From the road: day 6

Photo by Jody Cumming

Photo by Jody Cummings

Hi Folks
We are about finished day 6 and all is well. The weather has been warm, and although there have been some showers they haven’t affected any of our activities.
We had a very busy day in Nashville on Saturday, but managed to attend all the events including the Midnite Jamboree. Our Back Stage tour at the Opry worked out well and everyone got their picture taken standing in the magic circle centre stage, some even sang on the stage.
Jim Ed Brown was celebrating 50 years on the Grand Ole Opry and along with hosting a segment on the Opry show he also hosted the Midnite Jamboree. Everyone had a chance to have a piece of the 302 pound cake they had at the Midnite Jamboree to celebrate the event.
There was another little blond headed girl on the Opry, who seemed to attract a lot of attention, I believe her name was Carrie Underwood 😉
Sunday we made a stop at a huge Flea Market in Sevierville on our way to Pigeon Forge and after check in at the motel attended the Dixie Stampede Dinner show.
Today was the perfect day for Dollywood, a bit warm, but that made the water rides more inviting. We are trying to play the young folks out but it isn’t working:) A lot of good shows though, and we all had a train ride. We went to the Comedy Barn tonight.
Tomorrow we have a couple of shows and some more shopping time.

Murray Paris 1921-2013

May 22, 2013,

Good Morning everyone

We just got word that Murray Paris passed away last night or early this morning. He was in hospital in Fredericton. We don’t have the arrangements yet but will pass them along.

Murray was a long time member of our group and played guitar and sang. He sang many of the old Wilf Carter songs, plus a lot of the old cowboy songs and all from memory. The Old Blue Pot, the Balogna song, the Fishing License, and the Trading Stamp songs were just a few of his most requested. One of my favorites was When the Works all done this Fall, and another was Papa’s Wagon.
The one thing we remember most about Murray was no matter what you were doing or how bad things were going, he always seemed to be having a good time.


Murray’s Obituary

It is with heavy hearts that we annouce the passing of Murray Christie Paris of Tilley, NB at the age of 91. Murray passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital on May 22, 2013.

Beloved son of the late Frank and Ellen Paris (Lafrance), Murray is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Minnie (Elliott) Paris; daughter Elaine (Gerald) Castonguay of Grand Falls; sons Mac (Charlene) Paris of Tilley, Wendall (Janice) Paris of Blue Hill, Roger (Rose Mary) Paris of Saltspring, NB; 9 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, son Franklin Paris, 2 sisters and 5 brothers.

Murray was a veteran of the Second World War and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 36. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 6414. Murray took great pride in music, wood crafts, story telling, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, friends and his family.

Resting at Brunswick Funeral Home with visitation on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 11 am from St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church. Father Gilbert Doddatto celebrating. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery.

There will be a Legion Memorial Service held at the funeral home Friday evening at 7 pm.

For those who wish, donations to the Southern Victoria Cancer Assistance Fund or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

Arrangements are entrusted to Brunswick Funeral Home, Perth-Andover, NB.

Woodstock Fiddle-Doo, 27, April, 2013

Hi everyone
Just a reminder for Monty & Helens Fiddle-Doo tomorrow at 2 PM, Masonic Hall in Woodstock. Lots of music and a potluck supper, bring your pot of beans and come for the day. This is a new location, 211 Neilson St.

Take the Connell Rd exit and travel toward to centre of town. At the third traffic light (Tim Hortons) go left on Deakin Dr and follow it to the light at Main St. Turn left at the light and Neilson St is the second street on your left.
I keep thinking that Tim Hortons may be the fourth traffic light, at any rate, turn left at Tim Hortons and you will be good 🙂

Try this map link:

Playing at Amos’s funeral reception

Amos’s funeral will be Monday at 2 PM at St James, the church where we meet on Wednesdays. They would like some of the fiddlers to play at the reception following the service, which will be in the church hall, if you can attend please do.
They want more of the tunes Amos would have liked and played. I know he liked the Little Burnt Potato, Florence Killens Waltz & Carol Kennedys Waltz, The Black Velvet Band & Wearing of the Green. We could also do his Perth-Andover Clog, and just some of the old fiddle tunes that everyone knows. Here is some music, not all have tab but do what you can.
Another of his favorites was Whistlin Rufus but I don’t have it written down and we wouldn’t have time to learn it. If you know of any other tunes he liked, let me know and we will try to dig up the music and do them.
We are still planning to attend the wake tomorrow afternoon at 2:30, and some of you have said you are coming so hope to see you then. Not sure if the weather is going to cooperate or not.

Fort Kent Jamboree, 10 Feb, 2013

Gospel CD recording session, 9 Feb, 2013

Nashville/Pigeon Forge trip, 7-18 August, 2013

Hi folks
Here is what we came up with for a Nashville/Pigeon Forge bus trip. Look this over and let me know if you are interested. We have to start preparing a list to see if we have enough people to do the trip. We also have to purchase Opry tickets right away to be safe. Members of the fiddle group will be listed first, then we will finish filling the bus with others.

Price per person double $1020     Total for two people   $2040
Price per person triple      $ 875     Total for three people $2625
Price per person quad      $ 800     Total for four people   $3200

Deluxe Bus transportation, accommodations, admission to the Dixie Stampede Dinner Show, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show, Country jamboree Breakfast Show, Smokey Jamboree Opry, Comedy Barn and the Grand Ole Opry.

Not Included
Note: The following are not included in the trip price but are things we may want to do.

We can visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, with 15 or more we can get a group price which as I recall was very reasonable in the $10 to $12 range.
Also a guided tour of the Ryman, again with a group in the $10 to $12
Our Motel is very short walk from the Midnite Jamboree Theatre again very reasonable admission.
For the shoppers our motel is walking distance from an outlet mall and only 5 minutes from the Opry Mill, another very large shopping centre.

Pigeon Forge
We attend a large Flea market on Sunday afternoon.
Dollywood is not included in trip price and is in the $40 to $45 range for the day. This price includes all the rides, shows, everything but food. In buying group tickets we get three complimentary tickets and last time we divided the total cost by the number of people and it worked out to around $41 each.


Aug 7 Leave Perth Andover at 6:30 for Bethel Ct.– Microtel 203-748-8318
Aug 8 Leave for Stanton Va — Microtel 540-887-0200
Aug 9 Leave for Nashville, Tn for the next 2 nights
Guesthouse 615-885-4030 – Shopping at the Opry Mills to-night
Aug 10 Downtown Nashville in the morning
Grand Ol Opry tonight
Aug 11 Leave for Pigeon Forge for the next 5 nights
Valley Forge Inn – Dixie Stampede 6pm
Aug 12 Gatlinburg this morning
Hatfield & McCoy dinner show at 5pm
Aug 13 Country Jamboree – Breakfast Show 9am
Smokey Jamboree Opry 8pm
Aug 14 Shopping in the morning
Comedy Barn 8:15pm
Aug 15 Leisure day: transportation to Dollywood will be provided – ticket not included
Aug 16 Leave for Carlisle, PA Quality Inn 717-243-7702
Aug 17 Leave for Portland, ME Super 8 207-887-7196
Christmas Tree Shop this evening
Aug 18 Leave or Home