Newsletter June 1, 2007
Greetings to All,
Believe the drought to be over, for awhile at least, rains as often as the price of gas rises. Another heavy storm system passed thru early this morning with more on the way, been fun chasing between the clouds to get the grass cut as of late. The way the weather forecasters talk this trend could very well continue for another week or two, big difference over the last couple years.
WHAT’S GOING, well not much in the area as the temps and high humidity pretty much restrict having much fun till Fall. If you don’t mind traveling a ways there are some great events happening all over the country, especially to the North and West, a couple coming up soon in New Mexico as stated last edition. Here a couple worth mentioning,
June 16-23 High Plains Regional Rendezvous near Harris Minnesota.
6-15 Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous, Vipond Park in
4-11 Rocky Mountain College Rendezvous southwest of
WHAT’S NEW, here are the updates on the membership items described in the last edition, a very simple, efficient and fair system for all. Membership is now due in June of each year for everyone a prorated quarterly system is in place to get everyone due at the same time equally as listed,
PRO RATED SCHEDULE
June, July , August of 07 -----memberrship price : single: $35.00, Family: $45.00, Youth: $31.52
Sept, Oct, Nov of 07...........membership price: single: $26.25, Family: $33.75, Youth $23.44
Dec 07, Jan, Feb of 08........membership price: single: $17.50, Family $22.50, Youth $15.63
March, April, May of 08.......membership price: single : $8.75, Family: $11.25, Youth, $7.88
This Pro rating chart will also be in effect for NEW members who join throughout the year.
Enclosed is a renewal application with your name, current due date and amount due to square the books so to speak to June 2008, if I goofed on any of these sure Mr. Wart will catch the mistake.
WHAT’S OLD, well this rag is for one thing,
this edition of the
ADVERTISEMENT, anything to peddle, swap or trade out there? Did some recent trading with Bryant over in Arkansas, ended up with one of his really nice woven tumpline and snapsack, quality is top notch and will work well in the woods, can’t wait to try them out.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, treerat season opened May 15th as usual but didn’t care to fight the rain, ticks and skeeters, the dogs felt the same way. There have been some media reports on fantastic fishing as of late, not much else going on hunting wise till dove season in September.
BOOK REVIEW, finished “Patriot Battles” by Michael Stephenson, Harper Collins, Publisher. As far as Rev War books it is one of the better ones I’ve read, very detailed, in depth and written in an honest way to dispel some of myth to the founding conflict, highly recommend it. Following is another fine review from our dear friend Judith Clarke with an E, Many Thanks for forwarding it.
Philbrick, Nathaniel. Mayflower: a story of courage, community, and war. Viking. 2006
Like many of us, when I think of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims, I still tend to hear some of the story as I first learned it – through the lens of time and romanticism, far removed from the ambiguities contained in real life. Nathaniel Philbrick, in this well written history, addresses the story from a much more realistic view.
In his Preface to the work, Philbrick states “…the story of the Pilgrims does not end with the First Thanksgiving. When we look to how the Pilgrims and their children maintained more than 50 years of peace with the Wampanoags and how that peace suddenly erupted into one of the deadliest wars ever fought on American soil, the history of Plymouth Colony becomes something altogether new, rich, troubling, and complex. Instead of the story we already know, it becomes the story we need to know.” He then sets out to tell us the story we need to know, about the Pilgrims, the Native Americans they met, and King Philip’s War.
Philbrick begins with a short
piece which summarizes the voyage of the Mayflower and then he moves into the
meat of the work – the individuals who followed their beliefs and settled
Plymouth Colony, and the other passengers that we usually never hear of. We learn of the politics of the time –
English and Separatist, the troubles the Separatists faced and their move from
The book consists of 4 parts: Discovery, Accommodation, Community, and War. Philbrick’s descriptions of the voyage and the ocean verge on the poetic at times. The middle portions of the book are most readable, but they don’t flow with quite the same ease as the beginning or the end – King Philip’s War. They tell of the daily lives of Pilgrims and Native Americans, the complicated politics and family alliances of the Native Americans, and the increasingly strained relationships between the two groups. I found it hard to put the book down.
It is a highly readable and enjoyable book, deservedly nominated for a National Book Award. I recommend it highly. Judith Clarke
In closing wish everyone a Safe and Enjoyable Summer as the travel season is now under way and watch out for them darn ticks, my bite from Ft Osage still hasn’t healed.