Keepin’ Tabs
January, 2016
Jack Ferguson, Ed.
Next Gathering: In Lawnridge Hall on January 9th.
Instrumental Jam: Come play a little traveling music with President Jeff Despard, Dotty Decker and friends. Be tuned and set up to play by 6:00pm.
Flute Circle: Meets at 5:30 with Don Hays.  Come sooner if you want; they always set up early.
Banjo Circle: 6:00 Bring your banjo and pick with Jack Ferguson. We’ll refresh our claw-hammer stroke, the G scale and brush up on the Flop Eared Mule.
Presentation: 7:30  Michigan’s voice of folk music, Matt Watroba, will share his voice, guitar and passion for community singing with us.  For years, Matt has inspired folks to listen to folk music via his radio programs.  Now he encourages everyone to make music.  So does the PCFS!  Can’t you just feel the stars aligning for this night?
Snack Hosts: Tom and Lois Keel
Hat Band: Mike Acosta and Joan Johnson
Song Swap Theme: Travel
Starry Night for a Ramble: PLAN NOW FOR AN EVENING OF DANCE REVELRY AND MUSIC FUN!  Paint Creek Folklore Society is co hosting another grand Starry Night for a Dance on Saturday February 13, 2016, and for sure you’ll want to be there.  The planning energy from both Oakland County Traditional Dance Society and PCFS, our hosts, has been unleashed.  Join the fun at First United Methodist Church, 6363 Livernois Road, Troy, Michigan 48098 (located between Square Lake Road and South Boulevard…REALLY CLOSE to PCFS headquarters), yay!!  Point your friends and neighbors in our direction too.  A flyer with all the details is up on the Paint Creek web.  Glen Morningstar will be one of the evening’s dance callers, joined by one of the talented callers from the Oakland County Traditional Dance Society. 
   Judi Morningstar is leading the famous Paint Creek Country Dance Orchestra again this year, and is seeking PCCDO Alumni and new and upcoming dance band musicians from the membership of Paint Creek. Please phone Judi at 248-889-3013 or drop her an email if you are comfortable playing jigs and reels at a quick pace, and interested in joining in the band.  Band practices will be scheduled soon and there will be three or four held at the Morningstar home in Highland, before February 13th. 
   Of special note, this is a benefit dance, where proceeds go to OCTDS and PCFS for their many great monthly music and dance programs.  Please show your support by joining in the fun.  $12 General Admission, $10 for students and members of OCTDS and PCFS.  Bring your silent auction items too and put them up for bid.  Proceeds again split by the two orgs. All dances are taught by walk-throughs and partners are available from the crowd that gathers there.
   We’re seeking volunteers as well to help out with setting up the silent auction and pitching in a few minutes to wrap it up at the end of the dance.  Grab the sign-up sheet at the upcoming PCFS meetings and jot your name down…THANKS.  Any questions can be directed to Glen Morningstar Jr. at 248-889-3013 or on the web at
President’s Message: Well, we had another splendid gathering. Lots of delicious food from all of us, plus beautiful centerpieces at every table, thanks to Theresa, Irmgard, and Sharon – quite festive! Thanks to Irmgard and Kathy for taking on the hosting – nice job! Several folks even said this was the best Pot Luck we’ve had! And thanks to all who signed up for the song swap. It was looking pretty dismal there for a while, but you all came through with distinction. Remember January’s theme is travel and in February we think on animals.
Jeff Despard, President
Board Meetings are a Big Time: We will be having a dandy on Jan. 17that 3:00 pm. Jack and Teresa Erickson will be hosting.
Where the Creek Flows: Dedicated to PCFS members’ events.
Dave Falk hosts unplugged acoustic music at The Goldfish Tea room at 117 4th St. in downtown Royal Oak between Main and Washington every Tuesday night from 7:00 to 9:00.
Jan17th Maggie Ferguson returns to host Live! From the Living Room Acoustic Showcase on Friday nights. For more information go to
As long as we’re on the front porch, tune into WXOU FM.  To listen via live webstream go to:  http://www.wxou,org/.  Tuesdays between 5:00 and 7:30 pm for the best in contemporary folk music.
To submit all your upcoming gigs and events, email the details to Jack, KT Editor, at To have your event in the KT I will need the info by the 15th.
Ridin’ Drag: String along. String ‘em up, string bean, string cheese, string theory, string out, string band… Ah-ha!
I spent a large part of the holidays putting new strings on guitars, banjos and several mountain dulcimers. Most didn’t belong to me. But the fear of breaking a string doesn’t haunt me anymore, so I was able to help a friend or two put fresh wires to wood. Today as sleet bounced across our forsythias, and the thermometer read “cold outside,” I was putting some fresh strings on Buck, my classical guitar. Buck has been away with my niece’s boy. He was keeping the kid busy until Santa Claus had time to drop off a Stratocaster and an amp. Babysitting a fourteen year old wanna be shred metal rock and roller was just another day at the office for Buck. In fact, Buck was a hit in choir when the kid played a Black Veiled Brides number called The Morticians Daughter; but the youngster is all amped up now and Buck…well, he’s in need of some kind attention.
As I stretched his new strings an e-mail from Glen Morningstar hit my inbox, I’ll share it here:


Hi Jack.  Forwarding this note to you with the website to purchase Rich DelGrosso’s CD from the group he is in called the Ragpickers String Band. Rich and his wife Maureen (Moe) were members of PCFS in the 1970’s and 1980’s and cut their second record at the Raven Gallery around 1982 with a live audience that included many PCFS members.  Mo passed away some 15 years ago and Rich lives in California now.  The note comes from Burton Schwartz, the original Detroit Country Dance Society caller and old friend of PCFS and us.  Thank you for considering this for the January Keepin’ Tabs.  If you have any questions, please just zip me a note or phone.  – Glen Morningstar


Sent: 12/19/2015 4:09:07 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: old memories
Hope you and Judi are doing well.  I haven’t been a subscriber to Paint Creek’s newsletter for some time now but I thought you might want to pass this on to those with long memories.  I happened, purely by accident on The Ragpickers String Band, one third of which is Rich DelGrosso.  Their CD, released this year, is excellent.  It’s available from Elderly or from Rich’s website.
Disposable Income: Typically the post holiday pocket book doesn’t have much of it lying around. But maybe by Valentine’s Day a few of you Paint Creekers will be feeling flush and looking to expand your listening pleasure for the New Year. If so, why not put some new strings on that old guitar, or consider the collection of tunes just released by the RagPickers String Band? That old Paint Creeker Rich will be happy with either decision.   
Jack D. Ferguson, Editor
 Fine Print:  The Keepin’ Tabs (KT) is the monthly newsletter for, by, and about the Paint Creek Folklore Society.  Paint Creek Folklore Society is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, a center for The Country Dance andSong Society of America (CDSS), a member of the North American Folk  Alliance, and a supporter of folklore, folksong and folkdance societies, groups and individuals whose interest is in the preservation of and education in traditional music and dance.  To submit corrections, articles, gigs, or other information for publication, please contact Jack Ferguson, Editor,; deadline for the next issue is the 15th.
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