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Shire Wassail by the Brandy Badgers

posted by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood

The Brandy Badgers go wassailing in the Shire again, singing songs to wish all the local farmers a good harvest.
Oh, and to sample some ales. Or ciders? Aye! Lots! We hope yer will join us!

Date: Sunday January 26
Time: 7:30PM ((UK, 2:30PM servertime))
Location: Sandson’s farm, Delving Fields. Then off to the Appledores and Hobbiton

Event details:

The new year brings new beginnings and new hopes. Of course, one hope close to our hearts is to have a plentiful harvest, and not least to have good cider and ales to bring us through the cold of next winter.
To help this along, the Brandy Badgers will go wassailing at various Shire farms, singing songs and wishing the farmers a fine harvest. We’ll follow this route:

  • Sandson’s Farm, Delving Fields
  • The Appledores, Hobbiton
  • Olo Proudfoot’s farm, Hobbiton

We hope that you all will join us during the wassail!

The new year has come,
New cycle begun.
May your home be blessed,
Your woes put to rest.
May blossom your tree,
Good cider we see.

A little more information about wassailing!

The purpose of a wassail is generally to wake the cider trees (or other crops) at a farm for the next harvest, and to chase away any ill spirits that have taken shelter in the orchards or fields during the winter. To do this, we’ll wander between the three farms mentioned above.

At each place, the likely schedule is:

  • All will be wished welcome
  • The Badgers will play a few tunes to warm up the orchards
  • There will be a short wassail incantation/rhyme
  • After the incantation, all are encouraged to make as much noise as possible (fireworks, drums, shouts etc) to chase away any ill spirits that may prove a danger to the good harvest.
  • Some splashing of cider is also encouraged during this phase, as a gift to the trees and orchards and to show them the fruits of the last harvest.

And off to the next place!


Come join the fun for good-natured hobbit banter, a fine walk through the Shire, festive music and quite a bit to drink. This is a hobbit-preferred event, but should you have good reasons to visit the Shire and join our merry singing hobbits on the walk, then do come along!

The last years we have managed to make a lot of apple trees grow in the Hobbiton farm fields. We hope to make it happen this year too, so please help with that if yer able to! You need to be at least an Artisan famer to help with that. Buy the ingredients from Olo Proudfoot and follow the example of (Onionfarmer) Pete Proudfoot.

Remember, we’ll start at Sandson’s farm just north-east of Michel Delving, then walk around. If you don’t find us, just send a tell to the organizers.))

New Concert Series from the Purple Folke

posted Jan 17, 2020, 9:46 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By: Agago Longleaf

We Purple Folke like ta celebrate the seasons! Ever season has it's own beauty. So dress up warm and come and join us as we celebrate Winter with our classical music. Cool and smooth like a fresh blanket of snow, crisp and clear like a fresh winter breeze.

Ya may have seen us at Muses, or even at Oaks or the Folke Festival. If ya would like to see a bit more of the classic side of purple then this be your chance.

This will be happenin on February 15 in Bree Towne at the Prancin Pony Stage. Look fer us at seven and a half chimes past noon (( UK time, that's server time 2:30 PM)).

How excitin fer us cause we don't leave the Shire that often. We don't often play fer that length of time, and we don't often use such a wide variety of instruments amongst ourselves.

Ed. This one we publish especially for our Hobbit cousins living in Staddle, Combe and Bree. But Shire Hobbits who don't mind a bit of traveling, are welcome too, ofcourse!

What:    Winter Classical Concert by the Purple Pipeweed Parlor Band
Where:   the Prancin' Pony stage, Bree
When:    February 15, 19:30 ((UK time, 2:30pm servertime))

Green Dragon Rug miraculously cleaned!

posted Jan 11, 2020, 9:05 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Jan 11, 2020, 9:05 AM ]

By Rubellita Brandybuck 

Some of you regular visitors have noticed it already: Someone has cleaned the rug at the Green Dragon, the one that was notorious for it's stickiness and grime. Many drinks are spilled there during toasts, all kind of pets are brought in and Master Fidgit has been known to.... least said, soonest mended about that!

Who has done this great deed of cleaning? Rumour has it, that while we were celebrating the New Year at the Plough and Stars, a mysterious character called Grandpapa cleaned the rug with his own hands and likely with a lot of magic too!

Who is Grandpapa? Is he Gandalf? Is he the husband of Granmama? We know for sure that he isn't that, as Granmama stated, in an interview with the Gazette, that her husband has passed away many years ago. But he is the one who sent all hobbits who have been good, a Yule present in the mail. And I'd like to thank him for that on behalf of all who received such a present:

Thank you, Grandpapa! I'll be a good lass again next year and take all my baths, including the Spring- and Yule- ones!

Unfortunately we don't have a picture of this great benefactor, so you'll have to make do with a picture of the freshly cleaned rug! But same as the proof of the pudding is in the tasting, so is the proof of the rug in the dancing on it! You are all invited to come to the Green Dragon on a Friday evening, seven-and-a-half Bells, and dance with us on the rug. It has a lovely bouncy feel now that it has been cleaned by Grandpapa!

A Deputy Shirriff on Inn-spection was pleasantly surprised

Songburrow End of Yule Party

posted Jan 5, 2020, 1:03 PM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood  

All good things must come to an end, including the yuletide. But let’s send off them grand days in a festive manner!

Date: Sunday January 12
Time: 7:30PM ((UK time))
Location: 4 Brookbank Street, Songburrow, Shire homesteads

It is time to lower the yule trees. But why not make a party out of it? So, we invite all neighbours and friends along to help brush out the yuletide. We’ll remove them yule decorations, finish off the remaining yule food and enjoy them first brighter days together. Welcome everyone!

(( OOC:
We wish to invite all good friends and neighbours to the party. Welcome along! ))

Start the New Year wit an All Requests OAKS Party by MGP !

posted Jan 5, 2020, 6:26 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Jan 5, 2020, 6:32 AM ]

By Acorne Oakley  


Happy New Year!!!!!!

Yuletide be almost over...and it was a great one!
Back in December rite afore it all started...was the December OAKS wit the Magnificent Mondbarden!
I herd comments durin the concert like "isnt that lovely?", " wonderful aura and thoughtfulness to your magical tunes", "indeed, this one is magic!", "wow, great!", "enjoying your use of bass and percussion"...and I can tell ya they had sum mighty fine drummin..thanks ta Lady Nim and Master Tom.
Sorry dear Lady Leynael and her sisters Castine & Carolanne, a truly gifted drummer,  couldnt be wit us but I no they be glad ta hear that Lady Nimrendei, Curingol, and dear Reganilda did a great job of fillin in fer them.
This was a beautiful beginnin ta Yuletime wit the marvelous music of Leynael, Thorwien, Kirgon, and Tunvil...MAGNIFICENT MONDBARDEN!
 Thanks ta all of ya folks fer comin ta share yer touchin & brilliantly beautiful... and quite often funny...  tunes wit all of us in Oldfurlong    *bows*
I'm sure the audience went away smiling wit happiness...I no I did!

fer those who had ta miss all of this...I am sincerely sorry ya couldnt be there but dear Miss leddy made sum drawings which if ya watch closely seem ta move...honest they do!
                  (( ))

Like I said in the beginnin.........Happy New Year!!!!!!

New Year=new beginnin=new OAKS

This time we'll kick off the new year wit Master Ken...ya remember him dont ya?
He be the charmin fella wit the big feather in his hat...
(what kind of a bird has such a BIG feather anyway??)  and......

the Mardi Gras Party Band!

It's not only the first OAKS of the new year ....but anuther first fer the OAKS

* trumpets blare*      the first ever ....ALL Requests OAKS!

that's rite!   Master Ken has agreed ta make a set of music wit all ya wants ta hear.

this time ...ya.get ta pick the songs
just let me or Master Ken no what song ya wants ta hear
it can be sumthin ya herd MGP band play afore..
or sumthin ya always wanted them ta play
or maybee sumthin ya play but ya wants ta hear Master Ken's version??

just let me no yer "choice" no later than Wednesday January 8th
and come back ta Oldfurlong ...

on Saturday January 11 at eight bells in the evenin
and ya 'll hear the concert ya  "created"

the "Request Concert" of Mardi Gras Party band!

Best git here early..yer song mite be played first  *winks*

Where:  the town square of the Oldfurlong neighborhood in the Shire homesteads
                 ((Altfurch auf Deutsch / Longuevieille en français))

When :  Saturday January 11th at eight bells in the evenin
              (( 20:00 UK time / 21:00 CET / 15:00 server time ))

I can barely wait!    good thing it's only a week away  *giggles*

warm hugs ta everyone,

Green Dragon Friday new year’s party

posted Dec 27, 2019, 5:01 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood 

It is Green Dragon Friday! But in Brockenborings! And with a new years theme! Yay!

Date: Friday January 3
Time: 7:30PM ((UK, 2:30PM servertime))
Location: Plough and Stars inn, Brockenborings

Barmy keeps the Green Dragon closed to clean up the Green Dragon after yule, so this Friday we’ll be at the Plough and Stars in Brockenboring for the new years party! And there are no better hobbits to greet the new year with than yer fellow Brockenborians! After all, we usually do so!

So come greet the new year and the coming brighter days with us! Bring a tale, a song, a poem, a riddle or something similar, especially things related to the new year! If yer have fireworks that’s grand too (fer use outside)! Let’s greet the new year with a party worth remembering!

(( OOC details:

Same as the regular Green Dragon Friday, this is a hobbit RP event, with dwarves welcome! As usual, we request that tall folks respect the hobbit-oriented nature of the event and not attend. Do roll up a hobbit instead, though, it is marvellous fun! ))

Grand New Years Snowball Fight

posted Dec 27, 2019, 4:54 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood 

A new year awaits! Full of promise, opportunity and pies! No better way ter celebrate than ter pelt yer best hobbit friends with snowballs! 

Date: January 1st
Time: 7:30PM ((UK, 2:30PM servertime))
Location: Frostbluff, Winterhome, snowball field

Snow, snow, snow, right now! No better time, then, than ter go play in the snow!

So let us gather our hobbit forces, enter them snowy fields, throw snowballs at each other and be merry! I am sure there will be lots of firework too! And perhaps some mulled wine by the fire while we wait fer the next round?

If the weather is grand and many hobbits show up, we will try fer a nice group drawing as well. And perhaps a visit to the Frostbluff theatre to warm ourselves and do a bit of acting. Welcome hobbits!

((Here is a video of last year's snowball fight: ))

Winterhome Wassailing

posted Dec 14, 2019, 4:56 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood 

For the seventh year, The Brandy Badgers go wassailing in Winterhome! And joy come to our jolly wassail! 

Date: Sunday December 29th
Time: 7:30PM ((UK, 2:30PM servertime))
Location: Winterhome, Frostbluff, stable master.

Once again, the people of Winterhome have opened their doors for us and invited us to join in their Yule festivities. To thank them for all the work they do for us, the Brandy Badgers will go on their annual wassail through Winterhome, this year on December 29. We will walk through the town, stop at the houses, and wish the people well with our songs.

It would be grand and lovely if yer join us there! Welcome!

((OOC details

It is quite likely that Winterhome will be layered, with players split into different versions of the village. Please contact the organizers for instructions of how to get into the right layer. ))

Green Dragon Yule Party

posted Dec 14, 2019, 4:50 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood 

A last visit to the inn before them yule days? Here’s yer chance, hobbits! Come celebrate yule with us at the Green Dragon! 

Date: Friday December 27
Time: 7:30PM ((UK time, 2:30PM servertime))
Location: Green Dragon Inn, Bywater.

While we fully expect that many hobbits may be busy celebrating Yule with family and close friends this Friday, other might need an ale to calm down after the festive storm. Yer are heartily welcome to the Green Dragon yule party!

Here is what is planned:

  • Mulled cider! Barmy will be keeping the kettle on all night, so yer can help yerselves to soothing spicy mullied cider.
  • The yule pork feast! A festive day calls for a festive meal, and few things are as festive as pork (unless yer have a live one living in yer study or somet…). Barmy will be cooking up a pork-flavoured meal, served all night.
  • Yule stories and poems
  • Yule songs
  • Perhaps a yule riddle or two?
  • All the latest hobbit news, of both yule and beyond!
  • Good-natured banter and gossip with your hobbit friends, both old and new!

So do come for a mug of mulled cider, good company, a story, a dance and tender pork with all the trimmings. If yer have entertainment and news to share, that’s grand too! Welcome, hobbits! And a very merry yule to everyone!

((Please note: Green Dragon Friday is a roleplaying event for hobbits. While travelling dwarves are always welcome at the inn, for lore reasons we generally ask that the Big Folk do not attend. Please roll up a hobbit instead to attend, it is grand fun!))

Songburrow Yule tree raising

posted Dec 14, 2019, 4:42 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood  

Serve up the mulled wine! 
Raise the yule tree! 
Let us celebrate the start of yule together! 

Date: Sunday December 22 
Time: 7:30PM ((UK, 2:30PM servertime))
Location: Songburrow Hall, Songburrow, 4 Brookbank Street, Shire homesteads.

Yule is near, and what better way to celebrate than meet yer fellow hobbits and greet the festive season welcome? The Grand Order is happy ter invite our friends over to our kin hall Sunday December 22. We’ll put up our yule tree, have some mulled wine and enjoy some yule music!

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