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Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003

alanww 19 Feb 03 - 10:41 AM
Allan C. 19 Feb 03 - 10:56 AM
MMario 19 Feb 03 - 11:14 AM
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Subject: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: alanww
Date: 19 Feb 03 - 10:41 AM

Well, I've just booked a flight. Hurrah! So, along with over 20 other members of the Shellback Chorus(a shanty group with members from all over England), I will be coming to:-

1 The Fall Getaway Festival at Ramblewood, Darlington, Maryland on Fri 17 to Sun 19 Oct AND
2 The Fall Getaway Festival at Camp Isobella Freedman, South Canaan, Connecticut on Fri 25 to Sun 27 Oct.

And we hope to meet with members of the Greater Washington Folklore Society and to visit Mystic Seaport at some point during the week in between. Some of us will even be staying on until the weekend after! Not all of the details have been sorted out as yet but it promises to be a trip to remember! Wow, I can feel the excitement mounting, even now!

Of course, many of the Shellbacks who are coming are also Mudcatters. At present I can think of Col K, Noreen, Snuffy, Stantheman and SussexCarole but I've no doubt forgotten some Mudcat IDs and will be corrected - apologies in advance!

I am certainly looking forward to the events and particularly to meeting as many USA Mudcatters as possible!

"For I be free to go abroad ...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Allan C.
Date: 19 Feb 03 - 10:56 AM

This is great news! I am sure those who will be at the FSGW Getaway as well as the other events listed will be in for a wonderful treat. I hope your experience here in the USA, along with the other Shellbacks, is one filled with very pleasant memories for all.


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: MMario
Date: 19 Feb 03 - 11:14 AM

mark the calander.


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Schantieman
Date: 19 Feb 03 - 11:16 AM

"Stantheman"   ?

Who he?   Not I!

S


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: curmudgeon
Date: 19 Feb 03 - 11:52 AM

Alanww -- When exactly are you comng over, and for how long? There will be a Saturday shanty session at the Press Room on 11 October. It would be really wonderful if you could join us -- Tom


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Col K
Date: 19 Feb 03 - 12:20 PM

We arrive on 17th october at either JFK or Newark join the minibuses to travel to Maryland for the Getaway then 2 nights around Washington then into New England area onite at Newburgh Connecticut on wed then via mystic to Grotton then onto Getaway of New York Society. Sunday nite again at Newburgh before returning to airport on Monday.
Two of us are coming on 16th October to collect transport on the Friday and be at the airports to meet the others.Anyone know of anywhere cheap to stay? The minibuses are near to Newark airport and we have to get there on the friday.
Alanww,Noreen, SussexCarole and Treatiseare flying home on Sat 1st Nov.When I tried to book that return for myself the seats had all gone so I am flying home on the Sunday 2nd Nov and will need accomodation on the Sat night.
We are all looking foreward to coming and meeting so many of our Mudcat and Mudchat friends.At times the chatroom is full of conversations about the trip.
See you in October
Colin


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: alanww
Date: 19 Feb 03 - 02:39 PM

Schantieman: No, I know you cannot make it this time. Stantheman is Stan Dunnage, a Shellback from Alcester who is only a very occasional user of the Mudcat.

"Come ye young men, come along ...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Alio
Date: 20 Feb 03 - 09:15 AM

You lucky lot - I'm so jealous! We can't go because Sarah (my daughter) is having a baby at the end of August, so I'm going nowhere!!

I dare say we'll still manage to go to Captain Cook, but it won't be the same without you lot!!

Ali


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Ferrara
Date: 20 Feb 03 - 09:57 AM

Welcome, welcome!

Hope to see you at Mystic, will definitely see you at the FSGW Getaway at Camp Ramblewood, and maybe sometime in between as well (assumin' the good Lord's willin' an' the creek don't rise).

I'm in charge of the program at the FSGW Getaway, so we'll no doubt be exchanging PM's and e-mails like mad, closer to the date.

Sitting here with a big grin on my face. Jed Marum just left, Kendall Morse is performing for FSGW in May, and now there's your visit to look forward to. FUN!

So, Noreen, you really will get to the Getaway at last, huh? Yayyyy!

Rita Ferrara


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Schantieman
Date: 20 Feb 03 - 10:06 AM

Right Alan - sorry about the confusion! I might meet him at Alcester then.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 20 Feb 03 - 10:19 AM

Is this exciting, or what?!!!

See you when you get here.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Barb'ry
Date: 20 Feb 03 - 10:54 AM

Hi everyone - Andy and I are coming too - must change my mudcat name - must have been having a inspirationless day when I first signed up! Look forward to meeting some American mudcatters.
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Dani
Date: 20 Feb 03 - 11:50 AM

This is very exciting! It's probably too early to begin counting down the days. Oh, what the hell, I'm going for it..

Jerry, does that mean YOU'RE coming to the Getaway, too?!?

Dani


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Edain
Date: 20 Feb 03 - 12:25 PM

I wanna go :-(

AT the time the 'mob' are there I will be in the states but unfortunately I'll be on the West coast, talk about bad timing!


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Feb 03 - 12:34 PM

The Getaway camp can take 250-300 or so, I think...and we have been getting 125-175 in the past few years, depending on time of day and weather(we get some locals who drive up for the day only)....so this ought to make a FINE growth spurt and a new batch of friends...looking forward to it!


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: MMario
Date: 20 Feb 03 - 12:43 PM

But looks like some of us better not dilly dally about signing up either!


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Noreen
Date: 20 Feb 03 - 02:32 PM

Yes indeed, Rita!!!! Getting very excited already....

Now, who's got a suggestion for what the lovely Barb can have as her new mudcat handle? :0)


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Feb 03 - 03:06 PM

Barb'ry? as in Allen?


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Morticia
Date: 20 Feb 03 - 03:17 PM

I am so excited for you all and I know you are going to have a wonderful time.Don't forget your thermals for night time though....and wellies for the shower room.


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Allan C.
Date: 20 Feb 03 - 04:02 PM

Are you sure you aren't thinking of the Coast, Bill?


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 20 Feb 03 - 04:28 PM

Sorry, Dani... it sounds like fun, but this is going to be a busy summer, and I don't think that I can cram any more into it..

But, I'll catch the Shellbacks when they come up here..

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Feb 03 - 06:09 PM

This is so exciting! If any of you want to visit Portland, there is a warm bed, good food, and a lot of happy people waiting for you.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: treaties1
Date: 20 Feb 03 - 09:01 PM

Wow I can feel the warm vibes coming from across the water . My flight is booked, I've a new backpack/suitcase waiting for packing and I'm really looking forward to a trip of a lifetime and singing and songswapping in a "circle of friends"
Morticia, thermals I can understand but why wellies for the showers?
Theresa


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Tinker
Date: 20 Feb 03 - 09:30 PM

Col K I've pm'd you details... I'm clearly the closest to Newark airport ( about 20 minutes) and I'll be heading to Getaway on Friday myself.... Even know the way after three years... Easily room for a few extra heads for the night. PM me and I'm sure we can work something out....

I'm very excited..

Kathy


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Feb 03 - 09:53 PM

I've just been looking at the Shellback's website, and quite a crew they are! Durned if you all don't look like real people....It's wonderful to see the PMs and plans already being made for an event 7+ months away. I'm sure we (the Wash DC/FSGW bunch)will feel like we almost know many of you before the plane lands. (already do some of you)...Micca and Morticia and greg stevens and Kate must not have said TOO much that would scare you off..*grin*.

(and I TRULY hope the craziness in the world news these days does nothing to alter the mood of this oportunity...perhaps it will all be calm by then)


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Col K
Date: 21 Feb 03 - 09:08 PM

We are all looking foreward to the trip and I don't think that a litle silliness will put us off.
We want to meet all or as many as possible of you catters over there, thanks Kathy pm onway.
Any suggestions for those of us staying longer ie until Nov 1st or 2nd will be looked at.We are not sure of distances etc and any help in planning will be gratefully accepted.
See you in October
Colin


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: SINSULL
Date: 22 Feb 03 - 07:35 PM

From Connecticut (Paton Territory) you can go south to NYC (InoBu and Annamill), NJ (Tinker), PA (Max's territory) or north to Massachusetts, New Hampshire (Curmudgeon would love to see you at the Saturday shanty sing) and Maine where Kendall, Naemanson, Charley Noble and I will welcome you with open arms. If you have money, you can fly to the west coast.
It is unlikely that will spend a night in a hotel. This is a generous and welcoming lot. Pay your way with song.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 22 Feb 03 - 08:39 PM

And don't forget us,. Sinsull... we're near Mystic, in connecticut...

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: SINSULL
Date: 22 Feb 03 - 09:14 PM

Sorry, Jerry. I didn't know exactly where you lived. Jeri too is in NH. And I am leaving out a whole lot of people. Mostly i listed the homes where Micca and I flopped two years ago.


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: momnopp
Date: 22 Feb 03 - 09:33 PM

As Bill D says, it's so nice to see/hear/feel the buzz for an October event in February (heaven knows we all need it!) The excitement you Shellbacks exude is highly contagious. I can hardly wait for October myself!

I wish I had more bathrooms in my house so I could accommodate more bodies comfortably! As it is, I've already put in my "bid" with the powers-that-arrange to house at least one Shellback while you're in the DC area.

Max, old man, (hahaha -- he's young even by my standards!!) if you read this, take this as (continued) high praise for the INCREDIBLE "forum" you've created, where so many people can connect over such distances and make the world a smaller, friendlier place.

Go, Mudcat! :-)

Peace,

JudyO


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: momnopp
Date: 22 Feb 03 - 09:36 PM

Don't you just hate people who put too many EXCLAMATION POINTS in their postings? !!!!

:-)


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Peter Kasin
Date: 22 Feb 03 - 10:17 PM

Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 22 Feb 03 - 10:28 PM

Well, gee whiz, it's only another 5,500 miles to Hawaii...

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Tinker
Date: 22 Feb 03 - 10:42 PM

South Street Seaport

Mystic Seaport


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Noreen
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 06:33 PM

Flights booked..!


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Bill D
Date: 24 Feb 03 - 08:05 PM

no backing out now!...we will order the weather! (2 out of 3 so far were great at this camp...)


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: mg
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 01:12 AM

are you sure you really want to drive with jet lag in metropolitan areas that are hard for anyone to drive in and we drive on the wrong side of the road you know....are there locals you could persuade to do the driving?

mg


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Snuffy
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 08:24 AM

Our two minibus drivers are flying in the previous day, Mary, so they will have had a good nights sleep. Both have driven extensively in the States. (And I believe jetlag is supposed to be worse going the other way!)

See you in October

WassaiL! V


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Fortunato
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 10:27 AM

Noreen is coming to the Getaway? Cool. Great news. And all the Shellback Chorus, eh? Sounds like the Getaway will shift mightily to the seaward. I'll relearn the Queen of Skye to sing with you folks, not my genre, you understand, but if the Red Clay Ramblers could sing it, I can as well.

We'll try to put together a singaround at one of our houses here in the Folk Ghetto of Silver Spring if you've time when you're in town. Dress warm, you guys, it's sometimes as cold as a well digger's patoot at the Getaway; you can always take it off you know. Micca did!

cheers, Chance


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: alanww
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 12:01 PM

Thanks for the warning, Fortunato. I'll bring my winter wollies (or perhaps I mean woolies)!

"Oh the wild winters wind,
blows around our humble dwelling,
while we around the fire,
lift our voices with our singing ...!"

Alan


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Col K
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 12:05 PM

As far as I know Judy and Dennis Cook are going to organize a house party for us on either the monday or tuesday after the Getaway before we head off towards Mystic.If you know them they will be able to give you more details of where and when.
We cannot wait to come and see all you folks in October, it seems such a long time away.
As Snuffy said the two drivers are coming over on Thursday so should be well rested by the time they start driving.Both of us have lots of experience of driving on the wrong side of the road and are looking foreward to the challenge of the USA driving.
Thanks for all the positive responses to our visit we appreciate all the help that is forthcoming even at this stage of the planning. As far as I know we have all booked our flights now so there will be no escape for you now.
See you in October
Many thanks
Colin


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Noreen
Date: 25 Feb 03 - 01:30 PM

Yes indeed, Chance, I'm very much looking forward to meeting all these people I've heard so much about- wasn't it the chilli oil that you have to watch out for??

Shellbacks love singarounds, that's what we do! Can't wait!

(What's the Queen of Skye? Should the Shellbacks learn it too then?)


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Fortunato
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 01:36 PM

Noreen, it's a great song written by one the Red Clay Ramblers, a North Carolina Band. I'll go fetch the lyrics. Wait right here, ok?


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Fortunato
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 01:41 PM

QUEEN OF SKYE



It's haul her up boys and away she sails,

Off to seek a fortune,

With the sky in her bow and the wind in her sail,

Bound for Carolina



CHORUS

Hush little baby don't you cry,

Gone, Gone away,

We'll sail through the air on the Queen of Skye,

Bound for Carolina



When the Queen of Skye stood in Glasgow town,

Off to seek a fortune,

Those ragged boys they fit her down,

Gone, Gone Away,

Kegs of dried up salty beef and biscuits shaped like boulders,

An old one-legged parakeet they carried on their shoulders,



CHORUS



For twenty-one days we sailed the main

Off to seek a fortune,

'Till we got swept up by a hurricane,

Bound for Carolina,

We road those billows low and high, the passengers were wailing,

Then a great strong gust threw us up in the sky, above the storm
clouds, sailing,



CHORUS



Then the captain cried clap on more sail,

Off to seek a fortune,

When we got caught up in a comet's tail,

Bound for Carolina,

We road that comet 'round the moon, the passengers delighted,

And the first mate bellowed there she be and America was sighted.


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 01:43 PM

Chance.....book me and Micca in for tha singaround too!!!...See you all in October if not before!!!

Cat


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Fortunato
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 01:45 PM

And the discography is:

Queen of Skye - Herrick, Jack

Red Clay Ramblers. Rambler, Sugar Hill SH-C-3798, Cas (1992), cut# 6


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Fortunato
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 03:59 PM

Hey, catphizzle! That's right, that's right, you've a guaranteed ticket, my dear, and your fuzzy pal, too.


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 26 Feb 03 - 04:23 PM

Cheers Chance....that fuzzy pal...would be Micca!!!

Looking forward to seeing you so you can give me that hug in person!!!

Cat


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Barry Finn
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 11:37 PM

It'll be great to have you all over here again. I'll also be catching you guys & gals at the Getway. Are you sure you can't make it up towards Boston? See ya, Barry


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Edain
Date: 08 May 03 - 12:26 PM

There has now been an extra event added to this tour. On the 22nd f October the chorus will be performing at a charity concert at (in?) South Street Seaport New York.

The website has all the up-to date information abou the tour as well as sound files and pictures of the chorus performing (more are always welcome if anyone has any) and can be found at http://members.tripod.co.uk/shellbackchorus/index.html :-)


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Anglo
Date: 08 May 03 - 02:50 PM

Here


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 09 May 03 - 05:24 AM

You know, you'd have the chance to sing "Rolling Down to Old Maui" in Lahaina, or "John's Gone to Hilo" on the shores of Hilo Bay*, or "I Want to Go Back to My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii" in Kealakekua, Hawaii!

Well, it was just a thought.

Aloha,
Mark
(who would love to be in a shanty group again)

*I know, I know, "Hilo town is in Peru"--but you don't have to tell anybody that.


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Noreen
Date: 09 May 03 - 09:43 AM

One day, Mark!

:0)


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Snuffy
Date: 05 Jun 03 - 05:09 AM

Just found out last night that we're now booked to sing at Mystic Seaport on the Thursday!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: MMario
Date: 05 Jun 03 - 12:21 PM

**!!**

Wonder if I can afford to take the week AFTER the getaway off? Hmmmmmmmmmm.......


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Oct 03 - 10:07 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Noreen
Date: 15 Oct 03 - 10:47 AM

See also:
Help: U.K Shellbacks Chorus plans for U.S trip


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: SussexCarole
Date: 15 Oct 03 - 05:01 PM

My bags are packed ready for the start of my journey first thing in the morning.....Can't wait 'til I meet you all      Carole xx


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: vectis
Date: 15 Oct 03 - 05:08 PM

Good luck guys. Sock it to 'em.
Wishing I was with you.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Col K
Date: 15 Oct 03 - 07:00 PM

All packed ready to go leaving home at 6 in the morning Thursday to go to Manchester airport for my flight to Dublin and then on to JFK. Getting excited, see you all soon .


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Oct 03 - 07:05 PM

yes...we are almost ready, we think....last minute stuff always crops up, but come ahead...we'll have some fun...*smile*


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 16 Oct 03 - 07:28 AM

I am not jealous
I am not jealous
I am not jealous
I am not jealous
I am not jealous
I am not jealous
I am not jealous
Thought if I said it enough times, I'd start beleiving it - didn't work!
Have a great time all of you!
Jane


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Abuwood
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 02:48 AM

Any one seen them yet?


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: momnopp
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 03:30 AM

Abuwood -- I saw them all weekend!!!!!!

I'm sure there will be many postings about the wonderful time had by all. The Getaway is *always* magical; this time it was just more so!

Mudships -- friendships formed on the Mudcat (particularly with Shellbacks! LOL!)

Love,

JudyO


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Menolly
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 02:53 PM

So momnopp! You are not dreading another week in close proximity to Shellbacks? :-)

Menolly


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: KathWestra
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 03:19 PM

The Shellbacks were a sensation, a definite hit. We loved 'em (and they seemed pleased with their warm welcome to D.C. too). See the Getaway 2003 memories thread for my complete description (which I'm sure will be added to by many) of their wonderful music and of their Sunday night "Cinderella" skit featuring, among others, Colin Kemp (who I mistakenly called "Colin Hume" since I'd just been reading about his upcoming English Dance workshop in DC) as the Ugly Stepsister. I fully expect a lot of amusing photos to start cropping up as people get some sleep and start downloading pix.
Cheers,
Kathy


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: KathWestra
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 03:55 PM

Postings from the 2003 Getaway are in a "Getaway Memories" thread that can be found here: Getaway
Memories


I understand from Dennis Cook that the lot of them have decamped from Camp Ramblewood and have landed at Chez Cook in Laurel, Md., where they are drinking tea in the livingroom while we talk about them online behind their backs. Heh heh heh


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: MMario
Date: 20 Oct 03 - 10:26 PM

do we *HAVE* to give them back?


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Menolly
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 02:13 AM

Yes !


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 08:06 AM

Ruth and I are excited about meeting and hearing them on Thursday at Mystic Seaport... an hour's drive from here. The Fall colors are nearing their peak and it will be a beautiful drive over. I'll take some pictures there... and then look forward to more time with them (hopefully) after they leave Pinewoods camp the next weekend. The Messengers are hoping to connect with them to, and there'll be some joyful singing going on over here in Derby, if that works.

That's Derby to you.

Have to get used to that English accent.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 01:26 PM

Yes send them back Mario and rearrange another trip when the rest of us can come with them. Fancy a tour of the Great Lakes myself!


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Tinker
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 01:41 PM

Big Mick offered several invitations this weekend for a Shellback trip to the Great Lakes ....


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: SussexCarole
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 02:47 PM

Hi

Having a really wonderful time - the Getaway was beyond all possible expectations - thanks Rita and all. It's been wonderful meeting so many catters and everyone without exception has been so friendly. Clive, Sheila & I are staying near Washington and have had a wonderful time sightseeing. There's lots of piccys - as yet not too many that can be used for blackmail....but I'm sure time will resolve that.   

Our love to Brian & Arthur - we really miss you both and hope you're both on the mend.

Looking foward to meeting Jerry at Mystic (despite the accent)!!!

We're off to Judy & Dennis Cook's tonight for a good sing.

Carole x x x xx x


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Oct 03 - 04:46 PM

So...Have Theresa Toomey and SussexCarol decided to defect and stay in the States with me? Let me know and I will have fresh sheets and towels ready.
Mary


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

Now, if we could convince them to stay..

Jerry


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

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

Have great fun see you in Newark

Tinker


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

Can we do it again????


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

Jerry


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

Greetings:

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

--- Steve


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

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

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

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

WassaiL! V


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

Snuffy,

I share your sentiments EXACTLY -- boo hoo!

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

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

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

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

I miss you guys already!

Peace,

JudyO


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

Have a great time you old pirate!!

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


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

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

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

Jerry


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

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

All the best,

Mick


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

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

Best wishes,
Mike


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

Rita


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

Jerry and Ruth


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

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


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

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


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

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

Love to you all,
Mike


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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Rita


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

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


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

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

love to you all,
k


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

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


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

I like the sound of that...


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Hope to hear you sing it sometime :0)


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

The Song is here

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Subject: RE: Shellback Chorus to USA Oct 2003
From: Col K
Date: 05 Nov 03 - 12:25 PM

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


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