Archive for October 22nd, 2011

Queen of Fairies

The late duchess of Gordon taking an airing in her carriage in a remote part of the Scottish Highlands, observed, at some distance from the road, a neat cottage, surrounded by a garden. Her grace pulled the check-string, and desired the servants to go round with the carriage to a place where she desired them to stop, while she crossed the moor to pay the cottage a visit. The duchess happened to wear a green pelisse trimmed with gold lace, and her hat ornamented with gold spangles.

A girl about twelve years  old, the only person in the cottage, was spinning at the wheel and singing a merry strain. As soon as her eye caught the figure of the duchess approaching, the green dress, the shining appearance of the hat, on which the sun shown, all so worked on the imagination of the little girl, that she verily believed the Queen of Fairies had come to reveal to her some fearful mystery of fate. In great terror she escaped to a back closet, where, thro’ a small aperture, she could see without being seen.

The supposed Fairy Queen entered, surveyed the apartment with a curious eye, and then seeing the wheel, bethought herself of trying to spin. She gave the wheel several turns, but could not make a tolerable thread, though she twisted up all the carded wool she could find. As some compensation for any injury her awkwardness might have occasioned, her grace tied a crown piece in a handkerchief that lay upon the table, fixed it to a spoke of the wheel and departed.

The girl could not summon courage to venture from her hiding place before her father and sister came in, nor till some time after could they extract from her an explanation of the extraordinary pertubation in which they found her.

Their surprise was scarcely less than hers, when they were informed that somebody, who could be no other than the Queen of the Fairies, for she was all in green and gold, and shining bright as the sun, had come into the house, and seeing nobody there, had fallen to bewitching the wheel, which as sure as fairies, would never go again! “And see,” continued the young enthusiast, pointing to the handkerchief, and the sight of the sterling piece of coin which it contained, soon dispelled from his mind all suspicion as to the terrestrial attributes of the lady who had been honoring his cottage with a visit.

The women of the cottage, however, were of a very different opinion. With them the lady could be no other than the Fairy Queen who must doubtless have come to tell poor Isabel her fortune; the spoiled thread was a sign that the first days of her life would be marked with disappointment and sorrow; and the crown piece tied in a handkerchief to the spoke of the wheel, betokened that she would in the end arrive by honest industry at wealth and comfort. Harmless delusion! It lasted but for a day.

Sunday came, and the appearance of the Queen of Fairies in the same dress at church, as the duchess of the manor, convinced even Isabel that she had been deceived.

The original newspaper, Vol. 1, No. 39, is available for purchase at Steam at Harper’s Ferry. The newspaper is comprised of pages 153-156 of the volume and has several poems and articles.

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In February 1824, John S. Gallaher, born December 1, 1797 in Martinsburg, VA (to become West Virginia by the time he died February 4, 1877) started publishing The Ladies’ Garland every Saturday evening from his offices at the Harpers-Ferry Free Press.  It was one of the first newspapers dedicated to the interests of women in the country.

President Tyler appointed him as the third auditor of the United States Treasury this day, October 22, in 1849.  He later served as Quartermaster General and died in Washington, DC.  He is buried in Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town, WV.

For more information on Mr. Gallaher, please go to these websites:



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Shepherdstown Events

Book sale benefiting the Shepherdstown Men’s Club this Saturday and Sunday . War Memorial Building on the corner of German and King Streets.

Dinner with Dracula & Vampire’s Ball on Saturday, October 29, 102 E. German Street.

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Monday, October 24, 2011 5pm-8pm (by appointment) Quality Inn Conference Center in Harpers Ferry, WV 4328 William L. Wilson Freeway Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Seeking men, women, and child actors and re-enactors for minor roles, extras and stunt actors, for the highly anticipated historical TV mini-series about the lives and times of the men who helped build America between 1865-1917.

Casting call, by appointment only, will be held on MONDAY, OCT. 24 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Quality Inn Conference Center in Harpers Ferry, WV.
Acting experience is helpful but not required. You must send recent photo and other info. identified below in advance to PERIODEXTRAS@GMAIL.COM to obtain an appointment time.

Appointments are required, no walk-ins will be permitted.

Filming will occur in both the eastern and northern regions of West Virginia between Oct. 31 and Dec. 22 and will occur mostly on weekdays and possibly some weekends. Most roles will involve filming between 1 – 4 days (some consecutive) at some point during that time frame. Roles are booked on an as-needed basis, usually only a few days in advance or the night before, sometimes last minute. In your email, please be specific about your availability during this time frame. Before being hired, you must prove you are legally able to work in the United States. Typical work days are 12 hours and sometimes more.

PERIOD ROLES NEEDED: If you fit any of the descriptions below, please respond ASAP and identify the roles for which you wish to be considered. Especially looking for interesting faces.

John Wilkes Booth
Civilians (many varied roles)
Business executives
Law enforcement (sheriffs, NY/NJ Police, Marshall, Laborers (industrial workers, dock workers)
Soldiers (Admiral, Confederate, Union, Stragglers)
Musicians (fiddle, harmonica, percussion etc.)
Ladies of the night Burlesque performers (Victorian era)
Thugs (think Gangs of NY)
Photographers/ Journalists Stunts (horse/falls/fights)
Butlers/Maids Newspaper Boy/Messengers And More!

In your email, please also list any period wardrobe and props (craft tools, weapons, equipment) you have for the time period of 1865-1917. For stunt roles please note your experience with horse riding, falls and fights.

RECAP: To be considered for the Oct. 24 casting call: Send an email to PERIODEXTRAS@GMAIL.COM with RECENT PHOTO/S – Can be cell phone/snapshot (hair etc. must be as is currently) and Headshot or Photo in period civilian or military attire (may send multiple photos but only one per outfit). Send a resume (with your headshot) or write your acting, reenacting etc. experience in the body of the email. Include your first and last name and role/s in the SUBJECT LINE of the email. Include your availability and flexibility with last minute notice/ date changes, to work approximately 12 hour days (must be there the entire time) (*minors subject to child labor laws) for an average of 1-5 days or more during the time period of October 31 and December 23.

Do not come to casting call without getting an appointment time. Do not call the hotel directly. Questions will be addressed via email. If you are unavailable for the casting call on Monday, make sure you include all of the above in your email and you still will be considered and possibly invited to another casting call (you can send a links to any video you might have).

Boys and Men who are interested should refrain from shaving or cutting hair to be period appropriate (beards, mustaches). Women, men and children, also note if you are willing to have your hair cut or colored. Feel free to forward/post this email to other individuals/groups etc. you think are appropriate. Don’t miss out on this Historic Opportunity!










ACTING EXPERIENCE (note speaking vs. non-speaking roles):

Sonya “Sonny” Tormoen
Extras Casting Director 651-206-0101
Extras Casting Inquiries PeriodExtras@gmail.com

“The Builders”

A historical mini-series from Stephen David Entertainment depicting the lives and times of the men who built America.

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