Keepin’ Tabs

October, 2014

Jack Ferguson, Ed

Next Gathering: In Lawnridge Hall on Oct. 4th.

Special Reminder:  Don’t forget to pay for your 2014-2015 membership; operators are standing by!  Okay, they aren’t, so just fill out the attached form and either mail it in with your check, or just hand it to Caylynn when you show up on the 4th. 

Uke Can Too: With Evie Boss you can make the ukulele your favorite friend on an autumn evening.  We’ll see you at 4:00.

Harmonica Circle: 5:00! Andy Mather helps the Mississippi Saxophone become your best buddy. Bring one in C and join the fun.  Don’t have a harp?  No worries – we’ll have new, free instruments.

Banjo Circle: Gathers upstairs at 6:00 with Jack. Join us to see and hear the progress we’ve made with the Clawhammer stroke.


Fingerstyle Guitar with Maggie Ferguson: 6:00 Maggie will illustrate two easy fingerstyle picking patterns. This workshop is for players who can already change chords easily. We will work in the key of G and the key of C.

Flute Circle: Meets at 5:30 with Don Hays.  Come sooner if you want; they always set up early.

Mandolin Meetin’: 6:00 – Bring your mando and pick with Jack Erickson.

Presentation: 7:30 – Macedonian Music with Jessica and Milo.  

Snack Hosts: Vicki Acosta and Joann Shulte

October Song Swap Theme: Greed

This Year’s Song Swap Themes

November:   Gluttony

December:   Holiday Potluck

January:        Sloth

February:      Lust

March:          Anger

April:             Envy

May:             Pride

June:             Redemption

Board Meetings are a Big Time: The PCFS board will meet on October 12th at 3pm at the Ferguson’s abode.

Where the Creek Flows: Dedicated to PCFS members’ events.

Evie Boss invites all on the First Tuesday of each month to Gilda’s Club in Royal Oak (on Rochester Road just north of 13 Mile Rd.) has a coffee house: dinner starts at 5:30, open mike from 6-7 and featured performer from 7-8.

Here is Dave Falk’s music schedule: When: Every Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Where: Goldfish Tea Room, downtown Royal Oak on 4th, between Main and Washington

“Live! From the Living Room” Maggie Ferguson returns to host the show in its new home at Unity of Lake Orion!  3070 S. Baldwin Rd, Orion Township, MI.  Plenty of free parking, beautiful auditorium and performance space, refreshments available.  Doors open at 7:30, 8:00 pm show time, admission $10.00/person

October 3rd: One Flight Up / Tim Hazel

October 10th: Catbird Seat / Leather and Lace

October 17th: Joel Palmer / Taller Than They Appear

October 24th: The Waynewood Boys Bluegrass Band / Butch Runyon

October 31st   – NO SHOW – Halloween!

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:  www.wxou,org.  Tuesdays between 5:00 and 7:30 pm for the best in contemporary and traditional 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: After a recent scout of the ridge, I stopped by the library on the way home. With my selections in hand I greeted the librarian at the checkout with a smile. She remarked on the weather. I mentioned that soon we would begin putting our garden to bed. She asked about our tomatoes. I said they tasted better than they looked, but we enjoyed eating some this year. Then she got weepy.

I knew I had said the wrong thing, that’s what men do. But at the risk of making things worse I asked, “What’s the matter?” She spoke the cold hard truth; deer ate her tomatoes. Her container grown, on the deck, vine ripened in the Midwestern sun, heirloom tomatoes, were munched by bordering the obese, uncaring, non-sharing, backyard suburban, never to be hunted, grain fed deer. The woman was distraught.

Have you ever said, “I know how you feel”, when in fact you have never experienced what another has gone through? Well let me tell you, I felt her pain. In 2012 a doe with a sore, lame front leg moved into our neighborhood. Everybody felt sorry for her as she limped about tasting this and that. Within three weeks she gave birth to twin boys. Danglefoot had a family. We lost anything in that garden that she and her boys desired. Can you say tomato? They sampled one bite out of each ripening piece of fruit. As they chewed away they shot looks that said “Dude, you could plant more”.

In early spring of 2013 I recognized the trio’s tracks in the freshly tilled soil. I walked down to my neighbor Eddie’s. I needed answers. Eddie is a wealth of information on subjects ranging from sprint car racing and Quantum physics to fishing for smallmouth bass, quarks and neutrinos.   We discussed whitetails at length. As a gadget guy He initially thought we should rig a water sprinkler to a motion detector. I saw the merits, but felt I lacked the handy man skills and the patience to maintain such a contraption. We dismissed the idea of applying various organic, guaranteed to work, costly commercial products. “Let me think on it” said Ed.       

That night Eddie was on the phone with an adventurous metal detecting pal of his that lives in Minnesota. His name is Mike, Minnesota Mike. It maybe that Minnesota Mike knows as much about the nature of critters as the god who created them. When Eddie mentioned needing a method for keeping deer out of gardens, Minnesota Mike suggested we use his personal system for stopping whitetails.

After gathering some four foot stakes, a pocketful of eye screws, a drill and a spool of eight lb fishing line, I went to work. It was up in less than an hour. I can’t explain it all here, but if you’re worried about Bambi being in pain you have no fears. Minnesota Mikes works on the principle of mild psychological, discomfort not containment. Simple and inexpensive, the system is so effective that, despite seeing deer in our backyard all summer, Maggie and I have not had a deer track in our garden since we started using Minnesota Mikes System for Effective Deer Deterrence. Dry your eyes Miss Librarian, help is here.

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 and Song 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, at; deadline for the next issue is the 15th.

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