Keepin’ Tabs
September, 2014 
Jack Ferguson, Ed

Special Reminder:  Dues are due in September. We’re making a new directory, and want to make sure we have your correct address, phone and email.  So, please 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 6th.   Many thanks!

Next Gathering: In Lawnridge Hall on Sept. 6th.

Uke Can Too: Fresh from Ukefest, Evie Boss will help you make the ukulele your favorite friend on an early autumn evening.  We’ll see you at 4:00.

Harmonica Circle: New time – 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 have plenty of new, free instruments.

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

Mountain Dulcimer Circle: Is undergoing a transformation to a Banjo Circle. If you want to explore basic Clawhammer Banjo, let Jack know at If you miss the dulcimer, well, scream, yell and generally pitch a fit and we’ll work something out. No matter which, the secret is understanding that 90% of life is showing up. We will begin at a new time, 6:00 PM.

New Group!  Fingerstyle Guitar with Maggie Ferguson: 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.

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

Presentation: 7:30 – Folk Festivals!  Presented by your fellow ‘Creekers.

Song Swap Theme: “What I Did on My Summer Vacation”

Instruments for Sale: Evie Boss is downsizing her collection, and has several very cool instruments for sale – asking prices are per Elderly Instruments appraisal.
1. sweet-sounding 1913 Gibson A-body w/HSC, a steal at $1,300
2. Like-new Larrivee D-02 12-string – w/Larrivee HSC, $500 ($1,000 list)
3. 1997 Martin 000M Mahogany 6 string w/ LR Baggs micro EQ and HSC. $650 ($1,300 list)

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

Thumbfest: Saturday, August 30th, 10 am to 10 pm throughout Lexington MI presented by the the Blue Water Folk Society.  Over forty acts, jams and workshops including Jo Serrapere, Stella!, Blue Water Ramblers, Finvarra’s Wren, Mustard’s Retreat, Kitty Donohoe, Rod & Annie Capps, Floyd King and the Bushwackers, LeCompagnie,  Genot Picor, LL Blues, Jim Bizer and Jan Krist, Brian Wood and the Troubadads, Carl Henry, Still Running, Lost Cuzzins, William Henry Russell, Circle of Friends,  Campfire Compadres, Ruby Hill, Ourselves, Waynewood Boys, Banjo Jim and Ricky, Andy Mather, John Dobat, Judy Insley and Almost Perfect, Dan Hazlett, Taller Than They Appear and Floyd and Buckrooster King, Pat Harrisonand many more! All free (donations encouraged).

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

Friday, Sept.26th: “Live From The Living Room” Ruby Hill and LL Blues!
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
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 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.

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

President’s Message: The TW is upon us!
Hi Folks!  It’s only nine weeks until our big fundraiser concert: the 43rd annual Tin Whistle.  Set aside Saturday, November 8th for an exciting evening of great music.

Opening up the show will be Dave Belferman, and then Glen and Judi Morningstar.  Our headliners are Neptune’s Car (a great duo from New England) and local favorites Judi Insley and Almost Perfect.

Tickets are still only $15, and will be available at the September Gathering.  We encourage all members to take a few to sell to your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors.  We’re hoping for another sellout year, but we need everyone to participate.

As always, we will need volunteers to do publicity, work the kitchen, and all the other jobs that make the show work.  Volunteering gets you in free, but if you volunteer and buy a ticket you can reserve a seat before the show.  A sign-up sheet will be available at the september meeting.

Please print out a few copies of the attached flier to post on your local bulletin boards!

Andy Mather

Ridin’ Drag: HMMMmmm…let’s see now. What did I do on my summer vacation? I revived the muscles required to stand on a ladder, necessary to scrape and paint the garage and house. I learned to do the Florida Weave, an attempt to improve our tomato yield. I also learned the Missouri Prune technique. I’m not looking at prize winning ‘mater’s, but they taste good.
We have proven the efficacy of Minnesota Mikes Cervid Stoppin’ System. Warning: This won’t keep squirrels out of your sunflowers, but nothing short of a .22 will. And I learned that I’ve got more to do before September says it’s time to celebrate autumn.
Oh, I almost forgot. I built my first teepee. The pole beans love it.

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.