05/01/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Happy May Day!
“The month of May was come, when every
lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and
to bring forth fruit;
Sir Thomas Malory,
Le Morte d'Arthur, ca. 1470
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Ahh - the merry, merry month of May!
BONUS - Now Is the Month of Maying - The King's Singers
|Now is the month of maying is one of the most famous of the
Thomas Morley published in 1595. It is based on the canzonet So
ben mi ch'a bon tempo used by
Orazio Vecchi in his 1590 Selva di varia ricreatione.
The song delights in bawdy double-entendre. It is apparently about spring dancing, but this is a metaphor for sex. For example, a "barley-break" would have suggested outdoor sexual activity (rather like we might say a "roll in the hay"). The use of such imagery and puns increased during the Renaissance.
Hmm. Who knew?!?
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today
Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX!
Happy Birthday this week to:
03 - Jimmy Lamb ('63) of VA ANDPauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA;
04 - Wanda Hodge Underwood ('57) AND Charlie Snead ('64) of NC;
05 - Jane Penn Clark ('57) AND Tom Jones (Warwick HS - '60) of VA;
06 - Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) AND Norman Olshansky ('64) of FL ANDVan Rowell ('65) of NC;
07 - Judy Abbott Copes ('57);
08 - Frank Gibson ('63) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
850 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|May 01, 1969 - Norman mercenaries landed at Bannow Bay in Leinster, marking the beginning of the Norman invasion of Ireland.|
150 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|May 01, 1869 - The Folies Bergère opened in Paris.|
THIS DAY IN WWII:
|May 01, 1927 -
Hitler held his first Nazi meeting in Berlin.
May 01, 1937 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed an act of neutrality, keeping the United States out of World War II.
May 01, 1941 - German forces launched a major attack on
May 01, 1945 - A German newsreader officially announced that
Hitler has "fallen at his command post in the
Reich Chancellery fighting to the last breath against
Bolshevism and for Germany". The Soviet flag was raised over the Reich
Chancellery, by order of Stalin.
THIS DAY IN 1969:
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 04/29/15:
|“By and large, I have
come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are
thinking only of ourselves.”
Gordon B. Hinckley
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Susan Gary (Warwick HS / NNHS - '61) of VA -04/17/19:
|Thank you, Susan!|
From Nancy Winall ('70) of VA -04/30/15:
|GREAT OLD IMAGE! Thanks so much, Nancy!|
From Jimmy Johnson ('60) of FL - 04/29/19, 6:37 AM:
always feel I do it too slow, but then others do it faster.”
(18 Nov 1899 - 12 Mar 1985)
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/01/19, 9:13 AM - "Gardens, Flowers, Nature, Beauty, Life (#1 in a series of 13)":
BONUS MAY DAY CROCHET PATTERN:
Granny's May Day Basket - "I have always loved the idea of May Baskets; sweet little baskets filled with spring flowers that are meant to be hung on the door of friends and loved ones early on the first day of May as a pleasant surprise. But having lived in the country most of my life, with friends and loved ones several miles away, I have never had much of an opportunity to give them away. But today I am going to make up for all the missed May Day baskets in my past by giving all of you this sweet and easy little basket (at least the pattern for it)..." - with tutorial!
BONUS MAY DAY KNIT PATTERN:
May Day Kniting - "For a special May Day post, instead of pointing you towards knitting your own maypole, or even knitting your own maypole and surrounding it with tiny knitted mice, I thought I'd do a post about half a dozen of the most pleasing floral-themed knitting patterns I could find in a quick Ravelry search and we could just all consider it a May Day post because of the whole May flowers and maying tradition thing. Sound good?
"Fine then, just humour me."
BONUS MAY DAY RECIPES:- "Our Main Dishes are dishes that most everyone in your family will enjoy."
Round May Day Breads by Elizabeth Yetter - "May Day, a favorite day to celebrate spring, is perfect for baking and serving up some delicious bread for picnics and family dinner. Here are ten, beautiful round breads you can bake for your spring celebrations."
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 04/30/17:
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