Waldo News

By Carolyn Zachary | Nov 24, 2017

By Tom Seymour

Nov. 24, 2017

194 East Waldo Road

Waldo, ME 04915

(207) 338-974

tomgseymour@gmail.com

Waldo Town News

Here’s hoping that readers had a happy and safe Thanksgiving Day. As per me, I stayed home and instead of having turkey, roasted a partridge. Wrapping the bird in bacon ensured that it would stay moist and tender.

Later in the day I visited the Cunningham family of Waldo. My good friend Marion Honeycutt who writes for this paper was there and we had a great get-together. All in all it was an enjoyable holiday.

Next, the long-range weather report indicates a warming trend. This got me to thinking of November 1988 (I may be off a year one way or the other), when a blizzard swept Maine on Thanksgiving Day. The snow from that storm remained on the ground until the following spring. Back then we didn’t often see rain following snow as we do now. Anyway, that was a real, old-time Maine winter, it was.

Pa’tridge Prediction

That Thanksgiving pa’tridge was so good that I plan on taking advantage of the extended season to go afield and try to get some more.

Also note that in less than one month, ice should have formed on ponds and lakes, opening up another ice-fishing season. When that happens, the Pa’tridge Prediction will revert back to the Perchin’ Prediction.

Morris Music

I’ve played pipe and tabor now for quite some time. The tabor is a small drum, slung over the left wrist and the three-holed pipe is held and played in the left hand, while the right hand beats a rhythm on the tabor. It’s like walking, chewing gum and rubbing your head with one hand and your belly with the other.

Traditional music for this instrumental combo often dates back many hundreds of years. Also, Morris dancers, those engaged in traditional English dance, often use a “taborer” to play for them.

However, here in Waldo, Maine, there is little call for pipe-and-tabor music. But if anyone is interested in learning more about this most interesting instrument or, better yet, has an interest in playing along with the old tunes, I would love to hear from them. My contact information is posted atop this column.

Weekly Quote

The great Mozart once told composer Joseph Haydn, just as Haydn was preparing to move from the Continent to London, that he, Haydn, had no skills in other languages. Haydn replied, “But my language is understood all over the world.”

 

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