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Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event

maeve 29 Sep 14 - 07:19 AM
Bill D 29 Sep 14 - 12:49 PM
MMario 29 Sep 14 - 01:07 PM
dick greenhaus 29 Sep 14 - 03:02 PM
Leadfingers 29 Sep 14 - 03:07 PM
MMario 29 Sep 14 - 05:15 PM
Charlie Baum 29 Sep 14 - 06:29 PM
Janie 29 Sep 14 - 06:42 PM
Ferrara 29 Sep 14 - 09:27 PM
Joe Offer 29 Sep 14 - 11:25 PM
GUEST,Roger in Baltimore 30 Sep 14 - 12:26 PM
CET 30 Sep 14 - 02:17 PM
skarpi 30 Sep 14 - 05:44 PM
Alaska Mike 30 Sep 14 - 08:03 PM
maeve 30 Sep 14 - 09:35 PM
Janie 30 Sep 14 - 09:38 PM
Joe Offer 30 Sep 14 - 09:59 PM
GUEST,bbc 30 Sep 14 - 10:07 PM
Tinker 30 Sep 14 - 10:28 PM
Janie 30 Sep 14 - 10:45 PM
Ferrara 30 Sep 14 - 11:20 PM
GUEST 01 Oct 14 - 01:07 AM
hsempl 01 Oct 14 - 01:13 AM
MMario 01 Oct 14 - 08:43 AM
MMario 01 Oct 14 - 08:48 AM
Tinker 01 Oct 14 - 08:48 AM
MMario 01 Oct 14 - 09:04 AM
hsempl 01 Oct 14 - 09:44 AM
hsempl 01 Oct 14 - 09:49 AM
Amos 01 Oct 14 - 10:35 AM
GUEST,Kendall 01 Oct 14 - 11:24 AM
GUEST,Sandynewlap 01 Oct 14 - 11:45 AM
maeve 01 Oct 14 - 11:52 AM
Joe Offer 01 Oct 14 - 12:04 PM
maeve 01 Oct 14 - 12:20 PM
ranger1 01 Oct 14 - 12:30 PM
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Alaska Mike 01 Oct 14 - 01:25 PM
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hsempl 01 Oct 14 - 01:47 PM
MMario 01 Oct 14 - 01:54 PM
Ferrara 01 Oct 14 - 02:09 PM
hsempl 01 Oct 14 - 02:25 PM
CupOfTea 01 Oct 14 - 05:53 PM
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Janie 01 Oct 14 - 10:31 PM
MMario 01 Oct 14 - 11:01 PM
Janie 01 Oct 14 - 11:17 PM
My guru always said 02 Oct 14 - 03:07 AM
Lonesome EJ 02 Oct 14 - 10:24 AM
ranger1 02 Oct 14 - 10:26 AM
Carly 02 Oct 14 - 11:36 AM
Sandra in Sydney 02 Oct 14 - 11:54 AM
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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014 planning underway!
From: maeve
Date: 29 Sep 14 - 07:19 AM

Any survivors?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014 planning underway!
From: Bill D
Date: 29 Sep 14 - 12:49 PM

Many are not home yet... those who can barely type. Must mean we had fun... details in maybe a different thread...


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014 planning underway!
From: MMario
Date: 29 Sep 14 - 01:07 PM

Halfway home


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014 planning underway!
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 29 Sep 14 - 03:02 PM

Home
Tired
Happy


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014 planning underway!
From: Leadfingers
Date: 29 Sep 14 - 03:07 PM

From the few piccies on FB , at least you had good weather


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014 planning underway!
From: MMario
Date: 29 Sep 14 - 05:15 PM

Glorious weather Beautiful sunsets; shirtsleeve temps even into the nights.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014 planning underway!
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 29 Sep 14 - 06:29 PM

A great time was had by all! But I'm still recovering from too much sleep deficit to describe coherently...

2014 LOST AND FOUND
(A thankfully) very short list of found items:

1 capo
2 metal fingerpicks
1 pair earphone buds (white with red markings)
1 walking cane

If not claimed, they will at least be useful items. Thank you for leaving only good stuff!

If you lost something or wish to claim one of the above items, contact Charlie Baum by Max's PM or by e-mail. ,

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014 planning underway!
From: Janie
Date: 29 Sep 14 - 06:42 PM

Folks with a better handle on such things than me - share memories here or on a new thread?


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Subject: Getaway 2014
From: Ferrara
Date: 29 Sep 14 - 09:27 PM

Guess I should have said Getaway 2014 memories. And stories, And maybe some links to photos.

I'm still in a daze, got home today, slept for 6 hours, made & ate dinner, will probably go back to sleep now. Bill is falling asleep as I write, I do believe.

This is the Folklore Society's 50th year in existence and as Caroline Paton said on Friday, it was Old Home Week. So many wonderful friends who have shared these weekends over the years and in a lot of cases, over the decades.

And then there were the people who have never been to a Getaway before and we're all crossing our fingers in hopes they'll be back soon.

As always, there were more magic moments than I have words to tell about -- at least until I get some sleep.

Love to every single person I hugged this weekend, and to all the people I missed. Abby Sales and I agreed this morning, that if we had spent even 15 minutes talking to every person we really wanted to chat with, we wouldn't have gotten in any music at all!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 Sep 14 - 11:25 PM

Well, four of us rode the DaniVan from North Carolina to DC, and then to the West River Camp for the weekend. On the way, we visited the Library of Congress and got reader cards. And on Friday, we had a bawdy singaround with Jennifer Cutting and Steve Winick.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152654039438260&l=82f91439e8

A nice trip was had by everyone in our car.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: GUEST,Roger in Baltimore
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 12:26 PM

OK, I had to have some stents put in. Fortunately, I have not had a heart attack. But I missed the Getaway!!! I gave some consideration to postponing surgery until after t he Getaway, but my better thinking said that I shouldn't play around with it. Mly doctor said it all went well, but I may need another stent in the future.

Obviously, recovery for the Getawayers is taking some time. I would love to hear all of the stories.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: CET
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 02:17 PM

We're home after an uneventful trip up the I-81. After delivering Canadian beer to the Getaway silent auction we stocked up on American craft beer in Syracuse. There were lots of great performances and memorable moments and rather than list them all and risk leaving people out, I will just mention two: Sarah White's unaccompanied ballad at the Sunday night concert and Don Stallone leading the Monday morning survivors in the Seaman's Hymn at breakfast. Thanks for the old friendships renewed and the new ones made.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: skarpi
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 05:44 PM

arwwwww


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 08:03 PM

We are home. A fantastic weekend with friends, old and new. Man some of them are REALLY old. LOL.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: maeve
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 09:35 PM

Roger in Baltimore - I'm glad you're ok.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Janie
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 09:38 PM

That Seaman's Hymn for breakfast was absolutely special, CET. Made me want to cry from 'homesickness' even before I drove away.

Has anyone mentioned yet that CET is now a Doctor?

Thanks to everyone who brought and bought auction items and who tossed a buck or five in the hat for the Mummer's play. If I remember Charlie Baum's announcement correctly at the Sunday night concert (and I may not) 14 people were able to attend this year's Getaway because of the scholarship fund.

Deepest thanks to you FSGW folks for inviting us each year, and for doing all the work, nearly year round, that goes into creating what is really a sacred space musically speaking. Re-entry into 'fake' life is always hard after a weekend of folk music life.

Roger, I kept looking for you to arrive and you were definitely missed - but I'm glad you made the choice you did. We don't need to lose anyone else this year.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you to one and all for adding your sparks of magic born of the love of the music and the lore. There were new faces this year that delighted, and more than a few faces that were missed by this old hillbilly.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Joe Offer
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 09:59 PM

We missed you, Roger. I hope all goes well, and that we'll see you next year.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: GUEST,bbc
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 10:07 PM

Thanks, Rita! More stories, for those of us who would have liked to join you! Roger, I'm sure glad you're okay!

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Tinker
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 10:28 PM

Okay where do you begin.....

When you pick up a Getaway friend at the train and immediately begin to giggle as you look at the road trip to come.

As you drive by Harve de Grace and a flood of Ramblewood memories fill the car (Okay perhaps a moment of grorusing ..."We could be there already")

Or as you turn on to Chalk Point Road and the excitement begins to build.
Because you know what is coming...

There's arriving when you first see a face that you haven't seen in a year and the hugs that follow. How can you be in a place where the warm, welcoming and just plain amazing hugs are the norm and not counted...

And the weekend music hasn't even begun.... more to come.

Sending virtual hugs and healing thoughts Roger. We need you to care for yourself at least as much as we do ... til the vale lifts next year.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Janie
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 10:45 PM

Damn, on rare occasions, I wish there was a 'like' button.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Ferrara
Date: 30 Sep 14 - 11:20 PM

Roger, you obviously made the right decision, but you were missed.

Joe Offer, Mai Hernon, and Sandy LaPrelle have lots of photos on Facebook. Have asked Sandy and Mai if I can put a link here. If you have put photos up, how about a link? Thanks!

Lisa's Vocal Clinic, first thing Saturday morning, was stunning. As usual Lisa was great. And she invited Larry Hanks, Debra Robins, Mai Hernon and Alaska Mike to talk about various aspects of singing. I think I learned more about singing the way I would LIKE to sing in this one workshop than in my whole life before.

So much more. I sort of floated through the weekend after that great beginning.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 01:07 AM

I dreamed the peace cabin last night; it feels like it's still going on, a great big party with everyone who's ever been there.
Will post more as I process. But one highlight was Don Stallone leading Napoleon Bonaparte at the Sunday night concert as it's never been done before; including jaw harp and drum accompaniment. That was utterly brilliant. I hope someone recorded it.
As I did last year, after my brain settles and the first crash of reentry adjustment meltdown is over, I will post a list of all the songs that I can remember hearing this weekend on a new thread, with wildly incorrect titles and corrections welcome (though this year my husband will be able to help with the titles since he was there for his first Getaway and is better at, like, details and clarity and stuff.
Roger, I'm very glad you got your stents in, and did miss you though. Several of your songs last year were highlights for me (Little Green Buttons on her Birthday Suit, for one).


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: hsempl
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 01:13 AM

oh dangit, i thought i was signed in; it's me (heather L.)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: MMario
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 08:43 AM

The problem with trying to recount what went on at Getaway is that you *always* leave out parts...there is no way to tell the total experience.

Catching bits and pieces of workshops as you walk past; or someone rehearsing; or waking in the wee hours of the morning in the Peace cabin and being lulled back to sleep to choruses...

The depth of friendship that can be sustained by three days out of the year...


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: MMario
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 08:48 AM

Mike or Tawmmie! Are the words to your rooster song posted anywhere?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Tinker
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 08:48 AM

One more moments that refuses to be silenced.....

Heading from the retreat center Saturady night we were sure we were going to the cabin and to bed... It was after 1am after all, but someone had left a string of lights in the distance and wait,was that a faint song in the darkness beckoning for exploration ?

So Tami and I, with the aid of her trusty flashlight, passed the last cabin and walked into the darkness. Only to be joined by Linda and her trusty drum.

The campfire on the point continued... So we squeezed in with Dani and Janie, Joe Offer   and EJ ...and burning embers glowed. We looked over the fire at Amos and pleaded for one more song.

Now perhaps the stars and the bay lent a hand to our song choice, but the teen angels surely looked down as we remebered their pathos. We toasted once again and moved on to creative song choices over the glow,'til nearly sung dry we smothered the fire and headed back to our beds

We joined our roomy and compared our days for another hour or so ( okay the fun police tried to stop us but the joy was flowing)....we just missed the dawn before we closed our eyes...


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: MMario
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 09:04 AM

Getting to sing the chorus to Janie Meneely's "Sirens" - what fun!

and an idea for a session next year..."Folk mash-ups" - Choruses from one song that go with the verses from another...
Loch Lomond & Red is the Rose;
"I come for to Sing" - with the chorus from Sirens...

I'm sure people can come up with many more.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: hsempl
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 09:44 AM

The campfire was magical; I almost didn't go because I was having so much fun in Peace, but decided to check it out, and am so glad we did; following the string of lights after the last cabin and the singing ahead getting closer while the singing behind still floated behind. At that point of the night? morning? it was a cozy group and the fire glowing embers and it fit my mood and the darkness allowed for the silly songs to come out, interspersed with beautiful ones; none I don't think of which I can remember! But it was all very jovial and convivial, and then as it got even later a light creature approached from the woods in a gently shambling manner; it turned out to be Joe who I guess had collected the light path and strung it about himself then returned for more songs. There were still several there singing when I wandered back to Peace.
MMario, I really like the folk mash-up workshop idea. Also, I wonder if anyone has led a Townes workshop recently?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: hsempl
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 09:49 AM

I recorded Don Stallone's percussive Napoleon Bonaparte! I had thought I missed it because I made the mistake of going to pee during announcements and it had started before I got back in (I actually heard it first through the Ladies' room wall and the room sounded electrified) and I was too entranced to go back to my seat and even think about recording and just stood in the back of the room in awe. Now I'm listening to my recordings and there it is!! So happy.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Amos
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 10:35 AM

I say it every year: this was the best Getaway ever.

When the Brigadoon glittering islands fades into the fog at the end of the weekend, you drive away with a head full of singing images, and colorful song sounds, and the echoes of laughter and greetings that could start all over again at the drop of the hat.

Rooms full of people, singing songs in stunning improvised harmonies; dancing around a fire in a dark forest doing gospel songs; Dani leading the house into gales of laughter with her "Ballad of Siri and the Boyos"; Mai's enchanting Gaelic singing and the wild Cajun fiddling of Damina Boucher doing "Jolie Blonde"; Lonesome EJ doing his train song; and a thousand other plaintive, poignant, rousing and tempered voices threading together in a head-full of amazing moments.

Safe travels to you all, and may we meet again in another year.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: GUEST,Kendall
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 11:24 AM

I almost didn't do the Getaway this year. That trip takes more and more out of me each year. But, two of my favorite women, Jacqui and Dani, ganged up on me and I was helpless to resist. Thank you both for talking me into it.
If you are going through Port Jervis, avoid the Days Inn. The bed felt like it was stuffed with old Moose antlers, the coffee was not weak, it was helpless. However, the ROMA Italian restaurant was a real find.

By the time we got to the Getaway, I was feeling quite unnecessary, but, that didn't last long. All of my favorite ladies made me feel welcome, and I have been assured that it's not the jacket!

Amos, I too must say, this was the best Getaway of all. The food was much better, and the weather was gorgeous.
A couple of highlights, I got to meet Larry Caplan, whom I have admired for years. My oldest best friend, Gordon took part in my Spoken word workshop. It's always a pleasure to work with him. It was great that he and his wife, Carol, were able to attend.

Friday evening was a hoot,I forgot that I can no longer sing, but it sure was fun trying.When you have Amos, Big Mick and Sara Grey around you, you can't just sit there and absorb.

Tinker saved my life again with her massage. My back is older than I am but she always brings it back to life. Thank you, Luv.

We came away from home without my bedding, but another of my sweet ladies, Caroline Paton, had a quilt to spare. All I have to do is look helpless and what I need comes from somewhere every time.
So many people that I like and admire were there, Gordon and Carol, Larry Caplan, Bob Zentz, Ed Trickett,Danny Black,Amos, Big Mick, I knew I shouldn't start this list, too many to count.
There are many others, and YOU are among them.

I'm still not "back to battery" so my head is not clear yet.

I should go back to bed. Sorry about the length of this blather.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: GUEST,Sandynewlap
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 11:45 AM

Rita asked me to see if I could make a link to my Facebook page, so ya'll can see the photos. So here's my try at this.

https://www.facebook.com/sandy.laprelle

That doesn't look like it worked. Did it work?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: maeve
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 11:52 AM

Sandy LaPrelle- Looks like your link works just fine for anyone with a Facebook account.

Kendall- It's good you went, good you had a wonderful time with Gordon, Larry Kaplan, etc, and good you both made it home again.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 12:04 PM

Hi, Sandy -
to get a link to your photos that everyone can see, go to the particular album on your facebook page, the page that shows all the photos from that album on one page. On the upper-left side, you'll find a gear-shaped icon. Click that icon, and then select "get link." The link that appears can be copied [CTRL-C] and then pasted [CTRL-V] into a Mudcat message.
Here's mine: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152662838233260.1073741841.623958259&type=1&l=af88f45dab


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: maeve
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 12:20 PM

Thanks, Joe.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: ranger1
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 12:30 PM

I'm still processing everything, so I may have to post multiple times.

I have to say that one of my favorite things about Getaway is getting to Getaway. Train travel (my favorite mode of travel), spending time with Tinker's family, food from Nauna's, and the one on one time with Tinker driving down to Getaway.

Friday arrival: hugs, food, song, and renewing friendships.

Saturday: gorgeous weather, more hugs, more music.

Being called down to a small gathering by the water by the stains of Leave Her, Johnny played on concertina by Bob Zentz and Don Stallone and arriving just as the singing started to be welcomed by Mai sliding over and patting the bench beside her. Singing with Bob, Don, Jeanne, Mai, and the others drawn over by the music as I was. Listening with fascination as Don and Mai swapped their versions of that Napoleon song. Asking Bob to play Ocean Station Bravo and then having Mai sing The Last of the Great Whales to follow it.

Wandering over to the same spot later in the day with Tinker to find Abby asleep on a bench and LEJ playing guitar and singing softly. Tinker and I joining LEJ in singing some of my favorite Neal Young and Johnny Cash songs.

The late night after-the-concert session in the Retreat Center, wandering over to the fire with Tinker and Linda Goodman and finding Joe, Dani, Janie, LEJ, Amos, Heather, and Al Kehs there. Laughter and song until the wee hours there, and then heading to bed, only to continue to laugh and giggle with my roommates until we finally ran down at 4 AM.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 12:40 PM

Saturday night had a definite rhythm to it.
I drifted to the Peace Cabin to hear some beautiful harmonies done accapella by Rose, her son, the young Mr Day and Heather.
Then, relaxed but eager for more, it was off to the Retreat center where Mick, Kendall, Amos and Mike were holding court, with a virtual KT dancing along to the music on a laptop screen.
From there, Amos and I rambled off to the Campfire, singing loudly of the Boys of Bollyhobble.
"They'll block yer hat and feed yer cat and never cause ye trouble
and if vandals set yer home ablaze they'll be there on the double, they'll cut yer hair and give ye a shave and never leave no stubble, the finest lads in all the land are the Boys of Bollyhobble"
After stumbling blindly into the sparkly lights on a hawthorne bush, we reached the campsite. There were Joe, Tami, Tink, Janie, and Dani standing around the glowing coals. I think we started on Moonlight bay, and maybe Shine on Harvest Moon, the Davey Crockett theme...I learned there was an actual limit to what was acceptable when I started in on Daniel Boone was a Man (yes a big Man)...and Amos looked at me and said "let's not get silly." Then the Teen Medley arrived, when the ladies began to sway in harmony and sing like the Shirelles. There were several songs concerning accidents on curves, railroad tracks etc in which the singer had to return to get a kiss, or his high school ring, or his letter jacket before the vehicle burst into flames.
At last Amos gave out, I disgraced his D45 with a Stones song, then it was back to Peace, where the atmosphere was no longer calm accappella ballads, but a smoky mixture of Lucy and David tunes with some jazzier fare from John Hicks. Soon, fueled by Makers Mark, I added my country classics to the mix. Damian emerged, fiddle in hand, Ron showed up with viola, and at about 2:30, the Magic really kicked in. For me, it started when I did Fred Neil's Dolphins and I suddenly had this soaring string section backing me. The room began to vibrate in the peculiar way it does when it is very late and the music is very adventurous and just right and yet no one knows where it's going.

We played until dawn, sang the sun up, went to bed at 8 and got about three hours sleep. Everyone seemed subdued and a bit tired, but we all exchanged smiles and brief words. Janie snapped my picture melting into the couch. Just another Saturday Night at the Getaway, and it came and went like a meteor over the Chesapeake.

You had to be there...


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 01:25 PM

Mmario, here are the lyrics...

Jimmy
by Mike Campbell 2012

Jimmy was a Barred Rock rooster,
He lived outside in the yard,
In any kind of weather Jimmy had a pretty feather,
But living with Jimmy was hard.
He was always great with the chickens,
Seemed to have a pretty good head,
But every morning at 4 am,
Jimmy would wake us out of bed.
    There's a whole lot of squawking and a whole lot of talking,
    There's a whole lot of stinky chicken poo.
    But the worst thing about having chickens in the yard,
    Is Jimmy's old cock-a-doodle-doo.
    Doodle doo, doodle doo, doodle doo, doodle doo, doodle-doodle-doodle-doodle doo.

Now the neighbor on the right was William,
And the neighbor on the left was Vi,
And the neighbors in the back were Jill and Jack,
And they all wanted Jimmy to die.
For he woke them up every morning,
They were not very happy you see,
And Vi and Bill and Jack and Jill,
Were getting pretty mad at me.
    There's a whole lot of squawking and a whole lot of talking,
    There's a whole lot of stinky chicken poo.
    But the worst thing about having chickens in the yard,
    Is Jimmy's old cock-a-doodle-doo.
    Doodle doo, doodle doo, doodle doo, doodle doo, doodle-doodle-doodle-doodle doo.

I tried to be a good neighbor, invited them over for a keg,
I mowed their lawns and every week, I gave them each a dozen fresh eggs.

Next year under my Christmas tree,
Much to my surprise,
I got a hatchet from old Jack and Jill,
I got a roasting pan from Vi..
I got a summons from the city,
That was Williams work you see,
Cause he don't like noise and he don't like Jimmy,
And he sure as hell don't like me..
    Now there's still a lot of squawking and there's still a lot of talking,
    And there's still a lot of stinky chicken poo.
    But thanks to all of my neighbors,
    There's no more cock-a-doodle-doo.
    Doodle doo, doodle doo, doodle doo, doodle doo, doodle-doodle-doodle-doodle doo.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: GUEST,Sandynewlap
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 01:29 PM

OK, trying another link that hopefully anyone can see:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10205039746298235&type=1&l=52e06134da

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10205039746298235&type=1&l=52e06134da


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: hsempl
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 01:47 PM

Things keep popping back into memory; like the crab in the toilet in the song Abby sang in Peace cabin Saturday night.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: MMario
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 01:54 PM

Thank you Mike!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Ferrara
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 02:09 PM

Dani has promised to post the lyrics to her ballad. Dani? Are you awake yet?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: hsempl
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 02:25 PM

Great photos, Sandy! That link seems to work just fine; but I am on facebook, so I don't know if that matters. Thanks for posting them
-Heather


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: CupOfTea
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 05:53 PM

Got home and realized I got my camera out for only 4 pictures, so the memorable images are all in my mind's eye - but there they have a sound track. Without my notes:

- The peculiar German pre WWII string-box thing and the story that went with it in Bob Zentz' instrument session. Same session, Bob on Hurdy-Gurdy and Jeanne sublime on recorder (she was rather splendid even without recorder).

- Meeting people who are known names and voices face to face for the first time, like Bob Zentz & Anne Mayo Muir. Also putting faces and voices to Mudcat names.

- Faces and voices of friends seldom seen, Caroline Paton, Carly Gwirtz... and the voices and humor of those long adored but seldom seen like Ed Trickett, Gordon Bok, and the wondrous Heather Wood (I've a vivid memory of the time when she was sitting in the Nature Center in such a way that the antlers from the beastie skull behind her looked like they came right out of her head!) Lots of time to talk and sing with Caroline - to the wee hours.

- Folks heard and met for the first time - the lovely YOUNG lass who sang at the Irish session and Sunday night - oh, my, I look forward to what she'll do in the future (gotta look up her name in my notes)

- Big Mick having us shaking with laughter as he told Irish festival musician stories.

- Quiet time to talk with several people, both known and new, about music, faith, social justice, poverty & making do (from a personal point of view), the Great lakes in general and Cleveland in particular.

- the astonishingly loud ruckus that the large flock of geese made at sundown.

- the incredible bliss of being in a group of singers who would sing full-tilt on songs I'm used to singing alone at home, particularly when they'd join in on the chorus.

I've so much gratitude for all the folks who got me to the Getaway, all the folks who so generously shared their beloved songs and stories. The solo drive home took 2 hours longer than the drive there - stops for naps seemed prudent for getting me home safely. The beauty of the travel through changing colors and the weekend's summer weather gave an extra depth to the bittersweet feeling of transience that such fleeting, intense events as the Getaway evoke for me. Summer is past, the Getaway is past, and I'm hoping the richness of memories of the experience can warm me through a winter threatening to be severe.

Joanne back in Cleveland


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 07:59 PM

I knew it would be a special Getaway when Annie and Cristina drove it.

One of my thoughts reminded me of an incident in Camden Maine. Two old characters sitting on a bench by the dock, talking like shills for the Chamber of Commerce. A brief conversation:
Sam: "Did you hear that they are gonna have the world fair in Tennessee?
Ned, "Yes. why couldn't they have in Bangor so everyone could go"?

I'm sure you can make the connection.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Jeri
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 08:07 PM

I'd be happy if it wasn't the same weekend as the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Fest! I HOPE it's scheduled for sometime other than the last weekend in September. While I saved some money and got more sleep that you guys did, I REALLY MISSED SEEING YOU ALL!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: ranger1
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 08:17 PM

First weekend in October next year, Jeri. No excuses next year.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: GUEST,Kendall
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 08:22 PM

There were so many great songs, I can't recall all of them at the moment. My head feels like it's stuffed with kapok.
Amos did a really nice version of Saint Olaf's gate.
Mai and her guitarist did a beautiful series of Irish songs.
Dani brought the house down with her account of the trip with Joe, Amos and Abby. I think she should do more. The ability is surely there.
Sara and her lovely banjo helped to make my evening. I love her singing and playing.Mike, that song you did about the treatment of the native Americans gave me chills. Great job.

I gave the words to David Mallett's song Phil Brown to Amos and Big Mick. I want to hear them do it.
To all of my women friends, you make it all worthwhile.
To all of my men friends, sorry, it's NOT the jacket. :-)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Jeri
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 08:27 PM

Ranger1:

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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: ranger1
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 08:52 PM

What's that, Jeri? Fill in the blank?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Jeri
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 09:52 PM

I guess the "thumbs up" html code doesn't work for everyone.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 10:06 PM

thankyou for all the lovely stories & memories.

I'm not on facebook & was able to look at all the photos, but I would love to know who is who - Joe is the only Mudcatter I recognise!

Have any recordings been posted yet?

sandra


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Janie
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 10:31 PM

*sniff* Joe and Dani pulled out of the driveway just a little while ago. Lovely evening visiting and remembering together. Getaway 2014 really is over, I guess.

How many days until the first weekend of October, 2015?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: MMario
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 11:01 PM

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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Janie
Date: 01 Oct 14 - 11:17 PM

Damn! Hope we all live that long.

I managed one good video in the Peace cabin. It is of David Williams aka One String Willy which I would like to post to the Mudcat facebook page but don't want to do so without his permission. Have messaged him on his website but not had a response. If some one knows him or how to contact him more directly and can ask him to contact me to let me know if it is ok to post it, would appreciate it. endresgardenataoldotcom.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: My guru always said
Date: 02 Oct 14 - 03:07 AM

Sounds like you all had a wonderful time, so very glad. It's just lovely to read everything here & see your photos on Facebook, we have great memories of the time we were able to come!! Stay safe & keep singing! Maybe next year....


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 02 Oct 14 - 10:24 AM

Kendall, maybe it ain't the jacket but I'd like to borrow it next year anyway.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: ranger1
Date: 02 Oct 14 - 10:26 AM

Going through Getaway withdrawal this morning. At least my coffee's better than what gets served in the camp cafeteria...

MGAS - I'd love to attend a Getaway at the same time as you!

Sandra - try hovering over the photos, most of them are "tagged" with the person's name.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Carly
Date: 02 Oct 14 - 11:36 AM

The Getaway is always a special time for me; friends old and new, amazing music, laughter and tears. This year was......magical. After a hard summer all of you there gave me beauty and love and silliness, just what I needed. I would like to share one moment that will stay with me the rest of my days. I was walking to my cabin at some early hour before the dawn, when a voice from Peace cabin soared out into the night air and stopped me in my tracks. The beautiful clear voice of a young singer new to the Getaway, Sarah White, sang out the same version (and possibly in the same key!) of "Over The Water To Charlie" that Merle and I had sung at our first Getaway in ( good lord!) 1971. I felt such joy, and certainty that this music that we all cherish will go on long after I am gone, and wistfulness that Merle was six states away, and satisfaction in the knowledge that all the stuff that happens to make the Getaway happen is well worth it, and awe at all the wonderful people who have come into my life through this music (many of whom I met at a Getaway.) All this from one song! Magic, indeed!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Oct 14 - 11:54 AM

Carly - how fortunate you are to have that experience.

Tami, thanks for your advice

sandra (looking forward to more stories & memories)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Amos
Date: 02 Oct 14 - 12:03 PM

The spirit of the Getaway, also heard echoing in the forests of retreat after the magic images have drifted over the horizon. (Somos el barco).


A


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 02 Oct 14 - 01:26 PM

I mentioned the ROMA Italian restaurant that we found in Port Jervis. One of the waitresses came to our table and we told her that we were at the end of a very long drive from Maine, and she said, "You are probably hungry enough to eat me".
I did not reply. believe it or not I did not reply. I want to live, you see.
I have many unspoken thoughts.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Nancy King
Date: 02 Oct 14 - 04:03 PM

Yes, Kendall -- discretion is often the best policy.

I'm having a slow recovery time. Worth it, though!

Thanks to all who came to the 2014 FSGW Getaway! It really is the people who make it what it is. What a terrific bunch of folks! I was particularly happy to see Max -- it's been a while!

I was struck by the number of parent/child units we had this year: Sara Grey/Kieron Means, Rose Sheehan/Colin de la Barre, Ann Muir/Christina Muir (briefly), Bill Day & Rita Ferrara/Darriel Day, Pete & Grace Kraemer/Will Kraemer, Annie Storr/Jesse Greer, Janice Cole/Eric Cole, Glenn Lehman & Alice Van Buren/Nathaniel & Bea Lehman, and -- of course -- me/Dan Schatz and HIS son Kiran Schatz. I think this means we are doing something right!

Several people have mentioned Sarah White, who absolutely electrified everybody with her beautiful voice and excellent presentation. She's about 20 years old, never been to the Getaway before, but saw the publicity for it (FSGW Newsletter?) and decided to come by herself. I sure hope we'll see more of her -- she's a real treasure.

Love you all!
Nancy


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Ebbie
Date: 02 Oct 14 - 05:22 PM

Oh, wow. wow. wow.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Bill D
Date: 02 Oct 14 - 06:08 PM

I asked Sarah... she said she saw a post about us on The Ballad List. (Abby may have put it there)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Abby Sale
Date: 02 Oct 14 - 07:55 PM

Hello, friends.

Well, that was pretty good. Yeah, pretty good.
My 5th year and somehow it's always better. Maybe some people have learned to run away when they see me coming so they don't actually throw anything at me. No one did this year, anyway.

Somehow the singing gets better and it's easy;
Somehow I keep making new friends though I still miss the absent ones;
Somehow I failed to sit with good friends and potential friends and
   some very interesting folk I'd really wanted to sit with;
Somehow I missed saying "'Till next year, my friend" to many;
Somehow I already can't wait 'till next year.

Thank you, people.
Thank you very much.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Janie
Date: 03 Oct 14 - 12:14 AM

Was expecting (hoping) to see Bruce Gerwirz also. He was registered but if he put in a brief appearance, I missed it. Hope all is well, Bruce.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: ranger1
Date: 03 Oct 14 - 07:32 AM

Bruce and Carly's mother has lymphoma. I think Bruce was staying with her over the weekend so that Carly could attend.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: GUEST,Roger in Baltimore
Date: 03 Oct 14 - 04:15 PM

Thank you all for the best wishes. And thanks for all the Getaway stories. It made me sad to miss it, but it felt so good to know it is still going on. Here's to next year.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 04 Oct 14 - 01:33 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUKndahYEis


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Janie
Date: 04 Oct 14 - 01:52 PM

clicky for Kendall's link.

The Skipper himself singing Ashes On the Sea


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 04 Oct 14 - 05:20 PM

Just now unpacking the memories, polishing them to hold onto for a long, long time. More later as I think of it. i"t came and went like a meteor over the Chesapeake" ~ perfect, Ernie.

Roger, you were sorely missed, glad you're taking good care of yourself.

And Jim, where the #$(@ were YOU?! My poor old kazoo couldn't carry the weight alone.

Will post more when I have a few minutes, but did make time to type up 'the song'. Nothing could be more delightful than singing with you all, thank you for belting out the chorus : ) This came to me on Saturday, while thinking of the fun we had getting there.


(To the tune of "Say, Brothers", "John Brown's Body", "Battle Hymn", you get the idea)

Siri, Siri that's the wrong way
Siri, Siri that's the long way
Siri, Siri that's the wrong way
As we go rolling on

With the Getaway awaiting and a side trip to DC
Where the Library of Congress waited for Abby, Joe, Amos and me
There were four of us in one van and good navigators three
As we go rolling on
CHO

Brother Amos riding shotgun had a weapon in his hand
With a little voice to tell us right and left across the land
But she missed 495 and so we scoffed at her commands
As we go rolling on
CHO

As we traveled down the by-ways of our nation's Capitol
There arose a fearsome battle between map and digital
There is one way to McDonald's but there's three ways to the Mall
As we go rolling on
CHO

Brother Abby left his cheeseballs in the hallway by the door
He was searching for a Sam's Club where a man said he could score
But Siri made him settle for a simple country store
As we go rolling on
CHO

Brother Offer held a map up as he piped up from the back
"If we go that way it's farther and my forehead I will smack
If you want to get there faster you will learn what Siri lacks"
As we go rolling on
CHO

When the wrong way is the long way and a bathroom can't be found
Siri searches and re-searches 'til the bow is brought around
She will keep you in the lane until your ship has run aground
As we go rolling on
CHO (lustily, now, all!)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 04 Oct 14 - 05:27 PM

I also just want to express my deep, deep gratitude to all who make this weekend possible. You (you know who you are) work so hard all year to make it seem easy, and your hospitality is so very gracious.

From the day so long ago when you first invited mudcatters to join in the fun, you have seamlessly woven and re-woven a community that those of us who drop in just sink into when we arrive, like a warm bath of fun and affection. Thank you.

The ripples continue to spread, as you encourage, invite, cajole singers and scholars alike. It's good work.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Nancy King
Date: 04 Oct 14 - 10:30 PM

Well, as I said before, it's the people who come together for this weekend who really make it what it is. We just handle the logistics. But then, we don't have to drive so far. It all works out. Haven't made my count yet this year, but for the last couple of Getaways our attendees have been about 50% local and 50% from away. Makes for a real good mix.

Dani, thank you so much for posting your song! Now I can catch all the little nuances I missed before. I think maybe one of these years we should have a workshop on songs people have written about the Getaway. We would probably have more than we'd have time for, considering all the laughing we'd have to fit in.

Roger -- I meant to say before -- So very glad your procedure went well, and trust you're feeling pretty good by now. We definitely missed you (I heard "Mama Fried" in connection with your name more than once), so make sure you get here next time around.

Bill, you really do need to get going on that cloning workshop. Reading all the memories here and seeing all the pictures here and on FB have made me realize how much I missed! Well, we work on the better-too-much-than-too-little model, and sometimes it makes for some hard choices.

If I may be allowed just a moment for business: Please, if you haven't filled out your evaluation form (it was in your packet), and you still have it, please do fill it out and send it in. We really do read them and consider every suggestion. We can't promise to implement every one -- they are sometimes contradictory -- but we do consider them. OK, business over.

Thanks again for coming!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 05 Oct 14 - 09:54 PM

Another fine Getaway! Lots of fun singing a few old favorites (my own "Donuts Donuts" in the Retrospective and "Through a Child's Eyes" in Jewish Songs; Frank Hayes' "When I Was a Boy" in Humorous Songs) and a couple of new things (like "Highway 66 Blues" in Peace Cabin on Saturday night).

Great to see the Getaway Gang again. Especially great to have Big Mick and Alaska Mike back raising the West River rafters.

My offering for the concert was
Heather Dale and Ben Deschamps' "Fille du Roy". Anyone interested in hearing it from the source http://heatherdale.com/product/fille-du-roy/.

BTW, if anyone got a recording (audio or video) of my cover, I'd be interested in getting a copy, which I'll probably share with Heather and Ben. I know they'll be flattered.

-- Gary


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Janie
Date: 06 Oct 14 - 07:48 PM

There are so many good singers and musicians, some quite renown, and some not at all at the Getaway. I hesitate to mention any one person. However, over the past few years I have fallen in love with the versatility of Rose Sheehan, not to mention her warmth. She alone, or with her son, sing beautiful trad ballads, and she can also belt out a blues, roots or swing tune in the finest manner! And she has found the perfect partner for some of those gutsy tunes in John Hicks.

Own aspect of the Getaway I appreciate beyond measure is so many people who are fine, accomplished musicians and vocalists appreciate being in the middle of a bunch of people there for the love of the music, and listen and encourage anyone else. Tain't about performing. Tis about joining together.

I found my voice again at the Getaway, starting 14 years ago, and while never was or would have been a great singer or musician, my voice developed, and I was motivated to develop it beyond what I knew or had the confidence was possible. I have since lost it again for unclear medical reasons and can barely croak out a song, and then only occasionally. But the magic of the space goes beyond any one voice or any one person's musicality. Even mouthing the words on a chorus in a whispered voice fills the heart and soul with gladness and a sense of belonging and sharing in our common humanity. Because I have been going so long, I think, I also occasionally will croak out something I know is hard to listen to, and feel respected for making the effort, and validated when people join in the chorus (if they can manage the basement key.)

The Getaway (meaning the collective presence of close to a couple of hundred people with common purpose to simply be joyfully together in celebration of what folk music brings to each of our lives empowers the music in every person's soul to be released and revealed. That is true magic.

Don't mean to be smarmy, but thank you to each and every person who shows up.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Janie
Date: 06 Oct 14 - 07:50 PM

REally should proof read before hitting submit. But you get my drift:>)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Bill D
Date: 06 Oct 14 - 08:00 PM

Got it... warming myself in the feeling.

Because local membership is below what it used to be because of age, people moving...etc., we truly appreciate having found so many from far & near to help us maintain this tradition. It IS a special place, and we love hearing that it means a lot to so many newish friends.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: artbrooks
Date: 06 Oct 14 - 08:10 PM

We got home Friday afternoon, after a long and (mostly) pleasant drive home, just in time to see a few hundred hot air balloons go up Saturday morning. I'm now dealing with a dose of (I think) poison ivy I picked up somewhere. Enjoyed our time there and seeing everyone again.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Nancy King
Date: 06 Oct 14 - 10:06 PM

"T'aint about performing. 'Tis about joining together." Perfect, Janie! That's EXACTLY the atmosphere we've tried to achieve!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Janie
Date: 06 Oct 14 - 10:46 PM

Y'all haven't just tried, Nancy. You have!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: Amos
Date: 06 Oct 14 - 11:20 PM

I have to second my profound thanks to Nancy, Dean, CHarlie JudyO, and the others who moil and toil in the long months leading up to the Getaway, and all through the long days and nights to keep the flows rolling smoothly. It is amazingly successful, year after year, and done harmoniously, with remarkably little discord considering the numbers of people descending on our little campground. Continued applause to all of you for making it possible. It is always worth the travel and trouble to return to Brigadoon.

Thank you.


Amos


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2014: memories and stories after the event
From: jacqui.c
Date: 07 Oct 14 - 07:46 PM

Coming in late to this thread. The best Getaway ever, IMHO. So many great workshops and not enough time! Some I wanted to get to but ended up taking a nap and missing out - got to do something about warding off sleep until the weekend is over. Catching up, even for only a short time, with all my Getaway friends and hearing so much good music makes the journey down from Maine really worthwhile.

A special thanks to the Mummers Play performers. That was such fun! You all did amazingly well and I think everyone on the stage had as much, or even more fun, as the audience.

Courtesy of iPad I was able to let Claire join in on part of the proceedings and having KT there via Skype was wonderful. Technology, used in the right way, can do great things.

This was my 11th Getaway, the first being, effectively, our honeymoon and so this gathering has an extra special meaning for me. I will always remember how welcome I was made back then and what an experience it was to be part of such an event.

I must add my thanks to the Getaway committee who work so hard to get this all up and running. I guess, sometimes, it must feel a bit like herding cats, but the end result is a blissful weekend in a beautiful location.

Looking forward to next year already............


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