Keepin’ Tabs

February, 2015 

Jack Ferguson, Ed.

Next Gathering: In Lawnridge Hall on Feb.7th.

Uke Can Too: Evie will be sidelined for our February and March gatherings. There will be no 4:00 organized uke circle. So… why not have a disorganized uke circle? I’m just thinking. 

Native American Flute Circle: Why not pack up your favorite flute and meet at 5:30 with Don Hays and our group of flute aficionados?  Come sooner if you want; they always set up early, and it’s worth being a fly on the wall and just listening.

Harmonica Circle: 5:00 Andy Mather says “If you can breathe you can enjoy the harmonica”. Bring one in C and join the fun (or one will be provided to you).

Banjo Circle: 6:00 Bring your banjo and pick with Jack Ferguson. We’ll refresh our claw-hammer stroke, the G scale, visit some more with “Old Joe Clark”, and refresh our claw-hammer stroke. Repetition is the heart of instruction.

Fingerstyle Guitar: 6:00 For Maggie Ferguson’s last lesson she will have her Larrive tuned and be prepared to demonstrate pull-offs.

Presentation: Luke Kawecki, a member of the Vintage Strings of Michigan, will bring a few of the more unusual instruments from his personal collection which includes a hurdy gurdy and marxophone.  Luke will share the back stories of a few of his favorites–like the hammered dulcimer.  

Host: Dave Belferman

Hat Band: Phil Doolittle, Albert Young and Andy Mather contemplate lust.

Song Swap Theme: Lust

“A Starry Night for a Ramble” Benefit Contra Dance

Make your Valentine’s Day celebration complete by joining us Saturday February 14, 2015, 8-11 pm, at the First United Methodist Church, 6363 Livernois Road, Troy, Michigan 48098, located between Square Lake Road and South Boulevard.  Warm up session for new dancers is 7:30-8:00 pm.  Dances taught and called by Tom Allen, Steve Loftus & Glen Morningstar, with music by the Paint Creek Country Dance Orchestra.

$10  General Admission ($9 for students and members of OCTDS & PCFS, children under 12 are free).  Includes FANTASTIC cakes, cookies, fruits and beverages at intermission.  Bring a dessert/snack and get $2 off admission.

All dances walked through, no partners required (but bring one if you can).  This traditional dance is for all levels of dancers from newcomers to experienced. This is wonderful, crazy, healthy, wholesome fun with live music to keep you hoppin’. Come join the dancing fun and support the Oakland County Traditional Dance Society and Paint Creek Folklore Society.  For more information contact Glen Morningstar at 248-889-3013 email: 

Board Meetings are a Big Time: The next PCFS board meeting has not been scheduled.

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.

Jack and Teresa Ericson sent in this reminder:

Hi everyone! It’s time again for our (almost) annual coffeehouse concert at Prince of Glory Lutheran church.  Mark the date on your calendar: Saturday, February 14, 7:30 pm. Pick up the phone to invite your favorite valentine or a bunch of your closest friends for a night out for a good cause! We know you all will enjoy our headliners, Judy Insley and Almost Perfect as well as Andy Stachowiak and Better Late Than Never.

As always, we’re raising funds for scholarships for our friends in Tanzania where education is truly the key to a healthier, more self-sufficient future for present and future generations. Please join us on February 14th for a mid-winter evening of fun with good folks and good folk music!

Maggie Ferguson hosts  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.

Just a Little Fun:  Marty Buchanan asked us to include this musical link:

Ridin’ Drag: Lately we hear more and more about Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. As far as I can tell, this condition only bothers humans. Our cat, the Z, or the neighbor’s dogs don’t seem to be disturbed by SAD. Over the last few weeks I queried every critter I came across while scoutin’ the ridge.  From creek banks, over hillocks to a grove of tall beech trees I asked yarded whitetails, treed raccoons, a cluster of cardinals and a crew of chickadees the same question: “Are you sad?”

What is SAD? My training as a teamster doesn’t qualify me to speak on the subject from a clinical or scientific point of view. Those who can, tell us SAD happens because the earth’s position this time of year results in a lack of sunlight which causes people to become depressed. Recently a friend remarked that he was afflicted with SAD to some degree. His admission got my attention because, well, this guy is tough, not your usual cry baby.  He doesn’t do affliction.

And because of this, I don’t take Seasonal Affective Disorder lightly. But, I believe the critters I surveyed understand the solution for it. Their reply was, “No, we’re not sad, we gather-round one another. We stay close. We share our stored light. We sing. Nope, we’re not sad.”   

Jack D. Ferguson, Edit

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.