best Harmony Camp ever!” It must
have been, judging by the Camp Harmony Lost and Found: a banjo, a guitar,
and more were recovered. If one of the items listed on page 3 is yours,
contact Marv Sternberg or Shary Levy at (510) 527-3224 or at SternbergM@aol.com.
newest CD Swanee, The Music of Stephen Foster is available through Highland
Records, PO Box 554, Los Gatos, CA 95031. “For those interested in American
Music, this is required listening,” says a reviewer.
Radio Hour is a syndicated, live-audience weekly radio show broadcast
on the net Monday evenings at 9:45 p.m. More information on this worthy
enterprise is at www.woodsongs.com
Club News Wanted:
To announce a marriage, a baby, a new CD, special gigs or events, instruments
for sale, or other similar news, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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from the Camp Harmony SFFMC General Meeting