Campfire Songs and Stories
Beautiful fall weather has descended upon central Texas and the Wells Branch Homestead. The cooler weather brought back memories of campfires and fellowship. At sundown on Saturday, October 25, 2014 Friends of the Homestead seized the moment and came together around the fire pit to enjoy traditional southern songs accompanied with three guitar players -Jackie Watkins, Stella Brittnacher and Rick Carlin. Everyone joined the guitar music with instruments from the 1800 century including Josephina and Don Gibbs, Patrick Carlin, Brian Almon on washboards, moraccas, Indian drum, tambourine, and bones.
Do you remember limericks? A limerick is a five-line poem written with one couplet and one triplet. If a couplet is a two-line rhymed poem, then a triplet would be a three-line rhymed poem. The rhyme pattern is a a b b a with lines 1, 2 and 5 containing eight syllables and rhyming, and lines 3 and 4 having six syllables and rhyming. Some people say that the limerick was invented by soldiers returning from France to the Irish town of Limerick in the 1700's. Limericks are meant to be funny. They often contain hyperbole, onomatopoeia, idioms, puns, and other figurative devices. The last line of a good limerick contains the PUNCH
LINE or "heart of the joke."
Jim Brittnacher joined in the fun with his rendition of The Flea, the Fly and the Flue
A flea and a fly in a flue
Were caught, so what could they do?
Said the fly, "Let us flee."
"Let us fly," said the flea. So they flew through a flaw in the flu
Virginia Almon told the wonderful story, The Apple Cake, followed with a taste of her homemade apple cake and lemonade treat which closed out the entertainment.