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Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival

11 May 08 - 08:21 PM (#2337994)
Subject: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

The date is set and I am meeting with the museum staff to go over a check list and get all our ducks in a row.
Meantime, I have contacted "207", a local TV program, re: featuring us the night before on their local entertainment segment.
Is anyone of our performers able to come in the day before to record a TV session for the evening program?
let me know.
SINS
PM or cell
207-632-9562


11 May 08 - 08:29 PM (#2337999)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

Sins-

Most likely that would be a Friday afternoon? We might be able to pull 3 or 4 Roll & Go members together but we need to have a specific time. Some of us actually work during the day.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


12 May 08 - 07:38 AM (#2338231)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: ranger1

Yes, and so does Mary.


12 May 08 - 12:43 PM (#2338447)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

But I wonder how much longer...LOL
Anyone else?
I will buy dinner Friday night.


12 May 08 - 12:45 PM (#2338451)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: stallion

mmm sins on the pull!


12 May 08 - 12:51 PM (#2338457)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Have I hooked you, luv?


12 May 08 - 12:53 PM (#2338461)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: stallion

line and sinker but it is a long way to reel me in across the atlantic!


13 May 08 - 08:22 PM (#2339829)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

We'll get you boys back here one day Peter.


13 May 08 - 11:04 PM (#2339932)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

Sins - what do you mean you may not be working much longer????


14 May 08 - 05:34 AM (#2340067)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: maeve

Yes, inquiring minds that should be asleep want to know.


29 May 08 - 08:12 AM (#2351873)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Emails and PMs went out last night to all performers. If you have not received one, get back to me ASAP. The museum is working on the flyers, posters and website. I need a firm bed count or we will end up pitching tents. Actually Kendall has a pop-up camper we might employ.

The time is now 10AM to 4PM
We are thinking of making 10am to 11 am for children. Songs, prizes, demos - to build an early morning crowd. Anyone interested in performing then?
SINS


29 May 08 - 04:27 PM (#2352370)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: Barry Finn

I'm more X rated than kiddie Mary & besides at 11:00 in the am I'm still a bit too scary for the young'uns.
I do have 1 or 2 kiddie songs if you get stuck.

Barry


29 May 08 - 04:56 PM (#2352390)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

Mary - this will be so much fun! Just mark me down for part of the willing to sing along audience.


29 May 08 - 05:21 PM (#2352421)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: Bat Goddess

Hey, Mary! It might not be a bad idea to actually post all the info in one place -- location, date, times, performers, where to go to get more info, etcet etcet. I think there's probably people out there besides the performers!

(Just a suggestion...)

Linn


29 May 08 - 07:33 PM (#2352545)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

It will be going onto the museum website in the near future and, in July, probably onto the Maine Folk website as well.


29 May 08 - 08:03 PM (#2352573)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

As your 2-bit whore, I understand completely Barry.


30 May 08 - 09:19 PM (#2353462)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

Mary -- it should go on the Public Radio calendar as well---that will bring lots of interest.


31 May 08 - 08:44 AM (#2353665)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: kendall

And on WMPG Portland.


07 Jun 08 - 02:52 PM (#2360193)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

http://www.portlandharbormuseum.org/Events/Music_Event.asp

Here is the link to the Museum's web page. We will be adding some info on the Portsmouth Festival and re-writing Three Sheets bio.

Holly, Jeri, Micca - A picture and a bio?

EBarnacle - are you in?

Flyers will be ready this week so I can give a supply to anyone who comes on the 14th for the song circle.

We need these put up everywhere and anyone along with stacks for motels, hotels, schools, town halls, etc.

This weekend, Jacqui and I will finish the schedule for performers, the posters, and some plans for the Children's Hour.
We will need volunteers for a thousand different things.

I am going a-begging to see if I can drum up some sponsors. $50 to have your company featured on the posters and at the festival. If anyone is interested, contact me.


07 Jun 08 - 03:33 PM (#2360215)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: karen k

What is the date?


07 Jun 08 - 03:38 PM (#2360217)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: karen k

Oops! Never mind. It is actually on the museum website already. Might think about coming up if it is not too hot.

k


09 Jun 08 - 09:47 AM (#2361368)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

jacqui and I worked on the schedule and the poster this week. The museum page is up:

www.portlandharbormuseum.org

under events.

Beg-a-thon is under way.

Special request:
Please do not post my home or cell numbers on your webpage. My cell is ringing at work and it is a problem. The museum has agreed to field calls. Use their number:
(207) 799-6337
Rebecca and Mark are the contacts.

Peter and Joann suggested a craft table for kids. It will allow us to advertise a Children's Hour to build the early morning attendance while keeping the music adult. Sailors' Valentines, decorative eye patches, fish prints. Simple, inexpensive but fun.
Tiny to small sea shells needed. Glitter, sequins, small stickers, etc. Let me know if you have anything to contribute.


09 Jun 08 - 10:03 AM (#2361380)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: Dani

Boy, does this sound like fun. I HATE that I'm too far away to come!

You guys are going to have a blast.

Lots of us will be there in spirit : )

Dani


09 Jun 08 - 10:04 AM (#2361382)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: GUEST,Dani

Ooops. Link doesn't work, sweetie.

Dani


09 Jun 08 - 10:09 AM (#2361388)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

Try this one.


09 Jun 08 - 04:38 PM (#2361734)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

Excellent!

Charley Noble


09 Jun 08 - 05:10 PM (#2361762)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: GUEST

I can't actually get to their site through any of the normal means, which suggests that either they're busy updating it and took it off-line briefly or that their web provider is having a problem. As a rule, either of those should be resolved in a few hours, after which either jacqui's or link or www.portlandharbormuseum.org to get you to the main site should work.


10 Jun 08 - 11:29 PM (#2362894)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

This is looking wonderful -- can't wait.


11 Jun 08 - 10:16 AM (#2363215)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Me either...


02 Jul 08 - 01:34 AM (#2378834)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: Barry Finn

My singing partner Neil was to be out of the country while this was taking place but due to his brother's medical condition he's not traveling to any far off place in the near future so we'll be performing as ""Finn & Haddie".

Barry


02 Jul 08 - 03:02 AM (#2378852)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: Micca

Thats good to hear Barry!! (not about Neils brother,)That I will get a chance to hear you guys singing together, your video of Roller Bowler quite whetted my appetite!!


02 Jul 08 - 08:55 AM (#2379011)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Word is that John Roberts may be able to perform as well.
Back to the scheduling drawing board with a big grin on my face. This is going to be an amazing day.


02 Jul 08 - 11:01 PM (#2379697)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

Micca - so you will be here for the festival -- how nice.........; and John Roberts as well - one's cup runneth over (as the queen would say!)


03 Jul 08 - 07:54 AM (#2379900)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Small point but I better mention it.
No overflowing cups - this is an alcohol and smoke free event.

There may be a drop or two available at my house later.


03 Jul 08 - 08:13 AM (#2379935)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: kendall

WHAT? sailors and no Rum?
You may be getting the "Black spot" Matey.


03 Jul 08 - 08:15 AM (#2379939)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Better than the pox.


03 Jul 08 - 04:50 PM (#2380416)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

This will be great fun for all!

Charley Noble


03 Jul 08 - 06:35 PM (#2380522)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: Marc Bernier

Do you mean to say I'm expected to sing while sober? Oh, Oh, I better start practicing. Maybe after the weekend.


03 Jul 08 - 08:37 PM (#2380584)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland Maritime Festival
From: kendall

I wouldn't know about the pox.


04 Jul 08 - 11:03 AM (#2380995)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

Mary - trust me -- I know it is alcohol free ------ cup runneth over is just an expression to say God will be in his heaven and all will be right with the world on that day.....


04 Jul 08 - 03:52 PM (#2381185)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: EBarnacle

Lady Hillary and I have arranged to stay at a friend's place in South Freeport but we are definitely in for the parties.


04 Jul 08 - 03:57 PM (#2381192)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri

After meeting you both at Old Songs, it will be good to do some music together. I'll work on my concertina playing!


05 Jul 08 - 08:21 AM (#2381557)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

Just a little aside here.

This is the first time this event will have taken place and no money has been available to pay performers. Mary put this thread on the 'Cat in the hopes of attracting those of our friends who just like to make music to come for the day and have fun. She has been astounded at the number of performers who have ASKED to be included, even knowing that the only reward that they will get is the joy of making music with other like minded souls.

It was felt that it would be unfair to ask any performer to take part, giving up most of a summer weekend when they could be making a living, to come and play for free. Now we have an unexpected abundance of performers and a very tight schedule, which we are still having to tweek to make sure that we can get finished by 4.00pm, as there is a wedding taking place a bit later and the whole site needs to be cleared for that.

If, as looks likely, this event is a real success, there is a very strong possibility that it will be repeated next year and, maybe, even enlarged. Right now we are taking baby steps and trying not to get too ambitious so that we can get it going well enough to warrant a repeat.

Our apologies go out to anyone who felt that they should have been included - I trust that the above explains why.


05 Jul 08 - 08:25 AM (#2381558)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: kendall

As I understand it, only those who performed or volunteered can be invited to the gathering afterwards due to the limited space.


05 Jul 08 - 10:26 AM (#2381635)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

An addition to Jacqui's comments:

I did not feel it was right to ask individual performers and especially the Portsmouth Festival performers to appear at the Portland event both because of the money issue and the "hijacking" aspect.

There were no invitations sent other than the thread on Mudcat (God bless Max). Hopefully, this is the first of an annual event. Next year there will be some money and some experience, maybe even two days.

I am genuinely thrilled at the response. Needless to say the museum is thrilled. It is a small museum with brilliant exhibits that go unnoticed by most. I volunteer when I can in the gift shop because the view of Casco Bay is stunning. I love it there.

So, we will all have an amazing day of wonderful music and stories. The museum will be open for free so the public can get an introduction to its exhibits. Next year, when there is cash, this year's performers will be invited back and we will see where we are going.

My hope is that this will be seen as a sister festival to Portsmouth and both groups will benefit. But for now we have to get through August 2.

Note to Marc: Arriving drunk is OK just don't carry an open bottle.


05 Jul 08 - 01:35 PM (#2381795)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Marc Bernier

Ok! I might still do some practicing.


06 Jul 08 - 08:49 PM (#2382655)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Marc Bernier

I'll shtarrt practishshi - hic - n' To - hic - morrow. I Plomise.


08 Jul 08 - 12:08 PM (#2383852)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Micca

It sounds like Marc has been well "refreshed" already:o)


08 Jul 08 - 01:59 PM (#2383963)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Where are you, Micca? Is it time to refresh that thread?


08 Jul 08 - 02:01 PM (#2383965)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Micca

The Great Adventure is due to start a week today (15th July) Sins I will put the proposed itinerary up later in the week and try to add the odd pic during the journey


08 Jul 08 - 04:52 PM (#2384122)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Just what we need - more "odd' pictures of Micca. I would have thought you would have learned your lesson after the moose hat incident.
Refresh.


08 Jul 08 - 05:24 PM (#2384154)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Barry Finn

What did you expect from an "odd" man?


I mean that in a very good & healthy way Micca!

Just call me
Backpeddling Barry


15 Jul 08 - 11:32 PM (#2390347)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

I put the festival up on MPBN's community page website ....... looks good....... see you there,,,,,


16 Jul 08 - 11:12 AM (#2390619)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Saw it. It does look good. Can we add a link to the museium's website?
M


16 Jul 08 - 12:37 PM (#2390689)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

The Press release:
Outdoor Music Festival, Featuring Gordon Bok and Other Maritime Musicians, Scheduled for Saturday, August 2nd, at Portland Harbor Museum in South Portland

On Saturday, August 2nd, a maritime music festival will be held in South Portland at Portland Harbor Museum. The celebration will feature live performances by Gordon Bok, Castlebay, David Jones, David Coffin, Marc Bernier and many others. This free outdoor concert will be held from 10am-4pm on the grounds surrounding Portland Harbor Museum. It will bring internationally-known musicians to a stunning venue overlooking Portland Harbor at Spring Point. The result will be a spirited day of lively and energetic performances from artists who will bring to life New England's seafaring heritage through song.

More than twenty performers will be participating this year. Gordon Bok, known for his rich voice and fluid guitar work, will highlight the program. Bok grew up in Maine. He worked on vessels as a deckhand and mate, and in the process learned many folk tunes, ballads, stories, and sea songs.

The duo, Castlebay, have been performing along the eastern seaboard and in the UK for twenty years. Julia Lane is an award winning Celtic Harper and one of the world's foremost proponents of maritime music on the harp. Fred Gosbee is known for his historical and humorous ballads.

Kendall Morse will also take part. Kendall is well known as a Maine humorist and folk singer and also as part of the Morse Brothers bluegrass band, which also included his brothers, Erlon and Les. He has issued three CDs, Lights Along the Shore, Seagulls and Summer People, and Beginner's Luck.

Admission to the festival is free, although donations to both the museum and the performers will be appreciated. In the event of rain, the festival will be held at South Portland High School.

Portland Harbor Museum celebrates the community's maritime past and present through exhibits, lectures, harbor excursions, and programs, such as this Maritime Music Festival. The museum engages young people by offering free admission, classroom visits, teacher lesson plans, and museum tours. For more information, please visit the museum's website at www.portlandharbormuseum.org


16 Jul 08 - 11:12 PM (#2391099)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

Sins -- I have asked if Sara Wills (Willis?) who runs In tune by 10 on Sunday ams and really supports local artists will announce it on her program this coming Sunday and next -- I'll let you know if I hear back from her.


17 Jul 08 - 08:48 AM (#2391326)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

Here's a direct link to the MPBN (Maine Public Broadcasting Network) Community Calendar mentioned above: Click here for website!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


17 Jul 08 - 08:50 AM (#2391331)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Thanks, Deborah. The museum is contacting all the radio, TV and newspaper editors locally. Does anyone want some fliers to distribute? I will have them with me on Saturday at the Press Room.


17 Jul 08 - 09:37 AM (#2391358)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

We've also got letter sized posters if you can find anywhere to place them.


17 Jul 08 - 01:40 PM (#2391565)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

Sins - I can't be at the Press Room but I would love posters to distrubute.......perhaps I can pick some up+


17 Jul 08 - 01:58 PM (#2391577)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

How many do you need, Deborah? And which size - 8.5x11 Goldenrod or 4x6 Canary Yellow.

I hit some of the Nursing Homes figuring it is free, great music, close by and the grandkids will be amused.


17 Jul 08 - 07:44 PM (#2391675)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

ABSOLUTELY -- SOME OF EACH PLEASE......


23 Jul 08 - 09:59 AM (#2395933)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Jacqui and I meet tonight to finalize the performance schedule. Emails will go out tomorrow to all the performers with final info.

Box Lunch Menu:
Turkey, Roast Beef, Ham or Cheese Sandwich
Chips
Fruit
A Cookie
Soft Drinks and Water

We will need a choice so we can place an order. That includes volunteers.

We need to know who needs a bed and for what nights.

I also need my head examined.
Watching the weather eports carefully,
SINS


23 Jul 08 - 01:47 PM (#2396111)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Barry Finn

No bed for me, I'll gladly eat 3 Roast Beef, Ham & Cheese Sandwichs, hold the chips & cookies but go heavy on the fruit & Diet-caffine free pepsi, I'll eat my box lunch at the "Y", thank you very much. Will there be a place where non-performers can get a chance to sing & lead songs?

Barry


23 Jul 08 - 02:01 PM (#2396134)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: curmudgeon

Roast beef sandwiches sound good; w. mayo and horseradish if possible. Linn and I will be in need of a bed. Now what do we need to bring besides voices and concertina?

Less than two weeks!


23 Jul 08 - 02:11 PM (#2396139)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Barry Finn

A camera or camcorder

Barry


23 Jul 08 - 02:41 PM (#2396158)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Barry, non performers can join in on the choruses (and the verses for all I care). There will be a "rest period" at my house after the festival for performers and their significant others. I suspect there may be some music too.
M


23 Jul 08 - 10:27 PM (#2396487)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

Sins -- accommodation at our house is hardly luxurious (with 2 of three kids returning home to roost) but we have ample floor and sleeping bags if needed.....


23 Jul 08 - 10:30 PM (#2396490)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

Judy and I will plunk for Turkey sandwiches. It looks like all six Roll & Go performers will be in residence. Nor's been off doing work in Ireland, so he claims, but he'll be in Maine for the next month. He will add quality control to our sound management.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


24 Jul 08 - 09:23 AM (#2396706)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Preliminary weather report:
Sat
Aug 2


AM Clouds / PM Sun

79 High
62 Low

20% Chance of rain


24 Jul 08 - 03:28 PM (#2396982)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

Sins -- that isn't bad -- and how the hell can they tell this far ahead anyway....!!!!.


24 Jul 08 - 07:44 PM (#2397210)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: kendall

Roast beast


24 Jul 08 - 10:44 PM (#2397270)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

Roast beast - what????? I turned 59 today -- you have to be very careful and slow with me..........


25 Jul 08 - 07:27 AM (#2397480)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: MaineDog

How's the parking there?


25 Jul 08 - 07:31 AM (#2397484)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: kendall

Deb, roast beast is my choice for sandwiches.


25 Jul 08 - 08:35 AM (#2397506)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

MD - There is plenty of parking on the campus site, which adjoins the Museum area. There will be a volunteer to direct cars to the right area.


25 Jul 08 - 08:51 AM (#2397512)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

So now the What ifs start...What if a hurricane hits and we all die? What if no one shows up? What if too many people show up and there's a riot? What if What if What if?????

How does anyone manage an annual festival? This is pure torture.


25 Jul 08 - 09:06 AM (#2397515)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: maeve

Sinsull- One survives by planning where possible, having good help, and not obsessing about What-ifs.

Go breathe some good air and sing a song.

love,

maeve


25 Jul 08 - 09:17 AM (#2397526)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

Never mind the weather,
As long as we're together;
We're off to see the Wild West Show!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


25 Jul 08 - 07:42 PM (#2398022)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

Mary - what if we all just have a great time, even if too few or too many people turn up and a hurricane does hit.

Just think about all the wonderful people who are GOING to be there, because they are performing and the fun we can have with all our friends.


25 Jul 08 - 08:43 PM (#2398063)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Great! Now I have a cross between Little Mary Sunshine and Mary Poppins to contend with.

Crisis is past. I am now in "I don't give a damn" mode so all is well.


25 Jul 08 - 08:49 PM (#2398067)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: maeve

Oh? And which of the two is Charley Noble?

Love, maeve


26 Jul 08 - 08:32 AM (#2398249)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

Maybe I'm the one with the magic umbrella?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


26 Jul 08 - 09:51 AM (#2398273)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: EBarnacle

Relax. I have been in charge of the Working Waterfront at Clearwater's Revival for the past 10 years.

The best you can do is set up contingency plans, get good volunteers and relax.

This year, when the weather packed us in, my cocoordinator and I were at lunch. I got on the walkie, called my crew and told them to get the area shut down. People around us were amazed that we did not go rushing down to our area but simply finished our lunches.

The point is the competence of your people. 99% of everything is prep.


26 Jul 08 - 09:55 AM (#2398275)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Micca

Charlie, you can not be Mary Poppins if you know the verses to "We're off to see the Wild West Show"

"......The Elephant and the kangaroo-oo-oo.....
and on my left we have the OOzlum birdm
This bird flies in ever decreasing circles until...."


26 Jul 08 - 08:27 PM (#2398540)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

Micca-

I thought that was the Foo bird?

Looking forward to seeing you again, and swapping a few obscure ditties.

Charley Noblee


27 Jul 08 - 10:42 AM (#2398731)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

No - it's the Key Bird.

I may take EBarnacles suggestion one step further and just go to a movie. The Batman film opened.


27 Jul 08 - 11:01 AM (#2398741)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST

Good idea. Go to the movies, Sinsull.


27 Jul 08 - 11:05 AM (#2398742)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Jacqui will take over. Any recommendations for a film, GUEST? A Mighty Wind, maybe?


27 Jul 08 - 01:21 PM (#2398793)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: maeve

Sorry- recent Guest was me sans cookie.

Sinsull-

Any movie that will banish misfortune, make your heart sing, and allow laughter sweep dull care away for a few hours...

maeve


27 Jul 08 - 02:05 PM (#2398815)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

I don't know, Maeve. Sounds like you're recommending The Sound Of Music. Think I'll pass.
LOL
M


27 Jul 08 - 09:31 PM (#2399097)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

so what time do you want us there and do you want breakfast pastries?


28 Jul 08 - 06:42 AM (#2399285)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Becca72

yes, what time should volunteers arrive?


28 Jul 08 - 09:53 AM (#2399407)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

Deb & Becca - any time from about 9.00 would be good.

Deb - I'll order a cheese sandwich for Mim - OK? I think Mary is arranging some breakfast stuff but the more the merrier I reckon.


28 Jul 08 - 01:05 PM (#2399552)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

I thought Tom was making a Sour Cream cake?????



heh heh Thought I would forget, eh?


28 Jul 08 - 08:33 PM (#2399949)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: ranger1

YES on the breakfast pastries!!!


28 Jul 08 - 08:34 PM (#2399950)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: ranger1

Oh, and what time should I arrive bearing a large cup of Kenyan AA, black, no sugar at Chez Sinsull?


28 Jul 08 - 11:53 PM (#2400055)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

ok -- I will be there around 9.30 ish - let me know if it is not soon enough. I will bring pastries. Jacqui -- no Mim, she is off with her b-f. See you all then,


29 Jul 08 - 06:30 AM (#2400160)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: kendall

Deb, I misread your post, thought you said you would be bringing "Pasties"!That would draw a whole different crowd.


29 Jul 08 - 06:32 AM (#2400162)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: gnu

Good advertising, too.


29 Jul 08 - 09:00 AM (#2400227)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

Weather for Saturday looks promising!

Has anyone checked out location of electrical power outlets? That could be useful information.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


29 Jul 08 - 09:17 AM (#2400233)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

Charley. - Yes.


29 Jul 08 - 10:23 AM (#2400297)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: DaveRoweMusic

Good luck with the festival, all!


29 Jul 08 - 10:27 PM (#2400919)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

perhaps I should bring both -- pasties AND pastries.....! Well - i promise the pasties at least will be good.....!


29 Jul 08 - 10:32 PM (#2400922)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: EBarnacle

Directions to get there?


30 Jul 08 - 03:08 AM (#2401007)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Barry Finn

Hi Eric
Is there a chance you'll be coming??
Here you go:

For more information, contact the museum at (207) 799-6337 or by email: info@portlandharbormuseum.org


Directions
From the Maine Turnpike (I-95)

Exit from I-95 onto I-295 (I-95 Exit 44 from the south and I-95 Exit 52 from the north). Take I-295 Exit 6A (Forest Avenue South). After exiting, follow the signs to Route 77, which becomes State Street. From this point, follow the directions from Downtown Portland (below).


From Downtown Portland

Take State Street (it's one way) and go over the Casco Bay Bridge. At the traffic signal at the end of the bridge, proceed straight onto Broadway. (Broadway also goes to the right, but straight will take you to the museum.) Continue on Broadway until it ends at Spring Point Marina (approximately 1.5 miles). Turn right at the stop sign onto Benjamin Pickett Street and turn left at the next stop sign (Fort Road). Follow Fort Road through the SMCC Campus until it ends at the water. The museum is on your right.


Eric, I'm not sure what's the best route from NYC to Porthsmouth, NH but from Portsmouth Rt 95 is your best route north to Portland.
Portsmouth os just about 15 minutes north of where 95 & 495 intersect so if there's a better route coming up from NYC & it puts you on 495 it's an easy drive from that intersection.

Now if you're coming up Friday, there's alway the Press Room session in Portsmouth which starts around 4:00 & goes till 9:00 pm.

That goes for any other folks attending the festival, the Press Room session would be an ideal take & way to warm up for the following day. Maybe some kind of arrangments for floor or bed space can be found.

Actually I'm surprised that no one has metion the Press Room session seeing that there are so many performers attending this event.

Barry


30 Jul 08 - 04:56 AM (#2401054)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: bfdk

Sounds like you're planning on arriving early, Tami ;o))

And this sounds like just the place to be, too. Such a pity I can't be in two places at the same time, I'll try to have a good time in Sidmouth instead :-)

Have fun, everybody!

Best wishes,

Bente


30 Jul 08 - 08:44 AM (#2401157)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

There might be a little confusion when approaching Broadway (in South Portland) after crossing the Casco Bay Bridge; you're really be veering left when you turn onto Broadway and then you'll want to stay in the center lane so you don't end up somewhere else such as Cape Elizabeth (to the right) or downtown South Portland (to the left).

Another landmark at the Festival site is the Spring Point Light House, at the end of a long breakwater. The Portland Harbor Museum (a low brick building) is also adjacent to the Festival Site.

We're planning to bring our Blue Peter flag to plant at the Festival site as well.

Don't forget to bring an oar, so we can muster a marching inland troop!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


30 Jul 08 - 09:06 AM (#2401179)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Becca72

There are signs all along Broadway directing people to the museum...just keep an eye out for the signs as they're not huge.


30 Jul 08 - 09:10 AM (#2401181)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: MaineDog

Is there a dog kennel nearby?
MD


30 Jul 08 - 09:47 AM (#2401215)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri

I'll be back home tomorrow (Thursday) night, and will sort out where I'm going then. I have a cold, but it's a polite Canadian cold and will nearly be gone by Saturday. I hope to make the Press Room on Friday night.


30 Jul 08 - 09:48 AM (#2401216)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Becca72

MaineDog, I know of a couple of groomers very near by, but if you're looking for boarding for the day I can check into it for you.


30 Jul 08 - 05:53 PM (#2401716)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Jacqui and I made the rounds of all the hotels, motels, libraries, etc. with fliers. We met with the museum folks. All systems are go. Micca arrives tonight.

We expect some press coverage before, during and after the event. A reporter is scheduled to arrive at my house to do a post game wind up. I expect you all to be on your best behavior.

More tomorrow.


30 Jul 08 - 06:21 PM (#2401728)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: curmudgeon

Please define "best behaviour."


30 Jul 08 - 06:30 PM (#2401736)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

We will have Sausages with peppers and onions, chili, biscuits, potato salad, coleslaw, shrimp and salad for the pot luck at Mary's.

Who can bring what else?


30 Jul 08 - 06:52 PM (#2401751)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

MAineDog has offered a curry. There will be a BIG salad, cheese and fruit platter, shrimp, chips (NO SALSA), possibly lasagna...
Assorted desserts, coffee, tea and some stronger beverages along with Pepsi, and whatever.


30 Jul 08 - 06:55 PM (#2401754)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SussexCarole

?? Will Luigi be there?


30 Jul 08 - 07:12 PM (#2401767)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: maeve

I may be able to bring a pie (depending on how wild things get here), if Kendall would like one. He might choose to share it, but that's his call. I'd keep in a cooler in the car unless Mary wants me to come by her place first to drop it off Saturday morning?


30 Jul 08 - 07:13 PM (#2401768)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Bat Goddess

Jeri -- you've been missed at The Press Room on Fridays (and the last monthly Saturday session).

Linn


30 Jul 08 - 07:17 PM (#2401772)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: MaineDog

There is a "Lobster Festival" happening in Rockland this weekend. For some reason, this event has attracted lots of dogs, and all the kennels around here are fullll. If anyone knows of one in S. Portland, please let me know

MD


30 Jul 08 - 07:18 PM (#2401774)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: kendall

Me share an apple pie? I'm only human, in spite of rumors.


30 Jul 08 - 07:25 PM (#2401779)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: maeve

Kendall: I heard that about you. I'll do my best to bring one for you and one to share. No promises, though.

maeve


30 Jul 08 - 08:28 PM (#2401824)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Sorry, Maine Dog. I don't and even Seamus is not attending this Saturday - too many people and I actually plan to have the place vacuumed.

Luigi will attend and be accompanied by the sweetest little Kung Fu Hamster. Wonder if I should drag out all of the singing dancing annoying animals I own?


30 Jul 08 - 10:15 PM (#2401883)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri

Linn, thanks. I miss the sessions too, and will have to try harder to get there.

S'gonna be fun. I'm plum tuckered out and I'll be post-cold and in Canada withdrawal, but I think we're gonna have us some fun. Now I just have to make sure I know my songs.


31 Jul 08 - 02:20 AM (#2401961)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Barry Finn

Micca arrives tonight

Keep him away from the apple pie!!!!

I'll deal with Kendall when I see him,,,,,,,,,and the apple pie


Barry


31 Jul 08 - 08:34 AM (#2402117)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

Barry-

Will Neil be coming with you? I certainly hope so.

Jacqui and Sensull-

Our sound crew will be looking for where to set up at 9 am sharp. It takes us about an hour to set up the system and test it and we don't want to lose any time wondering where to set up. We would also appreciate a schedule of performers, and any details of their sound requirements so we may better accommodate their needs. We are flexible but any information would be appreciated.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


31 Jul 08 - 11:48 AM (#2402315)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Barry Finn

Neil won't be there, he'll be moving his brother into a hospice care facility.

Barry


31 Jul 08 - 12:35 PM (#2402355)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

Schedule will be available on site on the morning. You will need to talk to each of the performers about requirements. If there are two systems set up that shouldn't cause a problem through the day.


31 Jul 08 - 12:54 PM (#2402382)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Siochain

So sorry Neil won't be there. I was looking forward to seeing/hearing him.


31 Jul 08 - 06:56 PM (#2402659)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: MaineDog

Thanks for the help with kennels. I have found one, so I won't have to terrorize SINSULL's cats. The curry is done, the cooler is ready. See you all on Saturday.
MD


31 Jul 08 - 08:59 PM (#2402731)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST

Not wanting to be a pain in the keester (I do not envy *any* festival organizers their jobs)but I wonder why the "schedule will be available on site on the morning" and not right now. I am playing at another festival in September and the schedule is online and available for all to see as of a few weeks ago. I understand this is a first effort with this Maritime fest but I do not think it is unreasonable for performers (and the audience) to know well ahead of time what to expect.

Cheers,
Feadan


31 Jul 08 - 09:51 PM (#2402767)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

Feadan

The performers know when they are on. Why should the schedule for this free concert be available to anyone else? After all, the idea is to promote the music, not the 14 different sets of performers, isn't it.


01 Aug 08 - 12:24 AM (#2402820)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri

There ya go, Dave.


01 Aug 08 - 12:28 AM (#2402823)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Barry Finn

It might make difference to those going to catch their favorite performer rather tha wade through the wholee list only to find out the 2 or 3 that they are really coming to catch aren't on till late in the day. For example, I see Feadan perform almost every Tuesday evening, he & his are really good but I may not want to arrive at 10:00 am to hear them when I can get an hour's more sleep or 2 hrs depending on who on after them. Of course I'd be passing up breakfast & Mom always made me sing for my sup, so when's breakfast & where do I get in line.
I know when I perform (at 3:20) but I don't know when Feadan performs & I may ask him for back up with his pipes but I'm not gonna ask him to hang out till 3:20 on my account.
That's a pretty reasonable request espically for performers, if all performers know when they're on then the list & times are available, I think it is to every ones benifit so they can pick & chose, espically when some are coming from so far away.

Barry

Barry


01 Aug 08 - 12:33 AM (#2402826)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Come, listen to the music,enjoy!
For Saturday PM we have Sausages with peppers and onions, Curry, chili, assorted cheeses, fruits and veggies, chips, beer, desserts, wine, single malt, single malt, more single malt and whatever else walks in the door.
Breakfast and lunch for performers and volunteers at the site.
GUEST - get a name or a life or both but don't waste our time here. I am housing about 10 people, feeding 40, entertaining hopefully hundreds. The entertainers know exactly when they will be on. Come and enjoy the music or stay away.
MaineDog - great. The kitties are in panic mode - I am not sure what Micca did did to terrify them but they preferred a thunderstorm under the car to a dry bed indoors.
The museum has all their ducks in a row including the unexpected bonus of a tented area set up for a Sunday wedding. We have music, porta-potties, food, drink, more music, CDs,etc.
Mostly we have music and talented musicians willing to share.
Thank you to everyone who made this possible. Let's enjoy.
Mary


01 Aug 08 - 12:41 AM (#2402828)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri

Where'd the rudeness come from? Stress? I agree with Feadan when it comes to the schedule.

Mary, he's got a name, he signed his message, and I believe he's performing.


01 Aug 08 - 12:49 AM (#2402833)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Barry Finn

Guest is coming as a performer

Barry


01 Aug 08 - 12:55 AM (#2402834)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri

I suspect Mary & Jacqui are probably up to there respective arses in alligators... (and I've was commuting for 11 of the previous 13 hours)


01 Aug 08 - 02:40 AM (#2402853)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST,mg

I'm thousands of miles away and would still like to see a schedule, and for sure would if I was trying to juggle errands and work and recreation..doesn't mean that someone has to provide me one, and people are certainly busy, but it doesn't seem unreasonable to ask about it...mg


01 Aug 08 - 07:21 AM (#2402940)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

The problem is that there have been a lot of requests to know when just one particular performer is going to be on. No names, no pack drill.

A decision was made not to divulge that information and have a large influx of people to this FREE concert just for that particular stretch of time. It was decided that that would be unfair to everyone involved in the event.

This is a concert to highlight the music we love and to raise the profile of the museum.


01 Aug 08 - 07:32 AM (#2402945)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Barry Finn

So they all want to know what time Gordon's on, tell 'em last, & put him on 1st.

Barry


01 Aug 08 - 07:48 AM (#2402951)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: maeve

I am content. There will be good music all day.

maeve, who will be helping to clutter-up Sinsull's house Saturday night


01 Aug 08 - 08:00 AM (#2402957)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Feadan

Thanks Jeri, Jacqui...sorry Mary. The last thing I wanted to do was cause more stress or piss anyone off. Tried to make that clear but of course failed miserably. :-(

Best,
Feadan


01 Aug 08 - 08:06 AM (#2402959)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: maeve

Feadan- I look forward to hearing your music.

We will have a wonderful day, and we will be especially happy because Mary and Jacqui have made this festival happen! Thank you, friends!

maeve


01 Aug 08 - 08:27 AM (#2402975)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

I'm more worried about the weather for Saturday (some forecasts predict rain, some a 6 hour window of hazy sun), and would welcome clarification of when and how volunteer staff and performers would be informed if there were a decision to move from Spring Point to the South Portland High School (the back-up festival site).

As sound volunteers we have thousands of dollars of equipment to be concerned about if there be rain, this in addition to our desire to set up and manage sound in a timely fashion.

We would rather know what the plan is later today rather than 9 am on Saturday. Others such as performers or audience may share that concern.

Charley Noble


01 Aug 08 - 08:34 AM (#2402980)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: kendall

You think you have it tough? I'm in the middle dealing with the stress first hand. I'm sure most of you have no clue
.


01 Aug 08 - 08:55 AM (#2402992)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: maeve

Love to you all, Kendall. I have an inkling from my time with the Rockport Folk Festival.

Once the music starts we'll roll and go. LOL


01 Aug 08 - 09:24 AM (#2403007)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Micca

LOL Poor Kendall.

Sorry Feadan. I had just finished dealing with several mini-crises both festival related and personal. No excuse for my rudeness. I had not seen that you signed your name and still don't know who you are. I needed to step back and take a breath before I went off on an innocent. Kendall, on the other hand, is fair game.

The Museum requested that the schedule not be posted. They are concerned about turn out -as are we- and were afraid that people would show up for their favorite musician's half hour and then leave. Not fair to the performers and not good for the museum.

The Museum also makes the final call on the rain site - they are paying for it and as I have said many times we have no budget. Money is trickling in from my Begathon but not enough to cover everything. Yesterday was supposed to be rainy all day. The rain did not start until 4PM.

A member of the museum board who organizes many outdoor events recommended to Mark that we not resort to the rainsite. The whole point of this event is to get people into the museum. I am as concerned about the well-being of the equipment as I am about someone getting electrocuted.

Poor Kendall. And bless Tom Hall and Peter Sousa. Tom calls twice a week and goes over everything. He and Linn know what goes on behind the scenes. Peter emails and makes me laugh. Jacqui runs interference and has done an amazing job of coordinating things, people, places.

Today, we have to make a decision about the rain site. Once I have a firm answer, I will post here and Jacqui and I will email performers.

We have had potential sponsors ask for a report on how Saturday plays out. They are looking towards next year which will be very different from this year. We have learned a lot.

So again - thank you to all who have voluteered their time, talent, equipment, advice and support. If I am at any time sarcastic, nasty, cranky or otherwise unpleasant tell me to F off and I will do the same for you in the spirit of love. And if someone takes your turkey sandwich leaving you with vegetarian cheese, take it up with Jacqui -I am begging you.


01 Aug 08 - 09:32 AM (#2403011)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Not Micca - SINSULL.
The little man keeps screwing around with my membership.
He too is exhibiting the patience of a saint.

For those of you who thought that Gordon is the main attraction I will be posting a link to a Maine website which rewrote the press release to announce that Castlebay and Micca Patterson are the leading acts. Quite a nice bio on Micca. Go figure.


01 Aug 08 - 09:52 AM (#2403028)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri

Hey? What about ME?!
I have to make sure I know what songs I'm going to do and hope my cold embuggered voice holds up.

I was trying not to sounds like a complete bitch, but it was after 500+ miles and hours of driving, and it was late. Hope maybe I managed like 50% bitch and 50% something else.

Kendall, I don't have a clue most of the time. It's probably what keeps me alive.


01 Aug 08 - 10:01 AM (#2403037)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: JudyB

Thanks for all your work on this, SINSULL, Jacqui and the rest of the team! I agree it would be wonderful if we could be outdoors - though I do confess to being a little concerned as sound crew about the part where I'm sitting on a huge pile of wires while lightning flashes and waves crash over the top of the little parasol I'm using to try to keep the board dry....

With a bit of luck the weather pattern will stabilize into something pleasant later today and any nasty weather will hold off until we're all safely at SINSULL's after the show, exploring the single malt. :)

JudyB


01 Aug 08 - 10:09 AM (#2403043)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Siochain

A few of the out-of-staters may well put in an appearance at the Pressroom this afternoon on their way to Maine.


01 Aug 08 - 11:00 AM (#2403074)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Barry Finn

That'd be great Siochain, make yourself known. See you there.

And here I thought Gordon was the headliner. How come Micca breezes in to a area, gets to be the show piece, takes the cake & is off before anyone even know he's been to town.

Who was that masked man???

Barry


01 Aug 08 - 12:57 PM (#2403123)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: adventure

Oh dear....you all need to spend some time on a boat in close company.

We are going to Barry Finn's set and standing up in the front row so no one can see him.   

Barry...being from Gloucester, I thought that Micca was a mineral that was used in insulating material.

We are bringing 23 PA systems so if one gets wet we can change it.(big car)

Kendall....I'm bunking with you....already did that, didn't I.....how soon they forget.

Jeri...can you please bring some rolls and a small sheep???? They help with alergies and colds. "I'm never sick"

We are bringing two new members who will be singing with us...Richard Cerebellum and Richard Hertz....who will dare to introduce these fine upstanding lads from Essex????

Portland will not be the end of the world....it will be the beginning of a new annual festival.

By tomorrow morning all will have a focus on getting the job done.

Mary, Jacqui and all have done a great thing here with the museum.

Let's all row hard and make it happen(in the same boat)

Like my Newfie grandmother said...."if you can't fish....cut bait!!!"

Well.....let's get her done as they say.

I love to park and drive cars!!!! I'll do that, too.

The man from Camden knows where we park cars in Gloucester....in the harbor!!!! Funny story it is.

I do love to park cars....just hand me your keys...Oh look there's JR going around in circles in a parking lot following me...we didn't get far. Anyone got a GPS??

So the moral to the story is "it's nice to be nice"

Let's make this a great day and have some fun while doing it.

So tomorrow will be fine and we will all work together to make this happen for those whom we dearly love and appreciate.

Doryman and his mate


01 Aug 08 - 01:07 PM (#2403128)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: kendall

Judy, what breed of single malt are you bringing?


01 Aug 08 - 02:10 PM (#2403162)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: MaineDog

I'm bringing my umbrella, Scottish cape, and boots. It won't dare to rain, just to show me up for a doubter!
(should I brihg a chair?)
MD


01 Aug 08 - 02:32 PM (#2403180)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: curmudgeon

The car is packed, concertina and whisky stowed caefully as is the special aged cheddar. Picking Linn up at work then off to the Press Room, then heading north for a most exciting weekend. Hope Micca gets a ride to Portsmouth.

See you tonight - Tom


01 Aug 08 - 03:40 PM (#2403211)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

The local paper (promised an invite back to my house to meet and interview some performers) has outdone itself. A top of the page listing on the weekly calendar, a story on the top right page further on and ANOTHER mid-page in a music section. All glowing promises of an afternoon of incredible music, an ideal outdoors location and the the wonders of the museum and the Snow Squall.
The museum phone has not stopped ringing since about 10AM. One call from a "strange" man from Washington who was packing his car and scheduled to arrive Friday night so that he could have a good seat Saturday.
Which one of our beloved loonies is that? And does he need a bed?


01 Aug 08 - 03:45 PM (#2403213)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Becca72

The strangest man in Washington arrived in Kennebunkport yesterday...


01 Aug 08 - 04:05 PM (#2403229)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri

I'm staying home tonight. I have a voice... barely. Actually, the singing voice is OK, but the speaking voice is a bit iffy. I think a voice coach might tell me to speak in a more 'musical' voice. I'm also still recovering from a fortnight of fun up north. I want to be able to sing on Saturday, not to mention enjoy the party afterwards, even if I'll have to eschew booze because I'm driving.


01 Aug 08 - 04:14 PM (#2403234)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Micca

Jeri, Mary says "Tell Jeri she has a bed if she wants it"


01 Aug 08 - 05:08 PM (#2403280)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Micca

Most people slurp and swallow but feel free to eschew if you must. And there is a bed for you Jeri if you decide to stay.
Mary.

Note to all - you have beds but minimal privacy.


01 Aug 08 - 06:27 PM (#2403319)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Micca

We dont need no steeenking privacy!!!!!
Micca


01 Aug 08 - 06:47 PM (#2403329)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST

Kendall - I was thinking of malted milk balls.....


01 Aug 08 - 06:50 PM (#2403333)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

Van is packed with sound equipment, tarps, contractor garbage bags, and Roll & Go miscellaneous stuff. We're as ready as we can be, and really looking forward to a great maritime festival.

Last weekend was our Richmond Days Festival, which had a nautical theme as well. We really lucked out on two glorious days, and everyone is subsequently feeling great (but tired). There is plenty of room for improvement but we have definitely expanded the local festival to a higher level.

Peter-

It really would be nice to know what you were bringing for sound. We are bringing enough so that 9 mics will be operational, with two monitors so performers can hear themselves.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


01 Aug 08 - 07:02 PM (#2403339)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: JudyB

Oops - guest before Charley was me.

JudyB


01 Aug 08 - 07:16 PM (#2403344)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: maeve

Kendall's pie is almost finished baking. The Other pie is wearing two pastry hearts to honor Jacqui and Sinsull, and a cluster of cherries in honor of Big Mick who needed a cherry pie. Micca has one slice reserved.
Spaw can't have any. It's too healthy.

I'll be leaving early in the morning, hoping to leave the pies at Sinsull's around 8am before finding my way to the festival.


01 Aug 08 - 07:40 PM (#2403355)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri

So I haven't pissed Mary off completely. That's good to know.
Last night I slept in my own bed for the first time in two weeks, and it was good. Still, there's not having to drive home and being able to have a drink or five to consider.


01 Aug 08 - 07:43 PM (#2403358)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Cluster of cherries??? Should have been a lime green thong stuffed with a potato - I will explain, Holly.

You are such a sweetie. At 8AM there will be space for the pies and someone to open the door. We have a surfeit of desserts so I will tuck the pies away. No point in over-serving this crowd.

Let's see - tomorrow's breakfast at the museum is under control. As is lunch.
We have soft drinks to sell but cooling them may be an issue if the museum's refrigerator is too small. Ice and coolers will be appreciated if anyone is able.

Craft table is under control. Sponsor board is a work in progress as are parking signs, reserved spaces for parking, and and and


01 Aug 08 - 07:51 PM (#2403365)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: katlaughing

Sins, Jacqui, et al...don't forget to BREATH!**bg**


01 Aug 08 - 08:16 PM (#2403377)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

We plan to pick up a Greek style pizza at Amato's as our contribution to the after Festival gathering. We'll also bring some wine.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


01 Aug 08 - 08:38 PM (#2403385)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST,Dani

(jealous in NC)

have a wonderful time, y'all!

Dani


01 Aug 08 - 10:22 PM (#2403422)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

Just planning on turning up at 9.30 as previously promised -- with pastries!


01 Aug 08 - 10:25 PM (#2403424)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Marc Bernier

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


01 Aug 08 - 10:28 PM (#2403426)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST,BARK

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


02 Aug 08 - 12:04 AM (#2403451)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

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

Of course, we forgave him.


02 Aug 08 - 12:34 AM (#2403471)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST

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

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


02 Aug 08 - 01:37 AM (#2403488)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST,KT not logged in

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

KT


02 Aug 08 - 04:43 AM (#2403524)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SussexCarole

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

Carole & Andrew x


02 Aug 08 - 05:13 AM (#2403530)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: maeve

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

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

naive maeve


02 Aug 08 - 05:29 AM (#2403532)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: gnu

Yo maeve!!! Break a leg kiddo!


02 Aug 08 - 07:03 AM (#2403545)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Barry Finn

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

Barry


02 Aug 08 - 07:44 AM (#2403551)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

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

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


02 Aug 08 - 08:08 AM (#2403557)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri

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

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


02 Aug 08 - 08:11 AM (#2403559)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: adventure

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

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

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

The mouthwash was pretty good, too.

Now to see if we all can sing.

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

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

See you in a few.

Doryman.


02 Aug 08 - 07:08 PM (#2403978)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

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


02 Aug 08 - 07:12 PM (#2403980)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SussexCarole

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


02 Aug 08 - 07:16 PM (#2403986)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

And I found a dog wandering in the Museum exhibits.


02 Aug 08 - 07:24 PM (#2403992)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: catspaw49

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

Have been enjoying the thread!!!

Spaw


02 Aug 08 - 07:57 PM (#2404005)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SussexCarole

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


02 Aug 08 - 09:29 PM (#2404046)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you all again next year!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


02 Aug 08 - 09:47 PM (#2404054)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST,Dani

Go, girls!

I LOVE people who make stuff happen.

Enjoy the afterglow : )

Dani


02 Aug 08 - 10:08 PM (#2404061)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri

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

Yeesh... I'm TIRED!


03 Aug 08 - 01:40 AM (#2404149)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

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


03 Aug 08 - 02:12 AM (#2404151)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

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


03 Aug 08 - 02:50 AM (#2404154)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST,KT not logged in

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

KT


03 Aug 08 - 06:20 AM (#2404203)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: gnu

Sounds grand!! Congratulations.


03 Aug 08 - 08:12 AM (#2404221)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: gnu

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


03 Aug 08 - 08:28 AM (#2404225)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

There will be pics gnu - in time.

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

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

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

More later - Kendall's hungry.


03 Aug 08 - 09:37 AM (#2404245)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Marc Bernier

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


03 Aug 08 - 11:51 AM (#2404280)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: kendall

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


03 Aug 08 - 11:55 AM (#2404282)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: kendall

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


03 Aug 08 - 12:36 PM (#2404308)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: EBarnacle

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

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

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

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

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


03 Aug 08 - 01:24 PM (#2404334)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: maeve

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

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

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

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

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

Love,

maeve


03 Aug 08 - 02:39 PM (#2404379)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Feadan

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

Cheers,
Feadan


03 Aug 08 - 02:50 PM (#2404390)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whoops! Got to run to launch a boat.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


03 Aug 08 - 03:32 PM (#2404421)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: gnu

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

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


03 Aug 08 - 05:24 PM (#2404501)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: kendall

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


03 Aug 08 - 06:10 PM (#2404541)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Marc Bernier

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


03 Aug 08 - 06:11 PM (#2404543)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Micca

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


03 Aug 08 - 06:31 PM (#2404558)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

Marc-

I really should get your name right by now.


"Farewell Lovely Nancy" was indeed quite lovely!

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

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


04 Aug 08 - 01:30 AM (#2404659)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Big Mick

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

Love and all the best,

Mick


04 Aug 08 - 02:56 AM (#2404669)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Barry Finn

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

Barry


04 Aug 08 - 08:21 AM (#2404777)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you all again next year!


04 Aug 08 - 09:33 AM (#2404821)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Bat Goddess

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Linn


04 Aug 08 - 11:46 AM (#2404916)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST,SINSULL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SINS, (Mary Sullivan)


04 Aug 08 - 12:04 PM (#2404929)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST,SINS

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

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

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

Maybe now I am done...
Mary


04 Aug 08 - 12:18 PM (#2404938)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

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

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

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


04 Aug 08 - 12:30 PM (#2404947)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri

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

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

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


04 Aug 08 - 05:54 PM (#2405219)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

Sinsull and Jacqui-

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

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

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

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


04 Aug 08 - 07:36 PM (#2405277)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

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


04 Aug 08 - 07:48 PM (#2405288)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

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


04 Aug 08 - 07:56 PM (#2405297)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

Sinsull-

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

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

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


04 Aug 08 - 08:57 PM (#2405341)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

I just put a load of photos on flickr from the day.


Here they are.

We downloaded a lot from Micca's camera as well but I'll have to ask his permission before adding those.


04 Aug 08 - 09:09 PM (#2405347)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: katlaughing

Is that the famous Bull Mastiff pulling Deb out of the chair? I'd think he'd get TOP billing in the picture ID dept.!**bg**

GREAT PIX, Jacqui! Thanks.

Jeri, when did you cut your hair? I know I haven't seen a picture of you in years, but it used to be really long, didn't it? You ALL look great...love Mary's Power Red blouse!

luvya'll...ktkat


04 Aug 08 - 09:32 PM (#2405381)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST,Onesuch (guest)

That was a fine little festival. Such an amazing fund of knowledge so unobtrusively expressed, and singers I've admired for decades all together,all under the same overcast. What a treat.
    Had never heard Holly T. do a set before: that was great. And David C.and daughter was another unexpected delight. ( If you start a pool on how to spell her name, I'll go for Linnea...)
Hope you can do it again, and don't try to get too big too fast...a lot of us like well-kept secrets.


04 Aug 08 - 10:44 PM (#2405424)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Micca

Jacqui, you got it!!


04 Aug 08 - 10:51 PM (#2405429)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: katlaughing

Oh, yes, the kilt was wonderful, Micca, but I think they should have made you stand on a mirror!**bg**


05 Aug 08 - 08:19 AM (#2405631)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

No need Kat - our Micca doesn't always sit as neatly as might be the case when wearing a kilt.


05 Aug 08 - 08:27 AM (#2405635)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Megan L

Kat dear its nourishment they want no punishment :p


05 Aug 08 - 08:32 AM (#2405638)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

Jacqui-

Quick work!

Our pictures are still locked in their cameras. Maybe we'll get to them this weekend.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


05 Aug 08 - 08:37 AM (#2405640)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: catspaw49

The great Scots racer Jackie Stewart had a small steering wheel he wore as a sporan. When asked about it, he repled, "It drives me nuts."

Okay.....its not a true story but its a pretty fair joke........or not.......

Spaw


05 Aug 08 - 08:39 AM (#2405642)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

I've just uploaded Micca's pics onto flickr. Same link as before.


05 Aug 08 - 09:03 AM (#2405655)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri

I wanna know who photoshopped this one!!! I look like I'm either wearing a Halloween mask or my alien shapeshifter disguise is losing integrity. It might be an elbow where my nose is supposed to be, but I can't explain the eyebrow or the hairline. Next time, do some horns or antennae or something, eh?

Off to look at the rest now. Thanks Micca and Jacqui.


05 Aug 08 - 09:17 AM (#2405663)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri

It's good to see what I missed with Micca, Fivebitter, Roll&Go and others. It's also nice to remember how distracting the beautiful location was, with the sails and that huge honking ship being flipped around by tugboats.


05 Aug 08 - 09:25 AM (#2405666)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

LOL Jeri


05 Aug 08 - 09:39 AM (#2405671)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Bat Goddess

Hmm...Micca didn't actually need a mirror. He's sometimes a bit casual about his seated position... ;-)

Jeri -- it just looks as if someone ELSE is picking your nose... (Well, it was a VERY friendly crowd...)

Linn


05 Aug 08 - 09:44 AM (#2405676)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Micca

Jeri, I thought that pic made you look like the figurehead of the Cutty Sark(without the bare "upperworks" of course)Here


05 Aug 08 - 10:02 AM (#2405684)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Another thank you - Maine Dog for your help at the festival and donations to the food table.
M, at work after high drama with my car. I am more tired than I thought. LOL


05 Aug 08 - 04:35 PM (#2406001)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: curmudgeon

Tell us when - Tom


05 Aug 08 - 04:47 PM (#2406014)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

LOL I love you, Tom.


05 Aug 08 - 04:52 PM (#2406019)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri

I'd probably have to learn another song or two. I've needed to learn another song or two for a few years.


05 Aug 08 - 05:49 PM (#2406063)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

Count me in.


05 Aug 08 - 07:22 PM (#2406117)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Before your enthusiasm carries you away, each of you $12.21 on Saturday. LOL


05 Aug 08 - 07:30 PM (#2406119)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Jeri

What '$12.21'?! We owe it? We made it? Buy some wine!


05 Aug 08 - 07:33 PM (#2406121)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: curmudgeon

Not too bad - a twelve pack of stout, a large bottle of potable wine, a hundred miles of travel,, a couple of soft shelled lobsters; a lot to choose from.


05 Aug 08 - 07:49 PM (#2406126)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Charley Noble

Sinsull-

Oh, dear me, the mill is running fast!

My suggestion is a minimum lead-time of three months for planning and publicity, which would place the event in November which unfortunately is a marginal month for a festival. So maybe it best be done in mid-October; no sane organizer wants to compete with Halloween.

I'd be happy to bounce this off Roll & Go. It would be real fun to work up some mill songs, and some general drinking songs which we already know a good many.

Shove around the grog, boys,
The chorus around the room;
We're the boys that fear no noise
Although we're far from home!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


05 Aug 08 - 09:14 PM (#2406177)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Bat Goddess

I looked at the photos before I went to work this morning. Hmmm...I usually don't see too many of myself because I'm usually the one behind the camera, but in this batch, I made a major discovery. Because my mouth turns down at the corners, when my face is "at rest" I look grouchy. I'm not a grouchy person!!! (Nor even curmudgeonly, of which Kendall says a woman can't be a curmudgeon anyway.)

So....

I spent the day (in the car, at work, at odd moments, in the car again) practicing what FEELS like a smile, but just looks like my mouth is a straight line (at least not curved down) and lifts my cheeks (not THOSE cheeks!) and, at least, makes me look happy.

Arghhh! When did my face start frowning?!? My brain hasn't been!

(I'm also willing to brush off and trot out "Doffing Mistress", "Poverty Knock" , Bread and Roses" and whatever other millworker songs I know.)

Linn


06 Aug 08 - 02:13 AM (#2406284)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: GUEST,mg

On to the mill festival? I have a pulp mill song if anyone ever needs it. mg


06 Aug 08 - 06:03 AM (#2406359)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: maeve

Regarding the Mill idea, Sinsull- I'd love to take part. October is pretty full, but let us know what comes of the meeting, please. If I can help I will.

I'd like to learn your pulp mill song, mg. Pretty please?


06 Aug 08 - 06:32 AM (#2406375)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: gnu

A's for the axes that youse all own....


06 Aug 08 - 08:30 AM (#2406426)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

I first have to meet with my contact and see what she has in mind. This will be a museum event and not the Morse-Sullivan Road Show. LOL
Thank you for all the enthusiasm - I thought some of you might yet be on speaking terms with me after the last outing. I love you all.
Mary


06 Aug 08 - 08:50 AM (#2406437)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Spoke with the coordinator. Everything is on hold for the moment. Nothing is definite but I will let you know if and when they decide to hold an event.
Mary


06 Aug 08 - 11:09 AM (#2406571)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: curmudgeon

I would strongly advise against planning anything for this calendar year. I'm going to be busy with the Portsmouth Festival until the first of October. Then comes the Getaway, follwed too quickly ny Halloween. Then comes snow season.

However, May 2 is a Saturday, and the day after the internationl holiday of the working class might be appropriate.

Y'rs in solidarity - Tom


06 Aug 08 - 11:25 AM (#2406595)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

I would strongly advise against planning anything for this calendar year. I'm going to be busy with the Portsmouth Festival until the first of October. Then comes the Getaway, followed too quickly by Halloween. Then comes snow season.

My thoughts exactly Tom - anyway, two months is nowhere near long enough to get something like that off the ground and do it justice.

I'm sure that Mary and the museum will be able to work out a good date - I like your idea about May 2nd though.


06 Aug 08 - 11:25 AM (#2406596)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: maeve

Bat Goddess said,

"...when my face is "at rest" I look grouchy. I'm not a grouchy person!!!"


Dear lady, your welcome smile and introduction was the first thing to greet me the first time I ventured into one of Sinsull's lovely concert/songcircle gatherings. Your smile is in everything you do.

maeve, who collects joyful smiles


06 Aug 08 - 11:28 AM (#2406601)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

I am cranky most of the time. What's the problem?


06 Aug 08 - 11:35 AM (#2406605)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Tinker

Ah SINSULL the most lovig and motherly of cranks --- there could never be a problem.


06 Aug 08 - 02:46 PM (#2406830)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: ranger1

Sinsull and Jacqui, I am most amazed at the rabbit you two pulled out of the hat. Thank you for shanghai-ing me into helping, I had a lot of fun. I will get pics up sooner or later, but probably not until next week.

Ranger1, gofer extraordinaire


10 Aug 08 - 10:01 AM (#2409836)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: adventure

Well , it was a week yesterday since things went off in Portland.
What a treat. Mary and Jacqui....you both deserve grand kudos for putting this event together. And for your hospitality over the weekend thankyou so very much....although a couple of us signed off in the wee morning hours....a great time was had by all. Hope that this can be done again next year...assistance will come quicker as people got a chance to see what went on, where it was and who attended. I got very hungry on the way home and even the rubber fish started to look good to me. No ketchup so I passed. We stopped by to sing at two other events on the way home and made it in by 10 pm on Sunday evening. This was the definite start of something good that will and can happen next year and for many years to follow. Congratulations and thanks for the invite. Lots of really good things happened to lots of good people last weekend....and thanks from "Fivebitter" too.
Doryman


10 Aug 08 - 12:28 PM (#2409887)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

we're both still pinching ourselves at how well it all went last weekend.

By rights we should have had at least one "oh shit!" moment but we didn't.

We have learned a lot from last week and are now starting to think about what will happen next year. We will choose people to help who have expertise in specific areas - we already have a few people who we know are good at publicity and whose experience will be drawn upon. We know that we can trust those people to do the job and that will be one less task for us.

First thing is sponsorship. We already have a couple of sponsors and will be looking around the area to see who we can persuade to come on board as well.

Many thanks, once again to all those who made it such a memorable day for all of us.


10 Aug 08 - 10:17 PM (#2410198)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

Jacqui -- you know you have a sponsor in the TruBrit Realty team -- I think we can do better next year than this year......


10 Aug 08 - 10:27 PM (#2410203)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: TRUBRIT

Not that the show could be better but that I could give a better sponsorship........


11 Aug 08 - 08:29 AM (#2410458)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

Deb - you were one of our best sponsors (and the first). You really are a stellar lady.


11 Aug 08 - 08:36 AM (#2410465)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: My guru always said

So glad this thread came back up!!

Just wanted to say how impressed I was with the way that you guys have managed to pull this all together. I read through the thread after the event or I'd have been sending you positive thoughts for success and good weather, but it looks like you had plenty of help and encouragement. It sounds like you've all had a lot of hard work, but also a great deal of fun & this has given you a firm footing into Next Year. Well done to all the organisers, performers & supporters!

Lovely photos, by the way, but I could only recognise the Gnome and Jacqui & Kendall. Any chance of any captions?


11 Aug 08 - 08:40 AM (#2410474)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Deborah - you fell down on the job! Gordon Bok was accosted by an adoring fan, older than dirt, who would not go away (no, not Jacqui). Where were you????
LOL I knew you weren't up to the job. Next year we put Tami on watch with Joey and Bandit at her side.
Deborah, you were our first sponsor and I used your name to get our next two. Thank you for your generosity. But thank you most of all for your friendship. You and Tom always come through and always with grace and humor. I love you both dearly.
Mary


11 Aug 08 - 08:42 AM (#2410475)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Leadfingers

If its going to be an adjacent weekend to The Getaway , can SilverSmith be considered for next year ?


11 Aug 08 - 09:16 AM (#2410494)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: jacqui.c

Highly unlikely to be close to the Getaway, Terry. The Portsmouth (NH) festival takes that spot and has done so for many years. Curmudgeon can tell you more about that. We're still thinking about a regular date for the future.

Carole - the photos are labelled if you click in and scroll through - just look above each enlarged photo for the 'cast'.


11 Aug 08 - 09:32 AM (#2410511)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Barry Finn

Maybe you can make a date for that festival instead Leadfingers, last weekend in September.

Portsmouth Maritime Music Festival

Barry


11 Aug 08 - 09:36 AM (#2410515)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Leadfingers,
The Portsmouth festival is much larger and established. Contact Tom Hall (curmudgeon) about available spots. Carole and Andrew are appearing this year. I hope Hissyfit will appear next. We are a few months away from setting a date for Portland but it will not be anytime near the Getaway.
Mary


11 Aug 08 - 08:42 PM (#2411108)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: Leadfingers

Thanks for the input All ! Duly noted .


12 Aug 08 - 10:15 AM (#2411499)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: EBarnacle

Lady Hillary and I had a ball and then proceeded to visit friends around the great state of Maine until Friday AM. Who called for all that rain? It didn't stop raining until we hit Rhode Island to go sailing.


12 Aug 08 - 12:14 PM (#2411595)
Subject: RE: Update: Portland (Maine) Maritime Festival
From: SINSULL

Did you find your kazoo? So far it hasn't tuned up here.