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There are still tickets available for the Esfenn Feast that [profile] ysabella_dolfin  is cooking.

I'll have paper tickets available tonight at Teufelburg fighter practice ($20), or you can buy them online on Acceps.

Here's a link to the post describing the day's activities.
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Join us in sunny Esfenn for a day of fighting and feasting on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at the Los Cerritos Community Center 3377 Alder Ave, Fremont, CA 94536

There is no site fee for the tournament or to stay and audit our entertainment. Tickets for the Feast of Fine Arts are $20 for adults and $12 for children 5-13. You may purchase tickets from the autocrats, Alys Sheffield and Johanna Ludwiger von Hertesberk, or online via Acceps (http://acceps.ansteorra.org/index.php).

We will start the day with the First Sword Tournament in the field behind the community center. Lists open at 10, and the fighting will start at 11. Martin of Rivenstar, our current First Sword, is devising a daunting day of miscellaneous melees. Bring a selection of swords you’ll get a chance to use them all!

Neighboring shire members are opening their home (showers!) to fighters who wish to freshen up before the feast.

The feast hall opens at 2 for set up. Feast-goers are welcome in the hall once everything is set. The first course will be served at 5:00. Feast courses and entertainments will alternate through the evening.

The talented Ysabella Dolfin is our head cook and will be presenting dishes from Scappi. She has been home-curing a delectable selection of meats for the feast and has a delightful selection of vegetarian dishes as well.

The hall generously allows beer and wine (mead counts!) after 5:00. No hard alcohol, please.

There will be performances by Ghislaine d’Auxerre, Bard of the Mists, Vittoria Aurelli, the Treblemakers, and many others! Lady Cyn will lead the dancing through the evening.

My Monthly

Jun. 2nd, 2009 10:17 am
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It happens every month around this time. I'm getting jazzed up about Wednesday fighter practice and then realize we have our shire meeting on te first Wednesday of the month.

Still, all is not wasted. [livejournal.com profile] falzalot and I figured out the Acceps stuff last week, so that'll be getting sigs and getting sent out. We've put together the text for the event website.

We should have Acceps available to sell Esfenn Feast tickets pretty darn soon. I'll post here when we do.

We'll also have a few paper-in-hand tix available, too.
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A fine idea has been tossed around in a couple of conversations and again in the Mists Management Meeting this past Sunday. I'm really hoping that something comes of it (is that the sound of me raising a hand to see that it happens? No, I'm still typing, maybe after). To wit, the Principality could purchase and maintain an inventory of feast serving dishes.

There are a whole bunch of things that would need to be ironed out, but in concept I think this is great. Ultimately, I'll write up my suggestions to our Beloved Seneschal, but for now here are a few things that I'm mulling over.

Things to chew on )
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I just did a run through the numbers from the feast with falzalot. We had 91 people at the Esfenn event! That's pretty darn good for a small shire day event.

Arts Update

Sep. 2nd, 2008 09:43 pm
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So, the Feast of Fine Arts is proceeding with only a tiny amount of background teeth gnashing and head banging.

Yes! We still have tickets! Just because the site rules prohibit us from collecting money on site, doesn't mean our exchequer can't walk across the street to take your money doesn't mean that you couldn't still mail in a check! (I got yours, by the way, kahnegabs. Thank you.)

In other realms of my artistic endeavors, I have taken a moment to slap some sense into my self. No, I will not enter the Arts competitions at October Crown, no matter how fun and sexy Durer Drawers would be or how full of [something] it would be to use men's thong underwear in the ballistics competition (it's a pouch, right? Like a sling for, uh, stones). My mind, she wanders, but my research, she is sound.

At the last (well, really, first) minute I remembered that A) I don't do arts competitions and B) I have a boatload of arts projects already on the drawing board.

My project list and the date for the Tarnmist hat workshop )
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I spent today laying down the background paint on the headboard and foodboard on our camp bed. Then  I did the acanthus leaves on our new sunshade. It felt good to get back to that project.

This evening we had a tasting dinner for the feast. Yay, bunny! Branwen's boys are a hoot.
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Come to Esfenn's Ye Grande Evente, the Esfenn First Sword Tournament and Feast of Fine Arts!
September 6, 2008
Los Cerritos Community Center in Fremont, CA 
There is no site fee!
The feast is $15; tickets must be puchased in advance. We'll have tickets at Purg :)

Armor inspection is at 10am and the tournament starts shortly after. Sir Geoffrey Scott is the current First Sword and he wants to pack as much fighting into the day as possible. It's going to be an all-melee day. We will alternate tournament melees with our usual fabulous prize melees. Remember, first sword melees must be fought with some sort of sword or sword combo.

At 2:00, the hall opens for set up. Shortly after, people not engrossed in the fighting are welcome to come in and enjoy period games and fun. Some games will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Dancing may begin as soon as people are willing and able. A table will be set up for people to display their artistic efforts. Please bring what you have been working on.

After the tournament, fighters are invited to retire to a nearby shire member's house for showers!

The feast starts at 5:00. Branwen will be cooking a literature-inspired meal. Some highlights are: pork with mustard sauce, onion soup, home-baked bread, rabbit, apple fritters, and venison. Want to help? The kitchen and servers will need an extra hand or three.

Between courses, many fantastic singers will be performing: the Bard of the Mists, the Treblemakers, Vittoria, and many others. We will also have much dancing throughout the evening. Master Vincent atte Woodgate will be our dance master. There will be an open floor during parts of the evening for people who wish to share a performance piece.

 [profile] falzalot, who and what am I forgetting?
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The appliance curse at this house continues. Yesterday morning, moriven found that our water heater was running water freely our the garage. Fortunately, we had already showered when he made this discovery.

So, we went about our business. I was very excited to be wearing my new two-day dress - I cut it out  and moriven serged it Tuesday evening and I sewed it together Thursday. I still need to tack down the lining at the arm scye and then I'll be good to go. I might also put in another hook and eye. Or not. 

The hennin I already had, of course, though this was a new veil. The heavy silk net was an excellent sail, and I think I can say with some certainty that there is a reason we only see pictures of women wearing them indoors. I have been experimenting with some new ways of anchoring them based on what I learned doing the hat for 12th Night. I was really pleased at how well the hennin stayed on after I pinned it the second time. Both my hennin and the one I loaned calistotoni had their tips go limp because the starch is a bit elderly by now. I've wondered why some pictures show very tall hennins - not the obviousy truncated ones - with a round or not quite pointed tip, so I'm thinking that now we know how that comes about.

It was mighty warm at the Collegium site, which otherwise was very nice. Once the sun went down the hall cooled appreciably, but we were all still baking off the extra heat. The lessons about sittting and serving before the feast were really neat. I felt badly that no one stuck around for the Q&A session, but we were just too darn hot.

I think we struggled most with not being allowed to rise if the Crown had not. The tiny 'stand-up' breaks that Her Majesty gave us were much appreciated. Being stuck in our seats was a bit boring until we learned how to make our own entertainment.

It also took us a while to work up to asking the server for drinks, though once we broke though our modern mentality on that one, we did much better. I know that I should have drunk up quite a bit before we were seated. Michael was an excellent server and was quite willing to help us with our sending drinks to others entertainment. Our first volley was a glass of "wine, slightly watered!" to calistotoni. That exchange devolved quickly from there and was capped by the infamous cheese snubbing, all in good fun.

Brian, of course, was an excellent carver (far better than that other fellow on the next table down. LOL). I expect that a really good carver in period could get up to Benihana-like skills.

The benches were not bad generally, though we were warned about them. I think a flatter, more cubical cushion would have been better (more like a sofa cushion with the built-up sides than a throw pillow). I had more trouble trying not sitting on my veil. Unfortunately, we didn't have both cotter pins on the back rest and the leather throng did not hold it on, so we couldn't lean back the whole time. Between that and wearing the hennin my upper back is a bit sore today.

The food at the feast was the same as we had at Mists Bardic. The fish was quite tasty and the grape stuffing was another favorite. I don't remember the feast being so meat heavy and vegetable light before.  I still love the plum goo. Mmm... plum goo.

After a long, hot day, I'd sure like a shower.

On a completely unrelated note, moriven just found a website selling "Men's Military Capris". Yes, that's cammo capri pants for men. snerk.
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Thanks, [profile] mediea, for nudging me about this.

The Esfenn Feast of Fine Arts and First Sword have been combined into one event (the Feast of First Sword? Feast of First Arts? Feast of Fine Swords? Eh, something. I think it's under First Sword in the Page.) and will be on Saturday, September 6, which is the event date formerly known as Mists Bardic. (Yes, I know it's not on the web calendar. Yes, the web minister has been reminded. Nevertheless, it is in the Page and we're going to go with it.) We'll be in the same park as the past couple of First Swords. On thinking about it, that isn't really helpful since only like two dozen people have been to First Sword.

During the day, there will be the usual tournament and prize melees. Geoffrey Scott will be in charge of the day's fighting, so expect a lot of it. I will be rounding up some bocce sets for people who are not martially inclined during the day. And who knows? Perhaps spontaneous dancing will happen, too. 

The hall, which is next to the tourney field, will open in the afternoon. The feast and entertainment will begin some time around 3 pm. We will be alternating courses with entertainments as we did last year. So far we have several fine entertainers lined up and plan on more singing and dancing as well. The hall is much larger than last year's so we'll have much more space for dancing and fun.

The feast wil be cooked by Branwen Cryccthegn Deorcwuda. She is basing the courses off of a period poem or song, which I can't remember at the moment. Feast tickets will be $18 and must be purchased in advance because the site rules prohibit us from collecting money on site. There is no site fee, so anyone who wishes to fight in the tourney or sit off board during the feast are welcome to do so. The shire, of course, would never turn away a kindly donation.

I will be posting more updates as I have them. I will have feast tickets for sale at various events or you can contact me through my listing in the Page (see Mists Chronicler) and I'll mail them to you.


Nov. 18th, 2007 09:21 pm
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The cook is okay with the date change for the feast. Whew. 
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How sad is it that the big Victoria's Secret promotion running right now is "get free slippers"? Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

The Shire agreed that it would be good to combine the feast with our tournamemt later next year. The current First Sword gave me a couple of dates and we have the hall booked for the first choice date this summer. So, I think there will be *waves hand* some sort of tournament during the day and games - bocce anyone? - then a feast and performances in the evening. I can tell that most of the movers and shakers in our shire got our starts in other kingdoms because I've had several people say that this is what events are supposed to be like.

Fortune cookie fortune from tonight: Today, your mouth may be moving but noone is listening.

My first time around, I scored as Carrot. Heh. This is more likely.

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You scored as Lord Havelock Vetinari

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Carrot Ironfounderson


Esmerelda (Granny) Weatherwax


Gytha (Nanny) Ogg


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 The feast site fell through. Polyps. 

I'll have to discuss this at the shire meeting tomorrow.
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The Feast of Fine Arts is officially ON! We have a site, a date, and a feastmistress: Los Cerritos Community Center in Fremont, January 19 2:30 to 9:30 (out by 10), Branwen Cryccthegn Deorcwuda

I have a few performers, but am looking for a few more. If you have suggestions or would like ot volunteer, please let me know.

We will be in another Fremont Community Center this year. The hall is larger and the kitchen smaller, but at least the stove and oven work. The site is wet after 5pm, which is something I realy like about the Fremont sites

To conform with site rules, tickets will only be available by presale. No money may be exchanged on site. Feast tickets are $18. There is no site fee, and there is plenty of room in the hall, so auditors are welcome.

Moriven has kindly volunteered to do another portait session like he did last year at the Crosston Ball, so this will be a great opportunity to wear Twelfth Night clothes again. 

Oh, Yeah

Apr. 5th, 2007 03:42 pm
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Say, Beltane is coming up and Esfenn is having that silent auction to support next year's Feast of Fine Arts/Arts Fete. I need to kick myself into gear about that. Clean out the garage... beg... plead... offer favors.

I know that we have a bunch of things for the auction, since the First Sword autocrat says that he has prizes already. (Yes, falzalot, you can skip that thought here.)

I am also hoping to have talk a lot of people into offering promissories or spiffy items. Just today, misagillian agreed to offer a couple of hours of babysitting at an event (priceless!) I'm also hoping to find other arts and service type promissories - one of my favorites that I ever had was a period breakfast for four by madbaker that semy_of_pearls won (sadly, a long time ago). Yummy. 

I will be calling a few people, but please (pretty please with a honey & wine conserve on top) consider this a shameless, brazen request for donations, a bit of volunteer time, or harsh rejection.

Oh, dear, I need to make a couple of hats for this, too. And maybe some pear crack. (That's a silent auction and bake sale!)
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What I would have done differently, or notes to myself for next year. 

1) Come up with a name that everyone can remember. Feast of Fine Arts? Arts Fete? That really pun-gent name that I came up with that made [profile] moriven flinch? What was that, anyway?
2) Check the stove and oven at the site to make sure they work. I didn't know we needed to do that. I'm not sure how to test for "they only work sometimes" though.
3) Add or be the MC for next year. What better way will there be for me to enjoy the performances. Heck, I even missed the looks on people's faces when they were eating, which is the cooks' real reward.
4) Don't hold the event the week before Estrella. Maybe shortly after? Or, after 12th night, but not so close to the war so we don't cut into sewing time on either end? In November again? Some time when the weather is better so we can enjoy bocce and maybe airconditioning, too. Can we do indoor events in summer?
5) With a bazillion ideas running through my mind to expand the event... stick to this length for now. Unless there is a huge outcry for more stuff like this... maybe as a complement to a war. Wouldn't those campfire singalongs be more fun if some folks had gotten a chance to learn the words first? Crosston Ball does the practice session, why not a learn-to-sing session?
6) Get a bigger hall. We were cozy at 60 people, and there was certainly a demand for more seats.
7) Charge more for tickets. The ticket sales covered the cost of food, but not the hall, so we will be doing a silent auction at Beltane. Even though we planned it that way for this feast, I don't want to have to do that next time. And no, RdC, we don't want to clean out your garage to get things for our auction. What would we do with that old computer monitor at an event?


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