May Coffeetalk

May 2, 2019  Joe Mark and Charlie Robertson 

Joe Mark has performed for over 40 years at many clubs and music festivals throughout Florida. Starting out as a classical musician he now brings guitar and fiddle to stage to share traditional and old-time tunes, along with his own reflective original songs to paint scenes we are all in. 

“If you’ve never experienced Charlie Robertson’s music, you owe it to yourself. He’s like Van Zandt, Prine and Dylan with a drawl.  Charlie’s subtle poetry and eccentric perspectives will leave you sharing his deep affection for the parade of southern characters who populate his songs.” David Beede

From Gamble Rogers…: “Charlie Robertson is God’s personal songwriter.”

May 9   Sweet William (Billy Ennis)

“Sweet William” Billy Ennis is a singer/song writer who hails from Palatka Florida with deep roots in the Lakes area. His personally original songs written over the span of fifty years covers multi genres and subjects including love, war and tragedy. His newest, “Santa Fe” is a powerful reflection of his concern and empathy. His selection of cover favorites includes Folk, Country, Rock and Blues and it is easy to sing along!

May 16 Tom Edwards 

Tom honed his singing and guitar playing on 60’s folk music, rhythm & blues and rock and roll.  He plays multiple instruments with his band, Gnarly Fingers but, writing and performing “story songs”, as he calls them, is his true passion.  His original catalog now numbers more than eighty songs, many of which reminisce about growing up in his home state of Florida.  His songs run the gamut from whimsical to historical ballads and he continues to be influenced by his rural upbringing mixed with his time spent in Appalachia.  Recently, he has been working with the great Larry Mangum, backing him up on bass or mandolin and vocals and has appeared at the Will McLean and Barberville Festivals, as well as The Mudville Music Room in Jacksonville.

May 23  Eli Tragash  

Eli was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. He began playing violin when he was four; playing guitar and singing at age 15. He plays a variety of fiddle music ranging from the American South, New England, Canada and the British Isles. Eli plays guitar with a thumb-picking style and sings a variety of traditional blues and country, as well renditions of modern songs from Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and others. 

May 30        Emmett Carlisle

Emmett will soon be releasing his 6th CD of original Americana and Florida folk songs. Some of the CDs available are Young Man’s Dreams, Walkin’ The Line, Florida Spirit and Gamble’s Choice.  He plays at most of the big Festivals including the Florida Folk, Will Mclean, and Gamble Rogers and many others.  Musicians are always welcome to sit in or play a song or two with Emmett. 

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May Coffeetalk

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One Eyed Cat – Resiliency

This soon-to-be-available album is largely blues with original tunes and covers by One Eyed Cat: a local husband and wife duo consisting of Gil Gauck on guitar and Nora Gauck on vocals. They are supported brilliantly on this CD by some other outstanding local musicians like Donald Blitch (harmonica), Paco (lead and lap steel guitars), and Edward Berkhoff (bass).

With this CD, you not only get to hear their unique take on some old familiar blues tunes, but you also get to hear a few of the best of Gil’s original songs on seven of the fourteen tracks.

Gil’s flawless guitarwork and songwriting skills reveal decades of honing. When drums are involved, Gil is there tapping the skins. His experience on stages with other bands and musicians, including a tour with John Lee Hooker and a period of owning his own record label company, has given a professional bent to his music that is appreciated by the discerning listener and blues devotees.

Nora’s clarity and strength provide a wonderful complement to Gil’s throaty blues moans. Her soaring vocals are captured perfectly here and shine through the speakers like radiant sunshine on cuts like Summertime, I Put a Spell On You, I Think It’s Gonna Rain, and Angel From Montgomery. Gil put together a lovely video of I Think It’s Gonna Rain that you can view here:

See them live at venues around Gainesville and Melrose. Catch their schedule online at their Facebook page:

And pick up your copies of the CD at CD Baby:

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Shevon Cooper-McNeal returns to the Melrose Library with cakes to sample on Saturday May, 11th at 11 am!

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Hawthorne Library May 2019 Events


Thursdays, May 02, 9, 16, 23, 30: 10:30am – 11:15am


Interactive storytime with literature-based fingerplays, art, music and puppetry for people identifying with age 5 and under and their caretakers

Read to a Dog

Thursday, May 02: 3:00pm – 4:00pm


Cuddle up with a dog and a book! All ages and readers welcome. Join us at 3 pm the first Thursday of each month as reading dogs Barney and Fara are here to help readers of all ages hone their reading skills!

Bookish Sort Book Club

Thursday, May 02: 5:30pm – 6:30pm


Join the Bookish Sort Book Club for fun, food, and lively discussions! All are welcome! Even if you haven’t read this month’s selection join us to see if the book is to your liking! See our blog for our list of upcoming reads and events!

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Tuesday, May 07: 3:30pm – 4:30pm


Join us for a belated Cinco de Mayo celebration at the library! This afternoon we will be making maracas, paper plate llamas, and paper tacos in the meeting room!

Yoga Stretch – with Caroline Anaya

Thursdays, May 09, 16, 23, 30: 5:55pm – 6:55pm


Gently tweak and twist those stuck and sore places — You’ll feel much better! Feel more confident in a stronger more flexible body! Caroline Anaya is a MS certified Yoga instructor with over 20 years’ experience teaching yoga.

Tools to Quit Tobacco – Tobacco Cessation Workshop

Saturday, May 18: 2:00pm – 4:00pm


Do you smoke? Do you dip? Do you want to quit? Suwannee River Area Health Education Center presents a program designed to help you quit tobacco use. Each participant receives up to a 4-week supply of FREE nicotine patches, gum or lozenges (when medically appropriate and while supplies last). Call 866-341-2730 for required registration.

Super Seniors Arts and Crafts

Monday, April 15: 11:00am – 12:45pm


Seniors 50+ meet at the Hawthorne Community Center (Old City Hall) the 3rd Monday of each month to visit, create, and connect. We vote each month on what craft to do the following month. Cosponsored by the Hawthorne Life Enrichment Center, seniors are invited to come mingle at the Hawthorne Community Center to enjoy creating decorative projects and have fun with friends! Supplies provided.

Game Night

Tuesday, May 21: 3:00pm – 4:30pm


Wii games, board games, card games, and more! Come join us for a night of fun and games! We will have games of every kind for all ages to enjoy – Wii games, board games, card games.

Magic: The Gathering

Wednesday, May 22: 4:00pm – 5:00pm


Hawthorne’s Magic Club will return on May 29th! Come learn how to play Magic: The Gathering and use enchantments, creatures, artifacts and more to win against your opponents! Open to all players of all skill levels, this club will teach you everything you need to know about Magic: The Gathering. Players will learn all about game rules, card types, special creatures and enchantments and be able to practice what they learn in games with friends!

SHINE Counseling

Thursday, May 23: 12:00pm – 2:00pm


The Florida Department of Elder Affairs offers counseling that is unbiased, confidential and FREE, by trained SHINE Volunteer Counselors. Please bring with you: Medicare Card and Social Security Card; A print-out of medications from pharmacy or bottles; Proof of annual household income to determine whether you qualify for extra help;  MUST HAVE driver’s license or photo I.D.; Any letters from Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid which you may have received. Walk-ins are welcome on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Hawthorne Branch Library or call the Elder Care Helpline for an appointments at other times or locations: 1-800-963-5337.

MakerSpace: Hologram – Turn Your Smart Phone into a 3D Hologram

Tuesday, May 28: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Cut and glue plastic trapezoids into a hologram projector for your smart phone! Ages 10-18. Explore the magic of 3D holograms with your smart phone by creating your very own hologram projector!

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Coffeetalk April 2019

April 4, 2019       Jimmy “Redbone” Childs          Redbone has been a local blues musician in Gainesville since the early 70s and played professionally with Little Mike and The Tornadoes for five years. He has associated and played with notable national blues acts as Kim Wilson from the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Willy Smith, drummer from the Muddy Waters Band and piano players Barrelhouse Chuck and Sunnyland Slim. 

April 11    The Ashley Gang 

The Ashley Gang has been performing together for more than a decade; in the hectic music world that’s no small feat. The gang members are scattered across Florida from Deland to Sebastian.  Known for their soaring harmonies, thought provoking lyrics, and witty repartee on stage, the band consists of Al Scortino, Paul Garfinkel, Kay Garfinkel, Bob Bronar, and Chris Campbell.  Al and Paul, both award winning song writers, keep the band stocked in fresh material,  Kay sings harmony,  plays flute and djembe,  Bob plays lead guitar and mandolin, and Chris holds down the bottom end on bass.   They have individually and as a band recorded six CD’s.   The band plays in varying configurations depending on the availability of the band members, adding an element of mystery to every show!  

April 18         Ron Renninger Singer/songwriter/guitarist who has toured extensively through Europe, Japan and the United States and has 7 CD’s of original music released (the latest one, “The Man Who Became a Song is on the national Roots Music Contemporary Folk Music chart). He has played and shared the stage with a wide array of folks including Chuck Berry, Richie Havens, Lucinda Williams, David Bromberg and Santana.  Ron’s songs and instrumental pieces explore an extremely wide range of styles and genres including Americana, Folk, Blues, Pop and Jazz.

April 25   One-Eyed Cat is a musical duo consisting of Nora Gauck Vocals and Percussion;  Gil Gauck Vocals and Guitar. They have been singing and performing together since they formed the original One-Eyed Cat in Miami, FL in 1985. Gil has an extensive resume in music on multiple instruments that spans 4 decades including a stint backing Blues Giant John Lee Hooker in the early ‘70s.  Before they met, Nora spent years honing her powerful vocal style performing in the Jersey Shore Casinos and other venues across the Northeastern United States. Together their sound is a unique combination of their shared vocalizations, Gil’s arrangements and guitar work creating their “Catified” very original sound. 

Catch a show and witness their little musical revolution first hand with a 90+ song list that defies categorization. This show is also a CD Release Party for the folks in Melrose, showcasing their new CD “Resiliency” which will be available for purchase.

*Thank you supporters of Shake Rag Coffee Talk, April rent is paid. We are now accepting donations for May rent.

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Pre-K Fest at the library

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4 Florida Roads with author James Williams

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Music Lessons at the library

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Keith Bollum Passes

Many people join Melrose in mourning the recent passing of a social pillar, art patron, and good man, Keith Bollum, who died in the presence of his loving family on Friday, March 15, 2019, after his battle with cancer. Keith was the curator of Bellamy Road Art Gallery when it opened in 2005. His promotion of all things artistic and historic left a legacy. His welcome face will indeed be missed among us.

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