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Songburrow End of Yule Party

posted Jan 17, 2021, 8:52 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwoo

Not too long until next Yule now!

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 24
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!))

Songs, cider and shenanigans!

posted Jan 4, 2021, 5:44 PM 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 10
Time: 7:30PM ((UK, 2:30PM servertime))
Location: Longo Burrow’s farm, Tuckborough. Then off to Bywater 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:

  • Longo Burrow’s farm, Tuckborough
  • Tom Cotton’s farm, Bywater
  • 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!

((OOC:

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!

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

Grand New Year’s Snowball Fight

posted Dec 18, 2020, 9:06 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 we’ll certainly visit the theatre afterwards. Welcome hobbits!

Winterhome Wassailing

posted Dec 18, 2020, 9:02 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood

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

Date: Sunday December 27
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. 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.))

All Green Dragon Yuletide Parties listed

posted Dec 18, 2020, 8:54 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood

Oh yes, we will certainly celebrate Yule and New Year’s!

Barmy is ready! Plans are made! There will be lots of Yule at the Green Dragon! And some in Brockenborings!

Here are the Yuletide parties planned related to Green Dragon Friday. Well met, hobbits and dwarves!


The Green Dragon Friday Foreyule Party

Date: Friday December 18
Time: 7:30PM ((UK time /2:30PM servertime))
Location: Green Dragon Inn, Bywater
Entertainment: Preferably Yule-themed
Host: Lina

Welcome to the Green Dragon Friday Foreyule party! After all, yer might need a few ales to relax with all the preparing and planning before them Yule days, and what better place for that than the Green Dragon?

Expect festive moods, a meal and lots of Yule entertainment. And Pycella has volunteered to host an ale tasting!

The Green Dragon Friday Yule Party

Date: Friday December 25
Time: 7:30PM ((UK time /2:30PM servertime))
Location: Green Dragon Inn, Bywater
Entertainment: Preferably Yule-themed
Host: Pycella

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. Or perhaps yer wish for some friendly hobbit company? No matter the reason, yer are heartily welcome to the Green Dragon Friday Yule party!

Plans are still being made, but expect lots of food, festive moods and yule entertainment.

So do come for a mug of mulled cider, good company, a story, a dance and (hopefully) 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!

Also, remember that the Green Dragon will be open in a slightly different form on both December 24 and December 25, hosted by Pycella!

The Brockenborings New Year’s Party

Date: Saturday January 2
Time: 7:30PM ((UK time /2:30PM servertime))
Location: Plough and Stars Inn, Brockenborings
Entertainment: Preferably New Year’s and Yule-themed
Host: Lina

Barmy keeps the Green Dragon closed to clean up the inn after Yule, and on New Year’s Day we’re off throwing snowballs at each other. On Saturday, though, we’ll be at the Plough and Stars in Brockenboring for the New Year’s party! And there are no better hobbits to greet the new year with than yer fellow Brockenborians! After all, we always 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!

Please note:

Green Dragon Friday and associated events are roleplaying events 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!

Yuletime OAKS brings the Wandering Musicians wit a PRESENT!

posted Dec 8, 2020, 11:36 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Acorne Oakley

Hiya!

"this is a great version of the song"
"fantastic, Bravo"
"Inconceivable"
"A lovely song and well played"
"YEAHHHHH WOCK IT TESORO!"
"Such wonderful music tonight!"
"Ooh! -my wish came true!"
 "heartwarming indeed!"
"gorgeous"  "Great"  "Bravooo!"  "Excellent!"  "So wonderful!" 
....just a few of the comments I overheard at the last OAKS  ....
this was a truly amazin concert  ....
I want ta thank all of the very special guest performers who joined the band fer a song durin this OAKS ...
dear master Whye who sang ...."You've got to nick a stage or two"
           (( wait here ...I'll be rite back))
   Yup the OAKS stage is still there  ...I thot it wood be  ~giggles~
dear Lady Jersiel who honoured us when she agreed ta accompany MGP band on her request
    (( all of us that goes regularly ta the Nite of the Muses no what mighty fine flutin she does ))
then we herd a voice floatin up from the back of the crowd as the band played "You are the Sunshine of my Life"      ....thanks ta the charmin voice of dear Piper  ...
after that the band was joined by dear Hollybery when she sang her always excellent lyrics in an appeal ta the Valar ta end this war   (( hope they herd ya Holly ))
followed by another voice from the back of the crowd as Lady Joraki sang "Wo sind die Clowns?" beautifully
.Also thanks ta Miss Alhilda fer sharin the beverages & pipeweed enjoyed by the audience
Many thanks ta all of these guest performers and a great BIG thank ya ta the "awesome Kenghis"  and the  magical Mardi Gras Party band fer playin the All Request concert which made so many of us very happy! :D
    and thanks ta dear Miss Leddy we can enjoy it all agin & agin   ...
    



Now  .....
It's Yuletime agin!  Time fer sweet treats, Yuletime songs, cuddlin up wit a warm cider, snowball fights, bright sparklin lites, knittin sumthin warm fer yer pets, decoratin yer burrows 
...but most of all ....fer me at least ...
being surrounded by yer good friends!
That's why I wants ta invite all of ya ta come back when the

Ziehenden Musikanten / Wandering Musicians

of Belly Gear come ta Oldfurlong bringin a very special present fer all of us!!!!!


They not be tellin just what this is ....but I can tell ya folks a few clues  .....
seems there will be a musical play ... and considerin the musicians involved I know fer certain that it will be outstandin!
and dear Kirgon asked me if he could bring his doggie so there will be a singin dog ...or maybee the dog plays harp   ...of course maybee this doggie is just there ta direct ??
Master Gerhalt can verify that doggies be most talented as well as fierce fighters.

No matter what happens in this musical play ... Yule love it!
  (( as Miss Lina wood say ))
Guess ya folks best come ta see exactly what this sweet puppy & his two-legged pals will be doin.
See ya in Oldfurlong!

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

when:    Saturday December 19th at eight bells in the evenin
              (( 20:00 UK time / 21:00 CET / 15:00 server time 

 I luv presents!!  so I can just barely wait.

Warm gigglin hugs,
Acorne

Details for the Hobbit Yule video shooting, part 2

posted Dec 3, 2020, 10:45 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood  

Yule love it! 

Yule is getting nearer, and what better thing to do than to make a large drawing to greet yer friends a very merry yuletide? Not much! So here we go!


Second shoot: (Ed.: No hobbits will actually be shot during the making of the Yule Video)

Date: Tuesday December 8
Time: 7:30PM ((UK, 2:30PM servertime), PLEASE BE ON TIME
Location: 4 Brookbank Street, Songburrow, Shire homesteads

What will happen this year? Will there be ballets with purple snow beasts or surprise parties for old lonely hobbits? Shall we visit the dwarves or sigh over a lack of snow in the Shire? Take part to find out!

((OOC:

Once again, I’d like to make a yule video with as many hobbit players on Laurelin as possible. The video will be released December 24th, in the Hobbity Yule Calendar.

There will be two video shoots this year too:

  • The second shoot is on Tuesday December 8, in Songburrow in the Shire Homesteads (4 Brookbank Street).

I’d also love it if all hobbits sent me a screenshot of themselves in-game, in a festive/merry/yule motive. I can use those in the end credits of the video. Please use high-quality screenshots (1024×768 pixels is really the minimum, but much larger is better). Widescreen format is great! Don’t add any effects or text to the images, and make sure they aren’t too dark. Send the screenshots to me before end of December 21st, at the very latest! Use this email:

For the second shoot on Tuesday Dec 8, please remember:
  • Bring lots of festival consumables like those listed here
  • Wear indoor-clothes somewhat close to pyjamas/night dresses (yer will start out as sleeping hobbits)

For both shoots:

  • Be a hobbit. It is a hobbit yule video after all!
  • DO NOT HAVE ANY PETS SUMMONED!
  • DISABLE ALL SPEED BUFFS (hunters, I am especially looking at you and the Find the path skill, please disable it)
  • Bring lanterns or sparklers if you have them, also fireworks
  • Try to avoid speaking in /say, use the raid (/ra) instead
  • Be prepared to follow orders!
  • Have fun!  ))

The Green Dragon is open this Yule!

posted Dec 2, 2020, 8:32 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Pycella Woodberry

Welcome to our favourite inn on December 24th and 25th!


As some of you might know, Miss Pycella has been doomed to act as a waitress at the Dragon for an eternity or two, thanks to many mishaps she has encountered (mostly some ale spilling mishaps when she has pounced too much at the inn). Barmy hasn’t been pleased though, because Pycella has been dodging her eternal waitressing duties very effectively by acting a hostess of the weekly Friday gatherings. Now, it’s not good to upset Barmy – he might raise the Green Dragon ale prices to such heights where no dragon has gone before. To make Barmy happy, Miss Pycella has offered to do some waitressing on December 24th and 25th. Then, the Green Dragon will open its doors to everyone who’d ike to enjoy fine yule food, music, entertainment, and merry company. Come and join us for as long as you like, both old and new friends!

Pycella is already getting ready for the long yule party queue

(( OOC:


The times have been challenging for many all over the world, and some face a lonely Yule locked up in their homes. This inspired us to provide a place where like-minded folks interested in LOTRO or Tolkien in general can meet up and spend time together on Yule Eve and Yule Day (December 24th and 25th).

We will open the doors of this virtual Green Dragon inn on a Discord server. There will be different channels (or “rooms”) for different topics: folks can share their yule music, pictures of their yule foods, share yule videos or stories, maybe even riddles… There will also be a voice channel available. The link to the Discord server will appear on the Grand Order website and the hobbit yule calendar on December 24th in the morning (EU). Visit the inn using either your computer or mobile device.

During those two days, Miss Pycella will waitress at the Dragon. Expect a friendly and welcoming hobbity atmosphere where you can take part as much as your like – you can just sit back and follow the channels, or chatter as much as your heart desires.
If you have questions, please contact Miss Pycella (pycellawoodberry(a)gmail.com, @pieseller on Twitter). ))

Songburrow raises their Yule tree

posted Dec 2, 2020, 8:15 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 13
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 13. We’ll put up our yule tree, have some mulled wine and enjoy some yule music! Welcome to all hobbits and grand dwarven friends!


It is time to make this year's hobbit yule video!

posted Nov 19, 2020, 5:02 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood 

Yule love it!

Yule is getting nearer, and what better thing to do than to make a large drawing to greet yer friends a very merry yuletide? Not much! So here we go!

Date: Sunday November 29
Time: 7:30PM ((UK, 2:30PM servertime)), PLEASE BE ON TIME
Location: Kauppa-kohta, the village at the south end of Forochel. Meet up by the milestone.

We will have two meetups again this year to help make the drawing. The first will be Sunday November 29 in Forochel, while the second is on Tuesday December 8. See below for details!

What will happen this year? Will there be ballets with purple snow beasts or surprise parties for old lonely hobbits? Shall we visit the dwarves or sigh over a lack of snow in the Shire? Take part to find out!

((OOC:

Once again, I’d like to make a yule video with as many hobbit players on Laurelin as possible. The video will be released December 24th, in the Hobbity Yule Calendar.

There will be two video shoots this year too:

  • The first video shoot will be Sunday November 29, in Kauppa-Kohta, Forochel. This is a level 40+ area, but as long as you make it to the village, even players at lower levels can take part.
  • The second is shoot is Tuesday December 8, location still TBC.

I’d also love it if all hobbits sent me a screenshot of themselves in-game, in a festive/merry/yule motive. I can use those in the end credits of the video. Please use high-quality screenshots (1024×768 pixels is really the minimum, but much larger is better). Widescreen format is great! Don’t add any effects or text to the images, and make sure they aren’t too dark. Send the screenshots to me before end of December 21st, at the very latest! Use this email:

For this video, please remember:

  • Be a hobbit. It is a hobbit yule video after all!
  • DO NOT HAVE ANY PETS SUMMONED!
  • DISABLE ALL SPEED BUFFS (hunters, I am especially looking at you and the Find the path skill, please disable it)
  • Be prepared to follow orders!
  • Dress up warm! Wear warm, festive-looking clothes (red, green and yellow are very grand)
  • Bring lanterns or sparklers if you have them, also fireworks
  • Try to avoid speaking in /say, use the raid (/ra) instead
  • Have fun!

For inspiration, here is the yule video from last year.  ))

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