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12/27/12 - NNHS Newsletter - A 'Soalin'

“Somehow, not only for Christmas,
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others,
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing,
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart's possessing,
Returns to you glad.”

- John Greenleaf Whittier
(17 Dec 1807 - 07 Sept 1892)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme was suggested by       my cousin, Jean Atkinson Mallory (Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65) of VA on 12/08/10. and is being revisited from two years ago.  Thanks again, Jean!

BONUS #1 - - A 'Soalin' - Peter, Paul and Mary

BONUS #2 - - A 'Soalin' - Peter, Paul and Mary 

BONUS #3 - - Sole Cake - Sting


A-Soalin' was a yuletide (Christmas) tradition and dates from long before the Elizabethan era. It has NOTHING what-so-ever to do with the tradition of Hallowe'en.

The Elizabethan 'round' reported by "Jacob B" is in fact one of the earliest written examples of the song. It was a chant / round / song sung long before those times. Oral tradition (from a mate in Britain who is really big on this stuff) has it that the tradition of going 'A-Soalin' is probably almost as old as 'Shrove-ball'.

SHROVE-BALL - the tradition of playing "street football" between the two opposing elements of a single town where everybody who was fit and able played - generally teams were called the "Uppies and the Downies" or the "Uppers and Downers", "Upp'ns and Down'ns", "Northers and Southers" and so on. Games were begun at around mid-afternoon and went until sunset and there were no rules - though around the late 1700's and onwards, weapons were somewhat frowned upon. Prior to this time it was not uncommon for a contestant to be stabbed (occasionally fatally) by an opposition player to gain possession of the ball.
The idea was to get the ball to a "goal beyond the territory of the opposition (in the case of Workington in Cumbria; that meant the "Uppies" had to strike the ball against a large capstan on the town wharf while the "Downies" attempted to strike it against the wall of the city park).
Oral traditions have 'Shroveball' being played in Workington since before the arrival of the Vikings in the 10th Century. Shroveball is played - depending on the town involved, is played on either Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day), Easter Saturday, Monday or Tuesday - NEVER, of course on Good Friday or Easter Sunday.

Soalin' was another 'one-day-a-year' tradition and generally occurring around (from recollection) Boxing Day or Christmas Eve - again it depended on the town / parish / county, etc. On this day (evening) the less fortunate of the town would go from door-to-door to ask for comfits from the larders / purses etc of the more fortunate townsfolk. It was considered VERY bad form (even to the extent of being cursed by The Lord) to turn away one who was 'A-Soalin' empty-handed.

The Peter, Paul and Mary version is a more modern rendering of the traditional 'Soalin' song - sort of like the treatment Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, Martin Carthy, etc. give to traditional English Folk songs - to "contemporise" them.


    Happy Birthday today to   Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

29 - Roy Tate ('57);

30 -  William Gwynn ('57) AND   Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND (if Plaxo is to be believed)   Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA;

31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND     Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND (again, if Plaxo is to be believed)   David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO;

01 - Gloria Hand Burns ('57);

03 - Carl Rossman of PA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


December 27, 1939 - Winter War: Finland held off a Soviet Union attack in the Battle of Kelja.

December 27, 1942 - The German military formed the Smolensk Committee and began enlisting Soviet POWs in the battle against Russia.


Thursday, December 27, 1962 - Basketball coach Mark Few was born in Creswell, Oregon.

Thursday, December 27, 1962 - Basketball coach Bill Self was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

Thursday, December 27, 1962 - Golfer Sherri Steinhauer was born in Madison, Wisconsin.

Thursday, December 27, 1962 - Security guard Pierlucio Tinazzi was born in Italy. He died on 24 Mar 1999 at the age of 36 while rescuing survivors of the 1999 Mont Blanc tunnel fire. His heroism and bravery saved at least 10 people from certain death.

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 12/26/12 - "READ: This could save you some money!":

This could save you some money!

Enjoy!...Happy New Year to all .. and please be safe on the roads if you are traveling

Hi All,

I would like to share a personal experience with my friends about drinking and driving........

As you well know, some of you have had brushes with the authorities on your way home from an occasional social session over the years.

Last Sunday night I was out for an evening with friends and had a couple of cocktails and some rather nice red wine. Knowing full well I may have been slightly over the limit, I did something I've never done before ~ I took a cab home.

Sure enough, I passed a police road block, but since it was a cab they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident, which was a real surprise as I have never driven a cab before and I am not sure where I got it or what to do with it now that it is in my garage.



Have a Merry Christmas & Be Safe

     Thank you, Dimples!

    From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 12/26/12 - "NNHS Reunions":

Carol, You are way ahead of this post now but I never saw it for that month??? J – and still have two outstanding issues there not underlined with the pink entries there. Just curious if it will make it? Thanks!

    Let's see - I still have six back issues from November, three from August, four from April, (and no doubt quite a few more), and five more days until the end of the year. I wonder what the chances are that I will complete them before then??

   It could happen, but this might be faster:

      From Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 11/13/12 - "NNHS Reunions":


Would like to make an offer to those in charge of various year reunions when it comes to their music. Over the past 3 years I have been working on personal projects that encompass #1 hits of every year for both Pop and R&B. So far I have “every year” and “every song” from 1930-1970 so whatever you can ask for I am sure to have. And these are in High Quality clean and Original version songs and come in 320 kbps MP3 format which can be loaded onto a computer for continuous list plays or expanded (converted) to a wav file for burning as regular music CDs (or I can do that for you). All have also been tagged so title, artist, year, and chart dates can be seen and all have been equalized to 92db (decibels) so sound won’t wildly go up and down on you. I also have access to songs dating back to 1895 (I am sure those aren’t needed anytime soon) and almost any non #1 charted hits you could ask for.

All I ask is donations so I can cover disc and shipping costs.

I can be contacted directly at

Eric S. Huffstutler

Bethel High

   Thanks, Eric! This is now double-posted: (top) (bottom)

     From Me ('65) of NC - 12/26/12:


BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS: - Michael Sellick's Blackberry or iPhone Purse  - "If you can single crochet and double crochet then you can easily make this Blackberry or iPhone Crochet Purse. These cases are all the craze this year; instead of spending a lot, crochet your own. This is a great free crochet pattern for gifts!" - Michael Sellick's Mini iPad Case - "If you're looking for a Mini iPad Case then look no further. This crochet pattern is sure to protect your iPad from scratches and nicks. The striped pattern can be felted or left as is, but in order to felt you must use wool yarn. Choose your favorite colors to personalize you new iPad case. - Multicolored Kindle Cover - "This Multicolored Kindle Cover is a great gift for anyone on your list with an Ereader. It's an easy crochet pattern that can be made in any size and color combination you want. This is also a great stashbuster crochet project. The retail stores sell countless cases for iPads and Kindles, but why spend a lot of money on something that you can make so easily at home? Add this to your crochet to-do list today!"


   From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA AND       From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/04/12 - "Live Like Someone Left the Gate Open (#23 in a Series of 23)":


   MORE AWW! How sweet - thank you, Gentlemen! I'm going to miss these happy little day-brighteners!




"New Year's Resolutions by Fido"

* I will not bark each time I see or hear a dog on TV.
* I will not steal underwear belonging to my mistress and then dance all over the back yard with it.
* I will not chew red crayons or pens, because my master will think that I am hemorrhaging.
* I will not roll my toys behind the fridge.
* I must shake the rainwater out of my coat BEFORE I enter the house.

1. 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. 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 12/17/12

BLOG: - 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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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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A 'Soalin'

Rewritten by Noel Paul Stookey, Tracy Batteast, and Elena Mezetti (but with much older origins)

Made popular by Peter, Paul and Mary, 1963

Hey ho, nobody home,
Meat nor drink nor money have I none,
Yet shall we be merry,
Hey ho, nobody home.

Soul, a soul, a soul cake,
Please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for Him who made us all.

God bless the master of this house, and the mistress also,
And all the little children that round your table grow,
The cattle in your stable and the dog by your front door,
And all that dwell within your gates, we wish you ten times more.

Soul, a soul, a soul cake,
Please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for Him who made us all.

Go down into the cellar and see what you can find.
If the barrels are not empty, we hope you will be kind.
We hope you will be kind with your apple and strawber’
For we'll come no more a-soulin' till this time next year.

Soul, a soul, a soul cake,
Please good missus a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for Him who made us all.

The streets are very dirty, my shoes are very thin.
I have a little pocket to put a penny in.
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do.
If you haven't got a ha'penny then God bless you.

Soul, a soul, a soul cake,
Please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for Him who made us all

"A 'Soalin' " midi courtesy of - 12/28/10 (sic)

"A 'Soalin' " lyrics courtesy of - 12/08/10

Image of Soul Cakes courtesy of - 12/08/10

 Pie Line clip art courtesy of Gathered Gifs at - 12/03/03

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

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

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Eric!

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

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