On Saturday..

Doug Williams at an open mic in Stamford, 10-14.

This musician as well as others are part of the Worn&Weathered Club’s gathering this weekend.  Members are bringing food for the potluck.  Music from members of Harmony Street and Logan’s Express benefits local friends.  Located at the Hobart Firehouse on this Saturday, the 28th, with doors open@4pm.  This note and photo by Wanda Callagy.  All proceeds go toward the efforts of this event.

A throwback view of music

Jim Kopp and John Fink with Leslie Barkman playing at an open mic/jam last fall in the carriage house in Stamford.


On Saturday two bands, Logan’s Express and Harmony Street will be part of a fundraiser in Hobart.  Starting @ 4PM at the firehouse, this event runs until 8PM.  Join us!  Any questions, call a member of the “Worn and Weathered, Inc.”  Photo and note by Wanda Callagy



An Event to share..

Wanda Callagy

A fundraiser scheduled for this weekend will not only give local folks a helping hand but the evening will also provide three hours of music to warm up a cold night in February!

Starting@ 4PM, the doors will open @ the Hobart firehouse and over 30 members from the “Worn and Weathered” club will provide potluck fixings from soup to nuts to share for those who want to join in.   Two local bands will fill the rooms with music.  Logan’s Express will play classic rock and roll and blues(Jim Kopp, John Fink, Joe Ferla, Vladimir Smirnoff) and the sounds of the 50’s and Doo-Wop will be provided by Harmony Street with Jill Tannone, Doug Williams, Joe Ferla, and Dick Vollkommer).A 50-50 raffle will be held with all proceeds to go to friends Mel and Darlene Ackerman toward their health cares.

Joe Ferla, one of the members of the club, explained that the “Worn and Weathered, Inc.” Club is a riding and service club that sites its mission as one that organizes events to enjoy that activity while being part of a group that is assisting their brothers and sisters and others in the community when in need.

“I am looking forward to this,” added Ferla.  “Bill (Palmer) and the group members put this together to give a little back to two people who have always pitched in to give their time to an event, or to help others.  It will be a great night with lots of music to enjoy with a wonderful bunch of folks.  I am hoping we see a good turnout.”

Doors open@4-8pm on Saturday, February 28 at the Hobart Firehouse, Hobart, NY.  Tickets at the door are $8, with children 12 and under $5.

Contact information about this event can be found on Worn & Weathered Inc. http://www.wornandweatheredmc.com/

This page is  dedicated to Mel and Darlene.


At the Belvedere with mike herman.  first jam 098
Jim Kopp @ an open mic in Stamford.
Doug Williams and John Fink at an open mic last fall in Stamford.



Care to Cook?

Notes and photo by Wanda CallagyIMG_5041 There is something to be said about cooking a meal.  Learning to cook from scratch was an effort my mother shared, but at the time her skills were lost with me.  However, there may be hope yet.

I heard and read about this cookbook and picked up a copy while in Memphis while attending the International Blues Challenge there.  The proceeds of this project benefit the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust ) which in essence assists blues musicians and their families with health concerns.  Established by the Blues Foundation,  this project has helped many through donations and this collection of recipes were imagined and produced by Blues411.  Many sponsors helped to fund the printing costs so that 100% of monies raised goes to the HART Fund, and recipes were donated by blues fans, musicians, radio hosts, and other folks from around the world.

One may see a recipe from Gil Anthony and be curious about making his Cornbread Salad. Or, if you are feeling a little wild, try Alana Wyld’s Nana’s Italian Cheesecake or Sunday Wilde’s Sunday’s Wild Blueberry Cordial (Reno’s arthritis fix).

Debbie Davies shares a great soup concoction to keep musicians and everyone else warm and healthy with her Deb’s Heart Healthy Antioxidant Soup. Or, try Eric Selby’s Texas Caviar (Texas Flood for the Taste Buds).  And then, there’s  Tim Detwiler’s Slow Down Slow Down Smoked Babyback Ribs.

I was so glad to find pages that give helpful cooking hints.  Do you know how to cool your punch?  Or at what temperature to serve cheese?  Add another chapter and you have a cooking timetable and a list of pantry basics along with ideas for ‘quick fixes’.  You may want to have a party…or at least feel comfortable enough to serve a snack.

Chef Jimi & Leslie, Blues 411 pulled this together and shared some great recipes of their own.  For more information, contact the sites listed below. ALL information in this article written or shared is with the intent to spread the word about this endeavor.  ALL PROCEEDS from this book and its contents go to The Hart Fund.    Get cookin’..or at least gain some insight when buying fresh vegetables or fruits…and hey!  Do YOU know how to get burnt food off pots and pans?

Sources (and the answer to that question) and for more information about this project, the Blues Foundation and The Hart Fund may be found:




Copyright 2014 by Morris Press Cookbooks and printed in the USA http://www.morriscookbooks.com

Joining the class

It is evident I have two blogs.  One is ‘ Long story, short’.   One is ‘for good measure’.   A music page, and a running novelette about my days and what I see.

I have already missed yesterday’s assignment.


I am to pick three concrete goals for my blog(s).

I will keep this brief.


1. Encouragement. Blogging gives me a chance to stay focused and submit something every day.  Not to a deadline or editor, and not as messy as my scribble books.  I look at the world, often with a camera now, and go to listen to music.  Then, I write about it.  It gives purpose.

2. Share ideas.  More personal than a social network post.  When I write on this site, I read others’ work.  Not a novel yet, but I encourage growth in my stuff and with others. I also do not want to be part of some of that drama.


3. Networking also is part of this.  I pick up paying freelance work.  Writing for newspapers makes me a small part of that community.  I can be part of a positive change, right here.  If I do a good review or even just post a good photo that I took perhaps it will draw interest.  I highly recommend music as a healer and writing about it has that perk for me, also.  I have dreams.  I want to ‘hang a show’.  I hope to keep traveling and see the west.  Maybe this summer I can get to a couple of festivals.  I blend in family time and nature walks and ideas about books I may read in the pages.  It is proof.

I can see that I am living.