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Getaway 2003 Memories

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Allan C. 20 Oct 03 - 08:19 AM
Willie-O 20 Oct 03 - 09:24 AM
GUEST,Nancy King at work 20 Oct 03 - 10:30 AM
sian, west wales 20 Oct 03 - 11:05 AM
KathWestra 20 Oct 03 - 01:43 PM
Mrs.Duck 20 Oct 03 - 01:46 PM
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open mike 20 Oct 03 - 02:11 PM
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Subject: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Allan C.
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 08:19 AM

I'm all set to get my vicarious thrills from those who attended. Start posting!!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Willie-O
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 09:24 AM

What, you weren't there either? Yeah, are they all asleep or frozen to death or what?

Best
W-O


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: GUEST,Nancy King at work
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 10:30 AM

Yeah, I expect the lucky ones are still asleep. And of course a whole bunch of folks (including the Shellbacks) stayed over last night (they're the ones in the frozen-to-death category). I left right after last night's concert in order to get a few Zs before work today.

I'll post more this evening, but meanwhile I'll just say it was fabulous as usual, with lots of old friends and many new ones, and of course prodigious amounts of great music.

Details to follow--

Cheers, Nancy


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: sian, west wales
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 11:05 AM

Anyway Allan C. what do you need VICARIOUS thrills for these days???

sian


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: KathWestra
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 01:43 PM

Perfect (if a little coolish) fall weather, loads of great music, and loads of fun to meet a bunch of new folks. The Shellback Chorus--individually and collectively--was a delight. They have SUCH fun when they sing, and it's infectious. Lots of fine individual singers (Noreen, for one, wowed 'em in the Saturday night concert), and scads of good songs. Their Cinderella skit in the Sunday night concert(with guest actor Alaska Mike Campbell as Prince Charming and Colin Hume [ColK] as the ugly stepsister)was a real hoot (watch this space for the blackmail photos).

The Missing Person Soup Kitchen Gospel Quartet was sensational, as was 16-year-old ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrell.

When he's not moonlighting as Prince Charming in Shellback skits,Alaska Mike is a fine songwriter and singer. If you can find them, he has three CDs with many of his terrific songs. I was particularly moved by his "First Kill," the song of a whaler whose first--and only--kill changes his life. That gem appears on his "Sculptor" CD.

Kendall Morse and Bob Zentz were also among the special guests--more terrific songs and stories. And that's just the invited guests. Add to that the many talented singers and pickers from FSGW and Mudcat who attended and participated as campers, and you have the age-old problem of too many songs and too little time.

Our Own Max was on hand with his family, looking happy and well. His baby daughter (Lilly) is gorgeous and charmed everyone instantly.

Tinker has documented the whole thing on video, and many folks (including Max) took photos that will probably show up here soon. Thanks to all who made the 39th Getaway one to remember.
Kathy (who left earlier than Nancy, and therefore got more sleep)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 01:46 PM

Actually its Colin Kemp hence Col K!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: catspaw49
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 01:54 PM

Well finally! And of course it was Kath who was thoughtful enough to give Allan and I some vicariousness..........LOL......

Ahhh, Kath, we love ya'.....You're a real classy dame......

Spaw (just watched 3 Bogart movies)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: open mike
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 02:11 PM

woo hoo what a great getting away you must have had!
and even west coast visitors and cross ponders....
trans ponders i mean....
sounds loverly
eagerly awating pix!

Alaska Mike--I am curious about that song...
I am just now reading a collection of pieces
one of which is about a Caribbean Island
(Bequia?) where they have been whalers for
many generations. I am gonnabe on the look-
out (thar she blows!) for First Kill.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: KathWestra
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 03:07 PM

Of COURSE it's Colin Kemp (maybe I didn't get enough sleep after all!) I was sitting here thinking about Colin Kemp in his Ugly Sister costume (which was reaally quite something for what it was), while looking at the November issue of the FSGW Newsletter which features an English dance workshop by fellow Brit Colin Hume. The middle-aged brain tangled 'em up. Sorry Colin!! And thanks, Mrs. Duck, for pointing out my mistake! Lordy. We DID have a good time!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: KathWestra
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 03:44 PM

Speaking of sensational whale songs (and while we're waiting for everyone else to rejoin the world of the wired), Bob Zentz did "Hove to and Drifting," an amazing Zentz-penned tale of a radar conversation he had with a pod of whales while serving on a Coast Guard vessel in the Middle of Nowhere. A truly wonderful song (and the title cut of Bob's latest CD). If you haven't heard it, I highly recommend the whole CD, but that song in particular. Also, for fellow fans of sea poet C. Fox Smith (about whom there have been lengthy discussions on the Mudcat), Bob tells us that he's working on a new CD that will feature 19 (count 'em!) of his settings of C. Fox Smith poems. That will be a rare treat worth waiting for!
Kathy (at work, but not working much today)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 04:44 PM

I had a wonderful time. October doesn't get much better in Maryland. It rained a tad on Friday, but by Saturday morn it was dry and stayed that way all weekend. Partly cloudy and a high of about 52 F. on Saturday, and partly cloudy and a tad warmer on Sunday. When the sun was shining, most workshops were outside in the sunshine. It was warmer there than in the unheated buildings.

I, of course will miss some important stuff. I was a daytripper this year (for financial reasons), so I missed all of the late night sings and part of Saturday night's concert.

There was much concern for Rick Fielding who could not be there. Big Mick is headed for Toronto. We sent along our love and a surprise (I allmost gave it away. Kendall (I know he'll kick me for this) looks hale and hardy, but he has not gotten his full voice back. He did a few songs and told a Maine joke Sunday night for his part of the concert. My synopsis of the joke (I don't have Kendall's eye for detail and local Maine color nor his comedic timing.

"A little boy is sitting in front of the local hotel with a stack of candy bars beside him. He's just packing them in, one after the other. A gentleman stops as he passes by and says, 'You'll never live to be a hundred eating all that chocolate'".

"The boy looks up at the man and says, 'My Uncle Frank lived to be a hundred and ten'".

"The man replies, 'But I bet it wasn't from eating chocolate bars'".

"'No', says the boy, 'It came from minding his own damn business'".

Some special Mudcatters I recall in attendance were: Joe Offer, Dani, Ferrara, Bill Day, Jeri, Bob C., Big Mick, Mario, Judy O., Gorgeous Gary, Sinsull, Kendall, Charlie Baum, Dick Greenhouse, Susan from the DT, and Barry Finn. I've left out many. Others, I just don't know they are Mudcatters.

Big Mick had a 30 minute concert set. He sang "This Land is Your Land" allmost like a dirge. He pointedly included all the political verses. He says he read that Woody was always concerned that those verses would be lost. In the middle he narrated the stories of two women he met through his union organizing. They both were struggling through adversity to keep themselves and their families together and hoped the union would help. There was nary a dry eye in the house when he was done.

Big Mick is a man who puts his whole heart into his work. He is as jovial a companion any man or woman might want, but he also has a deep, caring, serious side that doesn't always show and might even surprise you at first.

The Shellback Chorus, a band of nautical singers from England, were wonderful. Lots of spirited singing and grand harmonies. Individually they showed up at workshops and shared songs with us. They often helped us learn more about the history of English music we sing.

Songster Bob presented a workshop on Songwriting that was low key, supportive and helpful. No ego injected by himself or the participants.

I led a Blues Workshop. Max participated with a couple of songs. We were blessed with Joel on his barrelhouse piano, his wife on mouth harp, and Jim B. on his washtub bass for backup. We had 'em dancin' in the aisles. It was great! After all, blues music in the 20's was often dance music.

Ferrara spent many hours arranging the workshops: developing workshop ideas, getting leaders, and arranging the schedule.

Dick and Susan brought in their Camsco Music display. I spent several hours drooling over CD's I didn't know existed that had so much music I wanted to hear. I had to settle for two Mississippi Sheik CD's (damn budget!).

Charlie Baum, of course, helped to organize the whole thing with the help of other FSGW' ers.

Judy O. ran a "Silent Auction" of items donated by members. The money goes into a scholarship fund for those folk music lovers who just can't afford to come.

Gorgeous Gary announced that he was engaged to be married.

Alaska Mike, who has just begun Mudcatting, was a high point. He sang a beautiful song about hope that should be on his next CD. I twice heard his Iditarod song. It's a humorous fantasy about a man who decides to genetically alter some Huskies to make them the best in the Iditarod. I won't tell the story, but it reminded me that "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature."

Max was the more subdued I have ever seen him be. He said, "I'm maturing". I suspect that being responsible for a family helped that along.

It also seemed to me that CRS is getting contagious. There were many more "forgotten verses" than I remember in the past (myself included). Even when the singer wrote the song, sometimes the words were slow to come or never came at all.

There is always some serendipity at the Getaway that enchants you. This year I sat in the "Tearjerkers" workshop trying to recall the words to "White Squall". I left there and trundled up the hill to a workshop called "In the Tradition". One audience member requested "White Squall". Alaska Mike sang it. As it usually does, it brought tears to my eyes.

It looked like Ramblewood is trying to improve its' buildings. There was some new paint. However, the hill is just as steep as ever. Most workshops seem to be 200 yards apart and it's "up hill both ways". I still think they need to workout a tow rope!

There were great songs from people I don't know. A lady who had lived in Oregon sang a fictious song about a ship trapped in a bay. They were heavy laden and waiting for the tide to rise far enough for them to clear the inlet. The crew finally decided to consume their entire ration of rum.

After a sound nap, they all stood on the rail and relieved themselves. The ship rose and they sailed out of the inlet.

Another chap did a rap song he borrowed from the Pheromones. It's about the 17 year locusts (actually as the rap points out they are cicadas). It ends with the admonition "Bugs. Not Drugs" You had to be there to understand.

Dick Greenhouse sang a parody of "The Roseville Fair". It's about bluegrass bands that are never in tune. Dick says the new addition of the Digital Tradition should soon be finished. The parody will be in the new DT. I think I heard him say it will include about 9,000 songs. And they say folk music is dead. Hah!

In the blues workshop, a man sang a song called "Perfection Blues" about a man who falls short of his wife's expectation of Perfection. I might have to call him up about that one.

Barry sang a song about criminals being locked in to their behavior and it being hard to get out. He neglected to tell the audience he wrote it.

The Sunday night concert closed with Janice Cole singing about her "Kitchen Man" and how he's got baloney that "truly satisfies" and how he can always use her "sugar bowl". Them's that knows me knows I'm a sucker for a good food song.

I announced at the Sunday dinner that I am looking for some people who can sing "Fox on the Run" in the key of "F" who might help me with the chorus on my rendition of Peter and Katrina Cady's "Sox with a Gun."

Well, that's just some of the highlights. I'll leave some room for others now.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: bbc
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 04:52 PM

Oh, Roger, that was wonderful! Thanks! Kathy, too. Give us more!!!

best to all,

bbc


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 05:04 PM

Oh, yeah bbc. When are you coming back to one of these? You are fondly remembered from 1999! Your son must be thirty two or something, so he can't be your excuse. "Will you go, lassie, go?"

Roger in Baltimore

P.S. It has been 5 years for the Mudcat Reunion [Formerly known as the FSGW Getaway (just kidding FSGW'ers, who do all the work and let us show up and sing)]. I just reread the Memory thread from that one. What a wonderful tour!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Charley Noble
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 06:10 PM

Nice notes, Roger!

Now let's hear from some more survivors.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Dani
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 06:19 PM

Oh, it is SO hard to get back. The travelling home was nice, though, with Janie and I having another 7 hours or so to process everything, sing a few more songs and cement the memories.

What can you say about a Shellback? What can you say about 20-odd of 'em invading Camp Ramblewood?? It was WONDERFUL!! I'm not much of one to start a song going, but God knows they are, so it was great fun for me to stand back and sing along. They know SO many songs among them, and their joy in singing is infectious. Not that the Getaway lacked anything at all in previous years, but they added some spice to the pot, and I, for one, enjoyed it THOROUGHLY.

Mostly, though, they reminded me of the importance of singing your heart out once in a while. They are fortunate to have that tradition still relatively common where they come from. Janie and I have vowed to try harder to bring it to our corner of the world. Thank you for the inspiration.

The FSGW people were, as they always are, generous, welcoming, kind and thoughtful hosts. And damn fine musicians, to a man and woman. Thank you to all. It is a wonderful gift that you give us!

And it was, of course, a treat to connect with Mudcatters in the flesh. Old friends had warm hugs, and new friends were a wonderful treat to meet, most particularly these: Alaska Mike and his lovely wife Tawmmie (SP?). I knew him the minute I walked in the door! He and his music are big and fun and smart and warm. His smile lights up a room, and his songs are terrific! He led us in Barrett's Privateers last night; talk about goosebumps! Susan A-R was so nice to meet. Her singing is lovely, fiddle playing as well, and her smile! She is sublime roommate, thoughtful, non-snoring. Also, apparently, a highly talented cook!

Missing Mudcatters were definitely missed. You were ALL in our thoughts, and your absence felt, but most especially Rick. Many a glass and song were lifted to an absent friend.

What else? Roger, Oregon Inlet was Annie's song, she's Janie's sister, and has a very sweet voice, doesn't she?. I'm looking forward to learning SO MANY of the great songs I heard this weekend. I'll post inquiries to Rogers' other thread.

I will submit these ideas for (a new thread?) Songs of the Getaway:

"Hang on the Shower Curtain, Nelly"

"The Water is Warm" (...I cannot come out. And neither have I ... never mind)

I love you all.

Grateful Dani


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: bbc
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 06:55 PM

Big RiB, look for a PM. I don't want to clutter this thread.

love,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Noreen
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 07:08 PM

Barb'ry, Andy and I are now in Wheaton outside Washington DC with our lovely hosts Bill D and Rita Ferrara. Other Shellbacks have been farmed out to other local host families for two nights, with a houseparty at Judy and Dennis Cook's tomorrow before we reassemble and carry on with our trip.

The weekend was truly splendid. After initial trepidation (before arrival) from both sides as to how we would all fit in and get along, we have made many new friends, had a most stimulating musical time, and a couple of hours' sleep each...

I was really honoured to be asked to co-host the Sunday evening concert, even if it was only to give some embarrassing introductory anecdotes about the Shellback performers :0)

Everyone here has been so welcoming and hospitable, and want us to come back again- so we can't have been that bad!

There were so many highlights, from the Missing Persons Soup Kitchen Quartet, to the ballad workshops and singing to the accompaniment of David Sheim's harp...oooo, never sung with a harp before... but the overriding joy of the weekend was the friendliness of all and the great welcome given to these strange people from another continent- and all because of a shared interest in music.

Amazing, isn't it?

As to the events of this morning, all I will say (at this stage) is that Big Mick is a true hero, Jeri will be eternally grateful and we all enjoyed breakfast together afterwards....

:0)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Tinker
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 08:45 PM

Made it home fine ( well I mised one exit cause I was thinking about the Getaway). But I've been a bit busy since I got here and It'll probably be tommorrow before I can begin to assemble my thoughts. Around the time I try to begin dissecting and assembling video.

Colin was a dream house guest, the Shellbacks were absolutely grand old friends to meet brand new. Allan, there were definatley missed places at the table.... Yes, we all forgot opaque shower curtains and other Allan C provided niceties....

But this year I wandered the Getaway camera in hand and captured moments all over the place. Special thanks to the folks who asked me to do it and all the folks who agreeed when I asked to turn on the tape. The Mr. nicely stayed home today a worked on getting all the muscle kinks out of my arms and shoulders. More tommorrow.

Love All

Tinker


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 08:47 PM

Another great Getaway!

Ron Davies sang (rapped?) the Pheremones song about the 17-year cicadas, assisted by his wife Jan. They're among the locals; in fact Ron sings in the Choral Arts Society of Greater Washington with my father. (On which I frequently quip...this year, as I said my goodbyes, it was "Keep my dad out of trouble...").

Highlights (many covered by others): Big Mick's concert. The Shellbacks concert. Meeting Alaska Mike and hearing his songs (I **must** learn "Iditarod"). The small Saturday night circle with Mick, Tinker, Pauline Lerner, Lucy Goldberg and David Scheim, Alaska Mike, and whoever else wandered through. Nautical Songs, Songs of the Frozen North, Parodies, Humorous Songs, In The Tradition, Pub Sing (hey Rita or Bill...ask Darriel which Great Big Sea songs I should learn for next year! ). Songs in 3/4 Time--with dancers even!--worked great...I'd love to see that on next year's schedule.

One question: Someone in the Songs of the Frozen North workshop sang a Jean Redpath song to a tune I usually associate with "In Connemara". I'd like to learn it but didn't get the title. Anyone out there recognize the song?

Since several folks asked, here's a link to the lyrics for When I Was A Boy (the when-I-was-your-age computer song I regularly perpetrate in the Humor workshop...)

-- Gary


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: SussexCarole
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 10:33 PM

Hi all!
Carole not in Sussex - tonight WashingtonCarole!!!!
I'm staying with great folks - Roger & Sally in Washington thank you all so much for the Getaway - so many wonderful people & music & such a welcome for us as Shellbacks & individually. Having a great time out here....will keep you posted      Carole xxoo


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: MMario
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 10:43 PM

The zombie driver made it back to upstate NY and fell asleep for several hours -

but how to even begin to express the getaway in mere words? Or even with pictures?

Bitterly as I was disappointed last year when my car broke (though the Hintons saved my sanity and my weekend! Thanks again!) I didn't *really* think that my first getaway experience could be improved upon. Boy was I wrong! WRONG< WRONG WRONG

to repeat others - the Shellbacks - collectivly and individually - were incredible. Great to put faces to people.

I never thought I would be able to say this - but I spent all weekend trembling on the verge of musical oveerload. NOWHERE that I went was without music. The acoustics of the camp are such that you can often hear multiple sessions occuring from different directions but seperate enough that you can distinguish one from another. I fell asleep to music; woke to music; arrived to music, left with music.

and the people - not just the Shellbacks, the 'catters - but the FSGW as a whole and as individuals. INCREDIBLE! Mick, Dani, Janie, Jeri, Kendall, Alaska Mike and Tawmie, Bill and Rita, Tinker! (Tinker - we have to figure out a better time for those deep philosophical conversations than 3 am.)- there are too many people to list.

and Lily Ani. Max and Emily - don't have to tell you what a treasure you have. THANK YOU for sharing her!

[and Mick? to quote you..."Kiss my ARSE!" - [the begger managed to get aholt of Lilly Ani before I did...])


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Annie
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 11:14 PM

The Getaway was a straight shot to the heart.

Big Mick and MMario met the challenge to make me cry. Ah, a little musical catharsis cleans the window of the soul.

Oh, all you lovely, lovely people, thank you so much for the long, long history (how long has this been going on? 30 years? and that would be before PCs?) so we newcomers can pop in, feel welcome, and sponge it all in. Simply put, a wonderful weekend.

I hate to encourage them, but Gorgeous Gary and fiance outdid themselves in the humor workshop. It certainly relieved my tension! (You had to have been there).

Annie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Naemanson
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 11:31 PM

Wow, I read through this with tears in my heart, sadness for missing it and happiness that so many of my friends didn't miss it.

And though my class was disapproved the replacement one, that has been approved, will be in San Diego. So I will get to spend some time with Amos. Cool!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Ferrara
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 12:48 AM

We are still "at" the Getaway as far as I'm concerned.

I didn't realize ahead of time, how much the company of our Shellback houseguests (Barb'ry and Andy and Noreen) would ease the pain of having to drive away from Camp Ramblewood for another year.

It's just nicer not to have to say goodbye to quite everybody as we leave the camp.

We had two cars this year. The Shellbacks rode in the van with Bill. Joe Offer drove my car as far as Baltimore Washington Airport (he did make me drive myself home from there though....) We took the scenic route, more or less inadvertently but happily. It went along the Susquehanna River past a beautiful old mill.

Tinker, I do hope at least some of that tape becomes available since I was almost certainly the only person at the camp except Lily Ani who fell asleep and missed the entire Saturday concert....

A few memories now, then will post again when I've had some sleep (which may be Wednesday morning.)

Heather Wood's Songs From a Hat workshop. She pulled topics from a hat and people threw out first lines of songs with that word/topic. Worst case I know of: The word was "door." Songs included "A You're a-Door-able."

Bob Zentz' song "Last Skipjack on the Chesapeake Bay." All of Bob Zentz' other songs. Bob shared leadership of the Maritime workshop with Derek Seed of the Shellbacks. Very nice.

The dedication of Ron Davies & Claymore in missing some of the late Friday singing so they could have a rehearsal for the waltz workshop.

Elizabeth LaPrelle, a sixteen year old ballad singer from Virginia, both solo and in concert with her mom -- gorgeous harmonies, unbelievable voices. Meeting Elizabeth's grandparents, who came on Saturday, and inviting her grandmother to sing in the Mountain Music. She did, too.

Hearing Rebecca Kimmons (of the Soup Kitchen Gospel Quartet) and Elizabeth LaPrelle do heartbreakingly beautiful singing in the Mountain Music. (All right. I confess. I set up this workshop for my own enjoyment. If any of the rest of you enjoyed it that was purely coincidental.)

Getting so involved in the Pub Sing (led very well by our son Darriel and his good friend Allan Rathbone, who has also been coming to Getaways since he was a small kid) that I missed the Irish workshop. Being so tired that when I realized I had missed it, I started crying.

A sense of wonder at all the individual talents that make up the Shellback Chorus. Meeting Alanww, Snuffy (Vaughan Hully), SussexCarole, Derek Seed, Jill Thompson(is that right?), Theresa Tooley, many more including of course Barbara & Andy & Noreen.

Hearing Barry Finn sing Anything, but especially all the ballads he sang this weekend. He sang a wonderful ballad about a battle with Sioux Indians, among other things.

Mick's concert. Mick cares so much about the people he tries to help as a union organizer, and his monologues in the middle of "This Land is Your Land" were impassioned and very moving. I was still drying my tears afterward and Joe Offer grinned at me and said, "He steamed my glasses." Keep steaming people's glasses, Mick.   

Hearing Noreen and Lisa Null singing ballads with the harp and other instruments backing them up. Beautiful, and so typical of the Getaway experience.

We have some incredible jams at the Getaway. David Scheim on harp, Joel Bailes on fiddle or piano, and Ron Davies on viola are Getaway regulars who were here this year. David is probably the most unusual, from the point of view of folk jams. There are lots of folk harps and folk harpists who specialize in Celtic music, but David can jam or accompany a singer in maybe a dozen different styles. It always seems to work.

This year thanks to the Shellbacks there were lots of button box players joining in the jams.

Oh. I said I'd just write a little, didn't I?

One more thing. Every year I get totally nuts before the Getaway and start worrying that this year the program will be a total flop. I would like to thank everyone who beamed at me and said they loved this year's program, with special thanks to Dani. I had been fretting and stewing as we exchanged PMs about the program and she always had something helpful to say. As soon as she arrived Friday night she gave me a big smile and the most wonderful hug. I knew it was going to be a great weekend, program or no program, weather or not.

Rita


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 12:51 AM

Heard Mmario got home OK.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: PaulineL
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 12:58 AM

Add my voice to the chorus of appreciation for Big Mick and the many styles of songs he sings and plays so beautifully. Also, thanks to Mick for letting three female fiddlers talk him into doing Robert Burns's "Green Grow the Rashes-0" late Saturday night.

The outpouring of caring for Rick Fielding was truly moving.

Dick Greenhaus, thanks for opening my eyes and ears to the appreciation of source recordings. You so obviously love your work with Camsco. I haven't seen you look so happy in years. Bravo!

One of the wondeful things about Getaways is the people I see only once or twice a year, for several years, feel close to, and walk with as they go through life changes. Susan Friedman, please do retire, find a job that will enable you to live in the Wash. DC metro area, and became a regular presence at FSGW events.

Keith Baldwin has a new guitar which is fine for finger picking and he does some fine finger picking with it.

Thanks to the one couple who came to the contra and waltz workshops and danced. It made us musicians feel so good.

Several years ago, when we came home from a Getaway, Dottie Hurley said to me, "I feel like my spirit has been renewed. " Amen!

PaulineL


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: JedMarum
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 01:07 AM

Wish I couldda been there, kids - but thanks for the notes. With last year's event still fresh in my head, and your thoughts here, I can just picture it all.

Maybe 2004 ...

Godspeed Mick on your visit North.


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Subject: Jeri's Carjacking
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 01:36 AM

Well, just as everybody was leaving, we had a carjacking.

Jeri took a shortcut over the grass, and got her car stuck on a stump. Mick, organizer that he is, took charge. He and about eleventy-dozen helpers jacked up the car, put planks under the tires, and rolled the car off the stump. While this was going on, the Shellbacks were busily making up jacking shanties. The one that seemed most popular was "Leave Her, Jeri, Leave Her."

But the car got free and everyone left safely, and the carjacking was a spectacle I'm sure the Shellbacks won't forget.
Neither will Jeri.

It sure was a wonderful weekend. Lots of lovely songs, and lots of lovely people. Shellbacks, it was wonderful meeting you. I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip as much as we enjoyed spending the weekend with you.

-Joe Offer-

Gee, Mick, I guess this makes you a genuine hero.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Jeri
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 02:04 AM

It wasn't the end of the story, but I'll save that for tomorrow after work when I'm less dead. (No it wasn't dangerous, just stupid. Joe, it's too bad you can't do exorcisms - I think the car needs one.) Here's a hint: I just got home about 20 minutes ago - it was a little over an 11 hour drive.

"Buzzards circlin' overhead
I knew I shoulda stayed in my nice warm bed,
Aye-o, stuck on a stump. Ay-o, stuck on a stump, yada, yada"
was pretty popular.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Abuwood
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 03:18 AM

Well Done Shells!
Looks like you wowed them - keep up the good work!
Colin have you seen someone about this strange fetish?
For all your info Brian is out of hospital but confined to home for 2 weeks until he gets a new leg, any communication very welcome.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 04:00 AM

Thanks for all the stories, guys, keep 'em coming, can't wait to see the pictures on the events page.

RtS


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 08:33 AM

Jeri-

I'm sorry I missed the "car-jacking." I would have enjoyed leading a chorus of the "Parking Lot Pirates":

Way, hey, haul 'em away!
The parking lot pirates are we!
When we hook on to Jeri,
We'll haul and make Mary,;~)
And we always collect our fee!
To-me way, hey, haul 'em away!
We plunder the streets of your town!
Be it Edsel or Chevy,
There's no car too heavy,
And no one can make us shut down!

Maybe next year!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Willie-O
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 08:51 AM

Ahh, what fun I missed. I'm still not sure why...

Jeri, if you start a new thread about getting vehicles stuck and unstuck, I bet you will find most of us have done way stupider...one time after a late night party my friend discovered she'd parked on a semi-caved in old root cellar. We hooked up a truck to drag it out, no problem except that the truck ran over someone's guitar that had been accidentally left in the yard. The miracle though--the guitar was undamaged! It was lying face down and the wheel went over the neck, the case was pulverized and that was all.

Well, back to drudgery eh.

Best to all
Bill


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Janie
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 09:21 AM

The entire experience was just as lovely as lovely gets. I don't know how it is possible for the Getaway to be such a magical experience year after year, but it is.

The Sunday night concert was a special treat. Instead of being in the accoustically impaired Gym (a terminal condition, I fear), it was
held in the TV room...very intimate and with much group singing on the choruses. As others have noted, the Shellbacks were great additions, individually and as a chorus.

Chivalry is not dead. JAB brought his heater to the "Ladies" bunkroom Sunday night, and then moved it into the bathroom in time for morning showers on Monday morning!!!

You may hear reports of snoring and alarm clocks--all lies!! Don't believe any of it!!!!

Old friends, new friends, old songs, new songs. Such respect for the music, and for each person's love of and expression of it.

FINALLY got to get to know MMario a bit.

Interesting late night conversation about nits, crabs, lice and bed bugs (guess you had to be there) And the joy of laughter among women who don't take themselves too damn seriously.

Can we come back next weekend?

Hogs & quiches to all,

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Tinker
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 09:25 AM

Quick aside, my older son spent the weekend convincing his younger brother that Colin was really Santa Claus who had come to check up on his behavior before he made out his shopping list....


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 09:30 AM

SOMEONE was Santa...I know (no longer all that)Big Mick and I both got "hits" from our Secret Santas!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 12:41 PM

Has anyone else noticed that this morning is at least twice as long as the Entire Getaway weekend? (And it's had a lot less music in it for me, too...)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Ferrara
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 12:54 PM

Annie, you asked how long this has been going on. This was the 39th FSGW Getaway although it started a little later than 39 years ago. Jennifer Woods could tell us exactly when it started. (She told me, but I promptly forgot. That's the only kind of thing I ever do promptly by the way.) A few years had two Getaways, spring and fall.

For some reason, the "number" of the Getaway was always written in Roman Numerals until I started typing the programs and mistakenly left it out entirely.... Added it again this year but "XXXIX" doesn't convey a lot of information at a glance....

**** Next year will be our 40th Getaway! Let's make it a splendid one.

Joe, Mick was already a hero far's I'm concerned. He works year in and year out to protect the rights of people who lack the power to protect themselves. Hope you're blushing, Mick.

Mick has taken off 75 pounds since last year. (Now I come to think of it that's heroic too.) He's still big though. He didn't take off any of his height.

"Our" Shellbacks are heading downtown to take a sightseeing tour. So instead of getting some more sleep like a sensible person I'm here reading Mudcat. Naturally.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 01:35 PM

Ssh Tinker your son is right he is the REAL Santa!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Bill D
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 01:36 PM

I simply cannot get my brain cell up for a coherent post yet. Maybe it's because it's not really over until the Shellback's leave tomorrow. Needless to say, I was so happy at the combination of good weather and good music and good friends...and I have the pictures to prove it! Will be emptying my camera today and showing images of all this (INCLUDING the carjacking *grin*) the next few days. I am sure others will also as they get home and get back to their routines....

So..more details later...watch this space....


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Tinker
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 02:17 PM

Pauline, I'm glad we've finally lured you into the depths of the Mudcat. Welcome...

Tinker


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Abuwood
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 02:22 PM

Watching this space for Piccies.....


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Edain
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 02:37 PM

Sounds like you all had a great time and I really wish I'd been there to share it. Although hearing about improvised car-jacking shanties really doesn't surprise me as we've had 'chair stacking' shanties 'chair moving' shanties, 'sound checking' chanties (Can you hear us, can you hear us, can you hear us at the back? (At the back) Can you hear us at the back?) and who knows what else. Although Colin can't be the real santa, my Dad is!
It's good to hear that Brian is out of hospital, and news on Arthur?

Nicky

PS. how many votes for pics of Colin in drag going up on the website?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Tinker
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 02:42 PM

Although there are no close ups the skit is preserved on video and maybe available in a month or so....


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 02:55 PM

Just so you all don't get overwhelmed by what a great guy Mick is you need to see this joke he told at least twice, publicly, at the Getaway.

"Two cannibals were eating a clown. One turns to the other and asks, 'Does this taste funny to you?'"

At the risk of sounding like Kendall Ehrlich (some of you will know this reference) Mick should have been taken out and shot the first time he told the joke.

Love ya, Mick!

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: PaulineL
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 03:28 PM

Tinker,

Thanks for the personal welcome to Mudcat. I'm so happy to be here.

Thanks also to everyone who has praised me and encouraged me about my fiddle playing, played with me, unknowingly taught me so much, and thoroughly enriched my life at Getaways over the years.

Pauline


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 04:36 PM

Just got back after a detour to Johns Hopkins for Kendall's exam and another detour to Natick for sailboat paraphernalia. Too tired to say much except that Rick and Allan were sorely missed and Alaska Mike and the Shellbacks filled the void amply.

So the Colonel is Santa Claus??? I still want to know how he gets down the chimney.

I am so pleased to see that Pauline has joined. This was the first time I have had a chance to speak much with her. Same goes for Dick Rogers who is computerless. More tomorrow.

SINS, who was deadly serious about bedbugs and lice.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 04:39 PM

Three no shows: MaryMac, Bert, and Pene Azul. Too bad. There were a number of massage therapists willingly providing services. Where were you guys?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: CET
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 04:47 PM

Charmion and I are now back in the land of Tim Horton, autoharp in tow (for Willie-O).

A few highlights that come to mind now (there are many others):

The Gospel sing on Sunday morning. I was buzzing when I came out of it. One song in particular stands out in my memory - "Three Men on the Mountain".

Having a gang of Shellbacks help with the chorus on one of my favourite French songs - I know it as Wing Tra La, but I suspect it's real title is different.

Discovering two absolutely stunning voices - Elizabeth La Prelle and Alaska Mike. Elizabeth has a pure moutain style of singing, beautiful tone and flawless delivery. She has the kind of voice that makes you want to stop breathing so you don't interfere with the sound she's creating. Mike has the biggest bass voice I've ever heard at any folk event, but it isn't just loud. It's absolutely effortless and perfectly controlled.

Getting lyrics from Dave Diamond to one of his great parodies.

Belting out the Marseillaise at the Foreign Language workshop.

I am proud to say that Charmion and I contributed to two firsts at this year's Getaway:

1st tune played - Saint Anne's reel with Charmion on guitar and Susan A-R on fiddle.

1st beer in the fridge - me. (Some of which got left behind. I hope the staff at Camp Ramblewood enjoy it.)

Thanks to everyone. There are too many of you to name.

Edmund


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2003 Memories
From: Menolly
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 04:50 PM

Much as I would love to see the photos of ColK in drag, - dare we show them and destroy the illusions of children about Santa Claus ?


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