[Ads-l] What does the ugly stick look like?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 2 19:18:50 EDT 2016


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_SWPeyb1pg

JL

On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 10:56 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:

> The NYTimes article includes the two elements Jon lists when describing
> the initiation ceremony, but is silent about the presence of an ugly stick;
> the ugly stick is only mentioned when describing the musical.
>
> Jon, just how did you wield the ugly stick?
>
> Joel
>
>
>       From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
>  To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
>  Sent: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 9:40 PM
>  Subject: Re: [ADS-L] What does the ugly stick look like?
>
> I've actually wielded a Newfoundland ugly stick in a "musical" performance
> which was part of my ritual initiation as an "honorary Newfoundlander" in
> the town of Trinity.
>
> Other parts of the ritual included kissing a codfish on the lips and
> downing a dram of the local "screech."
>
> Make your own ugly stick:
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8Mgzr-kwnw
>
> I do not know if this "folk instrument" antedates the 1980s, at least under
> the current name.
>
> JL
>
> On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 7:53 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
>
> > From "A 9/11 Parable, Staged for Samaritans," by Michael Paulson,
> NYTimes,
> > Nov. 1, 2016, Arts, C5/6 [New England Edition], discussing the grand
> first
> > performance ever in Gander, Newfoundland, of the musical "Come From
> Away,"
> > which is centered on the hospitality shown stranded international
> airplane
> > passengers and crew diverted to and grounded there after the attack on
> the
> > World Trade Center towers.
> >
> >
> > "They [the audience] stomped their feet at the Celtic-inspired folk-rock
> > [sic!] and cheered the ugly stick, a local instrument fashioned from
> bottle
> > caps and a boot attached to an upside-down mop."
> >
> > Unfortunately, the NYT article does not describe how the ugly stick was
> > employed in the musical.
> >
> > Joel
> >
> >
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