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    25th February 2009 - 06:44:25 PM    
138 : Hallie Condit
I have fond memories of the Garret in the late 1960s and early
1970s. I remember listening in wonder when Terrea sang "The
First Timer Ever I Saw Your Face". The Garret was a special
place. Nothing like it exists in Seattle where I live now.
Thanks for having this wonderful website!

    27th January 2009 - 12:05:53 PM    
137 : Toni Robinson
I haven't been back to this site for several years. I don't know what promted me to come today but I am glad that I did. The Garret was such a force for good in my life there are no words to explain. I am thrilled at how the site has grown and all the people that have found it is a testament to the impact The Garret had on many lives. I now live in New York along the Hudson River in the little village of Croton on Hudson. Not quite ready to retire but beginning to think along those lines. I would love to hear from any one that shared that time with me. Toni

    15th December 2008 - 11:46:40 PM    
136 : Marv Moskowitz
What a beautiful tribute you've created. I am a bit jealous of this wonderful experience you have shared. Bless you for bringing this to us who missed it.

    04th June 2008 - 03:29:17 PM    
135 : Val McMickle Welch
Enjoyed surfing around your site! I was given some artwork over the weekend and among it was an etching that my aunt did of Terrea that ended up on the Garret House Album. Nancy McMickle is my aunt and I'm sure will enjoy the mug I ordered for her at cafe press!

    31st May 2008 - 01:43:24 PM    
134 : jones
I played the first time on a stage with a guitar at the Garret hoot.
I was in my teens, in the sixties, and thank everyone responsible for this website. I am still a musician, and have sent a couple of emails to old fellow hoot participants. I well remember sitting around the fire with good friends and listening to each other, as well as to Terrea. Thank you, Terrea, from one you would not remember.

You can go back, to a degree, I suppose.

And nobody here has mentioned the very good performances on hoot night of Rik Elswit. He inspired me as well.
I could barely play a few chords when I first went to The Garret.
In a short time I became a pro sideman (beginning with Rik, et al).

Getting old has its drawbacks, but the memories of having lived in such a time and the many hours of wonder spent on Fairfax at the Garret are of unquantifiable value.

I owe my career, such as it is, to the place I first nervously stood at a mic with a guitar.


Peace to all,


    30th March 2008 - 10:34:34 PM    
133 : Kurt
Over the years I have often remembered the all too few magic evenings that I spent at the Garret, and have been pained by the thought of my Terrea Lea album that bent out of shape on the hot seat of my car many many years ago. Terrea, Bud and Travis are responsible for the fact that folk music is still my favorite of all. I finally decided to check the web, and here you are. Wonderful! I am looking forward to receiving the album that I just ordered. Thanks for being here and bringing back great memories.

    25th February 2008 - 01:39:30 PM    
132 : Sandy
Last evening for some unknown reason I was trying to remember the name of the Coffee House I frequested in the early 60's. Upon waking this morning it came to me. The Garret! In 1962 as a 16 years old westside girl and getting a drivers license provided the opportunity for adventure! We loved going to The Garret, the music, the performers, and the people. How great to learn that others share the memories of a less complicated time and place.

    24th February 2008 - 02:31:57 PM    
131 : Tom Jablonski
My story is so simular to Dave's that there is no need to
repeat the details. I lived in the San gabrial Valley in the mid-sixties but called the Garrett home. I had emersed myself in the folk scene during those days and found the Garrett the most comfortable and safest of the areas Folk venues. I vividly remenber the days of Pandoras Box, Peace Marches and the Hollywood riots. Through it all I always found sanctuary at the Garrett. I can still hear the coppichino machine interupting the start of another song. And somehow managed to avoid hitting my head on the fire-pit hood. At one time I had three LP's, but over time and several moves they somehow disappeared. Then about ten years ago at a yard sale here in Carson City I found a mint copy of "At the Garrett". The people didn't recall how they came by it but it was mine now. I have since copied it to a CD and will enjoy many more years of listening. Enjoyment I would not have if it had not
been for the Garrett. Thank You So Much.

    01st February 2008 - 07:50:35 AM    
130 : Liz Burkhart
Hi to everyone. Can't believe that I found you! The Garret was the most special place in my life. The great people and the life lessons learned there stay with me today. Seeing the pictures brought back memories that I have tried to relate to others in my life but no one that lived it can truly appreciate the impact of the "people of the Garret". Terrea, BJ, Sue and Stacey had tremendous impact on how I lead my life and who I became. Thank you all. The loss of BJ and Sue is very sad news. But the joy of seeing names like Terrea, Jerry and Fran is just amazing. I currently reside just outside of Niagara Falls, NY after retiring from the United States Navy with 22 years of service. I retired as a Lieutenant Commander in the Medical Service Corps.
My life has taken many twists and turns but my life and times at the Garret remain with me forever and are the happiest of all. To all of you "Thanks for the memories".

    18th December 2007 - 09:57:52 PM    
129 : Georgia aka Tracy
I could not believe it when I found this site...what a trip down memory lane. I worked at the Garret in 1961 & '62. I started as a dishwasher, that only lasted about a month, a waitress quit and I took her place. At that time there were three waitresses. Soon after another one quit and Sue and I told B.J. & Terrea we could handle the job, just the two of us. We split it down the middle and we would trade sides each week. I think B.J. had faith in us and we did not let her down, we did handle it!
I knew and loved them all...Terrea,B.J.,Sue,Liz,Gretchen & Stacey.
At one point B.J. & Terrea decided to turn the house that sat behind the Garret into an Art Gallery. The last tenant that lived in it had painted all the walls black. I said I would clean it up, which even meant hauling off junk, and paint it white... I think it took about 3 or 4 coats of paint but it ended up white. I even moved a refrigerator by myself so I could paint behind it. When Terrea came in and saw that, I got a loving scolding. The guys that were helping me haul off the junk could not back the big truck dawn the narrow driveway, so I did and got a pat on the back and a big smile from B.J.!
I have so many stories and loving memories of my time at the Garret. I am sadden by the passing of both B.J. and Sue. I awhile I shared a basement apartment with Sue and she used to loan me her 1950 Ford to drive until I got on.
When I first started working at the Garret B.J. found out I had been sleeping in my car for about a week, had no money for an apartment, she gave me a key to the door of the Garret and an electric blanket and pillow and said you know where the food is. What a wonderful family I fell into. I'd like to get in touch with Terrea. I even used to dance on the big round table while the guys jamed.
I went on to study Television and work in the Industry as a Producer and Director. I now am retired and live in Rogue River, Oregon.
Georgia Roser, then. aka Tracy Betancourt, now.

    17th November 2007 - 08:09:56 PM    
128 : Jon Cutler
I was the weekend "greeter" in 1964. It was my job to seat patron and to keep them quiet during Terrea's sets. There are so many memories...

    31st August 2007 - 04:26:18 AM    
127 : Napo Camassa
Hi Terrea,
I found you just as a fluke!
Here in London recovering after an heart attack,just nothing!!!
I am an italian music lover....poet,rock archivist...see my page and my 4 Poetry Blogs.
Your Work 'Conversation with the heart'is strangely appropriate to my case,and I would be on cloud nine if you'll kindly send me a copy of that.
Many thanks from the bottom of my red transistor.
Napo Camassa
51,Symington House
Deverell St.
PS Van Dyke Parks that graces your songs knows me.I met him here in town,and months ago we exchanged messages on line.Wow!
Napo is short for Napoleon....real name

    13th August 2007 - 09:49:32 PM    
126 : Mike Walti
Hi to all and especially to Terrea who may remember me from "Nino and Miguel" and "Mike and Larry". Stephanie and I have been married 44 years and have traveled the world working as social workers in Alaska, Germany and New Mexico. We are retired and enjoying the Southwest. I will never forget the fun and good times at the Garret.

    06th July 2007 - 10:06:00 AM    
125 : Jackrandall
The Garrett was used as a filming location for the 1960 film "The High Powered Rifle". They spent one day filming some scenes with its stars Allison Hayes and Dan Simmons.

Terrea Lea was also in the film, which seems to have disappeared. Even its producer-director Maury Dexter doesn't have a copy.

Thanks to Terrea for letting me know her thoughts on the movie!

If it ever shows up....I hope we all get to see it!

    22nd March 2007 - 04:18:15 PM    
124 : Ted Campos
I was reading some messages from people who knew my father back in the 60's. Phil Campos. I put together a website with some pictures, video and audio.
If anyone has anything they can contribute, It would mean the world to me.

    07th February 2007 - 06:12:06 PM    
123 : Webmaster
I am greatly saddened to report that Sue Tjulander passed away today after suffering a massive stroke.

    08th December 2006 - 12:26:55 AM    
122 : Wes Alderson
Hi Jerry! My E-mail address has changed, with our move to Lakeside, Arizona. It is now

I hope all is well with you!

    06th December 2006 - 02:19:50 PM    
121 : Barry Silver
I was a frequent visitor to the Garret in the late 50s and early 60s. I always loved Terrea Lea's music and followed the "Folk" scene in LA during that period. I was a huge Bud and Trav fan. I always remembered that damned Espresso machind drowning out the music with regularity. Nice to find this site and the memories.

    02nd December 2006 - 09:19:47 AM    
120 : Jon
Holy Sh*t! I can't believe The Garret and Terrea Lea are still there. I just came across a Terrea Lea album that I bought in the 60's when I went on dates to The Garret. That was 1964! Wow!!!

    19th October 2006 - 02:01:01 PM    
119 : Terrea Lea Bryson
Hello! I am another of your namesakes, my name is Terrea Lea, too! I was born on a Naval base in Oregon in 1951. My mother heard you on the radio and gave me your name (I never knew until now that I got my middle name from you as well!) She has always told me I was named "after a folksinger" but I couldn't find you until the wonders of the internet! I've heard years of variations on the joke that there was no folk singer, my mother was just tripping on those birthing drugs - at last I get to fight back! I wish I'd been to the Garret...we actually lived in LA for a few years right around 1960, but coffee houses were nowhere near my parents' radar, with Dad in the military. Mom doesn't remember being aware of the place. It's wonderful to find you - and now I guess I must quit fantasizing about singing and DO it, eh? Best wishes!! Terrea, Los Angeles, 2006


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