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Saturday, December 7, 2013

WTF!: Dan MacKinnon!


Our next WTF! falls on Friday, December 13th so if you are superstitious... you might want to consider sharing a superstition or two; or a song or story about luck, good OR bad.

As for good luck... we are delighted to announce that DAN MCKINNON will be guest hosting the evening. As Dan will be heading off in early January for a two month UK tour, this will be one of your last opportunities to see him, especially as "up close & personal" as we are at Chebucto Coffee :)

I would like to suggest that you bring songs & stories that you feel would contribute to a most memorable send off for Dan. Please don't limit your choices to sweet sentimentality though. Dan would likely prefer to remember us as we really are :)

Margo

WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. We meet every second and fourth Friday of the month at CHEBUCTO COFFEE, 6430 Chebucto Road, corner of Chebucto & Kline in Halifax where Mike's extraordinary culinary fare is approaching legendary status. Come early for a bite and stay for the entertainment which starts around 7:00 and goes until 9:00ish. As always... admission is by free-will donation towards the Society's work.

Normal or abnormal hosts: Cindy Campbell Stone and Margo Carruthers of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society: www.helencreighton.org


Monday, October 21, 2013

WTF! Clary Croft welcomes All Things Creighton

Well... it's almost Hallowe'en and no doubt tricks will abound, but on Friday, October 25th there will be no tricks at WTF!... only TREATS! Those tricksters, Cindy & Margo, will be silenced in favour of Guest Host Clary Croft in his last public appearance before heading south to his winter residence.
Clary invites you to bring songs, stories, influences, memories, variants from other collections or even contemporary songs & stories inspired or influenced by the work of his beloved mentor, folklorist Dr. Helen Creighton.
So... being invited by Clary to do just that, and seeing a definite need for equal opportunity for TRICKS... I give you...
ALL THINGS CREIGHTON...and slightly creepy... as befits the season :)
Young Mr. Croft was definitely a hunk! "Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who's the fairest one of all?", he sang while gazing lovingly at his impossibly beautiful reflection. "I'M SEVENTEEN COME SUNDAY, blessed with a golden voice and more than ready for NANCY'S COURTSHIP".
Young Clary had been smitten with LOVELY NANCY's buxomcharms ever since he first spied her  MANTLE SO GREEN while traipsing along. THE BANKS OF SWEET DUNDEE"IT WAS EARLY MONDAY MORNING and RUBY WERE HER LIPS", he reminisced. "Oh how COURTING IS A PLEASURE!"
Unfortunately... just then, his reverie was rudely interrupted by the answer emanating from the mirror. "Young Clary, Sir, 'you're fair 'tis so... but fairer still is JACK MUNRO". Clary could scarcely believe his ears. What manner of trickery was this? "Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who's the fairest one of all?" he tried again. The voice declared "Behold the FALSE KNIGHT ON THE ROAD. Compared to him, you are a toad."
Clary was incensed! As if possessed,THE JEALOUS LOVER struck the mirror until it smashed  into smithereens on the floor. The sound jolted Clary out of his trance and in horror he surveyed the damage. "Now I've done it! Seven years bad luck and the shards ALL ROUND MY HATtoo!"
Poor Clary! He had no idea that his beauty was closely aligned with the mirror's. As the mirror aged, so Clary did not! And he had no idea that injury to the mirror could disrupt this delicate balance as he watched the mirror magically reassemble itself before his eyes. But not as before! Instead of antique tarnished gold and dust encrusted jewels, the mirror was positively glowing.
Also unbeknownst to Clary... he was most definitely NOT! Completely oblivious, Clary watched in fascination as the magic mirror renewed itself. Once whole, the mirror presented herself toTHE OLD MAN she encountered wheezing and struggling to  before her. As Clary stared into her fresh face, his wizzened countenance stared back and Clary realized with horror that this time, things were going to be very, very different. But not for long. Outside the open casement window,  THE CARRION CROW patiently waited.

Margo

WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. We meet every second and fourth Friday of the month at CHEBUCTO COFFEE, 6430 Chebucto Road, corner of Chebucto & Kline in Halifax where Mike's extraordinary culinary fare is approaching legendary status. Come early for a bite and stay for the entertainment which starts around 6:30 and goes until 9:00ish. As always... admission is by free-will donation towards the Society's work.

Friday, October 11, 2013

WTF: Saints and Sinners!

Hi gang,

Well... it was bound to happen! While we have fiercely promoted our "no projectiles to be thrown at performers regardless..." rule, we have neglected to announce anything resembling "restrictions" or "limited access"  directed towards potentially unsavoury influences.
It's our own fault really! We should have anticipated the inevitable interest in us... especially considering one of their domiciles is in close proximity on the corner of Oxford and North.
So... let this be a "heads up" to be on your best behaviour because... on Friday, October 11th... for the very first time since its inception... WTF! will most likely be graced by the presence of Saints as the night's theme is the all inclusive
SAINTS SINNERS.
Unlike our regular evenings when only the latter reign supreme, we now must contain ourselves and show some decorum :)

Margo

WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. We meet every second and fourth Friday of the month at CHEBUCTO COFFEE, 6430 Chebucto Road, corner of Chebucto & Kline in Halifax where Mike's extraordinary culinary fare is approaching legendary status. Come early for a bite and stay for the entertainment which starts around 6:50 and goes until 9:00ish. As always... admission is by free-will donation towards the Society's work.

WTF usual or unusual hosts: Cindy Campbell Stone and Margo Carruthers

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

WTF! Gets Mooned!

Hi everyone,
I hope that you all had a glorious lazy summer and are now rested and ready to get back to our Friday frolics at Chebucto Coffee. Our first session of this new season will begin on Friday, September 27th to correspond with the first day of Culture Days. Over the weekend, The Helen Creighton Folklore Society will be offering the following presentations at the Alderney Gate Branch of the HRM Regional Library.
Saturday, September 28, 2:30pm - Folk Music of the Maritimes
Kate Dunlay and Margo Carruthers will examine the Creighton collection and others through examples of traditional music styles and folksongs.
Sunday, September 29, 2:30pm - Folklore of the Maritimes
Clary Croft will examine the collection of his late mentor - Dr. Helen Creighton - through examples of stories, beliefs and songs.
Monday, September 30, 7:00pm - Folktales & Storysongs of the Maritimes
Cindy Campbell Stone will examine the Creighton collection through examples of stories, storysongs and ballads.
There was a new moon on September 5th which would have been Helen Creighton's 114th Birthday. So... in honour of Culture Days and Canada's First Lady of Folklore's undisputed place in preserving our culture, WTF! invites you to celebrate this New Moon Month and New Season of WTF! by sharing your "New" songs or tales or "Moon" songs or tales.
 Be the first on your block to "moon" What the Folk!
Xo Margo
WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. We meet every second and fourth Friday of the month at CHEBUCTO COFFEE, 6430 Chebucto Road, corner of Chebucto & Kline in Halifax where Mike's extraordinary culinary fare is approaching legendary status. Come early for a bite and stay for the entertainmentwhich starts around 6:30 and goes until 9:00ish. As always... admission is by free-will donation towards the Society's work. 
WTF hosts: Cindy Campbell Stone and Margo Carruther; helencreighton.org

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