Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Latest Newsletter July 20th 2010

Greetings Friends,
It is our hope this finds you all well. Since returning from relatively long road of publishing our first book, Jessie and I have had one goal in mind:

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Heren Istarion: The Northeast Tolkien Society

In September 2000 I reached out to Ian Collier, the Publicity Officer of The Tolkien Society UK, to create a Smial for the New York City area. It was an attempt to pick up where my predecessor Dick Plotz left off with the original New York Tolkien Society. I am indebted to my lovely wife, Jessica, my co-chair, for all of her hardwork.

In the time since then we have been very grateful to everyone who has shown interest in our group, supported our events, contributed to our journal and shown true hobbit spirit. We have had numerous events in the New York City area, taken part in international Lord of the Rings film related events, and chaired a Mythcon. We are especially happy to know that one of our members,Namiko Hitotsubashi, was so inspired by Professor Michael Drout at RingBearers Day in 2005, that she is now studying with him at Wheaton College. We wish her nothing but the best of luck in all her endeavours. Stay Tuned to her featured contributions to our site.
Here is one of her contributions posted today: http://herenistarionnets.blogspot.com/2010/07/why-tolkien-members-personal-statement.html

In May 2010 we lost the URL Herenistarion.org for our society due to some technical snafus and have now rebuilt the site from the ground up. The new URL is http://herenistarionnets.blogspot.com/

We have some new features, and will be taking full advantage of a variety of 'new' media, such as twitter, facebook, youtube.com and meetup.com. All of this is now linked from the above URL. We are also currently working on creating our first podcast. The first one will will celebrate 10 yrs of the Northeast Tolkien Society. Our podcasts will endeavor to highlight Tolkien inspired music, have live interviews with musicians, authors, scholars, & others in the Tolkien community. We also have plans to have live call-in shows to discuss Tolkien, the Inklings, & other Mythopoeic topics. We anticipate our first podcast will be late August to early September.

We are planning an August outdoor picnic, the time & place to be determined & providind we don't get another triple digit heat wave in NYC.

However, on Sunday Sept 26th-- since Sept 22nd is a Wednesday-- we will be holding our Bilbo and Frodo's Birthday Party courtesy of our latest member and host Peter Schellen, the former treasurer of Unquendor (Netherlands Tolkien Society), co-founder of Haradrim (South African Tolkien Society, now defunct), co-founder-sponsor of Gil-Galad (Slovenian Tolkien Society). Peter also assisted in research on Tolkien's childhood in Bloemfontein (South Africa) and used to visit Scandinavian Tolkien events. We're thrilled to have Peter aboard helping us to celebrate.

All event information can be found here:
Stay tuned as we continue to announce further details

We're also pleased to announce our upcoming 2011 Northeast Tolkien Society Calendar. Tolkien artists Anke Eissmann http://anke.edoras-art.de/anke_home.html and Sue Wookey http://galleyhillart.blogspot.com/ are our featured artists this year! Stay tuned for the official announcement!

Once thank you all for your support and we look forward to celebrating with you all,
In Fellowship,
Anthony and Jessica

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