Newberry Consort Happy Hour

Join the Newberry Consort for a Zoom Happy Hour this Friday, February 5th, at 5:00 pm CST and hoist your favorite libation in celebration of their Juan de Lienas Vespers CD release! They will visit with artists from the album, have fun quizzes, and give away free CDs.

Feeling festive? Make their Sister Mary Margarita (Makes four servings). Mix 8 ounces tequila (preferably reposado), 3 cups ruby red grapefruit juice, and 4 teaspoons fresh lime, and serve in a salted rim glass Pair it up with quesadillas of your choice!

They would love to see you all there – let’s have some fun!

Click on the Margarita to register!

Sister Mary Margarita

Maine RenFaire

Maine Renaissance Faire

Looking for something to do this summer?  By July we should be well into the After Times, so — look for the Before Times with the Maine Renaissance Faire. Four days:  July 17, 18, 24, and 25.

This is a lot of fun, great performances, interesting food, and a wonderful site.  One of the performers will be me, doing magic both on stage and wandering.  The location is 550 ME-109, Acton, ME 04001.

  • (207) 850-1162
  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (parking opens at 9:00 am)


Also (and you read it here first), there is a special this month. When you order tickets in advance use code – LOVEMERF21 at the checkout and receive $5.00 off any two Adult single day tickets, Adult Weekend Passes or Adult VIP Passes. This sale is good through Feb 28, 2021.

Paint it Black

Let me introduce you to something that I just learned from my sister: The existence of fan music videos for the BBC series Robin Hood (2006). Specifically, for Guy of Gisbourne (played by Richard Armitage, who went on to play Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit). Apparently, for beautiful young ladies, Guy consistently gets “shag” in games of Cliff, Shag, or Marry. As in, Why Bother with Robin; leave him out in the Greenwood. Guy of Gisbourne looks like he can show a lady a Good Time.

As portrayed, Guy wears the Leather Trousers of Badassery and the Manly Stubble of Moral Ambiguity. He’s Mr. Fanservice. Leveled up to Fan Favorite. Which leads us back to those fan videos. There are a ton of ’em. Here’s just one; Paint it Black.

I can see their point.

Strange Arrivals

A new podcast at iHeart Radio:

On a September night in 1961, in the mountains of New Hampshire, Betty and Barney Hill encountered something they could not explain. What really happened that autumn night? Welcome to Strange Arrivals, where host Toby Ball will unravel one of history’s most famous cases of alien abduction. Learn more at

This is material you’ve heard before, but hey, let’s hear it again!

See also:

What We Know And How We Know It, Part 1.
What We Know And How We Know It, Part 2.
What We Know And How We Know It, Part 3.
What We Know And How We Know It, Part 4.
What We Know And How We Know It, Part 5.
Making Light: Alien Abduction: Betty & Barney Hill

In the fullness of time I’ll probably do a What We Know And How We Know It, Part 6, a sort of wrap-up.  Keep watching the skies!


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