My first word to you is be wary, and handle not the gentle caterpillar.
This is how it all played out...
A couple of years ago I arrived at the performer’s camping area to my camper,
at the Fall Wheatland Music Festival. As we were booked there, we were able to arrive
the day before the festival, and had set up our camper earlier.
The area was full of friends catching up, having spent the summer sharing stages
at various festivals across the state.
I had just finished raising and securing the canopy on my camper when a dear friend,
Brenda who’s last name I’ll not tell, showed up to greet me and have
a sit down chat. She was carrying a stick with a caterpillar on it, a beautiful
whitish yellow caterpillar with fancy black hairs interspersed on it’s segments.
As we talked, I took the stick and the caterpillar, and allowed it to crawl off onto
And from there it crawled to my other hand, up my arm, back down again, and made
the rounds from arm to arm.
I woke up around 3am with a terrible scratchy feeling on my left chest, and when
I scratched, the bumps turned to liquid. Into the bathroom I went like a shot, turned
the light on, and saw my chest looking like raw ground beef.
I spent the weekend in and out of the shower up at the cabin, under cold water. I
thought I had Shingles, as the area looked rather scaly and ached deeply. I had
contractual performance obligations at the festival, and so toughed it out. Monday
finally arrived, and we had to bring the camper up to Lake City for the Harvest
Gathering festival, drop it off, and head back in Becca’s car to the appointment
that I had made with our family doctor in Grand Rapids.
He had his young intern examine me, and she quickly pointed out why my chest and
shoulder couldn't be Shingles. My Doc asked me what I had gotten into, was I
playing in the woods, had I handled something new?
And then I remembered the caterpillar. And I remembered touching it’s black
hairs in wonder, with my right index finger. And I remembered reaching under my
Tshirt to scratch a bug bite on my left chest with my right hand fingers. Good thing
I hadn’t rubbed my eye, or...
Becca, right then, pulled out her iPhone and started looking at images of Michigan
caterpillars. There it is I said to my Doc, as she scrolled down.
Dagger Moth Caterpillar!
I was cleaning out some saved bookmarks today, and came across this link: http://bugguide.net/node/view/505#web_references
Never accept a caterpillar from a pretty girl!
helping out, giving back...
Tim McKay Benefit
12 E Bridge St.
Friday, Jan. 24
7-7:30 Brothers Still
7:45-8:30 Hawks and Owls string band
8:45-9:30 Romano Paoletti and friends
10-10:45 Troll for Trout
11-11:45 The Crane Wives
had the misfortune to seriously injure his right hand in an equipment accident.
As he makes his living as a Cobbler and owner of Ferdinand’s Footwear, and
as a bass player, he’s not able to work.
Please come out and help support a truly great friend.
seem like they were babies just a moment ago...
Micah Ling’s Kickstarter
Micah Ling, Earthwork Music artist, alumni of Hawks and Owls string band
and various school orchestras, Strawberry Heritage band member, go-to studio cellist/vocalist,
and who is featured as a guest performer on many recordings across the state of
Michigan is gearing up to release her own CD. She has gathered some of the best
musicians in the state of Michigan, as well as award winning traditional dancers
Nik Gareiss and Becky Hill for feet percussion (just like the old days), to contribute
to this full length recording.
Micah Ling- cello, lead vocals,
Chris Bathgate- piano, auxiliary
Samantha Cooper- fiddle
Laurel Premo- fiddle
Michael Beauchamp- guitar
Becky Hill- feet
Eli Strauss- banjo
Michael Erlewine- mandolin
Nic Gareiss- feet, bouzouki
Tyler Duncan- flute, boudhran
and all sing!
Produced by Chris Bathgate, Micah Ling, and John Hanson
Recorded at the Heart Center Studio in Big Rapids, MI
This CD will be recorded in Big Rapids at Michael
Erlewine Sr’s. world class recording studio. Plans are unfolding, traditional
American and British Isles tunes and songs have been chosen and thoroughly arranged
and rehearsed, all the musicians and dancers know their parts, all that is needed
is the funding. Please give what you can.
Click the link above please, for a great video shot and edited by
her partner Michael Erlewine Jr., interviews with a couple of the players, some
fine flat-foot dancing, a haunting waltz and an Irish tune with feet flying, and
some very creative Pledge incentive writing.
from Micah’s bio:
Micah Ling is a cellist, vocalist, and aspiring banjo player living in Michigan.
She is a member of the Earthwork Music Collective and organizer for the Two-Story
Square Dance in Lansing, Michigan.
Beyond her musical pursuits, Micah works as an Historical/Cultural Collections Specialist
and Fieldworker for the Michigan State University Museum. She holds degrees in Art
History and Arts and Humanities from Michigan State University, as well as a Museum
She also runs an Etsy shop called Featherbone Vintage,
named for the Warren Featherbone Corset Company of the 19th century. She loves thrifting,
antiquing, and all things old.
at the capital...
Mid-Winter Singing Festival
East Lansing, MI
Sat, Feb. 1, 2014
East Lansing Hannah Community Center
819 Abbot Rd.
Lake Effect features (when we can all get together at the same time) Tiyi
Schippers, Dave Bunce, Rachael Davis, Dominic Davis, Virgil Davis, Layla Bunce,
Zak Bunce, Ezra Bunce, Barry Lemke, and myself. It’s highly doubtful that
the whole cast of characters will be in attendance, but for sure Tiyi with puppet
Root Bear, songs and stories, Bunce, and I will be. Fun for the whole family!
Remember, you’re in Michigan, the weather is cold, and the last thing you want
to do is to freeze your lungs. Uncle Chappy could always tell an out-of-stater,
who he called “mouth breathers”. Those are the folks that always froze
their lungs and got sick. Breath through your nose, warm that cold air up before
it hits your tender insides!
Hawks and Owls string band
the acoustic evolution of rural American
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"I have been receiving tons of compliments concerning the entertainment. As
musicians and volunteers, you added so much for the participants of the race.
I am thrilled and honored to have had the opportunity to collaborate with such
talented performers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Jaime Sheppard,
event coordinator, 10th Annual Komen Race for the Cure
"Bruce hails from
the Grand Rapids area and is an all around
musical genius. He plays mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and sings
as a great bass vocalist. Join him in his Flat Picking Guitar
workshop. He is one of the best around.
" Glynn Russell, Wheatland Music Festival
"We really enjoyed the
performance and hope to continue working with you in the future!
" Teresa Cramer, Mixed Greens, Program Coordinator
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