SNWMF is thrilled to be hosted at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville since 2005. Situated in the heart of the picturesque Anderson Valley, the Fairgrounds
is an ideal place for our outdoor music and camping festival. Located just two hours north of San Francisco, the Fairgrounds
is easily accessible from the Bay Area airports. The camping is in a lovely valley surrounded by hills dotted with oak trees! Come celebrate the summer solstice & world peace with us!
Mendocino County Fairgrounds Slideshow
Boontling courtesy of
In the 1800's, Anderson Valley was an isolated and quite provincial farming and logging community. Life was hard, and entertainment was a luxury. Sometime around 1880, a small group of Anderson Valley residents created a few slang words to use in their private conversations, both for their own amusement, and to confound anyone who might overhear them harpin' (talking). They created new words as they went, trying to shark (stump) their companions. Over time the vocabulary grew, as did the number of people familiar with it. Eventually, every resident of the valley had at least some knowledge of Boontling (Boonville Language), as the lingo came to be called. For many, Boontling actually became their primary language, and they had difficulty reverting to English when circumstances required it.
Boontling flourished in the valley for as much as forty years, and can still be heard, when some of the codgy kimmies (old men) get together. There are very few Boont harpers left, and its use has dwindled greatly, but evidence of the language can still be found, if you know where to look. Local public pay-phones are designated as Bucky Walters (nickel telephones). The local tow-truck has "Boont Region De-arkin' Moshe" (Anderson Valley Un-wrecking Machine) stenciled on the side. And the Anderson Valley Brewing Company has christened their ales with the Boontling names of certain valley regions, as a tribute to the spirit of Anderson Valley and its people. Listed below are some of the terms that we use in reference to the Boonville beers and an assortment of other Boontling words.
Study the glossary below, and when you are ready, come take the Boontling Challenge. Test your knowledge of the short ling! Or, if you'd like to get a feel of how the language sounded,
click here to read The Brightlighter's Jonnem, a short story written in Boontling with its English translation.
Aplenty (also plenty) - Very, or Many
Apple-head - Girl friend
Bahl (-er, -est) - Good, or great (better, best;
Bahl Hornin' - good drinking
Baldies - The primarily grassy hills to the east of
Boonville, with few trees.
Barney Flats - Hendy Woods National Forest. A
spectacular forest of virgin redwoods, located in Anderson
Belk Region - Bell Valley. A scenic valley located
just beyond the baldies, northeast of Boonville. It was here in
the hop fields, during the turn of the century, that the
language of Boontling originated.
Bluetail - a Rattlesnake
Boarch - To repeatedly partake of an enjoyable event
Boont - Boonville. The largest community and focal
center of Anderson Valley. The town where the language of
boontling originated. Now famous for its local brewery.
Briney - Ocean.
Bucky - A nickel.
Burlap - Sexual intercourse
Can-kicky - Angry
Charlie Ball - To embarass (A local American Indian
of this name was easily embarrassed).
Chiggrul - Food
Cock a Fister - To fight.
Deek - To look or see.
Deep Enders - Residents of the town of Navarro,
located west of Anderson Valley and bordering the Pacific Coast.
Frattey - Wine.
Gorm - Food, or to eat.
Greymatter - The brain; To think.
Harp - To speak, esp. to speak Boontling.
Heelch - A large quantity, or the whole amount of
High Rollers - Residents of the town of Yorkville,
the smallest town in Anderson Valley. Located 10 miles east of
Hoot - Laugh
Horn - A cup, a drink; to drink.
It's not just shy sluggin' gorms neemer - Translates
as "It's not just for breakfast anymore."
It's a slow lope'n a beeson tree - Literally a
comfortable pace on a horse, while sitting on a very comfortable
saddle. Commonly refers to a relaxed feeling, or "a mellow
Jeffer - A large fire. (A Boonter named Jeff built
large fires in his fireplace.)
Kimmie - A Male resident of Boonville. Can be
extended to mean any man.
Larrup - To beat up, whip, or kick the tar out of
someone or something.
Lews and Larmers - Gossip.
Ling - Language
Moshe - Any machine or devise, especially an
Automobile. To use a machine. To drive a car.
Nee- - A negating combining prefix, meaning "not",
"no", "don't", etc. Examples: neeble (no bahl ),
neef (no finger).
Neemer - No more, not .anymore
- On - A combining element in merged verbs denoting
"on", "at", "to", "toward", etc. Example: hoot on (laugh
at), harp on (discuss), deek on (examine).
Ose - A person's bottom, or rear end.
Ot - To work hard; ottin' - working hard
Pike - To hike, walk, or stroll
Plenty (also aplenty) - Very, or Many
Poleeko - Philo. The second largest town in Anderson
Valley, located 6 miles west of Boonville.
Region - Area, place, locale.
Rudy nebs - pristine drinking water, as from a good
spring or well water; like that used in the production of the
Seep - Wine, or to Sip.
Shoveltooth - A doctor; an M.D. (A local doctor was
so nicknamed because he had protruding teeth.)
Shy - to cease, leave, or quit
Slug - to sleep.
Steinber - beer.
Stook On - In love with; infatuated with.
String - To kill, maim, or beat thoroughly.
Teem - Time.
Tidrik - A party; a social gathering.
Zeese - Coffee (A local hunting-camp cook nicknamed
Zeese, from his initials Z.C., made bitterly strong coffee.)