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Come and celebrate the Green Dragon Friday 13th Anniversary

posted May 15, 2021, 6:32 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated May 15, 2021, 6:35 AM ]

By Lina Willowwood


We celebrate a hobbit’s dozen years!

Green Dragon Friday is 13 years old, and we shall, must and will celebrate! Welcome hobbits! Bring all yer hobbit friends!

Date: Friday May 21

Time: 7:30PM ((UK, 2:30PM servertime))
Location: Green Dragon Inn, Bywater, The Shire.

Plans for the main party are still being sorted out, but here are some things to look forward to:

  • The Grand GDF Play – there will be a short theatrical play!
  • The Grand GDF Anniversary Ale – we’ll unveil the names of + taste the specially brewed ales for the anniversary!
  • The Grand GDF Wear Green Competition – wear a fine green outfit, you might win a prize!
  • The Grand GDF Anniversary Meal – food and drink aplenty!
  • The Grand GDF Anniversary Speech yer not getting away from it…
  • The Grand GDF Raffle – win fun prizes!
  • The Grand GDF Anniversary Song – turn it up to eleven!
  • The Grand GDF Three-Farthing Stone Fireworks Display – we’ll boom even closer to the Cotton farm this time!
  • GDF-related entertainmentsign up in advance if yer have some!

((OOC:

Please note that Green Dragon Friday is an in-character roleplaying event for hobbits. Travelling dwarves are welcome as always.

Also note that the anniversary parties are usually quite busy. If you’d like to entertain on the night, please sign up in advance!))

Sizzling Sensational Seventh Forest of OAKS

posted May 1, 2021, 9:48 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated May 1, 2021, 9:50 AM ]

By Acorne Oakley

Hiya!

April was a fun month even iffin it brought a bit of rain ta our Shire  
   (( even had a bit of a downpour at the OAKS ~winks~ ))
...seems them April rains brought us a truly amazin OAKS!!!

Thanks dear Irenella fer bringin all the Great Willow Blues Band ta the OAKS of Oldfurlong.
ya folks play the blues so hauntingly beautiful that even them elufs had to smile as they threw off their boots and danced in the wet grass ~hehe~
As I was sayin good nite ta folks ...I herd ..
" ..was a wonderful show, enjoyed it immensely"
"absolutely magnificent!"
and dear Clumbo told me ....  "I shall be dancing all the way home to bed!"
The GREAT Willows made a lot of folks very happy at the April OAKS
...especially me cause I even got ta join them in playing a few songs along wit Miss Rosemaki, Master Blakcs, and that dear Strampi...
thanks so much ta dear Irenella & all who joined fer an amazin OAKS!
                     


Now it is my very great pleasure ta be able ta tell ya folks that this band ...as well as ALL the bands that have played over the past season ...will be back!  WOOHOO!
All the awesum bands will be back ta each play fer 30 minutes all in one day in what I call the

Forest of OAKS


This year the Forest will be so vibrant & wondrous considerin all the outstandin talent of the always awesum bands that have played the OAKS over the past season!!!
It all started last September wit the Andune Ensemble tellin the story of Gondolin musically   ...then the monsters of Mondbarden helped us drive away an irritatin visitor  
...then Mardi Gras Party band played everyone's choice in their all-request concert
... then the Ziehenden Musikanten / Wandering Musicians of Belly Gear told a most touchin tale about a lil orphan lass & her dog Benny
...then the Purple Folks of the Parlor ( the Purple Pipeweed Parlor Band) had a rockin tea party
...then we were treated ta the sweetness of the Daft Pigs
...after which the fragile females of KapATeK aNaHuaC came ta party in Oldfurlong
and finally .... the GREAT Willows!
what a season this has been!!!

Eight of the most outstandin bands from all over Middle Earth .....
all comin back on saturday May 8th!!!

Bring all the family cause no one will want ta miss this!

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

when:    Saturday May 8th at six bells in the evenin
              (( 18:00 UK time / 19:00 CET / 13:00 server time ))

warm hugs ta everyone,
Acorne


GDF ale brewing session

posted Apr 24, 2021, 9:17 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Pycella Woodberry 

The Green Dragon Friday will soon be 13 years old, and we need a special ale to celebrate that!

Miss Pycella is not only interested in the pie business. Lately, the Green Dragon hostess and occasional waitress has also been interested in ale-related experiments (when Barmy is not looking). Now, she would like to brew a special ale to celebrate the upcoming 13th Green Dragon Friday anniversary. Ale brewing is fun, and even more so in good company! So she invites everyone to join her in a special ale brewing session. Here are the details:

 Date: Wednesday 28th April

Time: 7:30PM ((UK; 2:30PM server time))

Place: 4 Brookbank Street, Songburrow, Shire homesteads

She’ll guide you through the process of ale brewing, hands on. Maybe you will even have a chance to taste some samples from previous batches! Oh, and remember to bring a dish cloth.

 

((OOC: This is a relaxed hobbit roleplaying event where we will learn a bit about ale brewing. It is not an in-game crafting session, so no special professions are needed. Just come along and have some fun!))

The 2nd Battle of the Greenfields

posted Apr 20, 2021, 6:02 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood 

It’s not spring until the Badgers sing! 

As usual, we’ll just have to go try find those singing spring badgers in the Shire forests, who greet the spring with song. As usual, we’ll probably be disappointed.



Date: Sunday May 2
Time: 7:30PM ((UK time / 2:30PM servertime))
Location: Brockenborings, just east of the village along the road to Scary, on a small hill overlooking the Bullroarer fence run area.

So, the Brandy Badgers have a backup musical for the night, telling the tale of … two hapless bards looking to build a golf course on the Greenfields, in honor of their uncle, Bullroarer Took. They didn’t figure that some badgers nearby wanted the field for themselves! Cue conflict, crisis and cutting-edge music! Wonderful wacky wonders and hilarious hi-jinks may or may not ensue!

Welcome to a tale of high drama, low comedy, and soft berries! And lots of grand music. Come join us just to the east outside of Brockenborings Sunday May 2! We’ll be on a small hill overlooking the Bullroarer fence run area, along the road between Brockenborings and Scary.

This is a hobbit-themed tale, although travellers from out of bounds who have good reason to be into hobbit music and badger mythology are of course welcome along! Just don’t block the view of the locals!


Now the good news!

Nominal admission fee is 10 berries, but if you carefully cut out the ticket below (don't forget to include the stub!) it is free, courtesy of the Brandy Badgers and the Bramblebury Gazette!

((OOC details:

The event will be a musical, based around the real-life songs of Pet Shop Boys. However, the story and song lyrics will all be somewhat LOTRO lore relevant (and performed in the /say channel). The musical will be performed by The Brandy Badgers, an in-house music collective of the Grand Order of the Lost Mathom.

Please keep chat in-character and don’t discuss things not belonging in Middle Earth. ))



The Great Willows are visitin the OAKS

posted Apr 7, 2021, 9:04 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Apr 7, 2021, 9:06 AM ]

By Acorne Oakley 


Hiya!

Woohoo!  
The fantastic females of the KaPAteK aNAhuAC  were absolutely astoundin!!
Truly an awesum concert where Lady Yugun took us on a musical tour of the five years these marvelous musicians have been t'gether as a band.
The concert was terrific from beginnin when they rocked so hard it truly knocked me out ....
ta the end when the audience kept beggin them ta play more ...more ...MORE! 
 
Thanks ta all of these fabulously fierce females!!  Especially dear Yugun & sweet Evazilla (a bit gruff but stll cant help bein a sweetie) who sang so beautifully   ~cheers~
Most hobbits never actually considered a life on the sea ~shivers~  but it sounded fun when them two sang about   ...."Piracyyyyyyy"
of course there were many other mighty fine lyrics like the songs Yugun "borrowed" from her dad who used ta be part of the Chantefables.
and thanks ta all the very talented folks that joined the band :
Ordosig of Die Bunten Vogel
Master Grombine, Lady Ewelos, Master Gerhalt & Lady Fiyalka of Polnolunie
Lady Tunvil of Mondbarden
& Master Bragomur who often plays in his sister's band.

Thanks ta all of these wonderfully talented & generous folks ....
and a big thanks ta KaPAteK aNAhuAC fer this brilliant concert!!
wanna see it all agin?  Then please go here.
   


I am so excited about the April OAKS!
Cause this will be another phenomenal party.
The Great Willows are visitin the OAKS!!!!!!
Yup ya herd me correct .....WOOHOO!!

the Great Willow Blues Band



I luvs all kinds of bands ...
I absolutely luvs the blues ...
and ya folks know that I luv trees!
So I am thrilled ta have the Great Willow Blues Band come play fer us in April.
No worries if yer favorite music be swing ...or rock ...or metal ...or even classical
Cause dear Irenella can play all these genres ( and probably will )
PLUS  I get ta hug a big bunch of trees  ...eleven as a matter of fact ~grins~
when all of these willows be comin ta the OAKS in the Oldfurlong neighborhood of the Shire in April.

where:   the town square of the Oldfurlong neighborhood in the Shire homesteads
                 ((Altfurch auf Deutsch / Longuevieille en français))
when:    Saturday April 17th at eight bells in the evenin
                  (( 20:00 UK time / 21:00 CET / 15:00 server time )) 

I am positive this concert will be truly  ...tree-mendous!

warm gentle hugs,
Acorne


Shire May Queen search begins: candidates and how to vote

posted Apr 2, 2021, 6:12 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Apr 23, 2021, 6:50 PM ]

By Nannie 

Now the fun begins!
The names are now revealed fer those brave folk who've stepped up ter join the race for our next Shire Queen of the May, and here they all are!

Shire May queen contestants:

Miss Myrtellia
Miss Briallin
Miss Almi
Miss Diaspore

Shire May King contestants:

Master Saelo
Master Clumbo
Master Hooh
Master Furno
Master Aodhfin

How ter vote:
Each of ye gets two votes, one fer the lass of yer choice the second fer the lad. The hobbit with the most will be crowned our next May rulers at the Grand reveal on May 1st.
Ye need ter let me know via Quick post or just whisper them to me when ye see me about the Shire. Ye have till the closing of the Green Dragon on the 30th of April ter get yer choice made!



Original article:

Another year gone and tis time ter start the search once more!
Each year around this time, the Shire decides which of the brave lasses who come forward, will be the next wearer of the Floral Crown. From humble housewife ter hard working crafters, the race is open ter all!


Now, as the leaves on the trees change every year, tis only fair that the Queen is renewed each year. Otherwise we'd be keeping the same lass and no give others the chance.

So... Are ye a lass of the Shire? Do ye have what it takes ter be Queen of the May?

Or do ye know of someone who would do the Shire proud? If so, then don't delay! Send them names ter me - Nannie - and they could be the lucky one!

Over the years we've had many a fine Queen of the May. Miss Acorne, Miss Amorey, Miss Lina, Granmama and our current holder Miss Pennyroyal. Ter name but a few. Will ye be joining their ranks?

So lassies, dust off yer best frocks and pluck up yer courage - a wee dram may help with that one - Drop me a message via the Quick post - time ter earn yer ale again lads! - Or just let me know at either the Green Dragon or market, yer canna miss the hat!

Now ah hope ye lads are no thinking yer off the hook! Oh no!

If ye think ye have what it takes ter be King o' the may and follow in the path of KIng gone afore ye. Then pass yer name ter me and we'll see what we see.

The search has begun to find our next rulers of the May, all are invited ter try if ye havena held the title before. Once we have some willing vict... er candidates, their names will be announced and voting will begin.

Ye have till the 16th of April, ter get those names in, then voting will open and the race begins in truth.

The event is open to all hobbits of the Shire and beyond. The new Queen and King will be announced at the party on May Day (1st May)

Date : May 1st (Saturday
Time : 8pm ( BST/3pm server time)
Location : Shire rose kin hall, 4 Brookbank Street Brightdown


The Amazing Tale of Little Red Riding Hobbit

posted Mar 30, 2021, 12:53 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Diaspore Silvertongue

I grew up as part of a company of traveling performers known as The Silvertongues. It was a family enterprise, and we grew up learning to dance, juggle, sing, and perform in plays. We performed in the Shire, Breeland, Ered Luin, and on one memorable (but not pleasurable) occasion, at the Forsaken Inn in the Lone Lands.

My gifts did not lie in singing, dancing, or anything requiring dexterity. The time I tried swallowing fire, I burned my tongue; my singing voice caused hearers to flee, and my dancing, or so I was told, reminded others of a herd of drunk oliphaunts. However, I did evidence some dramatic ability and a fair facility with words. Consequently, I spent my time as an actor and dramatist.

A few months ago, our troupe decided to retire. The older members wanted to rest their bones from the bouncing and jouncing of travel, and the younger ones wanted to be free to explore more widely. I had no wish to retire completely, but I did want to settle in one place for more than a week at a time, so I went to live with my cousin Skilly Brockhill in the Shire, the place that felt most like home to me.

the stage where it will all be happening


I brought with me the almost-completed script of a play I had started during my travels, the play that became "Little Miss Riding Hobbit." The play tells the tale of a young hobbit lass who met an evil wild beast while walking innocently through the forest to her grandmother's house. It demonstrates how hobbit courage and ingenuity can defeat even the most wicked and wily of adversaries.

I was most fortunate to be able to recruit a talented cast, who in fact acted as co-playwrights with me in fleshing out the play's action. The play stars Acorne as Little Red Riding Hobbit and Grufforic as the Hero, with Morkang as the Wild Beast, Nannie as the Grandmother, Saelo as the Mother, and Lina Willowood as the narrator. Clumbo has created a fine musical accompaniment.

What: The Amazing Tale of Little Red Riding Hobbit, a play by Diaspore Silvertongue

When: Thursday, April 8, 7:30 PM Michel Delving time ((UK time, 2:30 PM server time))
Where: Downfurrow community stage (on the island next to the town center), Shire Homesteads

A party follows at the Furrowburrow, 4 Myrtle Court, Downfurrow. All are invited.


March winds blow in Kapatek AnahOaks

posted Mar 19, 2021, 9:32 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Acorne Oakley


Hiya!

I surely hope y'all had a chance ta see at least part of the wonderful February OAKS  ....
Such a truly awesum band and a mighty fine leader who writes charming lyrics.
He began the evenin wit a luvly song about the beginnin of an "ordinary" love story on "a saturday night at OAKS"  hehe
All the music of the Daft Pigs was utterly charmin whether it leans toward sweet & sentimental or a lively jig....
Master Blacks's voice was as one lass said....magnifique no matter what he is singin.
As another lass said  .."a wonderful time was had by all."
Thanks ta all of the Daft Pigs fer bringin their marvelous music ta the OAKS :)
and thanks ta dear Miss Leddy & her ability ta draw real fast   ...here be a lil reminder of that evenin
                     


Here we are in the middle of March  ...and in the midst of them strong winds  that come wit this month.
Of course no one has ta fear this "storm"  ~giggles~
cause this time them winds of March be blowin in a bunch of delicate, deliteful damsels known as the one & only

KapateK AnaHuac

Isnt this a luvly pic miss Yugun sent me of the band ...
seems like they be playin music ta encourage these fellas ta dance ta warm up out there in the snow.
These luvly ladies no doubt brought smiles ta all these folks and will fer all of us when they play the OAKS!
Almost close enuff ta dance along wit the audience   ...which reminds me ...
Miss Yugun has asked if she could come out & dance wit the audience ...
she said they like ta be close ta their audience.
Of course I said  ...."yes"

Now fer this OAKS, I'm gonna need everyone's help   ...please  ....
cause these be sum fragile females who get a wee bit nervous   ...so.....
Wood all of ya folks bring a mug of ale or beer, sum pipeweed, or a mushroom fer the band  ...just ta help them get over bein almost two shy ta play?

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

  when:    Saturday March 27th at eight bells in the evenin
                  (( 20:00 UK time / 21:00 CET / 16:00 server time )) 
Remember::
Mischief seekin lads from Staddle snuck over ta Bree and turned all the clocks ahead an hour.
That means the OAKS will be at eight bells Shire time ((8pm UK time)) and 4pm in Bree  ((servertime))  til folks get around ta settin the clocks backward
...or is that ahead??... all over Middle Earth.

WHAT!?!  Sumone said this band was banned cause they broke their instruments while on stage and then set the stage on fire??   ~nah~
 Fiercely wild non-ladies??     ~cant be ~
those are just silly rumors!
ya folks just come see fer yerselves   ...you'll luv this concert, no doubt about that !

warm gentle hugs,
Acorne

Shrew Spotting in the Appledores

posted Mar 19, 2021, 9:16 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Apr 2, 2021, 6:25 AM ]

by Almi Edelwise

It’s springtime… for shrews!

The spring seems to be finally here, and that means busy times for many – not at least for the many gardeners who need to drive them pesky shrews off from their gardens. The sweet fruit of the Appledores orchard has attracted a few, and Miss Almi has been called for help. Almi is a retired nanny and a hunter, so she’s all set up to confront them little critters that have invaded the orchard. However, she’d like to take this opportunity to tell others a little about shrews and their shrewd ways. She welcomes everyone to join her for a short shrew spotting tour in the Appledores on Thursday 25th March.

Date: Thursday, 25th March
Time: 7:30PM ((UK, 3:30PM server time))
Place: The Party Tree near Bag End, Hobbiton, the Shire

Come to the Party Tree and join miss Almi for an educational tour and learn more about nature! And there might be some “shrewd” prizes for the participants too!

((OOC: This is a relaxed roleplaying event for hobbits where we will learn a few facts about shrews. It’s good if you have a cosmetic shrew pet from the Spring festival, we will summon them at the Appledores for the purposes of the event (but no worries, if you don’t have any). Please make sure the cosmetic pets are not disabled in your settings (Options > Social options). If you have questions, please contact Almi.))

Bullroarer Took's Night of the Muses

posted Mar 12, 2021, 8:18 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Mar 17, 2021, 10:42 AM ]

By Peppy Bristlebrush

Well, we are rapidly approaching one of the most important celebrations of the Shire: Bullroarer Took Day!

Bandobras "Bullroarer" Took was a great hero, tall enough to ride a horse and inventor of the game of golf.
He led a Hobbit army into the Battle of the Greenfields against invading goblins and claimed victory by beheading their chieftain Golfimbul in battle. Golfimbul's head landed in a rabbit hole and thus golf was invented, so the story goes.



Every year on March 17, Bullroarer Took and those who have fallen in battle, are commemorated near his statue in Brockenborings. We do this by making music, dancing, reciting poems and, ofcourse, drinking! We wear green clothes in his honour. That is Bullroarer Took Day in a nutshell.

This year March 17 is on a Wednesday and there is a weekly event on Wednesdays already: the Night of the Muses. So we have attempted to combine the two. We'll generally follow the format of Night of the Muses with a few differences:
  • We'll be in Brockenborings, near Bullroarer's statue. See the situation sketches below.
  • We've asked musicians to play appropriate* music, if they are willing and able.
  • We all, performers and audience alike, will be wearing green outfits.
For those not familiar with the goings on at the Nights of the Muses:
  • First there is a performance by the organisers, the Little Wanderers. Perhaps this time it will be by the Greenbrambles, a band very much connected to the celebration of Bullroarer Took Day.
  • This is followed by (("open mike")) performances by anyone who wants to play or speak
  • Mistress of Ceremonies is Miss Blula: you can whisper her if you want to perform and she'll tell you when it is time to do so.
  • Each performer or band gets a slot of 10 minutes to entertain us.
  • The evening ends with another performance by the organisers, including a summing up of the upcoming week's events by Master Vethlo.
Many scholars of other races who study Hobbit culture have expressed their desire to attend this traditional Hobbit celebration and may  desire to share their own culture with us. You are very welcome, but we ask those of the taller persuasion to stand in the back so as not to block the view of the Hobbits. Remember, we are not all as tall as the Bullroarer!

To summarize:
What:        Bullroarer Took's Night of the Muses
Where:      Brockenborings, the Shire, near the statue
When:       Wednesday March 17, 19:30 ((UK time, 15:30 servertime))

You are all very welcome to attend and we hope you will play us some great music too!

(( OOC

Bullroarer Took Day really must be celebrated on March 17, on St.Patrick's Day. In the past we have cooperated with organisers of regular events to make this happen: with Green Dragon Friday and with Bird&Baby Yard Party and now with the Little Wanderers who give you Night of the Muses. This also gives each year a unique Bullroarer Took Day event. Next year will be different again.
The Bullroarer Took Day celebrations are traditionally held in character, so please refrain from OOC talk as much as you can.
*Your choice of music, just like at regular Night of the Muses is up to you. But if you can, try to include traditional Irish music. After all, Bullroarer Took Day is the in game version of St.Patricks Day.
At Night of the Muses some of the bands are large and led by one person. It can take some time for them to set up and walk away again. The attention span of Hobbits can be short, but they do love riddles! So while a large band is setting up on stage, a Hobbit may step forward to entertain the crowd with a riddle or two while they do. Please let him or her finish it. It won't be subtracted from your allotted time of 10 minutes.



Large bands also need a place to set up ("park") before they perform on stage. In the sketch above, red arrows indicate spots that are suitable for that (behind the red arrows, please, as seen from the stage area).
The red star indicates a reserved spot for any camera character who wants to film the event.
The green encircled area is where the audience will be.

The stage is traditionally on top of the fence, but the larger bands may prefer the area before it, as indicated in the sketch above.  On top or before, we'll leave it up to you! Members of the audience, please leave this area open.

We hope you will all enjoy yourself, in spite of unfamiliar surroundings or procedures!))


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