|11/03/14 - 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
|"Scarborough Fair" is a traditional
Great Britain and more precisely
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), 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 this week to:
04 - Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;
Blackard Hallett ('65) of VA
My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College
Prep School, FL - 2002) of TX AND My Grandson,
Thomas Harty of UT;
06 - Marion Timberlake Gitchel ('57) AND Maria Velma Vidales Scott ('57) AND Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of CA;
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!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
THIS DAY IN 1964:
|Tuesday, November 3, 1964 - Washington D.C. residents were
able to vote in a
presidential election for the first time.
Tuesday, November 3, 1964 - Singer and guitarist John Henry Barbee (b. William George Tucker on 14 Nov 1905 in Henning, Tennessee) died of a heart attack in Chicago, Illinois 11 days before his 59th birthday.
From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) and My Daughter-in-Law, Laura Adams Harty (Cardston HS, Alberta - '95) of LA - 11/02/14:
|Day one of Natchitoches
Civil War 150th anniversary of Federal sacking and the Confederate
repulse of the Yankees.
Such fun y'all are having!
Brent, you're looking sharp; Laura, you did a beautiful job as usual on the period clothing!
Thanks so much for the images - just lovely!
From the Incomparable Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of PA - 11/02/14:
just accepted the position of Music Director for Villanova
University's production of Merrily We Roll Along. My first
theater gig in Philly! Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah...
WAY TO GO! That's fabulous news, Charis! Thanks for sharing it with us!
From My Daughter-in-Law, Diana Lyons Harty (Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05) of CA - 11/01/14 - "Talk with Buckley":
|Buckley: Hey Mom, did you
know it's easier to give a baby candy than it is to take candy away from
Me: I never thought of it, you're right.
B: Oh and by the way, I gave the baby a lollipop.
Me: Good to know. Thanks.
That little red-headed boy is so funny! Thanks, Diana! I miss y'all!
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 11/02/14 - "7 Things to Do When Daylight Saving Time Ends":
7 Things to Do When Daylight Saving Time Ends
Thank you so much for these valuable reminders, Susan!
From My Friend, Tina, of NC (soon to be SC) - 11/02/14:
BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS (Sorry; not theme-related):
- 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!"
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 Wayne Agee
('58) of FL -
10/03/14 - "Have a nice day (#10 in a series of
From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 10/27/14 - "They had only one simple job to do and still fouled it up" (#6 in a series of 19):
From www.ajokeaday.com - 11/02/14:
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Are you goin' to Scarborough Fair?
parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
"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
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of
http://www.stantoncollegeprep.org/central/ - 08/01/10
Thanks again, Herbie!!
Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of http://www.tjathletics.org/ - 06/16/08
Applause clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 08/18/05 (re-saved 02/27/09)
Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/ehslearningcenter/ - 10/17/07
Animated Head-Banging Smiley courtesy of http://www.clipartof.com/gallery/emoticons/upset.html - 07/0/09
clip art courtesy of Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 06/20/10
Big Grin Smiley
courtesy of Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 07/05/09