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MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA

wysiwyg 23 Feb 03 - 06:44 PM
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Subject: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Feb 03 - 06:44 PM

The first weekend in May is out. Mothers' Day makes the second one no good. Third, then, or fourth? (Not the last one, we'll be gone and I hate to miss my own parties.)

There are old threads with facility details. Changes since the last one are:

SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS:
Yes, we do some sleeping. We have a really nice guest room suitable for a couple, now, or a couple with 1 or 2 kids. The Mudcat Dorm is all painted and still allergy-free, with one bed in there now and possibly more mattresses on the way, but LOTS of floor space and primitive enough to satisfy the die-hard campers. There is also still all the stuff described in the old thread, including an empty beer fridge waiting for goodies of all labels.

FOOD:
We got a SMOKER. Marinate something and bring it, to throw in there. Too much salad and bread last times-- might want to do a sign-up list, or else a few need to bring nothing and they can be the ones to make a store run when we see what's here.

I need to know soon what date and a rough idea who will be coming, because I want to snag local pickers too and I need to get the word out soon around various small venues. Post here or PM me. Lurkers can contact me via motormice@hotmail.com, if you put MUDCAT in the subject line.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: Bill D
Date: 23 Feb 03 - 07:03 PM

June, please, if we are to have ANY possibility of making this one....I/we will be making crafts hot & heavy for a show on May 31 at our local folk festival!

so hard to plan it all...as soons as the weather is decent, EVERYONE has something going. (and Mystic seaport is early June,,,though we are not sure we can afford that trip again this year..)

*grin*..so, don't plan around US!


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Feb 03 - 08:19 PM

NO on June, everyone goes to festivals after swearing they'll come HERE!

You can come in June by yourselves, though. :~)

~Susan


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: ballpienhammer
Date: 23 Feb 03 - 08:57 PM

where in N.central PA, please?


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: Walking Eagle
Date: 23 Feb 03 - 09:01 PM

Yeah, where in N.Central PA? May is dodgy for me, but If someone set a date, I could work around it. My birthday is the 18th.


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: MMario
Date: 23 Feb 03 - 09:14 PM

Mansfield/Wellsboro


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Feb 03 - 11:10 PM

An hour north of Williamsport PA and an hour south of Corning NY. Mmario, my puder's fried-- can you find the most recent thread and blicky it in? There's one with all the travel times in it, from surrounding large metro areas, for figuring one's journey time.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: MMario
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 08:19 AM

Thread on the first PA mudgather

this thread had travel time from many cities.


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: Burke
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 10:56 AM

The New Jersey Sacred Harp Convention is the 3rd, so definately out for me. I don't know about the 4th. Keep in mind that it is Memorial Day weekend. That might actually make it easier for me.


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: MMario
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 11:05 AM

Memerial Day is the 26th - which makes it a three day weekend for some


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 11:15 AM

Fourth weekend, weekend of the 23rd, Memorial Day weekend (so May 23-26) would work for us, if people do not have standing Mem Day plans that take precedence.

Who's in?

~Susan


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: Neighmond
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 11:36 AM

Anybody want to carpool (truckpool) from IA/Southern MN/Western NE/Northern MO/Southern WI/Northern Ill or anyplace en route?

Chaz


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 01:46 PM

Bring it on, Neighmond! Full steam ahead!

Participants do not have to be Mudcatters, BTW. Of course I will be inviting local folks... and if you can fill a car with musician pals, you may win a prize! *G*

Shall we make it a Mudcat fundraiser?

~Susan


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: Neighmond
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 02:14 PM

ha!
I'll bring a player piano to raffle as long as someone ELSE unloads the old sow!

Chaz


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 03:08 PM

And you'll deliver it to the recipient's home? *G*

~S~


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: Neighmond
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 05:06 PM

if there's enough mojang involved, I'll go along and play it for them!


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 05:21 PM

OK, gang, there's your challenge!

~S~


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 06:16 PM

OK, we're trying to work out plans for the weekend of May 26-- any conflicting festivals?

~Susan


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Mar 03 - 03:59 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 12:15 PM

My internet access for the next several weeks is going to be sporadic, so please do NOT PM me about the gathering-- post here, OK?

~Susan


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: MMario
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 12:18 PM

it should be a memorial weekend


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 02:33 PM

A think a worthy theme would be, something about giving thanks for those who've gone before us and for those coming onto the tradition.... river of life thing, see?

~S~


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 03:54 PM

Sorry for my ypto-- A should be Ai. :~)

~S~


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 06:27 PM

The dates we've been thinking about are entirely unworkable, it turns out, for most of the local musicians. So.... we need to replan.

~S~


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: Walking Eagle
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 08:09 PM

Would anyone be averse to early fall?


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: Burke
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 08:41 PM

No date will ever suit everyone. If nothing else has changed, it looks like you'll have to go with May 16-18; stick with the orginal dates & just not have many locals; or just wait until later. I agree with June being out.


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: wysiwyg
Date: 13 Apr 03 - 12:37 PM

The SPRING MUDGATHER DATE will be May 16 - 18.


There will be our usual third-Friday jam/songcircle Friday the 16th, and the theme for that evening will be SPRING FEVER songs and tunes.


May 24 MEMORIAL WKND CONCERT/SLEEPOVER

Mmario also will be coming Memorial Day weekend to do a concert that Saturday evening at our church about 8 PM (after our oldtime gospel Sat. nite service). Overnight guests are welcome to come for that and stay over. Hardi and I leave town for a quick trip to see his dad in the Chicago area, immediately following the Sunday AM service. Anyone here overnight can feel free to take over the house and lock up when departing.

FMI please email localfolks@hotmail.com, putting MUDCAT GATHERING in the subject line.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Apr 03 - 12:16 PM

Some folks are PMing me about coming instead of posting here-- please post here if you think you may come-- it's part of what motivates others to come!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: MMario
Date: 15 Apr 03 - 08:43 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: wysiwyg
Date: 05 May 03 - 06:20 PM

Some impressive local players indicate they will be here, at least n the Friday evening of the designated weekend... (16th)... hope to see some Mudcatters.

Also Mmario is doing a house concert for us at church the 24th, so if that's a better weekend for anyone, it's fine to come then.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 May 03 - 11:00 AM

Well, it was one of the more memorable nights. I credit Mudcat-- many folks came from pretty far away even though there is music closer to home, and I think it's because we run our jams just like a Mudcat Gathering.

We were expecting some travelers so just like we do at a big Mudgather, we got the crockpots going early in the day. We set out food, drinks, and the metal, prison-type dinner trays for a simple but ample Mudgather-style buffet on the old enamel-topped kitchen island.

People came and went from 7PM till bedtime, so for most of the time we had about 8 adults playing madly. There was never a lull and the variety of music was wonderful. We did have other areas prepped in case the numbers made for simultaneous jams, but the various styles and interests (fiddle tunes/songs) fit well because the grop was the right size and because the song people and fiddle people were scattered pretty evenly through the room. Also, because we have been insisting on it in recent months, the local players have finally given up being shy about bringing songs to share. They were ready to start a few songs this time instead of hanging back and letting the fiddlers just run away with the jam.

In order of arrival, we had Bryon with his tiny and perfect-toned lap dulcimer, and he gave us several songs as well as requesting Swallowtail Jig from the fiddlers.

Michelle, with fosterdaughter Miss Vee (Veronica) in tow, brought her fiddle... she led a number of Fakebook tunes, and VeeVee played maracas and my spare autoharp for the first time.

Ed was here with his tenor instruments and played mostly the tenor banjo. Ed brought songsheets from the Tin Pan Alley era and led these.

Mudcatter Mmario wandered in amidst all this and promptly set to work on the new shawl he recently began. He eventually did some singing and taught us how shanties work, and this was great PR for his concert at our church next week. We all giggled about the challenge of remembering all the words while also remembering to delete certain verses when kids and/or the Sacrament are present! :~)

Steve (a local uni prof, known in a previous life as "Fast Fingers") came in, appropriated Hardi's nicely-tuned guitar, and set to work. He encouraged Michelle to pick a tune and later led us in songs.

Next to arrive was Mudcatter Hippie Chick, with soprano recorder, and she also did a few tunes during the evening... then there was the blues tune somebody suggested-- it's amazing what a recorder can do with the blues.

Tim (another prof) and daughter Shannon came next, having missed the house earlier in the pouring rain, going 10 miles to a payphone, and coming back! Tim leads a Celtic group and a new monthly session over the NY border, and he mostly played harmonicas. Shannon had several turns at the autoharp, but declined to sing for us because she had a cold. She has an incredible voice and because she is so young people are always stunned when she shares it; we hope to see and hear her often.

Linda and Karen tour the tri-state area as Simple Gifts. At full force there's one additional member, making 3 women playing 12 instruments in a mix of oldtime, celtic, Romanian, and Klezmer, with folksongs sprinkled throughout. They'd had an afternoon gig in Wilkes-Barre (2-3 hours away to the east) and were headed back to the State College area (2 hours further south), so they detoured from the more direct route to check out our growing folk community. Linda and the band also coordinate/lead/mother the annual Clarion Folk College, and jams or workshops before or after every grant-funded concert.   They unloaded just the instruments on the top of their carload, so we had Linda encouraging the newer players from her fiddle and Karen picking melodies and accompanying from her 6-string banjo (tuned like guitar). Their chincello was buried in the car, so we didn't get a chance for Hardi to try it out, but he passed them his new 5-string fiddle (a low C is added from the viola tuning range). Linda quietly started up Midnight on the Water, and we thought we were going to play it with her till she confessed she'd moved it to C so she could play it all on the low strings! Next, only the call of simmering beef stew got that fiddle out from under Karen's chin. The hour they had sworn to stay became two, I think. They're due back in the area next year at the local uni, so we are all looking forward to another jam with them.

Then Mitch and Sonny arrived for their first visit to our jam, with guitars in tow. Mitch emcees and helps coordinate the coffeehouse one "country-close" town to the east, which has a Friday music/poetry series starting to catch on. The poet scheduled for the evening had canceled due to a family medical emergency, so Mitch and Sonny did a fill-in there before joining us.

It was pretty late by then and most folks had left. We had actually CLEANED the whole house this time so we were pretty beat. But Sonny plays a wonderful mix of songs, and he revived us with some uptempo stompers. Being neighborly, we swapped him some blues tunes (my autoharp and Hardi's banjo), and Mitch accompanied. Sonny knows the several gospel tunes I don't know, and I knew a few he didn't know yet; then Mitch led us in a sweet Dylan piece I'd never heard, and there was some harmony magic going on there too. Hardi told the story of the day Muddy Waters came to the local, mostly-all-white high school incognito, to play along with his teenage son in the school's talent show. Muddy brought a few of his friends (such as Buddy Guy), and lit up the school so effectively that they never held a talent show again. We were all joking about Muddy's son being registered at school under his family's actual name, not the nickname "Waters," and Mitch cracked us all up by suggesting that the boy's name at home was Turbidwater, with siblings Brackishwater and Stillwater, etc. Maybe it was the hour, but the quick agility of Mitch's humor and the way he popped out with "Turbdidwater" was so funny, I can't even describe it. Well, Mitch is a poet, so there ya go.

We often find these jams winding down about 10 PM, because often there are a lot of kids along, and I guess sleepy post-toddlers don't come with carry straps. But when we locked up, and fell into the recliners to recall all the best parts, it was 1 AM!

And it was a good, good night. The music was exellent all evening. Newer players and pro's meshed like magic. No one fell into a chuckhole in the rainy dark, no one missed the driveway and slid into the creek, the cat came out and sat under chairs for awhile, and the dog didn't bite anybody (this time). Quite a lot of stew was eaten, and no one minded that I never set the ice out for drinks. There's hardly any cleanup to do today, and people who were here know now what it will be like when they make the time for a weekend-long getaway. At one point, we even had a look at the DT downloaded onto my compter. All in all, I was glad we had made the date fit our local jam schedule. And even though it was too cold to use the porch, calling it a "Porch-Pickin'" in the PR still made sense, and most folks knew to come ahead anyhow.   

We hope to see some of the farther-flung Catters next time. Mudcatter Hogeye will be here for the June jam (third Friday), to lead us in Songs from the Darkside and Modal Mayhem. It will be chicken in the crockpots and we'll remember to tell people where to find the ice. :~) Hopefully it will be warm enough to be on the porches till the bats come out to gobble up the skeeters, and MAYBE the lightning bugs will have hatched, by then, in the brush across the road.

Well, join us when you can, and add to the wacky mix (bring food!). You might find a crowd or you might find that quiet retreat you've needed. It looks to be a great summer that will carry us back indoors in the fall for a great year. Phil Shore (Bound for Glory on the radio) plans to come down from Ithaca when there's a hole in his schedule. Another new contact is an energetic contradance caller and fiddler-- he calls and teaches the dances with a headset on so he can dance while calling. Sometime this summer, maybe the big Markell family will fit us in-- they're all accomplished fiddlers, tots to pop, and mom plays too now and has got herself a mandolin. Or, maybe, when you come, it will be Dave and his kids, so the clogging board will echo off the hills whose bowl we sit in. Or the singing Cowanesque Valley Boys with the big bass fiddle, or the fingerstyle genius from NYC who visits his aged parents here, and who knows songs I've never heard anywhere, and I've heard a LOT of songs....

The beds, the attic dorm, and the crockpot will be ready!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: GUEST,Sorch
Date: 17 May 03 - 11:07 AM

Ooooooo, sounds such fun............


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 May 03 - 01:11 PM

You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

~S~


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Subject: RE: MudGather: Spring '03 N. Central PA
From: MMario
Date: 18 May 03 - 08:26 AM

*ALWAYS* worth the trip.


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