Happy New Year 2014 - it's SUGAR Saturday...

Saturday, January 4, 2014, SUGAR will meet again at Sullivan's Restaurant, 5235 Gratiot (M-46) in Saginaw, from 10:30 until noon.  Bring along your uke and your songbook, as it will be open book, and you can either sit and listen, sing along, play along, choose a song, lead that song (if you wish), and/or stay and have lunch afterward...  All comers are welcome!


One more 2013 event ...

... Merry Christmas to all, and after you return that too-small sweater and unwanted digital toaster on Thursday, head on out to the Mt. Haley Jamboree on Friday evening!

The time is 7-10 pm, and the place is the Mt. Haley Twp. Hall, on the corner of Homer and Freeland Roads.  Bring a song or 2 or 3, an instrument, and a donation (if able).  You may come to sing along, to play along, or to just enjoy the music and the company.

3rd week of December 2013 events

As you can probably tell, I am attempting to condition everyone to get into the habit of using the website to find out what is happening in FMSM circles, so, please be sure to "favorite" ths page in your browser, and then it will be easier to access when you need more information about what's going on!

All the FMSM events on the calendar this week (Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday) can be found on the calendar page of the updated FMSM website, www.folkmusicsociety.org, and are all Jolly Hammers and Strings activities. The dancers and jammers will be busy buying and wrapping presents, baking, decorating, and shoveling snow for the next couple of weeks.


FIrst week of December 2013 recap...

Thursday, December 5th - JH/S and other FMSM-related groups are playing at various homes in Bay City and Saginaw in conjunction with the Saginaw/Bay Orchestra's Holiday Housewalk, which is a fund-raiser for the orchestra. I don't have all the times and locations at hand, but, ticket information is available here: http://saginawbayorchestra.com/images/2013%20flier.pdf

Saturday, December 7th - SUGAR meets at Sullivan's, 5235 Gratiot (M-46) in Saginaw at 10:30am. Bring along Set H (holiday songs).

The week of 11-3-13 in FMSM annals

Thursday, 11/8/13 - SUGAR plays at Bickford Assisted Living in Saginaw from 10:30 until 11:30am. For $6000 per month, you can stay afterward and have lunch with the residents, or, you may opt to go to lunch with those that can find their way out the front door to find a place where it's not meat loaf and mashed potatoes with mixed vegetables on the lunch menu (with chocolate pudding from a can for dessert, of course)! Friday, 11/8/13 - Second Jam is happening from 7-10pm at Midland Free Methodist Church, 5821 Eastman Rd. in Midland. Bring instruments, songs, snacks, and a donation to cover the rent check along (as you are able). Saturday, 11/9/13 - I do believe this is the night for the Traditional Dancers to dance the night away at the Community Center on Jefferson Ave. at George St. The dance begins at 7:30 and runs until 10pm. Cost is $7, and wear comfy clothes and shoes, since the fashion police will be pre-occupied elsewhere. Also, if you wish to have a bit of additional instruction, you are invited to come at 6:30 for extra coaching.

Events for Week of October 20, 2013

Friday, 10/25/13, you are invited to the Mt. Haley Jamboree, held at the township hall on the SW corner of Freeland and Homer Roads, SW of the city of Midland.  Musicians, singers, and listeners are all welcome, and donations are requested to help support this event.  The time is from 7-10 pm.

Saturday, 10/26/13, Jolly Hammers and Strings has their monthly session at the Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Badour Rd., just west of Midland, from 1-4 pm.  Again, both acoustic musicians and listeners are welcome to attend!

Events for October 6 - 12, 2013

Wednesday, 10/9/13, is the monthly FMSM board meeting, downstairs in one of the meeting rooms of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library at 6:30.  Any interested member is welcome to come and find out what is happening behind the scenes with FMSM.

Thursday, 10/10/13, SUGAR plays at Bickford from 10:30 until 11:30.  Check the SUGAR newsgroup or the SUGAR FB page for more information, and that failing to suffice, send me (Hunt) a note if you would like further details.

2nd Jam and PEANUT (free beginner uke lesson from 7-8pm) are scheduled for Friday, 10/11/13 from 7-10pm.  This is held at Midland Free Methodist Church, 5821 Eastman Rd., and admission is whatever you choose to donate. 

Saturday, 10/12/13, the traditional dancers will gather at the Community Center on Jefferson from 7:30 until 10pm.  If you would like to give this fun activity a whirl, but, need some additional instruction, that will be available at 6:30.  Cost is $7, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Information about these and other FMSM activities can be found on the FMSM website, www.folkmusicsociety.org.

Chippewa Nature Center Fall Harvest Festival

Jolly Hammers and Strings will play at the Chippewa Nature Center tomorrow, Oct 5th, from 10:00am until 4:00pm in the visitor center. They ask that we be set up by 9:30am. Our next date is Oct. 14 at 10:00am at Seasons.

First week of October, 2013

Saturday, October 5 - SUGAR meets at Sullivan's Restaurant. 5235 Gratiot (M-46) in Saginaw from 10:30 - noon.  Open book - we'll go around and take turns choosing songs.  Come to play, come to listen, come to sing, or come for lunch at noon, but, all are welcome to come!

Information about SUGAR and all the other FMSM-supported activities is available 24/7/365 on the FMSM website, www.folkmusicisociety.org.


Last week of September

Friday, 9/27/13, is the Mt. Haley Jamboree, held from 7-10pm at the Mt. Haley Twp. Hall, which is at the corner of Freeland and Homer Rds., south of the Midland city limits. Admission is by donation, and all performers and listeners are welcome. Saturday, 9/28/13, there may be an advanced dance at the Midland Community Center. My source of the dance schedule is outdated, but, you can contact Jerry Hickman, whose number and e-mail can be found at http://www.folkmusicsociety.org/dances for clarification.