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11/03/16 - 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 - - Scarborough Fair - Simon & Garfunkel live in concert in Central Park, 1981

BONUS #2 - - Scarborough Fair - Celtic Woman: Hayley Westenra in concert at Slane Castle, Ireland


"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)....


   A Belated Halloween Birthday to     Nuel Quisenberry ('58) of FL!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

04 -  Mike Jeffers ('61) of VA;

05 -  Patsy Blackard Hallett Parker ('65) of VA AND    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!


November 03, 1941 - Japanese Ambassador John Grew warned that the Japanese may be planning a sudden attack on the U.S.

November 03, 1942 - The Koli Point action began during the Guadalcanal Campaign and ended on November 12.

November 03, 1943 - 500 aircraft of the U.S. 8th Air Force devastated Wilhelmshafen harbor in Germany.

November 03, 1944 - Two supreme commanders of the Slovak National Uprising, Generals Ján Golian and Rudolf Viest were captured, tortured and later executed by German forces.


Thursday, November 03, 1966 - What?? Just nuffin'?!? So it would seem.

“Replacing rudeness and impatience with the Golden Rule may not change the world, but it will change your world and your relationships.”

- Steve Shallenberger

 From Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 11/02/16 - "Kent Blazy - Leslie Satcher House Concert - Saturday, Nov. 12th":

Doors open at 6:30 PM - Potluck - BYOB - $15 at Z Door!

Longtime favorite of our house events Kent Blazy will be singing Garth's newest song "Baby, Let's Laydown and Dance". And making her long awaited first visit the incredible Leslie Satcher of George Strait's "Troubadour" fame and so many more hit songs for a long list of artists.
We have some awesome opening rounds as well.

Touring Recording Artist Ty Gummersall from Colorado is making a return visit to our events, along with Karree J Phillips, Jim Callahan and internet sensation Dave's Highway.....

Terry G. Seay
Songwriter House Concerts Since 2009
Mobile # 703.628.4657


   COOL BEANS! Thank you, Terry! Y'all have fun! 

   From Mark Hutcherson ('66) of VA - 10/14/09 - "Daylight Savings Time explained":


This is the best explanation I've heard yet!

   AHA!!! This IS perfect! Thank you again, Mark, I could scarcely agree more!


   From My Cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA - 10/31/16:

  Thank you, Jean! Vincent Price's experience actually happened to us this past Sunday! Both congregations which normally meet in our building at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM respectively were having an abbreviated combined meeting at 5:00 PM to allow all those who were participating in the Mormon Helping Hands weekend cleanups following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew to briefly meet together.

   We normally arrive 20 to 30 minutes early anyway, because I really cannot abide being late, but Sunday we wanted to be extra sure. I think we were 45 minutes early; for a true fact we were the very first to arrive!


“When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.

- Norm Crosby
(b. 15 Sept

 From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/08/16 - "Spectacular Pictures (#3 in a series of 40)":

  Here are several really nice photos to enjoy.

   WOWZERS! Thank you, Billy!


  From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of Northern VA - 10/17/16 - "For Those of You Who Appreciate Irony (#3 in a series of 16)":

  GIGGLES! Thanks, Janice!


Williams Sonoma Knockoff Glass Hurricane - "Love the look of the Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas in those fancy store catalogs but don't love the price? Learn how to make your own chic Thanksgiving table decorations with craft tutorials like this one for a Williams Sonoma Knockoff Glass Hurricane. These simple pieces are an easy way to take your table from dull to dazzling!"

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." -
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): - 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." - 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." - 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 - 11/02/16:

A salesman dropped in to see a business customer. Not a soul was in the office except a big dog emptying wastebaskets. The salesman stared at the animal, wondering if his imagination could be playing tricks on him.

The dog looked up and said, "Don't be surprised. This is just part of my job."

"Incredible!" exclaimed the man. "I can't believe it! Does your boss know what a prize he has in you? An animal that can talk!"

"No, no," pleaded the dog. "Please don't! If that man finds out I can talk, he'll make me answer the phone as well!"


1. Wednesday, November 09, 2016 - 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.

2. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 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.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
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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 she'll 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 she'll 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 she'll 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 - 11/03/08

"Scarborough Fair" lyrics courtesy of - 11/03/08

Pumpkin Image courtesy of - 11/03/08

Pumpkins Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 10/24/08

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

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07 

Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of - 08/01/10

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 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!

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03     

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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