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Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003

Col K 05 Nov 03 - 12:25 PM
GUEST,alanww on his son's computer 04 Nov 03 - 01:46 PM
SussexCarole 04 Nov 03 - 12:50 PM
Tinker 04 Nov 03 - 06:20 AM
Edain 04 Nov 03 - 01:33 AM
Tinker 03 Nov 03 - 09:53 PM
Noreen 03 Nov 03 - 09:15 PM
Tinker 03 Nov 03 - 09:02 PM
Bill D 03 Nov 03 - 08:14 PM
Jeri 03 Nov 03 - 08:07 PM
Snuffy 03 Nov 03 - 07:51 PM
Bill D 03 Nov 03 - 05:52 PM
Tinker 03 Nov 03 - 05:40 PM
karen k 03 Nov 03 - 04:57 PM
karen k 03 Nov 03 - 04:51 PM
treaties1 03 Nov 03 - 12:29 PM
Ferrara 03 Nov 03 - 10:56 AM
Alaska Mike 03 Nov 03 - 10:08 AM
SussexCarole 03 Nov 03 - 06:43 AM
Col K 03 Nov 03 - 06:22 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 02 Nov 03 - 04:12 PM
Barb'ry 02 Nov 03 - 12:49 PM
karen k 02 Nov 03 - 10:12 AM
Noreen 02 Nov 03 - 08:42 AM
Ferrara 01 Nov 03 - 08:52 PM
SINSULL 01 Nov 03 - 08:49 PM
Guy Wolff 01 Nov 03 - 05:00 PM
Alaska Mike 01 Nov 03 - 06:33 AM
Big Mick 01 Nov 03 - 01:24 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 01 Nov 03 - 12:29 AM
Phot 29 Oct 03 - 04:43 PM
GUEST,alanww (at Barbara Hoffman's on Long Island) 29 Oct 03 - 04:14 PM
Noreen 29 Oct 03 - 04:03 PM
Mrs.Duck 29 Oct 03 - 01:50 PM
momnopp 29 Oct 03 - 09:21 AM
Snuffy 29 Oct 03 - 06:06 AM
Suffet 29 Oct 03 - 05:54 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 28 Oct 03 - 12:07 PM
Mrs.Duck 28 Oct 03 - 08:06 AM
Tinker 27 Oct 03 - 10:17 PM
SINSULL 27 Oct 03 - 10:09 PM
Tinker 27 Oct 03 - 09:39 PM
alanww 27 Oct 03 - 05:13 PM
Bill D 27 Oct 03 - 04:56 PM
Noreen 27 Oct 03 - 04:16 PM
Tinker 23 Oct 03 - 09:41 PM
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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Col K
Date: 05 Nov 03 - 12:25 PM

Now that I am home and getting over jetlag I feel it is the time to reflect on a wonderful experience.Where to start is the problem.
My arrival in the USA was made so much easier because of the kindness of Tinker and her family all of whom made me welcome in their home.That night we had to sort out last minute problems.
After meeting the rest of the gang at Newark and telling them of the last minute changes we went for the minibuses at Union(NJ) and then went to collect people landing at Newark and JFK airports.Onwards to the Getaway where our welcome was like meeting old friends.That feeling continued all weekend.Then we had Jeri's car on the stump,before we made our way to our host families where, without exception,we were made to feel at home and part of the family,thanks from me to Judy O (momnopp) for looking after me so well.
Party time at the Cook's on tuesday rounded off our visit to Washington area, wednesday we headed back towards New York,driving down Broadway at 3.30pm as a first taste of New York traffic.
South St in the evening at the seamans mission was well attended, thanks to all who came.Driving on to Newburgh for the night found us driving through snow on the way.
Thursday in Mystic was a wonderful time,singing in the chapel was special.From Mystic we headed north towards Falls Village for the New York Society Getaway,another warm welcome for us, which continued through the night,the huts were heated.
On sunday we left there heading homewards,one last night as a group in the motel,then on monday,to New York to drop off people in various places before returning the minibuses.Once again Tinker and her family, and Judy O were superb in looking after Carole,Theresa, Noreen and Alan while I took the buses back.Jarius then ran the five of us to Penn Station where we caught the train onto Long Island to stay with Barbara Hoffman(now joined mudcat as seahorse).
We were her house guests for 4 nights.On the tuesday we saw much more of New York thanks to David Kleiman who took a day off work to show us around.
Then on friday we went to Derby to meet Jerry Rasmussen and Ruth for Halloween and on Sat morning we went back to have a sing with the Gospel Messengers.The other 4 then left and I stayed for the night with Jerry, going to church with them on sunday before they drove me back to JFK in time for my flight home.
There are so many people that I have not mentioned,you all made the trip so memorable,my thanks to you all.Also my thanks to Derek Seed, the leader of the Shellbacks for doing so much arranging and also thanks to all the Shellbacks for being such wonderful travelling companions throughout the whole trip.
So many people, so many memories
Roll on another year.
THANK YOU ALL


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: GUEST,alanww on his son's computer
Date: 04 Nov 03 - 01:46 PM

Hello All
Well, I fnally got back after a 10+ hour wait at Dublin for a transfer flight to Birmingham and then down to Ross-on-Wye, only coming back home to Stratford-upon-Avon for morris practice last night!
Brill! Brill! Brill!
What a wonderful time we all had and such fantastic hospitality from everyone, particularly Charlie Baum, Rita Ferrera, Judy Cooke, Barbara Hoffman, Jerry Rasmussen, David Kleiman, Jerry Epstein, Jennifer Wood and Bob Clayton, Cathy DeWalt etc.
And it was great to meet numerous people, including Dick Greenhaus, Joe Offer, Max Spiegel, Mike Campbell, Ron Davies, Bill Day, Barry Finn, Judy O, Kendall Morse, Bob Zentz, Chris Koldewey and some of the Johnson Girls (thankfully I will get another chance to see them when they come to England in 2004).
More reaction later ... supper awaiteth ...
"Swing low sweet Chariot ...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: SussexCarole
Date: 04 Nov 03 - 12:50 PM

We had no idea about the 'other' meaning of Beaver when we sang that song...wondered why there was such helpless laughter from so many.....I'll get in touch with Ruth & ask her permission to post the words - although it's based on a traditional camp song some of the words are her own I think.      Carole


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Tinker
Date: 04 Nov 03 - 06:20 AM

Okay who is going to posst the beaver song??? Either here or in the old scout songs thread???? Come on...


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Edain
Date: 04 Nov 03 - 01:33 AM

For all those of you in the US morning the loss of the Shellbacks back to the motherland, FEAR NOT, there's still one of us abandoned and alone on your side of the Atlantic and if you think you're missing the buggers well, I bet I'm missing them more :-P


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Tinker
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 09:53 PM

The Song is here

I'd have to add it on somewhere and then it wouldn't be Getaway footage. Besides lets see how the conversation goes... Jarius, would you tape me doing the BOB song ??? Actually I'd have to use a tripod because if I look at him during the song I absolutely loose it. Besides, at the moment the tapes are still family material.


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Noreen
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 09:15 PM

Tinker, I never got to hear your song that the men got upset about- I don't suppose it will be on the video of the Getaway?

Hope to hear you sing it sometime :0)


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Tinker
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 09:02 PM

Noreen in the tree shanty thread
Lie down turn around jack it off today...


Jeri in this thread
please pass on my best wishes for him getting it up again.

Okay ladies, perhaps it's time for .....

I'm definately going to get a blues song out of this round...


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Bill D
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 08:14 PM

oh, my...waiting for the replies to THAT one...*grin*


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 08:07 PM

Snuffy, please pass on my best wishes for him getting it up again.


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Snuffy
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 07:51 PM

Alan is back safe and sound - I saw him at Morris Dance practice tonight.

But his computer has been out of action for several weeks. It's been fixed while he's been away and he hopes to get it back up again in the next couple of days.


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Bill D
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 05:52 PM

I dunno...some things don't franchise well..*grin*...the concept is fine, but it takes a certain je nes se quois to execute...


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Tinker
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 05:40 PM

I like the sound of that...


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: karen k
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 04:57 PM

Maybe we will just have to start a Shellback Chorus - USA. What do you think, folks?


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: karen k
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 04:51 PM

Well, all have now checked in but Alan. I'm glad to know you are all home safe and sound. It was truly a wonderful time. However, I now have to admit that the Getaway is finally over. Noreen, Barbara, Theresa, Carole, Colin, Alan and everyone else thanks for helping to make this the best ever Getaway for me. And an especially big thanks to Judy Cook for making it all happen. Also, a special thanks to Stewart Savage for the Shellback t-shirt. I wore it to the gathering at Jerry's last Sat. I look forward to continuing these new friendships before too long.

love to you all,
k


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: treaties1
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 12:29 PM

Checking in late but with just the same heartfelt thanks and wonderful memories of people, places, songs and events that made my one off trip of a lifetime, a trip I would love to do again.
After arriving home at 9.00am UK time a short nap in the chair to recover, lasted until my lovely husband Bill woke me up to eat an evening meal after which he packed me off to bed and today normal life doesn't feel normal.
November 1'st I sat in the sun on Gerry and Ruth's front steps, this morning I put up my umberella to go to the shop. It's not fair
Missing you all Theresa


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Ferrara
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 10:56 AM

Aaahhhh. It is truly marvelous to hear about your trip, folks. It's good to know that "it was good for you, too." Your presence certainly was a gift for all the people who had the good fortune to meet you, spend time with you and listen or sing with you while you were here.

Was with some friends last night including Ron Davies & Jan (Cicadas, etc) and David & Lucy (harp & guitar), and the Shellbacks' contribution to the Getaway was mentioned a LOT.

One of the neat things of being a folkie married to a folkie is the shared references & little in-jokes that come up naturally. Last night on our way to Ron's we were behind an idiot woman who had her car crossways across the left lane at a no-turns intersection and wouldn't even straighten out and drive across the intersection when a cop pulled up to her, lights flashing. After we passed her, Bill commented on how she wouldn't go forward and I said, to the appropriate tune, "No -- She Did It -- SIDEWAYS." :-D

Cheers,
Rita


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 10:08 AM

I just had a lovely chat with Barb'ry on Mudchat and realized how much I miss all of you Shellbacks. The internet has made the world seem smaller, but actually getting from one place to another is sometimes a very long distance still. I have sent off a bunch of Getaway pictures to Pene for publication in the Events section of Mudcat photos. I have hundreds more photos to go through and label before I lose track of who everyone is. I have finally caught up on most of my backlog of sleep and must go back to work tomorrow so Tawmmie and I can save up enough money to go see our new friends again before we retire.

Love to you all,
Mike


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: SussexCarole
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 06:43 AM

I arrived home last night at 5pm...my UK train/coach/underground journey from the airport took longer than the transatlantic flight.   Colin is right, it was the trip of a lifetime....we met so many wonderful people and the friendship and kindness given to us was amazing.   Thank you all. (Back now to reality & just off to work)    Carole


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Col K
Date: 03 Nov 03 - 06:22 AM

I'm home after the trip of a lifetime (with perhaps more trips to come I hope).Once again thanks to all you folks out there who made it such a special time for all of us.
Will post more later when I have had some sleep.


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 02 Nov 03 - 04:12 PM

And Ruth and I dropped Colin off at JFK a couple of hours ago. We are richer, having met him, Noreen, Carole, Theresa and Allan. And what memories! Our Saturday morning breakfast, fellowship and sing with them, the Gospel Messengers and Karen Kobela is an experience we will always treasure. Watching our bass singer Joe, and Colin, head to head, singing bass together on some of the old gospel was so delightful, it was hard not to just stop singing and enjoy the two of them.

We were truly blessed by all of the Shellbacks, and are thankful we had a chance to claim five of them as our own, if only for an evening and the following morning.

Jerry and Ruth


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Barb'ry
Date: 02 Nov 03 - 12:49 PM

We're home too - sniff. Had such a wonderful time - thank you sooo much to everyone we met over there, it really was the holiday of a lifetime!
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Barb'ry xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: karen k
Date: 02 Nov 03 - 10:12 AM

Noreen,
Glad you got home safely. Thanks for checking in. Waiting to hear from Theresa, Carole and Alan as well.

Great fun, great memories but best of all wonderful new, forever friends.


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Noreen
Date: 02 Nov 03 - 08:42 AM

Got home safe, about 2hrs sleep last night on the plane- I think I've missed a night's sleep somewhere because it was tomorrow when we got here and I haven't been to bed...

Picked up at the airport by Bob & Sue vG who I hope made some sense of the unconnected thoughts, memories, anecdotes and names of friends new and old which I regaled them with before I set off for home :0)

Going to get an hour's kip now before I pick up the children. More later....zzzzzzzzz z zzz


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Ferrara
Date: 01 Nov 03 - 08:52 PM

You know, I'm getting a taste of what it must be like for Micca, Morticia, Bret and Amos, etc when they read the Getaway threads. I WANNA BE THERE!

It all sounds just glorious. So happy that you all (you too, Jerry & Ruth, and Karen) are having so many wonderful experiences together.

Rita


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: SINSULL
Date: 01 Nov 03 - 08:49 PM

Oh dear! Did Colin wear the Ugly Sister Outfit from the Getaway for Hallowwen? How unfortunate for the younger children. Looked like a candidate for Jerry Springer, I think.


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 01 Nov 03 - 05:00 PM

Jerry if they are still there tell them all to stop by the Pottery on the Litchfield Washington line if they travile north. Not far from Durby realy. All the best . Guy 860/567/2195


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 01 Nov 03 - 06:33 AM

We are finally home in Alaska after 3 weeks in the motorhome and 11 hours in airplanes and airports. I MISS THE SHELLS!!! The Shellback Chorus was wonderful to listen to both collectively and individually. Their songs and their personalities helped to make our vacation more memorable than we thought possible. Noreen sings Irish ballads that can melt the coldest heart. Theresa, Ruth, Jim and Col will forever be my Thespian buddies. Snuffy and Clive have to send me the lyrics to "Sideways". Stuart and Denise are fabulous. Each of the Shells added something unique to their overall performance. Shellbacks are the best. Thanks for coming over to America and sharing all your wonderful talents. Tawmmie and I will try very hard to find a way to come over to England and share some songs with you all again. Got to go get some sleep, we've been up for 26 hours straight.

Best wishes,
Mike


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Big Mick
Date: 01 Nov 03 - 01:24 AM

Jerry, I would give much to be there with you. I thoroughly enjoy these folks, and knew you would as well. And KarenK as well, eh? Don't git much better'n that, Paw!!! Ask her to sing "Mary and the Seal". Great stuff.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 01 Nov 03 - 12:29 AM

My wife Ruth and I just spent a wonderful Halloween with Colin, Sussex Carole, Theresa, Allan and Noreen. They arrived at the house in costume, after a long and tiring trip up here to Derby, from Long Island. Our son Pasha, his wife Nina and our Grandson Little Pasha had come over to meet our English friends, and we just had a great time talking and eating. No singing, if you can believe it. But, it was late, we were all tired, and tomorrow morning we'll sing the roof off the house with our friends, the rest of the Gospel Messengers and an old friend of mine, Karen Kobela here as well.

And, I think I'm starting to understand English...

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Phot
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 04:43 PM

Alanww, Just looking foward to your "Dits" when you get back here.
Bring us back a stick of rock!

Have a great time you old pirate!!

WASSAIL!!
Chris.............Heel yer pawl boys...


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: GUEST,alanww (at Barbara Hoffman's on Long Island)
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 04:14 PM

Yes Judy, yesterday's trip arouind Manhattan was wonderful and wasn't such a brilliant guide. The singing (despite the barman!) at the old pub was real fun ... we then had a great meal and seeing momnpop, Jerry Epstein and Joy Bennet of the Johnson Girls again was a real treat. The remaining five of us are now enjoying the pleasures of Long Island, so far today including a Rotary lunch (with us singing a song) and a brewery trip with a tasting! Later on we will be singing to a few people at the local theatre and another, more lengthly, visit to the home brew pub ... smashing hospitality!
"Come fill up your glasses and let us be merry ...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Noreen
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 04:03 PM

Me again, on a computer at Patchogue library, the workplace of Barbara Hoffmann who is kindly allowing the Shellback remnants (Alan, Colin, Carole, Theresa and me) to stay with her for a few nights at her lovely house in Bellport.

Both of these places are about half way along the south side of Long Island (hope you can follow the technical description) and Barbara's house is just a short walk from the ocean. Wow.

We went into New York City yesterday on the train (Long Island Rail Road) for the gathering described above, and had a wonderful tour guide in David Kleiman who entertained us with information and anecdotes on our walk and on the Staten Island ferry. Day went so quickly.

Today we were invited to a lunch with her local Rotary group and sang for them....! Then we had a tour of the local brew pub where the meeting was held, and sampled all their wares. Surprised I'm typing coherently :0) and it's only 4pm.

Lovely to read all the other feedback from folks here and at home, thank you!


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 01:50 PM

Too late, Snuffy, me and Menolly have already put our names down!! Didn't get the new job but will definitely want to be part of any future Shellback visits!! How about a set above Niagra falls to see which is louder?


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: momnopp
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 09:21 AM

Snuffy,

I share your sentiments EXACTLY -- boo hoo!

I've just gotten home after spending a total of 10 hours on the road (for what should have been a 5 hour trip; but that included naps and horrid traffic and pouring rain) after spending the most lovely day with Shells and other silly people in New York City yesterday (I drove all night, basically).

You lot (Shellbacks) are at least as wonderful as you accuse us of being! It has been such fun getting to know and spend time with you all and just bask in the mutual admiration society :-).

I can't wait to meet up with some/any/all of you again soon! It was loads of fun playing tourist with a gang of crazy Brits (and David Kleiman) in Manhattan (The Shells Take Manhattan?)and singing and drinking in a NY pub and dining in a Hungarian restaurant...talk about a culturally diverse day!

Perhaps I'll get some sleep before I try to do anything coherent...

I miss you guys already!

Peace,

JudyO


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Snuffy
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 06:06 AM

Boohoo - it's all over now. I'm back home and rested.

What a fantastic ten days, packed full of happy memories: so many wonderful, friendly people, such marvellous venues and absolutely fabulous singing and music.

If When we do it again, my names going to be first on the list.

WassaiL! V


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Suffet
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 05:54 AM

Greetings:

My wife and I heard the Shellback Chorus at the New York Pinewoods Fall Weekend at Camp Isabella Freedman in Connecticut this past Friday through Sunday and they were simply wonderful! If you get a chance to hear them, please do so. With a little bit of luck, we will visit the UK in 2004 and take our own advice.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 28 Oct 03 - 12:07 PM

I just had a first batch of pictures developed today, from Ystic Seaport... what a handsome group! After this weekend of trick or treating and singing, I'll have the pictures put on CD and send some to Pene.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 28 Oct 03 - 08:06 AM

Great to hear you're all having a wonderful time. I have a job interview tomorrow and if I get it may be able to afford the trip next year so even more incentive!! Take care all and can't wait for full details and piccies on your return.


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Tinker
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 10:17 PM

I tried to take a few, but in true Speakeasy fashion there is insufficient light after dark for good pictures.


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: SINSULL
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 10:09 PM

Pictures, Tinker? I would love a look at the Speakeasy and the statue.


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Tinker
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 09:39 PM

Well Jarius is off to Penn Station to connect folks with the LIRR and the rest of their journey. We watched the Getaway Shellback concert and part of Sunday's concert while folks were here. The laughter just kept on and on.... Theresa and Carole helped me assemble the singing dancing skeleton and hang it in the kitchen .. Very tacky and of course we all sang along.

I finally got to show of my "pub" to real Mudcatters as well as all the odd bits and pieces of this house that haven't changed since the twenties. Absolutely great guests... the kind you can leave to drop off and pick up kids and know they'll find what they need and care for themselves...

Can we do it again????


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: alanww
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 05:13 PM

I, too, am at Tinkers and I won't repeat Noreen's details of where we have been and what we will be doing ...
All I can say is that we've had a wonderful time and have so many fantastic memories. Just one of them was swapping concertina experiences and tunes with Chris Koldewey and teaching him the Rochdale Coconut Dance and the Top Top Polka. (Chris is the friend of Joy Bennet, a Johnson Girl) and he is a shantyman at Mystic Seaport). I look forward to seeing them both at Lancaster Shanty Festival next Easter and will be pleased to catch the Johnson Girls' tour in July/Aug, which includes Warwick, Sidmouth and Broadstairs Folk Festivals.
The main impression, however is one of a very generous and welcoming set of folkies. Such big hearts!
"Storms hang about the closing day ...!"
Alan
* There is a storm warning at present.


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Bill D
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 04:56 PM

*big smile*...oh, I am so glad it is going well! Johnson Girls and Mystic and Jerry & Ruth and more time with Tinker...and....wow...I'm surprised you can type!

...you all know that those 'being asked back' comments are heartfelt. We will scheme with you to make it happen!

Take good care and have fun! (he said, nibbling on Cadbury's)


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Noreen
Date: 27 Oct 03 - 04:16 PM

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm at Tinker's computer in Montclair New Jersey (I think that's right), after dropping off several Shellbacks at Newark airport and in the middle of New York for various assignations, at the end of the official Shellback part of our US trip.

Col, Theresa, Alanww, Carol and I are heading off to Long Island later on after taking of Tinker's hospitality in her wonderful 'funky' house. Judy O may also be coming with us for a while, and there's a get-together planned for tomorrow evening somewhere in Manhattan where remaining Shellbacks are going to meet up with Jerry Epstein and possibly a Johnson Girl or two for a meal.

Then on Friday evening we'll go trick-or-treating at Jerry Rasmussen's and have a grand sing with his Gospel Messengers on Saturday.

My mind is so full of singing and new friends and singing at South St Seaport under Brooklyn Bridge and singing on board the Charles W Morgan at Mystic that I'm sure this won't be a coherent post.

Suffice it to say that we are having a wonderful time, being made exceedingly welcome (and being asked back!) and we all send our love, particularly to those who would wish to be with us and cannot be.


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Tinker
Date: 23 Oct 03 - 09:41 PM

Okay, who actually made it to Wall Street and how did you get by the front desk without being buzzed up???? Jarius came home sorry he couldn't leave for the concert ( a deal suddenly doubled and had to go out by five). And sends apologies he couldn't spend a few minutes showing you around. Of course since he spent the day alternately telling his staff the guitar was a gaitling gun and to get thier asses in gear or that he was going to go down on the street and sing the blues, it would bring in more money than they do... ( Deleuded man has no idea...)

Have great fun see you in Newark

Tinker


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 23 Oct 03 - 07:25 PM

My wife Ruth and I just came back from a thoroughly delightful afternoon listening to the Shellbacks at Mystic Connecticut. What a terrific buncha people. And to top it off, they sing! It was such a delight to meet Colin, Sussex Carole, Noreen, Allanww,Theresa, Snuffy and the rest! We took a lot of pictures and I'll see if I can figure out how to get them off to Pene and get them posted.

This weekend, the Shellbacks will be at the Pinewoods Camp in Connecticut, but we have other commitments and won't be able to be with them. But, they're coming to our house for Halloween (dressed as Englishmen and women..) and then a sing with the Gospel Messengers, Saturday morning.

Now, if we could convince them to stay..

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Edain
Date: 22 Oct 03 - 03:07 AM

Pics Wanted! the Shellback Website is always after pics of the Chorous in action. If you have any you think might look good on the site -please- let me know either by e-mail (on the site) or PM :-) < /hint>


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 05:16 PM

Me too! Just make sure it fits in with school holidays although I'd take unpaid leave to do that one!


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Menolly
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 04:57 PM

I spoke to Brian this afternoon. Ofcourse he is sad not to have been driving a golf buggy this last weekend. Said this was the third time he has broken the hip but this time it didn't hurt! He is hoping to drive to Yorkshire this weekend - if he can arrange someone to get him out of the car!!!
Glad you all are having a great time. The Great Lakes next time sounds great. I will be there - even if I have to re mortgage! :-)))


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