Newsletter

Keepin’ Tabs
June, 2017
Jack Ferguson, Ed.
 
Next Gathering: June 3rd in Lawnridge Hall.
 
What about the Circles?
Fiddles at Five: Marilyn Hotaling will be coaching fiddle at five.
Flute Circle: Meets at 5:30 with Don Hays. Come sooner if you want; they always set up early.
Banjo Circle: Claw hammer! Meet up with Jack Ferguson at 6pm. “Old Joe Clark” will be visiting in the Key of “G.”
 
Instrumental Jam: Come join with President Jeff Despard, Dotty Decker and friends. Be tuned and set up to play by 6:00 pm.
 
Presentation (7:30): Our June presenter, Chris Quinlan Gordon, has been playing spoons for nearly 50 years! She will discuss the history and techniques of spoon playing and will offer a hands-on opportunity for anyone interested. (If you have your own set, please bring them.) Chris is a Michigan native who recently moved back after many years on the east coast, so let’s make her welcome!
 
Snack Hosts: Marilyn Hotaling, and Theresa and Jack Erickson
 
Song Swap Theme: Story Songs
 
Song of the Month: “Tom Dooley” played by Jack Erickson.
 
A Note from the Prez: Come one, Come all! Don’t miss our last gathering at Lawnridge Hall (until September)!  Of course, we do have our Fourth of July Picnic the first Saturday of July, but don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the coming of summer and all those Story Songs which is our song swap theme.
We also need a good turnout for the annual Election of board members for the coming year!
The current slate of candidates:
President Jeff Despard
Vice President oh, oh! No candidates? Gonna be a sad year with no presentations.
Secretary Joan Johnson
Treasurer Phyllis Isabel
Member at Large Pete Hartung
Member at Large Maggie Ferguson
Member at Large Terry North (would be happy to make room for fresh blood)
Member at Large ___you_____?
 
Please dig deep and consider volunteering for VP, who arranges our monthly presentations. Without a folklore presentation, we lose out on a big part of our purpose as a Folklore Society. Don’t be shy or nervous. There’s lots historical info on past contacts and presentations, besides, Theresa and Jack have offered to support the new VP while they get their “sea legs.”
 
Member at Large is a great position for someone who cannot make a big commitment. NO prior experience required! Just attend gatherings, listen to others comments and questions, keep track of your own ideas and bring suggestions, concerns and brilliant ideas to the Board meetings (about 5 or 6 per year) to help us keep on track and keep the Society meeting the member’s needs.
 
Board Meetings are a Big Time: Our next scheduled meeting is to be announced.
 
Where the Creek Flows: Dedicated to PCFS members’ events.
Live! From the Living Room Acoustic Showcase is on summer vacation. See you in September!
Dave Falk hosts his unplugged Open Mic at the Goldfish Tea Room-117 W. Fourth St. in Royal Oak- on Tuesday’s at 7:00pm
To submit all your upcoming gigs and events, email the details to Jack, KT Editor, at thunderisle@yahoo.com . To have your event in the KT I will need the info by the 15th.
 
Ridin’ Drag: You lose friends moving up the trail. The recent passing of Al Schulte and Phil Neumann set me to thinking: of the old and the new. Al had been with Paint Creek a long time. I won’t try to list all that he was to folk music, but let me say that Al, being from Oregon, loved cowboy poetry and I shared that love with him. When I heard Al read Wallace McRae’s “Reincarnation” at a song swap years ago I knew I would commit it to memory. We were both fans of Tom Russell’s songs. Al never failed to thank me when I played one.
 
Phil was new to our organization, but it felt to me as if he’d been around forever. He played a lot of music in the army, and knew the value of a Godly guitar. Like Jesus, a Godly guitar can trace its heritage to Nazareth. The guitar’s frets, like the tribes of Israel, the disciples and the gates to the holy city, will number twelve. And Phil embraced his guitar with a reverent touch.
 
I know more will be said of these good men in the days and weeks to come, but let me say this: it was my great privilege to learn from them. I think of them often, they are missed.
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 thunderisle@yahoo.com ; deadline for the next issue is the 15th.
 
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