Carolingia

Nov. 2nd, 2010 10:47 am
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I'm sad that the Baronial Great Council meeting has now dropped to an average of 15 people attending. Almost always the same people.

Council used to be a don't-miss event. 60-70 people regularly attended. Things were handed off, stuff got done and discussed, and connections were made.

Can it be fixed? Does it need to be fixed? Is it a relic of the past and not necessary to hold the group together?

Carolingia

Nov. 2nd, 2010 10:47 am
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I'm sad that the Baronial Great Council meeting has now dropped to an average of 15 people attending. Almost always the same people.

Council used to be a don't-miss event. 60-70 people regularly attended. Things were handed off, stuff got done and discussed, and connections were made.

Can it be fixed? Does it need to be fixed? Is it a relic of the past and not necessary to hold the group together?
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At [livejournal.com profile] msmemory's party two weeks back, I was chatting with friends about how outside of an SCA context it's a bit odd to see someone wearing "ethnic" clothing that doesn't seem to match the person's apparent ethnic background. Examples would be an African-American person in a kilt, an Indian person in a kimono, a Caucasian person in a sari, etc - an unexpected visual combination.

I wondered how someone of the clothing's ethnic background would look upon this out-of-context person, and I said I would ask an Indian friend of mine about saris. I finally remembered to ask her today! Her answer was very interesting: she said if she saw someone who looked like me wearing a sari on an ordinary day (my example), she would think (pretty much in order of her thoughts as expressed):
- that person knows something about Indian clothing and culture (provided it was worn correctly)
- that person might have been gifted with the sari by an Indian friend
- that person might be in a mixed marriage with an Indian
- that person is very confident and bold

She also said that Indians who have been in the US for a long time or those who are Indian-American have mostly relegated saris to formal occasions only and just don't seem to be comfortable wearing them around every day. Her mother-in-law, who was there today visiting from India, was in a sari. My friend was in a western-style dress.

I told her a bit about people in the SCA with Indian personas or who just like to wear saris (especially at Pennsic), and I admitted that I have 6 saris of my own, complete with cholis and pants or skirts. She said that if I let her know when I'm going to be someplace wearing a sari (like at our playground playdates), she will wear one, too!

I was prompted to remember to ask her after she commented this morning that the bright sun here is not like the bright sun in India - it feels hotter here. We'd had a conversation a few weeks ago about how people in India cover up in weather like this, but Caucasians in these parts tended to strip down instead. I talked about how those of us from white European stock frequently don't deal well with long periods of heat, especially if it's humid as well, and we don't spend much time in the sun while at the same time we try to expose as much skin as possible to whatever breezes we can find. She's starting to understand better, now, as she gets further into the MA summer - she's switched to sleeveless dresses, short sleeves, and shorts, and her son has started wearing t-shirts and shorts. Just last month, both of them were still in long sleeves and long pants while I'd already moved into shorts weeks before. And she's adapting for comfort, not for culture.
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At [livejournal.com profile] msmemory's party two weeks back, I was chatting with friends about how outside of an SCA context it's a bit odd to see someone wearing "ethnic" clothing that doesn't seem to match the person's apparent ethnic background. Examples would be an African-American person in a kilt, an Indian person in a kimono, a Caucasian person in a sari, etc - an unexpected visual combination.

I wondered how someone of the clothing's ethnic background would look upon this out-of-context person, and I said I would ask an Indian friend of mine about saris. I finally remembered to ask her today! Her answer was very interesting: she said if she saw someone who looked like me wearing a sari on an ordinary day (my example), she would think (pretty much in order of her thoughts as expressed):
- that person knows something about Indian clothing and culture (provided it was worn correctly)
- that person might have been gifted with the sari by an Indian friend
- that person might be in a mixed marriage with an Indian
- that person is very confident and bold

She also said that Indians who have been in the US for a long time or those who are Indian-American have mostly relegated saris to formal occasions only and just don't seem to be comfortable wearing them around every day. Her mother-in-law, who was there today visiting from India, was in a sari. My friend was in a western-style dress.

I told her a bit about people in the SCA with Indian personas or who just like to wear saris (especially at Pennsic), and I admitted that I have 6 saris of my own, complete with cholis and pants or skirts. She said that if I let her know when I'm going to be someplace wearing a sari (like at our playground playdates), she will wear one, too!

I was prompted to remember to ask her after she commented this morning that the bright sun here is not like the bright sun in India - it feels hotter here. We'd had a conversation a few weeks ago about how people in India cover up in weather like this, but Caucasians in these parts tended to strip down instead. I talked about how those of us from white European stock frequently don't deal well with long periods of heat, especially if it's humid as well, and we don't spend much time in the sun while at the same time we try to expose as much skin as possible to whatever breezes we can find. She's starting to understand better, now, as she gets further into the MA summer - she's switched to sleeveless dresses, short sleeves, and shorts, and her son has started wearing t-shirts and shorts. Just last month, both of them were still in long sleeves and long pants while I'd already moved into shorts weeks before. And she's adapting for comfort, not for culture.
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The Twelve Goddesses event yesterday was very nice. A bit on the expensive side at $15/pp ($10 for under 10, family cap of $45), but worth it in the end as the masque was very nice, the food was plentiful and very good, and the parking was free. (We really lucked out there - we found a 2-hour space on the street a half-block from the site in Harvard Square, but the meter for the space and the one ahead was missing! All the other meters were in place, so a snowplow or something must have wiped this one out. We parked for four hours, no pay, no ticket. Very nice.)

The masque was well done and [livejournal.com profile] jtdiii's costumes were wonderful. Ephraim was enthralled with the dancing, and I had to prevent him from trying to join in a few times. He loves to dance! Z wasn't so interested in the dancing, but he loved the commedia anti-masque. He looked at Spavento and Pantalone in their masks and said "Those are funny bird people!".

Hiring professional musicians for the show was a wise choice, since it ensured a professional result, and I think the people in the band had a new experience in dealing so deeply with other people who love the time period and music as much as they do. My Laurel Mistress, Gwendolyn, (the woman to whom I am apprenticed) researched and arranged all the music for them, and also performed a beautiful song with her husband and daughter in memory of Patri, our former baron who passed away last month.

Speaking of Patri, it was very sad to see his household officially disbanded (his wish). I had a few moments to speak to his wife, Barbara, who admitted "being a single parent sucks". In addition to stress, she had to clear all the snow from this storm herself while also needing to finish her daughter's dress for the masque. I'm hampered from helping as I wish I could by having my own kids as well as being on the other side of the city, but I hope people do who have the time might spare a thought for her and the girls and ask what they can do to help, especially as she's adjusting to the loss of her amazing husband.

I got to chat and hug a few others I haven't seen in a while, meet a couple of new people (one of whom was wearing my garb thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ladymacgregor :), and even dance two bransles (brawls) until the kids got a bit squishy around the edges and we called it a day. It has been far too long since I've danced - not only couldn't I remember the simple bransles, my hip abductors were complaining! Yet another thing to deal with after I get my knee back in order.
elizabear: (Default)
The Twelve Goddesses event yesterday was very nice. A bit on the expensive side at $15/pp ($10 for under 10, family cap of $45), but worth it in the end as the masque was very nice, the food was plentiful and very good, and the parking was free. (We really lucked out there - we found a 2-hour space on the street a half-block from the site in Harvard Square, but the meter for the space and the one ahead was missing! All the other meters were in place, so a snowplow or something must have wiped this one out. We parked for four hours, no pay, no ticket. Very nice.)

The masque was well done and [livejournal.com profile] jtdiii's costumes were wonderful. Ephraim was enthralled with the dancing, and I had to prevent him from trying to join in a few times. He loves to dance! Z wasn't so interested in the dancing, but he loved the commedia anti-masque. He looked at Spavento and Pantalone in their masks and said "Those are funny bird people!".

Hiring professional musicians for the show was a wise choice, since it ensured a professional result, and I think the people in the band had a new experience in dealing so deeply with other people who love the time period and music as much as they do. My Laurel Mistress, Gwendolyn, (the woman to whom I am apprenticed) researched and arranged all the music for them, and also performed a beautiful song with her husband and daughter in memory of Patri, our former baron who passed away last month.

Speaking of Patri, it was very sad to see his household officially disbanded (his wish). I had a few moments to speak to his wife, Barbara, who admitted "being a single parent sucks". In addition to stress, she had to clear all the snow from this storm herself while also needing to finish her daughter's dress for the masque. I'm hampered from helping as I wish I could by having my own kids as well as being on the other side of the city, but I hope people do who have the time might spare a thought for her and the girls and ask what they can do to help, especially as she's adjusting to the loss of her amazing husband.

I got to chat and hug a few others I haven't seen in a while, meet a couple of new people (one of whom was wearing my garb thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ladymacgregor :), and even dance two bransles (brawls) until the kids got a bit squishy around the edges and we called it a day. It has been far too long since I've danced - not only couldn't I remember the simple bransles, my hip abductors were complaining! Yet another thing to deal with after I get my knee back in order.
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I have heard many stories of people who leave the sca-east list or never want to join because of flame wars or rudeness or personality clashes. I find this really sad. I created the list all those years ago to be a way to connect people in the kingdom, to help share information relating to our hobby, to be a useful and interesting place to be. Sometimes the list does those things in a positive way and sometimes in a negative way. I propose to you: what can be done to make this list a more positive place to be, a more welcoming place, a place with less conflict and less clashing?
elizabear: (arms)
I have heard many stories of people who leave the sca-east list or never want to join because of flame wars or rudeness or personality clashes. I find this really sad. I created the list all those years ago to be a way to connect people in the kingdom, to help share information relating to our hobby, to be a useful and interesting place to be. Sometimes the list does those things in a positive way and sometimes in a negative way. I propose to you: what can be done to make this list a more positive place to be, a more welcoming place, a place with less conflict and less clashing?
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Anyone local to me going to Pennsic early on and willing to pick up some mugs for us from a merchant? (Ours broke this spring.)
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Anyone local to me going to Pennsic early on and willing to pick up some mugs for us from a merchant? (Ours broke this spring.)
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] rufinia because it's worth spreading;

CT Ren Fair closed because of flooding on the site. Photos are here:
http://photobucket.com/albums/a336/BluebeardPics/CTRF%20Closed%20because%20of%20Flood/?start=0

When I see this one, I have to wonder if the stuff in the tubs is still salvageable. After all, we know how good those tubs are at Pennsic:
http://photobucket.com/albums/a336/BluebeardPics/CTRF%20Closed%20because%20of%20Flood/?action=view¤t=DSC02940.jpg
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] rufinia because it's worth spreading;

CT Ren Fair closed because of flooding on the site. Photos are here:
http://photobucket.com/albums/a336/BluebeardPics/CTRF%20Closed%20because%20of%20Flood/?start=0

When I see this one, I have to wonder if the stuff in the tubs is still salvageable. After all, we know how good those tubs are at Pennsic:
http://photobucket.com/albums/a336/BluebeardPics/CTRF%20Closed%20because%20of%20Flood/?action=view¤t=DSC02940.jpg
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Congrats to [livejournal.com profile] evilnicola on her Crescent, and my apprentice-brother [livejournal.com profile] cristovau on his Manche!!

Told ya I wanted to go to GNE ...
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Congrats to [livejournal.com profile] evilnicola on her Crescent, and my apprentice-brother [livejournal.com profile] cristovau on his Manche!!

Told ya I wanted to go to GNE ...
elizabear: (arms)
Sorry for the back-and-forth, but the most recent report from the site in Bedford is that the field is already beginning to flood and it will be nearly unusable by morning due to lack of time to drain.

The event will take place on SUNDAY at the times specified in the announcement.

Thanks for your understanding, and we hope to see you Sunday.
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Sorry for the back-and-forth, but the most recent report from the site in Bedford is that the field is already beginning to flood and it will be nearly unusable by morning due to lack of time to drain.

The event will take place on SUNDAY at the times specified in the announcement.

Thanks for your understanding, and we hope to see you Sunday.

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