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Subject: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 02:06 PM

For several years now I've wanted to cross the pond and meet with MudCatters and US Folkies at the FSGW Getaway. As this is my 50th year and my Sister has been living in Philadelphia for a few years it's about time I visited her. I think I've managed to convince my other half Richard that we should go this year!

Micca has suggested that we also ought to get along to the Portsmouth Maritime Festival the weekend before the Getaway. From Boston we could then take the train down to Philly so that we can stay with my Sister (her birthday is on the 30th Sept) for a few days before the Getaway. As many UK 'Catters know I'll sing at the drop of a hat (so does Richard on occasion) so I'll be hoping to join in with some local Sings if possible too!

I'd better introduce myself, I've created a web-page here:
Hilary Ward
It's very basic but it was a steep learning curve *grin*

I've had a look at flights (in to Boston 24th Sept, out of Philly 6th Oct), which appear to be affordable and do-able, and also looked at the train info. I couldn't find out the ticket prices for the Getaway so I've sent an enquiry via their website. I've tried to find the Getaway 2009 thread (wish I'd traced it) but the Old Adv Forum Search doesn't seem to find it, or anything else at the moment. If someone could refresh it I'd be grateful!

At this point I think we're in need of some good advice and practical suggestions from local Catters before we book flights. For instance, getting to (we're hoping not to hire a car) and finding affordable lodgings for the Portsmouth Festival, how to get to and from the Getaway, what do we need to take to the Getaway, etc, etc.

We'll be grateful for your advice, I really hope we can get along to the Getaway this year, many thanks in anticipation
Hil & Richard


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 02:11 PM

Hils they will love you and Richard -you are both fantastic singers.


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 03:10 PM

You can always stay in Maine (there's a good bus service from Logan) and travel down with the crew to Portsmouth. I know that you would be loved here.

I'm pretty certain that transport could be sorted out for the Getaway also.


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 03:17 PM

Hils - I'd never have guessed you were approaching that significant birthday. All best wishes for your Getaway!

Kitty


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 05:29 PM

Hillay & Richard, I'm just under an hour due west of Portsmouth & the same distance north of Boston. You are welcome to stay here with us, we love those who can't help themselves when it comes to singing. We have a modest place but we have couch that folds out into a bed & I love to experiment feeding foods I myself haven't yet tried. So as far as you rides from Logan (Boston) to Portsmouth, your stay for the weekend & your ride back to South Station (Boston) for the Train are all taken care of. We can't let those Mainy-acts have all the fun & take all the credit for being the Northern hosts for mudcatters. Besides Mary, Jacqui & company will make you clean their houses out of all the tacky stuff they hord so they can make guests suffer.
The Friday evening of the Maritime fest is the Press Room session which is the unofficial kickoff for the fest which runs throught to Sun eve. So make plans to at least arrive in time if not a bit before & the trains run all days every day down south so it doesn't matter about that part of the schedule. If you end up staying over there are other sessions I go to. Monday is an Irish session in Boston & Tuesday night there's a shanty session in Gloucester. If you do decide to stay you will "HAVE TO GO" to these sessions.

Barry


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 04:25 AM

Have just woken up, checked in and found Barry & Jacqui's fabulous offers of hospitality, - thank you both so much, I'll PM later today (Richard's still snoozing). What a fantastic place this MudCat is with the fellowship of the Folk Community streching out hands to help one another, just wonderful!! {{{{{Max}}}}}

As the flight from the UK actually stops first in Philly I'm starting to think that it would make sense to stay over with my Sister on the 24th if at all possible and then fly up to Boston (or is there an airport nearer?) early on Friday 25th. She's used to me being crotchety when I'm tired and it is quite a long flight for us novice travellers. I certainly wouldn't want to impose 'Hils & Richard with Jet-lag' on any gracious prospective hosts *grin* I'd best check with her!

I've had a look at the The Press Room and Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival sites and am really hoping that we'll be able to make this trip. I've got a few sea songs (no shanties unfortunately) which I'll dust off and spruce up a bit!

The current financial situation in both the UK and USA is obviously affecting all of us, so I'll probably wait a month or two before booking tickets despite any 'cheap' offers. Quite a few large UK companies have gone bust in the past month so I don't want to have any problems with Agents doing the same....

Linda and Kitty, thanks so much for your kind words, hope you're both coping with the snow & see/hear you again soon!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fidjit
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 04:30 AM

Hey Hils and Rich good luck

with my try

I got more respons from Oz and New Zealand.

Still looking for some more replys from o'er t'pond.

Chas


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 09:13 AM

I would recommend coming into Boston and using ground transport from there. I have had more problems with flights late or cancelled out of the smaller airports since I moved over here - so much so that I will not use the local airport, preferring to travel to Boston on the bus, which is much more reliable.


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 09:44 AM

Thanks for that Jacqui, that's exactly the sort of thing we need to know about!!!

Sorry you've not had more responses yet Chas, but my query was regarding a very specific time & place so it's probably easier to advise about. Don't forget to refresh your thread!!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: breezy
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 02:33 PM

go 4 it


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 05:20 PM

I concur with Jacqui about ground transport, localy in the states. Keep your eye out though thatmay change with the opening local competition with he likes of Ryan Air & others soon to possibility being let into the market.
Check out the trains. AMTRAK handles train transport from & through Portland, DOver-Portsmouth, Boston, Philly, Baltimore & DC. While you're in the North east I can help with your transport needs from Boston & Portsmouth & Back to Boston. We are a 1 car family but I'm retired & we can work around my wife's work schedule. Let us all know how your plans shape & we'll work around you. PM me with any questions, concerns, cares or wants. Good luck.

Chas, I never saw your world tour thread, I'll respond there.

Barry


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 07:42 PM

Advice ?? Totally unneccessary to say "Have a Grand time " because you WILL ! Hopefully SilverSmith will be there too , if things work out right .


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: artbrooks
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 08:23 PM

Well drat, Hils! We went last year, and can't afford to go 2 years in a row.


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Severn
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 08:25 PM

You've hosted me on my travels. I'd be glad to reciprocate here in Laurel MD. I'll be going.

Keep checking http://www.fsgw.org for news of the Washington DC folk scene and the Getaway itself, as the Folklore Society throws the bash.

Look forward to seeing the two of you!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 02:04 PM

Art: double drat, that's just my luck!! One day I'll get to give you & Jenn hugs in person!

Severn: looking forward to seeing you again at the Getaway, you keep yourself fit & well!

Terry: be good to hear you both again even if we'll be travelling a bit further this time *grin*

Breezy: it's all your fault you know!

Many thanks for all advice here and in PM's, we've been overwhelmed by the generous hospitality that's has been offered to us! It certainly looks like we'll be well looked after by Barry & Jacqui for the Portland Festival weekend and that our way may be smoothed for the Getaway too! It'll be lovely to get across to meet & hear so many Catters combined with visiting my Sister too. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that we can get the right airline tickets in a month or so & I'll resurrect this thread a bit later in the year.

I'll have a look through my 'tacky stuff' collection & see if there's some spare to share with the Maine-iacs!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 04:33 PM

Don't look, the Mainy-axes have tacky stuff a-plenty enough, please, they torture the rest of their world with it. That's why they find "tiny nuns" as their pay back.
You'll be well cared for. Don't confuse the Portland (in Maine, maybe in August) festival with the Portsmouth (in New Hampshire in Sept's end) festival with each other. Mary & Jacqui just started the Portland one. This yr (haven't heard any word) if they put it on again will be the 2nd yr, Portsmouth, led by mudcatter Curmudgeon, is in it's (maybe) 7th yr.
See ya
Barry


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Nancy King
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 05:11 PM

Sure hope you make it to the Getaway! We'll be glad to see you! The price information for the event has not yet been posted (anywhere, as far as I know), and probably won't be until early summer. The FSGW folks have to get through the Washington Folk Festival before Getaway planning can get fully in gear. But it should be about the same cost as last year, which was $190 for the whole weekend (Friday evening thru Monday breakfast). It's less for FSGW members, of course (though that really wouldn't make much sense for you), or if you volunteer for an upper bunk, or for a shorter stay. Don't worry about making advance reservations for the Getaway -- there's plenty of room, and plenty of time to do that in the summer. Once you've got your itinerary planned, and somewhat closer to the event, let us know, and we'll make sure transportation is available.

As for what to bring -- there's really not much required. Instruments are always a good thing, but bringing them on airplanes is risky, and there are always people happy to lend instruments. Locals bring their own bedding, but that too is difficult to deal with when traveling by air, so if you let us know a little bit in advance, we can easily arrange for someone to bring extra blankets or sleeping bags for you. Clothing for warm, cool, sunny or rainy weather -- obviously we never know how that will turn out until the last minute, though the first weekend in October shouldn't be really cold. Last year it was absolutely gorgeous -- it sure would be nice to be able to guarantee that every time!

Hope you can work it out to go to Portsmouth as well -- those Maine-and-New-Hampshire folks are some of the finest crazy people I know!

Looking forward to meeting you!

Nancy


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 05:55 PM

Ok Barry, I won't check the 'tacky stuff', I'll leave it in the cellar where it belongs! Can't think why I typed 'Portland' (thanks for correction), I meant 'Portsmouth' of course. Mind you, I followed the Portland 1st thread last year with great interest, it looked fabulous & I hope it goes from strength to strength. A good job well done!

Nancy, many thanks for your advice about the Getaway. Charlie replied to me with the same info about prices & I realised that I was probably trying to organise our budget a bit too far in advance!

Thankfully we won't have a problem with instruments on airplanes as long as Richard packs his harmonicas in the hold luggage. They tend to confuse the security scanners and were intensly scrutinised on the way in to Ireland a few years ago when there had been some troubles. I can't play any instruments, I used to say that I wasn't at all musical but people just laughed. I tend to concentrate on the song too much to even attempt to multitask *grin*

And I had been wondering about weather and food & the demon drink (we've heard the site is 'dry', that panicked Richard a little) and about whether we needed to take bedding etc, so your info is very useful. I still can't find last year's Getaway thread & I'd been hoping to check that for any useful info.

I am really, really hoping that we will get to the Getaway (and Portsmouth) & sing with as many lovely, crazy Folks as possible!

Thanks again for advice and help!
Hil
I've previewed this post but I bet there are some typos!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Nancy King
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 12:21 AM

If you type "Getaway" into the filter box at the top of the main forum page, and set the time for 3 years or so, you'll get more than you can read in a month...   

We discussed the issue of "demon drink" in the 2006 thread called "TT Getaway..." We'd gotten used to being rather free about drinking at the Getaway during the 5 years it was held at a camp called Ramblewood. They didn't seem to care much about alcohol, but that was one of the few things that particular camp had to recommend it. The current place (like all of the others we've been to in the Getaway's 40-some-odd year history) firmly discourages it, so we have to be very discreet.

Looking forward to singing with you!

Nancy


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Tinker
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 01:06 PM

Well it took me long enough to find this thread. Some folks have found it significantly cheaper to fly into Newark and travel from there. I am more than willing to be home base for any NYC exploration you might want to make.

Okay now I have Getaway fever and it's only February.... be still my heart


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 04:53 PM

Nancy: many thanks for the info, I thought that was the case about being ultra discreet. Do I recall reading that the previous camp was somewhat cold? When I get a couple of spare days I'll try that search & have a good read!

Tinker, you're not the only one with Getaway fever *grin* Many thanks for your kind offer! Not sure if we'll get a chance to check out New York but it'll be good to meet you at the Getaway whatever we end up doing!

Just waiting to hear what my Big Sister thinks (she always has better ideas than I do), apart from anything else it'd be good to leave luggage with her so that we can travel relatively light. Maybe in view of all the extra travel time going North/South etc I shouldn't take that into consideration so much! Maybe I should look at other flights options...


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 05:20 PM

Car Hire over there is not too bad Hils - A Gallon of Petrol is about what WE pay for a litre , and assuming an Automatic , the driving is NOT Difficult . AND it gives you a LOT of freedom of movement , which you dont get with Pubic transport .


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 05:23 PM

Hmmm, and you can keep your luggage with you too..... Maybe I should look into that, thanks Terry!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fidjit
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 03:45 AM

Hey this is Cheltenhan weekend !

I can't make it.
Enjoy

My Swedish friends will be in the Bell for the sing on Friday.

Chas


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Susan of DT
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 06:47 AM

Hilary

We are halfway between New York and Phily. We host sings once a month on Sunday afternoons. The train is not far from us. Let me know if you want to drop by, stay with us, or how else we can help you.


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 07:01 AM

Many thanks Susan, it would certainly be good to meet up and is good to have an idea of where you are, though obviously the Sundays will be occupied at Portsmouth & the Getaway. Will you be going to the Getaway?

Chas, wrong thread perchance??


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: kendall
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 07:19 AM

Anyone who hasn't met these two are in for a rare treat. I'm delighted to hear that you are coming to the Getaway. It is by far my favorite gathering.

Whatever your question or needs may be, just throw them out there and we will all fight to help you! Personally, I can fix anything but a broken heart, and this gang of folkies can do almost anything that you need done.Just, Sing Out!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fidjit
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 07:35 AM

No such thing as a wrong thread. Thread infringement perhaps. Anyway trying to help keep yours alive.

Hey you seem to be doing well.

I would go for the drive myself option.

Have to get my map out to see where everyone is.

This Getaway seems to be worth looking into.

Cheers

Chas


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Geordie-Peorgie
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 07:11 PM

My God, Hils! They're ganna love you two oot there!

Aah can see yez tourin' annually once you've got your foot in the door!

Ye lucky buggaz!

Promise ye'll come back though, won't ye?


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 13 Feb 09 - 06:16 AM

Thanks for your kind words, kendall & G-P, darlings!! Thanks too Chas, for looking out for us even if your words seem a trifle obscure at times *grin*

I'm currently going round in circles trying to figure out which way to do the travelling. As Micca (and others) have said, the Acela express seems perfectly placed for the stops on our trip, it seems like fate is taking a hand. So many wonderful Catters have offered to help with scooping us up too I think we can happily give up the idea of hiring a car.

As some UK Catters know, we'll be quite busy over the next couple of months getting ready to host about 40 singers and musicians for our weekend long Easter party at the Cottage. So we'll have a think in the meantime & wait to see what happens with agents & airlines etc through the current financial crisis.

After Easter I'll refresh this thread & we'll see if we can get the right itinery booked up. Thanks so much to everyone for all your help and advice! I'm soooo excited!!!!
Hil x


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Susan of DT
Date: 13 Feb 09 - 06:37 AM

Yes, Hilary, we go to the Getaway. I have gone for 25 years or so and Dick for 40 or so. You can visit some other day, if that works for you.


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fortunato
Date: 13 Feb 09 - 07:57 AM

MGAS,

   As the time draws nearer, we here in the DC area can help with local arrangements: travel arrangements, lodging, transportation, etc. Susette and I have been havinga singaround the Thursday before the Getaway and we'd love to have you there. Maybe we can entice Barry and Sinsull and Kendall and Jacqui to join us this year.

Glad to hear you're coming over, I think you'll enjoy it.

All the best,

Chance


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 14 Feb 09 - 05:42 AM

It's a hard frost on the garden this morning so I'm putting off the outside chores for a while and managed to figure out the filter search. I've spent some time checking out last year's threads on the Getaway, what a fantastic weekend you all have, I can't wait!!

Chance (& Susette) Many thanks for your suggestions, advice, offers & we'd really love to come along to your Thursday night Sing, it would be lovely to meet & hear people before the Getaway!

What a wonderful world we live in, it's the people in it that make the difference, keep up the good work!
Hil x


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 14 Feb 09 - 07:40 AM

Consider this to be your "Magical Musical Tour". You're just gonna love it.

Barry


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fortunato
Date: 14 Feb 09 - 07:57 AM

Yeah, they might see another visitation of Fatima of the seven veils, that alone would be worth the price of the tickets.

Of course my taste may be a bit abnormal.

cheers,
chance


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 06:18 AM

Fatima might make a comeback eh? Now that's something I've got to see in the flesh, as it were! The photo's are crazy great but I guess you just had to be there, right?

And Barry, thanks for the 'magical mystery ear-worm' I woke up with this morning *grin*


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fortunato
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 09:47 AM

Did we mention the beautiful little harbor on the West River with the saliboats and ducks and blue Chesapeake water?

Small hairy gnomes wandering about with questionable intent?

I could go on, but we must save some for the months to come.


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: curmudgeon
Date: 16 Feb 09 - 05:22 PM

We're really looking forward to meeting you two next September, and sharing some songs. Micca has spoken of you often which just increases the anticipation.

In addition to the Friday night session at the Press Room, there will be an open sing there on Saturday as part of the festival, and some opportunities to join in at the pub sing on Sunday.

Watch for PM - Tom


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fidjit
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 05:35 AM

Had a job trying to find a site for the Getaway. Managed at last!


Getaway newsletter

Chas


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 01:10 PM

Hils - if you ask Micca nicely he might show you the film he took of the Mummer's play last year. That was fun!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Nancy King
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 01:45 PM

Chas, that link takes you to the FSGW Newsletter, which is fine, but doesn't tell you much about the Getaway. For just a tiny bit more information, try going to the FSGW website, and clicking on "Getaway." But there's really not much detail available anywhere at this point -- as I mentioned above, the FSGW folks are busy with other events right now, and won't have the registration form or any substantial program information ready until this summer.

You can see last year's program by going here. This gets you last year's Saturday program, and from there you can follow the link at the top to get to Sunday's. The 2009 Getaway program will feature different people and workshops, of course, but there will be lots of similarities, and you can get an idea of the sort of thing we do. If you place your cursor over a workshop title on the grid, you can get a short descriptive blurb of the event. Most of the workshops are very informal, inclusive, and participatory. We also mix in a few half-hour mini-concerts, and an occasional teaching session.

The Getaway Program Committee (me, Carly, and Lorraine) will get together before too long to start thinking about our invited guests for this year, but it's WAY too early for any program details.

The best way for Mudcatters to learn more about the Getaway, as I told MGAS earlier, is to put "Getaway" into the filter box at the top of the forum page, set the time for 2 or 3 years, and prepare for a lot of reading!

We do hope lots of you will consider coming to the Getaway this year -- we always have a wonderful time!

Nancy


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 02:04 PM

Many thanks for those links Nancy, especially the one to last year's schedule and beyond. It looks like a fantastically busy weekend with all those workshops, are some of the events song cirles? The ones in capital letters would be showcases, is that right? I decided to limit my search to a year on the filter and had a good read the other day. I didn't go back any further as I'm sure I recall a lot of people talking about very cold cabins at the previous camp!!

Thanks Chas for finding & setting a link to the newsletter, I've just been reading it with great interest. When do these folks ever get time to go to work???? There's an enormous amount going on with FSGW, I'm very impressed!

jacqui Dear, I'm hoping to tempt Micca to the cottage for a visit soon so I'll ask him to bring it, thanks for the idea!

Chance, it sounds idyllic (especially the saliboats) & I always think that having a gnome (even one of questionable intent) around is lucky *grin*

Tom, many thanks for getting in touch about what's going on at the Portsmouth festival, I really hope this trip comes off!!!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 03:55 PM

Many of the links to pics from past Getaways are still good. You can see what some of it looks like.....


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fidjit
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 04:56 AM

Portsmouth festival

For anyone interested

Chas


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Nancy King
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 10:22 AM

Let's see if I can answer Hils' questions.

Often Getaway workshops are basically song-circles-on-a-theme, but we usually try to make them a bit more than that. We try to choose leaders who have significant repertoires in the chosen topic, and who know enough to provide some background and history as well. Most folks are there for the singing, not for a lecture, but a good leader knows when to inject a few fascinating tidbits of lore in such a way as to enhance the session without bringing down the momentum. And leaders are always happy to discuss the fine points of a topic at any time during the weekend. That's one of the things that's great about the Getaway -- it's a wonderful opportunity for networking with people of similar interests.

Some workshops, including many of those on instrumental techniques, really are intended as teaching sessions, but we always encourage participation.

We always start out the Getaway with a big song circle, or "open sing," on Friday night.

Yes, the events in capital letters on the program are showcases, or "mini-concerts." We try to include 9 or 10 of these each year.

Don't get too hung up on talk about cold cabins in previous years -- that was then, this is now! We haven't had that problem at West River because the cabins are heated, and now that we're holding the Getaway the first weekend in October, the weather should be reasonably warm anyway.

Y'all come!

Nancy


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 01:58 PM

Nancy, many thanks for your explanation of the 'song-works' or 'circle-shops' *grin*, it sounds like this is a recipe that's been fine-tuned over the years and is definitely very attractive! Obviously there's a huge amount of experience and enthusiasm within the FSGW which is shown both by last year's schedule and the breadth & depth of the events and news in the January newsletter, wonderful!

Very glad to hear that it'll be reasonably warm in early October & am extremely glad about the heated cabins. I could see you all breathing a sigh of relief in the thread for last year's Getaway!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 22 May 09 - 03:06 PM

Well, after a bit of a delay we've at last got our air tickets booked *hurrah*

We'll travel up to Boston (Logan) on the afternoon of Friday 25th September so that we can join the fun at the Portsmouth Maritime Festival. I might even get to sing a few songs there if I behave myself *grin*

We plan to go down to Philly on the Monday (28th, on the train-line that Micca has recommended) so we can spend a few days with my Sister who lives there now. Her birthday is on the 30th, so it would be nice to find a Folkie event to take her to, any suggestions anyone?

Then we'll get to the Getaway, we are so looking forward to meeting and hearing everyone!!

Many thanks to all Catters who have offered to help us with travel & overnighting, we're novice travellers so we'll really appreciate your kind assistance. What a wonderful place this MudCat is, it makes the world smaller and more like a family!

Hil & Richard x


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Nancy King
Date: 22 May 09 - 04:39 PM

Woo hoo! Sounds like a fine trip!

If you'll be coming from Philadelphia to the DC area by train, let us know just when (a bit closer to the event...), and surely someone can pick you up.

Nancy


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 22 May 09 - 05:34 PM

I wish we could give you a ride from Philly, but our car will be full, and we'll probably be arriving late and leaving early.

Dan


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 25 May 09 - 05:58 AM

Thanks Nancy (and for your post too, Dan), will work Getaway transport nearer the time and we'll be very happy to take up offers of assistance *grin*

Am happily compiling a list of stuff to do & think about like, are harmonicas (Richard gets them out occasionally) allowed in baggage or hand-luggage? etc. etc. Lists keep me on the straight and narrow as apparently I'm border-line Aspergers as I discovered when I did a test here!. Doesn't stop me hugging, laughing & singing though *grin*

I'll look out for the Getaway threads nearer the time but I promise not to hog them, I'll use this one for queries & figuring things out. Thanks All, looking forward to meeting you! Have a lovely Summer!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Splott Man
Date: 25 May 09 - 03:05 PM

I had no problems with harmonicas in my hand luggage to the States a year ago ( I have a box with 9 of them, plus 2 jew's harps and 2 capos). They'll ask you to open the bag to have a look, once they know what they are, they'll let you through. You might have to play a few notes to prove it, but don't play too well, or they'll think you're professional (grin).

Splott Man


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 19 Aug 09 - 05:23 PM

We're so excited about coming over and time is running away with us. Our flights are booked, Big Sister is all primed to look after us when we're not having fun singing with you guys and our visit to Portsmouth Maritime Festival is pretty much planned with huge thanks to Barry Finn (& Justine) and also Tom, Linn & Barbara.

After Portsmouth we'll be travelling back to Philadelphia to celebrate my Sister's birthday and then we'll be all fired up to go to the Getaway. I managed to get our registrations done the other day, albeit with a few hiccups and some help from Charlie & Dick *grin*

We'd very much like to get along to Chance & Susette's Sing on the Thursday before the Getaway so I'm hoping that we can get some advice for our best way to get to their Sing & overnight lodging and then getting to the Getaway itself. Hopefully my Sister will be able to pick us up on the Monday, though I've no idea of the distances involved so I could be wrong!

As novice travellers there's a lot to think about and check out and I thought I might ask whether any Catters have any experience of using an 'electronic cigarette' which is supposedly legal on aircraft. Richard smokes (but is very house-trained etc) and I'm hoping that I won't have to sedate him for the whole flight *grin*

Another thing I was wondering was if anyone knew of any song circles near Phoenixville on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings? On the Monday after Portsmouth my Sister is producing a play locally so we'll be going to that, but it would be nice to check in with singers in the area if anything is going on.

Anyway, I'd appreciate any thoughts, ideas & suggestions - preferably on-topic *grin* In the meantime I'll try to sort out some other stuff like travel insurance, petsitters, train reservations etc.....

Cheers, Hil & Richard


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 08:43 AM

Oh, and electricity! Isn't it different in the States??? Ooh, all the chargers we'll have to do without......


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 11:04 AM

Hi Hillary, I believe that you can buy a cheap electric converter for your electrical needs
You'll probably want to exchange your money from pounds into dollars before you leave the UK, banks here will charge a fee whereas your post offices don't. Our post offices aren't like yours, they don't handle money exchange.

See ya
Barry


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 02:09 PM

You might check to see if your bank allows you to withdraw funds from your account from a U.S. ATM machine (in US$) without extra charges. My U.S. bank allowed me to use an ATM free-fee in Israel earlier this year, and it was the most convenient way of getting foreign funds.

Most things with built in chargers (laptops, cell-phone rechargers, electric razors) can handle the different electric current in the U.S. and all you will need in that case is a very cheap plug adaptor, since the electric outlets in the U.S. take a different shaped plug. Check the transformers on your gizmos to see if they will work on 110V AC.

If you can get to Chance and Suzette's sing on Thursday night, chances are pretty good that someone can take you home with them and give you a ride on Friday out to the Getaway, not that I'm volunteering myself, because I often have a whole carload of stuff that needs to be brought out and back.

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: beardedbruce
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 02:18 PM

"Check the transformers on your gizmos to see if they will work on 110V AC."

110 - 120 V, 60 cycle.


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 03:08 PM

My tentative plan is to drive from the Getaway to Philadelphia and New Jersey on Monday morning, and if so, I can take you where you need to go.

PM to exchange emails, and we'll talk : )

I look forward to meeting you!

Dani


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Micca
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 04:37 PM

Hils, I have found that many of the transformer based things I need, (Battery chargers,Laptop etc) all are dual voltage/dual Hz capable. so I have the transformer to socket leads for UK and a seperate lead for the US!1 if you have older equipment it may need checking, and you may need to get a Travel adaptor for converting things that do not have a removable section between the transformer and socket, ask me about it next time I see you (which will be soon as I have some travel bags for you)


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 07:46 PM

Hilliary, prior to going to the UK my bank advised my to contact my credit card company (which in this case was my bank) & let them know I'd be in the UK & what the dates where. That way when & if I used the card in a foreign country and it rasied a red flag the credit card folks would see the note that it was already approved for the place & time I was away, therefore foregoing needless rejection.

Barry


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Micca
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 08:12 PM

Barry, well said, I usually need to let my bank know when I am in the US for the same reasons, and so that my ATM card works also, it is usually the cheapest way to change money when abroad.


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fortunato
Date: 21 Aug 09 - 04:42 AM

Hillary,

I'm very glad you're coming over and we'll help with directions and lodging stuff. We start the Singaround around 7:00 but usually I've picked up Micca by home by 5 or 6, so we're flexible. I'll PM you about lodging. We should be able to help you with transportation locally here in the DC Silver Spring area. Have you already arranged travel to the Getaway with anyone?

Regards,
chance


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fortunato
Date: 21 Aug 09 - 04:51 AM

Hillary,

check my PM, but let me know your mode of travel and itinarary and we'll make it easy for you, I promise.

cheers
chance


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Aug 09 - 05:03 AM

And if that doesn't work, I'll be flying to Providence, Rhode Island and then driving to the Getaway. I could easily swing by Philadelphia to pick you up and take you to the Getaway. After the Getaway, I'll be heading back north to Sandy Paton's memorial service/sing.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fortunato
Date: 21 Aug 09 - 05:46 AM

Hey, Joe, can you swing by for the singaround on Thursday?


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 21 Aug 09 - 06:55 AM

Thanks so much for all the advice & offers, you wonderful people!!!

We're just setting off for the 1st Moira Furnace Folk Festival where I'll be singing tonight (note to self - hurry up & work out a set list) so I won't be able to reply properly (& PM people) till at least Sunday evening or perhaps Monday, depending on traffic. I've got this warm glow knowing we're in safe hands *grin*

Sounds like a travel adaptor is the thing, it's only phone chargers & possibly a toothbrush - we don't have a lap-top! Thanks for the info!

Thanks, Barry, for the tip about letting our banks & card people know about the trip, that sounds really important & it hadn't occurred to me - novice traveller, see!

Have a good weekend everyone, love & hugs,
Hil x


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fidjit
Date: 21 Aug 09 - 11:38 AM

Well done Hils and Richard to get it off the ground. Enjoy.

I'm planning a trip to San Francisco in late January.

Lot to organise isn't there?

Chas


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 24 Aug 09 - 06:06 PM

You're right there Chas!! Good luck with your trip, have you sorted dates yet? I'm sure that there'll be plenty of Catters to meet on your trip!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fidjit
Date: 25 Aug 09 - 02:34 AM

Couldn't wait til 2010. Have booked a flight for 28 Sept - 12 Oct 2009

WoW !
Can't wait

Chas


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Splott Man
Date: 25 Aug 09 - 03:02 AM

Don't forget to turn your phone off at night while there. You don't want to be woken up by a call in the middle of the night because of the time difference.

And above all, have fun!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 08:46 AM

They will be up in the middle of the night, so call them as late or as early as may be, they can rest & sleep when they get back home.

Barry


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fortunato
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 04:03 PM

http://www.usembassy.org.uk/ukcust1.html#food

Link to what Embassy and what may be brought into the US...


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 27 Aug 09 - 04:52 AM

Thanks for that Link Chance, I've popped it in my favourites. I do hope our hosts all like chocolate *grin*

Chas, Brilliant news about your trip, know you're going to have a whale of a time!

Thanks for the 'turn off your phone at night' tip Ned (smart move), but Barry is probably right too. Hopefully no-one will phone from the UK anyway, I think I've been telling Everyone and his Mother about our trip, I'm soooo excited!!

As for our trip plans, the MudCat Hospitality Wagon has scooped us up and got us really well catered for, organised and wrapped up in comfy caring. We've been overwhelmed by the generous response of our new friends (most of whom we haven't met yet but Micca keeps saying they're 'people like us') and I can't wait to get across the pond and start hugging!

Pretty much all our transport and accommodation has been sorted with singing galore and parties thrown in. We're on a tight schedule as we're only over for a mere 13 nights but with a lot of help from our friends we're managing to attend the Portsmouth Maritime Festival, Chance & Susette's Pre-Getaway Sing and the Getaway itself - not to mention seeing my Big Sister on her Birthday between times!

I'm not sure if 'naming names' is 'the done thing' around here, but huge thanks to all who're helping us and all those who offered too - you know who you are!

A friend from work will be lending us a travel adaptor which worked in Canada so we're assuming it'll work in the USA too and a small hairy gnome will be popping over next week for liver and bacon & he'll bring us some hand-luggage and check our chargers too. Despite the huge list of 'stuff to do' (including the travel insurance I haven't sorted yet), it's all coming together. I can't wait!!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 27 Aug 09 - 09:33 AM

Not long now - can't wait to see you!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fortunato
Date: 27 Aug 09 - 12:59 PM

MGAS, we are very likely people like you. People like Micca may be difficult to locate. Although we haven't actually looked.

We have noticed that the interactions of local Marylanders with himself during our travels have been interesting. They seem to find him different charming, and yet apparently harmless.

We're looking forward to your visit, and we're laying in extra grits.

chance


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: GUEST,beardedbruce
Date: 27 Aug 09 - 01:38 PM

Opps.


"mostly harmless"


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 27 Aug 09 - 01:41 PM

Guru is most certainly Harmless , and a bloody good singer too ! She is also adept at keeping Richard under control !


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 27 Aug 09 - 02:42 PM

Richard is as crazy as a bag of rats and so will fit in nicely with the Getaway crowd.

He also has a very good voice, if you can persuade him to sing!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 27 Aug 09 - 02:43 PM

OBJECTION !! That is an insult to MOST Bags of Rats !


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 27 Aug 09 - 05:44 PM

Ummm, dare I ask.... what are grits?


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 27 Aug 09 - 05:57 PM

Tasteless Breakfast cereal I think Hils !!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 27 Aug 09 - 05:59 PM

White stuff from the south. It's still a mystery to us northerners.

Barry


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 27 Aug 09 - 07:24 PM

Ask SINSULL - she likes them. Just the look of them puts me off. They look a bit like semolina, I think and are served up with eggs.


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Bill D
Date: 27 Aug 09 - 08:11 PM

Grits are an 'acquired taste'...I didn't meet any till I was in Mississippi, and I have to dose them liberally with cinnamon and honey..or similar...(If you read how they are prepared, you are even more reluctant)

They are a VERY southern dish...a friend & I were touring southern Missouri many years ago, eating breakfast each morning 10-30 miles further South. The first morning, grits were not on the menu. The second morning, they were an option. The third morning, they were served automatically, unless you knew to specify "No Grits"....I suppose that 2nd cafe defined the Mason-Dixon line.


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fidjit
Date: 27 Aug 09 - 08:47 PM

Thanks Hils

I know I am just look at whats going on already. Hope I get time for a siesta.

Schedule so far.

September

28th Mon. arrive SFC airport from Stockholm and Philadelphia
29th Tue.
30th. Wed.

October

1st. Thur

Friday 2nd. to Sunday 4th
Free Blue Grass Festival
Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

3rd. Sat Cross Country Run Joanne's School. Morning - Lunch time.

In the evening.
Shaty singing at Hyde Street Pier 8PM

7th. Wed.
Good SIng along

11th. Sun another sing
Harmony singing 2PM - 5 PM Up in *Auburn.
12th. Mon Depart SFC For Munich and Stockholm

I'll miss these

House concerts Before I arrive and after I've gone.

Sorry for the thread drift.

Enjoy your "Grits"

Chas


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 03:24 AM

Many thanks for explaining 'grits', they sound like something you put in chicken-feed to help them lay good eggs - didn't realise you they are eaten 'with' eggs! Cinnamon & Honey sounds like a good suggestion, but here's a better one - don't eat the grits *grin*

Just packing for Shrewsbury Festival, this is our 5th weekend in a row festivalling so we're looking forward to a few weekend's rest before we set off to the airport and our grand adventure! I'm already having sleepless nights, I'm so excited. You might know that 'aspergers' people make lists? Well I'm borderline & you should see my lists of stuff to do, they're major!

Have a lovely weekend Folks, see you on the flip side!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Splott Man
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 03:41 AM

You could also try Fried Dough, or Refried Beans.


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fortunato
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 07:56 AM

MGAS,

You are being deceived by purveyors of northern aggression. Please allow me to provide you with the UNADULTERATED TRUTH.

Put simply, grits are a smooth, creamy side dish for eggs for breakfast, and very often a foundation for Lowland (read Charleston, SC) cooking as in Shrimp and Grits and Cheese Grits.

What do they taste like? They taste like dawn coming up on Mobile bay; they taste like the smell of Gardenias blooming in the gardens of Savannah. They taste like homecoming in the South. Do not be mislead by the northern philistines. (I have the jawbone of an ass around here somethere)

Chance


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Micca
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 09:50 AM

Take No notice of him, Hils, they taste like scrambled eggs (the eggs do) mixed with that gravel that inhabits the bottom of aquaria, in other words like taking a bite of the driveway with a little scrambled egg on top, no wonder they invented Ketchup!!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fortunato
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 10:43 AM

Susette, hand be that jawbone...


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 05 Sep 09 - 12:10 PM

Had a very nice visit from the gnome which gave me a good excuse to spend time making liver & bacon again, wonderful! We also tucked into the fab bottle of Rioja he left last Christmas which went down a treat. There's a few sips left & I'm assured by our expert that they won't last past tea-time & I suspect he could be right!

Chance, many thanks for your fabulous (though quite possibly biased) description of grits. Please don't put yourself to any trouble to prove your opinion to us, I think I'll leave the savouring of that experience for another time!

Hope no-one minds me refreshing this thread rather than intruding on the 'other stuff than programming' thread, it's just that, following Micca's visit, I'm all a-quiver with excitement *grin*

We now have bags for hand-baggage (grateful thanks to Micca), most arrangements sorted but my list of 'stuff to do' still seems huge! I might just have something interesting for the silent auction and other items are being gathered and put out ready to pack.

Oh, I am soooo looking forward to this - guess I sound like a broken record, but you don't mind that, do you?


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fidjit
Date: 05 Sep 09 - 02:14 PM

guess I sound like a broken record, but you don't mind that, do you?

Not with your voice No.

Chas

I'm packing bags too. Awkward isn't it? Swindon, here we come!

Chas


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 05 Sep 09 - 02:16 PM

Thanks Chas, have a great trip yourself & safe journey!!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fidjit
Date: 06 Sep 09 - 11:12 PM

Hey you two enjoy your Getaway. will confide later

Chas


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Noreen
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 06:44 PM

Have a superfantastic time at the Getaway, you two- I am so jealous... give Rita and Bill big hugs from me please :0)


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 06:49 PM

And let us know when and where you are


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Bill D
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 07:55 PM

*smile*... I'll collect hugs, Noreen... looking forward to meeting new folks.


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 25 Sep 09 - 12:55 AM

Hillary, I'll see you tomorrow afternoon at Logan

Barry


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fortunato
Date: 26 Sep 09 - 06:19 AM

Did the lovely and talented Hilary and Richard arrive chez Barry?

And did they survive the drive through the tunnel out from Logan?
Of course Barry, being a dangerous sort himself, was able to fight off the driving nazis of Boston most handily, I'm sure.


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Micca
Date: 26 Sep 09 - 10:36 AM

Chance, see the Portsmouth Maritime festival thread, their presence (or at least Hilarys) is reported at the Press Room yesterday!!


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 26 Sep 09 - 11:47 AM

In the absence of Terry I must just post here, and hope they are both in good form

JM


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Nancy King
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 12:08 AM

In excellent form, in fact! I just got back to Maine from a lovely day in Portsmouth where I met and heard not only Hilary and Richard, but also Jon and Rika, and had a chance to see a whole bunch of other great folks I've known for a while but don't see often enough, AND got to hear Finn and Haddie with Ken Schatz -- a special treat for me, as you might imagine.

You Getaway folks are going to love Hilary, by the way. Beautiful voice, great songs, fine person -- the whole works.

Counting the days,
Nancy


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 01:53 PM

Just checking in while waiting for our next connection with Joe, we've been off-line for a while in the Poconos & have been resting up following our wonderful whirlwind tour during the Portsmouth Maritime Festival.

We've had such a great time & everyone has been just wonderful, looking after us and driving us around, especially Barry, Sinsull & jacqui.c & of course to Bat Godess and curmudgeon for allowing me the opportunity of sharing some songs! What a fantastic festival, really friendly with such a good range of performers and venues. Absolutely wonderful, thankyou all so much for all your help and advice! We'll check in after the Getaway, if we survive all the fun *grin*

Love & Hugs,
Hil & Richard xx


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: maeve
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 02:10 PM

Have fun, Hilary. I know you will- fun seems to follow you around.

As for grits? I prefer yellow grits, cooked in milk with salt and pepper (just enough), a splash of cream, a touch of butter, and some good cheese grated in. Eat them hot with good sausage on the side. They are also tasty with bacon crumbled over, chopped green onions, and poached eggs.

It's just polenta, really.

maeve


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fortunato
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 06:19 AM

Have Hilary and Richard made it back to the cottage?

They left behind a bag of sweets and a really good CD of herself singing.

Of course one of the candy bars is named Kendal Mint Cake and I don't know what to do with that.


chance


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Ross
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 06:25 AM

Kendal Mint Cake

You're supposed to climb up a mountain, get lost or cut off by drifting snow and then eat it to survive; or to give you enough oomh to get back down the mountain

Guru in America - whatever next

Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize?


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 12:53 PM

Chance - if you really don't know what to do with it send it to me! That stuff is just wonderful - you don't need to climb a mountain to try it.


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: SINSULL
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 01:44 PM

Kendall Mint Cake - YUMMMMM!
I had one I broke into pieces and kept in the refrigerator in plastic. Too sweet to eat all at once but a real treat in the evening. I prefer the plain. No chocolate covering.

Hilary and Richard - we decided that you need to move to Maine. OK?


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 01:47 PM

Kendall Mint Cake.........WOW! Greg Stephens sent me on for Christmas as part of a Secret Santa package one year and it was completely MEMORABLE!!!!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: Fortunato
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 03:02 PM

Well. I'm overwhelmed. We'll climb the cellar stairs and, then famished and near death will split it!

Thanks in advance Hilary and Richard for the rejuvenation.

If anyone sees them ask them to let us know they're safely home.


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 03:04 PM

They're off to another folk festival this weekend, in Banbury I believe.

They got home OK - Richard was overwhelmed by the reaction to his voice and has promised to sing more than he has done to date.


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Subject: RE: MGAS & Richard to Getaway 2009, advice?
From: My guru always said
Date: 13 Oct 09 - 04:54 PM

At last a few minutes at the PC, still catching up from our whirlwind tour followed by Banbury Festival.

Yes, we're home safe & full of magical memories of meeting so many good friends across the pond. It was fantastic to be able to get to (and sing at) the Portsmouth Maritime Festival and also the FSGW Getaway, not to mention Dave Goulder's house concert at TRUBRIT's and Chance & Susette's Pre-Getaway Sing.

Huge thanks to everyone who helped us along the way, who gave us advice, house room and who filled our hearts with such good music, song and friendship - You Know Who You ARE!!!!

One day, maybe, we'll get across the pond again, but please let us know if you're visiting the UK & we'd hope to have you visit with us & help you along the way!

Love & Hugs,
Hil & Richard xxx


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