July 2019 Meeting

July 9, 2019

Flute Friends,

Our next meeting will be this Saturday the 13th at 2PM. This month, we’ll be at Dawn and Ed Dougherty’s home, 2685 Ridgeville Rd in Prospect Hill, up Highway 86 north of Hillsborough. Their phone number is 919-801-2846 if you get lost or need directions. Ed and Dawn have two large lab dogs as well as a tiny but spunky cat, in case you have allergies or issues with animals.

This will also be our summer potluck, so please bring a dish to share if you’re able.

This month, we will feature the flutes and music of George Tortorelli. Then we’ll just enjoy eating and making some music. If the weather cooperates, there may be some hatchet and knife throwing as well.

As always, if you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too.

Here’s the schedule of meetings for the rest of the year:

August 3
September 7
October 5
November 2
December 7

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to host this year. We still need a host for September 7. I know several of you said that you’d check your schedules and let me know. If you’d like to sign up to host that remaining spot, just let me know.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 13th.

June 2019 Meeting

May 28, 2019

Flute Friends,

Our June meeting will be this SUNDAY the 2nd at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the Forest Theater on the UNC Campus. Parking spaces should be available in the small theater parking area at 123 South Boundary Street in Chapel Hill or in a nearby lot at the intersection of Boundary Street and Park Place.

This month, we’ll be featuring the flutes of Bob Grealish and the music of Barry Stramp. Then we’ll do some facilitated playing activities. Please bring an A flute if you have one. As always, if you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

In order to make life a little easier for all of us, I went ahead and scheduled out all meetings for 2019. Here’s the schedule:

July 13
August 3
September 7
October 5
November 2
December 7

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to host this year. We still need a host for September 7. I know several of you said that you’d check your schedules and let me know. If you’d like to sign up to host one of those remaining spots, just let me know.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 2nd.

May 2019 Meeting

May 1, 2019

Our May meeting will be this Saturday the 4th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Catrrine Ponall, 2818 Bedford Avenue in Raleigh, near the NC State Campus. Bedford is a one way street, so you’ll need to come in on Dixie Trail, which runs between Wade Avenue and Hillsborough St.

This month, we’ll be featuring the flutes of Leroy Cully and the music of Tom Mauchahty-Ware. Then we’ll do some facilitated playing activities. As always, if you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

In order to make life a little easier for all of us, I went ahead and scheduled out all meetings for 2019. Here’s the schedule:

June 2 (Sunday)
July 13
August 3
September 7
October 5
November 2
December 7

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to host this year. We still need a host for September 7. I know several of you said that you’d check your schedules and let me know. If you’d like to sign up to host one of those remaining spots, just let me know.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 4th.

April 2019 Meeting

April 3, 2019

Flute Friends,

Our March meeting will be this Saturday the 6th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, 2616 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary. We will be meeting in the covered pavilion. There are wood benches there, but if you’d like something more comfortable, please bring a folding chair. Toward the end of the session, those who are interested can walk into the bluff, so you may want to wear appropriate footwear for a nature trail.

This month, we’ll be featuring the flutes of Brad Young and the new album from Scott August. Then Mara will be leading us in an activity to celebrate Spring with poetry and flutes. As always, if you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

In order to make life a little easier for all of us, I went ahead and scheduled out all meetings for 2019. Here’s the schedule:

May 4
June 2 (Sunday)
July 13
August 3
September 7
October 5
November 2
December 7

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to host this year. We still need a host for September 7. I know several of you said that you’d check your schedules and let me know. If you’d like to sign up to host one of those remaining spots, just let me know.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 6th.

March 2019 Meeting

February 25, 2019

Flute Friends,

Our March meeting will be this Saturday the 2nd at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Bill and Sally Massengale, 315 West University Drive in Chapel Hill.

This month, we’ll be featuring the flutes of Kuzin Bruce Belmore and the music of Louis Webster. Then we’ll do some facilitated playing activities (we still need someone to facilitate this month). As always, if you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

In order to make life a little easier for all of us, I went ahead and scheduled out all meetings for 2019. Here’s the schedule:

April 6
May 4
June 2 (Sunday)
July 13
August 3
September 7
October 5
November 2
December 7

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to host this year. We still need hosts for 2 meetings — August 3 and September 7. I know several of you said that you’d check your schedules and let me know. If you’d like to sign up to host one of those remaining spots, just let me know.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 2nd.

February 2019 Meeting

January 26, 2019

Our February meeting will be Saturday the 2nd at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Lloyd and Judith Jenkins, 4925 Bartwood Dr in North Raleigh.

This month, we’ll be featuring the flutes of Russ Wolf and the music of Stan Snake. Then we’ll do some facilitated playing activities. As always, if you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

In order to make life a little easier for all of us, I went ahead and scheduled out all meetings for 2019. Here’s the schedule:

March 2
April 6
May 4
June 2 (Sunday)
July 13
August 3
September 7
October 5
November 2
December 7

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to host this year. We still need hosts for 4 meetings — March 2, August 3, September 7, and November 2. I know several of you said that you’d check your schedules and let me know. If you’d like to sign up to host one of those remaining spots, I’ve created a form using Signup Genius with the available spots: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0545AEA92AA2FD0-2019

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 2nd.

January 2019 Meeting

December 30, 2018

Flute Friends,

Happy New Year! Our January meeting will be next Saturday the 5th at 2PM. This month, we’ll be at Dawn and Ed Dougherty’s home, 2685 Ridgeville Rd in Prospect Hill, up Highway 86 north of Hillsborough.

Instead of our normal program this month, we’ll do something a little different. Please bring your very favorite flute and be prepared to tell us a little about it and why you like it so much.

After that, we’ll do some facilitated playing activities. Then, if you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 5th.

December 2018 Meeting

December 3, 2018

Flute friends,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now that you’ve eaten all your leftovers, I wanted to pass along the details for our upcoming December gathering. This Saturday the 8th, from 2 to 6 PM, I’m hosting our 7th Annual Epic Holiday Musical Shindig at my home. We’ll fire up the PA system, break out more instruments than you can count, and create lots of bodacious grooves and tasty jams. No discussion topics. Just music. And door prizes. And plenty of food. It wouldn’t be a proper holiday shindig without food. My family will provide an assortment of snacks and finger foods as well as coffee and tea. Please bring a treat to share if you’re able.

As the format for this meeting will be largely an open mic setup, please bring some instruments and have something in mind that you’d like to play. There are plenty of us who play percussion, strings, or other instruments, so if you’d like some accompaniment, just let me know.

If you’d like to contribute something for the door prizes, that’s would be awesome. In the past, we’ve had enough items that everyone got to take something home, but my own stash of giveaways has dwindled significantly over the last couple years. Old CDs you don’t listen to any more, flute bags, instructional materials, etc. would be great contributions.

We’re located at 112 Oakbeech Ct. in Holly Springs, just south of the Raleigh/Cary area. You should be able to find us on Google Maps or your trusty GPS, but if not, please let me know and I’ll be happy to provide you with directions. We’re on a cul-de-sac so parking is at a premium, but we’ll manage. We do have a new large dog, just in case that’s an issue for anyone. I look forward to seeing you there.

Just shoot me an email or RSVP to the Facebook event so we can get a headcount and plan accordingly.

Thanks,
Jon

November 2018 Meeting

October 31, 2018

Our November meeting will be this Saturday the 3rd at 2PM. This month, we’ll be at the home of Jeff and Kim Martin, 2021 Massimo Dr in Creedmoor.

NOTE: We still need someone to facilitate our playing activities this time if anyone would like to volunteer to help.

This month, we’ll be featuring the music of John Colhoff and the flutes of Stephen DeRuby. Then we’ll do some facilitated playing activities. As always, if you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too.

Next month on December 8 is our annual holiday shindig at Jon’s house.

2019 dates coming soon…

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 3rd.

October 2018 Meeting

October 16, 2018

Flute Friends,

Our October Meeting will be this Saturday the 20th at 2PM. This Month, Ken Moore will be hosting us at Forest Theater on the UNC Campus in Chapel Hill. Here are some details from Ken:

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Here are the logistics for Flute Circle gathering on Saturday, October 20 at Forest Theatre on campus of UNC at Chapel Hill.

Plan to arrive at 1:30 pm in case there are surprises with access to parking spaces. This is weekend is during UNC Fall Break and no UNC home football game, so campus should be relatively quite.

Some parking spaces should be available in the small Theatre parking area at 123 South Boundary Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (put this in your vehicle map quest and Siri should lead you right to it.)

There are likely to be free parking spaces along Country Club Road which runs in front of the Paul Green Theater which is diagonally across from the main Forest Theater upper entrance on north side of the street. Other parking spaces likely to be available along South Boundary Street and travel around the curve sharply to the left (north) and you will come to free weekend parking in the Park Place parking lot at intersection of Boundary Street and Park Place opposite the UNC Press building.

Everyone Please bring an A flute, if you have one (we will have extras) and any other flutes you wish to bring.

I will have a modest layout of chips, crackers, cheese and dips and sparkling water. You are welcome to bring other light snacks and beverages of your choice. There is ample table space inside the Theatre for us to spread out. Also there are restroom facilities inside.

As soon after 2:00 pm as possible, hoping to have all attendees present, we will move out onto the open air theater to begin the group flute playing experience Barbara, Judith, Lloyd and I have planned. It will be a bit different and we will not be dependent upon mikes. Playing in the open air of the amphitheater space will be a refreshing acoustical experience.

Following the group playing, which will be approximately an hour, we will have a leisurely break and for those of you who can remain another half hour or so, well have an “educational session” on recognition of native American trees that provide material for flute making. Ken will lead a short walk to show and describe easy identification characteristics of some of the several native trees in vicinity of Forest Theater. This is opportunity for Flute members to share their experiences and observations.

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Also, this Sunday, Erica Alexander is teaching a flute class at the Durham Arts Council. It will begin with an optional introductory or review lesson for one hour, followed by a 2 hour workshop of playing music in an intuitive way, learning a lot about deep fundamentals of music along the way. It is a great way to get comfortable improvising and to be more relaxed about being a musician.

Sunday, October 21
Introductory (or review) class 1:30 – 2:30
Workshop 2:30 – 4:30

More information openwingsflute.com
Register here (select Fall 2018. Music)

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Here are the dates for our remaining 2018 Meetings:

November 3: Jeff & Kim Martin / Facilitator needed
December 8: Annual holiday shindig at Jon’s house

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 20th.