The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #40429 Message #578684
Posted By: DeanC
24-Oct-01 - 10:17 AM
Thread Name: Mudcat and FSGW/Other 3d organ.
Subject: RE: Mudcat and FSGW/Other 3d organ.
Well, since I started this discussion over on the Getaway thread, I suppose I should say something here. For many years I was also one of those FSGW members who went to things (concerts, festivals, getaways) but didn't really feel part of the organization. The people who were running things could be intimidating. I gradually started doing a few things for the Getaway and as a result was asked (by Nancy King) to work on the Washington Folk Festival. I began to meet the people who were at the core of FSGW. Things got ridiculous after that. I chaired a number of Getaways, was a coordinator of the Washington Folk Festival for a total of nine years, and a president of FSGW for four years. All of that was greatly rewarding partly because of the feeling of accomplishment but mostly for the people I met and worked with.
As a result I have become pretty familiar with the problems of FSGW. One of the big ones is that feeling that Jeri and GutBucketeer mentioned that there is an inside group that is impenetrable. I had it, too, but note that that very group pulled me into it. It is true that people who work together a lot tend to party together a lot also. That's part of the fun. But the core is not as exclusive as people percieve it to be. Actually its pretty friendly.
BillD is correct that Mudcat has to a degree saved the Getaway by bringing new faces to the gathering. We definitely need the bodies and their money to continue doing it. If you are also interested in helping with the planning, I can assure that your help will be appreciated.
Now, as to the separateness of Mudcatters from FSGW'ers - I don't want to make too big a thing of this. I merely noticed that in a few ways during the evening concerts and at some of the workshops much was made of peoples Mudcat identity. Maybe we don't need to play that up so much. I just feel like doing it sort of leaves the non-Mudcatters feeling like they "weren't in on the joke." This is not a big deal and can be one of the little tweaks that is always given to the Getaway from year to year.