December 2017 Meeting

November 28, 2017

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. On Saturday the 9th, from 2 to 6 PM, I’m hosting our 6th 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. If you’d like to bring a treat to share, that’s great, but please don’t feel obligated to do so.

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. 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.

Also, just a head’s up that our January meeting will be on the 6th at Ed and Dawn’s new home. Details and new address will come soon. I’m working on dates for 2018 and will be looking for volunteers to host those meetings soon.

Thanks,
Jon

November 2017 Meeting

October 31, 2017

Flute Friends,

Our November meeting will be Saturday the 4th at 2PM. This month, we’ll be at the home of Jeff and Kim Martin, 2021 Massimo Dr in Creedmoor.

This month, we’ll be featuring the music of Cornell Kinderknecht and the flutes of Miguel Medina. 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.

In order to make life a little easier for all of us, I went ahead and scheduled out all meetings for 2017. Many of you have already volunteered to host these meetings and to act as our monthly facilitator for playing time, and I definitely appreciate that. Here’s the schedule listing both host and facilitator for each month:

December 9: Annual holiday shindig at Jon’s house

2018 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 4th.

October 2017 Meeting

October 4, 2017

Our October meeting will be this Saturday the 7th at 2PM. This month, we’ll be at the home of Dave Nichols at 56702 Nash in Chapel Hill. It’s a gated community, but just tell the guard that you’re there for the flute circle at Dave’s house

This month, we’ll be featuring the music of Hawk Henries and the flutes of Randy Stenzel. 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.

In order to make life a little easier for all of us, I went ahead and scheduled out all meetings for 2017. Many of you have already volunteered to host these meetings and to act as our monthly facilitator for playing time, and I definitely appreciate that. Here’s the schedule listing both host and facilitator for each month:

November 4: Jeff & Kim / Michelle
December 9: 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 7th.

September 2017 Meeting

September 7, 2017

Our September meeting will be this Saturday the 9th at 2PM. This month, we’ll be meeting at at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve located at 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd in Cary. There will be some walking involved to get to the pavilion, but nothing strenuous.

As a backup, if the weather is uncooperative, we’ll meet at the home of Mara Cohen, 304 Morganford Place in Cary.

This month, we’ll be featuring the music of Suzanne Teng, and we’ll be looking at various traditional Chinese 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.

In order to make life a little easier for all of us, I went ahead and scheduled out all meetings for 2017. Many of you have already volunteered to host these meetings and to act as our monthly facilitator for playing time, and I definitely appreciate that. Here’s the schedule listing both host and facilitator for each month:

October 7: Dave / Facilitator needed
November 4: Jeff & Kim / Michelle
December 9: 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 9th.

August 2017 Meeting

July 31, 2017

Flute Friends,

Our August meeting will be Saturday the 5th at 2PM. 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 music of Joseph Firecrow, Cheyenne recording artist who recently passed away, and the flutes of Jay Old Mouse, the current flute keeper for the Cheyenne Nation. 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.

In order to make life a little easier for all of us, I went ahead and scheduled out all meetings for 2017. Many of you have already volunteered to host these meetings and to act as our monthly facilitator for playing time, and I definitely appreciate that. Here’s the schedule listing both host and facilitator for each month:

September 9: Mara / Mara
October 7: Host needed / Facilitator needed
November 4: Jeff & Kim / Michelle
December 9: 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 5th.

July 2017 Meeting

June 22, 2017

Flute Friends,

Our July meeting will be Saturday the 1st at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Ed and Dawn Dougherty, 359 Green Meadow Lane in Roxboro. 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’ll be featuring the music of Jeff Ball and the flutes of Geoffrey Ellis. 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.

In order to make life a little easier for all of us, I went ahead and scheduled out all meetings for 2017. Many of you have already volunteered to host these meetings and to act as our monthly facilitator for playing time, and I definitely appreciate that. Here’s the schedule listing both host and facilitator for each month:

August 5: Catrrine & Mark / Catrrine & Mark
September 9: Mara / Mara
October 7: Host needed / Facilitator needed
November 4: Jeff & Kim / Michelle
December 9: 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 1st.

June 2017 Meeting

May 31, 2017

Everyone,

Once again, I’m running behind getting the announcement out due to my crazy schedule lately. My apologies. I’m probably going to migrate the mailing list to an email marketing service I can use to schedule announcements and have them go out automatically. Just need time to implement it. Stay tuned.

Anyway, our June meeting will be this Saturday, June 3, at 2PM at my house — 112 Oakbeech Ct. in Holly Springs.

Instead of featuring a recording artist and flutemaker as I usually do, I’m going to present a seminar on traditional flute playing that I’ve done at various festivals around the country. Here’s a quick description: Native American flute music as it was traditionally played is quite a bit different than the music we hear today. In this one hour workshop, we will listen to examples of some of the earliest recorded flute music, explore how songs are structured, and learn some basic techniques that will allow you to play in a similar style.

Please do your best to be on time so we can start promptly.

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 2017. Many of you have already volunteered to host these meetings and to act as our monthly facilitator for playing time, and I definitely appreciate that. Here’s the schedule listing both host and facilitator for each month:

July 1: Ed & Dawn / Ed & Dawn
August 5: Catrrine & Mark / Catrrine & Mark
September 9: Mara / Mara
October 7: Host needed / Facilitator needed
November 4: Jeff & Kim / Michelle
December 9: 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 3rd.

May 2017 Meeting

May 4, 2017

Everyone,

I’m sorry for the late notice this month. Things have been hectic for me lately, but hey, that’s why I published the schedule for the whole year back in December.

Anyway, our May meeting will be this Saturday the 6th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Barbara Pedersen, 28 Oakwood Dr in Chapel Hill.

I’ll feature a recording artist and flutemaker as usual. 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 2017. Many of you have already volunteered to host these meetings and to act as our monthly facilitator for playing time, and I definitely appreciate that. Here’s the schedule listing both host and facilitator for each month:

June 3: Jon / Michelle
July 1: Ed & Dawn / Ed & Dawn
August 5: Catrrine & Mark / Catrrine & Mark
September 9: Mara / Mara
October 7: Host needed / Facilitator needed
November 4: Jeff & Kim / Michelle
December 9: 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 6th.

April 2017 Meeting

April 1, 2017

Our April meeting will be Saturday the 8th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Robin Kirwan, 9712 Straightaway Lane in Bahama, just north of Durham on 15/501.

This month, we’ll be featuring the flutes of JP Gomez and music from Jonny Lipford’s latest album, Waves of Serenity (I’ll have a few copies for sale if anyone is interested). 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 2017. Many of you have already volunteered to host these meetings and to act as our monthly facilitator for playing time, and I definitely appreciate that. Here’s the schedule listing both host and facilitator for each month:

May 6: Barbara / Rick
June 3: Jon / Michelle
July 1: Ed & Dawn / Ed & Dawn
August 5: Catrrine & Mark / Catrrine & Mark
September 9: Mara / Mara
October 7: Host needed / Facilitator needed
November 4: Jeff & Kim / Michelle
December 9: 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 8th.

March 2017 Meeting

March 3, 2017

Flute Friends,

Our March meeting will be Saturday the 11th 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 Scott Loomis and the music of Paula Ellis. 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 2017. Many of you have already volunteered to host these meetings and to act as our monthly facilitator for playing time, and I definitely appreciate that. Here’s the schedule listing both host and facilitator for each month:

April 8: Robin / Robin
May 6: Barbara / Rick
June 3: Jon / Michelle
July 1: Ed & Dawn / Ed & Dawn
August 5: Catrrine & Mark / Catrrine & Mark
September 9: Mara / Mara
October 7: Host needed / Facilitator needed
November 4: Jeff & Kim / Michelle
December 9: 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 11th.