May Update

Hello All - We've had so much rain in SW Virginia recently that the ghost of Joe Penner kept showing up around the town asking people, "Wanna buy a duck?" At which point the ghosts of all the Marx Brothers - minus Uncle Karl - answered that question with a question,"Why a duck?" Sorry about those. I guess I've been watching too many late late movies. Recently got back from a fine week's stay at Kevin Barry's ( in Savannah. (Here's a recent review from a Mississippi Writer Just scroll down from the two recipes) I know; their calendar and all still isn't up. They are working on it. I've seen it and the whole site is going to be different. I'll let you know when it's back in service. Anyway, I had a great time at the pub and got to meet and re-meet some friends. This was the week when the Legends of Golf Tournament was held at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort and Spa (oh yeah, there's a golf course there too) just across the Savannah River on Hutchinson Island. had a chance to meet and have some chatter with some of the people involved. I had met Butch Wilhelm a few years back in the pub. He is a PGA Tour Caddie - and a scratch handicap by the way. We had a couple of drinks with some of the other fellows and Butch very generously slipped me some complimentary duckets to the event. What a nice thing to do. I wasn't able to attend, but I passed them on to some friends who told me that they had a great time. Those Legends guys are high class and show it. I got a chance to meet and spend a couple of evenings with the mystery writer Amy Patricia Meade ( and her husband Steve Snider, the graphic designer. Talk about two very pleasant, charming people. Amy's work is well worth looking into. If you're a fan of 1930's-type whodunnits, Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchcock maybe even Jessica Fletcher, you're sure to get a charge out of Amy's work. Her novels consistently receive rave reviews - deservedly so. Have a look at her Snider-designed website for all sorts of information about Amy and her alter ego, Marjorie McClelland. The 3rd Infantry Division - Audie Murphy's old outfit which is otherwise known as " The Rock of the Marne" and "The Dog Faced Soldiers" had their formal ball at the Westin. There were a ton of them came into Kevin Barry's afterwards along with their wives and dates. It's always a thrill for me to be breathing the same air as these people who continue to stand up for all of us. Bless 'em all. You who else feels that way? The actor D.B. Sweeney. He was all dickied up in a tuxedo and attended the event and came back to spend the rest of the evening at Kevin Barry's. He conducted himself as a gentleman and rightfully appeared to be as much of a fan of the soldiers as they were of him. He cheerfully chatted and posed for pictures with anyone who asked. He's done some pretty good stuff on film and his career stretches back nearly 25 years and continues great guns - as it should. He's definitely OK. Got a note from Walt Harper, Commander Post #1943 of the Catholic War Vets. The Savannah World War II Memorial is about to get the go-ahead from the City Council. Looks like all roadblocks have been cleared and it will be erected just across River Street from Kevin Barry's. The ground breaking will be at 3:00 PM (1500) on Memorial Day and the dedication will be on Veterans' Day 11 November 09, according to Bill Quinan Chairman of the Savannah-Chatham Veterans Council. I guess that's about it for now. As you can probably tell, for a while now, my engagements have been somewhat limited. That's partially by choice. I play regularly at Kevin Barry's - there's a news flash - and wouldn't give it up for all the tea in China. The rest of the time, I'm doing the odd festival or concert and even a pub here and there and continue to do some writing - some magazine articles - some of which see the light of pages, some routines and toasts, maybe even a song and for an SEO company out of California which is more like indentured servitude...but educational, challenging and educational. As a consequence, I'm always looking for work. Take care for now. I'll be back at Kevin Barry's 18-24 May (Covering Memorial Day Celebration) and then again 1-7 June (Covering 65th Observation of D-Day)

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