Keepin’ Tabs

April, 2016

Jack Ferguson, Ed.


Next Gathering: In Lawnridge Hall on Saturday, April 2nd.

Fiddles at Five: Marilyn Hotaling will be coaching our first beginning fiddle session at five. Rosin up the bow and hang on!!

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

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

Harmonicas: Andy is back with harps ready to wail!!  If you don’t have a C harp, one will be provided 9new, unused, and free for you to keep!

Banjo Circle: Meet up with Jack Ferguson at 6pm for a look at “Wildwood Flower.”

Presentation (7:30): Have you ever wondered about the term “busking”? What is it?  Where did it start?  Should I give it a try?  This is your chance to learn all about it, as Allison Donohue of Cello Bella explains it all and shares her experiences as a busker.

Snack Host: Julie Stitt

Song Swap Theme: Flowers

Song of the Month: “Daisy a Day” will be taught by Jack Erickson.

Hat Band: The hat band is on vacation this month.

Tin Whistle: The board has begun planning Tin Whistle 2016. Maggie Ferguson has stepped up to chair the event and Jack Ferguson will be in charge of set-up. Pete Hartung has signed on with Jack, but we’ll need more than two. Meanwhile a crucial role, publicity has been taken on by Joan Johnson and Sharon Hall. So we are on the way. You’ll be seeing opportunities for volunteering soon as there will be lots to do. The best part is, “Many hands make light work.”

Penny Whistle: We need two people to join Maggie Ferguson and Teresa Ericson on a Penney Whistle Committee. What is a Penny Whistle Committee? The board is exploring the idea of putting on a second concert, A Penny Whistle, closer to spring, for the purpose of having more fun and…raising some extra funds. Speak to either Teresa or Maggie if you want to have fun.

Mountain Dulcimer Workshops: We received a note from Tom Hoy about mountain dulcimer workshops in Marine City on Tuesday, May 24th featuring Dana and Hank Gruber.

Hello Dulcimer players, I’m excited to announce Dana will be coming to Marine City Tuesday the 24th of May.  Check out the attached flyer for the eclectic group of workshops being offered. 

Dana and Hank Gruber (also known as Sweet Funk) are an acoustic instrumental duo of mountain dulcimer and guitar.  Their music is a blend of contemporary and traditional favorites, along with their own original compositions. They enjoy performing and teaching and have been the featured performers/instructors at a number of concerts, music festivals and coffee houses in the mid-west.  They are also active members of the Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers, a mountain dulcimer club in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area.

Please share this information with others who would be interested.  Space is limited, so register early.  The deadline for registrations is May 10th.

If you have questions, you may contact me by email at “, Please join us on the 24th of May.

For more information, please go to their website at  For a sample of their music, please go to their YouTube channel at Dana & Hank Gruber – Sweet Funk.

Tom Hoy

Monthly Link Share: Last month we received several dance links from Dotty Decker, starting with a clip from this year’s Starry Night for a Ramble: (Oakland County Traditional Dance Society) (Ann Arbor Traditional Music & Dance Society.)

Lois Keel also recommends workshops found here:

A Note from the Prez: Jeff is as busy as a one armed paper hanger. Since he’s in the middle of moving and working and presiding over larger meetings, I your editor chose not to bother him. He’ll send a note in May, but I’m sure he’ll want me to remind you that Aprils theme is Flowers and in May the theme is Water.

Jack Ferguson for happy and hard workin’, Jeff Despard, your President

Board Meetings are a Big Time: Our next scheduled meeting will be on May 15th at 3:00 pm. Jeff Despard will be hosting.

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

Live! From the Living Room Acoustic Showcase is back in full swing every Friday night, with host Maggie Ferguson. 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: http://www.wxou,org/. Tuesdays between 5:00 and 7:30 pm for the best in contemporary folk music.

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 Tuesday April 5th from 6 to 8pm, to an open mike at Gilda’s Club in Royal Oak (on Rochester Road just north of 13 Mile Rd.)!

Maggie Ferguson hosts Live! From the Living Room, Acoustic Showcase on Friday nights. For more information, go to

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.

A Visit from an Early Member: Cat Reynolds, an ealy member of PCFS will be visiting the area next week, and would love to connect with old friends.  She’s flying in on Sunday, April 3rd, and will be in Madison Heights Sunday and Monday nights.  Then she’ll be in Ann Arbor until the following Sunday.  You can write her at, or text her at (512) 461-2145.

An Opportunity to Sing: Phil Doolittle reports that a new Potbelly Restaurant will be opening soon at 209 S. Livernois Rd. in Rochester Hills, and will be looking for people to provide live music. Contact manager Kenneth Johns to apply and to schedule an audition. You’ll probably need to stop in – the phone isn’t listed yet.

Ridin’ Drag: If you spend much time ridin’ drag, gardening, sailing, or most anything out of doors, you will be rained on. It happened to me just the other day. I was finishing an afternoon scout of the ridge when here it came. And it came cold.

Now I knew I wasn’t going to melt. But I did rejoice to know that home, and a warm mug of chili weren’t more than ten minutes down the trail. The thought of warm chili sparked a fond memory of mine.

One afternoon riding my bicycle I was caught in a shower. This was early August and the temperature was just south of ninety. The humidity hung at one hundred as long as it could… then let it drop. The moisture was like bath water, warm to the touch. A glory to experience, this was practical also as the bike and I both required relief from dust and sweat. I topped a hill and here came a kid on a skateboard.

As we passed I asked the youngster, “Don’t you have sense enough to get in out of the rain?”

He replied, “Mister, the people in those cars don’t know what they’re missing do they?

WJR says it could snow tonight. That’s ok. Soon enough those rains will warm; and if I’m lucky I’ll meet that kid again.

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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