the folknik March/April 2005
(Volume XLI, Number 2)
the San Francisco Folk Music Club
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Francisco Folk Music Club is a nonprofit corporation
dedicated to the enjoyment, preservation and promotion of
acoustic music in individual, family, and community life.
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We have condensed the report slightly. The original is available at
the Club office.)
The membership expresses the heartiest THANKS to the Camp Harmony Committee for putting on another wonderful camp for us all. Thanks to Mary, to Chair Charlie Fenton, Ray Frank, Laurie Story Vela for her work with crafts and children, and to ALL volunteers and to Debby, of course.
The following items were discussed and referred to the Camp Harmony Committee:
Concert time: Concerts have begun at 9:00 p.m., which seems late to some, especially for children. Consensus is to recommend starting at 8:30 p.m., with the first slots reserved for young performers.
Concert signups: Ray Frank pointed out that the first concert is usually undersubscribed. He instituted a new rule this year: anyone who performs at the first concert may also perform in one later. Otherwise, the usual rule of only one concert performance per encampment prevails. Another suggestion was to have an open mike or song circle the first night of camp.
Heating Sommer Lodge: It doesn't work. Bob Semple will discuss this with The Management, and the Harmony Committee can deal with it for next year.
Cell phones: Ed Hilton noted that there's a need to reinforce the rule of "No Beeping Things."
Camp chores: Some, especially newcomers, are not sure what they're signing up for. Ray Frank says that there is a Camp Harmony Manual that spells out every chore; the problem is getting this into users'hands. He and Marlene McCall will work on posting chore descriptions where people can read them before signing up. We discussed whether credit hours might be allocated differently. Parking may not need 2-hour credit to fill the slots while others, such as late-night kitchen, might benefit from extra credit. Another suggestion was to have an additional dining-room signup area for kitchen chores.
Club Growth. . . or, how to keep our camp (and club) healthy and alive. Things change; fewer people sign up; fewer really young folks for us to "grow our own."
Are teenagers happy here this year? We need to explore why young folks can't do kitchen chores — many teens would prefer working there. (Some think it's a matter of insurance.)
Publicity: One suggestion was to make a video of camp to show at the Free Folk Festival, the Hootenanny, and other places, or a flyer for circulation at dances and festivals. There is (or was) a subcommittee for this sort of thing. Katie Grist surveyed people who had come to camp once and didn’t come again in 2003: many had paid gigs for New Year’s; she got NO negative responses to the camp itself. We need a Publicity Chair for Harmony. Madge Strong would help with a flyer. Publicity might feature the concept of community, not musical stars. "The campers make the camp." Bob Reid wondered if we really want an influx of new people whose values may be different from those of us who have come regularly. We discussed creation of 'community' versus just a New Year's event; of bringing people in via other Club activities throughout the year.
A member who lives part of the year in the United Kingdom noted that in Great Britain similar endeavors draw the old and the young, and the two don't mix much. He suggested stressing the freedom to choose different kinds of workshops and the excellence of the teachers to attract young people who will then form their own communities. He also suggested that we lower the day rate to attract folksingers in the Santa Cruz/San Jose area. We can all try to find ways to welcome new people (identified by the small star on the name button).
Thanks to Dick Holdstock for conducting the major part of the meeting. This is the 35th year of Camp Harmony, and this was the largest crowd ever attending a General Meeting with approximately 60 people attending.
Marian Gade, Scribe for the General Meeting
We rang in 2005 with joyous celebration at Camp Harmony, continuing our long tradition. Sure it rained a little every day, but it was worth it, and the bus helped a lot. Here are a few of the countless folks who made this camp a good one:
Charlie Fenton, Committee Chair, Camp Liaison, Board Rep, Setup Supervisor, and the guy who makes it all happen. Mary Luckhardt, in her last appearance as Committee Secretary-Treasurer and Registrar. Committee members Ray Frank, David Luckhardt and Katie Grist, who regularly come to meetings, plus Robert Reed, Daniel Hersh and Laurie Vela who participate electronically. Ray is Health & Safety Officer, Kitchen Liaison & Concert Coordinator; Robert is Parking Czar; Laurie organizes Arts & Crafts and Kids Chorus; David headed take-down crew; Katie organized prescheduled workshops and managed all signs; Daniel headed the fund-raising subcommittee.
Miriam Sundheim organized family housing, Jane Doyle organized special needs housing, Joan Hall-Feinberg recruited workshop leaders and loaner instruments. Jim Oakden organized evening dances, Adam Cavan organized Swing Nite. Arlene Immerman is on-site Reg. Desk guru, with lots of help from Carol Chapman, who brings the crafts supplies to make beautiful boxes and origami. Patience Young brought Sommer Lodge coffee supplies and set up and took down that area. Bettine Wallin did this for Registration Room hot cider & mulled wine. Bob Semple built the concert stage. Marv Sternberg & Shary Levy took home the Lost & Found. Rachel Levin managed the rental mugs. John Gregorin designed the buttons. Ellen Eagan created the chore charts. Dick Scheible arranged the carpools.
With Debby McClatchy in the kitchen were campers Cass and Quena Crain, Sharyn Dimmick, Dan Engle, Jessica Grist, Erik Hoffman, Tim Hudson, Linnet Millikan, Joe Offer, Charlotte Patterson, Ed Silberman, Rory Solomon and Nancy Teas-Crain. Debbie Granger of Camp Harmon baked and cooked breakfast.
Thanks to workshop leaders of songs, jams, dance lessons, yoga & 12 step sessions, too! You give their time and expertise to all of us without even a chore credit. Thanks to all for making this Camp Harmony so wonderful. Watch this space in Sept. for YOUR application!
A fashion and
historical first -- club T-shirts -- were unveiled on the redwood catwalk
to universal swooning and pouring rain at Camp Harmony. Over sixty
were snapped up immediately by folk fashion glitterati who recognized
the naissance of the Nouveau Folkie Mode. Design (this page's graphic)
is by our superb SFFMC member, Valentine Doyle. A thousand kisses
also to Garry Wiegand, who arranged production and delivery and supervised
backstage model prepping, champagne and valium.
Musical meetings 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. Snacks are provided through $1 food kitty donations or finger food contributions. Guests are always welcome, no one is expected to "perform," and there is no charge.
is no standard set for the singing here, but we set a very high standard
from Camp: We have a couple of nice notes from attendees at Harmony:
Daisy Chan, first-time attendee and new SFFMC member, writes, "Thank
you so much for the wonderful experience — the camp, the music,
the food. Beautiful people . . . . etc. We look forward to the next
one." Erika Aschmann, who joined us from Minnesota, writes: "Ian
(now five) really had a stimulating experience it was terrific
to see the whole Harmony community embracing him, in being open, patient
and guiding him. What a nice bunch of folks!"
Nancy, Jimmy's wife and musical companion of thirty years, is left with tremendous medical debts and a wonderful collection of folk instruments for which Jimmy had planned a museum especially for children. Checks to help may be sent to Delilah Lewis, 151 Precita Ave., San Francisco 94110.
—Alan Sheckter, Entertainment Editor (or Buzz Editor), Chico Enterprise-Record. Reprinted by kind permission.
The San Francisco
Free Folk Festival will take place June 18th-19th, 2005-two full days
of free dances, workshops, concerts, open mic, music, a crafts and music
marketplace, and food onsite. Join us for continual fun with all styles
of music and FREE admission. The festival surrounds you with smiles,
new friendships, music, dance and a wonderful community!
Concerts include locally and (inter)nationally renowned artists, such as Jubilee American Dance Theatre, Tony Marcus and the World Harmony Chorus. There are also open mic sessions where anyone may sign up. Family activities include a concert, crafts, storytelling and children's workshops. If you have ideas for these family shows, crafts, or other family-oriented activities.
In late March, check out the festival web page: www.sffolkfest.org. We update it continually as performers and workshop leaders confirm. Currently you can view last year's web page for pictures and memories.
Would you like to perform, lead a workshop, or volunteer? It takes about 200 volunteers to make this festival happen. You can be one of them. Opportunities are numerous, ranging from helping schedule performers to being a performer yourself.
Volunteer organizers who will coordinate 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...). Please contact Michael Jones, .
Singers and musicians, soloist or groups, to perform in venues ranging from the Main Stage to the "Café Cabaret" small stage. Please contact Cheryl at: .
in instrumental music, singing, and dance. Contact
We continue to expand the activities we have for young people during the festival. We continually brainstorms ideas, but we would still love to have ideas from you and your children. They are welcome to become involved as well. Our children are the future of the festival, the folk club, the music and dance we do and our community! Help keep the spirit alive for future generations.
The fold-in is at noon, Sunday, April 24, at the home of Abe and Joan Feinberg. The more, the merrier. Help with the folknik, enjoy a meal afterwards, and make music. Bring a potluck dish and instruments.
Storytelling Festival March 11-13
Festival March 11-13
Calaveras Celtic Faire March 12-13
Music Festival March 19-April 3
Fling And Open Showcase April 2
CBA Annual Spring
Camp Out April 15-17
Two Day Town
Folk Festival May 2-3
and Fiddle Festival May 15
Gathering May 20-22
Festival May 26-29
CBA's 5th Annual
Music Camp June 12-15
Camp June 18-25
and Dance Workshop June 25-July 2
Week July 9-16
Autoharp Gathering July 28-31
The great musician
and storyteller, Nancy Schimmel celebrates her 70th Birthday with a
concert featuring Nancy with Judy Fjell, Candy Forest, Freedom Song
Network, the Threshold Choir, Bonnie Lockhart, Fran Avni, Claudia Morrow
& surprise guests.
Featuring Jean Ritchie & The Bluestein Family, Richard Hagopian Orchestra & The Arax Armenian Dancers. 8:00 pm, Sat., March 26, at the Tower Theatre, Fresno, CA.
Tickets are $20. To buy via mail order, send check payable to Gene Bluestein Memorial Fund and SASE to: Evo Bluestein 10691 N. Madsen, Clovis, CA 93619-9704. To via Visa or Mastercard call, 559-299-8001 ($1 transaction fee for CC purchases).
The first Gene Bluestein Memorial Concert was a great success. More than 1500 people attended, and we still receive wonderful comments and thank yous. We thank you for helping continue Gene's legacy of presenting artists who represent our nation's rich and diverse folk heritage. info: 559-297-8966, www.evobluestein.com.
The legendary Theodore Bikel makes a rare San Francisco appearance with special guest Hankus Netsky-part of the 20th Annual Jewish Music Festival (details this page).
Bikel concert is Sunday March 20, 4:00 pm at Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco.Tickets are $30 General Admission, $25 BRJCC, Temple Emanu-El members, seniors & students, For tickets: 415-276-1511, www.brjcc.org.
The San Jose Peace
Chorale is seeking new members! Come join us on Thursday evenings to
sing inspirational songs of peace and social justice. All voices needed.
Musical background not required. We perform regularly throughout the
community and are always looking for new places to perform. Rehearsals
are at 7:30 pm, at Chai House, 814 St. Elizabeth Drive, San Jose. info:
408-984-6784 or email