Keepin’ Tabs

July, 2014 

Jack Ferguson, Ed

Next Gathering: July 4th – The Paint Creek Jerry Stephens and Mary St. Clair Memorial Picnic!

Where: This year we’ll meet at the home of Annette Richards, 136 Cherokee Road, Pontiac, MI 48341, (248) 334-9214. Cherokee runs north and south between Voorheis and M59 / West Huron, a few blocks east of Telegraph. Her house is at the corner of Cherokee and Menomonee.

What to Bring: Paint Creek provides all paper goods, condiments and bottled water. Bring your instruments, perhaps a lawn chair if you think you’ll want to be outdoors part of the time, and your own meat or other entrée to grill. Also, feel free to bring your own non-alcoholic beverages.

To help ensure some variety at dinner, we’re asking that everybody bring some type of snack, appetizer or salad if your last name starts with A through L, or a desert or after dinner treat if your last name begins with M through Z. Of course, if you have a special dish that you’d like to bring, please do!

When: The fun begins at 3:30. We’ll start off with jamming both indoors and out, and the grill will be lit about 4 pm and available for as long as needed. Then jamming and visiting until dusk

What about the Circles? Participants in our normal circles, flute, uke, harmonica, banjo, dulcimer, et al, are encouraged to bring their instruments to the picnic and bless our hostess with much music.

A Little Picnic History: Jerry Stephens was an active Paint Creeker and avid collector of old ballads, books, LPs, hats, guitars, t-shirts, banjos and friends. Charming, funny, and always enthusiastic, Jerry constantly had a grin on his face and a twinkle in his eye. Mary St. Clair was an old soul with a sweet voice and a sweeter heart.   Like Jerry, she was a long-time member of Paint Creek and an active volunteer, but really she was more like family. The two of them met at Paint Creek, married in 1997, and hosted the annual picnic at their home in West Bloomfield for many years.

We lost Jerry in August of 2005, far too soon for our liking, but he lives on in our hearts and our memories. Mary continued the tradition as long as she could, through 2011. We lost her on July 23, 2013 after a valiant fight with cancer.

For the last three years, Dan and Barb Rogers hosted the picnic at their home in Rochester Hills. It was a great space and always a joyful, epic event. This year they’re moving to be closer to the grandkids. Let’s all raise a mug of root beer to them in thanks for their generosity!

Festival Notes: These are just a few of the festivals recommended by Paint Creekers at last month’s gathering.

Board Meetings are a Big Time: The board Will meet again in late summer – stay tuned for updates.

Elections: Thanks to Al Schulte the elections went well, and we want to thank the folks who accepted nominations and are willing to serve.

2014’s officers are:

Co-Presidents        Jeff Despard

Vice Presidents      Jack and Theresa Ericson

Co-Secretaries       Evie Boss and Susan Capell

Treasurer              Phyllis Isabel

Members at Large  Pete Hartung

Ken Simpson

Maggie Ferguson

Terry North  

Membership ChairCaylynn Mather

Keepin’ Tabs Editor         Jack Ferguson

Webmaster            Andy Mather

Society Historian   Glen Morningstar

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!

Dues: Membership dues for the 2015-2016 folk year are due by September 6, 2015. The earlier they arrive the easier my job is!   See the attachment for the membership form. Please fill out completely, enclose a check made out to PCFS, and return to:

Caylynn Mather, PCFS Membership Chair

46020 Spring Lane #204

Shelby Twp., MI 48317

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.

The Live! From the Living Room Acoustic Showcase is on summer break until September, but Maggie is still 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.

Ridin’ Drag: We’ve been spending some time in the garden. After careful thought we’ll say the report is good. We have onions, beets to thin, beans climbing the stalks and tomato fruit forming. Lettuce is coming on. It would be natural to look upon the progress and pat ourselves on the back.

But this is the Fourth of July, half-time in a Midwestern horticulturist’s summer. There’s a lot of growing to go. Yesterday brought the first Japanese beetle sighting. The conflict over quality morning glories begins. In this skirmish we are not alone. We are grateful for Spicebush Swallowtails, Cabbage Whites and heavy bumblebees that fly intricate patterns, pollinating to beat the band. They wear out their wings in the absence of honeybees. The honeybee’s struggle is real; they need serious help. Still, the temperature remains warm. That’s good. An evening that is warm enough to make sleeping uncomfortable comforts a ripening tomato. Meanwhile abundant, consistent moisture rains down. Heed this reminder; subject to change.

Like our garden, this holiday reminds us of promises: Of a more perfect union, for the common good. Of a government, instituted among men, deriving it’s just powers from the consent of the governed.  Promises sown, watered, weeded, then delayed,  struggling, blooming, conflicted and skirmishing as we all, equal under the sun, shine on to reflect new growth in Old Glory.

Jack D. Ferguson, Editor