Sons of the American Revolution
Revolution History note
Wreaths Across America
Color Guard Opportunities
Misc. reminders and information
The January meeting of the Tampa Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, will held on Saturday, January 18 at the Floridan Hotel. This is our annual officer installation meeting. Members and guests will start gathering at 11:00 with lunch planned for 12:00. Everyone will order from the menu and pay individually. Due to the size of our group the Hotel will add tax and gratuity to your bill. The Hotel is located at 905 N Tampa Avenue. Reservations are not necessary; however, President Goolsby must give an expected head count so the room can be set. Please let him know by Friday, January 10 that you are going and if you will bring a guest. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that at the November Chapter meeting, the following officers were elected to serve the Tampa Chapter during 2020:
President – David Bryant
Vice President – Bob Yarnell
Recording Secretary --
Membership Secretary --
Chancellor – Charles Klug
Historian -- Bob Yarnell
Sergeant-at-Arms – William Swain
Members at Large (2) -- Terry Doan
As you can tell, there are still a number of vacancies. Do not be surprised if newly installed President David Bryant asks you to accept an appointment to one of these positions.
American Revolution Notes:
New Years Eve/Day in Colonial America
Copied/reprinted from the Tiverton Historical Society web page.
In the Colonial period, New Year’s Eve was a time for young ladies to get together, prepare a large bowl of wassail (heated, spiced ale) and carry it from house to house, sharing the warm drink with their neighbors, and receiving small gifts in return. This was called “wassailing”. The name comes from the Middle English, waes and haeil, meaning “health to you”. The drink consisted of mulled (heated) cider or ale, with sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and other spices mixed in. Pieces of toast would be floated on the top of the bowl. The wassail was also known by the name of Lamb’s Wool.
During Colonial times, it was customary to give small gifts on New Year’s Day. It was believed that the ending of the previous year was to be celebrated with drinking and socializing with loved ones and friends, and that the starting of the new year should be celebrated with the giving and receiving of gifts. A gift that was commonly given was an orange with cloves stuck in it. A ribbon would be tied around a fresh orange, and then the entire exposed surface would be covered with whole cloves and then dusted in cinnamon.
There are a few superstitions associated with New Year’s, one of which is related to the weather. It was believed that if New Year’s Day opened with red skies, that the following year would be one with much strife and debates between people, and that robberies would be quite common.
Another superstition involved the Bible. Before eating breakfast, people would take turns opening a Bible completely at random. Then a verse would be pointed to on the two open pages, again at random. The verse that was thus randomly chosen was believed to foreshadow the events of the following year for the participant.
During this time when houses were heated and lit by open fires, it was believed that if anyone took fire from your house, one of your family members would die before the year was finished.
It was considered bad luck for the first visitor of the day to be a woman.
Bad luck was also feared if anything was thrown out of a house. In the day and age before modern plumbing, women would throw dirty water out the door, and ashes that accumulated in the fireplace needed to be removed. But because the removal of anything portended bad luck, families were very cautious about their actions on New Year’s Day.
The regular column will resume next month.
Jan. 18 Officer Installation
Feb. 15 TBA
Mar. 21 TBA
Apr. 18 JROTC recognition
May 16 TBA
Color Guard Opportunities
February 22 C.A.R. Annual Conference Banquet Orlando
March 6 DAR State Conference Opening Orlando
March 21 SAR Rumbaugh Oration Contest The Villages
March 7 Last Naval Battle Commemoration Merritt Island
March 28 Battle of Thomas Creek Commemoration Jacksonville
April 28 Honor Flight St Pete/Clearwater
May 1-2 Florida SAR Annual Meeting Kissimmee
May 9 Battle of Pensacola Commemoration Pensacola
June 9 Honor Flight St Pete/Clearwater
Chapter Website—remember you can find information about the chapter and programs on the chapter website. http://www.tampasar.org/
One of the duties of the Chapter Chaplain is to send cards to our members that are sick. Another is to send a sympathy card to the family of a member who has passed away. If you know of anyone that should be the recipient of these cards, please mention it to the Chapter Chaplain or one of the other officers at our next meeting.
Chapter officers and committee chairman are encouraged to send any pertinent information they wish included in the newsletter to the editor.