Keepin’ Tabs

October 2017

Jack Ferguson, Ed.


Memberships: Thanks to all who have already renewed their membership! If you haven’t yet, a form is attached that you can mail or bring with you in October.  Many thanks!


Next Gathering: October 7th in Lawnridge Hall.


Circle the Wagons:

Marilyn Hotaling is back to coach the fiddles beginning at 5:00 pm. Break out the rosin!

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

Harmonicas: Andy will be rockin’ at 6:00 with harps ready to wail – bring a C harp or one will be provided to you!

Banjo Circle cancelled: It’s been quiet around the banjo circle so Jack and July are going to take a rest, and reallocate their time. Thanks to all the other players who joined in and made it fun.


Instrumental Jam: Jeff Despard will roll in at 6:00 and expects to catch a good bunch ready to go at it.


Presentation (7:30): Pam Dawson will provide a look at the life of Mary Todd Lincoln in her early years.


Snack Host: Carolyn Place


Hat Band: Dave Belferman, Larry and Judie Weismann, Pete, Peter and “Parsifal the Wonder Cat” join a cast of thousands in an October Hat Band Extravaganza.


Song Swap Theme: Regrets


After the Swap: Don’t forget to join either the vocal jam, now located downstairs in the dining room, or grab some friends and join the instrumental jamming in the main room.


A Note from the Prez: Sorry I couldn’t be at the September gathering. I understand there were some interesting happenings in addition to the usual program. I also understand there were no snacks (no host), and no takers for most other months – really?

I have to say I’m not just a little disappointed. But if you all don’t feel the need or desire for snacks, I guess we’ll be snack-less. That would be sad – it’s a great lubricant for socialization. And still no one has signed up to be our VP to book presentations (some trusty folks are back-filling at the moment). 

So, this set me to thinking – is the PCFS on the way to extinction? I sure as heck hope not, but we can’t just rely on the same small group of active members to do all the work – they burn out too!

Come on, please – if you have never signed up for these sorts of support for the group, or if it’s been a good while, PLEASE RECONSIDER becoming actively involved in supporting the group, not just sucking on the hard candy somebody else provides. If the task seems daunting, just ask for help – it’s there if you need it!

Well, that’s what I have to say.  See you in October and for as long as we can manage without a full crew.

October Song Swap Theme: Regrets (seems fitting based on the above).

November Song Swap Theme:  Happiness/Joy (hopefully our overall state by November!


Paint Creek is Looking for a Corresponding Secretary: It’s true folks, the board is looking for someone to help out with notes, letters and such. So, if you can seal an envelope and lick a stamp, you might be a corresponding secretary in the making. See Jeff Despard at the gathering.


 Tin Whistle: Our annual fundraiser is held in November and it’s a big deal. This concert keeps our dues reasonable and is a great outreach to the public. Sign-up sheets will be available at the gathering, so put on your volunteer’s cap and we’ll get down to business. The date is Saturday, November 11th and our headliners are “Sonas” and “Catbird Seat.” This year’s “Sampler” acts will be Edna Garte and Andy Mather.

We have posters to share with your friends, neighbors, family and friends. A pdf version is attached for your printing pleasure. We still have lots of tickets to sell, so see Andy for that. Not a salesperson? Don’t like handling cash?  Refer folks to Caylynn to reserve tickets at the door – (586) 323-0607.  Her number’s on the flier and tickets, too. 

And finally, we still need a few more hands to get the concert off the ground, mostly at the ticket table, kitchen, and cleanup crew.  Able-bodies are encouraged to join the set-up team.  See Andy for that, too.


Board Meetings are a Big Time: Our next scheduled meeting will be on January 21st at 3:00 pm. Jack and Theresa Ericson will be hosting.


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

Live! From the Living Room Acoustic Showcase is wiring the mics and plugging in the monitors. Maggie has gathered in this fall’s acts. Here they are:

October 6th – Michael Krieger

October 13th – Co-bill with Barb Barton and Larry Stevens

October 20th – Ukulele Kings

October 27th – Equinox Celtic Band –  Halloween Show

November 3rd – AnnMarie Rowland

November 10th – Co-bill with Brian Wood and Banjo Jim & Ricky           

November 17th – Lac la Belle (Jennie Knaggs & Nick Shillace)


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 . To have your event in the KT I will need the info by the 15th.


Ridin’ Drag: Twenty-four hours.  Isn’t it curious what occurs in a measured period of time? 24 hours ago, I was looking forward to a well-chilled mug of honey-crisp cider. Now that mug has steam rising from it. My first hot cocoa of the fall. I read once that to be a bona fide blues-man, or woman, required a person to invest 10,000 hours of their available time into the honing of the craft. That’s true for every discipline from poets to painters. They all require time, time budgeted from those 24 hours.

Interesting thing about time, everybody gets some. God’s impartial that way. The creator lets it snow on the Mercedes and the Ford. That heat wave we just enjoyed didn’t have a care in the world as to whether it was warming our Mountain Fresh Tomatoes, our Poblano Peppers or our faces. In like manner we all receive equal measures of 24 hours to the day.

How we invest them is up to us. We decide, most often, based on desire, and that’s acceptable. What isn’t acceptable is to believe that somehow we are the exception to the 24 hour rule; that we are given less time, and another person was granted more. I was educated on this subject, and the danger of believing that very thing, by an old cowboy.

Darrel Brown was sending a pair of colts south with me to settle and start under saddle. I respected him highly. I respect him more today. Leaning on the top rail of a round pen, watching a filly being worked, he explained time management to me, then concluded by saying, “Jack, if you ever catch yourself saying things like, “I don’t have time”, “If I had his money,” or, “If I had his time,” well it’s best to find a mirror and get honest with yourself. Because the good Lord gave you just as much time in a day as any man you will meet. If you don’t want to do something, say so, but don’t use time as an excuse.” I thank God for Mr. Darrell Brown, because he was right, where there is desire, there is time, and there’s time for a little more cocoa.      


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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