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    Tuesday, November 08, 2011

    Moorpark Civ.War Event is still a Go (even w/ forecast of Rain)

    Just got the word - our event this weekend is STILL on, even though the Weather Forecast looks pretty dismal. (Rain and 60 Degree Temps. Brr! Get chills just thinking about it!)

    Hopefully the rain will hold off long enough that we can our gear/camps get set up BEFORE the rain hits on Friday. (Fingers Crossed!!)

    Send some warm & dry thoughts my way, won't ya? (Weekend's challenge: stay healthy / don't get sick! :)

    Guess I better get cracking on those food items as I'll definitely need them this weekend!!

    -----Original Message-----

    From: Ed Mann (Event Organizer)
    To: Massive Email List

    Sent: Tue, Nov 8, 2011 11:52 am

    Subject: Moorpark Reenactment Update

    My fellow reenactors,

    The Rotary has decided to go forward with the event this weekend. Yes, the weather report is not promising, and everyone is well aware of that, but the problem is that critical personnel on the Rotary's side will be missing the following weekend, so come what may, the event will take place as scheduled.

    The good news is that rainfall in Moorpark always seems to be different than what LA gets. Last weekend, the rainfall was 3/4 inch in LA, but only a third of an inch in Moorpark. The ground at the site is very good at wicking up rain, so the Rotary is optimistic that the problems with the weather will be minimized. Currently, no rain is expected at all until very late Friday night, so this should aid setup. Even then, who really knows at this point with weather predictions just what will happen and when? I understand that Sunday is supposed to be clear.

    So, now it's on to Moorpark. C'mon out and join us for the weekend.

    Ed Mann

    Monday, November 07, 2011

    Welcome Home Duncan Project

    Duncan Ellis HoogeveenVelociraptor Welcome MessageFlash

    Welcome Home Duncan, a set by casketgirl on Flickr.

    My friend Heather (@Casketgirl) recently had her baby boy...2 weeks early!! Mom is doing pretty well & is home from the hospital, but baby Duncan is still hanging out in NICU trying to recover from some mystery infection. Boo!! :(

    So, to help keep everyone's spirits up, they've decided to ask for Photos Welcoming Duncan Home - and thus was born the "Welcome Home Duncan" Project!

    Your task, should you choose to accept it (and I sincerly hope you WILL), is to take a photo of yourself* with a "Welcome Home Duncan" sign and send it in to Heather/Casketgirl.

    *Or a picture of any of the following (with a Welcome Home sign):  Children, Co-Workers, Pets, Garden Gnome(s), Action Figures, etc. . ;-) Be Creative! :)

    Email your Pics to "" with the subject "Welcome Home Duncan".



    Via Flickr:
    Our newborn son is hanging out in NICU trying to recover from a mystery infection. To keep our spirit's up we've asked friends and family to share some photos welcoming him home.

    Saturday, November 05, 2011

    November 5th - Guy Fawkes & the Gunpowder Plot (remembering 1605)

    The Conspirators

    Remember, remember the fifth of November, 
    Gunpowder treason and plot. 
    We see no reason 
    Why gunpowder treason 
    Should ever be forgot! 

    Guy Fawkes, guy, t'was his intent 
    To blow up king and parliament. 
    Three score barrels were laid below 
    To prove old England's overthrow. 

    Guy Fawkes

    By god's mercy he was catch'd 
    With a darkened lantern and burning match. 
    So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring. 
    Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.

    And what shall we do with him? 
    Burn him!

    Bonfire Night

    Rhyme copied from:
    Images from various places on the web.

    If you'd like to see how Guy Fawkes & the Gunpowder Plot have left a legacy (besides Bonfire Night) for modern times, check out this page:
    (Fun trivia :)

    Wednesday, November 02, 2011

    Jane Austen Evening 2012 Tickets NOW on sale!!

    January 2010

    Tix for the upcoming Jane Austen Evening 2012 are NOW on sale! Hurry & buy your tix if you want to attend - this event usually sells out within days of the tix going on sale! It is THE Jane Austen/Regency event for SoCal/LA County! :)

    I just bought my tix for the Tea & Dance (both portions of the evening). Better buy yours quickly as I hear they might already be 1/2 way to sold out!
    Hope to see you there!! :)

    Event Date: Sat, January 21st, 2012

    Location: Pasadena Masonic Lodge (Pasadena CA)

    Be sure to check the website for more details! :)


    Me, January 2010

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------

    From: Dance & History

    Date: Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Subject: Austen Evening Tickets Now On Sale

    Jane Austen Evening Tickets Are Now On Sale

    To purchase tickets, go to the website at

    Tea + Dance tickets are $55. Dance only are $30

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