Pennsic '00 last minute, to be retinue for HRM Queen Asa
Estrella '00 went with Master Sunjan, got to meet Sasha and Master Johann--great time, good dust storm! :)
Pennsic '99 went as head lady in waiting for Queen Groa
OERTHAN YULE FEAST--out
of kingdom trip '98 II
Once again, the Oerthans bowled me over with their hospitality. The event was on an Air Force base, and since there was about a foot and a half of snow, it wasn't too hard to remember the season. My sister and I had a great time, watched the fighting, and got the chance to chat with many people.
OERTHAN/AN TIR GREAT NORTHERN WAR--out
of kingdom trip '98 I
WOW! What a great time! I was only there for the day, and have never been treated so warmly in my life. The Oerthans went out of their way to make us (me and two other An Tirians) feel welcome. The bardic they put on is EXCEPTIONAL, and the hospitality was friendly and genuine. Lisetta and I cheered on Katharine, our one fighter, as she took on the entire Oerthan army. She was great!
PENNSIC--out of kingdom
I was lucky enough to get to Pennsic XXVI, graciously invited by Stephen Bloch (mar-Joshua ibn-Eleazar ha-Shalib) to attend the tent-maker class/discussion that he was organizing. Unfortunately, due to some really bad Kung Pao chicken, I flew in a day late, just in time to see the class walk through our camp. The airline lost all my luggage (including my tent), I still felt kind of sick, and I had flown cross-country for nothing--or so I thought. Luckily, His Grace Duke Cariadoc of the Bow and his gracious lady wife Elizabeth were kind enough to offer me a place to change and a place to sleep if I needed it. I spent the first night in Stephen and Deborah's kitchen pavilion, then set up camp the next day. The voodoo curse continued--I had been foolish enough to bring a brand new pavilion--chosen because of its completely period exterior appearance ( I was camping in Enchanted Ground). Should've brought my big blue circular, which I can set up in my sleep. Everyone was patient and hospitable as I tried adjust to the completely period conversation, and I greatly appreciated that. I got a chance to walk around and take pictures of the many pavilions, and especially enjoyed an evening spent with the Moritu, imbibing some homemade cordial I'd brought from home. I also got to meet many of the people with whom I had corresponded, and discuss their pavilions and ideas. The best thing I think I did on the entire trip was insist on a nice hotel room with a huge bathtub and great room service for the night before I flew home--I NEEDED IT!
CONCLUSIONS--Positive--Nice people, great learning experience, fascinating classes, awesome lightning, and the shopping was great. I especially like the storytelling, something which is not as prevelant in An Tir. Also, the scope of pavilions I saw was extensive.
What I'd do differently--No Kung Pao Chicken! Test drive the new pavilion first, fly in earlier. And, as much as I truly enjoyed the people at Enchanted Ground, I think I am not enough of a solid historian to fit in well there.