Keepin’ Tabs
June, 2014
Jack Ferguson, Ed

Next Gathering: In Lawnridge Hall on June 7th.

Uke Can Too: Evie Boss will see you at 4:00.

Mountain Dulcimer Circle: Meet with Jack Ferguson and friends at 5:00. We will be tuned to D A D and we’re working on “Scarborough Fair”.

Flute Circle: The best flute deal in town. Meet at 5:30 with Don Hays.  Come sooner if you want; they always set up early.

Mandolin Meetin’: 6:00 – Bring your mando and pick with Jack Erickson.

Harmonica Circle: 6:00 Andy Mather says “if you can breath you can enjoy the harmonica”. Bring one in C and join the fun (or one will be provided to you)


Presentation: Steve Lehto:  A piece of copper country history was immortalized in song by Woody Guthrie.  Author and attorney, Steve Lehto will present the details of what happened on Christmas Eve, 1913 in Calumet, Michigan as told in his book Death’s Door:  The Truth Behind Michigan’s Largest Mass Murder.

Host: Mystery Volunteer

Hat Band: Pete Hartung, Jack and Maggie Ferguson plus who knows who will be going from here to there.

Song Swap Theme: Here and There

Picnic:  PCFS Picnic – Saturday, July 5th, 3:30 PM till 10 PM at the home of Barb and Dan Rogers

The first Saturday in July is just about here, which means it’s time for the annual Paint Creek Jerry Stephens, and now Mary St. Clair, Memorial Picnic!  For all of our members who have been with us for at least four years, you’ll remember that Jerry and Mary hosted this picnic for several years at their home in West Bloomfield. Jerry sadly passed away in 2005, but Mary continued the tradition as long as she could, through 2011, and as we all know, Mary also left us last year to join Jerry. In their honor, we’re pleased to continue the tradition!

The fun begins at 3:30 at the home of Barb and Dan Rogers at 3832 Greenwood Drive in Rochester Hills. 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 for you to cook your own meat or other entrée. Bring your instruments, perhaps a folding chair, your own meat or other entrée, and a dish to pass.  Paint Creek provides all the utensils, soft drinks and condiments. As our traditional special treat, we’ll be serving root beer floats while you dine, leading the way to some serious jamming for the rest of the evening.

We had an excellent turnout last year, and a great time was had by all, thanks to air conditioning and enough room for everyone to mix and mingle!  To help ensure some variety at dinner, we’re asking you to 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!

3832 Greenwood Drive is located just east of the intersection of Adams Road and South Boulevard in Rochester Hills, and Greenwood runs northbound off of South Boulevard.  Look for the Pine Trace Village subdivision immediately west of the Pine Trace Golf Course, and we’re the 12th house on the left. The phone number is 248 853-1801.

See you Saturday, July 5th!

Clothing Orders:  The orders are in.

Board Meetings are a Big Time: The PCFS board will meet on June 8th at 3:00 pm at Jack and Maggie Ferguson’s.  We’ll be talking about The Tin Whistle concert and lot’s of other fun stuff.  We’d love to have your input!

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.

Maggie Ferguson hosts Live! From the Living Room Acoustic Showcase on Friday nights. The Living Room is on summer vacation, but join us this fall!  For more information go to

Floyd King & the Bushwackers – Saturday, May 31st at Fisk Farm, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
The North Oakland Storytellers present their 4th Annual Spring Storytelling and Song Concert sponsored by the White Lake Historical Society located in the barn at Fisk Farm9180 Highland Rd (M-59), White Lake, Mi.  stories by members of North Oakland Storytellers and music by Floyd King & the Bushwackers.  $8.00 per person, $15.00 per family

Tune into WXOU FM.  To listen via live webstream go to:  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:

She arrived on May the ninth. That morning, a friday, work began on her home. it was monday before the cup nest had shape and structure. That was early spring. Subject to the last gasps of our toughest winter in a long while, the cardinal laid her eggs and waited.
Cold rains, and the temperature shifts kept her on duty as the male sojurned for grocerys.Spring turned the corner. Since she began the nest we changed the drive belt on the lawn tractor, tilled the up-top garden, built planting boxes for strawberries, beets and carrots. We scraped and painted our walk.

Now its saturday, the thirty first, and despite an attempt by a band of marauding squirrels-Maggie scared ‘em off- the babys are born. Mom and dad are flying round the clock to keep those mouths full. And me? Well it’s time to pull on my gloves, grab the five tine pitchfork and spread some straw. Then I’ll cut some poles for the bean teepee, and visit with the wren on the hill. She’s jealous of that cardinal.

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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