IMPORTANT CALENDAR CORRECTION!... Our friends from Jolly Hammers are playing at Imerman Park on Wednesday, July 24. SUGAR is NOT playing at Imerman again until Tuesday, August 13th.

Yes, the July 2024 calendar is small, so click on the picture to enlarge it.  ;-)

Imerman Park is TUESDAY, the 25th
(not Thursday, which is NOT the 25th.)

June 7, 2024

SUGAR friends: I have a couple of important news items to share…

1. Porchfest is on Saturday, June 22nd, and we have been assigned to play at the home of Bob Finan at 117 State St. in Port Austin from 1-3pm. So, please let me know whether you’re planning on participating, and then we can attempt to make some car-pooling plans.

2. We had a problem at Sullivan’s this month. There was a post on the front door saying that they are now opening at 11am on Saturday rather than the customary 10am time. I was not informed of this, and so we ended up playing at the Nature Center on Gratiot, which is at 6600 Gratiot, and is the first building on Gratiot on the north side of the road as you cross the Tittabawassee River going west. It’s pretty much across from the big blue water tower.
The Nature Center was very accommodating to us, and happy to have us come back, so I made arrangements to play there regularly on the first Saturday of the month, as has been our custom. Those of us who stayed to play went down to Tony’s for lunch afterward, which is maybe a mile west of the Nature Center.
We have three options that I can see for future first Saturdays…
a. Play at the Nature Center from 10-11:30 and then go eat at Tony’s
b. Play at the Nature Center from 10-11:30 and then go eat at Sullivan’s
c. Play at the Nature Center from 10-11:30 and then everybody can go home and mow their lawn
I would like those of you who come to Sullivan’s at semi-regularly to choose your preference and let me know your choice by e-mailing me at before June 28th, and then I will let everyone know what the plan will be when I publish the July 2024 SUGAR calendar on the SUGAR Facebook page as well as the SUGAR website (


UPDATE: 5-16-24 - Classes will start on the 30th of May from 10:30 until noon at MI Element coffee shop, 3124 Jefferson in Midland. Be sure to bring the book (Hal Leonard Ukulele Method, Book One), a uke, and smile!

Well, I got inspired by seeing more ukulele friends at our scheduled get-togethers, and also by attending the UOGB concert this month.

What I would like to do is to keep SUGAR growing both musically and attendance-wise by offering a series of classes to help anyone interested in improving their skills.

Before I created the “learn the chords” course I have been teaching, I bought a very helpful book called the Hal Leonard Ukulele Method, Book One. This book covers such things as learning where the notes are on all the strings, the C and F scales, eighth notes, playing in waltz time (¾ time), rolls, rests, reading both tablature and music notation, etc.

The point is that understanding the why and how makes sense of things that expand beyond rote learning, which is critical to really moving on to more interesting ways to play.

I have arranged with Tony at MI Element to meet there with all interested uke players on Thursday mornings from 10:30 until noon to go through Book One page-by-page. So, if this interests you, let me know, and in the meantime, you can order yourself the book on Amazon for $7.95. The link is below. Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 1: 9780634079863: Lil' Rev: Books

Send me an e-mail ( or Facebook message if this is of interest to you. I will be inviting others who have taken the chords class to join us as well. Let’s learn to rock the ukulele!


Hey, there may be some tweaks, but here's what is in store for WASSUP7 as of 3/6/24...

Here is the link to the flash mob songs for WASSUP7, which you can download, or just bring your tablet (and music stand!) along to the mall on Saturday...
and here's the link to the flash mob songs as .pdf's

I don't know why it's so blurry - check the WASSUP Facebook page for a clearer picture...  Johnny

As you can see, we have an updated order form for WASSUP7 apparel!  Download and fill out the form, send it to, and send your payment to my PayPal account, which is  ... 

(NOT MY E-MAIL, my PayPal account just has the same name!!!)

SUGAR friends - we will be opening the Friday evening concert at WASSUP7
(March 15th), and here are the songs to become incredibly excellent at doing... ;-) The festival theme is American Roots Music, and these songs fit right in...

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
Crawdad Song
Hard Travelin’
Red River Valley
You Are My Sunshine

Add this date to your December 2023 SUGAR calendar!!

OPEN DOOR (a mens' shelter in Midland at 409 W Indian St.) has invited SUGAR to play there on Thursday, December 14th at 11:30-12:15.  We accepted, see you there.  :-)

Link to SUGAR holiday song folder:

Here is the link to the SUGAR songs for the 2023 Folk Music Festival - download away!

SUGAR MFMF playlist, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023,  5:45 to 6:10
Back in the Saddle Again
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
Eight Days a Week
Hey, Good Lookin’
Love Potion Number Nine
She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain
Sweet Caroline


Porchfest update - our hosts at 8685 Prospect St. are light on chairs, so BYOC!

Krzysiak's on Wednesday, the 19th, is the last SUGAR event for April 2023, and the Clare group (SUN) meets on Saturday, the 22nd at 10:00-noon. (link below). I will be out of commission for a few days after a minor medical procedure on Friday, the 21st, but will create the May SUGAR calendar and get it posted next week... Johnny

Playlist for Bickford - February 6, 2023 - Valentine's Day songs

Any Time, Baby Face, Chapel of Love, Could I Have This Dance?,

For Me and My Gal, Glory of Love, Happy Together, Hey Good Lookin',

I Want a Girl, L.O.V.E., Love Letters in the Sand, Ramblin' Rose,

Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms, San Antonio Rose, Sentimental Journey, Side by Side,

Sweet Caroline, Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer,

Under the Boardwalk, You Are My Sunshine, CLOSER: Happy Trails

Two things!
I reserved Picnic Shelter C for our annual fall picnic at Emerson Park in Midland on Sunday, September 11th from noon-6pm. SUGAR will provide chicken and bottled water, but if you're coming, please bring tableware and a dish to pass. I'll bring a sign-up sheet to the upcoming SUGAR events so we can have a rough idea of who is planning to come.

Also, we will have a Saturday evening pre-concert slot to do our thing at the Midland Folk Music Festival on Saturday evening, August 27th, from 5:15-5:40, so I have created a sub-folder of 60's chick songs to perform there. Here is the link to download those songs to your tablet (or print them out, or whatever makes you happy!) LINK: 

We will be playing at Wellspring in Saginaw on August 4th, and so I asked Renee to come up with a senior-friendly playlist, which she graciously did for us. Here is the link to a Google Drive folder with those songs that you can download as a single folder or else just use this list and use the version on your tablet (which is the same, except for #3, which is a medley of songs that some of the residents will be playing along with us...
1. Side by Side, 2. Any Time, 3. Three play-alongs 4. IBW on RR, 5. Heart of My Heart 6. Hey, Good Lookin, 7. Ain't She Sweet, 8. Bye-Bye Blackbird, 9. Blame It on the Bossa Nova, 10. By the Light of the Silvery Moon, 11. Love Letters in the Sand, 12. Five Foot Two, 13. Carolina in the Morning, 14. I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing, 15. King of the Road, 16. This Land, 17. This Little Light of Mine, 18. Battle Hymn, 19. God Bless America, 20. Happy Trails.

Here is a link to the Sunday, 7-24-22 worship service at Trinity Lutheran and the approximate times for the songs SUGAR offered up...
3:05 - What a Friend We Have in Jesus
6:58 - Amazing Grace
32:30 - This Little Light of Mine
38:50 - Just a Closer Walk with Thee
43:39 - Down by the Riverside
48:21 - Old Rugged Cross
55:11 - I'll Fly Away
57:42 - When the Roll is Called Up Yonder

OK, SUGAR is playing at Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland (it's about 1/4 mile south of MI Element on Jefferson) on Saturday and Sunday, July 23rd and 24th, 2022. Below is the late July SUGAR schedule and a link to just the 8 songs we will be playing at Trinity over the weekend... LINK:

Here is the link you'll need to download the seven corrected replacement songs to your tablet:

Uh-oh! Rawhide got left out of the new June 2022 song folder, so please copy this link and add it to the updated song folder...

Who's in for Porchfest? (Saturday, 6/25 from 1:00-2:45 in Port Austin)

Here's what to expect in July ... (this is an early version and is subject to change - for example, the last date is actually Tuesday, July 26th!)

Here's the link to the updated June 2022 SUGAR song folder. Download it and bring it along to SUGAR events!

Krzysiak's time change for

Wednesday, April 20, 2022!!!

They are having a funeral luncheon for 100 people at 3;30 on Wednesday, and so we are delaying everything for an hour and will meet at 5:30 (hoping that the funeral crowd is on their way by then). Play from 5:30-6:15, and play from 6:15-7:30 is the plan. Please pass the word, as I was just notified of this yesterday (Monday).

Well, it appears that we need to make an alteration in our schedule, since Cafe 989 is closing. Scratch Saturday, March 26th as well as future dates. I would like us to still have a presence in Saginaw - got any ideas? - Johnny Hunt


Enter the property by taking the driveway on the south side of the building, the side that is next to Nouvel High School. The portico is a porch type overhang where cars can drive up to pick up the residents. You can't miss it. There is parking right there. I'm not sure how it is marked. For those who have played with us before, it is the driveway on the other side of the building where the sign is. Because of Covid restrictions, all of the external entrances are now locked, except the main one we must go through.  Please check in at that front portico entrance and must wear face masks while walking in the Wellspring hallways but not while performing.


  1. Sugar Time

  2. Sentimental Journey

  3. Side By Side

  4. When The Red, Red Robin

  5. Any Time

  6. Carolina In The Morning

  7. Heart of My Heart

  8. Blame It On The Bossa Nova

  9. Ain't She Sweet

  1. Tennessee Waltz

  2. Bye Bye Blackbird

  3. Bill Bailey

  4. You Are My Sunshine

  5. Yellow Bird

  6. Love Letters In The Sand

  7. All of Me

  8. Five Foot Two

  9. It's Only A Paper Moon

  10. I've Been Workin' On The Railroad

  11. This Land Is Your Land

  12. This Little Light of Mine

  13. Happy Trails