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    [EVENT] Grand Hobbit Summer Picnic + Songburrow Strollers Concert, Sunday June 23



    Good things come in two! Unless we are talking of biscuits, where three (jars) are best! Still, this years Grand Summer Picnic also sees the start of The Songburrow Strollers' picnic tour!

    We are pleased to invite all hobbits and good friends to this year's summer party and picnic. This year, we'll even do it during the midsummer festivities! Activities to look forward to include music, dance, food and drinks, fireworks, likely a competition of sorts and the odd few surprises!

    The picnic will also see the start of the new tour of The Songburrow Strollers, who will play at various picnic location over the coming months. So come bounce the night away with them green-clad musical hobbits!

    Date: Sunday June 23rd
    Time: Picnic start 7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime). The concert starts in the latter part of the picnic.
    Place: On top of The Hill in Hobbiton, where the pie races used to be held in old days.

    OOC:

    This is certainly a hobbit-preferred event, but well-mannered dwarves and good friends from taller persuasions may surely pop around too. Just don't block the view of the locals once the concert starts!

    During the concert, the Strollers are likely to play a lot of songs related to food and the midsummer. Bring yer appetites!

    Event thread on the Grand Order forums


    The Songburrow Strollers during a previous concert. Picture by Rhinnie.
    Lina Willowwood, biscuit-eating bard on Laurelin
    Hobbit RP? Grand Order of the Lost Mathom
    Songs + videos on me biscuity burrow

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    To build yer appetites and to celebrate a pie-related incident back in the day, there will be a very short race arranged during the Grand Hobbit Summer Picnic on Sunday June 23rd! Welcome to Lobelia’s Hill Pie Rolling Run!

    Lore and legends

    Local legend has it that Bilbo Baggins once had a picnic with invited guests on top of The Hill. The times were good and the hobbits were jolly, until someone noticed Lobelia Sackville-Baggins walking determinedly towards the crowd. The ensuing escape was spectacular, with hobbits streaming down The Hill, making use of all possible and some impossible shortcuts.

    They even say that one of the picnic pies started rolling down The Hill, not stopping until it hit The Party Tree. It was eaten soon after by the escaping hobbits, which improved their moods no end.

    The legend may not be 100% correct, but it is to celebrate this occasion that we arrange Lobelia’s Hill Pie Rolling Run during the Grand Summer Picnic!

    Rules

    First of all, this is not a competition to be taken very seriously. It is loosely inspired by the Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake. While we will endeavour to find out who crosses the finish line first, visual confirmation of this is generally hard in LOTRO with latency differences between players.

    Winning the race is not really the purpose, though. Basically, this is a short, adrenaline-filled event so the guests can remember local lore and build an appetite before the picnic starts in earnest. There may be some prizes involved, but most of all we want folks to have fun!

    The route starts at the top of the Hill, heads down around the Party Tree below Bag End, and back to the start. All runners will likely start at once, and a fast run through the route will take approx. one minute. We ask that the participants don’t use mounts, speed buffs/skills or safe fall skills (burglars).

    Apart from this, the route to the party tree and back to the picnic spot is your own choice. Go fast or slow based on your preferences. Set off fireworks, dress like Lobelia, stop for a drink – your choice. If you want to brave Lobelia’s garden and the steep cliffs below, be our guests!

    The video above shows the general route of the race. Good luck! Have fun!
    Lina Willowwood, biscuit-eating bard on Laurelin
    Hobbit RP? Grand Order of the Lost Mathom
    Songs + videos on me biscuity burrow

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    Tonight is the night! See yer there!

    Tentative plan:
    7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime) - Picnicers gather on top of The Hill
    Welcome
    Welcome Song
    Lobelia's Hill Pie Rolling Run
    Picnic, food and socializing
    Prize ceremony + poetry
    Bonfires + fireworks
    Songburrow Strollers Concert
    End

    All subject to change!
    Lina Willowwood, biscuit-eating bard on Laurelin
    Hobbit RP? Grand Order of the Lost Mathom
    Songs + videos on me biscuity burrow

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    Yay, that was lively! Thank yer all who came to attend the picnic/run/concert!

    Prizes from Lobelia's Hill Pie Rolling Run:

    • Smeric: Being the fastest runner, he surely spent a lot of energy. So he won some cook’s trappings filled with lovely foods ter recover after the run.
    • Pennyroyal: Accepted “Lobelia’s Special Prize for Cheating” on behalf of miss Snobelia. A rolling pin will surely set her straight!
    • Penina: Won the “Backwards Prize ” for running backwards part of the way. And what more backwards during midsummer than a yule sparkler?
    • Hanie: Won the special prize of “Most Spectacular Leap off the Cliff”. Some yellow dye should help her cover up them blue bruises.
    • Chadwick: Stumbled already on the starting line, and won an autumnal apple tree for the symbolic “Don’t Run Into a Tree Prize”.
    • Blubele and Merriacar: Were the last to finish the run, and won some fireworks each to provide some more sparks during the next run.
    • Hooh: Took the time to set off fireworks during the run. A well-deserved winner of a straw hat for the special “Prize of Extravagance”.


    Below are some pictures from the night! Yer can see many more at the Biscuity Burrow


    The runners lining up to chase the rolling pie!


    Fireworks! Boom!


    The Songburrow Strollers are playing today


    The picnic lasted until the sun rose!
    Lina Willowwood, biscuit-eating bard on Laurelin
    Hobbit RP? Grand Order of the Lost Mathom
    Songs + videos on me biscuity burrow

 

 

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