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Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06

Suffet 08 Aug 06 - 11:54 AM
Felipa 08 Aug 06 - 11:58 AM
Big Mick 08 Aug 06 - 12:31 PM
The Borchester Echo 08 Aug 06 - 12:38 PM
Rabbi-Sol 08 Aug 06 - 12:56 PM
GUEST,Jerry 08 Aug 06 - 01:42 PM
Sorcha 08 Aug 06 - 02:23 PM
Suffet 08 Aug 06 - 03:12 PM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 08 Aug 06 - 06:33 PM
Suffet 08 Aug 06 - 06:51 PM
Dan Schatz 08 Aug 06 - 07:45 PM
Rabbi-Sol 08 Aug 06 - 08:03 PM
GUEST,Art Thieme 08 Aug 06 - 08:31 PM
GUEST,Rosalie 08 Aug 06 - 11:08 PM
Stilly River Sage 08 Aug 06 - 11:15 PM
Celtaddict 09 Aug 06 - 09:20 AM
GUEST 09 Aug 06 - 09:39 AM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 09 Aug 06 - 04:23 PM
Suffet 09 Aug 06 - 04:58 PM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 09 Aug 06 - 08:45 PM
Suffet 09 Aug 06 - 10:06 PM
karen k 09 Aug 06 - 10:34 PM
GUEST,Art Thieme 09 Aug 06 - 11:04 PM
Suffet 09 Aug 06 - 11:19 PM
Suffet 09 Aug 06 - 11:21 PM
Bert 10 Aug 06 - 12:58 AM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 10 Aug 06 - 06:19 PM
SharonA 10 Aug 06 - 06:40 PM
Rabbi-Sol 10 Aug 06 - 07:37 PM
karen k 10 Aug 06 - 09:34 PM
Suffet 11 Aug 06 - 12:15 AM
kendall 11 Aug 06 - 06:49 AM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 11 Aug 06 - 02:28 PM
SharonA 11 Aug 06 - 03:37 PM
GUEST,Jerry 11 Aug 06 - 04:01 PM
Suffet 11 Aug 06 - 04:02 PM
Tannywheeler 11 Aug 06 - 04:06 PM
Rabbi-Sol 11 Aug 06 - 04:08 PM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 12 Aug 06 - 07:50 PM
Suffet 14 Aug 06 - 08:14 AM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 16 Aug 06 - 08:31 PM
GUEST,Big Mick on a library computer 17 Aug 06 - 07:32 PM
karen k 17 Aug 06 - 09:10 PM
GUEST,Rosalie 17 Aug 06 - 11:00 PM
Suffet 18 Aug 06 - 07:26 AM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 18 Aug 06 - 02:21 PM
Suffet 18 Aug 06 - 07:09 PM
Joe Offer 19 Aug 06 - 02:26 PM
GUEST,Nancy King at work 19 Aug 06 - 03:30 PM
SharonA 19 Aug 06 - 04:50 PM
catspaw49 19 Aug 06 - 05:08 PM
Big Mick 19 Aug 06 - 07:19 PM
GUEST,Rosalie 19 Aug 06 - 09:46 PM
Guy Wolff 19 Aug 06 - 11:32 PM
iancarterb 20 Aug 06 - 12:51 AM
Suffet 20 Aug 06 - 08:21 AM
Dan Schatz 20 Aug 06 - 10:44 PM
Rabbi-Sol 20 Aug 06 - 11:21 PM
Suffet 21 Aug 06 - 09:46 AM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 21 Aug 06 - 02:08 PM
Dan Schatz 21 Aug 06 - 03:13 PM
GUEST,Bob Koenig 21 Aug 06 - 10:00 PM
Rabbi-Sol 21 Aug 06 - 10:55 PM
karen k 22 Aug 06 - 09:29 AM
Don Firth 22 Aug 06 - 01:12 PM
GUEST,photos from party 22 Aug 06 - 07:17 PM
Ferrara 22 Aug 06 - 08:26 PM
Big Mick 23 Aug 06 - 01:32 AM
Suffet 23 Aug 06 - 08:17 AM
GUEST,Sheila 23 Aug 06 - 10:55 AM
Rabbi-Sol 23 Aug 06 - 01:28 PM
Dan Schatz 23 Aug 06 - 02:00 PM
GUEST,Philippa 23 Aug 06 - 02:03 PM
Barry Finn 23 Aug 06 - 02:49 PM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 23 Aug 06 - 03:42 PM
Barry Finn 23 Aug 06 - 03:54 PM
Rabbi-Sol 24 Aug 06 - 12:06 PM
Suffet 30 Aug 06 - 12:21 AM
GUEST,rosalie 31 Aug 06 - 03:16 PM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 01 Sep 06 - 04:33 PM
Suffet 01 Sep 06 - 09:42 PM
Suffet 08 Jun 07 - 11:19 PM
GUEST,Bob Koenig 12 Jun 07 - 11:55 PM
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Subject: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Suffet
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 11:54 AM

Greetings:

The New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club invites you to join us in a picnic on the lawn of the Ritchie-Pickow house on the afternoon of Sunday, August 20th. That's in Port Washington, New York, on the North Shore of Long Island. Please arrive any time after 12 noon and bring a dish of food to share. You can also bring your own chair if you don't want to sit on the grass. There will, of course, be plenty of singing, and musical instruments are certainly welcome.

The address is 7A Locust Avenue. You have to follow a small driveway which starts on Locust Avenue opposite the northern end of Library Drive and goes between two other houses. You can pinpoint the location on Google, Map Quest, Map Blaster, etc., but if you would rather get directions the old-fashioned way, here they are:

Take the Long Island Expressway (I-495) to Exit 36, Searingtown Road. Stay on Searingtown Road north past Route 25A. The name will change to Port Washington Boulevard. Continue north approximately two miles into the village of Port Washington. Make a left turn onto Main Street and go approximately one mile to Library Drive. Make a right and go one short block to where Library Drive ends in a T with Locust Avenue. Find parking along Locust Avenue.

If you prefer to use public transportation, take the Long Island Railroad from Penn Station or Woodside to Port Washington. Library Drive is about one mile west of the station on Main Street. You can walk or take a cab. Or you can call 516-767-0757 and we will try to pick you up. That's also the number to call if you get lost driving.

Just remember not to arrive before 12 noon. The picnic continues until we get tired or singing -- fat chance! -- or until Jean and George kick us out.

You don't have to be a NY Pinewoods member to participate, but we sure would welcome you into the club if you decide to join.

We hope to see lots of Mudcat folks on the 20th. Big Mick came last year for the first time, and he had lots of fun.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Felipa
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 11:58 AM

Are you sure she wants her home address posted on the website?

I'm sure the picnic will be as great as it was last year. Unfortunately, although I will be in the US at the time I am to attend a wedding that weekend.


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Big Mick
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 12:31 PM

It is already posted on a website, I assume with her assent. I will be there again, Steve, and look forward to seeing you. As I have a family membership, I will be bringing my wife and daughter to meet the great lady and all of you.

Looking forward to this with great anticipation,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 12:38 PM

Hey, I wish I was coming (peers into piggy bank and thinks not). Long Island is one of my favourite places in the world and to meet Kytrad is one of my dreams. Sometime . . .


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 12:56 PM

Fay & I will be there again this year and as always I will be making my popular "kosher tuna salad" for the ocassion.

                                                   SOL ZELLER


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 01:42 PM

It is always a laid back, relaxed, and wonderful musical gathering.
JE


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Sorcha
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 02:23 PM

Dagnabbit!!!


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Suffet
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 03:12 PM

KYTRAD asked me to post the information. Anyway, as Mick pointed out, it has already been published.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 06:33 PM

Shucks! Everybody knows where I live anyway, and now they REALLY know it, since Suffet has given away the last detail- the long driveway. If he hadn't told that, most folks still wouldn't find it- we're always having frantic telephone calls from someone who's lost, and is usually only two or three houses away... Mick, Sol, Jerry, so glad you're all coming back. All the hard spring rains have almost ruint our front hall, but folks can still get to the loo so that's OK.
Shelter from rain is available but hiding out in the house is frowned upon for any other reason... and there's AC in the offered shelter if desperately needed for health reasons! Now, I don't mean to be laying down rules, it's just that it'll be more fun in the midst of the outdoor crowd, food and music. All welcome!    Jean and George


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Suffet
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 06:51 PM

Greetings:

The New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club (a/k/a the Folk Music Society of New York, Inc.) will have cold soft drinks available. If you would like to bring beverages, or if you need any information about what to bring, please e-mail Barbara Mehlman.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 07:45 PM

Sounds like a great day! We're hoping to be there, instruments in tow.

Dan and Geeta


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 08:03 PM

Jean & George,

             If you need any help with the bathroom facilities, my van is lavatory equipped. If the line gets too long I can handle your overload. I will try to get my usual parking spot near the entrance to the driveway.
                                                SOL ZELLER


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 08:31 PM

Wish I could be there. The New York Pinewoods Folk folks are some grand people. Regards to all -- and Barbara Mehlman. She was one of my first contacts with your organization--back in the '70s. There's even a shot of my concert for you one night at the South Street Seaport -- at my photo site http://rudegnu.com/art_thieme.html
Jerry Epstien, and Ben Mandel, and Sonja Savig and others are there too.

Love to Jean & George,

Art


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: GUEST,Rosalie
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 11:08 PM

Jean and George set such a warm welcoming atmosphere, that a picnic at their house is always a major treat. Most events of the New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club attract good singers/musicians and pleasant people, but Jean & George seem to bring out the best in everyone.
It is easy to get there by train. I hope to see you there.
Rosalie


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Aug 06 - 11:15 PM

Sounds like a good reason to grab one of those cheap over the weekend flights, but my daughter moves into her freshman dorm that weekend, so I shouldn't. But I'm tempted! Long Island is such a marvelous place. I used to escape from the city when I could and drive out and look around little towns and visit the beaches. Wonderful memories! (Also, a favorite book, Travels With Charley, starts out there.)

SRS


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Celtaddict
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 09:20 AM

Jean and George, thank you so much for doing this! I really wish I could come, and am strongly hoping for next year!


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 09:39 AM

Egad! It almost makes me want to return to NY. I'd love to be there.

Have a WONderful party, All. And especially Kytrad.

With yiz in spirit, anyway.

Abby
(Now in Raleigh)


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 04:23 PM

See, Suffet- I THOUGHT this was a good idea- it's great that, in addition to inviting new folks, it brings news of old friends who cannot come but send greetings. We wish you could all be here!
Love to all,   Jean & George


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Suffet
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 04:58 PM

Jean, have you ever been wrong when it comes to matters concerning music? I doubt it!

Everyone else, here's a true KYTRAD story. It was a hot Sunday morning at the 2003 Eisteddfod in Brooklyn, New York, and Jean was among the performers in the sacred song round robin mini-concert. Jean did one song, but the when her turn came again she said that her voice wasn't up to it. So she asked if anyone in the audience would like to come up to the stage and do a song in her place.

The response was total silence. I saw quite a few talented folks in that audience, and I cannot honestly say that even one of them was shy. Had this been anyone else offering up his or her turn, you couldn't keep the swarm of would-be singers down with a high pressure fire hose. But this wasn't just anyone else. This was Jean, and stepping up to sing a song in her place would be like stepping up to pinch hit for Babe Ruth. Even if the Bambino were in the midst of an oh for twenty slump, you just didn't do it.

The comparison is a good one. If the Babe was the Sultan of Swat, then Jean is the Sultana of Song. Just picture her mountain dulcimer in place of a Louisville Slugger.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 08:45 PM

So what happened? Did I sing? 2003 was so long ago.....


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Suffet
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 10:06 PM

Jean, I don't recall for sure, but I think you gave up your turn. That was the Sunday morning concert at which Voices of Shalom, the vocal ensemble of black Orthodox Jewish women, were totally enthralled by your singing Cool of the Day. I believe they wanted to put it on their next CD, but I don't know if they ever did.

The lead singer of Voices of Shalom was and still is Alfa Anderson. In the 1970s she was the lead singer for a disco group called Chic which had a number one hit song, Le Freak. At the height of her career, Alfa walked away from the fame and fortune to take a job as a New York City school teacher. She eventually became a high school principal, and she now works as a school administrator at the NYC Department of Education headquarters.

You meet such interesting people in this folkie world!

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: karen k
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 10:34 PM

I hope to come. I've heard of this picnic in the past but didn't really know it was open to anyone. Jean you are my all time favorite singer and to visit you at your home and sing with good people will be a real treat.

Is there a nearby motel?

I'm looking forward to this so much.

Thank you for opening your home.

karen kobela


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 11:04 PM

Sultana? Say what??

The Sultana, grievously overloaded with Union troops just released from the notorious Andersonville Prison, exploded and sank on the Mississippi River. A worse loss of life than the Titanic.---I ain't catchin' the analogy.
Art


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Suffet
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 11:19 PM

This is probably the closest motel:

Royal Inn
1177 Northern Boulevard (Route 25A)
Manhasset, NY 11030

Phones:
516-627-5300 local
800-832-5600 NY State
800-428-0005 elsewhere

I don't know anything about it. There is also a cluster of hotels by LaGuardia Airport in Queens, perhaps a 30 or 40 minute drive from Port Washington if there are no traffic delays.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Suffet
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 11:21 PM

Sultana = feminine of Sultan


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Bert
Date: 10 Aug 06 - 12:58 AM

...she asked if anyone in the audience would like to come up to the stage and do a song in her place...

What a lovely story.

I've always found that the BEST musicians are the ones who are most supportive of us lesser ones.


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 10 Aug 06 - 06:19 PM

Karen dear- Motels are scarce round here, but we have a sofa (with a Sealy mattress) in our living room if you don't mind being in such a fishbowl. Actually, when the party's over, it should be quite private. Love to have you!    Jean


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: SharonA
Date: 10 Aug 06 - 06:40 PM

Well, now, lately I've been thinking that it's 'way past time I met some Mudcatters besides the ones in my immediate vicinity (Philadelphia PA suburbs).

I'm supposed to go to Sullivan County PA on the 19th for a gig and stay overnight there (though it's tentative & may not happen). Is there an easy way to get from northeastern Pennsylvania to Long Island?

If my gig does get cancelled, is there anyone willing to meet me and carpool up from the "greater Philadelphia" area to Kytrad's?

Sharon


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 10 Aug 06 - 07:37 PM

Sharon,
            Take I-80 across the George Washington Bridge. Once across the Bridge take the Cross Bronx Expressway to the Throggs Neck Bridge. Cross the bridge into Queens and take the Cross Island Parkway to the Long Island Expressway eastbound to Exit 36. From there, follow Steve's directions in the first post on this thread.

                                                   SOL ZELLER


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: karen k
Date: 10 Aug 06 - 09:34 PM

Jean,
What an incredibly kind offer. I would be honored to accept. Thank you so much. See you the 20th.

love,
karen


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Suffet
Date: 11 Aug 06 - 12:15 AM

Greetings:

Sol Zeller's directions are excellent if you are coming from northern or central Pennsylvania. However, if you are coming from the Philadelphia area, you will be much farther south, so try this way instead.

Take the PA Turnpike east to the NJ Turnpike north to Exit 10. Follow Route 440 east across Outerbridge Crossing into Staten Island. Route 440 then becomes the West Shore Expressway. Take it north to I-278, which is also called the Staten Island Expressway. Take the Staten Island Expressway east across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn. Stay on I-278, which will now be called the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and keep going east (sometimes called north at this point) across the Kosciuszko Bridge into Queens. Keep to the right as you come off the bridge. The very first exit in Queens will be the Long Island Expressway, or I-495. Take it east to Exit 36, Searingtown Road, and follow the directions I gave earlier.

It sounds complicated, but it's not. Here are te directions simplified.

• PA Turnpike east to NJ Turnpike.

• NJ Turnpike north to Exit 10, Route 440.

• Route 440 east across Outerbridge Crossing, then north to I-278.

• I-278 east to I-495.

• I-495 east to Exit 36.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: kendall
Date: 11 Aug 06 - 06:49 AM

In the UK a sultana is what we call a raisin.

I do wish we could be there, Jean, but alas, tis not to be.
Can we talk you into coming to one of the house concerts or lobster boils at Sinsull's place?


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 11 Aug 06 - 02:28 PM

Would love to come to Sinsull's, but haven't been free so far. Maybe someday...

I'm amazed- Debra Cowan has just sent a pm saying she may come,-from Massachusetts! And now Pennsylvania too- golly! Will our yard be large enough? Well, we are promised by the weatherman a glorious weekend, THIS week- hope August 20th qualifies for the same treatment
(we haven't always been so lucky; remember having to rush into the house with all the food, when one of our sudden squalls blasted in across the bay?)...nevertheless, rain or shine, we're here!    Jean


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: SharonA
Date: 11 Aug 06 - 03:37 PM

Thanks very much, Sol Zeller and also Suffet (Steve)! The "directions simplified" are especially appreciated!!!

What will the music-jam include? Traditional folk music only? or is newer folk music welcome? How broad is the club's definition of "folk music"? Would it be OK to sing original songs? (Thought I'd better ask before I go making some musical faux-pas! Around this immediate area, there are 3 folk song societies, each with a different idea of what folk songs are. Songs that would be enjoyed by one group are frowned on by another!)

Thanks,
Sharon


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 11 Aug 06 - 04:01 PM

We do not attempt to dictate what people sing. . . Go with the flow, and all should let all others get a song in as well. . .
JE


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Suffet
Date: 11 Aug 06 - 04:02 PM

Sharon,

In past experience is any guide, please feel free to sing whatever you want. If you ask three members of NY Pinewoods for their definition of folk music, you will likely get seven different answers. Nevertheless, songs with singable choruses or refrains are always particularly welcome, whether traditional or contemporary.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Tannywheeler
Date: 11 Aug 06 - 04:06 PM

Jeez--Louise!!!! All you lucky people. I would go if I could. Maybe I'll send some chow-chow???. I send hugs & kisses to Jeannie & George anyway, if someone would pass it on. Thank God for some loveliness still being in this world. Appreciate it lots every chance you get. Travel safely, 'Catters.             Tw


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 11 Aug 06 - 04:08 PM

Is Oscar Brand going to be there again this year ? He has been there all the previous times that I have attended ?
            
                                              SOL ZELLER


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 12 Aug 06 - 07:50 PM

I told Oscar and Karen about it, last week at dinner. Oscar made a note in his famous 'black book,' but we'll have to wait and see!


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Suffet
Date: 14 Aug 06 - 08:14 AM

Reminder!

The August 20th picnic at Chez Ritchie-Pickow is potluck. Please bring a dish to share. The Folk Music Society of New York (a/k/a New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club) will provide soft drinks. If you want to bring beverages, or if you need advice about what to bring, please e-mail Barbara Mehlman.

Also, please bring folding chairs. Our hosts Jean and George have plenty of lawn space, but not enough benches and chairs to accommodate the multitudes.

See you all at the picnic.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 16 Aug 06 - 08:31 PM

Weather forecast for Sunday is "Scattered thundershowers," so bring a hat and brolly I guess. And practice up on, "How Can I Keep From Singing?"

What though the thunder around me rolls,
I hear the life it giveth...
What though the storm around me roars-
Songs in the night it giveth.

I've always loved that verse- didn't remember the words exactly, but that's the meaning- and it's only half a verse. One of my very favorite songs. Someone be sure to have all the words handy!   Jean


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: GUEST,Big Mick on a library computer
Date: 17 Aug 06 - 07:32 PM

Last year I sang what our Jean called "new music". It was received warmly. You should not be afraid to do what you do, this is a very welcoming bunch of folk. I am not sure what songs I will bring this year, trad, labor, Irish, "new", but the folks here will support you.

I am anxious to see these friends again. And, Miss Jean, I am bringing my wife, Mary Lou, and my 14 year old daughter, Ciara (pronounced Keera). She insisted that she wanted to meet you. She is an Irish stepdancer. Maybe if someone does a reel, we can get her to do a few steps.

I am so very excited to see you all again.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: karen k
Date: 17 Aug 06 - 09:10 PM

Mick,
Can't wait to see you and meet Mary Lou and Ciara. Hope I don't get lost!

love,
k


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: GUEST,Rosalie
Date: 17 Aug 06 - 11:00 PM

Hmmm ... potluck??? I guess the rule of thumb is to each bring a dish with enough for six people?


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Suffet
Date: 18 Aug 06 - 07:26 AM

Greetings:

For those folks taking the Long Island Railroad, please note that on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays trains for Port Washington leave Penn Station in Manhattan at :14 and :44 pas the hour. The distance is just under 20 miles and the trip takes 46 minutes, so trains arrive in Port Washington on the hour and half hour.

For example, the train leaving Penn Station at 11:14 AM arrives in Port Washington at 12:00 noon. The train leaving at 11:44 AM arrives at 12:30 PM, snd so forth.

Also note that the same trains leave the Woodside Station at :25 and :55 after the hour, or 11 minutes after leaving Penn Station. Unlike almost all other LIRR trains, those on the Port Washington branch do not stop at Jamaica Station, so Woodside is the only transfer point.

Trains returning to Woodside and Penn Station leave Port Washington at :05 and :35 after the hour.

Please remember to bring food or beverages to share, folding chairs, and rain gear. Scattered showers have been predicted, but not continuous rainfall. Musical instruments are certainly welcome, as are songs, particularly songs with choruses or refrains for group singing.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 18 Aug 06 - 02:21 PM

Steve, Reading your LIRR info, I had a picture of folks arriving at the station with covered dish, rain gear and a chair, and thought that the club should maybe volunteer to meet trains? Should we give someone's cell phone number for arrivees? Barbara, you're overseeing- what do you think?


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Suffet
Date: 18 Aug 06 - 07:09 PM

Greetings:

When you ge to the LIRR station in Port Washington you can call 917-923-5270 or 917-836-9849 to see if we can find a volunteer to pick you up. No promises, but we will try. Otherwise, there should be taxicabs waiting at the station. If not, the local number for taxicabs is 516-883-1900.

You can still call the phone number given in the first message if you are hopelessly lost and need directions, but please don't call it for pick ups.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Aug 06 - 02:26 PM

Darn. Wish I could be there.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: GUEST,Nancy King at work
Date: 19 Aug 06 - 03:30 PM

Me too, Joe.


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: SharonA
Date: 19 Aug 06 - 04:50 PM

Me too, Joe!!! Turns out I can't make it. The folk trio I'm in is signed up for four fests in September and October, and we've just signed on a new member and become a quartet. The only day all four of us can get together for our first rehearsal is... yep, you guessed it, 8/20/06. Wahhhhh!

Sure wish I could be with you guys in NY instead -- sounds like a very welcoming atmosphere that I would enjoy very much! But I'll have to settle for hoping that I can make it and meet you all next time, and for wishing you all the best of good weather, good food and good times. Have fun!

Sharon


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: catspaw49
Date: 19 Aug 06 - 05:08 PM

I've watched this thread develop withevy for those able to be there. I can think of no better way to spend a Sunday and no one I would prefer to spend it with. I join in the long line of "me too's" and will be thinking of you all tomorrow.

Best to you Jean and all!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Big Mick
Date: 19 Aug 06 - 07:19 PM

It's so funny. This 14 year old of mine has the chance to go see her favorite headbanger band tomorrow with a friend and her college age aunt. She asked me what we would be doing, and I told her we would be sitting with old friends, and friends we haven't met yet, singing, eating a bit, and enjoying good company. I told her if she would rather go to the concert with her buddy, I would allow it. She told me that she would much rather meet Jean.


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: GUEST,Rosalie
Date: 19 Aug 06 - 09:46 PM

The picnic is an easy walk from the LIRR train station. Unless you are in poor health, there is no reason to have someone pick you up unless you are bringing something heavy like a watermelon to share.


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 19 Aug 06 - 11:32 PM

I hope you all have a wonderful time . If my daughter and I wern't going to Sturbridge Village for the week I would close up the pottery for this .. All the very best , Guy


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: iancarterb
Date: 20 Aug 06 - 12:51 AM

There are so many things I could do next summer after the 7/06 conclusion of keeping my day job for 36 years. Returning to the Manhasset area wasn't on the list before, but my last trip to Pinewoods was (I think) 1965, and it was already on the list. If you do the picnic again next year, post it early. Best-   Carter Bannerman


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Suffet
Date: 20 Aug 06 - 08:21 AM

Greetings:

The summer picnic has been an annual event of the New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club for many years, and we hope it will continue as long as Jean and George are willing to have us. That is entirely up to them, of course. But please note that NYPFMC sponsors many other wonderful events throughout the year: concerts large and small, singing parties, community sings, Gospel and Sacred Harp sessions, educational workshops, tributes and conferences, weekend retreats in the country (the next one being October 20-22 at the Nevele Grand Resort in the Catskills), and the Eisteddfod New York Festival of Traditional Music.

For more information, please visit our website: http://www.folkmusicny.org/

One other thing. Although we were founded by people who met at Pinewoods Camp in Massachusetts, and although we are an affiliate of CDSS, the New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club and Pinewoods Camp are not one and the same. To avoid confusion, we (the club) are beginning to use our corporate name more and more. It is Folk Music Society of New York, Inc. So when you see the letters FMSNY, please know that it is still us!

Anyway, the storms passed last night and the sky is clearing. In a few hours it shall be a great day for a picnic.

See you all there!

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 20 Aug 06 - 10:44 PM

What a beautiful gathering. Good people and lots of good singing. It's always a treat to see and hear Big Mick, my brother Ken, Heather, Karen and so many new friends whose names I probably wouldn't spell right. And of course, Jean Ritchie has been a hero for just about as long as I can remember. To sit in her own backyard and hear her sing "Now Is the Cool of The Day" was one of the sublime moments of my life. And "Pretty Saro" was every bit as good the second time around.

Thanks to Jean and George and Jon and all who helped put this day together.

Dan and Geeta


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 20 Aug 06 - 11:21 PM

This was a special experience for Fay and myself; seeing a lot of old friends and making some new ones. We had the pleasure of meeting Big Mick who is a wonderful human being as well as a super entertainer. I even got to do 2 numbers myself. We want to thank Jean, George,& Jon, for opening up their home to us & Heather Wood who ran the entire program by making sure that everyone had a chance to participate.
                                              SOL ZELLER


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Suffet
Date: 21 Aug 06 - 09:46 AM

Greetings:

Dan was a wonderful new voice at the picnic. We are certainly glad he was present, along with so many others, both newbies and veterans.

There are just so many people to thank in addition those already mentioned. At the risk of leaving someone out, let me mention Barbara Mehlman, who coordinated the food and brought the soft drinks and ice; Jerry Epstein who shlepped a giant box of paper goods, plasticware, and serving utensils to Jean's house; David Kleiman, who along with Heather announced many of the upcoming FMSNY events; Anne Price, who handled membership requests; Rosalie Friend, who helped publize the event; and Marilyn Suffet, who along with me arranged the date for this year's picnic with Jean and George.

Everyone, please remember that the Folk Music Society of New York (NY Pinewoods) sponsors many events in addition to this picnic. Please take a peek at our website for a comprehensive listing: http://www.folkmusicny.org/

--- Steve Suffet (in my capacity as FMSNY Social Committee Co-Chairperson)


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 21 Aug 06 - 02:08 PM

Picnickers: It is US who should thank YOU! How else could we have a gardenful of musical folks drop by and bring tablesful of delicious food, play a wonderful variety of instruments and sing songs all afternoon, while we sit there like guests and just enjoy? The weather chipped in too, with sun, flying clouds and breezes. Dan, "Pretty Saro" was sung a second time because someone apparently missed the first singing, Jon was strumming the dulcimer and everyone just started singing the song again...a few hours between singings so it wasn't too noticeable! Another perk is that our house got cleaned up (somewhat) and room made for a crowd in case of bad weather, and no one had to retreat from rain or heat, so for today anyway we have this neatened house. Karen spent the night and we enjoyed her company in the evening and at breakfast, and saw her on the CT road about midday.

Our yard proved roomy enough for all, this year; some room to spare though, so next year, EVERYBODY come!      Jean/George/Jon


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 21 Aug 06 - 03:13 PM

Oh, I don't know - a few hours might be too long between singings of "Saro." It's always been one of my favorites. Thanks again to all.

Dan Schatz


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: GUEST,Bob Koenig
Date: 21 Aug 06 - 10:00 PM

Had a great time meeting everyone and hearing you sing such great numbers... was fun! I do hope to see you again! Hope you didn't mind me sneaking in a piece of Levittown Suburban Folk to you!

www.bobkoenigmusic.com


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 21 Aug 06 - 10:55 PM

My friend, Murray Gewirtz, had his good digital camera with him and took some photos. I will try to convince him to have them uploaded to Mudcat. This way, everyone can see what a good time we had.

                                              SOL ZELLER


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: karen k
Date: 22 Aug 06 - 09:29 AM

I had a wonderful time. It was great seeing old friends and meeting a few new folks. But the best part was having time to visit leisurely with Jean and George. Their gracious hospitality was very much appreciated. It was really an honor. Also, got to meet Mick's wife Mary Lou and gorgeous daughter Ciara. The day was just too short. Thanks to Pinewoods for letting me crash their picnic. Had a great time.

karen


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Don Firth
Date: 22 Aug 06 - 01:12 PM

I would have given the deed to the ranch and my firstborn (well . . . maybe) to have been there, but out here on the West Coast, it wasn't too practical. Nevertheless, Rabbi-Sol, I'd really appreciated it if you could prevail upon your friend to upload the photos. I'm sure I'm not the only one who would love to be able to participate, if only vicariously. And to have had a chance to meet Jean and George would have been a high point in my musical life.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: GUEST,photos from party
Date: 22 Aug 06 - 07:17 PM

I have a few..would love to see other people's pics..I'd gladly trade what I have for them!

Bob Koenig

keywhol@aol.com

maybe some summer I could have a gathering at my place in Levittown!!


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Ferrara
Date: 22 Aug 06 - 08:26 PM

Thanks for sharing it all on the Mudcat. Just reading the names of some of the guests is enough to bring a smile. Sigh.... It's been far too long since we've heard Jean sing in person, would have loved to be there for that and all else. What a wonderful gathering.

Rita F


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Big Mick
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 01:32 AM

I have been sans computer for several weeks but am back in the saddle, as they say.

I hardly know where to start. I guess it should be with Jean, George and Jon. They are such wonderful hosts. I have never met anyone more enjoyable to be around. They open up there home, and their hearts. Marylou, Ciara, and I stayed around and chatted with these good folks (thanks for the Guinness, George!!), and my beloved karen k. I could see Jean was tired, or I surely could have sat there and chatted till the wee hours. Ciara, my 14 year old, fell squarely in love with these gentle souls.

And Jon, we surely must play a little more music together. I enjoyed your banjo style and the songs you sang. Sure hope we can do some more of that.

Remember when Geeta and Dan were boyfriend/girlfriend? Remember when she hardly sang? That woman has a voice, and when she sings with Dan, it is pure joy. Dan is already one of my favorite musicians, and I can't wait to record a couple of his songs. The lad sings, writes, and plays. Don't get better'n that.

Steve, Joy, Rosalie, I am so very glad to be a part of your fine organization. I hope you know that if there is something you need from me, it is but an email or a call.

I sang "Voices of Struggle" because I wanted Rick to be there. His fine song resonates more today than when he wrote it all those years ago. It has become an anthem for me. I sing it at every opportunity, and every single time folks come to me and want to know about the song. I am determined that the wisdom encapsulated in it will be heard everywhere I can make it heard. In addition to other songs, I also sang Bill Gallaher's fine song "The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin".

What a joy to meet Rabbi Sol. It is always a pleasure to attach a face to the name. We will be seeing more of each other.

By the way, if Deb Cowan is performing anywhere close to you, get to the concert. What a voice! Another old friend, just met.

I want to encourage all to join your local folk society. If you are in the Greater NYC area, this one is a no brainer. The modest dues get you free concerts, this picnic, the knowledge of folks like Steve and Joy, and Jean. We simply must support the organizations that keep our music alive.

I am missing some, and I aplogize but I am just back from Dan Milner's mom's wake and tired.

Jean and George, you are very special. And you deserve all the love you get. BTW, the library in Port Washington is doing a special concert series in honor of Jean and her music. Steve Suffet, a wonderful singer, and one of the active members of FSNY is performing. Also NeXTradition (Ken Schatz and Alison Kelley-Kraan). This is a local event, but it promises to be wonderful. If folks want to travel to this, they should check with kytrad first to make sure space is available.

Ramble off.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Suffet
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 08:17 AM

Greetings:

Mick said: Jean and George, you are very special. And you deserve all the love you get. BTW, the library in Port Washington is doing a special concert series in honor of Jean and her music. Steve Suffet, a wonderful singer, and one of the active members of FSNY is performing. Also NeXTradition (Ken Schatz and Alison Kelley-Kraan). This is a local event, but it promises to be wonderful. If folks want to travel to this, they should check with kytrad first to make sure space is available.

I thank Mick for the compliment, but it is David Kleiman who will be performing at that event, along with his new group, the North River Band. The confusion is undestandable: two fat Jewish guys with with New York accents and lots of facial hair who sing folk songs!

But take heart! You will have numerous opportunities to hear me perform, including on Sunday, December 17 of this year when Anne Price and I will be presenting Woody Rediscovered, a workshop style concert of Woody Guthrie's less known songs for the New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club. The time and place are yet to be determined.

Anne and I will also be presenting Woody Rediscovered on Saturday evening, September 30, in Takoma Park, MD, for the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. The details are on my website: http://suffet.home.att.net/

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: GUEST,Sheila
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 10:55 AM

Hi all.
I'm the one who arrived late in the afternoon to this extraordinary event! Unexpectedly, this lovely woman, and beautiful singer, came up and asked what I would like to sing! I threw out "Pretty Saro" and someone said, "We already did that!" To her generous credit, Heather Wood (I subsequently learned) said, "Well, we'll do it again!"
So that's how it came to be, redux.
That picnic will remain forever in my memory. The weather was perfect, the attendants so talented, and the host and hostess, George and Jean, so special in every way!
I'm amazed by the musical abilities I heard that day. Songs that went on for 7 or more verses with singable choruses (what was that "CLAP CLAP CLAP, Bang the drum" song, sung so beautifully by a gentleman sitting next to me?)(or that Elizabethan sounding "Where did my waist go?")
Thank you, Jean and George, and Pinewoods, and all those who gave a music lover, though not a performer, an experience and thrill of a lifetime.
Sheila


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 01:28 PM

Here is an outstanding photo of Jean and her son Jon performing at the picnic. I have e-mailed Jeff and asked him to post it here so you all can see it. It was taken by Murray A. Gewirtz, an artistic photographer as well as a folksinger and ardent fan of Jean.

                                              SOL ZELLER


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 02:00 PM

Hm - the photo didn't quite make it.

To clarify, I really wasn't trying to start a "Pretty Saro" controversy - I just wanted to let folks know how much I enjoyed the song - both times. I've been humming it ever since, along with "Jemmy Taylor."

Dan Schatz


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 02:03 PM

I had to content myself with seeing a bit of Jean on the PBS documentary about Allan Lomax (last night). It will be repeated on channel 13 (WNET , NY) August 28th and probably on the other PBS stations too. also there is more on the pbs.org website.

no substitute for a live circle of friends, of course


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Barry Finn
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 02:49 PM

Who's in the North River Band with David Kleiman? I have always enjoyed him & any group he has a hand in.

I'm glad you all had such a great day (as I read on green & sighing), it sounds so wonderful.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 03:42 PM

The concert by Dave Kleiman and friends is to be at our Port Washington Library in November, but it's not a huge room and seating priority is given to townspeople, so don't get your hopes up about getting in. The library has one one or two folkmusic concerts a year, and everyone fights to get in, as it is! I'm not being inhospitable, mind you, just want everyone to know about the space problem..... Bless you all and thanks from our family for all the beautiful words- so glad we all enjoyed the day so much- and no one more than I!    Jean


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Barry Finn
Date: 23 Aug 06 - 03:54 PM

Thanks Jean. I wasn't planning to go to hear them, to far away. Just courious who's in the North River bunch with David. He's (IMHO) got very good taste I just wanted to see who he's keeping company with these days. I don't get to see & hear him often enough.
Barry


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 24 Aug 06 - 12:06 PM

I see that Jeff never posted the photo. I do not want all you folks to miss out on it. It is really top quality. Therefore, if you PM me with your e-mail address I will e-mail it to you. Or you can e-mail me directly at solz@att.net and I will send it to you by return e-mail. I would like Jean to have a copy as well, so if anyone knows her e-mail address please send it to me. I know that George, who is an award winning professional photographer in his own right, would really enjoy seeing this picture.

                                              SOL ZELLER


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Suffet
Date: 30 Aug 06 - 12:21 AM

Greetings:

Click here for photos from the picnic at Jean and George's house. These were taken by Don Wade.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: GUEST,rosalie
Date: 31 Aug 06 - 03:16 PM

I thank Jean, George, and John for creating such a welcoming atmosphere and enabling us to enjoy great music together. I had a ball singing with all of you. I hope that you will join us again for Folk Music Society of New York's weekends, parties, concerts, etc. and especially for Eisteddfod-NY on November 17-19. Steve already has us hunting for friends who can put up guests in their houses, and there are motels nearby. We have fantastic performers lined up for Eisteddfod, but if you come and jam, it will be even better.
Bob Koenig asked about having a singing party at his place. Sure! Join the Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club, and suggest a couple of dates. You might guess from our name that we love to get together & make music. I've had a Halloween party for the Pinewoods Club for a number of years. You never know who will turn up, but we always get a very high ratio of pleasant people and good singers/musicians.
Web site for Eisteddfod www.eisteddfod-ny.org
Web site for Pinewoods Club www.folkmusicny.org
Come join us!


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 04:33 PM

Barry-   With David Kleiman in the North River Band is Jen Larson and Chris Seymour. Also participating, from Pinewoods, is NexTradition: Ken Schatz and Alison Kelley.

Thanks for your thanks, all of you- and thanks to you for giving us a happy day- so glad we got the lawn mowed in time!


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Suffet
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 09:42 PM

Greetings:

One of the photos taken at the picnic -- this one! -- is of Heather Lev singing and playing her guitar. Heather is a critically acclaimed young (30ish) singer-songwriter. It was really wonderful seeing her come to the wellspring to soak up the waters of tradition. I only hope she doesn't mind my metaphor. She certainly won't mind my posting this link to her website.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/26/07
From: Suffet
Date: 08 Jun 07 - 11:19 PM

Just confirmed!

The next Folk Music Society of New York (NY Pinewoods) annual picnic will take place at the Ritchie-Pickow residence in Port Washington, NY, on Sunday, August 26, 2007. Please do not arrive before 12 noon. Barbara Mehlman will once again be coordinating the food and beverages. The address and directions are the same as last year.

Be there!

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: GUEST,Bob Koenig
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 11:55 PM

Hi
Yes/ there's another party At Jean's this August? can guests also come like last year? I'd love to attend again.
www.bobkoenigmusic.com


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Suffet
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 07:39 AM

Greetings:

Yes, guests are always welcome. Please do come, and please bring a dish to share. You should also bring a chair, if possible. There is now a Mudcat thread for the 2007 picnic at KYTRAD's, so maybe it's time to close this outdated thread.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: GUEST,old pictures
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 09:44 PM

anyone have photos from the 2006 party? I'd love to know if I'm in one of them!

www.bobkoenigmusic.com


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Subject: RE: Picnic at KYTRAD's 8/20/06
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 10:41 PM

Bob,
      If I remember correctly your red hair was front and center in at least 2 of the photos. Hope to see you again this year.

                                                 SOL


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