Monthly Archives: June 2011

Mt. Tabor Ladies’ Aid Quilters

The Mt. Tabor Ladies’ Aid group meets every Thursday at Mt. Tabor Christian Church in Salem, Indiana.  For two generations, Ladies’ Aid has taken on quilting projects to assist with church fundraising.  The group has worked with clients as far … Continue reading

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New Instruments by Larry Hopkins

Last Wednesday, Jon Kay and I talked with instrument builder Larry Hopkins at a TAI community meet-up we held in Washington County.  Larry has done demonstrations for TAI in the past, and is featured on our folktraditions.com website.  He says … Continue reading

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Bob Strong, Memorial Maker

Bob Strong designs and creates stone cemetery monuments at his business Marshall Monuments in Salem, Indiana.  Strong began his career by apprenticing with former owner Woodrow Marshall in 1973, learning techniques for carving and sandblast stenciling.  Strong takes pride in … Continue reading

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Indiana old-time music at the Midwest Folklife Festival

The southern Indiana old-time music band Grease Gravy will export its sweet sounds to Wisconsin this summer for the Midwest Folklife Festival. The band features Stephen Dickey on fiddle, Nancy Dickey on banjo, David Crecelius on guitar, and Maria Abel-Crecelius … Continue reading

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Publicizing the Survey Project

The Salem Leader newspaper helped spread the word about the survey project.  After a short article about TAI work in the area, several people got in touch with me with suggestions of activities to include in the documentation I was … Continue reading

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New Pekin’s spoons ensemble world record attempt

Come help try to break the world record for largest spoons ensemble on July 4 at 12:45 p.m. at the Pekin Community Park in New Pekin, Indiana. Your hosts for the event are Steve “The Spoonman” Tankersley and the Spoonman … Continue reading

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Mike Goering, Banjoist

Mike Goering performs and records original compositions on the five-string banjo.  Goering honed his skills as a banjoist in college, when he began studying instructional books and began to branch out from the basics of bluegrass style.  Inspired by a … Continue reading

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Mick Schocke, Ginseng Conservationist

Mick Schocke is an outdoorsman who has abandoned ginseng digging in favor of ginseng conservation.  In the 1960s, Schocke supplemented his income as a union carpenter by hunting and harvesting ginseng in the woods of Washington County during downtime between … Continue reading

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Jam Session at Larry Trett’s House

Guitarist Larry Trett holds jam sessions in the garage of his South Boston, Indiana home every Tuesday and Friday evening. Trett and several other regular participants were formerly involved in the Blue River Music Association, whose sessions ended due to … Continue reading

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Jeanette Hart, Weaver and Quilter

Jeannette Hart of Salem, Indiana weaves on a Quaker loom that belonged to her grandmother. After a series of life changes early in her career, Hart decided to regain the loom from the local historical museum.  She had the loom … Continue reading

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