12/22/12 - NNHS Newsletter
“Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
This is a charming old French carol which I remember from the days of my youth. Merry Christmas!
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeiLED8ln8M - Pat-a-Pan - Julie Andrews
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXq7XcAO3nA - Pat-a-Pan - Mannheim Steamroller
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f69-khkmp-U - Pat-a-Pan - Steve Green
BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af7P2PMIx10 - Pat-a-Pan - David Archuleta
BONUS #5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1EJeUGPh6s - Pat-a-Pan - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Piano Tribute Players)
BONUS #6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv1lhk1XBI0 - Pat-a-Pan - Ms. Benke's Flute Choir, 2008
BONUS #7 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txkGiu-eT1o - Pat-a-Pan - The Salt Lake Children's Choir, 2008
|"Patapan" (or "Pat-a-pan") is a
Christmas carol in
Burgundian dialect, later adapted into English. It was written
Bernard de La Monnoye (1641–1728) and first published in Noël
bourguignons in 1720.
Its original title is "Guillô, Pran Ton Tamborin" ("Willie,
Bring Your Little Drum" or "Willie, Take Your Little Drum").
The carol revolves around the birth of Jesus Christ, and is told from the perspective of shepherds playing simple instruments—flutes and drums—the onomatopoetic sound of which gives the song its name; "patapan" is meant to mimic the sound of the drum, and an accompanying lyric, "tu-re-lu-re-lu," the flute. This is similar conceptually to the carol "The Little Drummer Boy", with its chorus of "pa-rum-pa-pum-pum."
American Composer John Gerrish wrote Variations on a Burgundian Carol for 3 Recorders published by Associated Music Publishers in 1957, based on the Patapan theme. You can hear it being played by his three children at the composer's 100th birthday party held on 8/14/10 HERE. Pagan folk musician Damh The Bard recorded his version on the 2009 album, 'Tales Of The Crow Man', substituting Christian references in the lyrics with pagan ones to make it a celebration of the Winter Solstice.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV AND Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND Sandye Jordan Murray ('67) of VA;
25 - Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA;
27 - Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA;
29 - Roy Tate ('57)!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 22, 1940 - Himarë was captured by the Greek army.
December 22, 1941 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in
Washington for a wartime conference, the Arcadia Conference, with U.S.
December 22, 1942 -
December 22, 1942 -Adolf Hitler signed the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.
December 22, 1944 - Battle of the Bulge – German troops demanded the surrender of United States troops at Bastogne, Belgium, prompting the famous one word reply by General Anthony McAuliffe: "Nuts!"
December 22, 1944 - The
People's Army of Vietnam was formed to resist
THIS DAY IN
December 22, 1948 - Hideki Tojo was hanged after being convicted of war crimes by an international tribunal. Tojo had become the prime minister of Japan in October of 1940.
December 22, 1989 - In Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate was opened.
THIS DAY IN1962:
|Saturday, December 22, 1962 - Actor Ralph Fiennes was born Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton Wykeham Fiennes in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.|
From H.P. Lucas ('65) of VA - 12/21/12, 8:18 AM:
Thanks so much, again, for keeping us informed-you do a fantastic job.
Please place my birthday on your birthday list- 1.29.47.
Thanks, and Merry, Merry, Christmas!!
Thanks so much, H.P! You're all covered on our Birthday List - and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours!
From My Daughter of Other Parents, Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of
MD - 12/20/12, 9:11 AM:
I just saw the Newsletter. You will have to let us know when you're coming home from Missouri with your baby girl (Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - currently serving an eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington) so we can plan a trip to North Carolina!
ABSOLUTELY! Thanks, Megan - we'll see you then!
From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA - 12/21/12 - "MERRY CHRISTMAS":
Those of us, the Newport News High School Class of 1954, who remain above the turf at this time of year often revert back to our youth in memories, if not in physical condition and function. It is at this time we should be grateful for our many accomplishments as we join our loved ones and celebrate the holidays as each of us choose. Our faiths and traditions take us in many directions. Thankfully, we live in a country that allows us the freedom to do so. That is not the case in many places and millions of people throughout our world must celebrate their traditional festivities under the cloak of secrecy and darkness.
Before we begin our traditional proceedings let's take a moment to remember all our classmates who are no longer with us, and those in and out of the United States who are less fortunate than we are.
Last spring we joined the NNHS Class of 1953 for our regular gathering of classmates. While we are of the opinion the affair at the Newport News Country Club was quite successful, the Class of 1953 has chosen to plan their own gathering for 2013. Thus, our class president would like to get an accurate estimate of how many people from the NNHS Class of 1954 who would be willing to attend our own gathering this spring or early summer. For those who are not counting, it will be our 59th year since we left the hallowed halls of TYPHOON land.
So, please take a moment and let us know if you would be willing to attend our 59th NNHS Class of 1954 reunion in the spring or summer of 2013. If you are willing to attend, please include a total number of people who will be in your party. We would like to get an estimate of those willing to attend by January 15, 2013. If you wish, you may include your opinion as to what should be included in the reunion.
You may send your response directly to email@example.com. Place on the subject line: "1954 Class Reunion."
As one of our era's top vocalists so eloquently put it, (as modified by this editor):
Wishing all the happiest - and healthiest - holidays ever!
Thank you so much, Jack - Merry Christmas to you, too!
Wait a minute! 59 years?!? That cannot possibly be! I'm quite sure that 1954 was only yesterday.....
From the Head Cheerleader of 1958, Evelyn Fryer Fish of TX - 12/21/12 - "Mama Dog Interacting with Downs Syndrome Child":
|Before you click and bring
this one up, get a box of tissues.
Love of a child and a dog. Doesn't get much better.
AWWW! What a beautiful, touching video! Thank you so much, Evelyn - Merry Christmas!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/21/12 - "My Christmas Wish":
From Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA AND From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA AND From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 12/21/12 - "Christmas 2012":
One viewer wrote, "I heard Dr. Phil read such a beautiful and moving poem on air about Sandy Hook Elementary School. I don't normally watch much TV because I'm always working or busy but it was on and I'm so happy it was. It was a re-crafted version of the classic holiday poem, 'Twas the Night before Christmas, shared by viewer Trina, and written by Cameo. I must confess that I sobbed as I heard Dr. Phil and his wife read it aloud but at the same time, the words so eloquently written in the poem comforted me."
It does not matter if you believe in God, or Jesus - or have any inclination toward any faith, this is a truly inspirational poem. Thank you, Polly, for sharing this with us.
T'was 11 days
before Christmas, around 9:38
Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA
Thank you, Gentlemen - and Polly!
From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 11/21/12, 9:17 PM:
|Gone to bed? You
should have; you're real old! Oh, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
No, not really! We had gone to a late session at the Raleigh Temple (a great place to be in case of an apocalypse, doncha know! ). Sorry I missed you! Thanks, Jamey - Merry Christmas to you, too!
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/21/12:
Civilization as we know it is coming to an end. You've got a lot on your
plate. It helps to organize. Here's a quick checklist of essential
It's our last day on Earth. You've got a lot on your mind. It helps to be organized. Here's a quick checklist to make sure you don't forget anything.
1. Rake your leaves to the curb- You don't want to have a cluttered front yard for all eternity now, do you?
2.Change your voicemail message - Just common courtesy. You don't want to say "I'll call you right back" if you know that it's going to be a while.
3. Tell your obnoxious neighbor what you really think of him - You've got a few things to get off your chest, but you've always kept quiet just to keep the peace. Well, now's the time to air your grievances without fear of reprisals.
4. Fill the bird feeder - The Mayan calendar isn't clear if the world is ending for animals, too. You want to take care of your fine feathered friends, just in case.
5. Get gas - What if - just saying, what if - you're in your car at the moment that the world ends. Maybe your car would go with you into the next life (especially if you've got a firm grip on the wheel). Wouldn't it suck to bring your car with you to the afterlife, only to realize that the tank was on empty?
6. Put on some clean underwear - Not to be gross or anything, but you might be wearing this pair for a long, long time. (And, really, we can't stress this enough: You DO NOT want to meet your Creator while going commando.)
7. Program the DVR - "The Sound of Music" is on Sunday night. You don't want to miss that.
8. Curse the Mayans - This is all their damn fault.
9. Leave a knapsack for yourself - First, get a good, sturdy knapsack and fill it with essentials: Swiss Army knife, some rope, a few Snickers bars. Next, hide it somewhere, and make a note to yourself of the location. That way, if one day you return to a post-apocalyptic world like Charlton Heston did in "Planet of the Apes," you'll be able to find it and make use of all that stuff as you try to fend off the enlightened simians that are now ruling the Earth.
10. Two words: Flash mob - Get your friends together in a public place. On a specific cue, everyone breaks out in a spastic dance while singing "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." It will be cool beyond words.
BONUS CHRISTMAS STORY:
"A Gift in the Trees"God shows his love for us in many ways. Something that may not seem extraordinary to one person might appear as a miracle for someone else. On Christmas Eve 1997, that is exactly how I saw things, though not at first. At first I was feeling too sorry for myself to see anything but my own unhappiness.
BONUS CHRISTMAS CROCHET PATTERN:
http://www.karpstyles.com/crochet/beadsnow.html#.UNVhHqxrQk4 - Jackie Karp's Beaded Snowflake - "This free crochet pattern is great for the winter holiday. No two snowflakes are alike, that is why this pattern uses beads. This pattern uses size 10 thread and a 1.5mm hook."
BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPE:http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/chocolate-hazelnut-mousse-cookies/ - Chocolate-Hazelnut "Mousse" Cookies
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA -
11/14/12 - "More Remarkable beings (and a little break...) (#35 in a Series of
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA AND From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/04/12 - "Live Like Someone Left the Gate Open (#18 in a Series of 23)":
|"The Chinese Pay
Off Their Debts"
Jones: "The Chinese make it an invariable rule to settle all their debts on New Year's Day."
Smith: "So I understand, but, then again, the Chinese don't have a Christmas the week before!"
Thursday, January 3, 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.
3. Wednesday, February 13, 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.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 12/17/12
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Please find a few minutes of your busy
schedule to support
Thank you so much!
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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Words and Music by
Guillô, Pran Ton Tamborin, Bernard de la Monnoye, c. 1700 (1641-1728)
(Source: William Sandys, 1833)
Guillô, prends ton tambourin,
Toi, prends ta flûte, Robin
Au son de ces instruments
Au son de ces instruments
Je dirai Noël, gaiement.
C'était la mode autrefois
De louer le Roi des rois
Au son de ces instruments
Au son de ces instruments
Il nous en faut faire autant.
L'homme et Dieu sont plus d'accord
Que la flûte et le tambour
Au son de ces instruments
Au son de ces instruments
Chantons, dansons, sautons-en!
Willie, get your little drum,
Robin, bring your flute and come.
Aren’t they fun to play upon?
When you play your fife and drum,
How can anyone be glum?
When the men of olden days
Gave the King of Kings their praise,
They had pipes to play upon.
And also the drums they’d play,
Full of joy, on Christmas Day.
God and man today become
Closely joined as flute and drum.
Let the joyous tune play on!
As the instruments you play,
We will sing, this Christmas Day.
"Pat-a-Pan" midi courtesy of
http://www.classicalmidiconnection.com/cmc/xmas.html - 12/20/07
"Pat-a-Pan" French Lyrics courtesy of http://www.songsforteaching.com/charlottediamond/patapan.htm - 12/20/07
"Pat-a-Pan" English lyrics courtesy of http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/pat_a_pan-1.htm - 12/20/07
Image of Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter Angel Christmas Figurine courtesy of http://www.pewterkingdom.com/WilhelmSchweizerCollection.htm - 12/20/07
Image of Goebel Porcelain Angel Christmas Figurine courtesy of http://www.replacements.com/webquote/CO_GOEXMSF.htm - 12/20/07
Red Bow Bar Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/christ-htm/lines-christ22.htm - 12/20/07
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Cats courtesy of Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/10/11
courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Laughing Kitty courtesy of Tom Flax ('64) of VA - 06/03/06
Laughing Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs
('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 12/08/05
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