Keepin’ Tabs


January, 2015
Jack Ferguson, Ed.
Next Gathering: In Lawnridge Hall on Jan.3rd.
Uke Can Too:  Evie Boss leads a joyous round of tunes on the Ukulele. Begin 2015 by resolving to wear out the fret wires on your Uke. We’ll see you at 4:00.
Flute Circle: Meets at 5:30 with Don Hays.  Come sooner if you want; they always set up early.
Harmonica Circle: 5:00 Andy Mather says “if you can breath you can enjoy the harmonica”. Bring one in C and join the fun (or a new, unused one will be provided to you at no charge).
Banjo Circle: 6:00  Bring your banjo and pick with Jack Ferguson. We’ll refresh our claw-hammer stroke, the G scale and visit up with “Old Joe Clark”.
Fingerstyle Guitar: 6:00 Maggie Ferguson will have her Larrive tuned and ready to review Novembers work, and then build on it.
Presentation: Professional bagpiper, Kim Johnson will pipe in the New Year with a few tunes!  Her presentation will include interesting facts and folklore about bagpipes, the attire of a piper and a bit of highland history as well.
Snack Hosts:  Nobody signed up to host the snacks for January.  If you like to be the most popular person at the gathering, please call Caylynn at (248) 854-5286.
Hat Band: Larry Weisman, Pete Hartung, The Scout and guest Maggie Ferguson will demonstrate sloth for you.
Song Swap Theme: Sloth
Starry Night for a Ramble: ON YOUR MARK…mark your calendars now…GET SET…get set to have a great time…GO…to the Starry Night for a Ramble Dance on Saturday February 14, 2015.  Yay!!  The Paint Creek Country Dance Orchestra returns with their fantastic music for this gala event on the third Saturday in February, 8-11 pm.  Judi Morningstar is leading the orchestra on keyboard, and musician rostering has begun.  Glen Morningstar Jr. will be tag team calling with a partner from Oakland County Traditional Dance Society…the dance hall will be cookin’.  So…plan ahead and plan to be there for a grand evening of music, exercise and camaraderie with folk music and dance friends from Oakland County and surrounding parts.
   This is a Benefit Contra Dance for both Oakland County Traditional Dance Society (OCTDS) and Paint Creek Folklore Society (PCFS)…aka bucks for our treasuries.  The band and callers are donating their practice times, programming and evening calling to benefit our societies…please show your support by joining in the fun too.  $10 General Admission, $8 for students and members of OCTDS and PCFS.  Bring a snack and get another $2 off the admission!  Whoa!! Bring your silent auction items too and put them up for bid.  Proceeds again split by the two orgs.
   And a great venue to boot… First United Methodist Church, 6363 Livernois Road, Troy, Michigan 48098, located between Square Lake Road and South Boulevard…REALLY CLOSE to PCFS headquarters, yay!!  Point your friends and neighbors in our direction too.  A flyer with all the details will soon be up on the Paint Creek web.  You’ll find it posted on the AACTMAD Events Calendar as well.  The more the merrier!!!
   We’re seeking volunteers as well to help out with decorating the hall, and setting up the silent auction and pitching in a few minutes to wrap it up at the end of the dance.  Grab the sign-up sheet at the January 3rd PCFS meeting and jot your name down…THANKS.  Any questions can be directed to Glen Morningstar Jr. at 248-889-3013 or on the web at
Board Meetings are a Big Time: The PCFS board will meet on Jan. 11th at 3:00 pm. The hosts are Jack and Maggie Ferguson.
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.
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.
Jan17th Maggie Ferguson returns to host  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:  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.
Ridin’ Drag: One of the blessings that came my way in 2014 was a recommendation to read a book by Richardson Wright titled “The Gardener’s Bed-Book”. I started it back in early summer and I haven’t finished yet. But I pick it up every day. Yesterday’s installment spoke of frosted panes and stated that all bills from the past year, due to seedsmen and nurserymen, should be paid. I can report they are, even as new catalogs fill the mailbox.
 A few days ago the temperature moderated, and December’s gray broke.  I awoke to a question, “What would Richardson do with this day”? After breakfast I climbed our hill and began removing old Staghorn Sumac that shaded our pole beans, raspberries and some poppies Maggie has in the ground. This was no chain saw massacre. Rather, call it a surgical strike, intended to get more light to our garden and to harvest the hairy clusters of Rhus Typhina seed. First Nations people made antiseptics and astringents from them. I’m told that they are excellent for use in a bee smoker. I have a bucket full.
 Winter was light was fading as I came back down the hill. I walked, properly fatigued, and flush with optimism; thinking, “Richardson, there is so much to do”.
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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