From The Folknik Nov/Dec 1999

Berkeley Free Folk Festival Scheduled For May 6-7, 2000

On October 12, 1999 the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to support a resolution sponsored by Councilmembers Linda Maio, Dona Spring and Diane Woolley to waive all fees for Live Oak Park and Live Oak Recreation Center for the Year 2000 Festival! The Council also waived the 4-hour limit on "noise" (translated: amplified music). THANKS TO THE CITY OF BERKELEY!

If funding is available, there will be another free dance at Ashkenaz on Friday, May 5, 2000. When the Festival lost Fellowship Hall, it also lost its fiscal agent (the Unitarian Fellowship), but fortunately the Board of Ashkenaz voted to take over management of Festival funding. THANKS TO ASHKENAZ!!!

Programming details are indefinite now, but Utah Phillips has already said he wants to be at the new, and very beautiful festival location (on Sunday), and Shay Black has agreed to have another great Irish music session after the main concert on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Since bonfires are not allowed in city parks, maybe there will be Irish music by candlelight!

Stay tuned to the folknik for further details. Scheduling suggestions welcomed & encouraged.

Wood and a few carpenters are needed to build a stage, so please call Jessica Bryan at (510) 843-3810 if you can help. Thanks.

Christmas Festivals

15th Annual Auburn Christmas Festival

November 13 &14, Auburn's Gold Country Fairgrounds. Just off Hwy 80 at Maple Street or Hwy. 49 exit. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Continuous live entertainment on three stages: Alasdair Fraser, world-class fiddler; Golden Bough, Celtic and Olde World tunes and Christmas carols, Joe Craven Bluegrass Band, Sourdough Slim & Tom Schmidt, Men Of Worth, Puppeteer Bob Hartman, Chazz Cats, Deanna Bogart Blues Band, boogie woogie, blues and jazz; Grinn and Barrett Jugglers; Mo, painter of fine faces and more.

Tickets: $5.00 adults, $4.00 Seniors, $1.00 for kids 6 to 12.
Info: prior to show dates phone (209) 533-3473 or (530) 823-4533.

25th Annual Sonora Christmas Festival-The Silver Anniversary!

Nov. 26, 27, 28 1999 (Thanksgiving weekend), Mother Lode Fairgrounds-Hwy 49, downtown Sonora. Hours: 10-6 Fri. and Sat., 10-5 Sunday.

Continuous live entertainment on four stages:

Golden Bough, Deanna Bogart Blues Band, Puppeteer Bob Hartman, New Christy Minstrels (tentative), Nina Gerber, Doo Doo Wah, topical humor and tunes, Bakra Bata Steel Drum Orchestra, Bill Staines, songwriter in the American folk tradition; Earth Angels singing the hits of the 60s and 70s, Joe Craven Bluegrass Band, Cats & Jammers, vintage jazz; Sourdough Slim, songs and tales of the Old West by the accordion playin' cowpoke; Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan, Grinn and Barrett Jugglers, Mirth & Glee Carolers, Mo, painter of fine faces and more.

Info: prior to show dates phone (209) 533-3473. Phone (209) 532-9905 during the event hours only. Tickets: $6.00 Adults (Friday and Saturday), $4.00 Sunday; $4.00 Seniors. $1.00 kids 6 to 12 years.

Both festivals feature craft and graphic artists. Web site for both Sonora and Auburn festivals: http://fireonthe mountain.com

Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival 2000

The 14th Annual Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be on January 14, 15 and 16, 2000 at the SEIU Local 250 at 560 20th St., Oakland-a new location.

Friday evening features an arts exchange and a social. Registration will be on Saturday, and events include workshops and performances from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and featured performers and an arts exchange at 7:30 p.m. Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to noon there will be workshops and exchanges. At 1:30 p.m. there will be a tribute to Dr. King. At 7:00 p.m. Sunday, there will be a benefit concert, with proceeds going to workers in need.

Admission is $10 for non-registrants, and tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Registration for the weekend is $40; Saturday only, including the concert, $25.

For further information and registration forms call Festival Director David Winters (831) 426-4940; Shelly Kessler (650) 572-8848, Bill Schwalb (415) 285-5627, or write P.O. Box 7184, Santa Cruz, CA 95061.

Tenth Annual Festival of Harps

Multi-cultural harp music, including contemporary harp and dance, medieval harp ensembles, traditional Celtic harp, children's harp group, African, Latin and classical harps and more. Concerts:

Tickets: BASS, Gaia bookstore in Berkeley, Bansuri in Larkspur, and Lark in the Morning music store, The Cannery, San Francisco. For further information about other shows this fall in Northern California, call: (415) 759-1028.

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