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12/27/15 - 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.  Thanks again, Jean!

BONUS #1 - A 'Soalin' - Peter, Paul and Mary, 1965

BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07tu3e-otkU - Sole Cake - Sting


From http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=7984

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.


THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:

    Happy Birthday today to     Gary Farnsworth ('58) of NV AND   Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Bob Stalnaker ('63)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

29 -    Jack Nelson ('54) of Northern VA AND Roy Tate ('57) AND Ginny Goolsby James ('63) AND   The late Kenny Lipscomb ('63) (deceased 04/20/15) AND Michael Artman ('66) of VA! 

30 -  William Gwynn ('57) AND   Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND   Lucy Southall Propst ('63) of VA AND (if Plaxo is to be believed)   Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND The late Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68) (deceased 05/11/15) AND    Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA;

31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND     Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND   David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO

01 - Gloria Hand Burns ('57) AND   Bill Fitzgerald ('58) of VA;

03 - Carl Rossman of PA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

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


THIS DAY IN WWII:

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.


THIS DAY IN 1965:

Monday, December 27, 1965 - Actor and singer Salman Khan was born Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Monday, December 27, 1965 - Footballer and journalist Chris Mainwaring was born Christopher Douglas Mainwaring in Geraldton, Western Australia. In the early hours of  01 Oct 2007, after being rushed to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Nedlands, Western Australia, he had a seizure and died after overdosing on cocaine. He was 41 years old.

Monday, December 27, 1965 - Painter Edgar Ende (b. Edgar Karl Alfons Ende on 23 Feb 1901 in Germany) died, presumably also in Germany, at the age of 64.  


 


“As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.”

- Victor Hugo
(26 Feb 1802 - 22 May 1885)


       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - 12/24/15, 9:56 PM:

We went to a few stores today to pick up some last minute food items for our meals and such. Apparently Walmart on Ramsey Street was giving away its remaining Christmas trees. Even though we already have a perfectly good artificial tree and our house is kinda small, we got one of the free trees 'cause... why not? I got to use my ice blue decorations on it! WOOT! I haven't been able to see their gorgeousness for several years! There are no lights on the tree. That and silver garland (maybe) would've made it look a LOT better, but I'm still pleased with the results.

I'm actually slightly surprised Mom let me do that, because the rest of the decor in the hearth room is Red and Green. I also got to decorate the chandelier in the Kitchen (which is somewhat joined with the hearth room).

I am also showing a picture of the red, gold, and green tree that is set up in the "healing room" aka the living room. I added the fuzzy picture of "my" tree because it shows that the angel on top hits the ceiling. haha I didn't realize I accidentally cut off the top of it in the good picture until after I uploaded everything and now I don't want to go through the hassle of taking the pics again...

By the way,
          Dale (Harty - Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02 - of CA), I'm sure Mom wants me to point out that the little green and white beaded angel that you made her many moons ago is now hanging in a prominent place on the red and green tree because she loves it so very, very much.
 

       
       

   Thank you so much, Adrienne! You did a fabulous job on both trees, and I so appreciate it!

   That was a happy little Christmas miracle for us all! It surely wasn't anything we needed, but it was certainly something which brought joy into our hearts!

Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” 

- Psalms 37:4


     From Gene Moore ('67) of CA - 12/24/15:

   

Thanks so much, Gene! Guilty as charged!

 

 
 


“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.”

- Lily Tomlin
(b. 01 Sept 1939)


BONUS CROCHET PATTERN:

https://sites.google.com/site/themerrycherub/craft/crochet/kindle-cover - 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!"


BONUS HOLIDAY RECIPE:

http://fussfreeflavours.com/2010/11/soul-soul-a-soul-cake/ - Soul Cake


FINALLY:

From www.ajokeaday.com - 12/26/15:

My 13-year-old grandson spent a beautiful Saturday playing video games.

His older sister tried coaxing him outside by warning, “Someday, you’re going to be 30 years old, single, and living in Mom’s basement playing video games all day!”

He reply: “I can only dream.”


DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Wednesday, January 13, 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.


PRAYER ROLL:

http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 12/19/15

BLOG:

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



   Y'all take good 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
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910-584-8802
 


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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 http://underwoodfamily.net/songlist/pages/00084.html - 12/28/10 (sic)

"A 'Soalin' " lyrics courtesy of http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=7984 - 12/08/10

Image of Soul Cakes courtesy of http://fussfreeflavours.com/2010/11/soul-soul-a-soul-cake/ - 12/08/10

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!

 Pie Line clip art courtesy of Gathered Gifs at http://members.tripod.com/~B123/pz/pieline.gif - 12/03/03

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

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!!

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

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!

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
Thanks, Mark!

American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06

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

Animated Dancing Teddy courtesy of Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/08/11
Thanks, Sandi!

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