President :
Carl Brainerd
Vice President :
Gayle Fallon
   Secretary :
Debra Baltzell
Christine Hartman
Cotton Patch Rag Editor:
Christine Hartman
                                        Concert Producer: Paul Cooper, ph: 713-204-1207



Song Circles

First Monday Song Circle:


 Our song circles are normally held on the first Monday of each month at 7:30 PM.  These  are located at the Jewish Community Center in Room 119, which is on  the lower level of the building.  JCC is located at 5601 South Braeswood Boulevard, Houston, TX 77096-3999.

 Meetings consist of a "song circle", allowing each attendee an opportunity for a musical performance, share a song, tall tale, announcement, or other item which he or she may wish to share with the group.   Non-performers are just as welcome as performers. After all, musicians, singers, storytellers, all need an audience.


The Cotton Patch Rag

A monthly newsletter of the Houston Folklore & Folk Music Society, The Cotton Patch Rag includes a calendar of folk music events in and near Houston, reviews of albums and concerts, articles about folklore, music, musicians, and news of the Society's business. The Houston Folklore & Folk Music Society membership price of $20.00 per year includes the subscription and monthly mailing of The Cotton Patch Rag.  For $15.00, one can become a member and receive a digital copy of The Cotton Patch Rag as well as emails of our Second Saturday Concert promos and our Pickin' Party details.

Our EMAIL List

  We have an email distribution list that we use to email information about Second Saturday Concerts and about our monthly pickin' parties.  If you are interested, you can email and ask to be put on the Folklore list.  You will only get 2 emails per month from us and we do NOT share our distribution list.


Pickin' Party



                                             OCTOBER PICKIN’ PARTY

Carolyn Davis will be hosting a Pickin' Party on Sunday, October 18. It will begin at 2 PM and be held at Carolyn’s house on the bank of the Brazos River. Address: 1745 Hagerson Rd, Sugar Land 77479 (but closer to Missouri City). Phone: 281-748-1131.

If the weather is nice, we'll play outside on the river bank. So dress appropriately, and bring a lawn chair if you have one handy. Bring a covered dish to share. Guests are welcome. Don't forget your instruments.

DIRECTIONS: The old route (which still sometimes shows up on GPS) is closed. The intersection of Thompson Ferry Rd and Hagerson Rd is permanently closed, so do not follow any ‘old’ directions that take you to Thompson Ferry. Also, law enforcement officers on FM 1092 and LJ Parkway are quite diligent about enforcing speed limits, so mind your speed.

FROM HOUSTON: Take US 59 south one exit past Sam Houston Tollway to FM 1092/Murphy Road. Turn left on FM 1092 (FM 1092 is called Wilcrest north of US 59). After 6.5 miles (at Hwy 6) FM 1092 becomes University Blvd. Proceed 1.4 miles on University Blvd. Turn left on LJ Parkway (CVS on corner). Proceed 1.1 miles. Turn right on Hagerson Rd. Proceed 1 mile. 1745 Hagerson Rd is 1 mile down on the left.

FROM SOUTHEAST HOUSTON/CLEAR LAKE/PEARLAND: Take Hwy 6 north to Sienna Parkway (HEB on corner). Turn left on Sienna Pkwy. Proceed 0.5 miles. Turn right on Sienna Springs. After 1.5 miles, Sienna Springs becomes L.J. Pkwy. Proceed 1.2 miles on L.J. Pkwy. Turn left on Hagerson Rd. 1745 Hagerson Rd is 1 mile down on the left.

FROM KATY: Take TX 99/Grand Parkway south to US 59. Turn north (left) on US 59. Proceed 1.7 miles. Exit University Blvd. Turn right on University Blvd. Proceed 5.4 miles on University Blvd. Turn right on LJ Parkway (CVS on corner). Proceed 1.1 miles. Turn right on Hagerson Rd. Proceed 1 mile. 1745 Hagerson Rd is 1 mile down on the left.

Confused? Contact Carolyn at or 281-748-1131.

Map provided as another aid to understanding the location :^)

                               <<<<<<<PICKIN' PARTY VIDEOS >>>>>>


Cal Perry Remembered Some photos taken at Pickin' Parties attended by Cal Perry.  Audio is that of Cal leading the circle in "I'll Fly Away".

Pickin' Parties [March - June 2012] This video was made with frame captures of a video from Feb 2011, and with photos taken from the CPR. The audio is a recording of Justin's rendition of "Wonderful World" made on Feb 2011.

Here is a link to a slide show of photos from various pickin' parties:
Pickin' In The Past

Pickin Party Jan 2011

Video with Song Circle Audio Feb 7, 2011

 Pickin' Party Years 2002-2006   This video was composed of photos taken
over a range of several years.  Included among these are photos of individuals we have not seen of late because they have moved on to other locations, other interest, and some that are now deceased.

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