written by Keylalah
March 1, 2012
Tis March upon us, the year is swiftly passing.
Foxysden has grown to 87 members with over 50 active in the tours per week! We are getting new members weekly! Our Staff, our League Helpers and our players have all worked very hard to make this League the “Best of the Best”! We are number 1 for the 4th month in a row!!
Congrats to you all! Our efforts have not gone unnoticed!
Foxysden is a very unique league. We have a culture like no other! Our culture is special in that we are a multi racial, multi sexual, multi faith league who shows love, understanding and compassion for all our members.
We are a close knit family that has such a heart to give, a want to help, and a true caring for one another. We laugh together, we have fun and relaxation together, we cry together and we pray for each other.
Foxysden has a very strong bond that can not and will not be broken, though some have tried.
We stay strong and true to what we stand for.
These reasons are why we are the number “1” league and the best darn league in the land!!!

The HAs could not be more proud of the success of the League!

The staff would like to welcome Gill to the League Helpers! She has so graciously sent out home made cards to the sick, to the ones who have lost loved ones, and to the ones who just need a card of love and a smile in their hearts!
Thank you Gillian for your heart of labor, hun! All is so very much appreciated!
Your new title is “Gillmark Lady”!
Welcome Aboard!

We also want to welcome Dave (War4him5) to the staff as Foxys' Host!
Dave has come to us from another league and is a very good host who has a heart for the members! Thank you hun, and we are so glad to have you!



The staff and League Helpers would like to welcome all new members in the last month.
We hope you find our league exactly what you want. If there is anything we can do to make your touring experience better, please let Lee (Huddlee), Chris (Wolfcub3) or Keylalah know and we will help you in any way we can.
If any are in need of bux, please don't be afraid to ask us.
We are here to help make your touring pleasant and enjoyable.
If you have a complaint, please email or IM
Chris (Wolfcub3).

A few things we would like to pass on to you.......
1) We are adding games and rooms to the league for your touring pleasure.
We need to play in the room we are wanting for 7 days to get the rights to the room.
We appreciate all who are so diligently helping us in succeeding with this endeavor.
We now have 33 games to offer per week, and are adding, at the present, 3 more games.
If you do not see on the list a game you would like to see played in tours, please feel free to ask a staff member and we will see what we can do to accommodate your request.
2) In token games, the hosts will no longer list the total tokens for each round.
They will only give the winners of that round. This will help so much in the length of time for the tour.
If you should question the total, please speak out immediately so the totals can be reviewed before the host reports the winners and goes on to the next round.
We are human and can make mistakes, although we try very hard not to do so. Please do not feel you will hurt our feelings if you say something.
We want to be right as much as you want us to be right. No feelings will be hurt. We very much appreciate you speaking up so we can fix the wrong and be fair to all.
3) At the end of the game when the tour has finished and the winner of the tour is announced, the host will give the bux won for the winner only. The rest will be in the mail to you.
4) Please use the backdoors to the games for the rules of the games and an illustration of how to set tables and such, before going to that game. This helps you, and helps the host to get started on time.

Keylalah has started morning tours per requests given from our members.
She has tours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 11am to 1pm.
 Wednesday mornings are dedicated to the weekly badges Pogo posts for us.
 Come join her and the family. You will get your badge started, will enjoy the family, and get bux and prizes as well. What a bargain! Hope to see you there!

Each month Foxysden Hosts have a tour for an afternoon TOC and one for evening TOC.
The winners of the TOC are placed on the front page section of trophies for all to see!

The Hosts also have special tours in BOS and Staff v Members; offered once a month in the afternoon and evening.
The winners of these specials also are placed on the front page with their name under a trophy!
Will your name be there for all to see?

We also have a special tour set to run at the end of March for all the members who “find the fox” on one of the Host's tourney page.
If you find it, please pogo mail Chris (Wolfcub3) and tell him which tour you were in that had the fox.
He will then add you to the list if you were indeed in that tour! You will get an invite at the end of the month for the Special Fox Tour and the winner of that tour will win a badge album!
So go to the tourney page to jump those tours and find the fox!
Remember, only tell Chris which tour it was via Pogo mail!

March is the month of the leprechauns, wee folk, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and the time of festive enjoyment for the Scottish and Irish folk! The love of their ale and their pipes, their attire of kilts and dirks, singing and dancing.

During this time of celebration, the Americans wear the green to represent the celebration of St Patrick's Day which is held on March 17th of every year.
Ever wonder why the color of green? Well, I was curious to find out the reason for this tradition so I did some searching with the help of Chris who is Gaelic Scot.
And boy did I find out a lot! Here is what I learned...

Did you know...K[
St Patrick's favorite color was Blue, not Green? But because he used the shamrock as an object lesson in teaching that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit , are all three in one, he always carried a shamrock and had shamrocks on his staff and attire.
Pictures that you see of him today always have a shamrock in it.

The color green also came from the fact that the Emerald Isle is a lustrous green color due to much rain of 225 days a year, and the shamrocks that grow there.

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint's religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century.
The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon.

Did you know....K[
The biggest Guinness factory in the world is in Ireland? It spreads over 60 acres of land! In 1759, Arthur Guinness signed a contract for 9000 years for the factory to remain and produce the ale.
So the Celebration was never without its ale!

Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast--on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

Did you know....K[
Bacon was used because most could not afford meat? The ones that could afford it (usually lamb) cooked it with cabbage which is a good hider of the smell of the meat. It was said, if you could afford meat, you could afford more taxes.
So the families used cabbage to keep the tax collectors away.
Wish that would work for us today....

Did you know.....K[
The Irish, before the 1600's, thought the potato was poisonous and would not eat it? It was not eaten until sir Walter Reilly brought potatoes to Ireland in the 1600's.
The Irish Stew then contained meat, potatoes, leeks, and cabbage, along with ale and soda bread, which was made with baking soda because they had no access to yeast.
And for dessert was an apple with custard in the center.
Today, carrots are added along with onions and spices – and usually made with a brisk broth, homemade breads and of course, green ale.

Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland.
Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16.
He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people.
In the centuries following Patrick's death (believed to have been on March 17, 461), the mythology surrounding his life became ever more ingrained in the Irish culture: Perhaps the most well known legend is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock.

Did you know....K[
The shamrock is not the national symbol for Ireland? It is the Celtic harp!

Did you know....K[
St Patrick is also noted for coming to the Emerald Isles and chasing the snakes out of Ireland.
Truth be known, there were no snakes on the island.
So it is thought that it was metaphoric and stood for the cleansing of the Isles.

Since around the ninth or 10th century, people in Ireland have been observing the Roman Catholic feast day of St Patrick on March 17.
Interestingly, however, the first parade held to honor St. Patrick's Day took place not in Ireland but in the United States. On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.
Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as with fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.

Over the next 35 years, Irish patriotism among American immigrants flourished, prompting the rise of so-called "Irish Aid" societies like the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick and the Hibernian Society.
Each group would hold annual parades featuring bagpipes (which actually first became popular in the Scottish and British armies) and drums.

In 1848, several New York Irish Aid societies decided to unite their parades to form one official New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Savannah also celebrate the day with parades involving between 10,000 and 20,000 participants each.

Did you know....K[
New York today has the biggest St Patrick's Parade in the USA? It is the oldest, largest and longest civilian parade in the US!
There are between 160,000 to 180,000 marchers in the parade and nearly 3 million spectators.
The parade takes over 5 hours to travel 1.5 miles!

Did you know....K[
When the famous “Potato Famine” of the 1840's struck Ireland, over a million Irish immigrants sought life in America, and in Canada and Australia? Before the famine, there were over 8 million in population in Ireland.
After the Famine, there were about 4 million left. We are talking a country that is surrounded by 3 major waters, is 302 miles long, and 171 miles wide!
Slightly bigger than West Virginia! Today, over 35 million Americans claim Irish ancestry.
Nine times more than in Ireland today.

Lots of history in that little island! And wow what traditions for the USA came from its people.

*** Editorial by Keylalah ***

March 11th is Daylight Savings Time – Spring ahead one hour

Enjoy St Patty's day on the 17th

March 20th is the First Day of Spring!
Lee, Chris, Key, and the staff of foxysden would like to thank you for your support of the League and its tours.
Our league would not be what is it without all of you! We appreciate each and every one of you!
Have a good month of touring, stay healthy, and may you find that special friend at the end of every rainbow!