Ernest Michael Stangeland 1982-89

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Ernest Michael Stangeland 1946-64
Ernest Michael Stangeland 1964-82
Ernest Michael Stangeland 1982-89
Ernest Michael Stangeland 1989-2006

Left to Right: Bill Indy (fiddle), unknown bass player, Ken Smith (banjo, vocals), Ray Smith (guitar and vocal), Mike Stangeland (mandolin)

This was a promotional photo that we took of our bluegrass band The High Point Ramblers at the railroad trestle in Milton, Florida. We played quite a few bluegrass festivals, bars, nightclubs, and private parties across the southeastern US during the late 1970's, early 80's. They are some of my best and some of my saddest memories.


 
Mike Stangeland and Marty Raybon jamming at a bluegrass festival, early 1980's   Mike and Shawn Stangeland at the old Carter house in Bagdad, Florida, 1983


 
Lynn Wright with friends on my 18 foot Sol Cat catamaran at Ward Basin, Santa Rosa County, Florida, ca. 1982. My mother Lucille Hudson Stangeland allowed us to keep our boats at her house on the bayou.

 

Roy Patterson and Shawn Stangeland on my Sol Cat catamaran at Ward Basin, ca. 1982

 

Mike and Shawn "riding the hull". One of the more challenging things to do on a catamaran is standing on the side of the hull in canvas "butt buckets" that are attached by cable to the upper mast, then adjusting the sails and boat trim to get the boat to stand up on it's side and stay there for as long as possible.

For several years in the late 70's we often sailed out of the Basin and sailed along the shoreline outside the point in the late afternoon waiting for the "evening zephyr", a very steady southern breeze of about 12 knots that developed close to sundown in the high summer. Becasue of its very even velocity and very steady direction it allowed us to sail for many minutes, very slowly, with the hulls almost vertical, we were almost standing upright on side of the hull. It took very precise sail and rudder adjustments to keep the boat balanced and was a thrilling experience when we did it well. This is one of our best sailing memories.


 
During the winter months in about 1978 Shawn and Mike built this boat for Shawn (the Shawn Cat) from an old set of Sol Cat hulls and various parts they found and made. It turned out to be a very seaworthy and fast boat and they enjoyed many days of match racing in Blackwater and East Bay. They also sailed in many local races and won a good number of trophies.

Mike and crew on the Sol Cat, and Shawn and crew on the Shawn Cat coming home into Ward Basin from a day's sailing. Shawn generally won our match races because he was a better sailor.

 
Last sail of the day   Shawn Stangeland and friend raising the main


 
Mike Stangeland and Lynn Wright on the Sol Cat, 1982


 
White Sands Panhandle Band L-R: Mike Stangeland (mandolin), Brad Hanson (banjo), Rooter on harp, Ken Smith (guitar), Pat Murphy (bass)   White Sands Panhandle Band L-R: Rooter on harp, Mike Stangeland (mandolin), Brad Hanson (banjo), Ken Smith (guitar)


 
Shelley and Mike Stangeland in Washington, DC, 1985   Mike and Shelley Stangeland at the old Carter house in Bagdad, Florida, 1985

Mike's backyard in Avalon Beach, Florida, 1985 Mike at the old Carter house, Bagdad, Florida

Shelley, Mike and Ernest Stangeland 1986. This is the last picture ever taken of Ernest Stangeland, he died the following year. Janice and Michael Stangeland sitting on Phillip Stangeland's front porch, Milton, Florida 1990's


Shawn and Mike Stangeland at the Atlanta Zoo, 1990's

Mike and Shawn Stangeland building the workshop/studio beneath the new house on Pandora Drive, Garcon Point, Florida 1988 Mike and Phillip Stangeland, 1988

Phillip, Mike and Daniel Stangeland 1988

The Mandolin Band L-R: Norman Jeter (guitar), Nicky Mathews (bass), Dawn Hawkins (violin/cello), Mike Stangeland (mandolin), Jem Sullivan (mandolin), 1987


 
The Mandolin Band L-R: Norman Jeter (guitar), Nicky Mathews (bass), Dawn Hawkins (violin/cello), Mike Stangeland (mandolin), Jem Sullivan (mandolin), 1987   The Mandolin Band L-R: Norman Jeter (guitar), Dawn Hawkins (violin/cello), Nicky Mathews (bass), Jem Sullivan (mandolin), Mike Stangeland (mandolin), 1987

 
    Mike Stangeland, 1987

Mike preparing to go on stage at University of West Florida with the Mandolin Band 1988

 

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