Gardening

I placed my order with seedsavers.org this morning!

When the seed packets arrive, I can get to work creating a container garden on a slab of concrete in our back yard. I will be using inexpensive plastic tubs from Dollar General to plant flowers, vegetables and herbs. I will even be planting milkweed, fennel and parsley to attract butterflies. Joy!

I don’t get out of Crisfield too often nowadays, so the garden will be a nice way to escape the office and watch the bees as I work the soil.

If any of you have any leftover seeds to share I would love to add them into the garden. It would be a way to add faraway places into the back yard.

In The Works . . .

The Daily Frail and the Patrick and Dear Old Dad Vidcast are starting a regular production schedule and our Patreon is growing day by day. This gives us time and resources to start working on new projects.

Here are just a few of the things we are working on:

Folk Guitar:
A weekly workshop with Patrick sharing insights and instruction on the techniques that come together as folk guitar.

Group Video Workshops:
We are setting up a weekly group video chat. This feature will be limited to our Patreon supporters. More information soon.

Book In Progress:
I have a new book in the works. This summer we will be making it available a chapter at a time to our Patreon supporters. In addition to reading the work first you will gain insight into the creative process behind The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo and other much-loved music books.

This is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. We have a lot of great stuff in the works, Your support on Patreon will go a long way towards helping us make it all happen!

Read more about our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/Dobro33H

Attention folk music teachers, authors or performers

Visit the Maryland Folk Musician’s Retreat site
http://www.marylandfolk.com/
Patrick and I believe that it is important to reach out to the people who support and present the music so we have set aside a few bunks in the Faith House for you.
No charge, no strings. All you have to do is tell me about yourself.

Call me at 410-968-3873
Peace to all,
Pat Costello (Dear Old Dad)

My Holiday Wish

This weekend many families round the world will be celebrating Christmas and after that everybody rings in the new year.

If I have one wish for the holidays it would be for all of you to take your banjos when you visit friends and family over the weekend.  Lead the party in singing Silent Night or Auld Lang Syne. Play Cripple Creek for your children or grandchildren to get them dancing and Rosin The Beau as a lullaby. Heck, I don’t care what you play. What matters is that you seize the opportunity to create memories for yourself and the people you love. So many people start playing the banjo only to freeze up when it comes time to put yourself out there.

Get out there and play!

God bless,
-Patrick

Patrick’s Favorite Family-Friendly Horror Movies

Halloween is fast approaching. A lot of you may already know that I love scary movies. Here are a few of my favorite monster movies that manage to be scary without a lot of swearing, nudity and gore.

I added the IMDB link so that parents can check out the parents guide for each movie.

The Body Snatcher (1945)
Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi are mesmerizing in this Robert Louis Stevenson tale of grave robbers supplying doctors with cadavers for medical testing.


The Green Slime (1968)
Astronauts in cardboard spaceships fight slimy green monsters, but the story is actually pretty good. I love this movie!


The Thing From Another World (1951)
Space communists menace a north pole scientific outpost. This movie is a gem. The characters talk with snappy dialoge that makes you care about the people in danger.


Horror of Dracula (1958)
Christopher Lee is truly scary in this Hammer classic.


Duel (1971)
Truck driver messes with a commuter.


The Haunting (1963)
“Whose hand was I holding?”


Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
Stretching the family-friendly concept here with a PG-13 title, but I love this movie. It’s about the most unlikely movie monster: killer klowns from outer space.


The Uninvited (1944)
“They call them the haunted shores, these stretches of Devonshire and Cornwall and Ireland which rear up against the westward ocean. Mists gather here… and sea fog… and eerie stories…”


Happy Halloween everybody!

God bless,
-Patrick