At 9:15 one evening in early November of 2011, two men and one woman stepped onto a stage in the theater space at the Hudson Valley Resort in upstate New York.
Hillary Foxsong had gotten out of work after a particularly tough day and gone to a pub with some friends for a drink. At this point, Oyster Bay resident Billy Joel (yes, that Billy Joel) suddenly materialized and asked if he might join in.
When Hillary Foxsong was young, before even attending kindergarten, she would sing along to the first Peter, Paul and Mary album with her mom and grandmother. Hillary sang in church choir and school choruses, but never thought about singing professionally. Hillary got her college degree in art, but found the restrictions of commercial art unrewarding. In Rochester, where Stuart Markus grew up, Stua€™s parents always encouraged his musical pursuits.
Vocal harmony made its first impact when a visiting uncle brought Simon and Garfunkela€™s Bridge Over Troubled Water. While still in high school, he also took voice lessons and music theory classes for two years at the Community Education Program at the Eastman School of Music, part of the University of Rochester. At the University of Pennsylvania, he took more music theory classes and played French horn in the marching band and wind ensemble and sang in the University Choir and several a-cappella groups. After four years in Brooklyn, Stu moved out to Long Island and kept going to parties with his guitar, making more friends along the way.
By the time he was 12, he had practiced enough to audition and get hired as lead guitarist by a professional band named Focus. Glen had originally discovered the Folk Music Society of Huntington (FMSH) somewhere in the mid-a€™90s.
Stu and Hillary joked that they kept showing up at Glena€™s gigs to sing harmony and that he didna€™t seem to mind, because he kept splitting up the tip jar. After they had been together for a while, Glen suggested teaming up at NERFA, thinking theya€™d go over well.
Stu had always wanted to record a version of Peter Yarrowa€™s a€?Light One Candle.a€? Now was the perfect opportunity.
During the 2011 NERFA conference, I picked up the sampler for their new album Red Apples and Gold.
All three performers are constantly working these days, staying busy in between Gathering Time gigs. Whatever the sound Gathering Time brings to a listener, the banda€™s history reveals a voluminous repertoire that covers enormous stylistic ground. The formal showcases of the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference were in full swing. Originally started in 2003, ita€™s purpose was to show off the vintage cars of wealthy Long Islanders. Her grandmother, a former professional singer, would tap her on the shoulder, stop her and say, a€?No, honey, therea€™s three parts. When he was 11 or 12, he heard Crosby, Stills and Nash singing a€?Suite Judy Blue Eyes,a€? and again was impressed with their harmony. In his senior year of high school, the new music teacher formed a jazz choir and Stu joined that. After a couple of years, he discovered that there were people who were making money playing out in bars, some of them less talented than he.
He first met Stu back then at a sister organization called the Island Songwriters Showcase, a workshop group.
Stu had already been attending for 10 years, but Hillary asked, a€?Whata€™s a NERFA?a€? So, in November of 2007, they went and for Hillary it was a real eye-opener. It contained Hillarya€™s first songwriting effort, a€?Remember Mea€? as well as a€?Light One Candlea€? and a number of originals from Stu and Glen as well as one each from fellow L.I. Their set cleared the remaining cobwebs away from some eyes (mine included) and opened a bunch of others. He told me: a€?I recently had the honor of performing in concert with A Few Good Men - a Jazz ensemble comprised of three formerly incarcerated men from Sing-Sing prison, with the Director of Deutsche Bank on drums.
She was unaware that Glen had recently run into old acquaintance, accomplished musician and folksinger Stuart Markus, and had extended the same invitation to drop by and sing harmony with him. You find the part nobody else is singing!a€? Hillary recalled, a€?At times shea€™d get on my part and Ia€™d have to get off and find another part.a€? Hillary had no idea what her grandmother was teaching her (though today she knows that her grandmother knew).
After a a€?gooda€? piano lesson his piano teacher would teach him a couple of new chords on the guitar. They did Manhattan Transfer style arrangements of swing standards and jazz became another genre Stu came to love.
His brother brought home some records when he was 6 years old a€” a€?60s girl groups (a€?Please Mr. In time, Glen was negotiating contracts, recording, writing songs and developing marketing materials. FMSH was small and, given his involvement with rock and jazz, didna€™t hold his interest for long. Once formal showcases are over (around 11:30pm), the late-night guerilla showcases and non-stop jamming can draw a neophyte into a frenzied whirlwind. On her website, along with her fiction, her imagination and creativity can be seen in her digital graphics as well.
Hillary is one-third of the Long Island group a€?The Folk Goddessesa€? with Martha Trachtenberg and Judith Zweiman.
The roots of an artista€™s style (vocal or writing) has becomes old for some or perhaps was always annoying in its original form. You find the part nobody else is singing!a€?A  Hillary recalled, a€?At times shea€™d get on my part and Ia€™d have to get off and find another part.a€? Hillary had no idea what her grandmother was teaching her (though today she knows that her grandmother knew). Stu walked up and saw that Glen already had someone else singing with him, but somehow found a third harmony part in the song that, in its original form, had only two parts.
At times, Hillary recalled, a€? Shea€™d get on my part and Ia€™d have to get off and find another part.
Someone would say, a€?Hey, Stu, why dona€™t you play something?a€? Hea€™d play and sing and everyone would sing along to covers hea€™d learned. From 1992 to 2006, Stu was primarily a a€?covers guy a€? who wrote a song here and there, but only occasionally slip them into a restaurant gig.


Throughout high school Glen provided guitar, bass, piano and vocal on numerous musical projects, writing, recording, playing and producing. They decided that they needed a name and tried calling themselves a€?Third Wheela€? until an Internet search showed that there were already other groups out there using it. Stu and Glen agreed that it was a challenge to get Hillary to slow down and get some sleep now and then. The lyrics tell of a letter from a fallen Confederate soldier to his wife and her inner dialogue in response. The smooth-as-silk harmonies were the equal of (and maybe better than) the original by Crosby Stills and Nash. Stu also continues to perform with Judith in a€?Strike the Bella€? when the opportunity presents itself.
They might not overcome the particular tastes of certain people who hear roots theya€™ve chosen to keep distant, but they will bring many things to many people, hopefully for a long time. As with all other artists in attendance, they sought greater recognition for their talents.
While Hillary was not initially thrilled at sharing her role, she had to admit she was impressed with Stua€™s finding that other harmony part.
He said that he got guitar lessons in a€?dribs and drabs.a€? There were group lessons in fifth grade and whenever possible, he hung out with players better than him, knowing it was a good way to improve his own playing. With music as an icebreaker, he began making friends and realized that he knew a lot more songs than hea€™d thought at first. When he returned ten years later, FMSH had grown and become well organized and was the center of a huge music scene on Long Island. Together, they performed in centrally located lounge areas and people began asking, a€?Whata€™s your name?
That night, in front of a bench on a sidewalk adjacent to the parked antique vehicles, Glen set up and began performing. That said, out of all the instruments hea€™s studied (drums included), guitar is the one on which hea€™s most self-taught.
He didna€™t care for the term a€?folksingera€? at first, not realizing how broad a term it was. Stu and Judith then forayed into singing sea chanties as the duo a€?Strike The Bell.a€? That was his introduction into traditional music. After high school, he played solo for a while, and then joined a local band The Passengers. Reprising what I wrote in the review section of our 2011 December NERFA Scrapbook issue: a€?Ita€™s timeless, brilliant and heart wrenching. From this point forward, the name Gathering Time carried new meaning and bore greater weight. Stu participated in chorus throughout middle school and high school, but that was just the tip of the iceberg.
Unintentionally, one professional musician lifer had joined forces with another educated talent and one gifted amateur who had never planned to perform professionally. Glena€™s repertoire enlarged and spanned material from Manhattan Transfer and Sinatra to The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. His experience continued to grow with a stint in the Pat Nichols Band (a signed rock project) and his own a€?Buddha Babiesa€? project. Remembering how people gathered around them at NERFA, they began thinking, a€?Gathering a€¦ something a€¦ Moss! A glimpse into their personal lives revealed the fates-in-flight particles of this vortex of talent. Glen then ran into Stu and embarked on the current path when he extended the aforementioned invitation.
It was akin to Jim Crocea€™s a€?Time in a Bottle,a€? a reference to the most precious commodity in life. She has great conformation, exceptional movement and is the happiest dog I have ever owned.
Her job as a therapy dog for an 83 yr old woman that had is stroke is one she takes very seriously. We continually have Home Health therapists in daily and she greets each of them then quietly goes to her spot to watch everything that goes on. She accompanies me into the chicken coop and is great with the chickens as well as with her cat ( yes her cat that she found in a ditch). She passed her Herding Instinct testing at 5 months of age and now working on her Canine Good Citizen certification. I have owned and worked with many breeds of dogs and Arya is by far one of the most intelligent, willing and trainable. I would totally recommend PATCHWORK SHEPHERDS and have friends now that have bought puppies from here as well and all of them are as wonderful as Arya.
A He said, "she is really a love," and described her gentleness and cuddling even from the get-go.
A She is very playful with her 'brothers' (two older choc labs), but is extremely responsive to me and is my 'watcher.' A No matter where I am, she is A watching over me.
A When we settle in the evening to watch a movie, she will quietly peruse the house, coming back to my side after she has checked everything out. A If she could, she would hop up on my lap and sit there, just as she did when she was a fuzz-ball pup!
It was serendipity that brought you all the way over the mountains on Monday so we could get her!Also a couple of short videos if you're interested. I was just getting to the serious stage ofshopping for a black coated GSD to raise for my own pet and protection dogwhen my nephew T.J.
BlackJack (Zoey x Drake 2009) is doing fine, being a good boy that loves to be around us (Right now he is under my desk sleeping at my feet). We had many family gattering and other partys and he is always good around people in the house. When my kid gets around to it she will send you pictures, sorry Ia€™m not the computer savvy one. Thank you again for Morgan, she is a gem, here is her 9 week picture (the ear did come down). I think he will excell, and it will be good for the boys to learn how to deal with him (other than play).


We purchased Pruett (black collar male from Zoey x Doc August '08 litter) and were so thrilled with him that we had to get another! A few weeks later we welcomed Daphne (hot pink collar female from Anna x Doc August '08 litter) into our lives.
He quickly learns new commands and we are currently practicing, "seek", where we will tell him to "sit and stay" and then we go hide his ball and tell him to "seek" and he finds it. She loves to play in the snow!!She has been doing really well in the house, she is a very quick learner. I know the "puppy stage" lasts for awhile, but if it continues to go as smoothly as it has been going, it will definitely be a breeze.
She loves to play fetch and she is really good at it, which is surprising to me for her age.
She is such a sweet puppy, she is always trying to make friends with all the animals she meets, most which unfortunately haven't been too fond of her.
Miah is starting to be a little friendly, not much, but like I said, Tymber is a persistant little pup and I believe that eventually they will be pals.
We will be taking her on her second fishing trip tomorrow, which is always very exciting for us. She loves playing with any kind of plants and grass- we are hoping she grows out of that stage for our landscape's sake!
Anywho, I just wanted to let you know what a great pup she is and how much Tyler and myself enjoy having her.
He is everythingA I could have ever hoped for in a German Shepherd and I am really happy that I got him. Several people in our training class have commented on his lovely conformation as he trots across the room while playing with the other pups. He's a great dog!A Anyway, hope all is well in your part of the world and that you are enjoying the holiday season. Although I had some concerns on how Gracie would react, from the first walk that we did on the way home from Patchwork, she has been wonderful. Already they play together, with Gracie laying down so that she is on Argus' level, letting him crawl all over her.
He already knows his name, figured out how to negotiate the step up the deck, and how to run from me when he picks up something I don't want him to have. He follows us around from room to room and always sleeps next to us when we are in the room.
I do have a crate and have used it but not very much, mostly I just watch him and when I catch that certain look I just take him out and tell him to go potty. When I was in shop he would play under my bench and when he was tired he would sleep under my stool. He and Gracie had a good time exploring and finding just about every kind of poop there is out there. Everyone that meets her is in awe of not only her beauty and structure, but even more so of her super sweet and willing disposition.A  I cannot say enough about her.
She is very gentle, smart, intelligent, super athletic, and just wants to please and love everyone.A  She loves to crawl into our laps and pretend she is a tiny lap dog. A His big brother Jackson and he are the best of buds, they have really bonded into something special!
A Also, wea€™d like to thank you for letting us come out and see him when he was a puppy, and for giving us little updates on how he was doing when he was just a lila€™ guy.A  (10lbs when we picked him up to take him home seems little compared to the size he is now! After working for a vet for more then 10 years my husband had to really talk me into getting a GSD. She has gone though a basic and advanced off leash obediance class and this comming year brings more fun with tracking and agility classes signed up. We are now thinking of getting her a little brother and look forward to coming out to visit and meet more parents. He is adapting quickly to his new home on Orcas Island, WA A and after 3 days already knows his new name. We have had him for two days now and he has already learned his name, learned how to come when called, walks great on a leash, has learned the command "gentle" for when he takes things with his mouth, is completely potty trained and sleeps all night long in his crate with no problems.
We have never seen such a loving, well behaved, intelligent puppy before and we feel so lucky that he is now a part of our family.
John and I were so pleased to see the safety measures that you take prior to letting anyone be near or handle any of the puppies. Because of your loving care for your dogs we now have two of the greatest puppies that anyone could ever ask for in life! I am grateful for the time that we were able to spend with the puppies getting to know each and every one of them.
You are wonderful about keeping everyone informed through your website just as you did while we were waiting to be able to take the Sebastian and Kasia home. We were also very impressed that you were so willing to let us come visit and you even encouraged us to do so.
We thoroughly appreciate that you allowed us to be a part of the puppies lives even before they were in their new home. Through your attentive behavior to each and every one of your puppies we new the silly things they did, what they liked to play with all the way down to their little itchy spot that they liked to have scratched. Because of all your love and attention we have two beautiful, healthy puppies that we will get to love for years to come.A A Thank you so much for our beautiful puppies! A  I got hopeful when I found your pages, with your dog Penny, who reminded me so much of our Isis, who was a beautiful, athletic,and loving black and red blanket pattern longcoat. You DID say on your page that your goal was to find the right dog for people, right down to the color.
The way you described the parents of different litters, and later the pups themselves, was exactly right.A  Patiently, you discussed all the little characteristics of each pup in a way that just about made up for our never being able to actually see the pups in person or hold them in our arms. Pashi learned every trick all of my other dogs know in one 10 minute session at age 11 weeks, and never forgot them.A  She and Itta (9 weeks) both sit at the door automatically now, better than any of our other dogs who have been working on it for ages.



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