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Thursday, December 8, 2011

WTF: What The Folk! EXPLODES in SPOKEN WORD & SONG !!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:

WTF: What The Folk! EXPLODES in SPOKEN WORD & SONG !!
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, December 9th
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm – Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road

Our theme this week is
THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION !!

On December 6, 1917…
the face of north end Halifax changed forever when the French munitions ship SS Mont-Blanc collided with the Belgian relief ship SS Imo in the Narrows of Halifax Harbour.

The story of the Halifax Explosion is a tale of sadness and sorrow for sure, but also…
one of strength and courage under adversity.

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society and WTF! proudly present our first ever
CONCERT evening. This concert is dedicated to the memory of the lives lost and the stories of triumph and tragedy surrounding the Halifax Explosion and features
DAVID STONE & FRIENDS.

David is a well-respected singer-songwriter & historian who has, since the mid 1990s, been thoroughly researching all aspects of the Halifax Explosion... from events leading up to it, the aftermath, some of the personal stories of survivors and heroes, as well as the widely believed sabotage story... and has chronicled it in spoken word & song.

As always... admission is by free will donation.
Tonight... WTF! will be giving all donations to APSEA and the Halifax School for the Blind (Sir Frederick Fraser School) at David's bequest.

And for the first time ever... until December 5th... David is hosting Halifax Explosion talking/walking tours around various sites in the north end...11, 1 and 3 daily – weather permitting... approximately 90 minutes... $10.00 per person. For details and booking times PH: 902-406-5461 E-MAIL: davidstone@accesswave.ca or Facebook.

Both the concert and the walking tours are special events
NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!!!


Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family.
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!

Yours in folk,
Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157

WTF: What the Folk! meets, same time and place , every second and fourth Friday of the month.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Gifts Mundane and Momentous

The Storytellers Circle of Halfax prsents

Gifts Mundane and Momentous:Stories of things given and received,tangible and intangible

Thursday, December 8, 7-8:30 pm

Upstairs at Just Us! Cafe
5896 Spring Garden Road, corner of Carleton
www.justuscoffee.com

What is the greatest, or least, gift you have received?
Have you, with the best of intentions, given something that turned out ALL WRONG?
What stories do you know of gifts, real or magical,that come with unexpected obligations or consequences?
Come and hear our stories of giving and receiving, of memorable holiday gifts, or unsolicited gifts of kindness.

Feel free to offer your own story, personal or traditional,or come just to listen and remember.

Always open to the public, to tell or to listen.

Anytime after 6:30; stories start at 7:00.

Contact: Linda Winham
lwinham88@hotmail.com
storytellingnovascotia.blogspot.com

Storytellers Circle:
Where listeners relax while tellers are bold
When tales are not read but wondrously told.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Halifax Explosion at What the Folk!

On Friday, December 9th join us for an extraordinary evening of Halifax Explosion stories and songs performed by Dave Stone and Friends.

Just Us Cafe
Spring Garden Road
6:30ish gathering and grabba cuppa
7 pm performance starts

It will be an amazing evening you will not want to miss!

Cindy

What the Folk! LIVE! tonight!

Tonights theme is Girls and Women. Rosalee Peppard hosting. Just Us Cafe on Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS. 7-8:30pm.

Rosalee just sang a Blackbird medley including a snippet of Helen's favourite song, If I were a Blackbird. She also sang a song about the tsunami in Newfoundland in 1929.

Susan and Chris performed an original song called City Girls! Very lively rock n' roll style!

Bruce Stewart just sang a love song for his wife called 'I'll Be There'. Awwww!

Don Burke did a 123 song he wrote called A Waltz Made For Fools. He doesn't say when he wrote it. When asked he said, '19mmmmp!' Ha!

I did a story for my mom called 'Encounters With Seagulls' in memory of Sammy the Seagull. At the end I brought out the family famous seagull hat.

OMG! Clary Croft just sang 'If I Were A Blackbird'

Rosalee sang a lovely song about spinning. Now she has her dulcimer out!
She says that years in every East Coast kitchen on a shelf was a RCA radio....In Newfoundland, one time...on the coldest night in February when the stars were bright Madeline would climb up on a chair and listen opera on the radio while picking at the wallpaper on the wall making a hole in the wallpaper.
Song: 'Up On A Chair'
My favourite line: Warm memories melt realities ice.

Robert Billard on stage- first time at What The Folk!Has been in the north for a while. Used to come to Harbour Folk many years ago. Song: Waiting For The Land To Dry'

Anne Fearon song a beautiful song, one of my favourites: 'I Wish You Could See Her Heart''

Wow! Rosalee just led us in a rousing beautifully harmonized song with the audience...a well known Helen Creighton collected song called Farewell to Nova Scotia.

With a sigh and a wish! Goodnight from What The Folk!

Cindy

What The Folk! LIVE!

Hello everyone!

I am here at Just Us!Cafe on Spring Garden Road getting ready for What The Folk!! I am relieved of my hosting duties this evening as Rosalee Peppard is our guest host, which means I can blog away! Stay Tuned! Singing and Storytelling starts in a couple of minutes.
Cindy

Saturday, November 19, 2011

WTF! Celebrates Women and Girls

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:
 
WTF: What The Folk! celebrates WOMEN & GIRLS!!
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, November 25th
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm – Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road
 
Our theme this week is
GIRLS & WOMEN!!


“ WHERE HAVE ALL THE COWBOYS GONE?” It was Race Day and Paula was puzzled. Tracy revved the engine of her FAST CAR and waited BEHIND THE WALL for the others to show up. “Those boys are just playin’ FOOLISH GAMES tryin’ to make us lose our edge,” moaned Jewel.

“YOU OUGHTA KNOW,” smirked Alanis who secretly believed every one of them but her was a BARBIE GIRL. “What we need is a little R.E.S.P.E.C.T starting right here, right now,” roared Aretha. “She’s such a GOOD MOTHER,” stated Jann ardently.

As if on cue, the boys arrived pushing their car. “Sorry. Engine trouble.”
“I’M GONNA BE AN ENGINEER,” announced Peggy proudly. “I’ll take a look inside.” She made a few quick adjustments and the car was ready.

The boys peeled off. The girls erupted in a fit of giggles as Peggy described her mechanical prowess. ”CRAZY ON YOU!“ squealed Ann.

Way down the road THE CAR WITH NO BRAKES was nearing the creek as the now hysterical girls launched into a robust rendition of I’M GONNA WASH THAT MAN because as everyone knows… GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN J
 

Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation 
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family. 
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!
 
Yours in folk,
Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157
 
WTF: What the Folk! meets, same time and place , every second and fourth Friday of the month.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Halifax Explosion Walking Tour

Hi all - I have been wanting to do this for several years now .Beginning on Monday Nov 14 and running daily through to Dec 5th I will be hosting Halifax Explosion talking/walking tours around various sites in the north end...11, 1 and 3 daily – weather permitting; talking about the lead up to the explosion, the aftermath, some of the personal stories of survivors and heroes, as well as touching on the widely believed sabotage story and some unanswered questions...approximately 90 minutes – $10.00 per person...I have been studying and writing about the Halifax Explosion since the mid 1990s now and have a lot of stories and information to share...For details and booking times – 902 – 406 – 5461 or by email or Facebook...Dress warmly, bring good shoes and an eager mind...Please spread the word for me – it would be a great help...No minimum – but a maximum of ten people per tour.
Dave Stone


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WTF Remembers

WTF What the Folk will not meet on Remembrance Day.

What The Folk resumes on Friday, November 25th with a surprise guest.
See you then...
7pm
Just Us Cafe
Spring Garden Road.

We will remember them,
Cindy

Monday, October 24, 2011

Lots of ghostly and Interesting stuff going on this week!

Check out the 3 blog posts below and check out the Storytelling Nova Scotia Blog for more ghostly events!

The Crone and He Who Dares! with Margo Carruthers and Jay Perry

Jay Perry and Margo Carruthers, those marvels of music, mirth and theatrical mayhem, will be staging one of their rare duo extravaganzas.
With their wide and varied expertise in all aspects of singing in the traditional style and their penchant for theatrics, Margo & Jay will have you thoroughly beguiled. Being so close to All Soul’s Night (aka Hallowe’en) you should expect some Bluenose Ghosts. But… being Jay & Margo… you should also expect the unexpected .

Confidential to those who dared ask:
Q. Will the Crone be there?
A. Yes. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
Q. Will Margo play guitar?
A. Yes. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
Q. Will there be puppets?
A. Only if our audience is easily manipulated
Seriously… no comment on the puppets. We have to keep SOME surprises.

Thursday, October 27th
7pm
Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum

Free will donation

Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions:
Our concerts start at 7, and admission is by free-will donation. All the funds go to the artists, except for a small percentage to support SOCAN. "The Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions" is an all-volunteer effort. Proceeds from sales of refreshments go to support the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Farm which graciously provides the venue for these wonderful events.

Halloween at Helen's House

Halloween at Helen's House, October 18-October 29

Helen Creighton was the author of "Bluenose Ghosts" and was a firm believer
in the supernatural. Evergreen house was Helen's family home and where she
had many "experiences" of her own! Come for a visit and see Evergreen
decorated for Victorian Halloween, as well as learning how many of the
traditions we follow today were started.
Included with $2.00 admission.

What the Folk! Goes Trick or Treating?

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:

WTF: What The Folk! goes TRICK OR TREATING !!
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, October 28th
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm – Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road
 
Our theme this week is
BLUENOSE GHOSTS
& OTHER WANDERING SPIRITS !!

Night had fallen. The decorations were set. The Lady was ready. It wouldn’t be long now before the neighbourhood would be resonating with YOUNG HUNTING for treats. “No treats here,” she giggled, “except for mine.”

Next door, THE SWEET TRINITY of BFFs were checking out their costumes. BONNIE ANNIE, white teeth a-gleaming, was resplendent as RINORDINE. ALLISON GROSSed everyone out as THE LAILY WORM. ELIZA LONGed for something special too but with THE CRUEL MOTHER holding the pursestrings, it would take something akin to THE SUFFOLK MIRACLE.

Just then a knock sounded at the door. “It’s the boys!” they shrieked. They had promised to be there by dark and LORD RANDALL and THOMAS RHYMER were right on time. “Sorry we LOST JIMMY WHALEN but knowing him, THE CONSTANT FARMER’S SON will surely TURNIP before long.”

“Ha! Ha!” groaned the girls as they all set out. Next door, the atmosphere was positively electric. Blood curdling shrieks and wails eminated from THE UNQUIET GRAVE displayed on the front lawn. “It looks & sounds so real.”

Unbeknownst to them it was. Jimmy wasn’t lost at all. He knew exactly where he was and he didn’t like it one bit. LADY MARGARET, on the other hand, was ecstatic. Any moment now, the late Jimmy Whalen would be meeting up with his friends. Trick AND Treat J
 

Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation 
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family. 
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!
 
Yours in folk,
Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157
 
WTF: What the Folk! meets, same time and place , every second and fourth Friday of the month.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

WTF: What The Folk! seeks HEROES & VILLAINS !!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:

WTF: What The Folk! seeks HEROES & VILLAINS !!
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, September 9th
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm – Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road

Our theme this week is
HEROES & VILLAINS !!


it had been A HARD DAY’S NIGHT! PANCHO AND LEFTY had been trekkin’ the STREETS OF LAREDO ALL NIGHT LONG in search of FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD. Pancho was sure he hadn’t been this hungry since THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN to the abattoir as a last resort.

As they exited THE BIG YELLOW TAXI, Pancho hoped that the SISTERS OF MERCY would have something for them in their HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN. He and Lefty were RUNNIN’ ON EMPTY in more ways than one

They approached reverently and stood knock, knock KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR but no one answered. “HELLO IN THERE”. Again no response. Apparently the ANGELS FROM MONTGOMERY had flown.

But all was not lost. On the doorstep was left some BREAD & ROSES. “HALLELUJAH,” praised Pancho as he tore into the loaf. Just then the sky brightened. “ Pancho look,“exclaimed Lefty,“ MORNING HAS BROKEN”.

”That ain’t all that’s broken,” lisped Pancho as he spit out what was left of his teeth. Under the porch CASEY JONES could barely contain himself. And they had told him THE WABASH CANNONBALL would never RISE AGAIN



Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family.
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!

Yours in folk,
Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157

WTF: What the Folk! meets, same time and place , every second and fourth Friday of the month.

Monday, August 22, 2011

WTF: What The Folk! shares FAVOURITES !!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:

WTF: What The Folk! shares FAVOURITES !!
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, August 26th
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm – Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road

Our theme this week is
FAVOURITES !
[really no theme at all as you can bring whatever you like to this musical potluck]


Arlo threw open the doors of what was left of ALICE’S RESTAURANT and shrieked “PEOPLE GET READY, there’s a train a-comin’. Again!” He had been ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER and the signs were BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND. “It’s that GD CANADIAN RAILROAD TRILOGY. With two down and one to go, here’s hopin it’s the SOUTHBOUND TRAIN.”

“IF I HAD A HAMMER”, said Pete, “WE SHALL OVERCOME these MASTERS OF WAR.” Arlo chuckled to himself as he wiped down the tables with his I’M FIXIN’ TO DIE RAG, “ Poor deluded Pete thinks HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS, don’t he know we’re on THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION?”

“WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?” demanded Pete of the hoardes of THIRSTY BOOTS still seated round the bar. OUTSIDE OF A SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS TALKING VIETNAM BLUES no one was listening. “You can’t be on BOTH SIDES NOW”, chided Pete, ”That ain’t no PEACE TRAIN BOUND FOR GLORY.”

Phil had had just about enough of this tiresome old fart. “FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH I AIN’T MARCHIN’ ANYMORE.” Tom echoed the sentiment. “That’s THE LAST THING ON MY MIND too.” Amid the rubble, Bruce pondered…
WONDERIN’ WHERE THE LIONS ARE when you really need ‘em.



Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family.
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!

Yours in folk,
Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157

WTF: What the Folk! meets, same time and place , every second and fourth Friday of the month.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ghost Story Writing Contest! - deadline August 27th!!

22nd Annual Ghost Story Writing Contest!

Ages 7-15
Enter your spooky tale or shivery story in the 22nd annual ghost story writing contest presented by the Halifax Public Libraries and the Helen Creighton Folklore Society.

Make up your own story or retell a story that you’ve heard before, in your own words. The best ghost stories will spook you and have you looking over your shoulder – without a lot of blood and gore.

Pick up an entry form at your local library branch or print one from the website. Entries can be mailed or dropped off at any branch between July 5 - August 27. For more information call 490-5748.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Lies, Fibs and Tall Tales!

Celebrating the art of oral storytelling, the Storytellers Circle of Halifax meets the second Thursday of the Month at Just Us Cafe on Spring Garden Road, Halifax.

Lies, Fibs and Tall Tales!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
6:30 grabba cuppa
7pm stories start!

Bring friends, family, spouses, partners, neighbours.
Come tell a tale or listen along....much better than sittin' in front of a T.V. or pullin' weeds!

The Storytellers Circle of Halifax is a proud member of Storytellers of Canada - Conteurs du Canada.
Listen Up and be Amazed: That's the Art of Storytelling!

WTF: What The Folk! goes TIME TRAVELLING !!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:
 
WTF: What The Folk! goes TIME TRAVELLING !!
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, August 12th
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm – Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road
 
Our theme this week is
YOUTHFUL MEMORIES !
[songs & tales about people, places & things you’ll never forget… no matter how much you try]


JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH couldn’t believe his eyes! Here he was IN THE YEAR 2525, and they were ALL here… THE GOOD… THE BAD… AND THE UGLY.
The STONED SOUL PICNIC Reunion was on!!!

GRAZING IN THE GRASS of MacARTHUR PARK was that ANGEL OF THE MORNING… MRS. ROBINSON. “YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY,” she snorted,
“This is way better than the grass at INDIAN LAKE”.

She was more than HALFWAY TO PARADISE when the HURDY GURDY
MAN crawled over to her with a full can of CLASSICAL GAS.
“LIGHT MY FIRE,” he begged. I’ve got INCENSE AND PEPPERMINTS.“

Anyone else would have panicked at the thought of imolating all that CRIMSON AND CLOVER but she wasn’t afraid. She was counting on there being FIRE AND RAIN. After all… it WAS the dawning of the age of…
AQUARIUS.

 
Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation 
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family. 
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!
 
Yours in folk,
Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157
 
WTF: What the Folk! meets, same time and place , every second and fourth Friday of the month.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

WTF: What The Folk! keeps FRIENDS close & ENEMIES even closer!!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:
 
WTF: What The Folk! keeps FRIENDS close & ENEMIES even closer!!
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, July 22nd
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm – Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road
 
Our theme this week is
FRIENDS & ENEMIES & FAMILY TOO !
[ sometimes they’re one & the same ]


Simon and Garfunkel were HOMEWARD BOUND for a CELEBRATION with Kool & the Gang. It had been an arduous journey and they were famished! Unfortunately… it started raining cats & dogs just as they arrived.

Fortunately… Rihanna had an extra UMBRELLA so Paul & Art, warm & dry beneath, headed to the buffet table where they were REUNITED with all the Peaches and Herbs they could stomach.

They paused in their feeding frenzy when Betty White appeared looking like a drowned rat. She was mud from head to toe. “It’s Hot in Cleveland,” she said, “but I didn’t know it was so wet!”

“Peach?” offered Paul. Art seriously questioned Paul’s eyesight. He was sure that she hardly looked peachy at all. In fact… no one would ever have mistaken her for a Golden Girl!

“THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIE ND,” blubbered Betty. “THAT’S WHAT
FRIENDS ARE FOR,” said Paul, having spent many tedious hours in the recording studio with Dionne Warwick.

Meanwhile… unbeknownst to Dolly, Art had taken her COAT OF M ANY
COLOURS from the front porch and was on his way back with it for poor bedraggled Betty.

“So… this is what you TEACH YOUR CHILDRE N?”, said the boys from CSN, “It’s OK to steal?” “Oh, it’s hardly stealing, said Art’s Sister, Sledge, because
WE ARE FAMILY.

 
Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation 
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family. 
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!
 
Yours in folk,
Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157
 
WTF: What the Folk! meets, same time and place , every second and fourth Friday of the month.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Graveyards!

Are you a local youth, aged 14-17, with an interest in the internet, mobile technology and QR codes?



Alderney Landing invites youth, free of charge, to join local media artist Leola LeBlanc to create an on-line interactive map of the historic Geary Street Cemetery located in downtown Dartmouth. The cemetery is a historic public site founded in 1830 and contains an ancient Mi’kmaq burial ground, a family crypt, early Catholic settlers, Anglican immigrants, and the relative of a French empress.


Where: Craig Gallery in Alderney Landing
When: July 18-22 and July 25-29, 9:30 am-12noon
Why: to create an interactive on-line map of the Geary Street Cemetery, and to tell the stories of those buried there
Who: You! Youth aged 14-17 with an interest in mobile technology, and

GRAVEYARDS!


This on-line map will be used for school curriculum during the Bluenose Ghosts Festival, October 14-31




This residency is hosted with the support from the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Craig Gallery at Alderney Landing

Thursday, July 7, 2011

What the Folk! Wildlife!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:
 
WTF: What The Folk!  takes a walk on the WILD side !!!
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, July 8th
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm – Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road
 
 
Our theme this week is
WILDLIFE !

So…

Put your own spin on it.

Maybe a tribute to your fine furry friends…
Or…
A song of reverence to party animals.

Get your motor runnin’… head out on the highway…
For What The Folk adventure or whatever comes your way…
‘Cause tonight we’re all…

BORN TO BE WILD.

 
Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation 
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family. 
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!
 
Yours in folk,
Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157
 
WTF: What the Folk! meets, same time and place , every second and fourth Friday of the month.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

WTF: What the Folk! weathers the WEATHER!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:

WTF: What The Folk! weathers the WEATHER !!!
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, June 10th
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm – Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road



Whether the WEATHER be fine… Or whether the WEATHER be not…

Whether the WEATHER be cold … Or whether the WEATHER be hot…

We’ll WEATHER the WEATHER Whatever the WEATHER…

Whether we like it or not.

A. Nony Mouse



Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation.
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family.
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!

Yours in folk,
Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157

WTF: What the Folk! meets same time and place ,
every second and fourth Friday of the month.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

WTF: What the Folk! Goes Hollywood!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:
 
WTF: What The Folk! goes HOLLYWOOD !!!
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, May 27th
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm – Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road

Tonight’s theme celebrates the art of
Vincent Price
May 27,1911 - Oct. 25, 1993

When you take a serious look at the royal family of horror,
those actors and actresses that not only help establish the genre,
but set the standards by which we judge it,
Vincent Price would be the king.

During the early 60s, Gothic horror was at an all time high,
the classics of Edgar Allen Poe taking centre stage.
Hollywood needed an exceptional actor to undertake this journey into
The World of Poe,

someone extraordinary to bring to life such classics as…
~ The Fall of the House of Usher ~
~ The Pit and the Pendulum ~
~ The Raven ~

Vincent Price approached his craft as he approached his characters…
with intelligence & charm, rather than force or fear.
He was the thinking man’s epitome of evil…
A Master of the Macabre.

Nevermore would a soundstage be graced by such a presence.

Quoth the Raven:
“Nevermore”



Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation.
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family. 
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!
Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157
 
WTF: What the Folk! meets same time and place ,
every second and fourth Friday of the month.

Monday, May 9, 2011

WTF:What the Folk Gets Supernatural!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:
 
WTF: What The Folk! gets SUPERNATURAL !!!
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, May 13th
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm – Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road
 

Triskaidekaphobia is the morbid fear of…
the number 13
Friggatriskaidekaphobia & Paraskervidekatriaphobia are specific fears of…
Friday the 13th


“Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Words, the Big Bad Words, the Big Bad Words… Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Words?…” sang the 3 little pigs.

“Not me! Not me! Not me!”, said each of them in turn as they headed out for a supernatural evening at WTF.

“I’ll huff & I’ll puff & I’ll blow your house down”, said the Big Bad Words.

“Great”, said the 3 little pigs.
“We could use a robust horn section”.

Inside WTF…
the music was swelling, the walls were pulsating and
the roof was lifting off.

Outside WTF…
There was a lineup around the block.


Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation.
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family. 
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!
 
Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157
 
WTF: What the Folk! meets same time and place ,
every second and fourth Friday of the month.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wanted! Storyteller In Residence

Storyteller-in-Residence
At the Cape Breton Regional Library, we understand and appreciate the importance of stories to the Island community and to residents of all generations. In recognition of this rich oral tradition, the Cape Breton Regional Library Board has established a Storyteller-in-Residence program.

The term for the Storyteller-in-Residence shall be two years. The Storyteller-in-Residence will receive an honorarium for events plus approved mileage. A Storyteller-in-Residence Committee will be responsible for reviewing the applications, interviewing and recommending the candidate. Apply now to share your stories and craft and be the first ever Cape Breton Regional Library Storyteller-in-Residence.

WTF: What The Folk! lives in HOPE !!!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:

WTF: What The Folk! lives in HOPE !!!
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, April 29th
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm – Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road


“Blackbird singing in the dead of night…
Take these broken wings and learn to fly…
All your life…
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.”
* John Lennon & Paul McCartney


“… When you walk in love with the wind on your wing…
and cover the earth with the songs you sing…
The miles fly by.”
* Sr. Miriam Therese Winter

“Weave, weave, weave me the sunshine…
Out of the pouring rain…
Weave me the hope of a new tomorrow…
And fill my cup again.“
* Peter Yarrow



Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation.
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family.
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!

Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157

WTF: What the Folk! meets same time and place ,
every second and fourth Friday of the month.

Monday, April 4, 2011

WTF: What The Folk! CHANGES !!!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:

WTF: What The Folk! CHANGES !!!
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, April 8th
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm – Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road


“Sit by my side, come as close as the air…
Share in my memories of grey…
Wander in my world, dream about the pictures
That I play of

CHANGES…”

And there are lots of changes at What The Folk!
Tonight’s theme reflects them.
We’ve moved downstairs into the brand new performance space.
There’s a proper stage, matching tables and chairs… a real coffee house!
Phil Ochs would be proud of our changes.

“Movements of magic will glow in the night…
One last cup of wine I will pour…
I’ll kiss you one more time & leave you on the rolling
River shore of

CHANGES…”


Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation.
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family.
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!

Yours in folk,
Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157

WTF: What the Folk! meets same time and place ,
every second and fourth Friday of the month.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What the Folk! Springs Out!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:

WTF: What The Folk! SPRINGS OUT !!!
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, March 25th
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm – Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road



I’m as restless as a willow in a windstorm…
I’m as jumpy as a puppet on a string…
I’d say that I had SPRING FEVER…

And with any luck at all..
It’s contagious…
And you can catch SPRING FEVER this Friday at WTF.


And if you have Irish leftovers from last week, bring them along.
We’re not adverse to an IRISH SPRING .



Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation.
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family.
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!

Yours in folk,
Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157

WTF: What the Folk! meets same time and place ,
every second and fourth Friday of the month.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

What the Folk Cools Off!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:
 
WTF: What The Folk!  COOLS OFF !!!
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, February 25th
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm – Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road 
 
Almost everyone loves a good summer song, but what about winter songs?
Poor old much maligned winter is the Rodney Dangerfield of the seasons…
It just don’t get no respect!

So…

Let’s all sing a SONG FOR A WINTER’S NIGHT with Gord or play some HOCKEY with Jane. Neil says there’s no need to feel HELPLESS unless you’re FROZEN IN FROBISHER BAY or Jame’s Bay.

Simon says “IT’S A HAZY SHADE OF WINTER” so open up your COLD, COLD HEART like OL’ Hank and come out and play some Dylan with this GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY.
But…

For Heaven’s sake… unless you wanna be zappa’d good… please
DON’T EAT THE YELLOW SNOW.

 
Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation 
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family. 
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!
 
Yours in folk,
Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157
 
WTF: What the Folk! meets, same time and place , every second and fourth Friday of the month.

A Maritime Ramble with Two Irishmen!

It's a Maritime Ramble with Mossie O'Scanlain and Cian O'Morain from Ireland!

Irish Workshop: Songs and Stories
Thursday, March 3rd, at 7:00 pm
The Rose & Kettle Concert Sessions, Cole Harbour Heritage Farm
Price: By donation as always

An Evening of Music, Song and Story
Friday, March 4th, at 8:00 pm
The Music Room, 6181 Lady Hammond Road, Halifax
Price: $20.00, tickets or further info call 240-5278, tickets at the door
Sponsor: An Cumann / The Irish Association of Nova Scotia

Irish Storytelling Workshop
A talk on the history and tradition of Irish storytelling in both English and Irish, as well as a sampling of the stories of Eamon Kelly. Some lively tunes will round out this afternoon.
Saturday, March 5, from 2-4pm, $20.00
St. Mary's University - Atrium Room AT216
Sponsors: Storytellers Circle of Halifax/ Dept. of Irish Studies SMU

Bio's:

Mossie Ó Scanláin was born at the foot of Mount Brandon on the Dingle
peninsula. He was immersed in Irish music and culture from the cradle
and has carried that with him despite having spent forty years as an
emigrant. He sings with passion the songs that he grew up with in his
native Corca Dhuibhne and relishes the opportunity to promote the
language and culture where ever he travels. He has released two
albums, written an autobiography in his native language and toured in
Australia, Europe and the US. Please take the opportunity to visit his
website at www.mossiescanlon.com


Cian Ó Móráin is one of the new generation of Irish musicians. Also
hailing from the Dingle peninsula he grew up surrounded by music and
song and from a young age developed a passion for Irish culture and
tradition. He is a multi-instrumentalist, playing low whistles, guitar
and uilleann pipes. He was aware of Mossie's music through his CD's
and local radio and when Mossie returned from Australia sometime ago
they met by chance in a local bar.They quickly realized they had a
common love of the local music, song and language and the rest is
history.

Join these two natives, and let them take you back through the mists
of antiquity.

Monday, February 7, 2011

WTF: What The Folk! Loves You!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:

WTF: What The Folk! Loves You
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, February 11th
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm - Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road

Be Our Valentine.
Bring a love song or a song you love.
If you can't be with the song you love then love the song you're with.


Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family.
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!

Yours in folk,
Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157

WTF: What the Folk! meets, same time and place , every second and
fourth Friday of the month.

Monday, January 24, 2011

What the Folk! has all the Time in the World for YOU

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:

WTF: What The Folk! has all the Time in the World for You
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, January 28th
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm - Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road

A folkie quiz!!!! Its about TIME!

____________ puts his TIME in a Bottle.
_____________ lives One Day at a TIME.
____________ turns to TIME for every purpose under Heaven.
______________ reassures us that we have TIME on Our Side.


ANSWERS: Choose from the following.
(a) Pete Seeger (b) Jim Croce (c) Mick & the Boys (d) Willie Nelson

BONUS:
_____________ go to a fair in Scarborough. They have lots of THYME.


Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family.
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!

Yours in folk,
Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157

WTF: What the Folk! meets, same time and place , every second and
fourth Friday of the month.

Monday, January 10, 2011

New Beginnings @ What The Folk!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:

WTF: What The Folk! makes a Fresh Start with NEW BEGINNINGS!!!
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, January 14th
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm - Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road

2011 is here and that can mean only one thing. New Beginnings!!!
It could be a song or story about starting over. Or about making resolutions.
Maybe its the latest song you wrote or wish you wrote and want to share.
So... begin the year with something new.
Make a fresh start or just be a little "fresh".

Start spreadin' the news... we're meetin' again...
I wanna be a part of it... at What The Folk!!!!

Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family.
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!

Yours in folk,
Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157

WTF: What the Folk! meets, same time and place , every second and
fourth Friday of the month.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Looking to Volunteer or are just curious about Nova Scotia Folklore?

Everyone Welcome!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society will hold its Annual General Meeting on January 29, 2011, at 2 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room at Evergreen House, 26 Newcastle Street, Dartmouth.

A slate of officers will be presented and if you would like to run for office or would like to recommend someone for membership on our Board of Directors, please let us know.

This call for nominations is open to all members who have paid the annual dues of ten dollars. Membership dues can be paid at the AGM or by visiting our website. Nominations will also be taken from the floor.
General membership is open to all with the payment of annual dues of ten dollars [$10.00]

For the most recent updates on the Society or to contact us, please visit the new website:

If you are just curious about folklore in the Maritimes or Helen Creighton's works, please come to our AGM, and ask questions or just listen in...

Tales For A Winter Night - Storytellers Circle of Halifax

Storytellers Circle of Halifax presents

Tales for a Winter Night

Thursday, January 13, 7-8:30 pm

Upstairs (or downstairs?) at Just Us! Cafe
5896 Spring Garden Road, corner of Carleton
www.justuscoffee.com

With the New Year, we revive an old and

favourite theme, Tales for a Winter Night,

for winter darkness is the time for coming

together in the warmth of human company,

and passing the time sharing stories.


Come to hear stories of the fury of winter,

of the darkness, and the return of the light.

Or perhaps there will be stories of warmer

climates, to take the chill from your bones.

All welcome, to tell or to listen.

Anytime after 6:30; stories start at 7:00.

Contact: Linda Winham

lwinham88@hotmail.com

storytellingnovascotia.blogspot.com

Storytelling: the oral tradition continues....