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Zeissen Pesach & More

Week Three at the Ranch

Week Three at the Ranch

This last weekend at the Fur Peace Ranch was our third of this year and what a killer one it was. We were honored to host Jimmy Dale Gilmore as well as our old pal Bill Kirchen. What a weekend indeed!

FPR from the eye of a drone

FPR from the eye of a drone

Friday was chilly to say the least but the weekend warmed up in more ways than one and Spring was in the air! Saturday night Bill and Jimmy Dale did a simply amazing show!

This is the Honky Tonk Hammer Of The Gods!

This is the Honky Tonk Hammer Of The Gods!

Jimmy Dale and Bill’s show was indeed, Poultry In Motion… I mean Poetry In Motion. Perfect in every way!

The men in action!

The men in action!

In and around the concert and classes, there is always plenty of time for folks to jam!

Back porch pickin'n at its finest!

Back porch pickin'n at its finest!

The weekend moved magnificently towards the first of the week.

The men... and the women!

The men... and the women!

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

Nice shot of my guys here!

Well armed men on the porch!

Well armed men on the porch!

Foto by John Hurlbut

Monday evening Izze and Vanessa and I drove into Athens to celebrate Pesach with our community at Hillel.

Izze and Vanessa on the steps of HIllel

Izze and Vanessa on the steps of HIllel

The Jewish community here in Southeast Ohio is a singular creature… if it weren’t for Ohio University, it would be pretty lonely.

Izze and the old man on the steps

Izze and the old man on the steps

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It was nice to reconnect with friends we only see periodically through the year… and share a meal together.

At the Seder Table

At the Seder Table

The brisket was awesome and the gefilte fish rocked too. I had double helpings!

And so as the full moon begins to wane, Zeissen Pesach to all out there!

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  1. John B
    April 11th, 2017 at 10:36 | #1

    Bill Kirchen and Jimmy Dale onstage together must have been outstanding.
    Rock on Fur Peace Ranch ! If you havent been down there for a visit yet start making plans now !

  2. carey georgas
    April 11th, 2017 at 19:03 | #2

    Living in Southeast Texas, I have zero exposure to the Jewish faith or culture. I learned about Passover in Sunday school, but that was only in its relationship to Christianity. I had never heard of the word Pesach. I like to try and learn something new every day, and I must say that since I started visiting this blog, it has made that task easier. Thank you for all that you share.

  3. Joey Hudoklin
    April 12th, 2017 at 01:15 | #3

    Izze is really growing up fast Jorma.
    She looks terrific

  4. George Anthony
    April 12th, 2017 at 07:10 | #4

    Jorma and Family,

    Thank you for sharing. Happy Passover. I recommend a new film, “The Zoo Keeper’s Wife”, out in the theatre now.

    God Bless for playing the Autism Benefit this week in Westbury Long Island (Holy Thursday).

    I will be at the Brooklyn “Grand Prospect” benefit show Friday night w/ Electric Trio !

    Keep on Pickin’


  5. Andy K
    April 12th, 2017 at 09:56 | #5

    Was a special Pesach this year. We felt compelled to add several new plagues to the list of 10, including xenophobes & Bannon.
    As always, a wonderful gathering forfamilies and recognizing the source of our values.

  6. Andy K
    April 12th, 2017 at 10:13 | #6

    Lost another..RIP J Geils

  7. Mitch Spector
    April 12th, 2017 at 15:28 | #7

    Happy Passover Jorma & Family

  8. phil zisook
    April 12th, 2017 at 22:50 | #8

    The amazing thing is what a universal message the Haggadah has. The sad thing is that it is always relevant to what is going on somewhere in the world. And yet, ultimately its a positive message about the struggle against oppression and finally, freedom. Happy Passover!

  9. Sweetbac Jr.
    April 12th, 2017 at 23:07 | #9

    Back n the old days, we used ta whip up some “electric” Holishkes round this time of year. Wonder what ever happened to old “Lysergic” Lievick?…that was one fertummelt cat, I tell ya!

  10. Joey Hudoklin
    April 13th, 2017 at 00:59 | #10

    Happy Birthday Jack Casady, you’re the best!

  11. eaglesteve
    April 13th, 2017 at 10:26 | #11

    Happy # 73 John William! And many more…………………..

  12. carey georgas
    April 13th, 2017 at 12:40 | #12

    Today’s new thing learned: I wondered if there was correlation between Easter and Passover, since the Christian holy week is also this week. So, I learned that Passover is a set date according to the Hebrew calendar, and its commonality with Easter is coincidental, the overlap only occurring when the full moon after the vernal equinox (which determines Easter) coincides with the Hebrew Calendar. Thanks again for piquing my curiosity.

  13. Michael Paradise
    April 13th, 2017 at 16:53 | #13

    Jorma, looking forward to seeing you again tonight at the Space. I saw you at the Suffolk Theater last year. I have to say, you have been a total inspiration to me. Chag Sameach and when anyone asks, what is the purpose of life, turn to them and say–the proper question is what is the purpose of existence? Short answer–life!! May you continue to have a long and prosperous life sending your notes and good will out into the air for all of us to breath.


  14. Michael Paradise
    April 13th, 2017 at 16:57 | #14

    Ode to Pot Roast

    The butcher gives it to us,
    Packaged in a kosher sheath,
    We spice it and baste it,
    And cook it up to eat.

    We garnish it with greens,
    Yellows and potato spuds,
    We soak up all its gravy,
    And pour it in a mug.

    Around the table it is passed,
    Some take more than the rest,
    A chicken sometimes graces it,
    I like a meaty breast.

    Adorned with noodle pudding,
    The aroma I can’t take,
    And whoa, now what’s in front of me?
    A lot of unleavened cake.

    Till next year, Mr. Pot Roast,
    I’ll surely miss your taste,
    The doggie bags are leaving,
    So that none will go to waste.

  15. John B
    April 13th, 2017 at 17:26 | #15

    @carey georgas
    There is a very real correlation between Passover and Easter that goes beyond dates. The purpose of life or the the purpose of our existance is to serve God and enjoy him forever. Serving is done in the here and now. When we cross over to the otherside of this life is when we start to enjoy him forever.

  16. carey georgas
    April 13th, 2017 at 17:41 | #16

    @John B
    Thank you.

  17. carlo pagliano
    April 13th, 2017 at 18:55 | #17

    Happy Birthday Jack!

  18. jim hitchcock
    April 13th, 2017 at 22:49 | #18

    Jeopardy category: Notables & The Chinese Zodiac Placement

    A:Nibbling a wonton, Grace Slick says it makes sense she was born in the year of this animal, as she sang about a white one.


  19. Brian Doyle
    April 14th, 2017 at 00:00 | #19

    I’m a Metal Rat in the Chinese Zodiac. Strange how a lot of this is right on the money:

    Metal rats are idealists and they are eloquent, positive and motivated in all things. Also, they are very charming and attractive to the opposite sex. Metal rats are gentle and they like the beautiful things. With extremely high taste, however, they are mammonish, jealous and possessive. Meanwhile, they are stubborn, so they will stick to one thing once they think it is right.

    Metal rats try their best to get the things they like even if it needs to spend much more money. They attach great importance to the quality of life and they think home is the source of all energy, and then basic necessities, etc. Therefore, they have high taste in many aspects of life.

    Once they learn more, they will have certain achievements; however, they begin well but end badly. Metal rats are bad-tempered and live a troubled childhood; they are filial to their parents and can get some support from their brothers. Male metal rats can choose someone who is elder than them to get married, so do the females. As the traditional Chinese zodiac goes, metal rats are smart and virtuous. Today, it seems that metal rats have a strong self-awareness and they are very sensitive to the outside world. In terms of thought, they focus on the subjective experience, thus excellent persuaders and orators. The explicit character makes people feel they are joyful and fascinating and covers up their short temper and jealousy, especially their possessiveness and selfishness common to the rats.

    Metal rats are charming and popular among the opposite sex. Despite the rich emotional life, they are so fragile that they cannot bear the failure in love. They need to show more loving care for their lovers to live a sweet and happy life.

    Metal rats have excellent luck in wealth and they are good at managing money matters, thus often earn a lot of money and will not lose a lot even if they encounter an accident. Generally, metal rats do not have to worry about money if they are down-to-earth rather than free riding.

  20. eaglesteve
    April 14th, 2017 at 10:13 | #20

    I prefer the Phosphorescent Rat……just sayin’

  21. Andrew Gross
    April 14th, 2017 at 19:44 | #21

    Jorma, as stated above already, my best wishes to you and your family on this Passover week, and alway. The same to Mr. Casady, And if he has just celebrated a birthday, I hope that he was able to enjoy the occasion with friends and family.

  22. Andy K
    April 15th, 2017 at 00:07 | #22

    Great show in Brooklyn tonight (4/14). Opening with Been So Long, you knew it had to be special!
    Amazing Good Shepherd and the best I’ve seen the boyz do Baby What You Want Me to Do.
    And all for a great cause.

  23. John B
    April 15th, 2017 at 08:57 | #23

    Staten Island Electric Tuna tonight.

  24. eaglesteve
    April 15th, 2017 at 10:16 | #24

    I’ll be there John B.
    Any chance you’re from Farmingdale, NY?

  25. John B
    April 17th, 2017 at 13:37 | #25

    No i am from The New Jersey shore. I grew up in Toms River and raised my family in Lanoka Harbor N.J.

  26. John B
    April 17th, 2017 at 13:40 | #26

    A couple of summers ago Tuna played a show in Toms River. I was thrilled and let me tell you that it was an awesome show! Hot Tuna electric in my home town……who would of ever thought that possible !