Sweet's Mill (1974-1975)
History: In June 1974 the first week-long Balkan music and dance camp was held at "Sweet's Mill" – a place owned by Virgil & Edith Byxbe. It was a wooded property with a lodge and mill pond in the California mountains, with space for tents and car camping. The band "Pitu Guli" played music and taught us about village instruments, letting us borrow student instruments from UCLA's Ethnomusicology dept. Campers paid $70 to register, and earned 2 units of credit (UC Extension) for "Music & Dance of the Balkans." Mark Levy organized this course and the camp.
This wonderful camp was repeated at Sweet's Mill in summer 1975. The camp later moved to Mendocino Woodlands and a nonprofit organization was created to continue it. See EEFC.org for more information.