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11/03/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Scarborough Fair
“When the trees their summer splendor
Change to raiment red and gold,
When the summer moon turns mellow,
And the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide their acorns,
And the woodchucks disappear;
Then we know that it is autumn,
Loveliest season of the year."

-  Carol L. Riser, “Autumn"

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   The theme song of today's Newsletter, originating at least as far back as 1670, is far more abstruse than I ever imagined.....

BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dau2_Lt8pbM - Scarborough Fair - Simon & Garfunkel in concert in Central Park

BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiZJP_XLmrQ - Scarborough Fair - Celtic Woman: Hayley Westenra in concert at Slane Castle, Ireland


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarborough_Fair_%28ballad%29:

"Scarborough Fair" is a traditional ballad of Great Britain and more precisely Yorkshire.

The song relates the tale of a young man who instructs the listener to tell his former love to perform for him a series of impossible tasks, such as making him a shirt without a seam and then washing it in a dry well, adding that if she completes these tasks he will take her back. Often the song is sung as a duet, with the woman then giving her lover a series of equally impossible tasks, promising to give him his seamless shirt once he has finished.

As the versions of the ballad known under the title "Scarborough Fair" are usually limited to the exchange of these impossible tasks, many suggestions concerning the plot have been proposed, including the hypothesis that it is about the Great Plague of the late Middle Ages. The lyrics of "Scarborough Fair" appear to have something in common with an obscure Scottish ballad, The Elfin Knight (Child Ballad #2),[1] which has been traced at least as far back as 1670 and may well be earlier. In this ballad, an elf threatens to abduct a young woman to be his lover unless she can perform an impossible task ("For thou must shape a sark to me / Without any cut or heme, quoth he"); she responds with a list of tasks that he must first perform ("I have an aiker of good ley-land / Which lyeth low by yon sea-strand").

The melody is very typical of the middle English period.

As the song spread, it was adapted, modified, and rewritten to the point that dozens of versions existed by the end of the 18th century, although only a few are typically sung nowadays. The references to the traditional English fair, "Scarborough Fair" and the refrain "parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme" date to 19th century versions, and the refrain may have been borrowed from the ballad Riddles Wisely Expounded, (Child Ballad #1), which has a similar plot. A number of older versions refer to locations other than Scarborough Fair, including Wittingham Fair, Cape Ann, "twixt Berwik and Lyne", etc. Many versions do not mention a place-name, and are often generically titled ("The Lovers' Tasks", "My Father Gave Me an Acre of Land", etc.)....

Much thought has gone into attempts to explain the refrain "parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme", although, as this is found only in relatively recent versions, there may not be much to explain. One common theory is that they are the ingredients for stuffing used in many baked poultry dishes.[3]

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme have — like many other herbs — a symbolic meaning that goes back centuries: it has also been known (parsely, sage, rosemary, and thyme) were the main ingredients to an old witches love potion.

  • Parsley has been used as a digestant, which should take the bitterness out of certain comestibles. Some medieval physicians used this herb in a spiritual manner.
  • Sage is renowned as a symbol of power.
  • Rosemary represents fidelity, love, and remembrance and is therefore often used in traditional wedding customs. Rosemary for remembrance.
  • Thyme symbolizes courage and thus found its way into heraldry.

Both man and woman in this ballad invoke said powers in naming these herbs: mildness to soothe the bitterness of their relationship, spiritual strength to endure being apart from each other, faithfulness and lastly encouragement, to fulfill the impossible tasks given.

Another interpretation is that the four herbs are traditionally closely associated with death, as well as being used in charms to ward off the evil eye.[4]

As in most stories concerning impossible tasks set for lovers or suitors, the tasks set forth in this song are probably riddles, and once the riddle is solved then the task can be performed easily. "Plough it with a rams horn, and sow it all over with one peppercorn" could be seen as a sexual reference.[citation needed]

Plague doctors at the time are also thought to have used the herbs to cover-up the smell of death and decay. The herbs were supposedly put in the beak of their costumes.

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme are all members of the mint family, and are documented emmenagogue, contraceptive and abortifacient herbal remedies. Contraceptives were preferred to abortifacients, because utilization of abortion as a birth control method was more risky, and abortions required assistance and/or instruction (McLaren, 1990)....


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

   Happy Birthday today to   John Clark ('57) of VA!

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to    Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

05 -   Patsy Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA AND     My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002) of MD AND My Grandson,   Thomas Harty of TX;

06 - Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57)
AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND       Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA;

07 -    Pam Larmer Traugott ('62) of VA;
08 - Lawson (Buddy) Sparrow ('53) of VA
AND Woody Hudson ('57) AND     Joe Madagan ('57) of FL AND David McCoy ('67) of VA;

09 - Hilton Henderson ('57) of NV and FL AND My Grandson (by My Children of Other Parents),     Jacob Mansfield of TX;
10 -
The United States Marine Corps - 1775 AND Tamsie Warren Ellis ('57) AND David Wittan ('57) AND   Angie Ray Smith ('64) of VA AND the late   Steve Pullen ('65) (deceased 22 Apr 2012) !

    Many Happy Returns, One and All!

http://www.nnhs65.com/Happy-Birthday.html

 


THIS DAY IN WWII:

November 3, 1941 - Japanese Ambassador John Grew warned that the Japanese may be planning a sudden attack on the U.S.

November 3, 1942 - The Koli Point action began during the Guadalcanal Campaign and ended on November 12.

November 3, 1943 - 500 aircraft of the U.S. 8th Air Force devastated Wilhelmshafen harbor in Germany.

November 3, 1944 - Two supreme commanders of the Slovak National Uprising, Generals Ján Golian and Rudolf Viest were captured, tortured and later executed by German forces.

 


THIS DAY IN 1963:

Sunday, November 3, 1963 - Director and producer Davis Guggenheim was born Philip Davis Guggenheim in St. Louis, Missouri.

Sunday, November 3, 1963 - Race car driver Shigeaki Hattori (服部 茂章) was born in Okayama, Okayama, Japan.

Sunday, November 3, 1963 - Footballer  turned television and radio personality Ian Wright was born Ian Edward Wright in Woolwich, London, England.

 


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/02/13 - "A little history":

Did your dad have a pocket watch?
 
Very Interesting story!

If

you were in the market for a watch in 1880, would you know where to get one? You would go to a store, right? Well, of course you could do that, but if you wanted one that was cheaper and a bit better than most of the store watches, you went to the train station! Sound a bit funny? Well, for about 500 towns across the northern United States, that's where the best watches were found.
 
Why were the best watches found at the train station? The railroad company wasn't selling the watches, not at all. The telegraph operator was. Most of the time the telegraph operator was located in the railroad station because the telegraph lines followed the railroad tracks from town to town. It was usually the shortest distance and the right-of-ways had already been secured for the rail line.
 
Most of the station agents were also skilled telegraph operators and that was the primary way that they communicated with the railroad. They would know when trains left the previous station and when they were due at their next station. And it was the telegraph operator who had the watches. As a matter of fact they sold more of them than almost all the stores combined for a period of about 9 years.
 
This was all arranged by "Richard", who was a telegraph operator himself. He was on duty in the North Redwood, Minnesota train station one day when a load of watches arrived from the East. It was a huge crate of pocket watches. No one ever came to claim them.
 
So Richard sent a telegram to the manufacturer and asked them what they wanted to do with the watches. The manufacturer didn't want to pay the freight back, so they wired Richard to see if he could sell them. So Richard did. He sent a wire to every agent in the system asking them if they wanted a cheap, but good, pocket watch. He sold the entire case in less than two days and at a handsome profit.
 
That started it all. He ordered more watches from the watch company and encouraged the telegraph operators to set up a display case in the station offering high quality watches for a cheap price to all the travelers. It worked! It didn't take long for the word to spread and, before long, people other than travelers came to the train station to buy watches.
 
Richard became so busy that he had to hire a professional watch maker to help him with the orders. That was Alvah. And the rest is history as they say.
 
The business took off and soon expanded to many other lines of dry goods.
 
Richard and Alvah left the train station and moved their company to Chicago -- and it's still there.
 
YES, IT'S A LITTLE KNOWN FACT that for a while in the 1880's, the biggest watch retailer in the country was at the train station. It all started with a telegraph operator: Richard Sears and his partner Alvah Roebuck!

Bet You Didn't Know that!!!

  
  
Thank you, Dools!

 


        From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 11/02/13 - "WHY SOME GO TO FLORIDA...............":

WHY SOME GO TO FLORIDA...............

This is so funny!!!!! Or maybe not……could be painful!!

http://www.youtube.com/embed/xKy2lLNQYrI?rel=0 -The People vs. Winter

        Thanks again, Haul Party!

 


BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS (Sorry; not theme-related):

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/star-table-runner - Susan Lowman's Star Table Runner - "Lovely lacy snowflakes add charm to tabletop or mantle. Worked in size 3 thread, and joined as you crochet, this will add elegance to your holiday."

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/big-snowflake-doilies -
Kristen Stoltzfus' Big Snowflake Doilies - "Create a flurry or a blizzard when you add these lovely snowflake doilies to your holiday décor!"

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/white-star-david-ornament - Kristen Stoltzfus' White Star of David Ornament - "Easy to crochet and to assemble, these elegant Star of David ornaments are accented by iridescent beads for a glistening holiday celebration."
 


BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related):  


http://www.recipelion.com/Pies/Old-Fashioned-Funeral-Pie/ml/1 - Old Fashioned Funeral Pie - "Made year round, this classic Amish dish is loaded with sweet flavors. Made with cinnamon, all spice and a handful of raisins, Old Fashioned Funeral Pie is rich and moist, and sure to be a hit with the family. Homemade Pie recipes don't come any easier than this."

http://www.recipelion.com/Cake-Recipes/1917-War-Cake/ml/1 - 1917 War Cake - "This easy cake boasts a simple flavor profile from a classic recipe. This cake will appeal to those who love spice cake, because it gets much of its punch from nutmeg and cloves."

http://www.recipelion.com/Campbells-Soup-Recipes/Creamy-Irish-Potato-Soup/ml/1 - Creamy Irish Potato Soup - "Rich and creamy, this delicious potato soup recipe has a subtle flavor of celery and green onions. Made in minutes, Creamy Irish Potato Soup will warm the body and the soul, as well as feed a hungry appetite. It's one of the only easy soup recipes that you'll want to savor slowly. Crumble in some crackers and enjoy every spoonful. You wont want to miss a single bite."


  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 10/18/13 - "Reflective Moments" (#16 in a series of 16):
 
 
I  HOPE  YOU  ENJOYED  THESE  
 
REFLECTIVE  MOMENTS.
 

   Thanks, Ruthie - I did - all of them!

 
 


   
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 10/28/12 - "Christian cartoons" (#3 in a Series of 10):  
 
  Christian cartoons for a change !!

  Have a great day, Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death...

     GREAT! Thanks, Joan!  

 
 


FINALLY:

From www.ajokeaday.com - 11/02/13:
 
Mrs. Sullivan and her little daughter Patty were outside the church watching all the comings and goings of a wedding. After the photographs had been taken, everyone had driven off to the reception, and all the excitement was over. Patty asked her mother, “Why did the bride change her mind, Mommy?

“How do you mean, change her mind?” asked Mrs. Sullivan.

“Well,
said the child, “she went into the church with one man and came out with another!”


DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 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 with them.

2. Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 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.


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 10/02/13

BLOG:

http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11



  
Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                 Love to all, Carol

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Scarborough Fair

Are you goin' to Scarborough Fair? parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there, she once was a true love of mine

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Without no seams nor needlework, then shell be a true love of mine

Tell her to find me an acre of land, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Between the salt water and the sea strand, then shell be a true love of mine

Tell her to reap it in a sickle of leather, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
And to gather it all in a bunch of heather, then shell be a true love of mine

Are you goin' to Scarborough Fair? parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there, she once was a true love of mine



"Scarborough Fair" midi (sequenced by Antonio Calado Lopes) courtesy of http://sglyrics.myrmid.com/midi.htm - 11/03/08

"Scarborough Fair" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsfreak.com/s/simon+and+garfunkel/scarborough+fair_20124689.html - 11/03/08

Pumpkin Image courtesy of http://www.winmarkcom.com/thanksgivingactivities.htm - 11/03/08

Pumpkins Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.christmas-graphics-plus.com/free/kids-halloween-clip-art.html - 10/24/08

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of http://www.stantoncollegeprep.org/central/ - 08/01/10

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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!!

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06

Animated Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07
Thanks, Al!

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