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Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival

Charley Noble 04 Aug 08 - 07:56 PM
SINSULL 04 Aug 08 - 07:48 PM
SINSULL 04 Aug 08 - 07:36 PM
Charley Noble 04 Aug 08 - 05:54 PM
Jeri 04 Aug 08 - 12:30 PM
SINSULL 04 Aug 08 - 12:18 PM
GUEST,SINS 04 Aug 08 - 12:04 PM
GUEST,SINSULL 04 Aug 08 - 11:46 AM
Bat Goddess 04 Aug 08 - 09:33 AM
jacqui.c 04 Aug 08 - 08:21 AM
Barry Finn 04 Aug 08 - 02:56 AM
Big Mick 04 Aug 08 - 01:30 AM
Charley Noble 03 Aug 08 - 06:31 PM
Micca 03 Aug 08 - 06:11 PM
Marc Bernier 03 Aug 08 - 06:10 PM
kendall 03 Aug 08 - 05:24 PM
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Charley Noble 03 Aug 08 - 02:50 PM
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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 07:56 PM

Sinsull-

Most likely some tiny little nun, or maybe a herd of 'em.

The next major sea songs concert I know of will be at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Sunday, August 17th, 7:30 pm, and will feature Castlebay and Roll & Go. We're hoping that our final concert of the summer will generate an exceptionally good turnout. The Long Reach Hall is a good performing space and those who come early may enjoy the exhibits at the Museum which was in fact an old shipyard.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 07:48 PM

By the way - who squeezed the toothpaste tube in the middle?


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 07:36 PM

Another OH CRAP! Fred and Julia, Castlebay, the second starring act after Micca Patterson, according to a local website. Thank you for your music, charm and elegant presence. And forgive me - still catching up on sleep and trying to track dwn my meds.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 05:54 PM

Sinsull and Jacqui-

I still shudder every time a thundercloud drifts over. It's all so stressful being so vulnerable to the whim of the weather gods when one is committed to an outdoor event. I had made a private sacrifice to Boja, the old Thunder God from the part of Ethiopia I was teaching in in 1967-68. Boja doesn't get much attention nowadays, and may have been appreciative to the horn of honey wine I offered him. Perhaps, we should make sure he is not neglected next year.

Today we were able to re-launch the Boston Whaler, the outboard fired up, and the rain held off for the entire afternoon despite more dire predictions. Now it's nestled at its mooring and my brother and his family have plans to take it cruising tomorrow, when they predict splendid weather...

On behalf of the sound crew, we appreciate your thanks and you are more than welcome in return. Most of our set-up worked very well from where we were listening, and when it wasn't working well we were fairly fast at tracking down the problem.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 12:30 PM

Thank you to Mary and Jacqui and those they and everyone else has thanked.

I'm in a bit of withdrawal after spending a bit over two weeks roaming around and spending time with people I care about, immersed in music I care about. It's all over and the world is suddenly underpopulated and silent.

I'm sorry for my bad manners. Thank you very much for your hard work pulling this whole wonderful festival together.


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 12:18 PM

Double Crap!!
Alice walked along the keyboard and deleted a bunch of stuff, most important:
Charlie and Judy - thank you for the professional sound system and risking not only your lives to electrocution but a few thousand dollars in equipment. The performers each came across brilliantly. Spring Point presented a number of challenges - you more than rose to the occasion. Thank you.

Thank you to the bride who thoughtfully left her very expensive tent to house the craft and CD tables. It screwed up the stage placement but allowed for some shade.

And lastly, thank you to all the people who braved the weather to be part of our audience and their generous donations. There really was a couple from Washington DC who left their contact information with the museum and Gordon. They wanted to learn more about the FSGW. They drove up to hear Gordon Bok and were thrilled with the wealth of talent who "accompanied" him.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST,SINS
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 12:04 PM

And Micca:
Crazy man from across the ocean who has shared all of my sorrows and joys for years and always managed to make me smile. Although occasionally I could set him on fire. When Micca arrives, it is as if he never left, He fits right into the strange rhythm of my household, manages to laugh when Alice pisses on his belongings and always has a new song and a new friend to introduce. He brought us Hissyfit - that alone earns him a permanent place in my heart.

Oh crap! I forgot Tami. Forgive me girl - the sensible member of our group who steps in and does whatever has to be done whenever it has to be done...with humor. She too has a broomstick that flies in formation with Jacqui's and mine but she prefers a petrifying glare. Thank you for taking the Travelocity Gnome off my hands for a while - made life a bit simpler. Thank you for being our friend.

Lastly, thank you to Tami's Jason and Holly's Steve for allowing us (LOL) the joy of their company.

Maybe now I am done...
Mary


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST,SINSULL
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 11:46 AM

Just woke up. Micca is off to TJ Hooker's (JP Thornton's) for breakfast. I have a moment alone - very rare this week --to thank everyone who made the festival happen and then the amazing party afterwards.

Kendall, were it not for your generous friendship, none of this would have happened. Every performer and volunteer goes back to your kindness when I arrived in Maine. Thank you, my love. Even without the leather jacket you were the sexiest man there. Your performance gave a depth of experience and character that brought tears (pure joy) to my eyes.

Our sponsors:
Deborah Coward of TRUBRIT Realty. You and Tom have been good friends for many years now. My home and I will always be grateful for your generous advice and help when no other real estate agent would even answer my emails. You are a beautiful lady and a treasured friend.

JP Thornton's (aka TJ Hooker's) - Tom, thank you for your generous donation and for providing South Portland with good food, great coffee and a friendly meeting place. I apologize for siccing Micca Patterson on you but he is addicted to your Bacon Butties and Reuben Sandwiches as well as your wine corner.

John Mosely of New York Life - your generous donation made the stage possible, the center of the festival. Thank you for your support and for guarding my little nest egg. It is in good hands.

Pam Dodd of All State Insurance - you generously supported our event while handling a few crises of your own. I am grateful for your support and for your years of professional advice and service. Deborah Coward and Jerry Jalbert recommended you when I first moved to Maine. I have never regretted taking their advice.

The Sousas of the Adventure - generous to a fault and always a source of humor, support, practical advice, a sounding board. I never expected to find friends like you this late in life. It is as if I have know you since grade school.

Micca Patterson - the man in the kilt. More about Micca later. But thank you for your generous support.

The Support Network:
Holly - not only was your singing a joy, your unfailing work in the kitchen made sure everyone was fed and no one developed food poisoning. I would love, just once. to see you angry. I believe you must be formidable. Always smiling, placid, and busy doing the practical stuff that everyone else (me especially) shuns. Some day you will come for a visit and we all will wait on you. Thank you.

Linn and Tom - those bi-weekly phone calls to listen to me bitch, vent, and be terrified without having to get an earful of advice or worse yet "You should haves..." were a godsend. Thank you for being such good friends.

Peter and Joann - your generous support with the emails, phone calls, and constant humor were also a godsend. You are genuinely good people. Jacqui and I try to hate Joann for being so beautiful but she is just as beautiful inside and we can't. Peter - thank you for not playing with the rolls.

The Performers:
When this first started the plan was an hour or two of a few friends doing the equivalent of a song circle to amuse ourselves and anyone who showed up. It grew like Topsy when all of you so generously donated your time (read: your weekend). Right up until Saturday morning, Mark was questioning whether any or all of the musicians advertised would really show up. Thank you for making the event happen. In no particular order: Marc Bernier, Roll and Go, Fivebitters, Jeri Corlew (brilliant Jeri),Holly (yes - the voice of an angel - one couple on their way out, turned as you started, husband said in wonder "Wow, she is good", and they stayed to listen),Micca Patterson, Captain Morse, Gordon Bok (holy crap! Gordon Bok!), John Roberts (almost as sexy as Kendall), David Jones (had the audience enthralled), David Coffin (and daughter, Leenia(SP?)) - house concert, please, Barry Finn (brought the house down Barry), Tom and Linn - always brilliant. I don't have the list handy - please tell me I haven;t forgotten someone...thank you all!

Thank you more for filling my house with music and laughter and friendship. I missed most of the fun in the front room. But finally got to hear "Captain Kendall and the Kitchen" performed by Gordon Bok, himself. John Roberts reprised the Indian Neck doowop hour that I missed by sleeping. And then followed it with a blues guitar and song set.

The volunteers with the thankless job of staying in one place while the rest of us mingled. Mike Mushlin from PowerPay especially - thank you for being so generous not only at this event but in everything you touch.
Thank you to all the museum volunteers for your help and infinite sense of humor. Linc and his lady, Kathy, Ann (who thinks she is a longshoreman hauling around heavy tables and the like), Laurel (who smiled through it all), and the poor lady left to work the parking lot (I apologize I don't remember your name. You disappeared too soon).
Becca - thank you. Not only did you spend eight hours at the CD table, you kept the count and the money right.
I am not sure who kept the kitchen and performers' room in shape but periodically I went in to make sure all was well - it was. Thank you.

Hadley, Rebecca and Mark - thank you most of all for allowing us to come and play. I think we have a handle on what needs improvement. But the truth is we really pulled off a very special event. I am sorry you did not make it back to my house to receive a toast. Jacqui and will treasure your gift - a beautiful thought.

Mrs. Morse - I tried so hard to dislike you when you suddenly appeared and usurped the Captain. But the two of us ride the same brand of broomstick. I love you dearly, treasure our friendship and consider you my second-best friend after Kendall. Good work, lady. Your practical approach, enthusiasm, organizational skills, and when necessary bitchiness kept all of us in line and on target. I think we should continue our post-meeting dinners with wine while we plan next year.

That's it. I'm done. Thank you for your attention...OOOPS - thank you to Carole and Andrew for the call from Wales and sharing in our music. Your turn next.

SINS, (Mary Sullivan)


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 09:33 AM

THOUGHT I'd gotten "enough" sleep Saturday night (since I pooped out of the party around quarter to eleven-ish -- right after EBarnacle and Lady Hillary left), but by the time we arrived home on Sunday I could barely keep my eyes open. (Glad Tom was driving!) Got sheets into the washer, then shut my eyes "for a minute" -- and awoke an hour and a half later.

What a lovely day (weekend) of music! I think overcast (even with a bit of fog and the occasional light mist) was definitely preferable to unrelenting sun beating down -- there was still enough UV to redden my face a bit. (But my eyes weren't as fried as I'd feared, thank goodness! Silly me -- both sunglasses and sunscreen were in the car not far away.) The views of Casco Bay, the fortifications, the ferries, some striking sailing vessels and, of course, the lighthouse gave the festival some of the best ambience around. And the salt air contributed to the maritime feel.

Though I've thanked them both semi-privately, here's my voice added to what should be a loud huzzah of thanks to Mary and Jacqui for ALL the work (and all the learning experience) needed to get this festival off the ground and to everyone else who added their efforts to making the day such a success.

Charlie, Judy, Nor -- your sound is THE BEST! Speaking as a performer, it is such a joy to know the sound is in your tasteful and folk-experienced hands.

Wanted to hear more of everyone -- what a collection of some of my favorite performers! But it was especially good to see a few we seldom see on stage -- Maeve, Jeri, Micca.

At the party afterwards, it really would have been nice to split myself in two and be in both rooms full of music and conversation.

Gotta wrap this up and head to work. Thanks again to everyone for such a rich musical weekend!

Linn


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 08:21 AM

We got good feedback on site from Mark Thompson, the museum director, and he is all fired up for next year, as are all the performers that I personally spoke to.

This event went from idea to reality in about four months and since neither Mary nor myself had any real experience of putting something like this together I think that we were both rather astounded at how smoothly it went. Kendall has occasionally to drag me down from the ceiling when I float up there on the almost permanent high I've developed since Saturday.

We will be sitting down with Mark for a debrief, which will give us the basis for next year. There will be some tweaking to be done and we may look at possibly doing a two day festival next year, if that looks doable. I have already spoken to other people who can help out, particularly with publicity, which was a major bugbear this year. We know that we will do better with a little more help from the right people and we do have some great friends out there to call upon.

Mary said it right when she told Kendall that this was, basically, all down to him. He introduced both Mary and me to his friends in the folk world and they are the people who came and gave so much of themselves on Saturday. Without Kendall none of this would have happened.

Many thanks to all who took part. You were all just stupendously good, both performers and volunteers alike. I'd just like to say a special thank you to Trubrit, the first and most generous sponsor we had prior to the event and to Peter and Joanne Souza who made such a generous donation on the day. Ranger1 spent most of her day dashing here and there, even leaving the site to run an errand or two. Becca72 manned the CD stall all day, and got it so well organised you'd have thought she did it professionally! Some of our performers also got involved in off stage help - I'm thinking, in particular, of Joanne with the children's craft table and Maeve, who just helped out wherever there was a need.

There were also volunteers from the museum, helping with car parking, setting up the site and the food preparation. Mary even managed to lure one guy from her office to help out with the craft table.

To all who were there - thank you for making it such a good day and so stress free for Mary and me.

See you all again next year!


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Barry Finn
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 02:56 AM

Well it certinally was a user friendly festival. Very easy on the folks that came to here & on the folks that came to sing.
Jacqui & espically Mary did a wonderful job as orginizers & as hosts.
I'm sure they'll suceed in getting the museum's approval for next year. For a freebe there was quite an arry of talent & plenty of it, they couldn't have done much better at any of the top maritime festivals You go girls, good on ya, you did exceedingly well. It was a treat & a pleasure to see & hear the bunch that came to sing & the the bunch that came to listen. I took pictures of most of the earlier performers but slacked off towards the end when I had to get prepared for my own set. Hopefully the pic's came out but seeing as I counldn't even figure out how to unstrap the camera from the case I'm not betting on the pictures. I had the pleasure of being the last performer of the day (aside from the final all hands sing), thanks to who ever schedule that. I don't think I'll ever again be able to say that so many great performers opened for me & I don't think I'll be able to say that I close for so many wonderful singers.
I had to leave the after party a bit to soon, glad to hear that the singing started to flow, I was getting a bit to tired to have weathered the drive if I had stayed any longer. As it was I started to nod off a bit by the time I got home & only woke a couple hours ago. I'm ready to go again, good thing there's a session on tonight.
Thanks agin Mary & Jacqui.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Big Mick
Date: 04 Aug 08 - 01:30 AM

This thread has been like therapy for me, as I see in my mind's eye, the faces of so many dear friends. I would have loved to have been at this event. Congrats, my dears. I suspect this will be a long term event.

Love and all the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 06:31 PM

Marc-

I really should get your name right by now.


"Farewell Lovely Nancy" was indeed quite lovely!

And for those interested in my personal saga, we re-launch our 50-year old Boston Whaler tomorrow. It's all patched up and ready to swim again. I really enjoy the bonding experience with my older brother working on this boat. Now he's all covered with engine grease as well!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Micca
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 06:11 PM

Wll, what can I say? except a big thank you to Mary and Jacqui for such a wonderful experience, to the kind, helpful, generous and supportive other performers, for their encouragement, and for the sheer undiluted entertainment they provided both at the Festival and at the "after show" party!!
For me, (just afew personal highlights)
Kendalls rendition of Masefields "Loch Achray" " Hear the tale of a sailor a tale thats learned at Sea"
David Coffin and his very talented daughter singing almost anything
Barry Finn, I just love how he sings
John Roberts, what can I say, great talent and Just a nice guy
Mark Berniers, Very Funny and original.
and Gordon Bok, well, what could I usefully add, a Talented and gracious man it was a pleasure to meet.
I had the Rendition of "Farewell lovely Nancy" by by the 2 Davids and John Roberts was an Earworm all morning!!
I am in awe and grateful for having participated , and been allowed on stage with them all and Thank them from my heart. I have pix and will ost some with alink when I can hitch a card reader to this machine.


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Marc Bernier
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 06:10 PM

It wasn't a yacht, it was a schooner.


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: kendall
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 05:24 PM

I've seen part of the Five bitters at parties, but this was the first time I saw them on stage, and I was very impressed. I'm not a huge fan of shanty material, but they really sounded good.


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: gnu
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 03:32 PM

Charley : "I'd never heard (or met) Holly Torsey before but she certainly has a strong well-honed voice, and she only lives about 20 minutes from our home in Richmond."

I've heard that name before, associated with "sings like an angel". But, apparently, the lass is rather shy. Seems a shame. I understand she is rather a good musician as well. Can pick up most any instrument, even a Bodhran. And we all know that takes real talent.


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 02:50 PM

Five Bitters from Gloucester which led out the Festival at 10 am performed a great set with impeccable harmonies. They get extra credit from the sound crew for performing so well while we were doing final adjustments on mic levels at the board.

We generally need at least an hour to set up our sound system and test out each mic and the monitor level. Through no fault of the organizers, we only had 30 minutes to do that. The folks setting up the staging were half an hour late and their manager should be advised of that fact.

I would have loved to have heard some more songs by Jeri, and she needs to make a recording (our offer still stands to produce a demo CD, at her house or ours).

Linn and Tom should really submit an application to next year's Mystic Sea Music Festival; they are wonderful traditional style singers.

Barry took the trouble to introduce some songs I've never heard him sing before which I found intriguing, and Barry Finn needs to to some more follow-up with the Mystic folks.

Mark Bernier is always a joy to listen to; I love his alternative musical setting for "Blow Ye Winds in the Morning" and his story about singing it aboard some yacht and then being asked to sing "Blow Ye Winds in the Morning" where upon he sang the more popular setting and no one was aware that he had sung them one after the other.

I could listen to Gordon Bok all afternoon, but this time he even told an intergalectic story about some trawlermen out in space comparing notes on where on earth they might scoop up some deer; one never knows where his fancy will wander!

I'd never heard (or met) Holly Torsey before but she certainly has a strong well-honed voice, and she only lives about 20 minutes from our home in Richmond.

Whoops! Got to run to launch a boat.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Feadan
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 02:39 PM

Thanks, Mary, for your welcoming hospitality. Great fun throughout. Think I left my umbrella ("rainkist") at your house. Maybe I can get it next Shanty session at the Press Room? Now to gear up for the Celtic Session tonight. Don't know how much voice I'll have left by then :-)

Cheers,
Feadan


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: maeve
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 01:24 PM

The after-festival sing, sitting on the futon, it was:

"Gordon to the left, John to the right
Here I am back in the music again" Maeve is a happy bunny.

Thank you to Jacqui and Sinsull, and all others who worked and performed. What a lovely day and evening it was! I met many excellent musicians for the first time, and still got time with old friends.
TL says "Thank you" for his gift, Sinsull. And Curmudgeon, thanks for the gorgeous cheese from my childhood's favorite country store.

Thanks to Ranger 1 who met me at the door and gave me a hug and directions, too. That gal is a peach!

Only thing was, I was still hungry for music when I left this morning. I'll have to listen to Kendall's and John's cds- my reward to myself for singing. Jeri- thanks for delivering Bruce's new cd to me. I'm going to be ringing with music for some time to come.

Love,

maeve


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: EBarnacle
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 12:36 PM

Good time was had by both Lady Hillary and yours truly. Great organising. Good continuous music [really nice job one the sound].

Adventure, the reason you don't get sick is that you spend a lot of time on salt water--the best disinfectant in the world. I used to live on a schooner with a leak over my berth. Worked in a hospital. While all around me were dropping like flies, that salt drip kept me healthy.

I believe my kazoo got left at the party. May stop by on the way South. If not, hold it for me for next year and I'll get it then.

Met a lot of catters previously know just by tag. Had a really good song swap and will be forwarding a lot of stuff to people once I get the A to D connection on my home computer doing what I want to do.

The party was solid fas'. We planned to depart about 9 or 9:30 but were so involved we did not get gone until 10:30.


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: kendall
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 11:55 AM

By the way, Dave, your rendition of the Wiscasset Schooners was just great. That one always gets to me too.


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: kendall
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 11:51 AM

It just goes to show that the old saying, "Most of the things you worry about never happen" is true.
Jacqui and Mary did a bang up job of pulling this off, and I'm glad I was able to be a small part of it. Someone whom I respect a great deal said that the poem I did made his day. The Loch Arcre by John Masefield is one of my favorite poems, and I always have a hard time getting through it.
I was very impressed with Dave Coffin and his daughter, Lenea (not sure of spelling). I'd never seen either of them perform before so it was a very pleasant surprise.


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Marc Bernier
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 09:37 AM

Great time yesterday. Thanks everyone. Sorry I couldn't stay and party, those of you who know me, know that I usually do Party. I unfortunately had to get home last night. I hope you enjoyed your selves. see you all soon. Micca it was truly a pleasure to have met you, I look forward to meeting you again.


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 08:28 AM

There will be pics gnu - in time.

I got back home, courtesy of Deb and Tom, at 1.15am, in the middle of a very noisy thunderstorm that lit up my way through the house to allow me to leave the lights off and thus not disturb Kendall and Gordon, who had cried 'uncle' a lot earlier in the evening.

We all up now and just about to head over chez SINSULL for breakfast.

Yesterday was wonderful - we all had the best time. What a kick to have such a group of perfomers all enjoying themselves like that. One of the highlights was John Roberts and Davids Jones and Coffin singing together. David Coffin's daighter had the most incredible voice for an 11 year old.

More later - Kendall's hungry.


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: gnu
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 08:12 AM

I assume there will be pics to accompany the coming posts that tell us of the events?


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: gnu
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 06:20 AM

Sounds grand!! Congratulations.


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST,KT not logged in
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 02:50 AM

thinking of you all......happy times!

KT


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 02:12 AM

Then we moved on to Blues. It's 2AM and I just re-filled my wine glass. I can barely keep my eyes open. Happy times.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 01:40 AM

The late party goers had a wonderful time with 60s music....


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 10:08 PM

Just got home. What I saw of the festival was good, and I felt good about my 2-song set. I missed a bunch because I didn't get there until 11:30. The party was absolutely wonderful (finally heard Gordon Bok doing "Capt Kendall and the Kitchen"), and there were TWO rooms full of music.

Yeesh... I'm TIRED!


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 09:47 PM

Go, girls!

I LOVE people who make stuff happen.

Enjoy the afterglow : )

Dani


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 09:29 PM

Judy and I just got back home after joining the party at Mary's house for another glorious sing and chat. We were worried mostly about the weather, and the bad weather held off until the evening.

I'm sure the party will continue going until the wee hours of the morning.

It was foggy in the morning but quite pleasant in the afternoon, and the view of Portland harbor can't be beat. At one point we were distracted, during Mark Bernier's set by the Cosmos, a giant super tanker blasting its horn and backing out into the channel, a tug helped push her nose out to sea and off she went, all in slow motion.

Those of us doing sound had a merry time trying to keep a step ahead of the performers.

All the performers were in high spirits, and the audience seemed very appreciative, and even some joggers and beachcombers were drawn in to listen.

Anyway, thanks again to Mary and Jacqui for having the courage and determination to make this festival get off the ground.

See you all again next year!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SussexCarole
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 07:57 PM

Just phoned! Wow do I wish we could be there at Mary's right now, there's a sing that is just out of this world going on there! John Roberts, Gordon Bok......just how wide is that ocean...get us there


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: catspaw49
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 07:24 PM

and Karen found one in the middle of the road on her way home this morning. And of course......................

Have been enjoying the thread!!!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 07:16 PM

And I found a dog wandering in the Museum exhibits.


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SussexCarole
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 07:12 PM

Brilliant news! Wish we could be at the sessions and have been at the festival. Hmm have we got your phone number????


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 07:08 PM

Back at my house. Two separate sessions - one front room; one back. I am exhausted but all is well. The festival was wonderful. The Board has requested and audience with Jacqui and me. The music was incredible. We had a very good time. One couple really did drive from Wash DC just for the event.
More tomorrow.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: adventure
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 08:11 AM

Kendall....almost two are gone and some from out of a trunk with 1/3 of a Laphoaig sitting on the table.

Three hours of Scotch tasting until 2:30 a.m.

....and how are you this lovely morning???

The mouthwash was pretty good, too.

Now to see if we all can sing.

Oh, the poor neighbors and Colin's sleeping bag...the cat got it at 2 a.m.

We had to take the blow up sheep out of the living room before we retired. Someone kept eye balling it.

See you in a few.

Doryman.


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 08:08 AM

I'm going to assume the outdoor location is still a 'go' unless otherwise informed... or it's urainating.

Weather.com indicates the 'isolated thunderstorms' aren't supposed to start until 1PM, so that's a good thing.


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 07:44 AM

I'm all packed and waiting for Becca to pick me up.

Kendall wants to know what happened to all the single malt last night.............. I think he may need to wear his Grumpy tee shirt this morning.


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Barry Finn
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 07:03 AM

I'm off, Mary, I have an extra cooler packed with ice. I will need help in cooling off in it.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: gnu
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 05:29 AM

Yo maeve!!! Break a leg kiddo!


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: maeve
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 05:13 AM

I'm loading the car with pies and my sleeping bag. TL (bless him) took care of the raccoon patrol, and I'll be starting the journey to Sinsull's before aiming for the festival site.

I plan to enjoy every drop of music. I may not leave the farm for another year, so I wonder if Gordon and all would mind singing into some gallon-size canning jars to be opened alongside saucy summer tomatoes in February?

naive maeve


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SussexCarole
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 04:43 AM

Today's the day!!   Have a brilliant time and we're looking forward to piccys

Carole & Andrew x


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST,KT not logged in
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 01:37 AM

wow...I'm in awe....have a great time, everyone!

KT


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 12:34 AM

We out-of-staters have arrived and are happily ensconsed in South Portland. We have come prepared with food and drink as well as our own transportation. I suppose looking after one's own needs comes with maturity and/or experience. We are grateful to have arrived. We are ready to contribute and to support the outstanding efforts of our fearless organizers.

The real princess knew the pea was under the matress, and true pros don't whine.


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c
Date: 02 Aug 08 - 12:04 AM

Gordon apologised to us for having to sing this evening to keep his voice in practice.

Of course, we forgave him.


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST,BARK
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 10:28 PM

When I called the museum today, I was told to bring all of my own food because they hadn't been able to arrange for any concessions. Water and soda only will be sold. Bring own chair. After thoroughly exploring the So. Portland bus service, I can arrive an hour early or an hour late and must leave at 4:55 or stay at SMCC until Mon. Guess why I'm driving.


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Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Marc Bernier
Date: 01 Aug 08 - 10:25 PM

Gordon, Micca??? And here I've been telling folks that I'll be the headliner.


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