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JohnJ going to Clearwater, Florida

John J 17 Jan 02 - 08:43 AM
Fortunato 17 Jan 02 - 09:21 AM
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John J at home 17 Jan 02 - 07:28 PM
Noreen 17 Jan 02 - 07:43 PM
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Subject: JohnJ going to Clearwater, Florida
From: John J
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 08:43 AM

I'm visiting my father in Clearwater between 5th and 19th February. It's a rather sad trip, his wife died last week and he's feeling pretty low. She wasn't a young lady by any means (84yrs), but they'd been very happily married for 10years and it was a terrible shock for him (and me). He's not a US citizen and has limited 'staying' power, 6 months maximum. It's a bloody shame really, but the day after she was taken ill they had as appointment to sign and seal some documentation which would allow him to extend his stay. They couldn't make the appointment and now he's stuffed.

Anyway, enough of the gloom. I'm visiting dad, and I was wondering what the (music) action is in the area. I sing a bit, play melodeon a bit (mainly British traditional stuff), and drink a lot of beer. Any suggestions welcome.

Also if anyone has any suggestions how my father can (legally!) extend his stay in USA, I'd be delighted to hear. He owns his home there, and also has a small house in England.

Thanks,

John


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Subject: RE: JohnJ going to Clearwater, Florida
From: Fortunato
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 09:21 AM

John, I don't know about music, but in Clearwater Beach there is Frenchy's Far Rockaway Grill. It is a great place to drink beer and watch the sunset over the gulf of Mexico. There is a patio that ends on sugar white sand and they have microbrews and a good Grouper Sandwich. Check it out. Click here And have one for me, I love the place, I even wrote a song about it. Regards, Fortunato


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Subject: RE: JohnJ going to Clearwater, Florida
From: John J at home
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 03:33 PM

Thanks lots for the clicky, this place looks really nice. I promise I'll go and try it out (it was the microbrews that convinced me!).

John


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Subject: RE: JohnJ going to Clearwater, Florida
From: Murph10566
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 03:58 PM

Hi John - Sorry for your troubles - There used to be a great Pub just south of Clearwater in St. Pete Beach - "The Harp & Thistle", if I remember correctly... catered to the Folk scene with decided Celtic overtones... Might be worth checking out... Safe trip, Murph


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Subject: RE: JohnJ going to Clearwater, Florida
From: harpgirl
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 05:17 PM

look at www.foff.org, John for folk events in the Clearwater area that week.


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Subject: RE: JohnJ going to Clearwater, Florida
From: John J at home
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 07:28 PM

Thanks folks! I was wondering if I should bother to bring the melodeon, I think I will. If anybody is aware of any other events, please post.

Thanks lots.

John


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Subject: RE: JohnJ going to Clearwater, Florida
From: Noreen
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 07:43 PM

Let's know how you get on, (((John))).

Noreen


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Subject: RE: JohnJ going to Clearwater, Florida
From: GUEST,Chance languishing in winter
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 09:09 PM

Ah, the lovely Noreen, how are you? Is the new year treating you well. Have you seen my little bud, micca. All the best to you. Chance


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Subject: RE: JohnJ going to Clearwater, Florida
From: GUEST,BigDaddy
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 11:44 PM

By all means bring your instrument and your voice. Let me know where you'll be and when and I'll buy you a pint. I don't have addresses and phone numbers at hand for FL legislators but I'd bet that there would be one in your dad's district that could help with his situation. Possibly worth contacting the Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times as well. It's a true human interest story and the details are bound to attract the sort of attention the situation needs. Keep us posted. Cheers!


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Subject: RE: JohnJ going to Clearwater, Florida
From: John J at home
Date: 18 Jan 02 - 07:21 PM

Big Daddy: Thanks for your advice; I'll contact the press, I imagine I could get in touch with them by email. I'll also take you up on the offer of the pint! Murph10566: Thanks, I'll try the pub, it won't be too far from dad's place. Harpgirl: Thank you, I've checked the site out. There seems to be a huge amount going on around Sarasota. I'll have to investigate! I'm now most certainly bringing the melodeon! John


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