Keepin’ Tabs

August, 2015 

Jack Ferguson, Ed

Remember: There is no gathering in August.

Next Gathering: We will gather next on Sept. 12th in Lawnridge Hall.

Fourth of July Thank You: A big round of thanks to Annette Richards for hosting this year’s picnic.  It was a perfect day, sunny and warm with a slight breeze… perfect for sitting under a shady tree and swapping songs.  It was also a great day to hang out at her lovely home, eat delicious food, and yack with fellow Creekers. You’re a most gracious hostess, Annette!

Breaking News: Tin Whistle 2015 will include Straight 8 and Red Tail Ring as headliners. It’s not too soon to start promoting our annual fundraiser.

Wanted/Needed/Pleaded: We need a snack host for September gathering. Be the most popular member at Lawnridge. We reimburse up to $75 for the snacks, all paper products and the lemonade are already in the supply cabinet. If you are willing or have any questions, please call or email Caylynn Mather at (586) 323-0607 or cam1260@ Thank you!     

Coming Soon – Thumbfest 2015: Saturday, Sept.5th, 10am till 10pm, throughout the town of Lexington and featuring several Paint Creek members!

The Bluewater Folk Society is pleased to announce Thumbfest 2015, A FREE all-day music festival for the entire family with music stages spread throughout downtown Lexington.

Thumbfest spotlights acoustic music from traditions as diverse as New Orleans brass to Celtic, PanWorld to blues, Eastern European to Americana. There are multiple stages, workshops, jam sites, dance hall, song circles, children’s stage area, crafts and a Hootenanny at the end of the night. Be sure to bring your instrument, lawn chairs AND your singing voice so you can participate in the events. This event is put on entirely by Volunteers. “Let’s hear it for the volunteers!!”

Membership: It’s the time of year when members of Paint Creek begin handing our hard working membership chair Caylynn Mather, dues money. To make sure that goes well, we have included an attachment that will provide you with a membership form. Yes, there is some administration to Paint Creek, so it’s worth repeating, “Let’s hear it for the volunteers!!”

Board Meetings are a Big Time: The board will meet at the home of Evie Boss on Sunday, August 2nd at 3:00 pm.

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.

Maggie Ferguson is on the radio, so 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.

A Note from the Prez: For as long as I can remember, Barbara Esler has been our treasurer, generously volunteering her time and expertise.  She’s kept the books, made sure we were covered by insurance, maintained our tax exempt status and membership in CDSS, run the busy CD table at the Tin Whistle. and a dozen other things we normally just take for granted. 

This fall she is (finally) retiring from her job as a CPA and moving to warmer climes to be near her family.  We will miss her kindness and beautiful voice. She says that, while she may be departing the state, she won’t be leaving PCFS.  She’s right, she’ll always be one of us. From all of us, thank you so very much!

Ridin’ Drag: I was scoutin’ the ridge with Muley this afternoon. Muley is the handle I’ve hung on my bicycle. The bike is a Trek 7500 Multi Track, a hybrid purchased before 2008. It’s carried me around Mackinaw Island, St. George Island and back and forth over the Clinton River and Paint Creek Trails. Muley has taken me along river banks, oak groves and even let me walk him along a few game trails. My cardiologist approves.

Time spent on Muley allows me to watch more than critters though. For no matter how determined a body is to stay on the trail, it’s inevitable, you’re gonna’ cross up with traffic. And once upon a time there were rules, let’s call them courtesies that governed the public roadways. Remember, “Stop and look both ways?” Haven’t heard that one lately have you? Nope, now folks are more likely to stop and check their e-mail, text grandpa and watch a few you-tubes until someone…yes…it was me,  taps on a guys window and ask’ if the driver might move his Buick one way or another so I could get back on the trail.

Some of you are curious as to how a non-confrontational fellow like me finds himself in this spot. Well, I followed the rules. Thirty five years of driving truck taught me that. I rode up to the intersection, pushed the button, took a pull on the canteen, and waited my turn. When the green light gave me the right of way, I looked both ways (left twice) and began to cross the intersection. 

Suddenly, a landscaping rig with trailer crosses into my path, blocking my way. I slowed Muley. Then the landscaper executed a quick right turn and sped off. He and I made eye contact, but I doubt he saw me as he was on the phone. Say, have you noticed how little time those crossing lights give you once you’re in the intersection? No sooner did the landscaper run off than his place was taken by four hip hop guys banging their brains out to snoop somebody in a Kia Soul, just like the commercial, except, they were all on the phone, faces in their screens. Not one saw me. And I might have slipped behind them but for…The Buick.

The guy in the Buick was more of your talk radio type; Type being the key word. The cat was less than a foot from the snoop fans and he was on his tablet, transfixed with all fingers flying. Honest friends, I didn’t want to disturb his work. He was concentrating so hard on his project, blissfully unaware of my presence; but my green light was gone, neither could he hear Muley’s bell or my voice: so I reached out and…

Boy Howdy the rascal was upset. He demanded to know why I wasn’t on the trail. He colorfully reminded me of his rights. He shared a moment of his time to counsel me on my responsibilities, and no, he wasn’t puttin’ down that device. The good news is he didn’t rear end the Kia when he blasted off. By now I’m a mere one car width from the trail. The intersection is crowded and to my right an attractive lady in a Ford Focus leans out her window and asks me if the guy was drunk. “No,” says I, “But darn distracted.” I could hear the “All Things Considered” theme fade as her car’s window sealed. Muley and me hit the trail.

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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