Keepin’ Tabs December, 2016

Jack Ferguson, Ed

Next Gathering: Will be in Fellowship Hall on December 3rd.

Attention All: Remember, because this is our December potluck we don’t schedule the regular instrumental circles. All will be back in January.

Happy Holidays to all! It’s time for our December gathering and potluck in Fellowship Hall at University Presbyterian, hosted this year by Irmgard Granelli, Kathy Rawlings, and Doc Crofchek. Arrival time is 6:00 pm at Fellowship Hall (across the driveway our usual digs in Lawnridge Hall). Dinner will begin at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be held in There is no charge for guests, so invite your friends and remind them to bring instruments and a dish to pass!

Plates, napkins, flatware, cups, and beverages to fill them will all be provided.

Food Category Suggestions:

Last names beginning with A through E, we suggest you bring an appetizer, side, or salad.

Last names beginning with F through L, we suggest you bring a dessert.

Last names beginning with M through Z, we suggest you bring a main dish.

Of course, if your last name falls within another designation, feel free to bring an additional dessert. Nobody will complain.

Please bring a dish to pass that is fully cooked, ready to serve and enough to serve eight. There is a kitchen with refrigerator and a microwave, and many outlets for crock-pots and such. Feel free to bring a table-sized holiday decoration to enliven the atmosphere.

If you can, bring your food in a disposable dish. That makes cleaning up easier. After the meal, please take your dish and any utensils so that the kitchen helpers can join the festivities with the rest of us. If you would like to help with set-up, please come at 5:00 pm to help set-up tables, and chairs.

Song Swap Theme: The Holidays

President’s Message:

THANK YOU SO MUCH to Annette Richards for volunteering to house our stage for another year. Speaking of volunteers, what a bunch we had for this year’s Tin Whistle. It looked like we knew what we were doing. As the results come in, this year is on track to be a great success. Let’s hear it for the volunteers! While you’re cheering, remember January’s theme is Letters and Mail

Thanks again, Jeff Despard.

Board Meetings are a Big Time: Our next Board Meeting will be on Jan. 15th of 2017 at 3pm. Jack and Theresa Erickson will be hosting.

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

Live! From the Living Room Acoustic Showcase has concluded the fall season and is gearing up for January, stay tuned.

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.

Ridin’ Drag: The best thing about the day after Thanksgiving is the nap. To help you prepare for a proper nap, read on.

First, skip breakfast. If your appetite was ambitious on Thanksgiving Day, this won’t be such a challenge. Second, spend your morning outside. Allow long views, the feel of grasses, the chills and the scent of November to soften your gaze. Go afield: hunt, fish, photograph nature, hike, cycle, paddle or garden, but be outside a good while. Third, when you are back indoors, prepare a leftover turkey sandwich presented on a nine-inch plate. This sandwich should be enhanced with at least one large scoop of warmed dressing. Add gravy and a generous spooning of cranberry sauce. Avoid screens, any screens.

Slowly enjoy your meal, mulling over what you saw out there. Then, in order to ensure even digestion, open a book of choice. My recommendation in these tumultuous times would be, “The Politics of Prudence” by Russell Kirk or, a collection of poetry entitled, “Braided Creek” from Ted Kooser and Jim Harrison, but you pick. Allow nature to take her course.

When you awake, you will realize that our societies decision to exchange such an experience as you have had… for black Friday shopping, is a poor bargain at best and possibly the principal source of our countries woes. And you will have much to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!