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Sandy Paton Memorial & Music Tribute 10 Oct 2009

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Subject: Sandy Paton Memorial 10 October 2009
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 12:56 PM

With Caroline's permission:

- Mark Your Calendars -

Memorial and Musical Tribute to/for Sandy will be held on
Saturday, 10 October 2009 1pm at Music Mountain.


They chose that date in order to not interfere with the Getaway and other fests, plus that was the best date for two of their dear friends from Scotland (sorry I didn't write their names down and do not remember them.)

(See bbc's posting for more details.)


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 01:02 PM

That's in Lakeville, CT---near the northwest corner of the state.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: SINSULL
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 01:30 PM

Any idea what time, kat? A lot of people will be coming a distance and may need to come in the night before if it is early in the AM.
Thanks for posting this.
Mary.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: maeve
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 01:45 PM

I would surmise that the times will come a bit later. Caroline has just set the date so far.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 01:50 PM

Thanks, Kat. I'm going to try my best to make it. Scheduling it on the weekend after the Getaway may make it possible for a lot of us to attend both.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 02:32 PM

You're welcome, folks. Sorry about the time. I can't remember if Caroline mentioned it or not. I am sure we'll find out.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 09:50 PM

I'll have to leave before too late (I need to work the next morning) but I plan to be there.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: Padre
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 01:07 AM

What's the nearest airport to Lakeville?

Padre


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October
From: GUEST,Jennifer Woods
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 01:29 AM

If I know Paton time -- it won't be real early --- neither Caroline or Sandy were "morning" people!


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: maeve
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 06:11 AM

Padre- This site indicates that "The nearest major airport
to Lakeville, Connecticut is Bradley International Airport, with an IATA code of BDL and an ICAO code of KBDL. This airport is in Hartford, Connecticut and is 39 miles from the center of Lakeville, CT."

I hope that is helpful.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October
From: GUEST,Ed Brown
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 07:11 AM

Thanks for the early announcement of Sat. Oct. 10 date.

Those of us with Saturday evening venues (and performers booked for that evening) will be hoping for a very early afternoon time - to make it possible to attend and still get back to set up for our concerts.

e.g. We have Cindy Kallet, Ellen Epstein, & Michael Cicone playing in Springfield, MA that evening at the uNi Coffeehouse Concert Series.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 09:22 AM

Music Mountain is actually near Falls VIllage, Connecticut. (Lakeville is just where their administration has a post office box.) Nearby landmarks, for those who know them, are the Housatonic Valley Regional High School (where Kaelan Paton went, and from which his memorial service was moved), and "Camp" Isabella Freedman, which is just on the other side of the mountain from Music Mountain, and where a lot of folk activities have occurred over the past many years. Also near Lime Rock for auto racing fans, and a little north of the covered bridge at West Cornwall.

The nearest airport is probably Bradley (BDL) (Hartford/Springfield), but Albany, NY, (ALB) is worth consideration if flights are more convenient/cheaper.

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: maeve
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 10:12 AM

Thanks for the additional information, Charlie.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October
From: Anglo
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 10:30 AM

This may leave the Getaway clear, but unfortunately it does conflict with the Boston Folk Song Society's Fall Weekend.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: katlaughing
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 10:55 AM

Well, from the sounds of it, there were festivals every other weekend that they knew of, so I guess they picked what they thought was best and fitted with their friends from Scotland who will be over a limited time.

Caroline said it was in Cornwall, but there are so many little villages next to one another I'm not surprised it seems to be of different locales.:-)


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October
From: Anglo
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 12:34 PM

Yes, coming from Scotland would take priority.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: GUEST,Guest -- Hikerman
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 01:26 PM

Frankly, anything that Caroline wants to do would take priority. The schedule of her family and closest friends is what should matter most to her. Not whether any Mudcat members have gigs that they have to rush to or festivals that would get in the way of their attending. If the date fits what is best for her inner circle that is what she is probably most concerned about. Our petty scheduling problems should be the last thing that she should consider at this time.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 03:45 PM

Thanks so much for this information. I'll be there.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: open mike
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 04:09 PM

here's a list of camping near falls village CT from google
A.Belfrey Lodge - maps.google.com - (860) 824-5991
B.Silver Lake Conference Center-silverlake.ctucc.org-(860) 364-5526
C.Lone Oak Campsites - www.loneoakcampsites.com - (860) 824-7051
D.American School For the Deaf - maps.google.com - (860) 824-4735
E.Camp Mohawk - www.campmohawk.org - (860) 672-6655
F.Valley In the Pines Campground
- www.valleyinthepinescampground.com - (860) 491-2032 -
G.Harris Camp - maps.google.com - (860) 824-5529
H.Hemlock Hill Camp Resort - www.hemlockhillcamp.com -(860) 567-2267 -
I.Camp Wah-Nee - www.wahnee.com - (860) 379-2273
J.        Eisner Camp - necamps.urjcamps.org - (413) 528-1652

unknown if these are all public campgrounds...some sound like private
camps, but perhaps there is a group site at one that could be reserved


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: Padre
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 10:27 PM

Maeve and Charlie,

Thanks for the airport info

Padre


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 11:29 PM

Truly public campground--Housatonic Meadows State Park is only a few miles South on US 7, on the Sharon side of the river across from Cornwall.

Music Mountain is north of the Cornwall/Canaan town line, in the town of Cannan--not to be confused with the village of Canaan, which is in the town of North Canaan. (The village of South Canaan is in the town of Canaan, as is the village called Falls Village.) And of course, New Canaan is 75 miles away.

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: jacqui.c
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 05:43 AM

We will be there - anyone know of any local motels available?


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: bbc
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 06:38 AM

Sharon Motor Lodge is nearby, right in "downtown" Sharon. There'e, also, a very posh hotel nearby--Troutbeck. Those places are, respectively, about 5 & 15 minutes from Patons' home. If you search "Sharon CT motels" you'll find a couple of other possibilities. From Music Mountain, I'm not as sure, since I've never been there. Using this search--"falls village, ct" motels--I got the Wake Robin Inn and Interlaken Inn, but I can't speak for them. I suspect they are pricy.

best,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: bbc
Date: 14 Aug 09 - 01:00 PM

Hi, folks,

I just spoke with Caroline. Apologies for the delay in giving details; Caroline is working hard on the business end of things, as well as tying up many loose ends. The memorial & musical tribute to the life & work of Sandy Paton will begin at 1 pm on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at Music Mountain. There will be a memorial, potluck meal, etc., in that order. Caroline apologizes to those who have conflicts that day & hopes that the time will be early enough to allow people to participate. After the memorial, there will be food (with some level of potluck, for those who can contribute)&, probably, some level of song circle, etc. for those who can stay. Albany is a nice airport, as a secondary choice to Bradley.

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: Celtaddict
Date: 15 Aug 09 - 12:56 PM

Thanks, Barbara. I hope to be there.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October '09
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 15 Aug 09 - 02:21 PM

Ruth and I will be there. It will be a pleasure to meet some Mudcatters in person. Please don't send a proxy. It's not as much fun.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial &Music Tribute 10 October
From: Ed Brown
Date: 15 Aug 09 - 06:46 PM

Beth and I will be there too.

Our thanks to Caroline and to all who are involved in planning the event for making it possible for Sandy's many friends to come together and celebrate his life.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October
From: GUEST,Pamela from Ithaca
Date: 16 Aug 09 - 02:46 PM

Thanks for the info. I'm not sure whether I'll be able to be there in person (I've got a lot of
travel in October and some important reasons to be home as well), but I will certainly be there in spirit... as I was for Kaelen's memorial.
For what it's worth, the Scottish friends who are coming over are Alison McMoreland and Geordie McIntyre. Fabulous singers and dear friends of Caroline and Sandy's. I've spoken with them, and they are most honored to be asked to be part of this. Alison and Geordie are traveling over to the states around that time for the Eisteddfod Festival in New York the next weekend.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: bbc
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 08:59 PM

Hi, folks,

I had dinner with Caroline tonight. She is getting more up-to-date on orders & asked me to let folks know that she has some time to chat now & would welcome your calls. She still hasn't figured out a way to see the computer well enough to manage email. She appreciates the cards that have been sent, but hasn't managed to read them all yet, since her vision makes it quite difficult.

best,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 25 Sep 09 - 06:45 PM

Caroline asked me to post this:

Musical Tribute and Memorial for Sandy Paton

A memorial for Charles Alexander “Sandy”Paton will be held on Saturday October 10th at one o’clock PM at Music Mountain, 225Music Mountain Road, Falls Village, CT, Phone: (860)824-7126. The program will include remembrances and music from family, friends and members oft he American, English, Scottish, and Irish folk music communities, many of whom were recorded by Sandy Paton on his company label Folk Legacy. The memorial will be followed by a potluck meal of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, and more music and sharing. Directions to Music Mountain can be found on the web at musicmountain.org. Sandy Paton died peacefully on Sunday July 26th at the age of eighty. He was a well-known folksinger, folklorist, and music producer. He sang a wide repertoire of traditional songs in a fine and true tenor voice, accompanying himself with tasteful, flowing guitar work. His passion was to record and produce the expression of other artists, taking time to create the finest possible recordings. Producing records, and later CDs, involved recording, editing, and programming the music while also taking photos, designing covers, and writing notes for the accompanying booklets. The result was a catalog of 140 classic folk recordings, all of which are in print and available at: Folk Legacy,P.O. Box 1148, Sharon, CT 06069, Phone: (860)364-5661, email: folklegacy@snet.net, Web address:folklegacy.com Sandy and Caroline Paton founded Folk Legacy in1961 with their friend and business partner Lee Haggerty. Their first release was of Frank Proffitt, a farmer and fretless-banjo player from the mountains of North Carolina who was celebrated as the source of the song “Tom Dooley” (made famous by the Kingston Trio), which launched the folk music revival of the 1960s. Many other albums followed, featuring artists from all over the United States, as well as England, Scotland and Ireland. One exciting find was the singer Sara Cleveland from Hudson Falls, New York who knew hundreds of songs from her family tradition of classic ballads and lumbering songs. Folk Legacy also recorded many fine musicians from the folk revival including Gordon Bok, Rosalie Sorrels, Bill Staines ,Jean Redpath, Archie Fisher, and many others. Because his father worked for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, Sandy’s family moved almost every year before he was thirteen. He left home early to travel around the country with a guitar and a sleeping bag. During World War II, when many men were in the army, Sandy worked harvesting wheat in Salina, Kansas. He studied painting at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. and later in Seattle with Mark Tobey and Morris Graves, resulting in a successful one-man show. He worked as an actor in the Northwest and later in New York City where he played the male lead in Shaw’s “Arms and the Man” off-Broadway. As time went on, he focused more and more on traditional folk music, researching and performing a varied repertoire. In 1957 he met a folk enthusiast, Caroline Ann Swenson, at one of his concerts in Berkeley, CA. The story is that Sandy noticed a young woman singing vigorous harmony on the choruses of his songs, and wasted no time getting to know her after the concert. The couple married and spent a year in England performing in clubs and studying British folk music. They visited and collected songs from traditional singers including Jeannie Robertson, a magnificent ballad singer from Aberdeen, Scotland. Sandy and Caroline’s first son David was born while the couple was living in England. Returning to the U.S. and the greater Chicago area, Sandy sang at the Gate of Horn with Odetta and Martha Schlamme. He recorded his first album “The Many Sides of Sandy Paton” for Elektra Records. Later in Colorado, Sandy sang at the Limelight Club.Around that time, the Patons met Judy Collins, a young singer with whom they shared songs and babysitting. The Patons moved back to the Chicago areain 1960 where their second son Rob was born. , Sandy met Lee Haggerty, another folk enthusiast, who suggested that they start Folk Legacy. Folk Legacy was incorporated on October 31, 1961 in Huntington, VT. Though the choice of Halloween was coincidental, it is one of the most important folkloric dates in the annual calendar. Living in Vermont, the Patons presented programs all over the state including the Trapp Family Lodge and the Sugarbush Inn. In1967 Folk Legacy, Lee Haggerty, and the Paton family moved to Sharon, CT where David and Rob were enrolled in Sharon Center School. Over the years, Sandy and Caroline produced recordings of their own music, presented hundreds of concerts in CT and around the U.S., enlarged the Folk Legacy catalog, and participated in folk gatherings, including the Chicago, Fox Hollow, Newport, Smithsonian, Philadelphia, NEFFA, Nomad, and Old Songs festivals. They were founding members of the North American Folk Alliance and were designated Connecticut State Troubadours in 1993. Their sons David and Rob are both musicians, each performing on his own and together as the Paton Family. Folk Legacy will enter its 48th year in late October. Caroline, David and Rob will continue collecting, performing, and producing folk music, carrying on the work initiated by Sandy, Caroline and Lee (who died in 2000). Sandy Paton is survived by his wife Caroline; sons David and Rob; grandchildren Linnea, Erik, Hannah, Shannon, and Juliana; sisters, Barbara Gardner and D’Ann Paton of CA; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his grandson Kaelan who was swept away by the Housatonic River on June 16, 2009 after helping two friends to safety from the rushing water. Tax-deductible contributions in Sandy’s name can be made to the Kaelan Paton Memorial Fund and sent to: Caroline Paton, P.O. Box 1148, Sharon, CT 06069or Salisbury Bank, P.O. Box 7, Sharon, CT 06069. Anyone with stories, photos, and/or remembrances of Sandy Paton is invited to send them to Linnea M.Palmer Paton at P. O. Box 472, Sharon, CT 06069 or to Lpalmerpaton@yahoo.com for possible inclusion in a future biography or history.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: bbc
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 08:34 PM

refresh

Coming up soon. Hope to see many of you there!

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: Rain Dog
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 03:44 AM

There was an obituary in yesterdays Guardian newspaper

Sandy Paton obituary from the Guardian


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: Rain Dog
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 03:46 AM

I see the Guardian obituary had already been posted in another thread. Should have scrolled further down the page before posting.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: bbc
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 06:33 AM

Rain Dog,

It's fine to have added it in each of the threads about Sandy, in case some folks are following one thread & not the other. The article was very nicely done. I read it to Caroline last night & she really appreciated it.

best,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: maeve
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 10:45 AM

Refresh


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 11:23 AM

I don't know if the text of it was copied to the other thread, so am going to add it here. Thanks for the link from HERE:


Sandy Paton obituary

Musician and founder of the Folk-Legacy label
* Tony Russell
    * guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 30 September 2009 18.56 BST
   

During the late 1950s and early 60s, a wave of American folk singers broke on British shores – artists such as Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Richard Fariña and Bob Dylan. Amid this procession was a personable couple named Sandy and Caroline Paton.

Sandy Paton, who has died aged 80, continued to make music with Caroline for many years, but his most important contribution to folk music was to co-found the record label Folk-Legacy, which has survived the vicissitudes of the independent record business for almost half a century. Folk-Legacy LPs, instantly recognisable by their sober, black-and-white sleeves, introduced enthusiasts both to voices of the East Coast folk revival, such as Gordon Bok and Rosalie Sorrels, and to older practitioners such as the Kentucky singer Sarah Ogan Gunning and the North Carolina banjo player and singer Frank Proffitt, whose tale of the murderer Tom Dooley was turned into a million-selling disc by the Kingston Trio.

Paton's father was a geographer, and the family moved often. He spent his teens in Seattle, painting, acting and discovering folk music, eventually choosing the latter as his profession. In 1957 he met Caroline and later that year they visited Britain, performing at folk clubs such as the Troubadour and Eel Pie Island in London.

Paton recorded three EPs of American folk songs for the small Jazz Collector label and assisted the Scots folklorist Hamish Henderson in recording the celebrated Aberdeen singer Jeannie Robertson and her daughter Lizzie Higgins. While in Britain, Caroline gave birth to their son David, and some of the songs they sang to him appeared a couple of years later on their Topic EP Hush Little Baby.

Back in the US, Paton worked for a time in the record department of a Chicago store, building up its stock of folk albums. On a song-collecting trip to Appalachia, he recorded Proffitt and Horton Barker, a blind ballad singer from Virginia. Impressed by the tapes, his friend Lee Haggerty suggested they create a record label, and provided financial backing.

Based in Burlington, Vermont, where the Patons then lived, Folk-Legacy opened its catalogue in 1961 with an album by Proffitt. There were further LPs by traditional performers, such as two volumes of songs from the community of Beech Mountain, North Carolina, but the mainstays of the enterprise were artists such as Bok, Ed Trickett, Art Thieme and Michael Cooney, and the Scots singers Jean Redpath and Archie Fisher. A popular early release, Golden Ring, was subtitled A Gathering of Friends for Making Music. The phrase succinctly defines the Folk-Legacy ethic.

In a catalogue that eventually topped 120, the Patons allowed themselves an occasional album of their own, and over the years released Sandy & Caroline Paton, I've Got a Song, New Harmony and When the Spirit Says Sing. Paton also continued his field-recording work and in 1977 he produced the collection Brave Boys: New England Traditions in Folk Music for New World Records.

The Patons' services to folk music were recognised in awards from the California Traditional Music Society, the Memphis Dulcimer festival and the Eisteddfod festival of traditional arts in Massachusetts. In 1993 the Commission on the Arts in Connecticut, where they had moved in 1967, declared them "official State Troubadours".

Paton is survived by Caroline and their sons, David and Rob.

• Charles Alexander (Sandy) Paton, folk musician and record company owner, born January 22 1929; died July 26 2009


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: bbc
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 06:30 AM

Hope some of you will be able to join us in person. If not, please keep Sandy in your hearts tomorrow, as we gather to honor his memory & celebrate his life.

best to all,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: maeve
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 08:15 AM

I want very much to be there to honor Sandy. I have no way to get down and back on Saturday. I am so disappointed. I know that Caroline, family, and friends will make this a memorable, poignant, and joyful occasion.

Warm regards,

maeve


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 11:47 AM

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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: jacqui.c
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 12:30 PM

We were going to go but I've come down with a cold and certainly don't want to spread that round a roomful of singers.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 02:49 PM

I'm very disappointed that Frank and I will not be able to come to the tribute for Sandy. We have a big gathering of bluegrass musicians at our house on Columbus Day weekend every year, and we'll have about 75 people (including houseguests from out of state) at our house that day. There was no way to get in touch with everyone we told about it over the past year.

Anyway, we send our love to Caroline and the family and our personal tribute to Sandy. I'll certainly think of him with a smile to know you and we will all be hearing and making music with him in mind.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: Duane D.
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 04:39 PM

Hi folks, I added a link to Sandy's obituary thread and it really should have been added here. I recently added, to my flickr gallery, a set of twenty-seven images of Sandy from 2000-2009, including various concerts, the 2000 Clearwater Festival, and the Paton Family Reunion Dinner on June 16, 2009. The set may be viewed here.

I expect to be in attendance at Sandy's memorial on Saturday. Do have a great day.

Duane.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: Nancy King
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 05:25 PM

Nice pictures, Duane -- thanks!

Jacqui, I'm disappointed we won't be seeing you! I was looking forward to that. Ah well, here's a FEEL BETTER FAST wish from me and Sondra Wallace. (We've just landed at our motel for the evening).

See the rest of you tomorrow --

Nancy


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: Padre
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 08:50 PM

I'm sorry that I won't be able to be there tomorrow. Like Jacqui, I'm dealing with a cold (NOT swine flu, thank heaven).

Padre


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: Art Thieme
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 09:11 PM

I talked to Caroline tonight... --- Carol and I won't be there tomorrow, but rest assured I'll be here thinking of you all--and Sandy.

Art


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October
From: Ken Schatz
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 11:52 PM

I wish I could be there. I'm very glad I got to share some memories of Sandy with folks at the FSGW Getaway, though. Many thanks and much love to Caroline, the whole Paton family, and all.

Ken


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 12:08 AM

Same here, Art. Thinking of you, Caroline and everyone else. My Morgan and I will sing a song for you, tomorrow.

love,

Kat'leen, Rog and Morgan-the Grandson who still loves his Limberjacks from Sandy and Caroline


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: bbc
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 08:53 AM

Folks, I know many of you can't be with us in person. Thank you for your thoughts & prayers. Keep us in your hearts today, as we remember & honor Sandy. And please lend your support to Caroline, Rob, & David in future times in your own ways.

best to all,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: lisa null
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 09:08 AM

My heart goes out to you all today. Unfortunately I, and now Charlie, are struggling with some sort of flu or bad cold. I had hoped to sing and do all in my power to honor my dear friend, adviser, co-field worker, intellectual sparring partner, and all around pal, Sandy Paton.
As for so many others, Sandy and Caroline made a home for me away from home. They taught me most of what I needed to know to start a record company, to interpret traditional songs, and to perform.

Even more than mourning him, I am filled with gratitude for having known him and wanted to share that with others who felt the same way.

So here's to you, Sandy-- I raise my glass in your honor.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: kendall
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 09:23 AM

Apparently someone brought the cold germs to the Getaway. Thanks for nothing.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: Jeri
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 09:30 AM

I was hoping to be there, but Micca's visiting and I got a flu shot on Thursday to which my immune system is seriously (over)reacting.

Sandy was such a Big Deal, but he didn't act like it. Professional, yes; too important to talk to folks, no. If it weren't for
Sandy, I wouldn't have known Rick and Heather Fielding. I likely wouldn't have joined Mudcat and met all the people I've met through this place. I wouldn't have gone to the FSGW Getaway or ever driven to Toronto or New Jersey just to talk and play with fellow musicians I'd never met before.

I don't believe anyone who knew Sandy at all will not miss him, but we're better off for having known him. Love, light, laughter, music and joy: when I remember Sandy, I'll feel those things.

Y'all give each other an extra hug for me.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: bbc
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 09:03 PM

Thanks, folks. Kendall, your message was read by Caroline's sister during the memorial. I had already heard from Caroline that some of you others were under the weather. Hope you feel better soon! There was a good crowd at the memorial. Many folks who recorded for Folk Legacy took part in the memorial & there were multitudes of performers & music lovers in attendance. I hesitate to start listing names, because I know I'll leave folks out. Suffice it to say that we all came together through love of Sandy & out of support for Caroline. We all wiped away a tear, now & then, but there was laughter, too, & lots of great music, from the stage & singing along. I think Sandy would be pleased.

best,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: GUEST,Dan's laptop
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 11:57 PM

It was one of the most amazing afternoon of singing I can ever recall. Now it's time to support Caroline, David and Rob by buying Folk Legacy CDs.

Dan Schatz


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 11:57 PM

I grew knowing the Patons quite well as a family friend from birth; their concerts were truly one of a kind, and their voices blended together beautifully in a soft melodic tone. They often visited us when in Southern CT and performed at my mom's elementary schools. The best part of their concerts was that they involved a great deal of audience participation. He was truly a great guy.
Don Frazier


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 08:09 AM

My wife Ruth and I had a beautiful time at the memorial. For me, it was wonderful seeing old friends like (but not an all inclusive list) Roy Harris, Harry Tuft, Bill Shute, Skip Gorman, Ed Trickett, Jennifer Woods and Bob Clayton, Bill Spence, Patricia Herdman, and several Catters. It was a special pleasure meeting Bill Schatz, Joe Offer and Nancy King. I could easily double that list, but others may add to it. Not all would be familiar names to Catters.

Caroline was as gracious and radiant as ever, and David Paton was warm and welcoming despite his "Summer of tears," as he so beautifully put it. The music was uniformally excellent and the testimonies were heartfelt and moving.

It was an experience I'll never forget. The recorded and video taped the whole thing. How wonderful if they made it available for purchase down the line.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 09:22 AM

I had to stop in and hear how this went .. I am so glad the gathering made great music . The leaf peepers were out in force at the pottery here in Bantam , . This is the biggest sales weekend of the year in Litchfield county so I am where I have to be but am thinking of what a wonderful group I missed . Love to Carolne . Guy


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 09:59 AM

And then, Barbara Carr was there, as you've notice, and Jim and Cindy Bean and their son Nate, David Jones, Cliff Haslim, Jerry Esptein, Joe Hickerson, The Johnson Girls, Greg Arzner and Retty Leonino, Bob Zentz, Naomi Solo and many others I've seen around over the years whose faces were familiar, but whose names have slipped away after too many years of absence. I know I'm still forgetting to include a few.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 11:12 AM

And Dwayne and Kathy Westra.... and who else?


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Mem.&Music Tribute 1pm 10 October '09
From: SINSULL
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 11:16 AM

Sandy and Caroline have been in my thoughts and prayers all weekend. How lucky I am to have known them and shared some music with them.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial & Music Tribute 10 Oct 20
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 11:29 AM

It was the most wonderful musical gathering I've ever attended. Maybe this was the final Golden Ring: A Gathering of Friends Making Music to Honor Sandy Paton - the father of the Golden Ring.

Rest in peace and in joy, Sandy. We all loved you.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial & Music Tribute 10 Oct 2009
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 01:00 PM

So there's the name for the DVD of it, Joe. Beautifully put. Sounds like a Who's Who..what a wonderful way to say goodbye.

Love to Caroline and family,

kat & Rog & Morgan


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial & Music Tribute 10 Oct 2009
From: kendall
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 03:05 PM

Sniff


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial & Music Tribute 10 Oct 20
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 09:37 PM

Yeah, we missed you, Kendall - but your letter was beautiful, and Caroline's sister read it beautifully.
They made a video of the gathering - I hope there will be a way for us to get copies.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial & Music Tribute 10 Oct 2009
From: Booklynrose
Date: 11 Oct 09 - 10:02 PM

Yes it was a very good gathering, and I thought it captured a little of Sandy Paton's beautiful spirit. Sharing memories and songs brings some peace.
For those of you who could not be there, next week Howard Glasser is holding a memorial at the Eisteddfod on Sunday morning (10/18)honoring Sandy and the other wonderful people who were associated with Eisteddfod whom we have lost. This year Eisteddfod will be in the Hudson Valley (info at http://www.eisteddfod-ny.org ). There is a schedule on the web site. Many of the Eisteddfod performers were also at the memorial.   We will hear more wonderful singing/playing.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial & Music Tribute 10 Oct 20
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Oct 09 - 10:56 PM

At the memorial service, somebody mentioned Sandy's voracious reading habits. I thought he told me he read a book a day, but he said that wasn't so. Maybe it was a book a week. Anybody know how much he read?
I called him a "closet PhD" - a high school dropout, but one of the wisest people I have ever known.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial & Music Tribute 10 Oct 2009
From: bbc
Date: 13 Oct 09 - 06:32 AM

JOe, I am witness to the piles & shelves of (hardcover) books all over the house, as well as the fact that, every time I visited, he had, at least, 1 book open on the table in front of him. He read mostly nonfiction &, specifically, history. I am also witness to the fact that before I drove him to his last doctor's visit, he made sure we brought a book along & was concerned whether one would be enough. I do love that man.

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial & Music Tribute 10 Oct 2009
From: kendall
Date: 13 Oct 09 - 06:53 AM

I guess you could say he was educated far below his intelligence. Excellent command of the language, head full of interesting stuff and a life full of interesting people. I'm a history major so we never had a problem with something to discuss.

I didn't know the memorial would be taped so I hope my letter wasn't too sappy.


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Subject: RE: Sandy Paton Memorial & Music Tribute 10 Oct 2009
From: bbc
Date: 13 Oct 09 - 09:21 PM

Kendall, it was perfect. Thanks so much for sending it!

love,

Barbara


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