Keepin’ Tabs

March, 2017

Jack Ferguson, Ed.


Next Gathering: March, 4th in Lawnridge Hall.

What about the Circles?

Fiddles at Five: Marilyn Hotaling will be coaching fiddle at five. This bunch sounds better every time you hear them and they’re growing. Come and see why.

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

Harmonicas: The usual suspects have other plans this month, so the harps are on hiatus.

Banjo Circle: Meet up with Jack Ferguson at 6pm. This month we’ll blend a Jesse Winchester song with “Cotton Eyed Joe”. Key of “G.”

Instrumental Jam: Come join with President Jeff Despard, Dotty Decker and friends. Be tuned and set up to play by 6:00pm.

Presentation (7:30): The beat goes on: World multi-percussionist, Mark Stone is a leading expert in global percussion performance and education. He has performed with the foremost musicians of Uganda, Ghana, Trinidad, South Africa, India, and the United States.  He is also Associate Professor of Music at Oakland University where he coordinates the World Music Program and the Percussion Program.

Snack Host:  Sharon Hall

Song Swap Theme: Money

A Note from the Prez:  Well alrighty then! The presentation on Middle Eastern culture sure was interesting.  And boy we had a good batch of Dance songs at the song swap – many that I hadn’t heard before. And then there was the Starry Night for a Ramble on Saturday, Feb 11. Not a bad crowd – enough for two longs sets of dancers. Lots of good music, calling and dancing ensued – and several Paint Creekers were in attendance and playing in the band too. I hope the recent warm weather has inspired you all to get out and sing at the sun or the moon or whatever gets your blood going and come on back to the creek on March 3rd.

Song Swap Themes:

  • March theme – Money
  • April – First names

More Starry News: PAINT CREEK COUNTRY DANCE ORCHESTRA ROLLS IN RED FOR SNFAR 2017!  Our own Paint Creek Folklore Society members and alumni musicians knocked our socks off at the Starry Night for a Ramble Dance on February 11, 2017!  Dressed in their red holiday finery, their delightful mix of tunes at this gala annual benefit dance ushered in a really fun evening.  Judi Morningstar led this sweet dance band.  Special thanks to Judi on keyboard and the orchestra…Cindy Simmons and Mary Lou Battley on dulcimers, Judy Frahm on fiddle, Steve Frahm and Doug Osler on guitars.  Put that together with Steven Loftus and Glen Morningstar calling, and the recipe was complete.  The dance floor boasted a wonderful crowd of people with lots of smiles…grand.  Thanks too to Paint Creekers Jeff Despard (our Prez, yay!) and Sharon Hall for decorating the hall, and to Paul Jacques for handling the Silent Auction, which brought in $248…woohoo!

It’s always a treat to work with our sister organization, the Oakland County Traditional Dance Society…greeter and birthday girl Jo Anne Fitzgerald, sound engineers Tom Allen and John Newsome, kitchen organizers Sima Echeandia and Ursula Jacques, and accountant for the gate and the Silent Auction Lou Echeandia.  What a smooth running event!  The team members from First United Methodist Church were cooking on their front burners too…the hall looked really spiffy.  Special thanks to Tom Allen for being the Co-Coordinator with yours truly for this most enjoyable evening.  And did I mention that everyone who provided music, calling, organizing, sound, decorating, and administration, volunteered their skills and services for this benefit dance? 

OCTDS and PCFS split $460.37 in net proceeds from the dance and the $248 from the Silent Auction to help our organizations continue to bring great programming and presentations to our groups.  Hats off to all!!

*Join us next year for another Starry Night for a Ramble*

Glen Morningstar Jr., Co-Coordinator SNFAR 2017

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Board Meetings are a Big Time: Our next scheduled meeting will be on March 12th at 3:00 pm. Jeff Despard will be hosting.

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

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

Live! From the Living Room Acoustic Showcase is warming up for winter with:

February 24th Susan O’Rourke – Celtic goddess with a golden voice. Butch Runyon- original roots songs from the hills and heritage of West Virginia coal miners.

March 3rd       Bob Marshall- original western music by a real working cowboy.

March 10th     Finvarra’s Wren – Michigan’s world renowned Celtic family band featuring Jim & Cheryl Perkins.

March 17th     AnnMarie Rowland – charming upper Michigan songwriter with a gentle, traditional style.

March 24th    Luti Erbeznik and Bobby Pennock

March 31st    Floyd King & the Bushwackers – notorious threesome – the “toughest band south of the Picketwire.”

April 7th        Bill & Kate Isles – husband/wife duo, original songs with a homey Minnesota flair.

April 14th     Mean Mary – amazing banjo virtuoso, polished performer with great voice and appeal.

April 21st     Albert Young & Straight Eight – rollicking, quality originals and covers, sterling musicianship.

April 28th    Girls with Guitars – Artists to be Announced.

May 5th      Jon Shain- national touring artist – songwriter with Dust Belt roots.

May 12th    Annie & Rod Capps with Jason Dennie – Michigan’s Sweetheart teams up with husband Rod and mandolinist extraordinaire, Jason Dennie.

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: The weather is taking its toll on folks. Granted, their bodies might be enjoying a respite from classic February conditions, but the mental strain of dealing with unseasonably warm weather can bring both a sense of euphoria and dread. Dread; as in, “When will reality return?” Euphoria; as evidenced by the glazing over of the eyes, the delusional attitude that snow shovels are…passé. All that aside, let me remind you of the scriptural admonition, “Come now let us reason together saith the Lord, though you enjoy a warm spell the snows returneth.” Or something to that effect. But cats don’t read scripture.

And cats, dogs, caged birds and other pets can be affected by the weather: they can become delusional too. The proof? Yesterday with the temperature nearing a record high and the sun shining, we opened a window. Our cat, Zee, climbed up to inhale the scent of the spring-like air. Zee was born in a barn, but he never enjoyed it much. No, he is an indoor cat. Prefers his chair to a haymow and yessiree, he wants his supper to be paté from a can.  The window he cozied up to was without a screen. We were more concerned about a squirrel sneaking in than a cat jumpin’… the cat jumped out! Landed on God’s brown earth! Zee’s paws hadn’t felt grass since 2008.         

Zee knew he wasn’t in Kansas anymore. After an extended free fall, coming to rest in a pile of decomposing Japanese maple leaves will knock the delusion right out of a guy.  To his credit, he made a quick decision. Despite not being a climbing cat, Zee looked back up at the window, rolled back on his haunches and… launched. 

This morning he’s sleeping in one of his official nap zones. No longer delusional, I expect he’s dreaming of maple leaves.

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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