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Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES

George Papavgeris 18 Oct 04 - 07:48 AM
Charley Noble 18 Oct 04 - 08:49 AM
GUEST,Nancy King at work 18 Oct 04 - 12:03 PM
wysiwyg 18 Oct 04 - 04:53 PM
Dani 18 Oct 04 - 05:15 PM
Janie 18 Oct 04 - 05:24 PM
Amos 18 Oct 04 - 05:33 PM
Bill D 18 Oct 04 - 05:38 PM
SussexCarole 18 Oct 04 - 05:39 PM
Janie 18 Oct 04 - 05:40 PM
Nancy King 18 Oct 04 - 06:10 PM
Janie 18 Oct 04 - 07:18 PM
Micca 18 Oct 04 - 07:38 PM
Micca 18 Oct 04 - 07:40 PM
SINSULL 18 Oct 04 - 07:55 PM
Tinker 18 Oct 04 - 09:04 PM
Morticia 18 Oct 04 - 09:07 PM
Charlie Baum 18 Oct 04 - 09:12 PM
Bobert 18 Oct 04 - 09:14 PM
beardedbruce 18 Oct 04 - 09:26 PM
Bobert 18 Oct 04 - 09:37 PM
GUEST,Art Thieme 18 Oct 04 - 09:44 PM
GUEST,MMario 18 Oct 04 - 09:48 PM
beardedbruce 18 Oct 04 - 09:48 PM
Max 18 Oct 04 - 10:27 PM
Jeri 18 Oct 04 - 10:29 PM
Bobert 18 Oct 04 - 10:30 PM
Annie 18 Oct 04 - 11:06 PM
George Papavgeris 18 Oct 04 - 11:42 PM
GUEST,Mick at WYSIWIG'S 19 Oct 04 - 12:22 AM
Amergin 19 Oct 04 - 12:46 AM
GUEST 19 Oct 04 - 12:47 AM
Ferrara 19 Oct 04 - 12:52 AM
Ferrara 19 Oct 04 - 12:58 AM
Catherine Jayne 19 Oct 04 - 03:16 AM
Roger the Skiffler 19 Oct 04 - 04:18 AM
GUEST,Big Mick at WYSIWIG'S 19 Oct 04 - 05:55 AM
Bat Goddess 19 Oct 04 - 07:10 AM
Willie-O 19 Oct 04 - 07:56 AM
Dani 19 Oct 04 - 07:57 AM
GUEST,Big Mick at WYSIWIG'S 19 Oct 04 - 10:43 AM
Jeri 19 Oct 04 - 11:43 AM
Janie 19 Oct 04 - 12:18 PM
Ellenpoly 19 Oct 04 - 12:40 PM
John MacKenzie 19 Oct 04 - 02:27 PM
Tinker 19 Oct 04 - 03:03 PM
Marion 19 Oct 04 - 05:45 PM
Dani 19 Oct 04 - 05:55 PM
GUEST,Joe Offer at the Front Royal Library, Virgin 19 Oct 04 - 06:13 PM
Bobert 19 Oct 04 - 06:14 PM
Jeri 19 Oct 04 - 07:07 PM
George Papavgeris 19 Oct 04 - 07:11 PM
Susan A-R 20 Oct 04 - 12:01 AM
Ron Davies 20 Oct 04 - 12:05 AM
Ron Davies 20 Oct 04 - 12:14 AM
Sorcha 20 Oct 04 - 12:35 AM
Ebbie 20 Oct 04 - 03:15 AM
katlaughing 20 Oct 04 - 03:58 AM
Jeri 20 Oct 04 - 09:03 AM
Charlie Baum 20 Oct 04 - 09:28 AM
GUEST,MMario 20 Oct 04 - 10:06 AM
Bill D 20 Oct 04 - 10:08 AM
GUEST,MMario 20 Oct 04 - 10:17 AM
Amos 20 Oct 04 - 10:19 AM
Janie 20 Oct 04 - 10:19 AM
Bill D 20 Oct 04 - 10:21 AM
Janie 20 Oct 04 - 10:31 AM
Bill D 20 Oct 04 - 10:34 AM
wysiwyg 20 Oct 04 - 10:38 AM
GUEST,MMario 20 Oct 04 - 10:40 AM
Stilly River Sage 20 Oct 04 - 10:40 AM
Janie 20 Oct 04 - 10:41 AM
Bill D 20 Oct 04 - 10:44 AM
Janie 20 Oct 04 - 10:46 AM
GUEST,MMario 20 Oct 04 - 10:46 AM
GUEST,MMario 20 Oct 04 - 10:49 AM
Bill D 20 Oct 04 - 10:52 AM
Jeri 20 Oct 04 - 11:06 AM
jacqui.c 20 Oct 04 - 11:14 AM
GUEST,MMario 20 Oct 04 - 11:38 AM
Amos 20 Oct 04 - 11:47 AM
Stilly River Sage 20 Oct 04 - 11:57 AM
Ferrara 20 Oct 04 - 12:16 PM
Ferrara 20 Oct 04 - 12:29 PM
GUEST,MMario 20 Oct 04 - 12:53 PM
Janie 20 Oct 04 - 01:04 PM
Jeri 20 Oct 04 - 01:09 PM
Ferrara 20 Oct 04 - 01:22 PM
Tinker 20 Oct 04 - 01:23 PM
M.Ted 20 Oct 04 - 02:12 PM
Dan Schatz 20 Oct 04 - 02:22 PM
GUEST,MMario 20 Oct 04 - 03:07 PM
Ebbie 20 Oct 04 - 03:18 PM
Jeri 20 Oct 04 - 03:32 PM
MMario 20 Oct 04 - 04:29 PM
Noreen 20 Oct 04 - 05:00 PM
Catherine Jayne 20 Oct 04 - 05:56 PM
Bill D 20 Oct 04 - 06:00 PM
Ebbie 20 Oct 04 - 06:38 PM
Janie 20 Oct 04 - 06:44 PM
jacqui.c 20 Oct 04 - 07:18 PM
Bill D 20 Oct 04 - 07:25 PM
Bill D 20 Oct 04 - 08:04 PM
Amos 20 Oct 04 - 08:08 PM
Bill D 20 Oct 04 - 08:09 PM
Bill D 20 Oct 04 - 08:10 PM
Bill D 20 Oct 04 - 08:12 PM
jacqui.c 20 Oct 04 - 08:18 PM
GUEST 20 Oct 04 - 08:34 PM
Jeri 20 Oct 04 - 08:51 PM
jacqui.c 20 Oct 04 - 09:24 PM
Micca 20 Oct 04 - 09:41 PM
Annie 20 Oct 04 - 10:06 PM
Janie 20 Oct 04 - 10:36 PM
SINSULL 20 Oct 04 - 10:37 PM
Ferrara 20 Oct 04 - 10:48 PM
Ferrara 20 Oct 04 - 10:57 PM
Ferrara 20 Oct 04 - 11:24 PM
Ellenpoly 21 Oct 04 - 06:09 AM
Alaska Mike 21 Oct 04 - 07:24 AM
SINSULL 21 Oct 04 - 09:51 AM
SINSULL 21 Oct 04 - 09:55 AM
Tinker 21 Oct 04 - 10:49 AM
Janie 21 Oct 04 - 11:05 AM
Col K 21 Oct 04 - 11:17 AM
Carly 21 Oct 04 - 11:30 AM
wysiwyg 21 Oct 04 - 11:46 AM
MMario 21 Oct 04 - 12:15 PM
MMario 21 Oct 04 - 12:23 PM
wysiwyg 21 Oct 04 - 12:31 PM
Big Mick 21 Oct 04 - 01:17 PM
Alaska Mike 21 Oct 04 - 02:04 PM
kendall 21 Oct 04 - 02:23 PM
Sorcha 21 Oct 04 - 02:36 PM
wysiwyg 21 Oct 04 - 02:44 PM
Ferrara 21 Oct 04 - 03:01 PM
Bill D 21 Oct 04 - 03:56 PM
My guru always said 21 Oct 04 - 04:00 PM
Carly 21 Oct 04 - 04:13 PM
GUEST,Alaska Mike's Secret Santa 21 Oct 04 - 04:15 PM
My guru always said 21 Oct 04 - 04:19 PM
Big Mick 21 Oct 04 - 04:22 PM
MMario 21 Oct 04 - 04:22 PM
GUEST,Alaska Mike's Secret Santa 21 Oct 04 - 04:35 PM
Big Mick 21 Oct 04 - 04:37 PM
Alaska Mike 21 Oct 04 - 04:40 PM
Janie 21 Oct 04 - 04:47 PM
Janie 21 Oct 04 - 04:51 PM
Jeri 21 Oct 04 - 06:41 PM
Ferrara 21 Oct 04 - 07:11 PM
wysiwyg 21 Oct 04 - 08:38 PM
Ferrara 21 Oct 04 - 08:59 PM
GUEST,Fortunato, over... 21 Oct 04 - 09:08 PM
Dani 21 Oct 04 - 09:17 PM
Susan A-R 21 Oct 04 - 09:17 PM
beardedbruce 21 Oct 04 - 09:19 PM
Bobert 21 Oct 04 - 09:20 PM
Janie 21 Oct 04 - 09:41 PM
KT 21 Oct 04 - 10:28 PM
Bobert 21 Oct 04 - 10:35 PM
KT 21 Oct 04 - 11:03 PM
jacqui.c 21 Oct 04 - 11:36 PM
wysiwyg 21 Oct 04 - 11:38 PM
Bobert 21 Oct 04 - 11:52 PM
Pauline L 21 Oct 04 - 11:59 PM
Micca 22 Oct 04 - 01:49 AM
Roger the Skiffler 22 Oct 04 - 03:58 AM
Bat Goddess 22 Oct 04 - 07:01 AM
GUEST,Lorraine 22 Oct 04 - 08:30 AM
DonMeixner 22 Oct 04 - 09:02 AM
Janie 22 Oct 04 - 09:18 AM
Bill D 22 Oct 04 - 11:41 AM
Bill D 22 Oct 04 - 01:36 PM
Dani 22 Oct 04 - 01:45 PM
Big Mick 22 Oct 04 - 02:44 PM
Catherine Jayne 22 Oct 04 - 02:54 PM
Tinker 22 Oct 04 - 03:52 PM
Carly 22 Oct 04 - 04:44 PM
GutBucketeer 22 Oct 04 - 05:12 PM
Bobert 22 Oct 04 - 06:42 PM
Leadfingers 22 Oct 04 - 08:16 PM
Susan A-R 22 Oct 04 - 08:51 PM
KT 22 Oct 04 - 08:51 PM
Gorgeous Gary 22 Oct 04 - 08:59 PM
Ferrara 22 Oct 04 - 10:25 PM
Janie 22 Oct 04 - 10:31 PM
SINSULL 22 Oct 04 - 10:47 PM
Bobert 22 Oct 04 - 11:08 PM
Jeri 22 Oct 04 - 11:19 PM
Bobert 22 Oct 04 - 11:28 PM
KT 23 Oct 04 - 12:09 AM
Big Mick 23 Oct 04 - 05:28 AM
Janie 23 Oct 04 - 01:25 PM
Pauline L 23 Oct 04 - 08:43 PM
Dani 23 Oct 04 - 09:06 PM
KT 23 Oct 04 - 09:15 PM
Ebbie 23 Oct 04 - 11:28 PM
Susan A-R 23 Oct 04 - 11:42 PM
GutBucketeer 24 Oct 04 - 12:09 AM
Janie 24 Oct 04 - 12:13 AM
Alaska Mike 24 Oct 04 - 07:42 AM
Ferrara 24 Oct 04 - 08:57 AM
SINSULL 24 Oct 04 - 12:01 PM
biglappy 24 Oct 04 - 01:58 PM
Sorcha 24 Oct 04 - 02:31 PM
Dani 24 Oct 04 - 04:25 PM
KT 24 Oct 04 - 06:01 PM
Alaska Mike 25 Oct 04 - 03:34 AM
Micca 25 Oct 04 - 08:53 AM
SINSULL 25 Oct 04 - 11:12 AM
Ferrara 25 Oct 04 - 11:28 AM
Bill D 25 Oct 04 - 03:07 PM
SINSULL 25 Oct 04 - 05:22 PM
Ferrara 25 Oct 04 - 05:31 PM
Jeri 25 Oct 04 - 06:40 PM
Snuffy 25 Oct 04 - 07:45 PM
wysiwyg 25 Oct 04 - 08:03 PM
Tannywheeler 25 Oct 04 - 09:12 PM
Bill D 25 Oct 04 - 09:27 PM
Susan A-R 25 Oct 04 - 10:06 PM
Janie 25 Oct 04 - 10:16 PM
KT 25 Oct 04 - 10:21 PM
CET 25 Oct 04 - 10:32 PM
wysiwyg 25 Oct 04 - 10:49 PM
Bill D 25 Oct 04 - 11:04 PM
Ferrara 25 Oct 04 - 11:44 PM
Big Mick 26 Oct 04 - 06:59 AM
lamarca 26 Oct 04 - 05:27 PM
Jeri 26 Oct 04 - 05:43 PM
Big Mick 26 Oct 04 - 06:09 PM
Joe Offer 26 Oct 04 - 06:11 PM
Bill D 26 Oct 04 - 06:16 PM
SINSULL 26 Oct 04 - 06:31 PM
Amos 26 Oct 04 - 07:01 PM
Ferrara 26 Oct 04 - 08:25 PM
GUEST,Dani 26 Oct 04 - 09:02 PM
DonMeixner 26 Oct 04 - 11:41 PM
dick greenhaus 26 Oct 04 - 11:45 PM
Amos 27 Oct 04 - 12:15 AM
Big Mick 27 Oct 04 - 12:41 AM
Carly 27 Oct 04 - 01:11 AM
Big Mick 27 Oct 04 - 01:53 AM
Amos 27 Oct 04 - 02:20 AM
GUEST,KT 27 Oct 04 - 02:31 AM
Amos 27 Oct 04 - 02:52 AM
George Papavgeris 27 Oct 04 - 04:13 AM
Janie 27 Oct 04 - 09:08 AM
GUEST,el Santo Secreto de Open Mike 27 Oct 04 - 09:41 AM
Janie 27 Oct 04 - 10:25 AM
SINSULL 27 Oct 04 - 10:46 AM
Big Mick 27 Oct 04 - 10:49 AM
lamarca 27 Oct 04 - 10:53 AM
kendall 27 Oct 04 - 10:56 AM
MMario 27 Oct 04 - 11:18 AM
Jeri 27 Oct 04 - 12:02 PM
Janie 27 Oct 04 - 12:06 PM
GUEST 27 Oct 04 - 12:22 PM
GUEST,KT 27 Oct 04 - 12:25 PM
Bill D 27 Oct 04 - 12:55 PM
Bill D 27 Oct 04 - 01:06 PM
kendall 27 Oct 04 - 05:35 PM
Janie 27 Oct 04 - 06:37 PM
jacqui.c 27 Oct 04 - 07:04 PM
Bill D 27 Oct 04 - 08:09 PM
Alaska Mike 27 Oct 04 - 08:20 PM
Bill D 27 Oct 04 - 08:34 PM
Janie 27 Oct 04 - 09:56 PM
KT 28 Oct 04 - 12:40 AM
kendall 28 Oct 04 - 01:39 PM
Ferrara 28 Oct 04 - 02:09 PM
Dani 28 Oct 04 - 03:02 PM
Tinker 28 Oct 04 - 03:06 PM
Big Mick 28 Oct 04 - 03:16 PM
GUEST,Lorraine 28 Oct 04 - 06:24 PM
Susan A-R 28 Oct 04 - 07:43 PM
Ferrara 28 Oct 04 - 08:09 PM
Bill D 28 Oct 04 - 11:02 PM
MMario 29 Oct 04 - 11:40 AM
Bill D 29 Oct 04 - 01:14 PM
Ebbie 29 Oct 04 - 02:23 PM
Bill D 29 Oct 04 - 04:58 PM
SINSULL 29 Oct 04 - 05:19 PM
Ferrara 29 Oct 04 - 08:27 PM
KT 29 Oct 04 - 09:03 PM
Ferrara 29 Oct 04 - 09:57 PM
Tinker 29 Oct 04 - 10:08 PM
KT 29 Oct 04 - 10:27 PM
Ebbie 29 Oct 04 - 10:32 PM
Tinker 29 Oct 04 - 10:39 PM
KT 29 Oct 04 - 10:48 PM
Bill D 29 Oct 04 - 10:52 PM
Janie 29 Oct 04 - 11:05 PM
KT 29 Oct 04 - 11:14 PM
Janie 29 Oct 04 - 11:28 PM
Allan C. 30 Oct 04 - 01:17 PM
Micca 30 Oct 04 - 01:33 PM
KT 30 Oct 04 - 02:20 PM
Big Mick 30 Oct 04 - 03:40 PM
Fortunato 30 Oct 04 - 05:47 PM
Tinker 30 Oct 04 - 05:49 PM
Nancy King 30 Oct 04 - 06:26 PM
Big Mick 30 Oct 04 - 06:39 PM
Ferrara 30 Oct 04 - 07:58 PM
Susan A-R 30 Oct 04 - 09:26 PM
SINSULL 31 Oct 04 - 12:11 AM
Linda Goodman Zebooker 31 Oct 04 - 03:12 AM
GUEST,Barry Finn 31 Oct 04 - 04:57 AM
jacqui.c 31 Oct 04 - 12:39 PM
karen k 31 Oct 04 - 01:52 PM
Amos 31 Oct 04 - 02:19 PM
Carly 31 Oct 04 - 03:29 PM
Janie 31 Oct 04 - 05:40 PM
SINSULL 31 Oct 04 - 07:21 PM
Bobert 31 Oct 04 - 08:08 PM
kendall 31 Oct 04 - 09:57 PM
Ferrara 31 Oct 04 - 10:02 PM
Amos 31 Oct 04 - 10:15 PM
DonMeixner 31 Oct 04 - 10:45 PM
Dani 31 Oct 04 - 10:58 PM
Ferrara 31 Oct 04 - 11:14 PM
Annie 31 Oct 04 - 11:15 PM
Linda Goodman Zebooker 01 Nov 04 - 01:24 AM
Joe Offer 01 Nov 04 - 01:37 AM
Micca 01 Nov 04 - 03:17 AM
Micca 01 Nov 04 - 04:10 AM
Big Mick 01 Nov 04 - 07:11 AM
Tinker 01 Nov 04 - 08:33 AM
Amos 01 Nov 04 - 08:33 AM
Micca 01 Nov 04 - 08:40 AM
SINSULL 01 Nov 04 - 08:46 AM
Big Mick 01 Nov 04 - 08:47 AM
Big Mick 01 Nov 04 - 08:49 AM
MMario 01 Nov 04 - 08:57 AM
Tinker 01 Nov 04 - 09:05 AM
MMario 01 Nov 04 - 09:10 AM
SINSULL 01 Nov 04 - 09:51 AM
Janie 01 Nov 04 - 09:53 AM
Amos 01 Nov 04 - 10:12 AM
George Papavgeris 01 Nov 04 - 10:36 AM
Tinker 01 Nov 04 - 11:19 AM
Big Mick 01 Nov 04 - 11:21 AM
KT 01 Nov 04 - 11:57 AM
MMario 01 Nov 04 - 12:08 PM
Tinker 01 Nov 04 - 12:22 PM
Bobert 01 Nov 04 - 05:26 PM
Tinker 01 Nov 04 - 05:33 PM
Bill D 01 Nov 04 - 05:43 PM
Catherine Jayne 01 Nov 04 - 05:45 PM
Tinker 01 Nov 04 - 05:49 PM
GutBucketeer 01 Nov 04 - 05:49 PM
Susan A-R 01 Nov 04 - 10:09 PM
MMario 02 Nov 04 - 11:25 AM
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Subject: ...or How Was It For You?
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 07:48 AM

I thought I'd start a general thread on this for people to dip in as they return home (Bobert, I know you started a "personal" thread on the Getaway, leading to a more focused discussion on the madness necessary to enjoy the event...).

Got home just 2 hours ago; and I knew before I left Ramblewood that it would feel very different posting in Mudcat now that I have linked faces to so many of the names. But there was so much more to the Getaway for me.

Meeting Alaska Mike has to be at the top of my impressions. The guy writes some wonderful songs, some of which I will certainly steal and seed the local folk scene with; and he delivers them with such style and great voice! But best of all, he's a smashing bloke with whose approach and attitude I immediately fell in love. What a heart. More than an acquaintance, much more I hope...

And Big Mick too; and Jeri, and SINSULL, and Tinker, and Kendall, and KT, and Joe Offer, and Bobert, Nancy King, Ken and Dan Schatz, Ed Trickett, Gorgeous Gary, BillD... oh, bugger it, if I start this way I'm bound to forget someone and it would be unfair. Meeting any one of you alone would have been worth the trip. And it was lovely too seeing again AllanC, Micca and JacquiM(ex-C) of course!

Flashbacks, in no order:

Alaska Mike singing "I am a rock" at a workshop on Sunday
Elizabeth LaPrelle's voice at the singaround late Friday night
The wedding reception.
Kendall's rendering of a song from his early "country schmaltz" years Sunday morning, to Jacqui, Alaska Mike, KT and myself.
Kendall's generosity not only in lending his Appollo 12-string but also with comments.
Jacqui's happy face. Now there's a proud lady, and rightly so.
KT getting up to sing at the Saturday concert
Tinker singing "Bob" at 3am Saturday in cabins 11-14
Joe Offer's songs (and general behaviour!) during that same session
KT crying at "By and by". Twice. And singing at the back of the Dining Hall.
The "Harmony Sluts" bobbing up and down and damn near taking over the Saturday concert (but we loved it Mike, didn't we?)
Those few minutes talking with Big Mick in front of our cabin Sunday morning.
And a few minutes later, Ed Trickett coming to shake my hand and offer praise.
Nancy King's and Bobert's helpfulness and easy manner
(apologies Bobert for causing that snoring sound to emanate from the passenger seat at the last leg of the trip!)
Everyone's open and smiling faces.

Above all, in the middle of the song-swapping and harmonising and in between the little chats you get to glimpse at the people behind the names.

And Mike, Mick, Cathy, Nancy, Robert, Kendall, Charlie, Mary, Dan, Ken, Jeri, Tinker, Ed, Dani, Leo and so many others - I liked what I saw.

THANK YOU all


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Charley Noble
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 08:49 AM

That's more like it!

Now what really happened?

I note that the ad at the bottom of the page features:

Kendall College, Chicago
New International Hospitality Management Programs at Kendall

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,Nancy King at work
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 12:03 PM

Thank YOU, George! It was great to meet you at last, and hear your beautiful songs (love the CD -- hope to obtain the others before too long...). Bobert is at least partly right, of course -- it does take a certain amount of craziness to do this, but then, all the best people are a little bit crazy! After all, who but El Greko would have a gig on Thursday night, fly across the pond for a sleep-deprived weekend, then fly back to do a Monday night gig?

And yes, it WAS cold. Even Alaska Mike finally put on a jacket over his T-shirt, and (dare I reveal it?) socks with his sandals! But we survived, most of us. There were even a few moments when sitting in the sun that I peeled down to only three layers! As for not taking showers, well, I figured I hadn't sweated much anyway.

I don't have much time here at work, and I'm still pretty bleary-eyed, so will probably post more later, but for now I just want to let everybody know that Kendall and Jacqui are totally fabulous together, and the wedding party was great! Tinker and SINSULL did a magnificent job, complete with champagne punch, cute little favors, and lots of love. Lots of good songs, too!

The Sunday-night-stayover crowd will begin checking in before too long, I'm sure, though they're probably even more bleary than I am. More later --

Nancy


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 04:53 PM

MMario here - we'll check in from "Ramblewood North" later.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Dani
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 05:15 PM

Janie and I peeled off layer after layer as the miles ticked by on 95/85 South. I am now home, warm in t-shirt again, and smashing at full speed back in to real life. Shit for the birds, as my grandfather used to say.

But what a(nother) magical weekend! There are so many impressions I can't even filter them through, yet.


Some impressions on folks newly met:

Now that Jacqui has taken over the Hospitality Management Programs at Kendall, we are looking elsewhere for available hearthrobs. El Greko seems a likely candidate to take over the throne, but there are other strong contenders, and a thing like this is just not decided overnight.

El Greko's magical songwriting is equalled only by his charming and heart-felt singing. Twice he brought me to poignant tears. And I only heard him DO two songs!

Jacqui, I can report, is worthy of our Kendall. She is a real sweety, and has made him very happy. The improvement is measurable, and not just by the amount of time spent in liplock.

Bobert is a trip, guys. Not one whit different from my (and perhaps your)online impression, except now I can hear his music as well! Once the devil let go of his guitar, he pulled a terrific gospel song out of it on Sunday morning. He's gettin' right...

MTed was too briefly met, but I look forward to another day. Thanks for getting that jam started. It took some guts, and sounded great from THIS side of the circle!

KT is lovely. Her singing, her songs, her spirit, her hugs, (don't read this, KT, I'm going to embarrass you) remind me of a wonderful bird, alighting briefly to make you smile, make you feel good, and then scoot along elsewhere. She is curious, talented, effervescent. I so enjoyed meeting her!

The usual suspects were as suspect as usual, and it was so very good to see, and sing with, you all. Thank you for the hugs, and the songs. They are in my back pocket for use as needed throughout the year.

Deep, deep heart-thanks to all the FSGW folks for working so hard to make this a good time for all. And thank you, Max, for creating this place that has played a part in changing so many lives for the better, including mine. When you get over yourself, pat yourself on the back again.

More later...

Dani


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 05:24 PM

The music, the people, the voices raised in song....always magic. Incredible talent and lots of support for those of us who don't exactly belong in that category! FUN!

Listening to the string section backing up singers in the Sunday night TV room song circle.

Falling asleep to the sound of David's harp. Not falling asleep to the arrythmic tones of three people snoring out of sync.

Walking down to the dining hall deck to find Ed Tricket singing "On a Day Like Today", listening to Max, Bobert and Roger in the Blues jam. Becoming a convert to the "Gospel of Skiffle According to Max!" He had it there in writing---it doesn't have to SOUND good, it just has to FEEL good. (At one point Micca turned and said to me, "You'd play a kazoo to ANY tune, wouldn't you!?" (blame Max, Micca) Well---there was plenty of good sound and good feeling.

Finding out Bobert doesn't look at all like an old geezer, just looks like an old hippie! The wedding reception and the glow on Jackie and Kendall's faces. The sing-arounds, the choruses, the performances. The making and renewing of friendships.

The absolute respect everyone has for everyone else's joy in the music.

Too many remarkable songwriters, singers, instrumentalists to name--

And really way too much magic to convey--you shoulda been there!

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Amos
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 05:33 PM

I yam coming next year for sure, goldangit!!!

A


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 05:38 PM

there WILL be pictures...I took about 130, and I saw others almost as shutter happy. Right now I am unpacking & exhausted..(those of us who stay till late Monday morning get even less sleep than some others!!!)

But it was good...(I even had a good place to be when the thunder & lightning and rain let loose Saturday...because when it stopped we got a full, beautiful rainbow....and there are pics of that too!)

So off to get a wee bit of sleep and then download pics from the camera and get to the task of making them available...


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: SussexCarole
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 05:39 PM

Our very best wishes for the future to Jacqui & Kendall. Me & Crane Driver will see you all at the Getaway next year. Countdown starts..... Carole x


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 05:40 PM

Gonna hold you to that, Amos!

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Nancy King
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 06:10 PM

Janie's right, Amos -- and now we've got it in writing! We'll be expecting you! And you too, Carole!

"The absolute respect everyone has for everyone else's joy in the music." Janie hit the nail on the head with that -- it's a really important part of what makes the Getaway great, though I hadn't thought of it in just those terms before.

Just got home from work, and still getting re-combobulated...

Nancy


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 07:18 PM

Did I mention Allan C.'s masterful kazoo performance at the Sunday night concert? And this in spite of fact that he had never, EVER played one prior to 5 minutes before the concert!

Is the Getaway empowering or what??!!!!

Janie (running for cover)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Micca
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 07:38 PM

From your New Jersey correspondent,
What a weekend!!!,full of the most wonderful friendship and Music!!!
some highlights
Joe Offer dancing in Stalag 14
the conversation with KT , Alaska Mike and El Greko on the verandah that became a seminar on songwriting that you would Pay to take part in,
Some of the workshops,especially
Nancy Kings Good/bad songs under the Trees outside the White House
Big Micks concert
KT's and Alaska Mikes singing
Both the evening concerts
watching others being amazed and charmed by El Greko's songs
other highlights include
Meeting Charmion and CET
Sinsulls excursions into Dentopedology (the art of opening your mouth and putting a foot in, the pulling your lipdown to insert the other one)
The unfailing kindness of all the FSGW folks and Mudcatters it was my pleasure to meet and whose singing and playing I enjoyed.
My sincere and heartfelt thanks to Tinker (my hostess this evening)Fortunato and Suzette, Ferrara, BillD, Nancy King Karen Kobela, Dani, Sinsull, Big Mick, MMario, and many many more,
I will post more if I get a chance
Micca


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Micca
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 07:40 PM

Oh and Mick, if you dont like what I said about your concert!!
"2...3...4...."


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: SINSULL
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 07:55 PM

I am simply too tired to say much. That is a good sign. Blessings on Rita for making the Getaway happen and on her "elves". More after a good night's sleep.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Tinker
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 09:04 PM

Okay I can't quite process this as memories yet.... I took Micca and Sinsull home with me mixed in my 3 teens and the 'tween and within minutes they had found a common level. The energy level has been amazing, but I think the crash is coming soon. More tommorrow when I can hear myself think.

Tinker


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Morticia
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 09:07 PM

ooooh, so envious and so happy for you all......would have given just about anything to be at Jacqui and Kendall's reception! I hope all the many snogs and hugs were passed on that I requested.....I'm sure they were, you are an honourable bunch. God willing an' the creek don't rise, I will be there next year.......


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 09:12 PM

GETAWAY LOST AND FOUND

Speaking of memories, there are a few forgotten items:

Found:


  • Brownish mesh belt
  • Reading glasses
  • Berghaus waterproof rainpants (size small)
  • "Packaway jacket" from www.regatta.com (size XL)—waterproof
  • Socks-1 pr., black, gold toe, left in White House 1st floor bedroom
  • Key-shaped key ring with two keys (the "Taylor" key has a purple ring around the head)
  • 1 box of 4 Luminarc 6-1/4 oz flute-shaped wine glasses
  • White bath towel (Royal Velvet brand)
  • Empty Perry Ellis black men's shaving kit bag
  • Black kerchief with white pattern
  • Cards for "Magic—The Gathering—in black backed holders (perhaps S. Clamons or D. Gaster?)
  • Small black purse containing various bronze-colored dice (in various geometric regular solids)


You can private message me with information if any of the above sound familiar, or if you've lost something else.


Meanwhile, I'm still marginally funcational from the lack of sleep and great music and memories buzzing around in my head, and am afraid to post much in my semi-coherent state. The weather was so cold that when somebody left, you HAD to hug them--it was an excuse to share body heat. But it was quite confusing--just because somebody had a coat on didn't mean they were leaving.

Next year, we're ordering warmer weather for the weekend. (and maybe a place with heat?--Stay tuned)

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bobert
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 09:14 PM

Okay, folks, I'm gonna have to 'fess up to afew things here...

First, I somehow had Tinker and Sinsull as gettin' married at the Getaway which, fir most everyone else but this poor ol' hillbilly, was rediculous. Then I thought that Kendall and Jacqui were going to get amrried at the Getaway which again was wrong as they were allready married. See how fun lexdexia can be?

Well, okay. Let me say that fir someone who has such Mudact powers as to make entire thoughts disappear, Max is okay in my book. Yeah, he may be a youngin' but a youngin' way beyond his years. He also plays some fine acoustic blues. Nice to know ya an' I don't really give a danged about having no eraser powers 'cause 'bout the only stuff I read here in the Catbox that I'd erase is stuff that Iz postercated my ownseff...

Now, I don't want to hurt no ones feelings and this ain't gonna get posted unner no " Yer Favorite Mudcatters" thread but I was so happy to meet Ebbie who on many occasions when the Bobert has climbed up the tree, climbed out on a limb and has begun tryingt to saw the limb off, has come to my rescue or at least spread out some straw in the fall zone... So nice to finally meet ya....

But, hey, it was great meetin' each and everyone of you folks. Yeah, okay, I thought that Jeri was gonna grab me and duck tape me to something nasty but we got beyond that.

Oh, Joe Offer ain't like 7 feet tall. I know it's hard to believe but he ain't even 6'5"... But heck of a nice guy.

And MTed? Whew! Brings new meaning to single chord jams... Something ain't right with the boy, but in a good way.... Know what I mean?

And thanks BillD fir the beautiful laithed woodwork piece. Knowing it came from one of my old tree roots makes it extra special and it allready has found a spot of prominence.

Man, I'm just gettin started...

KT? Wow! The gal is the Emmy Lou Harris of the Mudcat. Not only does she sing beatifully but she is drop dead foxy, to boot.

Thanks Chance and Suzette for attending my blues workshop and loved seeing and hearin' you all. You guys have the magic. No two ways about it.

Micca is jus' a most farout person one could ever sit accrosss the table from...

Roger from Baltimore. Good to meet ya and better yto find that there *are* other real bluesman here. I was wonderin'...

Allen C and his lady... Real nice talkin' wid ya and meetin' ya. And nice beard.

Speakin of which, where'd beardedbruce go after the "muse" thing"? I don't think I say him again the e3ntire weekend.

Alaska Mike is my kinda guy. He look more like I thought Big Mick would look like 'cause, well, he is *big* and tall and has a voice that can probably bust up cinder blocks. You kinda feel secure around Alaska Mike. He's the kinda guy who everyone would like as a next door neighbor for those times when the baby grand piano needed to be moved again...

Back to Big Mick. Well, you ain't so big, yuor're just atll that's all... No, actually Big Mick ain't even that tall? But he plays guitar in a big way... And hes a nice guy, dangit. I thought he was gopnna jump on mw fir my Green leanings but he was nuthin' but gracious...

Speakin' of green, Janie and Lynn and I had some good times talkin' gardenin'...

I reckon, next to Ebbie, the person I most wanted to meet was the Captain Hiseff, Kendall, and I certainly enjoyed spending some time wid him. He is bigger than life and tells a story the way that one a very select few can do. And I really enjoyed the new Mrs Kendall. She is so sweet. (Now, Captain. You treat her right 'er she's gonna show you a new use fir that $8 harpoon you bought at the yard sale...Get my drift here?...)

And Mr Greco, as in El... So nice to meet you and you even snore on key... Jus' funnin'... But look out! Now that Kendall is corralled it looks like the womenz is turning their attention in yer direction.

Now I'll be back here later as more memories surface... My mind is a lot like a juke box and we;ve jus' played N-3...

Yeah, Amos... Go to CheapTickets.com and you can probably lock in next years airfare for like 35 bucks roundtrip... I'll pick you up at the airport...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: beardedbruce
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 09:26 PM

Bobert

I had to work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights- had to be back in Sterling, VA before 7pm. I stayed through lunch- I did not want to miss Elizabeth LaPrelle, even if it did cut out my sleeping time for the weekend.

But it was good to meet those I was able to catch.

Hope you enjoyed the ginger!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bobert
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 09:37 PM

Word on the block was that it was laced with halucinagenics, BB...

Any truth to it?

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 09:44 PM

These days I get fatigued just from reading of your adventures. I wish I'd heard you all.

Art


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 09:48 PM

Big Mick and Alaska Mike have arrived at WYSIWYG'S - currently competing in who can tell the funniest joke.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: beardedbruce
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 09:48 PM

No such luck- just ginger....


You missed the cashews, cheeses, stuffed olives, and pickled mushrooms...


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Max
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 10:27 PM

Man I love it. There is something really special about having such close friends that you only actually SEE once a year. I just love you guys. Every year I get to meet a few new friends too which is great.

The talent at any given Getaway is always astounding. Truly intimidating.

Thanks to the FSGW once again for having us.

So since we've been practicing now for several years, I'll announce it now:

The 2005 Getaway is going to be something special. I'm going to work all year to recruit Mudcatters to make this the biggest and best Getaway ever. We're going to create a network of helpers to give rides and raise money for travel expenses, and we may even forcibly kidnap a couple folks. If you've put it off in the past for this reason or that, 2005 is the year to get off your duff, lay down your excuses and do it, do it, do it.

Actually seeing a bunch nutty Mudcatters seems to make it all make sense for a whole year. I think more of you should experience that. So everyone who reads this thread, you have a year to recruit and make happen, the best Getaway ever.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Jeri
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 10:29 PM

I'm too tired to write much, and I have a nasty migraine, but I got home, and I'm pretty sure I'm still alive.

I thought I was gonna enjoy El Greko because of all the stuff the UK folks said about him. I don't think their comments were all that accurate. He wasn't as good as they led me to believe. He was WAY better than that! I listened to him and Elizabeth LaPrelle all the way home.

I was good to meet Bobert, and hear him sing. I got a couple of your plants, and just have to figure out where they're going. Thanks for bringing them.

I finally met M. Ted, and it was a pleasure. I'd asked Mick to do a certain song at the Sunday night concert. Right before it, he said "I hope you don't mind, but I'm not gonna do that song." The reason was because M. Ted had handed him some lyrics to look at, and Mick just HAD to do it. It was certainly the right decision. GREAT song!

Lotsa other stuff, but I have to check a couple of threads and e-mail and then pass out.

By the way, y'all notice how not one person has mentioned me? I figure the stump got me my 15 minutes of fame. Maybe next year, I can drive into the swimming pool.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bobert
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 10:30 PM

My money is on Alaska Mike in the joke tellin' contest, tho ya' might have to be 6'6" an' from Alaska to get 'um....

Who says size don't count fir nuthin'?

But give him a good run, Mick...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Annie
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 11:06 PM

Regrets and deep sympathy to myself for missing the event this year.

I called my sister balling my eyes out on Friday morning because I had worked myself into a corner and had to stay painted in it all weekend. I wish I could have been there......best wishes to Kendall and Jacqui.

Missed seein' ya ....sis, Joe, Mary, Tinker, Dani, Jim, Mick, Allan (Allan have a lady per Greko?), Jeri, who else?, Carol, missed Mick's jokes, and Allan's snores, gospel workshop, dance, concert, eating, drinking, and carousing...and the rainbow and the river and the dam.

I'll be comin' round next year, I will. If Amos will, I will.

Annie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 11:42 PM

I did mention you, Jeri - read the first post of the thread.

George - up at 4:30am...must go to bed...must go to bed...


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,Mick at WYSIWIG'S
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 12:22 AM

Max, I love ya, but you are a Johnny, or Maxie, come lately. I have been tellin' these layabouts for 5 years that they need to start saving there pennies, and making plans now for the following year. So I am right there with you. You have not lived until you attended one of these events. And I hear that some Shellbacks may come back next year. Great, just what I need. A bunch of Brits tellin' a poor Irish lad how to get cars off stumps and such. Some shit never changes!!

and BTW, I gave that big lad a down home, Yankee doodle, going to Jaysus, buttwhuppin' in the joke contest. The "Duck Hunting Dog" put the coup de grace on his unwrinkled ass, as opposed to Kendall's wrinkled old ass.

This event is a must do, my friends. The spirit of community is woven throughout the event. The FSGW, and its members, are hosts of the first order. I don't mind telling you that many of these folks have become beloved friends.

M. Ted, your song is a masterpiece and reveals your soul. It takes a great deal of courage to show this side of oneself. I am so honored that you allowed me to be the first to perform.

This years new 'Catters were KT and Ebbie, and they were stunning in what they added to the event.

Rather than mention all the others who were there (you know who you are), I am going to just say that the rest of you need to make this event. You will never forget it or regret.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Amergin
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 12:46 AM

I have always wanted to make this and everything...and it doesn't look like I'll make it next year as hopefully I'll be on the other side of the world by that time.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 12:47 AM

Wotta bunch of lazy bums! They all went to bed already! :~)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 12:52 AM

Bruce & MMario, the candied ginger was MUCH enjoyed! Sandy LaPrelle says it's great for sore throats if you add hot water. Of course, ANYTHING in hot water was welcome this weekend, given how cold it was.

MTed, lines from your song (the one Mick sang in the concert) echoed in my mind all the way home. A fine song.

Every year I think "Suppose this year it's a flop?" This year I was especially paranoid because so many people were coming huge distances to check out the Getaway for the first time.

Well I walked in the door Friday night, there were Alaska Mike, Big Mick, and I think MMario and Dick Rodgers, just standing and talking, and my heart gave a leap of joy. Really, it did, I had to net it & put it back where it belongs.

Anyway I felt a great surge of happiness at seeing those people again and realizing how far they had come to be here (except Dick, who lives here and ALWAYS comes to the Getaway), and how much it meant to see them, and how magical this event and this bunch of people are. And then Joe Offer -- and also someone else later, Mick maybe? -- said to me, "I feel like I'm home." Yes.

Of all the late night music, the thing that stands out in my mind was not a huge jam or any such thing. It was Pauline Lerner and Susan A-R playing fiddle tunes together in the dining room Friday night. Sweet lovely music, played just for their own enjoyment. Kind of the essence of the Getaway atmosphere for me.

Other memories: Saul Broudy's harmonica playing in the Sunday concert. Ed Trickett's version of the Golden Vanity in the Saturday ballads, with a fine chorus that filled the room. Dani, Janie and Allan C singing a rousing gospel song in the Sunday concert. (My brain is so fried that I can't remember the name of the song they sang! Somebody help me?) Big Mick singing MTed's song in the Sunday concert. Karen Kobela's voice in the Saturday concert. Going back to my room & sleeping through the first half of the Saturday concert. :-)

The look on Kendall's face while Jacqui sang "Love Me Tender" for him. The dazed look on his face while friend after friend sang their love and good wishes for him and Jacqui. Spending time chatting with Jacqui. Likewise with KT and Ebbie. Barry Schlesinger's hilarious "French Canadian" song in the Frozen North workshop. Barry, what's the name of that song? It's wicked. I love it!

Micca's wonderful, funny song about how his grandfather survived WWI.

There were a lot of non-Mudcatters whose presence was special to me this year because we don't get to see them every year. Like Dick and Corinne, who live in Oregon City when they're not on sabbatical in Galway, Ireland. They have been commuting to the Getaway about every second year, since they moved to Oregon i-dont-know-howmany-years ago. (They pleaded jet lag as their excuse for not leading any workshops this year.) I think Dick is the man who taught Bill "The Key of R." I forgive him though.

And Dick Greenhaus' son Charlie who came just for a day, with his fiancee' Jeannette. Years ago Charlie was a Getaway regular and I have so many memories and images of our conversations of yesteryear. At one time Charlie was a professional juggler, and he did a show for us one night at Camp Letts, juggling fire batons. Incredible.

The Getaway is just magical. I don't know why or how it happens that way. We work hard, but we don't bring the magic. You do.

Hugs to EVERYBODY, including anybody I maybe forgot to hug at least once this weekend unlikely as that seems....

Rita


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 12:58 AM

Oh and by the way the reason I'm posting at this hour of the night is that after I got home I pretty much fell into bed and slept for four hours straight. Woke up about 9:30, just as Bill was winding down and hoping to get some sleep. Then we spent another hour talking about the Getaway. :-)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 03:16 AM

Does anyone know where Micca is heading next and can they PM me a phone number so I can contact him....I have to go away on business again and I won't be here when he returns from his adventures......

Khatt


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 04:18 AM

Thanks for all these stories, guys. I always knew Max was a soulmate (or should that be bluesmate)but the Skiffle Gospel quote proves it:"It don't have to sound good, only feel good" is my motto and only excuse!

RtS
(more power to your kazoos)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,Big Mick at WYSIWIG'S
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 05:55 AM

Khatt, he headed for Tinker's. I will try and PM the number later when I get it.

You were spoken of often and with great affection by the grand wee man.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 07:10 AM

So . . . does this mean Jacqui is seducing Kendall away from curmudgeonhood? (Well, prolly not -- since I'm married to Curmudgeon, I KNOW curmudgeons can be happily married . . .)

Congratulations, you two! Hope we get to congratulate you in person one of these days!

Linn


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Willie-O
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 07:56 AM

Ah, I gotta make it next year...as I explained to one or two, I am downright phobic about hangin around Stateside in the crazy election season...if Shrub loses I'll feel a lot better to show up next year. If he wins (god forbid), well, I'll have a year to get used to the idea.

Or we could have it in Canada where there is heat in most resorts...

Sorry I missed seein you folks.

Bill


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Dani
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 07:57 AM

Oh, that skiffle workshop was definitely the best musical fun I've had in years and years. Thanks Max, and Jim! Jim (JAB/Gutbucketeer) has been uncovering his musical soul over the past few years, and it gets better all the time. He's bringing this wonderful music back to life for people, and his spirit of fun is so infectious. And the tune he did on the washtub bass in the blues workshop was just right. I would have spent a whole weekend on the porch with you, Max, Pene Azul and Janie finding tunes that fit all those wonderful weirdo instruments. Could we add a skiffle porch jam next year? Seems the right place for it.

How could I forget Ebbie! I missed you to say goodbye, and to tell you how much I enjoyed your smile this weekend. Folks, she sat on the edges a bit, but clearly enjoyed the music, and was seen playing along in the tv room Sunday, lost in the music. Come back!

MTed, I didn't know that was your song. It is a heart-stopper, and very important for people to hear. Will you share it? Mick, I thought your delivery was right on.

Another favorite moment: At a certain point I felt so overwhelmed, I told someone it's like drinking from a firehose for someone who doesn't have much music in 'real' life. I walked up the big quiet hill for some silence, and heard waltz strains from the gym. Now, not being a dancer or the player of anything BUT the kazoo, I hadn't paid attention to that on the schedule, but when I went in and heard the music, I just melted. Laid down on a bench in the corner, and drifted along with the most beautiful music I think I've ever heard. Fiddles, bass, harp, piano, concertina, and dancing feet gliding in, out and around. Just lovely...

Dani


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,Big Mick at WYSIWIG'S
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 10:43 AM

Yeah, Dani. David, harpist extraordinaire, is the most amazing musician. The harp is simply an extension of this man's soul. Because Ed Trickett was there I sang the song that caused him to give me "Along the Famine Road". The title is "Far From There Home". I was accompanied by the Viol, a fiddle, and the harp. I was lost in the beauty of those instruments.

So many musical moments that it is hard to focus on one or two. Surely the trio of Dani, Janie, and Allan had to be one of the highlights of the night. Dani mislead you all when she said she doesn't have an instrument. Hers is her voice, and the charm she exudes when she sings. Dani, my dear, you bring joy when you sing. People smile and feel good. And when it is with Janie, the love of friendship just fills the air. I wish you could see it from where I sit.

Janie .... man, I just love hearing her sing. Janie has a rich voice that just warms you. And when she is in a room when the music is jumping, she "clogs" all over the place. The music grabs her, and the joy in her just makes her move. Another joyous thing, that I wish she could sit where I sit and see.

My friend KT was no surprise to me. We have corresponded for a while, and I have a tape of her songs. I have been after her for several years to come down to Getaway, and I am overjoyed she did. The beauty of her lyrics, and her voice should be experienced by everyone. I am so proud of our friendship, and it was only deepened by our time together.

Ebbie .... is so damn cute, and so funny .... that one almost could miss the depth of her talent if they aren't looking. She charms you, and you are drawn irresistably to her. And the friendship between her and KT is palpable. She was one of the highlights for me, and is a welcome addition to the circle of "old friends just met".

Surely Kendall and Jacqui were the highlight of the weekend. Our English Rose is a charmer, and cute as can be. The love she feels for Kendall is potent and infectious. And his for her is the same. Kendall and Jacqui, your spirit and love was felt by everyone at the gathering. It made us joyous and happy, and we are in your debt for sharing it with us. May you have such joy all the days of your lives.

Thanks a million to the FSGW for making me an invited Guest. It is a high honor for me to have been so. I so appreciate the amount of planning, and execution, that go into this thing.

By the way, if you haven't got every CD that Ed Trickett has made, you do not have a complete library. His is "must own" music.

One last thing. I have spent most of my folk singing life being in love with the music of Jean Ritchie. When I read her book, I then also loved her spirit. And when she corresponds with me, I love the friendship. I have always said that when her work here is done, we will not see another like her. This weekend I was privileged to hear Elisabeth LaPrelle sing again. And it comes to me that the tradition, to the standards set by our beloved Jean, is safe in this young woman's hands. She is a gift from the Creator, and our job is too encourage her, and help her along the way. Folks, one day you will say that you heard her sing when she was young and just starting out. She is a talent of major proportions, and I am privileged to have been able to hear her.

More later,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Jeri
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 11:43 AM

Sorry, Monsieur Greko. My brain was cold oatmeal (dried around the edges with the spoon still in) last night. I'm slightly better today. You're braver than I with names. I KNOW I'll miss people!

If I met you for the first time or met you again, I enjoyed our time together. (This is the proper wimp-out route.) Aw, hell...KT should have brought some of her CDs to sell. Her songs and herself were sunlight on a cloudy day or a warm fire in the deep, dark winter. I enjoyed meeting Ebbie, and I wish I'd heard her sing. Rumor has it that she did sing on Saturday night, after I'd wandered off to the cabin jam. Bobert and I didn't beat each other up, and I enjoyed meeting him. I wish I could have stayed for his blues guitar workshop, and I wish I could have jammed with him at some point. (Aside to Bobert: Saturday night when I wandered home to the cabin and said I didn't think anyone was playing up there, there was a full blown jam/song circle/insanity session going on that lasted until 4 AM. They were singing doo-wop when I walked in. Your sleeping bag was calling you though.) As it happened, I only got the guitar out once, and it was to go play by myself on a bench.

Annie, I missed you. I kept wanting to ask Janie if you were coming, then I wanted to ask "what happened to Annie?" but I kept being distracted. I missed some other folks who usually come to the Getaway too: Annamill and hubby Glenn who probably didn't freeze the whole weekend because they were in sunny California; Gail, of the English Music Hall songs and reading of the lyrics by finger-tip; the whole Missing Person Soup Kitchen Gospel Quartet (am I close with the name?).

About M. Ted's song: I knew he was going somewhere from the beginning, but I had to think all the way through to see where. In the final verse, everything came together and his point was clear to me, but he never told folks what they should be thinking and feeling. (Something I'm frequently guilty of. People can figure stuff out without being told.) Finesse and subtlety. It made me cry, because of the combination of what it said, how Mick performed it, and because of how well it was written. If someone had asked why I had tears in my eyes, I might not have known how to explain.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 12:18 PM

Chills and tears as MMario sang his song about the wolfhound (somebody supply the name?)

I still have so much music and so many memories going through my brain that I can't concentrate here at work. If I burst into one more chorus (or fit of laughter at a memory) as I walk down the hall, the other therapists here are going to start throwing coffe mugs at me!

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ellenpoly
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 12:40 PM

Wow!

Mudcat at it's best. Thank you so much for sharing your stories.

Now waiting to see the piccies.

..xx..e


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 02:27 PM

Just so you can all make alternative plans, I shall be there next year God willing.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Tinker
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 03:03 PM

SINSULL and Micca just backed down the drive and the house is palpably silent. I find my self pausing at the keyboard as it faintlly begins to sink in that the weekend has truely ended.

The memory circling strongest is of Max in the Blues circle. I had handed him a chord progression to accompany me to one of those wonderful old off color blues and when it was over he looked across the circle and asked about the progression after explaining how it was built and naming a couple of other songs it was found in... explaining it's connection to a classical piece... and he was eagerly waiting for more information than he already had.... when it was clear that the answer was not in the circle there was a silent moment before we moved on.... I know I wasn't the only one wondering what Fielding would have said....

But then there is the video footage of Joe Offer doing high kicks to Alaska Mike's questionably traditional presentation in the Mudcat Cabin on Saturday Nite. I just may need to put a copy up for auction Joe.

Kendall and Jacqui thank you so much for letting Mary and I put on the reception for you. And to everyone who responded so well to my cries for help, thank you, thank you, thank you. It was a wonderful time.

Hopefully more later as the moments drift and settle.

Tinker





Let me be the first to volunteer as a way station for anyone traveling to next year's Getaway. If a night's stop before or after in Northern NJ makes since in anyone's travel plans just let me know. For UK fliers who find discount tickets to one of Metro NY's airports, we can finish the ride from here. We've got plenty of room.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Marion
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 05:45 PM

It sounds wonderful.

When I met M.Ted he gave me lyrics to a song about a little girl shot by a classmate - was that the one that Mick sang?

How I wish I had been there. (But having said that, in the past week I've lost a job and developed a tooth problem, so I'm also very glad that I did the responsible thing and stayed home).

Never mind. Next year in Maryland!

Marion


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Dani
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 05:55 PM

Amen!

You would really love it, Marion. The question is, how could the place hold so many incredibly talented songwriters? The planet would start to tilt in another direction. Hmmmm.......

Dani


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,Joe Offer at the Front Royal Library, Virgin
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 06:13 PM

Yeah, it was like being home. It's so nice to see the old friends, and very nice to meet some new ones. I second all the good stuff that everybody says above. There were two things that really moved me - the wedding reception for Kendall and Jacqui, and the hour we spent remembering Rick Fielding. It felt like he was there with us.

I'm hoping to do the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park tomorrow. The weather was bad today, so I explored Frederick, Maryland; Harper's Ferry, West Virginia; and Winchester Virginia. There are so many wonderful little towns in this area, where the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers come together.

See y'all later.

-Joe Offer, on the road-


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bobert
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 06:14 PM

After yer visit with me this past year I was lookin' forward to seein' you, Marion. Hope the tooth is better and hope you find a new and better job soon.

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Jeri
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 07:07 PM

Marion, I'd wondered what happened to you. Sorry about the tooth and the job. Yes, that was the song by M. Ted that Mick sang.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 07:11 PM

I missed the Sunday concert, having left early. Does anyone have the lyrics to M Ted's song?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Susan A-R
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 12:01 AM

What a weekend, from hugs and songs on Friday night to bleary eyed breakfast and hugs on Monday Morning it was teriffic!

Playing with Pauline, David, Lucy et al, a quiet session with someone named Tom from NJ (rats, didn't realize there were two of them, wonder which Tom from NJ it was) The wild Saturday night sing, the jug band experience, Ron's viola, Sitting in the sun listening to Ed Trickett, (and having Joe Offer come up and say "Since I left Plumtree down in Tennesee, it's the first time I've been warm" just cracked me up, Playing Fiddle with Alaska Mike, the song someone sang to a Yeats poem about a fox hunter in the "in other words" work shop, Jack Beck's ballad workshop (I now have three Bothy Ballad recordings to listen to) "When the Rolls are Served Up Yonder" as sung by Carley? singing for a couple of hours with Allan C, Janie's great gospel songs, Karen K and Big Mick's song about the Seal people in Saturday night's talent show, and riding to and from with Jim Bunch. What a wonderful way to book end that weekend.

There's more, I know, but I still have a sleep debt.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ron Davies
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 12:05 AM

Actually this isn't Ron, it's Jan, just wanted to say how sad I am that I missed this years Getaway. I was so looking forward to it, as Ron and I have some great duets worked out now. We were so looking forward to singing them at various workshops and the concerts.
I missed Ron dreadfully all weekend, but I am so glad that he went and had such a wonderful time as he always does. I didn't however, miss the cold damp condtions of Camp Ramble Wood. Ron came home dressed in seven layers of various T-shirts, sweatshirts and sweaters and topped it all off with a water proof jacket! Now I was pretty cold here without him, as he is my incredibly warm and toasty, life sized furry teddy bear, and I really missed not having him to cuddle up with at night.

Unfortunately I was not at all well enough to go to the Getaway this year, after weeks of looking forward to it. Rats I say, but hopefully I will be OK for next year. I told Ron to go without me as I would have hated for him to have missed all the fun too. Of course next year I expect the Getaway to be held in warm sunny Hawaii, so that I too don't have to wear seven layers!

Oops, Ron has just walked in, so I had better go and give this space back to him. I am so glad that you all had such a wonderful time.
Take care everyone and bye for now............................


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ron Davies
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 12:14 AM

Yup, everybody better watch out for Jan--never can tell what she might do--might even do some postings under my name.

This is really Ron.


It really was a wonderful Getaway (again)---and what makes it better and better are all the Mudcatters, especially from outside the DC area----you really have revitalized the Getaway---new people, new (or old) songs, new experiences, new jokes, new traditions----it's just fantastic.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Sorcha
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 12:35 AM

WHERE ARE THE BLEEDIN PICS????


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ebbie
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 03:15 AM

Just got in the door. I too have a serious sleep deficit- and oh, so worth it! The whole weekend was just totally wonderful.   I continually found myself in a roomful of strangers- and something in me knew everyone. It was an experience I will never forget. The voices, the harmonies, the emotions, the generous spirits, the delight, the cold...

More later.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 03:58 AM

Health, energy and the pocketbook willing...NEXT YEAR!!

Thanks for sharing, everyone.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Jeri
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 09:03 AM

Jan, I missed you. I have nightmares about getting too sick to go to the Getaway. I've had colds before the Getaway that I'd mosty gotten over but were still messing up my voice when I went, and I've come down with colds during. If I'd felt as rotten before I left as I did last year on Sunday, I would have stayed home. None of them have been that serious, but staying up all night singing and freezing my butt off are really good ways to make a cold something worse.

Ron, I wish I'd played more music with you. David the Harp too, and I don't think I played at all with Pauline except a bit on Friday night. I didn't find any nice, loud informal acapella singing during the whole weekend. I don't know whether the usual suspects were tired, frozen, sick, or just buggered off back home. I possibly just missed it.

As to pictures, I'd like to see them too. The photographers are probably still recovering. One of the funnier things that happened was in the dining hall on Monday morning when people were leaving. Someone wanted to take a group shot (I missed the beginning of this) and folks were standing in that tiered, group photo formation. There were about 7 cameras. The funny thing was, pictures would be taken, then someone else would wander in and be directed to join the group. More pictures would be taken, then someone else would wander in, and...etc. If somebody were clever enough, they could make the sequence of photos into a little movie, with popping noises when another face magically appeared.

I brought my camera, and never once got it out. I was too busy playing, singing, or talking, and much too lazy to go up a hill to fetch it.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 09:28 AM

Susan A-R--that was Tom Gibney you were playing fiddle with (as opposed to Tom Goddard; both Tom G's are from New Jersey.)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:06 AM

Where to start?

One of the things about Getaway is that it seems memories tend to GROW rather then fade - as someone else's stories trigger memories and you think"How could I forget to mention *THAT*!"

Some small incidents stand out in your mind; others blur and blend - having an extra night of "Getaway" at WYSIWYG'S on the way home was a godsend for me - not only breaking the drive but letting me taper off from the "high" of Getaway.

To the entire FSGW - THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I can't say it enough - not only getting to meet 'catters face to face - but getting to meet the FSGW members - to hear their reminiscences of getaways past; their music etc, etc, etc.

A couple of people chided me Friday evening for not singing (this was EARLY evening - I did sing later) when the truth was I was happily wallowing in the music going on around me.

Janie - "my" song about the wolfhound is titled "The Wolfhound" (oddly enough) - lyrics by Alan of Oz as folk-processed by my brain. it's in the DT - and there is at least one thread on it in the forum.

the 'Jam at Jeri's Stump' rendered by Big Mick - only missing a chorus of Shellbacks...maybe that can be remedied next year?

katlaughing - health is a valid excuse - as far as energy we'll give transfusions as needed while you are with us (the amount of energy sizzling around at Getaway is incredible)- and pocketbook - heck - we'll find some way of getting past that. YOU NEED TO DO GETAWAY!

Amos - you have no excuses. *grin*

Thanks to those who helped cover my flubs in the shanty session - and those who put up with "Boris the Blue-balled Reindeer" at the parodies session - I had to get it out of my system!

The "fat chorus" and the "loud chorus" groups were great - I skipped the Gospel session - what a stupid thing to do!!!!

Ebbie and KT - I wish Alaska were closer - much closer!

Mike - dammit you have to stop writing songs for me to steal!!!! My repetoire is going to be so heavily Mike Campbell I could get arrested for illegally impersonating a musician! - (but I missed Tawmie)

Brain still swinging in deranged circles - guess I better pay a bit of attention to work.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:08 AM

ok...just to prove we were there *grin*...here's one of MY pics from that strange attempt at farewell pics (and, yes Jeri...my son, Darriel (Shadowmonk), took about 3 in a row that ARE almost a movie)

but here's maybe the best one

dunno what was wrong, but ¾ of my pics will need to be lightened a bit for decent viewing. Some of those spaces were dark, and sometimes, especially in the theater barn, it was hard to get a shot without window glare. I am working on them, and will put up a few teasers today before we get a good, annotated set, so Sorcha won't be saying "NOW WHO'S THAT?"


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:17 AM

speaking of Darriel - I had a number of good conversations with him - including one that had us both daydreaming of a Getaway where we could get the "Pyrates Royale" in attencence.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Amos
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:19 AM

Great photo, Bill -- who are all those people? :D


A


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:19 AM

Wahhhh! I wanna go back!

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:21 AM

ok, one more....here is Big Mick pouring a toast to the happy couple at the wedding reception party/soireé/happening

it took some work to get that one from too dark to 'tolerable'...I will work on more.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:31 AM

Barry Finn and Keith Baldwin--where were you guys? Missed you both.

Sunday night singing in the cabin with Susan A-R, Allan C, Joe Offer and Gutbucketeer was absolutely dreamy. Standing out under the stars, holding the resident cat and singing alone to the moon at 2:00 am was pretty dreamy too. El Greko is pretty dreamy too:>)

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:34 AM

front to back and then left to right
Charlie Baum sitting,
Susan A-R, Jeri, Joe Offer, Gutbucketeer(Jim Bunch)
Ferrara, Ebbie, Tinker,,,,then next row back
CET(Charmion), Janie? peeking over, SINSULL, Micca, Kendall & Jacqui, Karen Kobela, Carly
back 'row'..Bill D peeking over, Mick, MMario- I guess, Alaska Mike, KT, Edmund (of Edmund & Charmion)

if I got any wrong or mispeled anyone, beat me NEXT year...


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:38 AM

Bill, I think you need to go back to bed.   That's a so clearly a SALAD BAR-- are those people merely the Mudcat Food that isn't food? Or were you all forced to commit cannibalism to maintain body heat? :~)

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:40 AM

I *think* those peoples is:


(left to right across the top - more or less)BillD, Charmion,Janie,Big Mick, MMario, Alaska Mike, KT, CET, Kendall, Jacqui, KarenK, Carly

(Next layer)

Rita Ferrara, Ebbie, Sinsull, tinker (in front of Sinsull); Micca, (drop down to) Joe offer, Gutbucketeer

(across front)Susan A-R; Jeri, Charlie Baum.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:40 AM

Thank-you, Bill, for posting that photo of Kendall and Jacqui!

The event sounds wonderful, and very tempting for next year. One wonders where a relative non-musician would fit in, with a head crammed full of obscure lyrics learned years ago? I don't play anything that is up to public performances, not even the piano any more, though I studied for many years. Singing along and filling in blank spots, I guess! I can also cook (feeding people works at these things, doesn't it? Or is there staff on site who do this?)

How many Mudcatters were there, do you think? I'll have to go do some research on old threads to learn more about previous Getaways.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:41 AM

re: the group shot   from the bottom sitting Charlie Baum; 1st row, kneeling, from left Susan AR, Jeri, Joe Offer, Gutbucketeer:
next row, from left Ferrara, Ebbie, Tinker, Sinsull, Micca, Kendall, Jacqui C (now Morse), Karen, and am not sure who the lady is on the end of that row. Last row (well, sort of a row) Bill D., Charmion, Janie, Big Mick, may be MMario (can't tell for sure), Alaska Mike, KT and Ed.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:44 AM

SRS...we have lots of folks attend who don't sing 'much'(or don't admit to it), and who fit right in..


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:46 AM

Oops! MMario, I cross posted with you, and you know ALL the names!

SRS, many of us are there because we love the music and love to sing and listen, but do not play an instrument or consider ourselves to be musicians. This event is much more about participation and sharing of music than about performance. So start saving your pennies.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:46 AM

my favorite kind of picture - I can claim to be there - but no one is sure...

I'd say that was maybe half? possibly a third of the mudcatters - but I prefer to think of them as a cross section of "getaway goers" because when you get down to it - don't make no nevermind whether they are on the cat or not -


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:49 AM

SRS - yes there is a staff to cook aside from the potluck on Friday - but *discussion* of food certainly takes place (quite lively ones!) and a head full of obscure lyrics will fit right in!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:52 AM

'maybe' a third...I have pics of many more, some of whom are not regular posters..(like Tone-Deaf Dave and Dan Schatz and Lorraine...etc..)

and pics of some who had not been here before, like Bobert & M Ted....I'll look at the list...I'm guessing 60-70


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Jeri
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 11:06 AM

SRS, the camp staff does food, but quite a few non-performers come, and some who say they 'don't sing'. You'd be amazed at how many of them wind up singing a song or two though, because they've got a song and feel comfortable enough. The late night cabin music is completely unstructured, although it's usually a singaround to give everyone a chance. It's like a big informal party in a living room...a very cold living room. Think campfire singing as opposed to open mics or anything like that.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: jacqui.c
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 11:14 AM

Well, here we are back in Maine after a wonderful wedding and honeymoon. I can't think of a nicer group of people with whom I could have chosen to spend that time.

From the moment we arrived on Friday I was made to feel so welcome by everyone I met and I now have major crushes on just about all of you.

Biggest highlight of the weekend for me was watching Kendall and Ed Trickett picking on the deck behind the dining hall. That was an hour and a half of pure magic as it marked a real turning point for the stubborn old b****r, from thinking that he was all washed up as a performer. As a result it did beat our reception into close second. (Kendall is a little concerned that I have categorised the two events in this way but I have to be honest and I think that you all will understand why)

On that event, I can't say how much it meant to both of us. Thanks to you all, and I will not mention any names here. You made the celebration of our marriage the most wonderful time. I love all of you for that. Later that evening Kendall told me that, at last, he understood that he was loved for himself and not just for the voice he had lost. He said that he could feel the emotion in that room and it made him see what I and others had been telling him for so long.

By the way ladies, he's not off limits just because he's married. If you want a hug, go ahead, he's got enough love for all of us.

I'm sure there's more I'll want to put in here but that will do for the moment. I love you all.

Jacqui Morse


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 11:38 AM

'bout time he figgered that out. Just keep a two-by-four handy to whupp him upside the head if he backslides.

and folks - I walked by at one point while Kendall and Ed and Jacqui were out on the porch - and tho' I would have gleefully broken arms or sacrificed small rodents to stay and listen - I didn't - and you know why? It was too intimate a moment to intrude on - not just the music - but the glow from Jacqui as she watched- I can see why she rates it as her top moment from Getaway.

Another comment I heard re: Kendall over the weekend - "The man could recite Leviticus and have the crowd eating out of his hand" and it's true.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Amos
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 11:47 AM

Wow, that picture just 'bout makes me cry fo' happy.

A


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 11:57 AM

"Just about?" You're one tough bird, Amos! These are several wonderful accounts (touches tissue to corner of eye. . .)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 12:16 PM

Mick & everyone, the Shellback Chorus folks loved the Getaway, bless their marvelous hearts, and are starting to talk about another trip across the pond. Probably happen in 2006, rather than next year.

For the people who haven't been to a Getaway, this is a marvelous shanty chorus group started by Derek Seed. His idea was to find wonderful non-professional singers and give them a chance to spotlight their talents. There are about 60 members of the chorus, and 24 of them came to the U.S. last year, starting their trip with the FSGW Getaway. Each person has three songs they lead, that they have rehearsed with the group, and their concerts vary as to who leads what. HOWEVER, they also have their own wonderful individual repertoires so the variety of music they offer is pretty wide.

Dani, your story about listening to the waltz jam made me melt, too. I remembered the song you all sang in Sunday's concert: "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot."   I've never enjoyed it so much. I especially loved watching Dani's bright smile as she sang. It's gotten so the Getaway wouldn't be the same without her bringing that lovely smile.

Has anyone besides Jeri heard Elizabeth Laprelle's CD? I got to host her and her family for a house concert, meet them all and hear the songs live. Dottie H said it was the best concert she ever heard. Sandy Laprelle, Elizabeth's uncle Jon and aunt Amy, and their family friend Jim Lloyd are also on the CD. Jon, Amy and Jim are old-time musicians, folklorists & collectors. We tried to get Jim Lloyd to the Getaway this year but he had a commitment for Saturday. He teaches old-time guitar & banjo as well as being a great person to jam with. Maybe another year.

I missed the MPSKGQuartet too, and you did get the name right Jeri, for which you should win a prize.

We let the know the dates too late: Becky Kimmons was taking care of her 96 year old grandmother so her mom could go to a college reunion; Bill was hosting a Fairport Convention concert in Charleston, WV; and Will Fanning was home running his inn. They all send their love. They call themselves Soup Kitchen now. There's a new CD, better than the first one if you can believe it. Check the
Soup Kitchen web site.

There's another memory of the Getaway that just came up, reading Janie's comment about "other counselors." Saul Broudy's wife Colleen is a counselor for breast cancer patients. That reminded me that Colleen and Saul were married in June but they couldn't get to the wedding celebration, and Colleen couldn't see the Sunday concert, because there's NO way to get into the TV room without dealing with steps. Colleen and Lisa listened to the concert just outside the room at the foot of the steps. Made me more aware than I've ever been, of the need to build in facilities for wheelchair access. And wish we had arranged the room so the performers were closer to the stairs so Colleen and Lisa could hear better. It's so EASY to be insensitive and unconscious, isn't it? Colleen is another of those people who aren't Mudcatters but still come to the Getaway from a distance, many years, and it was wonderful to see both her and Saul.

Rita


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 12:29 PM

This thread is going too fast for me. I'm still responding to things people said two hours ago....


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 12:53 PM

AHEM - BTW Max? No pictures have arrived in my mailbox yet.

I find out this guy has been emailing pictues of Lily Ani to people - and I ain't seen a single one of them!!!!! (well - I have *now* because he had print outs - proper daddy style) but sinsull gets to put them up as wallpapers - 'n I want lily pictures for my 'puter!!!!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 01:04 PM

Actually, Rita, the song was "Good News." Wouldn't have bothered to correct you, but I can just imagine all these people trying to "picture" a rousing chorus of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" :*)

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Jeri
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 01:09 PM

And what bathroom isn't up or down a set of stairs? The gym, but that's up a big hill, and I don't remember hand rails, I don't know if the door's wide enough. I think a wheel chair accessible porta-potty would have been better than nothing. The food must've been hard to reach. No, we often don't think about things like that when somebody's not around and we notice them having problems.

Rita, Elizabeth's CD is absolutely wonderful! Anyone who loves traditional American music should have a copy of it. I should have bought 10 or so and either given 'em to folks or sold them up here.

Jacqui, you said "Kendall told me that, at last, he understood that he was loved for himself and not just for the voice he had lost."
HALLELUJAH! Saints Be Praised...yada, yada!!
Jacqui, there is a distinct possibility that you're responsible for breaking the surface tension on that salty brain of his so SOMETHING FINALLY SANK IN! Glad to hear he finally believes all of us. I'm even more glad at how happy he is now, and how happy the both of you are together.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 01:22 PM

Janie, Thank You! Originally I qualified the song name with a memory-failure disclaimer, should have left it in shouldn't I?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Tinker
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 01:23 PM

Jacqui, dear old new friend, Friday night in the dining hall as SINS you and I proceded to get to know each other and make that dear old coot of your blush right past pink to full red alert is amongst my post Getaway smile moments. I wish Maine wasn't quite so far away.
Of course if I had known how easily you fit in with the rest of us things could have goten way out of hand in planing the reception.(BG)

Now I have a confesion, plea, and urgent request.. When all the wedding things were unpacked the video tape was missing. If anyone finds a white maxell video casette the return is beyond price. I wasn't feeling well and have no idea why it's not where I thought it was.. Sorry. Help

tink


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: M.Ted
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 02:12 PM

I was a bit apprehensive about stepping into a camp full of strangers, two days into their merrymaking, but the first person I met was BillD who made such a fuss about finally meeting me, that I felt right at home--an experience that was repeated again and again--

Sorry about the one chord Blues, Bobert--I came in late, unprepared, and my fingers were to cold to play any chords changes--one chord is all I could manage(and not even a whole chord at that) but anyway, Jim Bunch has only one string on his gut bucket, and, with that washboard, Pene Azul didn't care if there were chords or not---it was a nice groove, though--

I sat down to eat with Ron Davies, and began to chat a bit with a couple of folks who happened to be sitting there--after a few minutes, Ron called me by name, which elicited the most remarkable response from KT and Ebbie, who acted as if I was a long lost family member--

Big Mick came over and gave me a big hug, another lost family member, found--As they say, you can always tell a Michigan boy--I am both flattered and honored that he liked the songs that I brought-and yes, Marion, one of them was "The Song of Kayla Rolland", which he sang at for the Sunday evening concert..   I have had that song "in the trunk" for a while now, and, until he sang it, I had no idea the effect that it would have on people--

As soon as I can, I will send the lyrics along to the DT (if they'll have them!)--

Jeri, I wish we had had some more time to chat--I know we could have come up with some chording workarounds--I'm glad you liked my song---

It was a bit overwhelming to finally meet Max and Joe and Pene, the alleged puppetmasters--not enough time right now to mention everyone else, but it was like a family reunion for me--


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 02:22 PM

NOT A REGULAR POSTER?! Well, all right, so I'm not a regular poster. But I still peek in from time to time....

Geeta and I had a wonderful (if frigid) time this year, and were extremely honored to have been included in Kendall and Jacqui's reception. (It was good champagne, too.) Thank you, Tinker, Sinsull, and the others who put it together and who thought of the other newlyweds. Of course, Kendall and Jacqui were the main attraction, and Jacqui is as warm, gracious and lovely as any of us could hope for for the cap'n. You're lucky to have found her, Kendall, and vise-versa.

Working with El Greko on the songwriting workshop was fun - his music reminds me of no one so much as Ralph McTell. Leading "Big Fat Choruses" with Ed Trickett was also a lot of fun, with at least 50 people there and ready to sing, all in the space of an hour.

Elizabeth LaPrelle was the big highlight for me this year, as last. Her CD was one of the best buys I've made in years, and I too wish I'd picked up a dozen. It's a joy to hear a musician - any musician - who has mastered a style of singing like that. She takes Appalachian singing out of the museum and gives it life again.

Things that I missed this Getaway:

Warmth!
Hearing Jeri sing (though I did catch her playing fiddle nicely)
Songs from a Hat - that sounded like my kind of fun
Many other workshops - there just wasn't time for everything
Soup Kitchen and others who couldn't make it this year
The Sunday night concert - sorry, but we had to head home.

It was a great time, and good to see friends, new, old, and lifelong.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 03:07 PM

and something no one has mentioned yet - Nancy King singing onstage with Dan and Ken - something we are told hasn't occurred before. I have to admit - watching Ken sing exhausts me.

Withdrawal setting in horribly - I have spent the last seven hours in a room filled with people without hearing one person (except myself) break into song, hum, whistle, or even noodle on an instrument! (Hard to believe, isn't it?)

Thank goodness I am off to a ren-faire this weekend! I only have to put in one more day in this hellish music deprived environment.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ebbie
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 03:18 PM

Among my funny memories is KT calling from the other room in the cabin, Oh, it hurts! I have been punching my cheeks.

I lay there for a moment wondering what in the world she meant by that. Then she came out of the bathroom and repeated, It's so cold that I've been clenching my teeth and they hurt.

Reminds me of the reported "I'm knackered" comment.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Jeri
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 03:32 PM

My meeting with M.Ted
He passed me outside, stopped for a moment, and we shared a few brief words about something harmless - the weather or the amount of music or something. As he left to go wherever it was he was trying to get, I said, with all the tact and sensitivity of a person who got 3 hours of bad sleep the night before, something like "Hey, who are you?" and looked at his button. I didn't even know you were planning on being there!

Guitar help is always welcome, but therenever seems to be enough time, and there are always 2 or 3 other places you want to be.

Dan, I think the only two songs I sang were 1) at the Rick Fielding workshop, and 2) at the Sunday night concert. That last was a last minute decision. One shouldn't stuff one's self full of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, peasandcarrots, etc, run off for a bladder break when one thinks one has time, run back up those damned stairs when one hears "Jeri's up...anybody seen Jeri," THEN immediately launch into a song. I just put new strings on the fiddle before I left home. They were not only fresh, but a new type, too, and I hadn't quite gotten used to them. They don't allow me to play too quietly - if I try, they squawk. Wish I'd played more, wish I'd sung more, wish I'd gotten to more workshops, and I wish I could have gotten more sleep. When someone manages to invent a transporter, I hope they figure out time travel, too.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: MMario
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 04:29 PM

Who was it that mentioned the "name button squint" as a menuever they were seeing a lot?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Noreen
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 05:00 PM

Just read this thread through all in one go and have filled up with tears several times... so many lovely memories of last year, remembering so many wonderful people and unforgettable experiences. Jamming with David's harp while assorted Shellbacks noisily swopped versions of shanties out in the hall with the natives... :0) that weekend took some beating.

But it looks like you lot have created yet another set of fantastic memories to pile on top of the old.
Wonderful, wonderful people.
I am determined to meet up with you all again- thanks for the offer of accommodation Tinker, I have been bearing that in mind when thinking of future plans for future years.....

(Rita and Bill- I bought some Cadbury's Snack chocolate biscuits to send you so you'd have something to cheer you up after the return home from the Getaway. Time's just flown by though.... perhaps you'll get them for Christmas..... but I have been thinking about you all!!)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 05:56 PM

I have just spoken to Micca on the phone at Sinsull's. he is having such a good time...it was the best birthday pressie I could have given him! Well I WILL be there next year..hopefully with Micca. I am booking time off as soon as next years holiday allowence out....I've even told work!

I can't wait to see all the photos you all took and to hear all the tales of Micca's adventures when we are both back home.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 06:00 PM

aaaaawwwwww Noreen!..how wonderful to hear that those nice memories are still strong. Yep...it was 'different' this year, but always good.

(I thought Cadbury's Snack biscuits had disappeared...my mouth waters. You are wonderful for remembering. ...and I DO know how time flies)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ebbie
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 06:38 PM

These memories will linger with me for a LONG time. I was absolutely overwhelmed. First by the vocal music- the talent and skills of you people is phenomenal. I was bathed in it, immersed in it, drowned in it. Goosebumps on already chill flesh is a new experience for me. And then, by the heart-warming quality of the people I met at every turn.

I do earnestly hope that no one judged me as being non-forthcoming or non-appreciative.. There are several valid reasons for why I didn't sing more: #1, I'm not a performer (although I am profoundly grateful for the people who are); #2, I have a small problem with claustrophobia and crowds in general (I love jams but I'm more comfortable with smaller groups of 5 to 15); #3, I had such a GRAND time just listening and absorbing. Oh, and recording. I pretty much filled up the 5 mini discs I had brought with me. The last one filled up on Sunday evening, so no recording from then on, which I regret. After I have the songs put on CDs I'm going to be busy learning lots of new songs.

I did ask from time to time whether anyone objected to being recorded but if anyone does object, please feel free to PM me and let me know, and I'll delete any given song. (After I have learned it for myself. *G*)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 06:44 PM

Ebbie,

I did not have a chance to say anymore than hello to you, but that big smile that stayed on your face all weekend was as far from "non-forthcoming" or "unappreciative" as Juneau is from Key West!

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: jacqui.c
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 07:18 PM

MMario - I wish that you had stayed when you saw us on the deck. I wished that I could have just contacted everyone to come and see what was happening - it was something that should have been shared by all Kendall's friends. However, I did manage to put parts of it on video so may have something that can be kept.

Tinker - I hope the tape does turn up - it would be a reminder of a wonderful afternoon. If anyone has any ideas of where it might have gone please let Tinker know. I think it was probably a good idea that you didn't know me better - poor Kendall could really have suffered otherwise!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 07:25 PM

folks...I heard Ebbie sing Sunday night, and she has a lovely voice and plays the guitar just fine. Her taste is excellent, because she immediately had a harp, a viola, a fiddle and Mick's guitar helping her...*smile*
next time, I will contrive to find a space with 5-6 folks and hear her when she is more comfy. (yes, YOU, Ebbie.)

(them folks from Alaska all make good music! KT has a voice to melt you, and does a wide variety...and Bashful Alaska Mike (*grin*) just fills a room with sound)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 08:04 PM

well, some of us were not too bashful to stop and hear the good music!

here are 3 pics of the event.

one (the sun WAS bright, huh?)

two

three


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Amos
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 08:08 PM

Gee, Bill -- who ARE all those folks!! :D

A


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 08:09 PM

(I have cropped, color balanced and 'enhanced' about 60 of 105 or so usable pics...those on the porch were in nice sun and are left exactly as I took them, so it was easy to send them up. Some of the rest need more work and all need some labels and disclaimers..*grin*, but I'm working on it.)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 08:10 PM

lolol..Amos, next year, we need folks asking who YOU are!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 08:12 PM

SINSULL, KT, Jacqui, Kendall, Ed Trickett, Susan A-R, George Stephens


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: jacqui.c
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 08:18 PM

Thanks for those Bill - they really did sum up the good feeling out there.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 08:34 PM

I have definately not recovered. A lovely lovely getaway. Thank you to all who slaved before hand- yes Rita- you must admit that I know how you sweat over each change and all the personalities involved to balance the weekend as much as possible. And to Charlie for his hard work. And to all who came from near and far (Alaska, Canada, California, England, Scotland...amazing)and participated gloriously (and sometimes not so gloriously as when I lost my words) - very very good getaway. Too many wonderful moments and songs and people to single out yet. A special thanks to Susan A-R who mentioned my Ballad of the Fox Hunter in the In Other Words session. It is a thrill to have ones song really remembered. Thanks-Grin.~ Lorraine "Not a regular poster"


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Jeri
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 08:51 PM

Jacqui, all of Kendall's friends who were at the Getaway wouldn't have fit on the porch! Anyway, too many people, and that magic moment might not have happened the way it did.

You know you can change your 'c' to an 'm' if you want?

I know the Sunday night concert spot didn't go the way Kendall wanted (what did he expect, I wonder?) but he and SINSULL ought to find some more serious material and take that act on the road.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: jacqui.c
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 09:24 PM

Yes, I know - They work so well together. Actually, he enjoyed it with the comic bits - it really went well that way.

I'm thinking about changing the c - haven't made up my mind yet.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Micca
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 09:41 PM

Here in the salubrious metropolis of South Portland Maine the memories of the w/e are strong, the moments like Joes Dance in the hut,
KT's singing in the concerts and in the after hours,
Ebbie, you were a treat and a tonic!! no maatter what you sang, or when, and even if you had stayed shtum all w/e you were "value for money any day"
The contributors to the Parodies workshop, especially my co-host Gary and his Jabberwocky parody
MMario's "Rudolph the Blue-balled reindeer" a treat if ever there was!!!
Seeing and greeting Max and Pene and many more, I am suffering from withdrawel symptoms,BTW where DID all that booze come from?
and the one BAD!!!! memory of the Getawy, which I will carry to my Grave, The taste of Blackberry Brandy... YEUCHHHH!!!!! It defies description, and I can still taste it 3 days later!!!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Annie
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:06 PM

jamqui? Kendall wouldn't like that.

Annie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:36 PM

heeheeheehee!

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:37 PM

High point of the Trickett/Morse/Stephen's pick along? Ed Trickett thanking us for indulging him. Most of us were pinching ourselves and quietly wondering: "Am I really here listening to Kendall Morse and Ed Trickett jam?"

Lord, I cried a lot this weekend. Jeri coaxed a tear or two at the Rick F. workshop. Mick (who still owes me a ring) coaxed a few more at the Sunday concert. Max attempted to give me a hickey (SP? It's been so long I don't know how to spell it) and I laughed until I cried. The wedding emotions, chats with close friends, sad tales of the year's sorrows, happy tales of babies, and of course laughing until I cried.

El Greco is a sweetheart. Someone will have to convince him that I will not hurt him. BUT he is still in contention for replacement Mudcat heartthrob. Ebbie is so modest and shyly hides her talent. The lady can play and sing and fill a room with happiness. KT - WOW says it all. She is beautiful inside and out and talented as well. Susan A-R is just bad - another laughed until I cried moment when she described her run-in with a flight of stairs. Another lady who can sing and play and fill a room with light. Alaska Mike playing his guitar on a side street in Princeton while awaiting his ride. Our beautiful Dani lit up the room with her music and her smile. Janie - I secretly watched her swaying as she practised her wedding song in a small outdoor amphitheater. A beautiful lady. AllanC's California Dreamin'. Micca...just Micca. What more is there to say. I can't wait to meet the lady who has him under control - Miss Phiddle must be remarkable and a saint in the making. Tinker, my friend and playmate with her raunchy lyrics and innocent demeanor. Bro Joe - all dimples and mischief and innocence (Anybody buying it?) Jacqui and Kendall at the wedding - who would believe we could touch the old crank and make him teary? Who could sit dry eyed through Jacqui's "Love Me Tender" then watch as Kendall questioned Dan Schatz whether he was bawling or balling? Some things never change.

I don't know who handled all the arrangements this year. I know Nancy King helped Rita put it all together. Thank you.

Post Getaway blues have already set in. I missed Miss Annie and Barry Finn and the Patons...next year.

More to come as I wind down and remember.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:48 PM

Oh, Noreen, it's good to hear from you! Such happy memories of last year's Getaway and like Bill, I figure those Cadbury biscuits are worth waiting for.

Rita


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 10:57 PM

Yeah, I really missed Barry Finn, the Patons, and the Soup Kitchen but maybe Barry most of all because first of all he brings such intensity to every song he sings but second of all, he always gives Mick a Really hard time which of course no one else does....


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 11:24 PM

Carly Gewirz, the red haired lady who provided the drop spindles and who led the "Becoming a More Confident Singer" workshop, was the third person who helped set up the Getaway program this year (with me and Nancy King). Many, many other people made suggestions and contributed ideas.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ellenpoly
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 06:09 AM

Such wonderful posts!

Thank you again for sharing the joy.

..xx..e


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 07:24 AM

OK, Getaway started for me sitting on my daughter's front steps singing and playing guitar while various people walked by looking at me like I was crazy.   Then Sinsull and Tinker coming by sharing hugs and allowing me to add my stuff to their substantial amount of wedding reception gear. The trip to Maryland was filled with great stories and much laughter. Thank you so much Tinker for transportation and conversations.

When we got to Ramblewood, there were so many wonderful memories:
*meeting El Greko, sharing songs with this talented fellow, and finding out that he must be a previously unknown brother.
*Once again hearing David's marvelous harp as he accompanied Lucy's unusually haunting voice, magnificent.
*Ron's viola and Susan's violin so sweetly playing behind me as I sang my song for the concert, Thanks again you two.
*The great planning on the part of FSGW, and superb meals provided by the kitchen staff.
*Singing my mini-concert in the wonderfully WARM sunshine on Saturday morning.
*Watching my good friend Mick get so embarassed when he tripped over his tongue.
*The incredible love and joy that was so obvious between Kendall and Jacqui.
*The harmonies of the Schatz family at the Saturday concert. WOW!!
*Putting a smiling face to the name "Bobert".
*Sharing a brew (or two) in Stalag 14 with the late night song demolition crew.
*Seeing KT and Ebbie (both fellow Alaskans) enjoying the Getaway as much as I did.
*Getting shushed for singing too loud.
*Hugs and hugs and hugs and hugs and hugs and hugs and songs and then more hugs from damn near everyone.

Sharing two fantastic days on the road with Mick as we traveled up to WYSIWYG's for a night of music, food, songs and blessed sleep. Then traveling through Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan stopping occasionally to eat, pee and find out about the mysterious paintings on the bridge in Hazel Hurst (2 words), PA.   Spending the second night in Cincinatti watching the Reds pulverize the Yankees and then visiting the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame the next morning. Missing time deadlines and finally arriving at my son's house in Traverse City after getting lost because my stupid Map program likes me to take the scenic route.

Thanks so much to all of you for making my visit to the Getaway so wonderful. I won't know if I can be there next year until it gets closer to the time, but I promise to try.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 09:51 AM

I am finally awake.
Bobert - he talks the way he posts. It is scary. Bobert has all the "Bad Boy" good looks of Sam Elliot in a biker movie but he is a sweetheart. And the boy can play and sing. He was a pleasant surprise.

More favorite moments:
Alaska Mike singing "So Lonesome I Could Cry" just for me. Tawmmie better come next year or I may have to add Mike to the Mudcat Heart Throb list.

Ed Trickett leaving a workshop to come back with lyrics to "Old Wing" when I requested it. Ed, in the tradition of Kendall and Rick and so many others, is incredibly modest about his incredible talent.

Big Mick's wedding song for the happy couple that left Kendall teary-eyed...or did I mention that already.

Meeting Tinker's children. Do not miss a chance to spend an evening in front of the TV with DeWalt family. AJ, Ben, Zach and Julian were pure fun. Funny to watch the petite Tinker herding her brood and keeping them semi-under control. Favorite line? As we discussed good and bad TV programs, Zach, with an impish grin, quietly states "Sex In The City is a pretty good show."

For the record: "Too Many Parties" was supposed to be done seriously. Judy Cook caught my eye, mimed dabbing rouge on her cheeks, and I was led astray. I think Kendall meant it when he snarled "I will kill you" at me. I might have stayed on the path of the righteous had he remembered the key we practiced in. (No - I will never learn)

So good to see old friends - Gutbuster Jim, Dick the hurdy-gurdy man and his meatballs (there in lies a tale. Alaska Mike does blush), Dottie and her uke, our beloved Pene with "limpid eyes", and more later.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 09:55 AM

Also for the record - that mug was filled with water at least when I was on stage.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Tinker
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 10:49 AM

"Semi under control" ah yes Micca, Sinsull and I with Getaway fever added to excited teens wathcing a Yankee Redsox Playoff Game, I felt like a sheep dog as a storm circles the mountains. Exciting and dangerous and just waiting for someone to charge off a cliff. Not that Micca or Sinsull (or Jarius for that matter) would ever subtly egg on borderline behavior..... It was a ton of fun, but highly challenging. And just for the record I'm still four inches taller than Zach.

The Friday night sing in the dining room with crowds joining in to all the "traditional" top 40 favorites.... and having John LaPrelle laughingly say if someone starts Jet Plane I'm leaving just as Sinsull began Kumbya....

Hug and Hugs and inner warmth, connections instantly restored
Pictures of Lily of the amazing blue eyes
Sinsull covering herself with almost as much frosting as the wedding cake --leaning over is a bitch. ElGrecko muttering to himself through the Bob Song and cracking me up. Singing Baby Owlet at 4am in attempts to lullabye the cabin to bed.
Talking with Ron Davies on the way up the hill, missing Jan with him and the duets saved for next year.

Ebbie's watchful eyes and bright smile occaisionally fussing at KT. And her thoughful goodbye that touched me deeply.

I've got Solomon's Seal to plant too... perhaps Bobert is just spreading Mudcat wisdom up and down the coast..

tink


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 11:05 AM

Sins, I agree with Jacqui, you and Kendall need to put a comedy routine on the road. When you kept saying that you didn't
intend to perform as you did, I kept thinking "how could they make it any funnier?" I loved it.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Col K
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 11:17 AM

Thanks for all the posts,I have been constantly thinking about you all enjoying ??? the cool(cold) huts at night and the warmth of the fellowship during the day to help you all through the chill of the nights. At the time I was busy sunning myself in Ibiza with Angela. We hope to be able to come next year or whenever the Shellbacks come over again.
Keep the stories coming, I missed you all this year,
Till we meet again
Colin


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Carly
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 11:30 AM

I'm still processing.... Looking over at Jacqui and Kendall as I was singing to them during the Wedding Party I had to look away in order to continue; the love in Jacqui's smile was so moving, and as for Kendall, well, he looked positively stunned with happiness!Witnessing Nancy King and her two sons singing together on stage for the first time ( and I've known them for decades!) was a moment I won't forget.Seeing so many talented folks again: Elizabeth LaPrelle and her family-don't miss her CD, Ed Trickett, Mike, Mick, Mmario, Tinker,Jeri.....the list is a lot longer, but I must run.
One more thing; the gift of a lovely Monday spent with K.T. and Ebbie, my newest old friends.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 11:46 AM

At the Getaway extension, my best memory is leaning over the "broken" inner parts of the loo with Alaska Mike leaning over me as expert consultant and water-bearer, with me laughing in great whoops when the water-fill-valve spritzed me in the face with COLD water, every time I let loose my hold on the slimy, corroded float ball, as he poured in coffeepots-full of water.... and then, after telling the assembled company the downstairs loo was now on "emergency-flush-only" status, having Susan come downstairs from the UPstairs loo, telling me... it wasn't working so good, either.

Gee, after that, people sure got on the road fast..... sissies!

Both pottys were fine BTW-- the downstairs one is a very slow fill and the upstairs one is sometimes a slow drain. Hardi checked them out and determined that mutiple users downstairs had simply not allowed the tank to refill completely after each flush, making it seem like it had been running continuously, forever. And he adjusted the upper.

This memory was made all the better for Dick having sung "Pity the Downtrodden Landlord" the night before, because ours truly is, and we bother him only for true emergencies. Country livin' is grand!

Also I now have secret knowledge of neat sleepers and cover-flingers, and I know who threw a heavy lamp in whose face in the night. From this one can easily deduce who arrived the most exhausted and slept the most deeply! :~) Alaska Mike, that was you in the middle bed, right?

The next guests in the Mudcat Attic Dorm will find that the upgraded amenities include a special new "Alaska Mike" pee-bucket!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: MMario
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 12:15 PM

I know I snore - but is that any reason for lamp-flinging? Or maybe he wasn't as thrilled over my stealing his song lyrics as he said he was...


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: MMario
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 12:23 PM

BTW - as far as cover-flinging goes - I erred in the oppisete direction from the "no heat" cabins -(yes, 'twas I who turned the heater on!) it was pretty dang toasty in the dorm when we went to bed - and it held the heat well - which may account for much of the cover flinging.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 12:31 PM

It was just like having Mike and Dave (the teen step-twins) back in the house! :~)

As usual, MMario did heavy duty helping to co-host. I don't think we could do these without Mmario and our local friend, Booster Terrik.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Big Mick
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 01:17 PM

El Greko ...... what can I say? This man has a voice to die for, and has honed his use of it to a razor sharp edge. His delivery is right on, and his guitar work is really something. He knows how to mix it all up just right for a spectacular performance. And his lyrics .... well, he has become a favorite songwriter for me after one exposure. Wonderful talent, wonderful old friend just met. I am in awe, sir.

Yeah, we had a time, didn't we, lads and lasses? MESSAGE TO KENDALL: I am watching, and one slip and I am going to rob that lady from you. She is a catch of the first order. The love she has for our dear friend (he of the wrinkled .... nevermind) is equalled only by the love that her presence makes others feel for her. I am honored to have been able to sing "His English Rose" for them.

I absolutely loved being able to sing "Mary and the Seal" with karenk. Does this woman have a voice, or what? I was worried going in about voice match, but that dissipated quickly. What a treat!

KT sang her most stunning song, IMHO, which she wrote about her Mother. Her Mama "got away" some time ago, and the last time she sang it was at the funeral. What a gift she gave us by singing it for the first time. It affected her, but that pain gave the song even more meaning for me.

Jeri, when are you and I going to sing some of those marvelous songs you write?

The big lad himself (Alaska Mike) and I had a great ramble. I don't think we stopped chatting during the whole of two days, except when we put the occasional CD on. Between him and KT, I feel pretty confident that there are songs coming. Mike spent a lot of time sharing his passion for people with me. This man feels there are songs in and about every person he meets. He laid out for me how he uncovers them, gives the focus, creates them. And then, as we rambled the hills, valleys, and wonderful villages of Northern Pennsylvania, Providence decided that it would show me the wisdom of Mike's words. You will have to wait for the songs to hear the stories, but they will be worth the wait. You will hear of Hazel Hurst, a one armed waitress, Snorky, Tranzue, a piece of pine, and a bridge. We will introduce you to a woman, who started out prim and proper, and later showed us her heart, and let us glimpse the beautiful young woman she was years ago. She told us of the beauty when she was in bloom, and let us see the greater beauty of her soul in bloom. I couldn't have had a better guide on this journey than Alaska Mike Campbell.

And thanks to Dick Swain for the journeyman tuning duties .... I am in your debt ......LOL.

My goal is that you will all come to this special event, and make these memories. That is my goal for purely selfish reasons. I am always a better person when this is over. Won't you start to save now for next year? You won't be sorry.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 02:04 PM

To WYSIWYG:

Susan, I know nothing about lamp or cover flinging. Your comments are a complete mystery to me. Perhaps that lay-about in the bed closest to the door rumpled my bed covers after I had left. And I'm pretty sure that when your lamp decided (on its own) to sail through the air, I was the one who saved it from destruction. That's how I remember it and I'm sticking to my story.

Thank you so much for the food, bed and hospitality that you and Greg provided to us weary travelers. I hope you enjoy the CD's.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: kendall
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 02:23 PM

I really don't know where to start. Still sleep deprived, up and down all night...
Anyway, I've been to many gatherings of like minded whackos like us, but this has to be the best yet. I can't thank Mary, Tinker and Carly for that wonderful reception, and a special thanks to Big Mick for his song, His English Rose; that was a winner my large friend! The words will remain in our collection of wedding memorabilia for ever.

There were so many high spots it's hard to put them all down here, but I must mention meeting and hearing KT. Such talent combined with honesty and straightforwardness is rare. Especially when combined with a lack of ego. This lady is a real treasure, and when she sang The Old Salt for me I felt very priviledged to know her. KT, you haven't seen the last of me! You and me gonna "pick" together some day.
Another high was "picking" with my dear friend, Ed Trickett on the porch. It has been so long since we swapped songs that it really felt good. MMario, you would have been welcome to stop and listen, it was not a closed session.
Once again, I thank the FSGW for inviting me to return, and, I thank everyone for being so accepting of my bride, Jacqui. You all made her feel so welcome, she can't wait for next year to come again.

The only low point was missing the Patons. Let's all hope they make it next year.
We will be posting pictures of the wedding and reception very soon.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Sorcha
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 02:36 PM

You damn well better be!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 02:44 PM

Nope, Mike, not at all-- I have you down with the neat-sleepers. The layabout as well-- clearly you two tied for the most-exhausted, and I am sure you both earned it honorably. The beds looked like elves had merely stretched out weightlessly and hovered in a tidy fashion!

You'll have to resolve the lamp mystery with MMario. He's never lied to me before.... but I suppose there could be a first time! :~)

We're saving the CDs for a time Hardiman and I can hear them together-- so much we never get to share because of time constraints, so we make gift-CDs a priority to save & share together. Tomorrow is a wandering day off-- so I bet we will be hearing both CDs by bedtime, or AT bedtime! :~) Hmmm, is there anything romantic on those...... I bet there is!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 03:01 PM

When Kendall wrote, "I've been to many gatherings of like minded whackos like us, but this has to be the best yet," I decided that just has to be the first quote in next year's Getaway blurb -- it just about sums it up, doesn't it?

Yeah, Mick, Karen K's voice when she sang with you just about blew me away. I've heard her do some really good singing but that was the best. Her voice rang like a silver bell.

And thank you Mick for the insights into how Alaska Mike creates those songs.

Who heard Saul Broudy's concert? What were the highlights? (These Memories threads help everybody share in the stuff they missed because of lack of proper cloning equipment at the camp.)

I remember the first time I met Colleen and Saul, at Camp Letts some years ago. I wasn't involved with putting on the Getaway then, I was just the first person Saul ran into when he arrived and realized there were NO bed linens, pillows, blankets, etc in the cabins. Bill and I always brought enough stuff to furnish a small cottage, and we borrowed more stuff (pillows, etc) from Laura and Peter Sailer, and got them fixed up. By the time Bill and I chased all over the camp to do that, we had spent quite a bit of time chatting with Saul and Colleen, and for me Colleen had already become one of those people where you start to smile inside when you catch sight of them.

That's part of the magic that happens at the Getaway, isn't it? At a "normal" folk festival you enjoy the music together but you're not likely to feel that you're spending time with 100 or so of the dearest people on earth.

Rita


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 03:56 PM

What I heard of Saul's was most of the "Soldier Songs" workshop.
He collected some amazing stuff 'from the source' in VietNam and knows how they were presented. An amazing treasure. And Edmund & Charmion added some neat stuff also.

Then Sunday night, heard his mouth-harp playing for the first time in years...wow!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: My guru always said
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 04:00 PM

Congrats to JacquiC & Kendall!

Oh, what wonderful pictures you all paint of a Fabulous weekend.    Just wish I could hear the singing & the songs.

So glad you enjoyed meeting & hearing El Greko, we're all so entranced by his words & music, he shows his soul!

Will be saving my pennies just in case I get a chance to come along next year - room for a little 'un?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Carly
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 04:13 PM

Please do come.... and we welcome all ages; my son was 10 days old at his first Getaway (although I confess we did not stay the night that year!)Now, at 14, he considers the Getaway an indispensible part of his year, and looks forward to seeing friends there he has made over the years (and, although sometimes it seems as though the young ones are off playing and not listening, at least ours comes home with a head full of music!)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,Alaska Mike's Secret Santa
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 04:15 PM

Mike, are you home yet? I'm having the devil of a time keeping up with you! Did you see me at the Getaway? (I was the one in the red suit.)

And about that lamp, I sure hope you've been good!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: My guru always said
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 04:19 PM

Ah, by little 'un I was jokingly referring to myself! But good to hear that all enjoy the Getaway - as if they had a choice *grin*


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Big Mick
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 04:22 PM

Secret Santa for Alaska Mike, he is in Traverse City, Michigan (a spectacular town, btw) until Sunday when he flies home. Just watch the papers.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: MMario
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 04:22 PM

as if they had a choice - alright, who let slip the information about the Getaway Police rounding up and disposing of anyone not having a good time?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,Alaska Mike's Secret Santa
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 04:35 PM

Does this mean that he is under your watchful eye, Big Mick? I don't know about this. Mudcat people - can Big Mick be trusted?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Big Mick
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 04:37 PM

Don't try blaming this on me, wee elf!! .... I dropped him off last night and went home which is 2 1/2 hours south. Besides ..... I would never dream of behaving badly ...... ouch ....... shit ........ I hate it when I get struck by lightening.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 04:40 PM

Santa, dear Santa. Of course I saw you there. (if you was there I saw you). I'll be home Sunday night 10/25. Then I will be leaving for the Aleutian Islands on 11/1 for a few weeks. Can't wait to see if I made the naughty list again this year.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 04:47 PM

Ohh Secret Santa--that is a tough one. Depends on the circumstances, ya know. Big Mick is mostly good as gold and right as rain, but I worry sometimes that he has kissed the Blarney STone one too many times. Of course, all the above could also be said about Alaska Mike!

The more I think about those two careening around the lower 48 in cahoots with one another....the worrieder I get;-)

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 04:51 PM

Whoo! Thank goodness they are safely apart now. It was ok at the Getaway, because there were all of the rest of us unusually stable, sane, sensible types to keep them on an even keel, and I knew Susan would be a calming influence. After that though....I were afeared!

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Jeri
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 06:41 PM

Sez Mick, "Jeri, when are you and I going to sing some of those marvelous songs you write?"

Sez me: Thanks for the "marvelous". It'd have to be at next year's Getaway, wouldn't it? Or when you're up somewhere recording something. You tell me which one or ones you're gonna learn. Then I'll learn it/them. While I was nailing down the ones I've done so far, another one squeaked out, so please think fast.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 07:11 PM

About kids, my own offspring has only missed one Getaway (away at college) although I admit for the first one, my mom brought him down as a day-tripper. He thought he hated the music until one of his friends started singing songs from the Pyrates Royale and Darriel realized he knew a bunch of them -- and at least one of the Pyrates -- as a result of his misspent youth.

When friends asked him how he knew the shanties when "he didn't have the Pyrates CD," he said, "Didn't you know? My real parents abandoned me as a baby and I was raised by a pack of wild folk singers."

He was one of the leaders of the Getaway Shantey Sing this year :-) and when he's in town is a regular at the Royale Mile Pub Shantey Sing in Wheaton, MD.

A few years back Charlie set up a "Passing it On" workshop at the Washington Folk Festival. The performers were: Nancy King, Ken & Dan Schatz (not singing all together yet....); Carly Gewirz & Dean & Sam Clamons; and Rita Ferrara, Bill and Darriel Day. Sound familiar? ALL of the younger generation blamed their folk musical leanings on their years of going to the FSGW Getaway.

So be warned if you're thinking of bringing the younger generation: This stuff is contagious.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 08:38 PM

I dunno about calming-- I just treated them like MEN. Feed them up good and then point the way to the bed, let the food work its magic....

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 08:59 PM

LOL Susan.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,Fortunato, over...
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 09:08 PM

Micca, me lad, you phoned that you'd pm me your flight but nothing's appeared. I'll meet the United at Dulles at 4:30 from manchester, but a flight # can be helpful! Resend it, chum.

I enjoyed Big Micks mini, and Bobert's Blues. Max's songs at Bobert's Blues and the Skiffle workshop were very good. Gutbucketeer gets better every year. Alaska Mike writes wonderful songs, and sings beautifully. Danie and Janie gave arresting kazoo solos. more memories as the brain charges.

cheers


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Dani
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 09:17 PM

Janie, I told you not to bring the damn kazoos. Now that's what we'll be famous for, and they won't have us back again!

Dani


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Susan A-R
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 09:17 PM

Still bursting into song at unusual moments and smiling at various and sundry memories. Purrrrr


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: beardedbruce
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 09:19 PM

Dani,

You are always welcome back.




Even WITH the kazoos.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bobert
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 09:20 PM

Yeah, I enjoyed Max's sound as well. I tried to get him to come on down to the Archie Edwards Blues Foundation where, as you know Chance, I play every Saturday but he says its too far. I'll work on him. It'd be good to see you down there, as well...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 09:41 PM

Hunh!!! And this from the woman who looked me dead in the eye on the trip up and said, "Janie, every song is a good kazoo song."

And now Chance wants to arrest us for it! Boy, the trouble I get into, hangin' out with the likes of you, Dani.

XXOO
Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: KT
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 10:28 PM

Well, friends, I really don't know where to begin. I am flabbergasted by the experience!!! (Isn't that a great word?!!)

For several years, I have been watching the Getaway threads and have felt such joy for all of you who attended, and an ever-deepening desire to participate. Last year was a distinct possibility, but I ended up traveling to NY for my niece's wedding in September and couldn't do both. So I determined that this was going to be the year of my first Getaway. Well, folks, it surpassed my wildest imaginings in talent, diversity, generosity, joy, love, surprise and hilarity. (Oh yeah, and cold!)

Ebbie and I began our Getaway by meeting Fotunato and Micca in the parking lot of our hotel. As I looked over the railing to see who was out there, I heard, "What light from yonder window breaks...." And it was all chuckles and grins from there. At Fortunato's, we were treated to a wonderful meal prepared by his dear wife, and then a grand music circle. TJ taught us a song in which we all had to take a break. Now the only guitar break I've ever taken was when I set it down to go and get a cup of coffee! So I was feeling a little (okay, a LOT) intimidated, but with their support, I stumbled through it, (like I had a choice?) and everyone was so very kind! We had a great time sharing music, and I remember remarking at the end of the evening, that if this was all there was to the Getaway, I'd go home happy. Ron Davies and everyone else assured me that that was just the beginning, and indeed it was!

I'm afraid to begin writing of all of the things that gave me such great joy over those few days, because it would be so long that it would probably crash this site for weeks. I think I'll have to write bits and pieces, over a period of several days.

For now, I will say that meeting all of you has been such a thrill! I was so excited every time I met someone new and put a face to the name I'd seen and " known" from these threads. There was no way to disguise the fact that I was a newbie! You are all more wonderful than I could
have realized from these threads and I'm so grateful to have been so welcomed into the fold.

After the Getaway, in our hotel room Monday night, Ebbie and I said goodnight to each and every one of you!! (in The Waltons fashion) Just couldn't help ourselves! (more confirmation that we're a bit....what did Bobert say, looney?)

We left our hotel at 5 the next morning to head back home. And ya wanna know the best part? We ALREADY have our plane tickets to come back next year!!!!!! NO KIDDING!!!!!!! The flight was overbooked by two and they offered us each a free ticket if we'd give up our seats!!! Now which of you wonderful folks arranged THAT, huh? There was so much magic in the weekend, that that wouldn't surprise me in the least!!

I'll post again soon, with memories, but for now, thank you , thank you, thank you, one and all, for welcoming me, and sharing such a delightful weekend. You're all fabulous and I'm so very grateful!!

KT


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bobert
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 10:35 PM

Well, I din't mean you, KT, but now that Iz heard more of the story....

Nevermind...

Sniff...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: KT
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 11:03 PM

S'okay, Bobert. Now the truth is out. We may be looney, but, we're in grand company!!

Actually, I questioned our sanity a time or two, over the weekend. For instance, there we were, sitting in a room in the wee hours, where we could see our breath, our knees were knocking from the cold and did we have the good sense to go and crawl into our sleeping bags to try to get some sleep and warm up? Heck no! There was music to be made!

And Ebbie was right! My teeth DID hurt from clenching and chattering in the cold!

Bobert, .......foxy???? After three days of camping and wearing all of my clothes all the time in an attempt to stay warm, I WAS feeling a little varmint-like, but foxes never entered my mind!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: jacqui.c
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 11:36 PM

KT - believe me there is no way you could not be foxy. Believe me I am 100% hetero but I know exactly what Bobert meant and my husband felt that way about you as well. I met a lot of people that I fell in love with last weekend but you were one of the highlights. I am so glad that you already have your tickets for next year! I think that us ladies will have to turn the Getaway on its head in 2005 - I already have cunning plans............


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 11:38 PM

Well Rita, that's how I keep Hardi functioning. Sometimes he's too tired to drop off when any fool could see he needs to. But I learned (on Oprah!) that some foods have a tranquilizing effect as they metabolize-- so high-fat (the good kinds) snacks or meals have often sent Hardi off for a nice long snooze. ("I can't, really, I won't sleep tonight if I..... zzzzzzz")

I ain't saying I was RIGHT in my diagnosis, but a little barbecue and a little lentil stew with cinnamon and cloves and olive oil and red wine can be highly therapeutic with a beer! These high-testosterone types seem to work that way. So I ain't sayin' .... but I'm just sayin'.....

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bobert
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 11:52 PM

Ahhhhh, cunning plans, Jacqui? Like what you all have in mind? Hey, I don't need no details. I will do just fine with an overall sketch of the conspiracy...

Oh, I get it! Dumb me! You all is gonna do one of them food things on us next year. Ha, that's all I have to say... Thanks fir letting the Mudact outtta the bag, WIS*^%*)... I'll be ready... Hey, guys, we ain't eatin' nuthin' next year! I mean nuthin' 'cept beer that we open... Don't let the womenz open no beer fir ya 'cause I have it from a good source that they is gonna try to put health food in it! Horrors...

Whew! You ain't messin' with the average hillbilly here, womenz... Iz driven by a college... Ha! Didn't think you knew that!

Right guys? No food...

Bobert

p.s. See, KT. Even my pal Kendall agrees with me... but we still ain't eatin' no food next year... No, sir mam... Right Kendall? Kendall?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Pauline L
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 11:59 PM

Just a few, this time, for starters.

Playing all kinds of fiddle tunes with Susan A-R
Playing all kinds of tunes with David and Lucy
The double rainbow Saturday late afternoon (I read later that I95 north of Balto. was closed about then because of numerous accidents resulting from sleet and glare on the road. We got a rainbow! We're blessed. I think there's a song in there.)
Seeing Laura Sailer, in total bliss, lost to the outside world, playing the harp Saturday night.
Eric Cole, who brought the harp for Laura to play.
Playing violin duets (classical music) on Saturday night with Lisa Sailer, a talented, accomplished, enthusiastic, and absolutely delightful young lady.
All that candied ginger! I brought some home with me. I knew I'd be too tired to go grocery shopping. Thank you, Bruce.
Charlie Baum, the great organizer, who took care of everyone and their problems. Thank you, Charlie.
My winter weight sleeping bad, winter coat, 3 sweaters, and warm shirt.
The food, which was somewhat better this year than last year.
Dick Greenhaus's session on collecting songs, with the added bonus of CDs for all attendees with the the songs he played and discussed.

More later...


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Micca
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 01:49 AM

Chance, my boy what you need from my message is " I am due at Dulles on United flight No 8086 at 4.20 pm ya evil od Scrote


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 03:58 AM

Wonderful stories, BUT (whimper, whimper) we the deprived (OK, depraved!)need more PICTURES on the Events page.

RtS
(pretty please!)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 07:01 AM

Nothing wrong with kazoos -- I've got a full key-range fine tuned set myself. (DON'T tell Curmudgeon!!!)

I was once accompanied on a song by 4 female types playing Slinkies -- yes, Slinkies can be a musical instrument . . .

Linn


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,Lorraine
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 08:30 AM

Too many responces to too many posts. A memory I'll cherish is Allan my son(at 22 no longer a kid) singing Kilkelly Ireland and my crying. All of his singing participation and Dick Swains gracious sharing leading the Sea Songs with Allan and Darriel. Just makes me want to sing and cry at hte same time and that doesn't work too well! There were too few kids here this year. I don't necessarily want them under foot but they do absorb the music just by being there. Allan shares one of his favorite memories of just walking from one cabin to another or trudging up the hill that there's music wafting through the air-all kinds of music-harps, hurdie gurdie guitar wash tubs...Kids need this so yes there's always room for a small one at the get a way- to my mind anyway. The McDonald's generous singing and Mary's singing Rise Up Mr. Rathbone in the singing the fishin workshop. Very special. And Geroge Stephens Black Fly at the Frozen North. And Sauls masterful harmonica playing, Alaska Mikes hugs and Dani's glow at Sunday nights concert. Rita's sharing the Silk Merchant Daughter with Elizabeth,and the few other stalwarts who weren't done with ballads. So beautiful. Thank you ~ Lorraine.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: DonMeixner
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 09:02 AM

Since I was not able to attend, yet again, will there be more pictures posted soon? We are avid shutter bugs, there must be a few more photos yet.

Don


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 09:18 AM

Woke my hubby up last night when I started laughing about memories I was replaying in my head.

The skiffle porch jam with Max, Jeff, Jim and Dani was definitely a highlight. The dynamic duo of Tinker and Sinsull (AKA Mutt & Jeff)Alaska Mike's wonderful bass harmonies. Rita sharing the song she wrote (I Like (love?) Trees, Not Tail-lights)in the Nature et.al. sing around, and the story of its making, acompanied by the rain, thunder and lightning, with the Rainbow as a grand finale to the workshop!!! I felt like we had summoned all of it with our singing.

Have you ever seen such wonderfully open, clear-eyed, friendly faces as those of Judy and Dennis Cook? Well, maybe Joe Offer is a match for them. The sheepish look on Allan C.'s face as he confessed to never have played a kazoo before. Getting the beautiful scarlett runner bean seeds from Lynn, and the shared love of gardening and plants with Bobert and Lynn,all of us talking a hundred miles an hour. Charlie Baum's half elfish-half buddha smile. Being serenaded by Dick Greenhaus just outside his booth just because I was lucky enough to be walking by when the spirit moved him to burst into song!
Our servers just went down so I hope I don't lose this post.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 11:41 AM

I seem to have lost a day in my (attempted) recovery and sleep, and it is TODAY I need to set up for a craft show this weekend, so my pictures will be slightly delayed....I will try to get some up this evening and/or tomorrow evening, but may not finish till Monday or so....gee, how time flies when you are numb...*grin*

where ARE all the other pictures I saw being taken?

(I have pics of Max, Joe Offer and Pene Azul together!..and with Bobert too....at least one of them is NOT a computer program)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 01:36 PM

just to whet the appetite, here is Pene Azul, Bobert, Joe Offer,Max, Kendall, and Jacqui

and the rainbow that appeared over the dining hall after Bobert's blues session.

yeah, there are more of all of those...


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Dani
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 01:45 PM

Thank you, Bill!

I thought I had maybe imagined that. How could any weekend this wonderful have been topped by anything less?

I think Janie's right. It was conjured. Just couldn't hold that much joy and fun down on the ground.

Dani


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Subject: SBADD: His English Rose (Mick Lane)
From: Big Mick
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 02:44 PM

For those interested, this is the song I sang to Jacqui and Kendall. It is set to the tune of "Red is the Rose".

His English Rose


Come over the sea, darling Jacqui come to me,
Come over the sea to your lover
You are my rose, love, and we will take our vows,
And we'll share our true love forever

CHORUS:
She is the English rose in whose heart his love does grow,
And he will be her one love for—all days;
They will sail on to where the two become as one
And share their lives now and for al—ways


Through English country side and London's streets so wide
Where we came to know our love was everlasting;
Twas there we set our sails through calm seas and for gales
And we swore we would face both to-gether

CHORUS

At anchor here this day, friends from near and far away
Our friendship and our love be with you al—ways
We wish you God's good speed, calm and tranquil seas
And love's fair winds in your sails for—all days.

CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 02:54 PM

Thats beautiful Mick, thank you for sharing.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Tinker
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 03:52 PM

jacqui did you say cunning plans.... I expect a full share in the plannning and implementation. This time we have fewer sensibilities and protocals to respect... Oh boy this will be fun. Maybe I can order the neon boas this time????


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Carly
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 04:44 PM

Jacqui, count me in on these cunning plans......and please deliver hugs from us to KathWestra; we missed her this time around, and will take NO excuses for next year!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 05:12 PM

Ok, After previous Getaways I've rushed home and been the first to post my thoughts and memories. This year I actually tried to get something done at work and have resisted posting until now. I was sort of hugging my thoughts and memories into myself and trying to perserve the feeling of last weekend. Memories kept popping up though and this darned thread drew me like some huge magnet. So I got sh##**! done. I was useless.

A lot of the public memories have already been stated. Here are some of mine that are a little more off the beaten path. They are not in any particular order.

Seeing the human side of Kendall and meeting the gal who brought it out. I've always been a little in awe of the Captain, and he seemed to be a new person this trip. Less gruff. More smiles.

Harmonizing and playing with Susan ARRRRRR. She has the ability to bring out the best musicianship in everyone.

Jamming with Alan C.

Singing and playing with Dani and Janie. They are both growing in confidence and skill musically.

Hearing Linda Goodman's songs and watching her performances in various workshops. She is the dimunitive gal that always is wearing a hat. She really is funny folks!

Talking with and getting to know better Alaska Mike, Jeri, Carli and others.

Hearing Tinker sing the blues and her "My Best Friend BOB song." Sharing an inside joke with MMario during Bob.

Getting hugged when I arrived.

Seeing Pene and Max again, and playing with them. The porch Jam with Janie and Dani was as close to heaven as I'm likely to get. Man I wish they were closer. We would have an awesome time.

And of course meeting KT, Ebbe (her smile makes me smile), Bobert, El Grecko, and everyone else. I'm ready to move to Alaska this minute. At one point Sunday night I looked across the room and thought how can we come from all across the globe and have such a rapport, and be just good folks. It's simply amazes me.

Having people like my music, the gutbucket and the cigar box guitar. This is much different from home and its great!

JAB

P.S. I understand that the recommended treatment for hypothermia is to get into a sleeping bag with another warm person. Next year, remember that I'm an old married guy and am therefore safe. I offer to come to the rescue of anyone that needs warmin' up. :-) Also, it was El-Grecko that was doing the snoring. I didn't hear anyone else :-)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bobert
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 06:42 PM

Ahhhhh, I've been lookin' everywhere fir the list of folks who attended but can't find it... Does anyone have either an extra or would mind making me a copy and sending it to me?

Or is there a website that has the list?

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Leadfingers
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 08:16 PM

Add me to the list for Next year !! IF it all works right I hope to be over for a week or so either side of the getaway - I will be looking for info on possible gigs after the New Year as Music is my main income and a long holiday in USA might need to be subsidised !!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Susan A-R
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 08:51 PM

Hmmmm, Cunning plans? Neon Boas? strategies for keeping warm? Sounds like a pretty wild Getaway next year.

Susan Arrrrrr


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: KT
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 08:51 PM

So, I've been listening to Kendall's CD in my car. Every day I drive through a construction zone on my way to work and hearing his stories has me grinning like the cheshire cat! Now I'm sitting in the car by myself, mind you, as I drive and grin .......drive and grin.....(isn't that a song?) and I've gotten more quizical looks in the last few days........The guy that holds the stop sign to control the traffic must be thinking , "Here comes that looney lady again." Today I had Ebbie with me and we were both a-grinnin' as we drove through there. Not talking, you understand, just grinnin'. But I s'pose we're in good company there, too. Fact is, I've hardly stopped grinnin' since last weekend. I told Ebbie that last time we were in a store it was one week ago, with Mick, buying goodies for the potluck......sigh.......The memories are so fresh and sweet, it's hard to believe it's already been a week. Now that the weekend is here, I hope I'll have some time to post some of the memories I am cherishing....

Best to all of you......

KT


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 08:59 PM

Staggering into the thread late as usual...another fun Getaway! My highlights:

-- Big Mick, Alaska Mike and El Greco's concerts.

-- Singing my friend Gwen Knighton's Hymn in the Saturday concert with Sheryl, Alaska Mike and El Greco backing me up.

-- Co-leading the "Parodies" workshop with Micca. I recited "Jerseywocky" (a parody of Jabberwocky) and a selkie parody of "Lucille".

-- The "Songs Kids Really Sing" workshop, even though it was small (my fault...got up the hill late from the wedding party). It was me, Kathy Mack, Barry S., and Clan LaPrelle. I sang a parody of "Hava Nagila" and three versions of "I'm Lookin' Over My Dead Dog Rover" from the GREASY GRIMY GOPHER GUTS collection, plus two songs from the filk community which have been favorites among our younger members. I also discovered I knew one more verse to "Three Jolly Fishermen" than everyone else.

-- The Wedding Party (even if I only got an abbreviated look...). An impressive spread!

-- Shamelessly pandering to Darriel and Allen by singing "Lukey's Boat" in the Sea Songs and Shanties workshop (Hey, us Great Big Sea fans gotta stick together, eh?)

Gary


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 10:25 PM

Bobert, we've had a couple of other requests for the Getaway Directory. Who, besides Bobert, was at the 2004 Getaway and didn't get a Getaway Directory? We'll see what we can do to get you one, maybe we can e-mail it.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 10:31 PM

Hi Rita--I didn't get a directory either and would love one. I can pm you my e-mail address if you want to send it as an attachment.

KT--I really regret not having a chance to get to talk with you some at the Getaway. I loved your songs and music, and from your posts recognize a kindred spirit (seems to be alot of them running around at the Getaway each year). OK. NEXT year I insist on at least one cozy chat!

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: SINSULL
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 10:47 PM

I just left Micca with Bat Goddess and Curmudgeon. My house is empty. The sleeping bag and gear stowed away. I really hate the post-Getaway blues.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bobert
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 11:08 PM

Sniff....

Hey, I got an idea... Why not take the sleeping bag and sleep in the freezing back yard? Heck, you'll think you was back at the Getaway...

Nevermind. Bad idea...

Back to sniff...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Jeri
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 11:19 PM

Bobert, would you understand if I said "2...3...4...?"
It's way colder up north here than it was at the Getaway! And there's no music out there (unless she's got neighbors with a loud stereo).

Rita, I didn't get a directory either. My own fault - I saw 'em, and kept thinking I'd grab one "later."


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bobert
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 11:28 PM

Opps!

Somehow I escaped being duct taped by Jeri at the Getaway but there is a little voice in my head that is tellin' me that my days are nummered...

Oh well, ain't like I ain't earnin' it...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: KT
Date: 23 Oct 04 - 12:09 AM

Janie, it's a date! I missed connecting with you, too! Thanks for giving me yet another reason to look forward to next year!

Bobert, you crack me up!! "take the sleeping bag and sleep in the freezing back yard..." Hmmm...not a bad idea. It's going down to 26 degrees tonight.....a little warmer than last week, but close enough.........


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Big Mick
Date: 23 Oct 04 - 05:28 AM

If anyone wants a directory emailed to them, I will scan it and send it. Just PM me your email addy.

KT, Ebbie, and Janie in a cozy chat???? Toss in Dani and Annie, and it's over for the rest of us. The smiles alone will rule the world from those gorgeous faces, never mind the sweet voices!!! All this cunningly hidden to cover their real intentions to destroy civilization. We are in trouble, brave boys. Be afraid, very afraid........LOL.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 23 Oct 04 - 01:25 PM

Not DESTROY civilation, Mick, but Heal it! Think about it. An educator, a social worker, a unitarian and a water resource engineer (Ebbie, not sure what your "trade" is, but I bet fits right into this line-up.)

Will pm my e-mail for a copy of the roster. Thanks.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Pauline L
Date: 23 Oct 04 - 08:43 PM

Some more good memories:

El Greco's wonderful singing of his wonderful songs.
Listening to, talking to, and playing a little music with Alaska Mike.
Talking with Jacqui, who was warm, sweet, sincere, and very happy.
Looking at Dan and Geeta's wedding pictures and talking to Geeta about them. (It was a Hindu:Unitarian wedding ceremony. She looked beautiful, and they both looked very happy.)
Re-meeting Micca and remembering his name this time.
Taking time to talk with lots of friends, including MMario, Lisa Null, Susan F, the LaPrelles, and many others.
Buying some things at the auction and contributing to the scholarship fund (Last year I was a recipient.)
Lisa Null singing "Oh Freedom" and "Murder, Rape,..."
Mary LaMarca singing her song about Mr. Rathbone.
The blues jam Sunday night with Donna, Nan, Ron, Bobert, Bob Clayton and David not-tone-deaf Diamond.
Hearing Carly cry when she sang a sad song.

I missed a lot of friends who were not there: Jan (I hope your health improves soon), Keith from Conn. (now Oregon), Chuck and Sheila Thorpe, Claymore, and Bootsie.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Dani
Date: 23 Oct 04 - 09:06 PM

Jim, safe from what, exactly?

Ask some of those other 'old married men' if they feel safe ; )

And besides, I didn't see one old man all weekend. And I'm not lyin'. Ladies, can y'all back me up here?

Those of us who fly there solo have to maintain at least the appearance of good behavior and dignity. Help us maintain the facade, willya?

Dani


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: KT
Date: 23 Oct 04 - 09:15 PM

Okay, the weekend is here, just finished a sweet little gig with Ebbie and a few others and now have an hour or so before what promises to be a great evening of music! Here are some of the memories I hold dear, in no particular order......

Seeing Micca for the first time since London a few years back, hearing him sing his songs with such gusto, and the general merriment everyone feels in his presence

Having the privilege of riding with Mick to the Getaway. From the moment he poked his head into the hotel lobby, it was as though we were reunited with an old friend. Lots of stories, songs, laughter, and yes, even tears, and that was before we even got to Ramblewood! The man is a walking heart! A very kind soul, indeed. And a heck of a singer. Expect original tunes from this man.....they are brewing.......

Having the privilege of riding with Carly back from the Getaway, sharing stories all along the way, as if we'd been friends for years, meeting her wonderful husband and son, sharing that delicious meal (even if the rice WAS yellow!) and chocolate brownies at the restaurant! And that waitress! What a kick!

Singing on the porch at the Cracker Barrel......hearing Alaska Mike's songs then and throughout the weekend. Walking back to my cabin late one night (er....early one morning) and hearing Mike's voice pierce the darkness....very warm, very comforting....What a powerful voice! I can see a trip to Anchorage in the future.....(too bad I didn't realize until yesterday that Bill Staines is performing there tonight......)

Thursday evening at Chance's house - hearing the talent in that room, that at once, delighted and intimidated me...hearing Chance play and sing, chopping veggies with Suzette, witnessing the joy and love and pride on TJ's face as he sang a duet with his son

First meeting Kendall and Jacqui, on Friday night....what a thrill to meet these two people I've carried in my heart without ever having met them, yet there was instant recognition....

And their wedding reception....the love in that room was palpable, and I was so moved to witness and be a part of it

Hearing Charlie sing Hineh Ma Tov, and several other songs, and having him send us off to bed with a blessing....(I know it might not be considered a traditional blessing, but bless me it did!)

Meeting and hearing Ed Trickett!!

Swapping harmonies with Karenk and heaing her beautiful, clear voice as she sang, This Time Again

Meeting Gutbucketeer and being amazed by his creativity. Did you see that guitar he made?

Having dinner with MTed before realizing who he was!

I attended a nap workshop one afternoon, but all the tunes and laughter running through my head made it impossible to sleep. Feeling so full and content with all that had happened so far, I decided to just take a walk and let it all settle in....It was then I happened upon Kendall and Ed playing on the patio. WOW! Little then did I realize what a sacred space I had entered. Thanks, guys, for allowing me to listen.

Hearing Carly sing her songs, solo and with Charlie!

Sunday morning in the sunshine, sharing music and stories with Kendall and Jacqui. I am changed for knowing these two lovely people and honored to call them friends.

Trying (in vain) to stop giggling in the middle of the night after seeing Ebbie buried in her sleeping bag

Dani's beautiful smile, powerful singing voice and a promise of more time next time

Hearing MMario sing! And watching him, gracious host that he is, haul a bed and a box spring into the other room for his guests to sit upon! But Mario, I didn't get to see the shawl!!

Joe Offer's enthusiastic rendition of any song! (Especially the ones on Friday night!) And the way he gave his rapt attention to everyone's song!

Bill D's GREAT songs and wonderful spirit!

Ron Davies incredible vocal and viola harmonies

Alan C's repertoire of singable songs and the ease with which he gets everyone to sing along. "All the leaves are brown......."

Hearing the Schatz brothers! Awesome!

Finally putting faces with the names of Jeri and Sinsull, whose printed words here, I have come to respect and anticipate with eagerness.

Meeting Max and Jeff! I am in awe of these two, and look forward to getting to know them better in the future. And seeing the pics of Max's darling daughter

Kazoos!

Bobert! (Nothing like I expected, but now, just thinking of him makes me smile!)

Jerry's concertina playing

Lucy's clear, honest songs and David's harp playing....phenomenal!!!

Meeting sweet Tinker on Friday night, and then being surprised and delighted by her smokey renditions of some great songs! And her watchful eye......she doesn't miss much!

The harmonies everywhere!!

Saying goodbye 5 times before leaving the grounds of Ramblewood, 30 minutes each time!

ElGreko - whose honest, powerful music moves me to tears. I've been listening to his music at work and now he's got my workmates in tears, too. It still baffles me that you flew over for two and a half days!!!

I had no intention of signing up to perform in the concert. El Greko made me do it!! I don't know why he had the ability to convince me to do it... he's got some kind of charm, but I'm grateful that he did. And grateful for the opportunity to sing with him and Alaska Mike.

Talking to Rachael and Richard after Friday night's concert.

Many other conversations which took place over the weekend, too numerous to mention, but held dear all the same

The graciousness of every single person I had the privilege of meeting

Being treated to a smorgasbord of fabulous music....It was such a gift to be able to listen to each and every one.

Though I've many, many more fond memories, I'd better stop for now. Thank you, one and all, for a weekend full of joyful memories. Can't wait 'til next year!

KT


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ebbie
Date: 23 Oct 04 - 11:28 PM

Ah, KT, I don't fuss at you. LOL)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Susan A-R
Date: 23 Oct 04 - 11:42 PM

Safe? Old?   Nope.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 24 Oct 04 - 12:09 AM

Dani:

Safe from what?.... Hmmm.... It's been so long I can't seem to remember.... It was something that we used to do in bed .... sleep... snore.... giggle.... tell jokes .... sing ... rub our hair and make sparks.....   None of those sound right, but I'll work on it.

Good behavior and dignity? Why, I've never seen a more staid upright group of folks. Heck everyone seems to put more clothes on in order to go to bed, than what they wore during the day. I've never seen so many robes and slippers, and flannel stuff. We even sing Gospel songs Sunday Morning. Why all we do is make music, eat, make music, and drink a little. 'sides, I don't think I would have the energy for anything else (even if I could remember what it was).

Smiling innocently

JAB

P.S. Just don't show Tinker's unedited tapes to anyone you don't know real well.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 24 Oct 04 - 12:13 AM

Precious, Jim. Absolutely precious.

J


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 24 Oct 04 - 07:42 AM

My vacation is finally over. I'm heading back to Anchorage today. The last few days with my son, daughter in law and grand daughter have been priceless. My thanks again to Big Mick for driving me across Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan to get me here.

Many thanks also to the FSGW folks who planned and carried out a fantastic weekend. Last year was my very first Getaway and I thought it could never be topped. But this year's event seemed to push the envelope on how much fun an old Alaska boy can have.

Special thanks to all the people attending this year's Getaway. I am a lucky man to have met each and every one. There is a long, dark winter about to begin, but I know I will be warmed by the friends made and music shared.

I'm planning a trip to England next August and look forward to sharing a song or two with all my good friends across the pond. Hopefully, I'll be able to also visit Ramblewood once again as well.

Best wishes to you all,
Mike


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 24 Oct 04 - 08:57 AM

Ah, Mike, you sure added a lot to everyone else's Getaway enjoyment this year. Let me know when you've recorded "The Shenandoah" will you? He sang it in "Historical Songs," it's about a Confederate ship captain who kept devastating the Alaskan whaling fleet, took over a thousand prisoners and never killed anyone, and wouldn't believe Yankee ships captains who told him the war was over.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: SINSULL
Date: 24 Oct 04 - 12:01 PM

Re: unedited tapes. If "Duke Of Earl" shows up anywhere but the cutting room floor, it will be pistols at twenty paces, Tink. If it sounded as painful as it felt...well
SINS


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: biglappy
Date: 24 Oct 04 - 01:58 PM

All I've got to say is that some of these Getaway folks sure do know an awful lot of songs. I saw a song-sheet or two in some workshops but I saw some two-hour singalongs when it seemed like the same voices were there the whole time and the guitars never stopped. Jeesh!

When we came up here last year we felt like kids in grade school compared to the level of folklore knowledge at the Getaway. Now we feel like kids when it comes to repertoire. You guys set some tough standards.

Related to that, this sure is a supportive group. Is there anything that isn't "folk"? Cause I didn't see anybody sing anything whose offering wasn't welcomed and supported. If anybody had any qualms about the "folkiness" of anybody's offering it was raised later and too quietly for me to hear it.

At one point I remarked to Rita that the thing that really distinguished this group is the generosity of the listening. There are 200 posts here about how great the other musicians at the Getaway were. When I look at the name on the post, sure enough the poster is one great musician taking time to appreciate another.

It's hard to believe, but I think affection and decency has the upper hand here and that the cut-throat competition of show-biz is left even farther out in the cold than our sleeping cabin.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Sorcha
Date: 24 Oct 04 - 02:31 PM

WHERE ARE THE DAMN PICTURES???


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Dani
Date: 24 Oct 04 - 04:25 PM

I have to second that emotion. At one point in the big Dining Hall sing I heard someone start "The Sloop John B.", followed by what some might call hackneyed, tired, overdone songs, and some very un-folky tunes.

Afraid to sing out loud, when I looked around, I expected to see the tired rolling of jaded eyes. What I saw instead was a group of people who just love to sing, damn it, feeling unafraid to pull out the dusty best thing they love to sing and the world be damned. Nobody said a word, and if anyone hated it, they left. But I didn't see anyone leave, and I sang as loud as anyone. It was one of those moments of Getaway magic, to me, that the right chord could be struck with music like this, because of the mutual respect and love for what truly matters most. That's why I keep coming back.

And, though I don't want to over-analyze, I do think the analogy of children is a good one. Adults have to be adults all day, teenagers are stuck in High School with other teenagers all day, and little ones spend their days in little worlds. Anyone who has had an opportunity to see kids of different ages interact at play or learning understands the dynamic of how people play and learn better when there is someone better/older/greener/younger than you are.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: KT
Date: 24 Oct 04 - 06:01 PM

Well said, Dani.

One of the things that impressed me most was, as you put it, "the mutual respect and love for what truly matters most." The sharing of music.

I like what you have to say about learning taking place with all ages, and levels of development, too. We're all teachers for each other.

I remember the time one of my little charges looked up at me in dismay and said, "Are you an ADULT!!????"

Kendall, I'm looking forward to that pickin' party!

KT


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 03:34 AM

I am home, must sleep/ Must sleep. Work in the morning. Bye for now


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Micca
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 08:53 AM

I got home an hour (about 12.50 pm local time) ago but my body is still in Maryland and thinks its 7.30 am!!! I will post more later, when I get back to what passes for normal around here.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: SINSULL
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 11:12 AM

Another missing Mudcat - what happened to BigChuck?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 11:28 AM

Ah, Mike, Micca, glad to hear from you. Mind boggling to realize how very far you've traveled.

Sorcha, I don't know about anyone else's pictures. Bill D's are in our computer but need editing, and he's too wiped out to do anything but vegetate. (Still? No, again.) We were in a two-day craft fair, with setup on Friday. A bit much for the weekend after the Getaway. I'll "remind" him about getting more pictures up.

And yeah, biglappy & Dani, we're a pretty eclectic group. LaMarca said she knew she would fit in, because at her first Open Sing the song I did was "Rocky Raccoon."

Did anyone go to LaMarca's "Forbidden Pleasures" workshop, last year or the year before? It was a workshop for singing all the stuff you really like that is definitely NOT folk music.

Of course LaMarca's knowledge of folk music makes me feel like a kindergartner.... So does her knowledge of rock music.... You should hear her sing Jefferson Airplane/Starship's "White Rabbit".

Bill used to have a T-shirt that said "Uncontrite Modal Folker." Can't remember if he actually had a T that said "Purist Snob" but he wears the title proudly. :-) But he sings 50's pop, the pre-Bill Haley kind. If it was sung on "Your Hit Parade," Bill probably knows it.

Looking forward to more memories from Micca & Mike and anybody else. Sort of makes it last longer than just the one weekend, huh?

(Well, let's see who makes the first second crack about folkie viagra....)

Rita


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 03:07 PM

"in the shoemaker's shop, this refrain will never stop
As he taps away, working all the day....."

"Threeeeeee coins in the fountain, each one seeking happiness..."

"Now the Haciendas dark, The town is sleeping,
Now the time has come to part, The time for weeping,
Vaya Con Dios my darling,..."

yes, I know some of those, because that's all there was... but one week there was a new song on the charts, and I watched in horror as Giselle MacKenzie tried to sing something called "Rock Around the Clock"....so began a 10 year hiatus in which I listened to very little music ...until Pete Seeger walked into a local concert. Now, I NEVER sing one of those at a Getaway, as I have a reputation as a "Purist Snob" to maintain..*grin*


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: SINSULL
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 05:22 PM

Bongo Bongo Bongo
I don't want to leave the Congo
Oh no no no no noooooo
Bingo Bango Bongo
I'm so happy in th eCongo
I refuse to go

I nominate Bill for a workshop next year. Anyone second it?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 05:31 PM

Second!

"I look through the magazines the missionary's wife conceal,
I see how people who are civilized bang you with automobile,
At the movies they have got to pay many coconuts to see
Uncivilized pictures that the newsreels take of me! --Oh,
Bongo bongo bongo.... "
etc

This reminds me I'm also hoping for a Politically Incorrect workshop next year.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Jeri
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 06:40 PM

I think you should keep the number of politically incorrect workshops at the traditional level, and not reduce it to ONE.

What I wanna know is, how come there are 137 cameras at the Getaway, 117 of them digital, and 108 wielded by Mudcatters, and there are NO photos on the Mudcat photos page!? I didn't get my camera out because I mistakenly thought other folks (than Bill D) were going to share.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Snuffy
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 07:45 PM

I'll second that too. Sorry I couldn't make it this year. Maybe next year, or in 06 with the Shellbacks

Put your shoes on Lucy
Don't you know you're in the city ....


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 08:03 PM

I agree on a Bill D workshop. Not just Bill D LEADING a workshop but a workshop ON Bill D!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Tannywheeler
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 09:12 PM

So, here'a us new guys, pokin' our noses in a little -- wonderin' about why everyone was startin' to gab about runn--oops, no--getting away (with a capital gee).

Now we're goggle-eyed.

Subversive durn buncha world-domination geeks -- collecting from various corners of the known world, colluding, singing, hugging, laughing, eating, freezing, marrying, singing, playing, all ages and body types -- then scattering back to those corners to SHARE all the music/love cooties -- definitely a club I need to be in.

Gotta start casin' banks.   Tw


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 09:27 PM

that's "bingle, bangle, bungle, I'm so happy in the jungle.."! see?..Purist snob, even in the bad stuff!..(and didn't someone do that in Nancy King's "Songs So Bad They're Good" workshop?)

Gee, Susan, I know I'm old enuf to be 'trad', but a workshop on me would strain credulity...better wait 'till I'm dead and you all can tell all the lies you want, without me there to correct 'em!

more pics tomorrow....

oh, ok...maybe ONE more tonight...KT, Ebbie, Micca & MMario listening at El Greco's concert.

or maybe two...(just to remind everyone that there was 'some' sun on SUNday)...Gutbucketeer, Pene Azul & M Ted heading down the hill after the blues jam....with Ed Trickett & Kendall just barely visible on the porch..(see link above)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Susan A-R
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 10:06 PM

You'd think Bill was the only guy with a camera. Did we break 'em all?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 10:16 PM

Yeh. We've been home a week now and are starting to get a little peaked at this stage of Getaway withdrawal. We need a picture fix or 3 or 100 to help us through!

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: KT
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 10:21 PM

"in the shoemaker's shop, this refrain will never stop
As he taps away, working all the day....."

Bill, you are a riot!! I haven't heard that song since I was a wee little lass! It was on a record that belonged to my brother!!!! A 78!!! Make no mistake, he's a LOT older than I am!!!!!!!!   

More pics on the way, folks.

KT


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: CET
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 10:32 PM

For me, one of the highlights was Bill singing Mrs. Ravoon, which has to be a contender for weirdest song of the modern era.

Edmund


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 10:49 PM

Bill! I ain't waitin' till yore dead, for NOTHIN'! I.... Bill... I know this ain't a serious thread, but I can't imagine my world without you in it.

YOU gotta tell the lies yourself, you silly Billy!

You can start now, too, since I'se going outta town for a coupla weeks-- I won't be here to correct any of them! :~)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 11:04 PM

...except that we are not sure it is a modern song, Edmund! When I first learned it in about 1974, my ex said.."oh, my grandmother used to chord that on the pump-organ!"

and look here

and here is an essay which seems to claim it came from " Paul Dehn's obscure little 1956 collection of essays and squibs, For Love and Money."

" One treasure in the Dehn book was his set of `Alternative Endings to an Unwritten Ballad', which introduced a new template character to the world of letters. Samples:

I stole through the dungeons, while everyone slept,
Till I came to the cage where the Monster was kept.
There, locked in the arms of a Giant Baboon,
Rigid and smiling, lay ... MRS RAVOON!"....

so....scholars bicker... *grin* (It is fun, though...once a year!)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 25 Oct 04 - 11:44 PM

Tannywheeler, I think McG is on another thread. :-) ... And do save your pennies, and join us in this madness if & when you can.

Bill, you don't have to tell your own stories no matter what WYSIWYG says -- your friends and family will be happy to tell stories on you. All you need to do is be ready with a rebuttal (or an alibi).


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Big Mick
Date: 26 Oct 04 - 06:59 AM

Folks should come to Getaway if for no other reason to meet the formidable family of Rita Ferrara, Bill Day, and Darriel Day. And as handsome as that young man is, I am sure this family will increase ....... AFTER he is done learning Mandarin, studying advanced concepts in who knows what, and being a folkie of the first order.

And I can hardly believe my ears, to think that someone would suggest that Bill is anything other than a paragon of society. :^>

One of the highlights of the first two Getaways I attended was to watch and listen to Bill sing these delightful songs he comes up with. I think it was my third Getaway when Rita had her Zither. Fantastic folks, these.

Love to that whole family,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: lamarca
Date: 26 Oct 04 - 05:27 PM

Ahem, Rita - I don't think I've ever actually been permitted to lead a Workshop on "Forbidden Pleasures" (if I had been, they wouldn't be forbidden, now, would they?)

Bill D. and I have had our differences of opinion about taste ("This bus is drafty and you can't deny it..."), mainly because I have yet to find a genre of music that doesn't contain at least one song or number that has redeeming social value (well, I haven't actually given rap/hip-hop a chance to prove itself yet...)

Would other folks be interested in a workshop/song swap where we sing our favorite songs from our misguided youth? (Not to mention our misguided adulthood?) In addition to Jefferson Airplane, I used to be able to sing everything on Joni Mitchell's first 6 albums, I've snuck an occasional Cowboy Junkies song into song swaps, and I'm about to leave work to go hear Richard Thompson doing his "1,000 Years of Popular Music". If there are other kindred spirits out there who are just looking for their chance to do their jugband version of "Layla", let Rita know we need a Forbidden Pleasures workshop next year.

I'll bring the whips and mayonnaise.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Jeri
Date: 26 Oct 04 - 05:43 PM

Mary, I think it would be a load of fun! I also used to know a lot of Joni Mitchell songs, and there were the Troggs, and Tommy Whassisface and the Somethings ("I Think We're Alone Now"), and Lulu, and "Red Rubber Ball", and stuff I've forgotten I remember. It would be sort of like singing around a campfire with a bunch of people who're just folks, not folkies and are just singing what they know.

(One of the most fun times I had camping was when I went with my office. Someone found an oldies station, and we sat around the fire singing our brains out along with the radio.)

There are some people who sniffed and said "I don't like that. It's not traditional. Did you just write it?" when Barbry Allen was sung the first time ever.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Big Mick
Date: 26 Oct 04 - 06:09 PM

Mary, you are more trouble sometimes ..... if you get me started I will do everything from about 1962 until 1970.

Mick as he goes off tiptoing through the tulips as he sings "last Train to Clarksville" and his girlfriend sings "Yummy Yummy Yummy I've ... oops, sorry folks. Got carried away there for a minute.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Oct 04 - 06:11 PM

Hey, a number of us sang a lot of those forbidden songs at the Getaway on Friday night. I was surprised that Elizabeth LaPrelle knew so many of them. But yes, it would be nice to have a "forbidden songs" workshop.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 26 Oct 04 - 06:16 PM

hummmppff-first time Barbry Allen was sung, there WEREN'T much traditional 'ceptin some Druid Madrigals and other dull stuff like Egyptian water haulin' chants... ;~)

(I truly admire folks like my wife & lamarca who can sort out all those genrés and be eclectic enough to enjoy most of 'em...especially when those ladies know so many of the very old and 'trad' stuff to swamp me!)

we have had a few other Songs of the 60's and similar 'misguided youth' workshops at past Getaways...including, maybe 22-23 years ago, a sock hop" led by sometime poster Padre. I forget what I did instead...


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: SINSULL
Date: 26 Oct 04 - 06:31 PM

Now I have a reason to dig out my sosundtrack of "Hair".
Let the sunshine
Let the sunshine in
The sunshine in

or is it

Let the sun shine
Let the sun shine in
The sun shine in...?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Amos
Date: 26 Oct 04 - 07:01 PM

I dooon't know how to lo-o0-o-o-ve him...

Sounds like fun to me!!!


A


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 26 Oct 04 - 08:25 PM

Ummmm, Mick, nice job on the post about the Ferrara-Day family, you got it almost word for word the way I dictated it, your fee will be in the mail in the morning :-) ... and ... love right back to ya.

Yeah, yeah, let's have a session on Forbidden Pleasures or Our Misspent Youth or whatever we decide to call it.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 26 Oct 04 - 09:02 PM

Can we sort ourselves out by decades?

Dani (who is waiting to see who can pick out the Lynyrd Skynyrd song I sang)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: DonMeixner
Date: 26 Oct 04 - 11:41 PM

Jeri,

That would be Tommy James and The Shondells.

Don


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 26 Oct 04 - 11:45 PM

Damn. That's what I got into folk music to get away from.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Amos
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 12:15 AM

SHBOOOOM,. SHBOOOOM.....



A


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Big Mick
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 12:41 AM

In the white room, with black curtains....

Listen to my bluebird laugh....

There's a woman, and she's hard to know....

Oh, my love, my darling, I hunger for your touch....

Oh yeah, I tell you something....

Well shake it a baby, (shake it a baby)

Shit, I am just getting started.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Carly
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 01:11 AM

Every other day
Every other day of the week
Is fine,yeah
But whenever Monday comes
Monday comes
You know I'm crying all of the time...

And I can do my Joni imitation for hours!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Big Mick
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 01:53 AM

I'm sitting in the railway station, got a ticket....

Monday, Monday, so good to me .....

Hey-ey Joe, where you going with that gun your hand.....

I went down to the crossroads, got down on my knees....

G - L - O - R - I - A.....

Sloopy, let your hair down girl, let hang down on me....

And the name of the place is I like it like that ....

There is a little place beyond the tracks, the name of the place is the Sugar Shack....

I was out on a date, in my Daddy's car, we hadn't driven very far....

The eastern world, it is explodin', with violent flareups and bullets loadin'.....


Dammit, Sins, see what you got going????? I can't sleep thinking about all these lyrics.

Got to have this workshop next year.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Amos
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 02:20 AM

While riding in my Caaadillac, much to my surprise....


Things are gonna be all right, I think the worst is over now, the mornin' sun is shinin' like a Red Rubber Ball....

There's an ole pianner an' they play it hot behind the greeeeeen DOAH!

I know a dark secluded place!! AS place where no-one knows your face!!....

Call my baby Lollipop, I'll tell ya why....

And so I'm clippin' your wings, you Butter fly!!


(Just warmin up for next year!!! LOL!!)



A


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,KT
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 02:31 AM

In the chilly...hours and minutes...of uncertainty......

There's a new world somewhere.......

My folks were always putting him down....down, down

Oh, great! Now y'all got ME going!!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Amos
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 02:52 AM

"Hello? Yas, this is the Big Bopper speakin'...what I like? what I LIKE???? Oh, baybeee---you KNOW what I like!"


A


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 04:13 AM

Till the white rose blooms again....
Ta-RAM - plink-plink-plink, ta-RAM - plink-plink-plink (Zorba)

I'll get me coat...


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 09:08 AM

"Patches, oh what can I do...."
"Blue, navy blue, I'm as blue as I can be...."
"My boyfriend's back and you're gonna be sorry...."
etc. ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!

Somebody get some pictures posted quick to distract this crowd.
I fear Memory Lane could turn into the River of No Return. LOL

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,el Santo Secreto de Open Mike
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 09:41 AM

*Toca su guitarra andele.*
*Baila, baila, baila Bamba*
*Malagueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeena Selarosa*
*Sin ti, no podre vivir jamas*
*Vamos al baile, veras que bonito*
*A la colorada que tenemos que tentar*

Que bonito!!! Getaway el año próximo para seguro.
Hasta entonces amigos.

el Santo Secreto de Open Mike


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 10:25 AM

No comprende. Mi espanol es muy malo y mi vocabulario es muy, muy pocito. en ingles por favor?

Juanita


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: SINSULL
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 10:46 AM

FEEEEEELINGS
Oh Oh Oh FEEEEEEELINGS...

I'll leave now


PS
See the tree how big it's grown
But friends it hasn't been so long since it wasn't big
...
And Honey I miss you
But I'm being gooooood


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Big Mick
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 10:49 AM

White Bird, in a golden cage, on a winters day ....

There's a girl in my room and her face on the wall with no eyes....

Eres tu, eres tu, asi, asi, eres tu.......

Coming to me in the morning..... and the rainbow has a beard

Just walk away Renee......

The lights go down and the curtains are drawn, and when it was over it felt like a dream .... tell them, broken arrow....

Janie, see what thou hast wrought???

Mick


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: lamarca
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 10:53 AM

All right, folks - this has gone on far enough - I've started a new thread here

Guilty Pleasures

to pursue this wallowing in our favorite songs we'd never sing in front of Bill Day!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: kendall
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 10:56 AM

I told the witch doctor I was in love with you...

Oh, the wayward wind is a restless wind
He was a one eyed one horn flying purple eater..

Who dealt this mess?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: MMario
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 11:18 AM

Hmmmmmm - Kendall I heard at least two of those three at Getaway - and I wasn't the one that started any of them...


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Jeri
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 12:02 PM

I was going to post lines from "Honey," but that sick woman SINSULL did it first! Anecdote: I was listening to a new CD in the car and got that nagging "what the hell does that tune remind me of" feeling. A couple of days later, I realized it was "Honey" - the verses are a VERY close match!

Guys...GUYS! Save it for the workshop, eh? (Or another thread?) Maybe along with "Songs from a Hat" we could have "Songs from the Sap Bucket" (somebody draws out a piece of paper that says "mother" or "dead pets" or "flowers" or "tears" or...got it?) and sing "Honey," and "Billy, Don't Be a Hero," or traditional songs (which are almost always better) in the same vein.

We could actually put the titles of sappy pop songs in the bucket and require people to do a trad (or mostly trad) song with the same theme.

Or not.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 12:06 PM

Bill D. (or any other shutterbugs) put the rest of your life on hold and post those pictures now! You must save ussssssssss.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 12:22 PM

One pill.....makes you larger......and one pill makes you small....


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,KT
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 12:25 PM

ooh, I was doin' okay with this 'til I saw SInsull's 10:46 post...then the French toast I had for breakfast started flippin'!   

Pictures.....please...where are the pictures...?

uh oh...I'm late....I'm late!! Can't do this mudcat thing before work......KT


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 12:55 PM

ok...I've figured out how to use FTP with my new account, instead of doing them one-at-a-time from a web page... so I will create a folder for each 'basic' category of Getaway pics and upload most of them...(some are just bad or vague, and some I may ask permission first) I also will try to make a 'contact sheet' to guide you. (This won't be clickable links, just an image you can open in a new window for reference)...

I will be in & out of my workshop all day, and doing thse pics on breaks from **work**.. it may go fast or slow, depending on how much I tinker with the images, some of which are kinda dark, or had windows in the pic, fooling my cameras's exposure meter.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 01:06 PM

does ANYONE have any desire to NOT be uploaded. I can't vouch for you thinking "that dress makes me look fat" or "I had a bottle of beer in my mouth" or "I look like I just woke up" or "I don't want to be seen in the same pic with XXXXXXXX" *grin*

I don't think anything is gonna ruin your life here, and I missed the showers, but let me know if you're shy...


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: kendall
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 05:35 PM

I didn't get to the workshop


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 06:37 PM

Bill--maybe you should leave out the picture of JAB and Big Mick in the grass skirts and lampshades doing the hula.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: jacqui.c
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 07:04 PM

On a weekend pass
Don't want your loving any more
Well we gotta say goodbye for the summer
Comma comma down doobee doo down down
Well since my baby left me

Sorry - couldn't resist it.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 08:09 PM

ok...here are some pics. The %$#)*&!@ Comcast doesn't want to allow YOU to view the directory contents, so I will just do this

Alaska Mike's mini concert-1


Alaska Mike's mini concert-2


Alaska Mike's mini concert-3


Alaska Mike's mini concert-4


Alaska Mike's mini concert-5


Alaska Mike's mini concert-6


Alaska Mike's mini concert-7 (this is the one I posted before)

(working on more)

titles corrected by mudelf


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 08:20 PM

Thanks for the photos Bill. I believe this was my 10 am mini-concert instead of the Frozen North which was held in the TV room. It does bring back memories though. MORE, MORE!!!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 08:34 PM

yep...I didn't read the schedule closely..(but you'd think, since I was THERE, I'd know better..)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 27 Oct 04 - 09:56 PM

Awright!!! Everybody now, on the count of three--for Dear Bill D

Hip hip hurray!

xxoo,

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: KT
Date: 28 Oct 04 - 12:40 AM

Aww.....all smiles just seeing y'all again!!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: kendall
Date: 28 Oct 04 - 01:39 PM

I wish I liked my relatives as much as I like most of you folks.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 28 Oct 04 - 02:09 PM

LOL Kendall


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Dani
Date: 28 Oct 04 - 03:02 PM

You mean you're not my relatives? Then how do you explain the fact that we have so much in common?

Dani


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Tinker
Date: 28 Oct 04 - 03:06 PM

Kith or Kin or Kissin Cousins I know ya'll fit in there somewhere....


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Big Mick
Date: 28 Oct 04 - 03:16 PM

Hey Tink .... I been waiting for those young 'uns to post in the Bosox threads, where are they??? This should make your efforts at converting them over to fans of the WORLD FRIGGIN' CHAMPION BOSTON RED SOX a little easier, no?

Sorry for the thread drift.

Mick


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Subject: SBADD: Bill-Song (re: Bill Day)
From: GUEST,Lorraine
Date: 28 Oct 04 - 06:24 PM

It occures to me when reading the part about BillD workshop that folkd might be amused at the song we wrote for his birthday a number of years ago. So here it is:

BILL-SONG
(to the tune of Mrs. Ravoon)

He drove in from Kansas, from Wichita U.
He'd had every job that a person could do.
Philosophize nature or count up some beans,
To seek out the Glen which could Echo his dreams.

   Mr. Day could - make songs out of wood,
   The Emperor's Universe should be good.

Now Bill he sold books that could make grown-ups drool.
He brought forth his auto-harp strings as a tool;
Carving out chords 'til his fingers did tire,
He laid out his songs by the warm winter's fire.

   Chorus

His hearth it lay firm on an energy line
That drew forth a woman persistent and kind.
He'd had loves before, but never like this;
His path it was turned by the force of her kiss.

   Chorus

This path, it turned in - to a journey now found
With forests that shimmered on magical ground.
He saw vibrant shapes in the hearts of the trees,
Heard whispering voices aloft in the breeze.

   Chorus


Their seed it did sprout, to a sapling it grew
Who felt the deep magic his parents both knew.
As this sapling got strong he brought visions anew,
For his father the maker made shapes that were true.

   Chorus

The family found wings as their talents did grow.
They drew on his skills and they joined in his shows.
He flies in the lead of a fantasy grown.
He goes with our love, but just where is unknown

Chorus

It's hard to be sure just how ancient is Bill;
He'll spin you a tale as he guzzles his swill,
But he's weathered some seasons - of that we are sure,
And a person so crusty is bound to endure.

        Chorus
                      G. Rathbone, L. Van Buren 5/93, 5/94,5/99


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Susan A-R
Date: 28 Oct 04 - 07:43 PM

Love it Lorraine. Thanks.

I'm still himming from the getaway, even wrote a waltz for fiddle (never done that before) and keep remembering songs, tunes, jokes, people and scenes. Was it really only two or so days long? I seem to have about a week of memories packed in there.


Now about that misspent youth/forbidden pleasures stuff, now my mind's full of Tie A Yellow Ribbon, Muskrat Love, Brandy, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, There's Got to be a Morning After, Oh RATS! I'd better go play fiddle and drive out this stuff.

Susan


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 28 Oct 04 - 08:09 PM

The chorus of Lorraine's song comes from Bill's favorite expression when he's in a curmudgeonly mood, which is, "Now, If I were Emperor of the Universe, ...." after which he makes a Pronouncement about the proper Solution to the State of Affairs under discussion.

I only mention this because if you've only seen him at the Getaway you may not have seem him in a curmudgeonly-enough mood to evoke said expression.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 28 Oct 04 - 11:02 PM

hmmpppff.......it's when I am Emperor of the Universe!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: MMario
Date: 29 Oct 04 - 11:40 AM

Link to a song strangely (or not so strangely) reminds me of getaway - especially the wedding party!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 29 Oct 04 - 01:14 PM

ummmmmmm...it don't STOP till you sneak out!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ebbie
Date: 29 Oct 04 - 02:23 PM

Among so many more, some memories in random order:

Big Mick singing 'English Rose'.
The wedding party- awesome
KT sandwiched on stage between El Greko and AlaskaMike
KT singing 'John O' Dreams and the silence afterward
Micca raised up and launched into his smiling songs
The sight of Fortunato and Micca grinning below the hotel balcony having come to transport us to a house party- instant friends, nay, kin.
The scene on the back porch of the white house- lovely
The blues-picking workshop in the windy barn in the midst of a hair-raising electric storm
Carly and Dean's home and the balcony overlooking their 'backyard'.
Karen K leading 'This Time Again'


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 29 Oct 04 - 04:58 PM

oh, my yes..."John O'Dreams"!...I melted. There are songs that are just 'nice songs' until someone gets 'em just right, and that was it...


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: SINSULL
Date: 29 Oct 04 - 05:19 PM

Enough of this nonsense! It is time to plan for getaway 2005. Jacqui and I are inviting all of the Mudladies to participate in a special performance at the Saturday night show. Bring along a sense of humor. PM me or Jacqui for details - Ladies Only...or should that be Females Only. I don't want to exclude anyone.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 29 Oct 04 - 08:27 PM

Yes! Yes! Getaway 2005! Start now many happy returns. Fun fun fun! More LLamas! Yessss. Mmario I thank you for the giggles. (The llama-ish ones anyway.) You too Sinsull. Glad you expanded that invitation, never had the least desire to be a Lady. Can't stand high heeled shoes, for one thing.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: KT
Date: 29 Oct 04 - 09:03 PM

psssssssssssssst...........................pics are up.......Many thanks to Jeff for all of his work!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 29 Oct 04 - 09:57 PM

KT! Fantastic! Love the pics of Kendall & Jacqui.

A couple of IDs. The singer with Allan C & Nancy King is Nan Goland, not me. Nan was leading the Food Songs workshop this year, and is mostly a C&W singer. ("Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You", "Red Necks, White Socks & Blue Ribbon Beer", etc.) If you ever get a chance, get her & Nancy King to sing "Sylvia's Mother" for you -- it's a real treat. (Was reminded of that by the Guilty Pleasures thread.)

The ? with Big Mick et al is Heather Pierce, I believe her mom was singer Maggie Pierce. Have I got that right? I have a mind like a steel colander.... Anyway Heather's a regular at our Open Sings as well as the Getaway.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Tinker
Date: 29 Oct 04 - 10:08 PM

Thanks KT I was due for a memory fix. (Especially after surviving the Elementary School "Boogie Bash" tonite. Think loud, strobes and lots of energy) I didn't take nearly enough stills, but I've a few to post.

SINSULL, I can do a damn good lady imitation when the need is right... I'll PM for more info...

Tinker


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: KT
Date: 29 Oct 04 - 10:27 PM

Thanks for those names, Ferrara! I saw that one, and thought, I don't think that's Rita...I'll pass this on to Jeff who is the one doing all the work to get these up for us. Good man, Jeff! Thanks!

Tinker, I know what you mean....aaaggghhhhh.....add sugar, LOTS of it, to the mix and you've got some kind of energy!

KT


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ebbie
Date: 29 Oct 04 - 10:32 PM

"I can do a damn good lady imitation " Tinker

"aaaggghhhhh.....add sugar, LOTS of it, to the mix and you've got "some kind of energy!" KT

Hmmmm? It's been my observation that being a "lady" involves toning down the energy. ?;^)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Tinker
Date: 29 Oct 04 - 10:39 PM

Not necessarily Ebbie, couple times a year I have to do the full throttle bankers wife classy lady routine and I've discovered it's much more fun to class up the dress and hit the power on barely banked throttle. Keeps 'em all guessing and it's a lot more fun....but then I only pretend to be a Lady...BG Mudcat women have alot more class.

tinker


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: KT
Date: 29 Oct 04 - 10:48 PM

Tink, I hope when you're doing " the full throttle bankers wife classy lady routine" you throw in one of those smokey songs you do so well!
Ebbie, the sugar was at the party!!

Everyone, what were YOU doing two weeks ago? (Was it only two weeks ago? Seems like two months!! Let's do it again!)

KT


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 29 Oct 04 - 10:52 PM

old quotation, forget who:

"A reputation for chastity is of great benefit to a lady. Chastity itself can also sometimes be useful."


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 29 Oct 04 - 11:05 PM

KT, thanks so much for getting those posted. I wanna gooo baackk *sob*

Sinsull, whatever you and Jacqui have cookin', count me in on it ;-)

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: KT
Date: 29 Oct 04 - 11:14 PM

They're fun, aren't tehy, Janie? But Jeff is the one who deserves the credit for all the hard work!!

KT


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 29 Oct 04 - 11:28 PM

KT,

You are so right. I thought about that right after I hit submit.

And, I somehow never had noticed the EVENTs photo section. I have a lot of catching up to do!

Muchas Gracias, Jeff!!!

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Allan C.
Date: 30 Oct 04 - 01:17 PM

Carmen, bless her, made good use of her camera at the Getaway. It was her first time attending. In fact, it was the first time I had seen her in something close to forty years! (You can see a pic of her standing next to me at the late night singaround.) Anyway, here is a slide show of her photos. You'll need to work out who is who while forgiving that there are so many shots of me.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Micca
Date: 30 Oct 04 - 01:33 PM

and for all you gluttons for Punishment here are some of what I took on a memorable trip Some of Micca's Pix


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: KT
Date: 30 Oct 04 - 02:20 PM

Great photos! Micca! Thanks for sharing them!!

Glad you're home again, safe and sound!

KT


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Big Mick
Date: 30 Oct 04 - 03:40 PM

Ah .... now the warm feelings start. Great pix by all!! These will keep me going 'til next year.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Fortunato
Date: 30 Oct 04 - 05:47 PM

thanks to Pene Azul, I have belatedly added a few of my favorite pics from the Getaway. Dani and Janie are of course my favorites as the Kazoo Sisters, but Sinsull is awfull cute, too. I love 'em all.

cheers, chance

http://www.mudcat.org/photos/events_page.cfm?file_name_sent=2004fsgw&part_sent=7


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Tinker
Date: 30 Oct 04 - 05:49 PM

And my photos start here.
Great stuff all.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Nancy King
Date: 30 Oct 04 - 06:26 PM

Wahoo! Great pix!! Thanks to all the photographers: Bill, KT, Allan, Micca, and Tinker!

Notice how virtually all these folks are smiling, or even grinning? You might even think they were having a good time! Well, that's the Getaway for you -- a great time beginning to end!

See y'all next year!

Nancy


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Big Mick
Date: 30 Oct 04 - 06:39 PM

Wonderful photo's! To second Nancy, that is how it is at Getaway. People are just having a great time, and basking in the glow of friendship and music. It is like you put your troubles in the glove box and leave them there until Tuesday.

I just want to encourage folks to save a few bob a week and come next year. You will never regret it.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 30 Oct 04 - 07:58 PM

Tinker, the lady in red next to Ron Davies in Part 10 is Lynn (or Linn) Title. She's the lady who brought the chocolate fudge cake to the potluck & donated the homemade fudge sauce to the Silent Auction. She also is, or has been at one time, a member of SCA; a breeder of fancy English mice; A designer & maker of elegant masks; a plant & garden fancier; singer of songs & shanties; a computer expert; an officer in, I believe, the Navy; and hostess to Alaska Mike & Tawmmie after the 2003 Getaway.

[After last year's Getaway, Noreen and Barbara sat us down and made us describe every single person attached to every single name in the attendance list. They took notes so's they would remember people better. This year, remembering that, I've tried to give a bit of info on Mudcat about some of the people who don't generally post on Mudcat but add so much to the Getaway.]


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Susan A-R
Date: 30 Oct 04 - 09:26 PM

Some lovely photos. It does help to see us all smiling and singing in the sun. It's raining here, but I did spend the better part of the day doing some recording and playing with friends, so the pics, Mudcat and music will keep me going until next year.

Now as to ladies, My cousin Katie always says a lady is someone who never does anything unintentionally vulgar. Count me in (although I don't meet the definition I'm 'fraid.)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: SINSULL
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 12:11 AM

Awfull cute?????? Chance, have you lost your mind? I have bitten people's heads off for less than that.

Every year I manage to avoid the Getaway camera people. This year, AFTER I covered two T-shirts and a sweatshirt in icing then backed into the cake and sat on some more icing - cameras everywhere.

We did have fun. Save your pennies people and join us next year.

Did the wedding video ever surface?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Linda Goodman Zebooker
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 03:12 AM

Well, having spent four days at the Getaway getting approx 4 and a half hour's sleep a night, then going off to Norfolk for 5 days for my convention, working 16-hour days and getting approx 4 and a half hour's sleep a night, it's now all one glorious hazy experience.

Tonight, after waking up at 2AM (or is it really 1 AM? -DST off tonight) and cleaning the fish tank, ---what else do you do when you're wide awake at 2AM?-- I suddenly remembered, The Mudcat!! Read the postings about the Getaway and see photos maybe!!! How nice to see it all in focus. Thanks, thanks, thanks to everyone for all the memories.
--Linda Goodman


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GUEST,Barry Finn
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 04:57 AM

The pictures, comments & memories of this year's Getaway has my heart in tears that I missed this one. Would've really liked to have met Kendall's heart throb. Kendall, didn't know you were back singing, that's so great. And, Rita, I did miss giving that Big Mink a hard time, he does love to banter though. I did miss seeing & hearing alot of people & not getting to meet new friends. The Getaway has been my best yearly highlight since first going. Well I like Max's idea for next year's Getaway, it'll make it easier to get there, though I think I could hook up a ride with one of the many North Easteners going south next year. See you all next year. It surte sounds like fun was had by all. Thanks all for posting.
Love, Barry


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: jacqui.c
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 12:39 PM

Those pictures just brought it all back again - was it only two weeks ago?

Once again I have to say how wonderful it was to be made to feel such a part of the community at the Getaway. I loved every moment of it and miss all of you so much now.

I know it's early but who's going to get to Old Songs????? I'm missing the fix!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: karen k
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 01:52 PM

Hey, Jacqui,
Get Kendall to bring you to NOMAD. It's next Sat. and Sun. at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven.

k


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Amos
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 02:19 PM

Chance,

Buck up, laddio, I concur with you -- SINS is awful cute (for a crotchety lass). Besides, she knows all the words to every Doo Wop song ever written -- who could ask for more!!?? Talk about entertainment on a cold winter's night...


LOL!


A


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Carly
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 03:29 PM

Thank you for the pictures. I'm already starting to count off the time until the next Getaway.....


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 05:40 PM

What everone else has said! Thanks so much to all who posted pictures. My son was looking over my shoulder as I told him who various people were. When I identified Mary (Sinsull), he asked if she had a pet lamb. I laughed and said "Nope! If she has any pets they are probably lions!" "But Mommy, she looks so friendly!"

And she is, son. She is.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: SINSULL
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 07:21 PM

Amos? DooWop = entertainment on a cold winter's night? And I thought Kendall was old.

There were a bunch missing from the Getaway this year. The Shellbacks, Barry, CarolC and her Sailor, the FSGW lady who sings British Music Hall songs from Braille cheat sheets in her purse, Annamill & her honey, Keith (last name?), and more. Maybe next year.

Linda Goodman - when are you going to drop the sensible act and join us in the late night noisy women's quarters? If we are really bad we get lullabyed to sleep by Mick, MMario, GutBucketeer, etc. None of us snore and all of us share toothbrushes. And if you get up early enough you may catch Micca in the all together on his way to a shower.

Thanks for the photos, everyone. They have brought back a smile. Dewy eyed Kendall with his new Missus - who would have believed it? Just thought of another 60s song:
"What a difference a day makes. Twenty four little hours."

In Kendall's case it's a year. He is having a hard time keeping up his cantankerous cranky act. hee hee, she says with evil glee. Kendall has met his match!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bobert
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 08:08 PM

Yeah, Sins, but me and KT were newbees... Hey, we make not make up for those who didn't make it but we (ahhhh, KT more than me...) tried... Sniff...

I would have loved to have met CarolC. Before JtS took her off to Georgia to be his love slave, ahhhh, strike that, his mate, she lived right up the road from me in Sheppardstown but I never got to meet her, sniff...

But that's all history now...

But, and this is a big BUT (no, not big butt...) next year Iz not only gonna stay fir all 3 days, er whatever it is, ahhh, 5 days... I donno, but I'm also gonna find the danged Mudcat cabin 'cuase that's where the action is... I messed up this time and hung 'round the mess hall till like 12:30 and then went to bed as if that was gonna do any good since it was like a minus 14 degrees in there...

And I have sent an apology to at least one Catter fir having to cut a conversation short 'cause I was concerned about gettin' El "Mister" Greco to the airport in time to catch his plane... Next year I'll be sure to have as much time with everyone... sniff... and still get El "Mister" Greco to the airport on time...

And as fir Sinsull, I loved her tee shirt. Every time I looked her way there were some really big eyes lookin' back at me...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: kendall
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 09:57 PM

Karen - don't think we'll make NOMAD as Kendall goes in for his operation on Tuesday this week.

Jacqui


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 10:02 PM

Karen K suggested we try to get the Getaway camp from Thursday to Tuesday in future years, so the REALLY whacko folks amongst us can have more singing, freezing, exhaustion, etc. Thanks for reminding me of that, Bobert. Who knows? It's probably too expensive and totally not feasible -- but we can at least check it out.

You'll see, Bobert, you'll see. No matter how many wonderful NEW people come each year, you'll still be missing folks who can't come that you met in earlier years. Funny how that works.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Amos
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 10:15 PM

SINS,

Got a rise out of you, anyway!! LOL!!

Ferrara:

It would make it more interesting to show up on Thursday and leave Mon or Tues, IMHO. Bobert, you and me have a few small blues to swap. I expect to have my larnin' hat on.

A


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: DonMeixner
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 10:45 PM

Hi Jaqui,

I expect to be holding forth in the craft area with gold and sterling silver again this next year. Old Songs is my fvorite festival.

Don


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Dani
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 10:58 PM

Thank you, all. Just got in from a very long, very hard weekend, and it cheered me immeasurably to remember your smiles. What a wonderful time! We really did miss you, Barry.

We look damn cold, don't we? I mean, from the smiles up we're OK!

Dani


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Ferrara
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 11:14 PM

Yeah, Amos, I would absolutely LOVE to have the Getaway go from Thursday to Monday or Tuesday!

However, most camps charge a (huge) minimum for each night and we aren't willing to bankrupt the Society in order to add a couple of nights to the Getaway, so we'll try to find out a bit about cost & then see how many people could make it for the extra days and nights. It's awfully unlikely that we can make it work for next year though.

It might be cheaper to rent a block of rooms & an all-night conference /singing room in a nearby motel for Thursday night! -- and warmer.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Annie
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 11:15 PM

Great pics all. Thanks with a capital T. Can you believe I'm not in a one? Oh, how vicarious.

Annie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Linda Goodman Zebooker
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 01:24 AM

SINSULL, I'm glad of the encouragement to join the noisy ladies cabin! I remember finding it in the middle of the night a few years ago and heard "Key of R" for the first time. Seemed pretty magical. I've finished unpacking the car and put away my coat, gloves, shawl and three sleeping bags, but just bought a new little crookneck flashlight -- so I'm ready for next year. Barry, you were missed.
--Linda Goodman


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 01:37 AM

Good thing you checked in, Barry. I was worried about you.

One year, Barry and I extended the Getaway by staying Thursday night in Ferrara's basement. Worked like a charm. Hey, it's a big basement. We could fit the whole Mudcat cabin in there....
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Micca
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 03:17 AM

This year, thanks to Chance and Suzette, we had a good Thursday night pre-Getaway in Silver Spring with KT, Ebbie, Ron Davies, TJ O'Malley, Gutbucketeer,Dottie Hurley, and others so I felt suitably "warmed up" and Given the Chill in Stalag 14 at night, possibly just as well. for which I thank all of those that attended


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Micca
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 04:10 AM

and before some smartie jumps in, I am NOT thanking folks for the chill in Stalag 14, that seems to be provided free as a service by the camp. Otherwise, in the immortal words of Big Mick, Jeri et al. " 2...3...4..."


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Big Mick
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 07:11 AM

THE LADIES CABIN?????????? THAT ISN'T THE LADIES CABIN, IT'S THE MUDCAT CABIN. THERE ARE MEN THERE TOO!!!

And Micca, that "2 ... 3... 4..." is a Conklin Ceili Band thing.

Wonderful pictures! Thanks so much to those who took them.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Tinker
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 08:33 AM

Mick, since each of the rooms have their own cabin numbers, you're both right. The Mudcat Cabin is home to those prone to disregard the body's basic right to sleep. Of course those who intend to sleep seem to find themselves drawn by it's charms and then must have the strength to separate and find their own beds later in the night.... Wouldn't miss it's wonderful energy myself.

tink


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Amos
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 08:33 AM

Well, it WAS the Ladies cabin, Mick, until you showed up!!


A


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Micca
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 08:40 AM

and Mick i think you will find that although "2..3..4" Started off as a "Conklin Ceili Band thing" It now enjoys a MUCH wider circulation among catters (I have seen it several times in the Chat already!!!!) being used often at the Getaway as well


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: SINSULL
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 08:46 AM

Damn Mick. If I had said the Ladies Room in the Mudcat Cabin, you would have had something else to say!

Annie - you were missed especially one night when there was NO snoring and the silence woke me up. I thought I should go check to see if a certain "lady" was dead but decided it was too cold and if she was it could wait until morning. Lions indeed!

Rita - if you add Thursday and Tuesday, this crew will be begging for a whole week. Like little children, they just don't want it to end. Pre and post parties are available, guys. Give Ferrara a break or Bill won't let her play with us anymore.

Micca doth protest too much. He just wants Catsphiddle to think he suffered through the whole event. Although it was cold enough this year for him to keep his clothes on while he brushed his teeth.

As to you Amos. Be very afraid. The Kendall groupies are in sad shape having been forced to go cold turkey by that Brit. El Greko has been an unwilling substitute, something to do with being married. But you may fit the bill. It is an awesome responsibility. Just look at the glow on Kendall's face since he has been relieved of it.

And NO, Joe Offer. You don't stand a chance. Great smile, dimples even and great hugs but it serves you right for being so nice. Women prefer bad boys with attitudes for their fantasies. Bobert was in the running but he is scared to death of P-Vine. HMMMMM - maybe Spaw.
It's a shame Max is so young...I am having girlish moments over that little love bite.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Big Mick
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 08:47 AM

Uncle.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Big Mick
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 08:49 AM

And BTW, the snoring is much worse coming out of the ladies room. ....... Shit ..... I did it again.....

Uncle ...... again.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: MMario
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 08:57 AM

mick - that wasn't snoring coming from the Ladies sleeping accomadations - it was merely vibrational breathing in an effort to raise the temperature of the air through molecular movement.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Tinker
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 09:05 AM

Gentleman...purring is an acceptable vibration from lady cats. It has multiple connotations and reflects our contentment with the weekend at large.   The other sound you continue to refer to is without foundation and not found in any forum of proper ettiquette. Please allow us the illusions of our Getaway Reality. We do our best to maintain decorum amounst the heathens.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: MMario
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 09:10 AM

*choke*

**sniggle,gasp,snort!**

HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-Ha!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: SINSULL
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 09:51 AM

Keep it up, Leo and you will be the Mudcat Toy Boy. These ladies have claws you know.

For the record, although new Mudladies often are attracted to Big Mick's manly presence and virile appearance, once they figure out the potato - well, they walk away singing that old Coca Cola jingle...something about "It's the real thing..."

That's it. I have crossed the line and will no longer post to this thread. See you all next year!
SINS


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Janie
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 09:53 AM

Hrumph...I mean....ZZZZZZZZ.....I mean.....ppppppppuuuuuuurrrrrr.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Amos
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 10:12 AM

Nice work, though Sins -- in crossing the line with such flair you clearly have electrified half the male population of the Cat, and terrified the other half, with a very small set of intersection who are both electrified and terrified.

Now just sort out which is which and you'll have your candidate list!! LOL!!


A


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 10:36 AM

So was that a purring vibration I could hear during BoB, Tinker?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Tinker
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 11:19 AM

It was a reflection of a true purring vibration, El Grecko. I can attempt to share the illusion, but for all of BoB's skills he lacks a few techniques. Besides, some wise ass sitting next to me kept up a running commentary and on several occaisions interupted the flow....Perhaps next year without interuptus ???


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Big Mick
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 11:21 AM

Well, if Bobert brings his skinny, West, by gawd, 'ginny arse over to the cabin, it can be BoBert interuptus.

Damn, that was lame.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: KT
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 11:57 AM

Yikes, Ebbie. Look what we missed!! And we thought we had a good time at the Getaway!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: MMario
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 12:08 PM

Tinker - you couldn't see what wwas going on behind you - or you would have REALLY sufferred interuptus!


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Tinker
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 12:22 PM

BOYS !!!! Now if you're going to enjoy those giggles please share what's so funny with teh rest of the clas....


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bobert
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 05:26 PM

Ain't no interuptus wid this ol' hillbilly, Mick an' next year I'll sho nuff prove it...

(Do you know what yer talkin' about here, Bobert?)

Ignore this post, Mick. I think I'm in over my head...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Tinker
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 05:33 PM

Okay folks , this is The Song if like poor Bobert you weren't there and have been confuzzaled by the conversation. Next time I sing this song I need a clear view of the entire audience. I feel like a school marm with an unruly class. The songwriter swears it took intense research.


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Bill D
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 05:43 PM

intense research (careful..some 'research' is X-rated)


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 05:45 PM

So SINS...micca didn't realy suffer...he made it all up??!!!.....


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Tinker
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 05:49 PM

Cat, it was really cold this year any and all complaints on that level are absolutely grounded in the foundation of truth. Sleep deprivation although self imposed is probably also irrefutable, and like the rest of us I'm sure he missed you.....after that....


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 05:49 PM

Really Tinker.

What was going on behind you grew a little while the song progressed but it wasn't that big of a thing. :-)

JAB


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: Susan A-R
Date: 01 Nov 04 - 10:09 PM

OH MAN it's dull up here in VT. Can't wait until next year!!!!


Hmmm Gutbucketeer, did she get a rise out of you?


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Subject: RE: Getaway 2004 - MEMORIES
From: MMario
Date: 02 Nov 04 - 11:25 AM

BTW - here is a link to something I meant to talk with a lot of people about at getaway - and then forgot...

It might be of interest to FSGW folk who don't frequent the MudCat as well.


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