03/15/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Black Velvet Band
“Beware the Ides of March.”
of March is the fifteenth; which day of the month the ides is
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Just as we did three years ago, all this week leading up to St. Patrick's Day (at least until I go out of town for a week on Tuesday morning), we'll be celebrating with Irish songs. In fact (as I'm so very far behind), we'll be using the very same themes all week as we did then.
This one describes transportation to Van Dieman's Land (Van Dieman's Land was changed to Tasmania, which is now part of Australia), a common punishment in 19th century Britain and Ireland until the 1850's.
I've long owned a copy of the Irish Rovers singing it, and it's a favorite of mine. Unable to locate that version for you, I have two very different arrangements instead. As it is a traditional folk song, you'll notice the lyrics will vary with each interpretation:
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cnzstOtW2k -The Black Velvet Band - The Dubliners
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBRQM0vErH8 - The Black Velvet Band - The High Kings
From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 03/14/11, 7:42 PM - " Monty (Phillips - '62 - of VA)":
Dear friends and family,
Please keep Monty in your prayers.
Monty is pretty weak. I spent most of last Thursday with him. Friday, I called his nurse at VA. Oncology, told her how he was doing and that I felt he needed fluids... and as a result, people came to the house, Hospice was explained....the benefits and care. He agreed. They have been great. He has a hospital bed, was given fluids Friday night (now drinking and eating more for me), and is on oxygen, too. His vitals are not good. He has lost a lot of weight. He made it clear that he did not intend on going anywhere until God said so. Just because he agreed to Hospice doesn't mean he is going anywhere. He does not want any negative thoughts or words.
Jerry and I spent Friday and Saturday nights with him. Two trying to sleep on a loveseat is not comfortable. He said that he was glad we came to his pajama party. I had to come home last night. I have to get Josh and myself off to school each day and try to maintain some stability on the homefront. Jerry will be staying nights with Monty as long as needed. He will go to work from there after taking the dog out, getting meds, food, and assisting Monty to the bathroom. Annette, Lanny and Cookie are pulling duty in shifts to make sure he is not alone during the day. April signed on for tomorrow. We are so thankful for all the help. Annette is Monty's angel. She gives him his injections each evening, brings food, brings in the firewood, etc. She has really been wonderful. Lanny and Cookie have been awesome, too. They have been helping with getting him medical appointments, getting food to him and just being there for him. I will take Thursday off to spend the day with him. We have a good team and I thank God for them. I don't know what people do without family and friends.
Monty has put up a good fight for two years now, he still has a strong will to make it even though his body is weak.
I'll keep you informed.
God bless you all and thank you for your prayers.
Certainly, Dearest Judy! Monty is ever and always in our prayers!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Joan Williams Eberwine ('57) AND Linda Robinson Gillespie ('71) of VA!
Bill Gross (February '48) of VA AND
Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA AND
Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC!
Happy Birthday this week to:
17 - Barbara Brewer (’69) of VA;
18 - Johnny Mitchell ('57) of VA AND Kay Knight Midkiff Evans ('59) of VA AND Aderon Gibbs ('66) of VA AND Wade Scott ('66) of MO;
19 - Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA;
20 - My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) of CO AND Sid Melton ('64) of NY AND Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA AND My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82) of NC;
21 - Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES:
http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday0315.htm - INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
Wednesday, March 15 1865
SHERMAN STRIKES SEVERAL SITES
William Tecumseh Sherman moved out from Fayetteville, N.C. and the Cape Fear River area today in full stride, his men supplied and organized and coordinated with other forces. Kilpatrick’s cavalry was leading the way for Slocum’s men on the left wing of the march, which proved to be the right place for them: there was considerable skirmishing on that side, as the Confederate defenders concentrated their last efforts at resistance in that direction.
From Me ('65) of IL - 03/15/11 - "Don't forget to search for the leprechauns on Thursday morning!":
From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 03/14/11 - "weather":
Reading your weather problems, I guess it is not the time to tell you we will be having a sunny sky and at about 80 all week. The kids are on spring break, so tomorrow, my daughter who lives with us and her 2 daughters are going with me to see my next oldest daughter in Tampa. We are heading to Honeymoon Island to the beach. Will send you a picture of the Sand Gator we plan to make. (more fun than a castle)
Stay warm and come see us. Love to all NNHS.
GIGGLES! Thanks, Ruthie! We won't be reaching into the 80s this week, but we will definitely hit the 60s and probably the 70s later this week - which is why this snow is all the more outrageous!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 03/14/11 - "World's Oldest Woman, Strut Your Stuff & Sum":
Massive Tsunamis Hit Japan
Thank you, Shari!
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 03/12/11 - "Some Maxines" (#3 in a Series of 19):
Finally, Some NEW Maxine's!
REMEMBER: Good friends are like stars.
You don't always see them but you always know they are there.
YIKES! I can taste the Lifebuoy soap from what she said! Thanks, Joyce!
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 03/14/11:
|A drunk was staggering down the main street of town. Somehow, he
managed to make it up the stairs to the cathedral and into the building,
where he crashed from pew to pew. He finally made his way to a side
aisle and into a confessional. A priest had been observing the man's
sorry progress. Figuring the fellow was in need of some assistance, he
proceeded to enter his side of the confessional. His attention was
rewarded only by a lengthy silence.
Finally he asked, "May I help you, my son?"
"I dunno." came the drunk's voice from behind the partition. "You got
any toilet paper on your side?"
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Thursday, April 7, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on
the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson
Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is
not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit
2. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.
3. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella (firstname.lastname@example.org - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher (email@example.com - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson (firstname.lastname@example.org - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954
4. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at Richard@Rawls.com - CLASS OF 1971
5. Saturday, August 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News. Further details will be available soon from Dee Hodges Bartram at email@example.com - CLASS OF 1966
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 03/14/11
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Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Black Velvet Band
Her eyes they shone like the diamonds
You'd think she was queen of the land
And her hair hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a black velvet band.
In a neat little town they call Belfast
Apprenticed to trade I was bound
And many an hour's sweet happiness
I spent in that neat little town.
Till bad misfortune came o'er me
That caused me to stray from the land
Far away from my friends and relations
To follow the black velvet band.
Well, I was out strolling one evening
Not meaning to go very far
When I met with a pretty young damsel
Who was selling her trade in the bar.
When I watched, she took from a customer
And slipped it right into my hand
Then the Watch came and put me in prison
Bad luck to the black velvet band.
Next morning before judge and jury
For a trial I had to appear
And the judge, he said, "You young fellows...
The case against you is quite clear
And seven long years is your sentence
You're going to Van Dieman's Land
Far away from your friends and relations
To follow the black velvet band."
So come all you jolly young fellows
I'd have you take warning by me
Whenever you're out on the liquor, me lads,
Beware of the pretty colleen.
She'll fill you with whiskey and porter
Until you're not able to stand
And the very next thing that you'll know, me lads,
You're landed in Van Dieman's Land.
"Black Velvet Band" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://www.contemplator.com/tunebook/ireland.htm - 03/10/08
Celtic Knot clip art courtesy of http://www.ireland-information.com/celticclipart/celticclipart.htm - 03/14/11
Multicolored Celtic Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.ireland-information.com/celticclipart/celticclipart.htm - 10/31/05
Marine Corps Seal clip art
courtesy of the late
Herbert Hice of MI
- one of my
Famous Marines who served in the South
Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
Fiddling Leprechaun clip art courtesy of http://d21c.com/AnnesPlace/StPatricks.html - 03/17/06
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