I started out with a lot of clever openings to this post … and then I decided to look up the exact definition of ‘hootenanny.’ The first definition is exactly what you envision, (n.) “a social gathering or informal concert featuring folk singing and, sometimes, dancing.” However, an older use of the word hootenanny is in fact a ‘thingumbob.’ If I was going to a thingumbob on Thursday night I figured I should find out what it was. And there it was… the definition of thingamabob, according to Dictionary.com was thingamajig! All confusion cleared up, I emailed a couple of friends to see if they wanted to attend a thingamajig on Thursday night where members of some of the best local bands would be performing holiday music at the Pittsburgh Opera (2425 Liberty Ave.) as Silver & Gold. The event starts at 6:30PM – music at 7PM – tickets are $5 suggested donation along with a canned good for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and, sometimes, dancing. I’ll see you at the thingamajig on Thursday.