Keepin’ Tabs

April, 2014 

Jack Ferguson, Ed


Next Gathering: In Lawnridge Hall on April 5th.

Uke Can Too: Evie Boss will see you at 4:00. The plan? Use your Uke to spring forward. Beginners are encouraged to participate.

Mountain Dulcimer Circle: At 5:00 Jack Ferguson looks at spring through the dulcimer. If you’re new to dulcimer it’s a great time to get started.

Flute Circle: The best flute deal in town. Meet 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.

Harmonica Circle: 6:00 Andy Mather says “if you can breath you can enjoy the harmonica”. Bring one in C and join the fun (or one will be provided to you)

Presentation: John Parrish and Melanie Goldberg.

John and Melanie are experienced international folk dancers, affiliated with the Old World Folk Dance Club, which meets regularly in Ferndale. John & Melanie will describe aspects of international folk dance, such as cultures, costumes, instruments, and folk dance styles from a variety of nationalities, describe the Old World Folk Dance Club, and demonstrate some dance steps. (Space restrictions preclude teaching actual dances with audience participation.)

Host: Jim and Dianne Foley

Hat Band: Phil Doolittle, John Parrish, and Dave Belferman are gonna whoop up.

Song Swap Theme: Wise and Foolish

Speaking of Wisdom: Grace in Action

Guitar Class in Mexicantown

The Paint Creek Folklore Society was the recipient of a classical guitar donated by Carol Portice. Carol is the wife of Pastor George Portice of the University Presbyterian Church. Carol asked that the guitar be used as we think best.  At a recent board meeting, it was decided to donate the guitar to an inner city mission in Detroit’s Mexicantown called Grace in Action, which, among other things, offers guitar lessons to young people.  Spanish is their first language; a few of them spoke no English.  It is run by John Cummings, a Lutheran pastor, and an acquaintance of Jack Erickson. 

On February 3, Jack Erickson and Pete Hartung delivered the guitar and spent an enjoyable evening observing the students who are taught by enthusiastic and dedicated older teens.  The mature commitment of the youthful teachers and their desire to give back to their community was impressive.   

Pete and Jack noticed that most of their few guitars have no cases or gig bags, so if any Paint Creek member has an extra case or gig bag–or a guitar–you’d like to donate, please bring it to the next Paint Creek gathering.  Pete and Jack plan to visit them again in the next month or so.  At this time, they seem to have enough picks and strings.  There are more students than guitars, so the donated guitar was much appreciated.  The group sends their sincere thanks to Paint Creek for the generous donation.

Clothing Orders:  Already people are wondering why they didn’t order one of those hot lookin’ hoodies. Don’t panic, just talk to Caylynn Mather, rumor has it there may be another order if we get another two or three requests.

Board Meetings are a Big Time: The PCFS board will meet on April. 6th at 3:00 pm at Jack and Teresa Erickson’s.  Topics will include this year’s elections and Tin Whistle concert.  We’d love to have your input!

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.

Gilda’s is Back! 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.

Maggie Ferguson hosts 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:  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: Friday morning I was singing “Old Blue” for our cat. Well, a passionate male cardinal landed in the frost-worn burning bush outside my window. He took over the song. Saturday the bird showed up again. Now it’s the Lords day and he’s back with a flock of Red Wing Blackbirds. That Cardinal sounds good. Same bird, same bush, same song.

Years ago Sharon Hall was chairing one of our Paint Creek May Play day’s. Al Schulte and me joined her early to help set things up. I insisted that before we worked we should play at least one song. Sharon asked, “Ok, which one”? I replied, “Old Blue”. I have been singing that song for a while now.

And “Old Blue” has become a pal. I’m not suggesting my version of “Old Blue” is the best one you’ll ever hear. For that consider Tom Russell or Lacy J. Dalton, but I am saying that I have a relationship with the song. Consequently we visit most every day. Pals visit pals.

Now if you visit with your pals every day you will learn their likes and dislikes. That’s the crux of any relationship. The morning I picked “Old Blue” with Al and Sharon we were new to one another, still trying to figure things out, but, we liked each other. Just like the Cardinal likes his followers. He taught well today. In this mornings homily the wise one revealed to his red winged choir that, “Repetition makes the master” and “the same songs, sung year round, sing the sweetest”. Amen.

Jack D. Ferguson, Editor