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Budgeford Bacon Bash

posted Jun 20, 2017, 12:15 PM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood    

A pork-flavoured, farm-located Grand Summer Picnic! Come pat the friendly farm animals, eat grand food, marvel at the tranquil Shire farm life and have fun! And enjoy the grand premiere of the play “Ode to Ol' Bloodtusk!   



Date: Sunday July 2 
Time: 7:30PM ((UK, 2:30PM servertime)) 
Location: Milo Bolger’s farm just NE of Budgeford, The Shire. 

Time to visit Milo Bolger outside Budgeford again! Yer will be hard-pressed to find a finer farm in the Shire. As hard-pressed as the local apple cider, that is. Just perfect for a summer picnic with lots of bacon!

Additionally, a local theatre troupe is about to do what them G.L.O.B.E. fellers in Winterhome never managed: Write and perform a play called "Ode to Ol' Bloodtusk". After the dress rehearsal during yule, it is now time for the grand premiere, during the Big Budgeford Bacon Bash. Come and be enchanted by this tale of Bristling Boars and Boorish Bounders!

Things to look forward to:
  • The grand premiere of the play "Ode to Ol' Bloodtusk - The Breeland Porxodus"!
  • Exploring the farm and patting the animals
  • Bacon!
  • Songs and dance
  • Grand food!
  • Bacon!

((OOC:

Please note, this is a roleplaying event primarily geared towards hobbits. Taller folks are welcome too if them manage to find the way to a distant hobbit farm.

Milo Bolger's farm is east of Budgeford, at map coordinates [30.7S, 64.5W] ))

Name the Snake!

posted Jun 5, 2017, 10:49 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Jun 8, 2017, 5:30 AM ]

By LinaWillowwood  

It is high time we named the Brockenborings mill snake.

Did yer ever wonder why there are so few shrews and mice in Brockenborings? The reason is easy to see, it is in plain sight. Up by the mill, it lies there always. In sun, rain, sleet or hail, it just doesn’t move from its spot. Well, apart from hissing at anyone passing by, that is. And possibly eating any rodents unlucky enough to come within the village borders.

It is the Brockenborings mill snake, of course.


Strangely enough, the snake has never been named. For years has it been a permanent fixture of the village, but no-one thought of giving it a name. And I suppose asking it what other snakes call it wouldn’t help much. Those fangs really don’t invite constructive conversations.

Penny and me talked about this the other day, and we decided that this won’t do, this nameless snaking. So, instead, we’ll run a name competition. And this is where yer can help out:

  • Suggest a name for the snake, ideally in the comment field at the bottom of this Biscuity page, but yer can also contact me otherwise.
  • After a while, we’ll gather up the suggestions and choose some we like.
  • Lastly, we’ll have a poll/vote, so yer can help decide the best snake name.

((No real rules beyond this, but we’d prefer names that are somewhat fitting in a Tolkien world))

Get yer snake thinking hat on and slither out a good suggestion for us! Yer are of course welcome to add more than one suggestion too.

Shire Tramps to entertain at the Yard Party

posted Jun 1, 2017, 3:52 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Jun 1, 2017, 3:52 AM ]

By Peppy Bristlebrush  

Another Yard Party with a special featured band is coming to us on June 8. This time you'll be entertained by the Shire Tramps. This well-known duo, consisting of Miamo and his sister Tulpau, does not need to be introduced any further, but those in the know say that they get better every time they perform! So don't miss it and come dance! And be amazed at what can be done with just two instruments in the hands of gifted musicians!  







All good people are welcome at the Bird and Baby Yard Party, a weekly event featuring you, our patrons! Sometimes there are visiting bands or other planned events, at other times, entertainment is provided by you, the patrons! 

When there is a scheduled event, feel free to play music, tell stories or whatever during breaks, but we ask that you yield the stage to the evening’s main act at their discretion.

Free Beer and Mystery Food (self-service at the tables in the Yard). Please note that eating of the Mystery Food is at your own risk.

The Bird and Baby Yard Party is managed by Miz Bilbeto Longburrow very much helped by its regular patrons.

((Location co-ordinates: 33.3S, 75,3W. Swift travel (or milestone in Michel Delving) will take you close to the venue.))




Oldfurlong Closed fer Repairs

posted Jun 1, 2017, 3:37 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Jun 1, 2017, 11:06 AM ]

By Acorne Oakley  

Hiya!

That was a wonderful Forest of OAKS on Saturday May 13!!! 

I have so many folks ta thank fer makin it so grand....  

thanks ta Polnolunie who started it off wit a HOT number.... a brave dwarfie throwin off his shirt ta show us his muscular chest and his agile shakin of his bovine clanker fer us all while Master Gerhalt was singin of the great Samwise Gamgee.  

Then came the fabulous 10th Anniversary Tribute ta Middle Earth music with 11 truly outstandin bands back-ta-back playin one song each...

Andune Ensemble wit the lore-filled hallowed lyrics of the huggable Hollyhawke
Breakfast Club wit the lovely Lady Lark singin of travelin down "Great East Road"
Evendim Hillbillies wit the great talent of my idol Miss Emylou..so glad they came in from Oatbarton!
Brandywine & Biscuits who gots t'gether ta play a stunnin bit of heavy metal which will probably be their last song ever...
White Flames who reminded all of us of the sweetness of livin in our Shire
Travelin Bilberries who taut us all a brand new dance.....I herd sumone say it mite be the third dwarfie dance but I no it be the "New Hobbit Dance"       *giggles*
Chantefables who thrilled us all wit their combination of a fabulous song and a few funny antics
           ...thanks dear cousin Louellana :)
Mondbarden whose outstandin version of "I See Fire" is so movin it makes me see the blood in the breeze.....*shivers*
A Rock and A  Hard Place who had us singin along wit them.."~Whoah oh oh oh oh oh oh!"
Brandy Badgers who wuz a bit reluctant ta share any of their fermented berries wit us but wuz willin ta share a lovely song just like they treat their hobbit friends ta at the Green Dragon on Fridays
and Die Bunten Voegel wit their incomparable "Ode to LOTRO"!!!

Next came the lil orchestra wit the BIG sound playin songs of earth, wind and river from Russian folk-metal...the HOPE!     May the Hope always be around ta entertain us!

Followed by a brother and sister who constantly impress us wit the fabulous sounds they can create wit only two instruments...the amazin Shire Tramps!

and then... Instant Play!   
Such truly incredible music that it seems that time wit them goes by all two fast...like they get ta the last song...and it seems they've only played fer an instant instead of the 30 minutes they actually played...   *chuckles*

Followed by Skarn whose music was so excitin...even the slow songs was rockin so much that sweet Shirriff Nimelia almost went ta get a pickaxe.

then came the awesum ARDA!            
who shared sum wonderfully sweet ..and swingin..... musical memories wit us

Ta end the evenin it seemed like time fer a drink...so...in came rollin the Kegs!
the fabulous dwarfies of the last band....the Rolling Kegs!

A very special thanks ta Miss Bil fer bein the voice of backstage at the Forest and helpin keep things runnin so smoothly   *kiss*
and ta Master Skepto fer givin so many folks them fireworks   *hugs cause I no kisses embarrass ya*
and ta Master Tiny fer sharin drinks wit so many folks  *kiss*....I no ya meant well when ya tried ta put out the fire wit ale...*hugs*
and my dear friend Ponso who is always so kind and generous sharin pipeweed wit all of us 
    *kisses*

Thanks ta all of ya fer comin whether it be ta play or sing or dance or share a beer or smoke sum or  light up the town square wit them many bright fireworks!
I sincerely hope everybodee had a grand time!   :D
(( And fer any who couldnt make it ta the Forest of OAKS this year...here be dear Holly's magic movin drawings so ya can see everythin ya had ta miss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCB-0mHkxhE&t=4235s))


However..... we in Oldfurlong may have a bit of a problem...
seems some of us maybee gots a bit carried away wit the drinkin and smokin and fireworks...

The next mornin when me and sum of my neighbors came down ta clean up from the Forest....

We found a few things mite have been a bit broken...
like all the tables and benches..

and there may have been a wee bit of a fire smolderin in sum ashes near the big OAKS tree...
which Tiny may have tried to put out by throwin sum ale on it.

Anyhow we gonna have ta close Oldfurlong's town square down fer a little while ta get everythin repaired.....so....we will not have the OAKS fer a few weeks.

No worries tho ..cause I talked ta them fine workers that be fixin the roof of the Floatin Log.
They'll be comin ta Oldfurlong as soon as the repairs over at the Floating Log be done.

They are working as quickly as they can while still doing a good job..that's important to them.
Of course they do have ta take a break when passin dwarfies stop ta teach them a song...
to pass the time while they work.
Also since it be gettin warmer and roofin repair be hot work...they mite have ta take a break ever so often and go inside for a well-deserved beer...or two.

But I'm sure they will be comin ta Oldfurlong soon and we'll have anuther OAKS as soon as they finish the necessary repairs.

I'll keep ya updated on their progress....

Many warm hugs ta all of ya til then,
Acorne.

# # #

A word from the editor:

I think Acorne forgot to thank one important person, but then: she can hardly go thanking herself for all her tireless efforts to present the Shire with a monthly concert in Oldfurlong. And make people of all creed and breed come together to have an enjoyable evening.
So, on behalf of all our readers and all our musicians (including dear Miss Emylou! She told me to say that with emphasis) I want to thank Acorne herself for all she's done to make this possible for many years in a row now!

I do have my doubts at her choice of repairmen, though.  They've been mending that roof in Frogmorton for as long as I can remember! Better try your luck at the Hobbit Market and hire some woodworkers there, dear daughter!

Tales of the Shire Night

posted May 25, 2017, 3:13 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Nannie  

What would life be like without stories? Sitting at yer Gammer's knee, listening wide eyed as she spun those tales which sent shivers up yer spine. 

Yet, what would happen if'n they were forgotten?  

Ah invites ye all ter come tergether, bring a tale ter share or come just to listen. Yon night is open ter all.

This time we'll meet above Bag end, food is planned and the table set.

What a grand night we'll have!

What: Tales of the Shire
Where: Picnic area above Bag End
When: June 3rd, 8pm ((UK, 2pm servertime))


May 18 Yard Party Surprise Feature (Not The Crazy Ladies of the Forest!)

posted May 15, 2017, 7:36 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Toadflax Nosely 

Neither me nor Ms. Bilbeto will be able to make it to the Yard Party on Thursday May 18th, but luckily a well-known band agreed to show up and play a Surprise Feature for all and sundry. For purposes of preserving the Surprise, the band asked that I keep their identity a secret, so I'm absolutely not going to tell you that they are none other than The Crazy Ladies of the Forest so if you show up to have your heart warmed or to move your feet, or both, please tell the band what a surprise(!) it is that they are there. Come dance and enjoy on Thursday, May 18th!




All good people are welcome at the Bird and Baby Yard Party, a weekly event featuring you, our patrons! Sometimes there are visiting bands or other planned events, at other times, entertainment is provided by you, the patrons! 

When there is a scheduled event, feel free to play music, tell stories or whatever during breaks, but we ask that you yield the stage to the evening’s main act at their discretion.

Free Beer and Mystery Food (self-service at the tables in the Yard). Please note that eating of the Mystery Food is at your own risk.

The Bird and Baby Yard Party is managed by Miz Bilbeto Longburrow very much helped by its regular patrons.

((Location co-ordinates: 33.3S, 75,3W. Swift travel (or milestone in Michel Delving) will take you close to the venue.))

Yard Party Special with Department of Harmony and Dance

posted May 2, 2017, 2:50 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Toadflax Nosely  

Department of Harmony and Song returns to the Yard Party. You know what this means: You gotta come dance! 







All good people are welcome at the Bird and Baby Yard Party, a weekly event featuring you, our patrons! Sometimes there are visiting bands or other planned events, at other times, entertainment is provided by you, the patrons! 

When there is a scheduled event, feel free to play music, tell stories or whatever during breaks, but we ask that you yield the stage to the evening’s main act at their discretion.

Free Beer and Mystery Food (self-service at the tables in the Yard). Please note that eating of the Mystery Food is at your own risk.

The Bird and Baby Yard Party is managed by Miz Bilbeto Longburrow very much helped by its regular patrons.

((Location co-ordinates: 33.3S, 75,3W. Swift travel (or milestone in Michel Delving) will take you close to the venue.))

Come join us in the Forest of OAKS!

posted May 2, 2017, 2:29 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated May 2, 2017, 2:34 AM ]

By Acorne Oakley  

Hiya! 

It be May agin and a lovely time ta venture back inta the forest....the Forest of OAKS  *grins*  



Every May I invite back all the bands that have played at the OAKS over the past year....
ta come back ta Oldfurlong and each play fer 30 minutes.
I call this the Forest of OAKS!

It be May agin so I'm invitin them all back ta play fer 30 minutes...all in one day!
Sadly tho folks....three of the bands this year wont be comin back :(

Them Nocturnal Desires got drunk after their last concert up at the Plough & Stars...
Rumours circulatin say they had quite a lively conversation....
I think one of them mite have used that plough on anuther one ..
and then that one saw sum stars...
well it ended wit a bit of a noisy ruckus and seems they went separate ways after that.

Quite a different thing happened ta Dance Flora...
them sweet lasses have gotten the Spring Fever and it seems the only way ta cure that be ta go off dancin in the wildflowers....
So that's what they be doin...and that's why they be two busy ta come by the Forest of OAKS in Oldfurlong this May.
We'll probably see them back along about June or so.
Have fun, Lasses!    

That brings me back ta the band that was here last January...Radagast's Pipe....
They told us all at the time that wood be their very last concert...so it's not unexpected that they not be comin back.
I was thrilled that they chose the OAKS fer this great honour...
and I have fond memories of all of us joinin Master Newel and Radagast's Pipe on stage fer the last song...his last farewell...
makes me happy rememberin but mighty sad ta no that we can only hear them agin in dear Miss Holly's magick pictures.
      We bid farewell ta Radagast's Pipe a truly awesum band
                *waves Bye as a tear rolls down her cheek*
              
             *brushes the tear off her cheek and smiles*
But there still be sum amazin bands that be comin ta the Forest of OAKS!
Come early...then stay late so ya dont miss a thing :)

It will start wit folks gettin ta hear Polnolunie sing of the fun of visitin the Shire...

followed later by the Hope which holds the record fer the longest song ever at an OAKS! 

Next the Shire Tramps will show what sensational music can be made wit only two instruments!

Then the outstandin music of Instant Play includin sum truly exceptional classics cause their leader Sev be good friends wit Moe Zart and Instant Play surely does a fine job wit his music...

Then Skarn will bring sum rocks fer all of us....or was that keep it rockin....

As the evenin winds down, dear ARDA will share their music both sweet and swingin..

We will end the evenin rollin out & rockin wit the kegs...the Rolling Kegs!

Fer a list of bands and times ..look above at this poster I made fer y'all....
   ((all times listed be Shire or UK time ))

As a matter of fact this year...there be sumthin mighty special!!

Durin this Forest of OAKS on Saturday May 13, I have decided ta do a 10th Anniversary Tribute ta LOTRO music ....and I'm invitin back 10 bands that have played at the OAKS afore ta play one song....
The bands that have agreed ta come back fer this special tribute ta the music we luv in LOTRO include sum of the bestest bands in all of Middle Earth! :D

It all starts at five bells in the evenin in the town square of Oldfurlong.......
there is bound ta be sumthin every one of ya folks will luv     *smiles*

This is gonna be a mighty rousin party ..fer sure!

So join us in the Forest on Saturday May 13 fer a party ya wont soon fergit!!

where:  the town square of the Oldfurlong neighborhood of the Shire homesteads.
              ((Altfurch in Deutsch / Longuevieille en français))
when:    Saturday May 13th startin at 5 bells
               ((
Noon EST/ 17:00 UK time/ 18:00 CEST )) 

Warm hugs ta ya one and all,
Acorne

The Badgers "save The Three-farthing Stone" Protest Rehearsal, Monday 15 May

posted May 1, 2017, 7:20 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated May 1, 2017, 7:20 AM ]

By Lina Willowwood    

Rumours are spreading that some entrepreneurial hobbits would like nothing more than to mine straight through the Three-Farthing Stone. This won't stand, this minegression, so the Brandy Badgers have decided to act! By playing music!  



Date: Monday May 15 
Time: 7:30PM ((UK time / 2:30 PM servertime))
Location: The Three-Farthing Stone, Bywater (South of the Green Dragon), The Shire

Of course, the Brandy Badgers never really play concerts, but them's pretty well good at having public rehearsals. And they're just burning in with songs they didn't manage to put into the Ziggy Piecrust musical earlier this spring. So expect a lot of songs related to that star-travelling hobbit! And the odd surprise as well.

Come to dance, have fun and gaze longingly upon the Three-Farthing Stone. Never shall it be mined! We'll just have to control all members of the Badgers to make sure.

((OOC:

This will be a public rehearsal with all the David Bowie songs we didn't find room for in the Ziggy Piecrust show earlier. We'll likely play a few other songs as well.

As usual, we love it if lots of hobbits come to listen and chat with us. Should others like to show up as well, be very welcome, but make sure yer don't block the view of the hobbits. Oh, and remember the roleplaying policy on Laurelin with regard to names and in-character chat.))

Fifth Salmon Run a resounding success

posted May 1, 2017, 3:03 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Ponso Pondhopper   

Last Saturday, the eighth day of Thrimidge the Shire Angling Club held its fifth annual Brandywine Salmon Run. Seventeen hopeful hobbits met at the Bullroarer statue in Brockenborings before marching across the Greenfields to a special fishing spot I found several years ago. It is here that the salmon take a rest before continuing their journey north to the lake, the final stage of a long swim from the seas and oceans to the West. This is their final journey, as once they arrive at the lake they spawn and die. So this is an ideal time to fish them as they are fully grown.  

As such we always expect a big catch at this event and this year was no exception. In total 411 fish were caught, of which 31 were salmon, of varying sizes. Five runner-up prizes of a commemorative fishing rod were awarded to Miss Dassa, Mister Potty, Miss Nimelia, Miss Pogonia and Miss Seggra. The main prize winners were: 
4th Mister Pipes with a catch of 33 fish
2nd equal Mister Fidgit and Miss Lina with 34 fish each
1st Mister Ozborne of the Shire Angling Club with a fine catch of 36 fish



A special prize for the most salmon caught went to Miss Acorne for her impressive catch of five salmon.

No weeds were caught! However a total of 39 old boots were pulled out of the river, with a new title of ’Tough as Old Boots’ going to Miss Qamellia with a catch  of five boots.

This year’s Salmon Queen is Miss Dassa, whose best catch weighed in at 52lb 6oz, not quite toppling last year’s record of 57lb 3oz, set by Mister Simbo Rumblebelly.

My congratulations to all those who took part and thanks to Mister Ozborne who contributed to the prize fund. Let’s see if next year’s Salmon Run brings us a new record!

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