[Ansteorra] The Texas Rennaisance Festival Demo

Elizabeth Crouchet ecrouchet at austin.rr.com
Wed Dec 4 13:21:54 PST 2002

Maybe now would be a good time to pursue activites with the Excalibur Faire.
I believe they have recently been more interested in more partcipation from
the SCA. Is someone already workng on that?


On 4 Dec 2002 at 11:10, Gerald Norris wrote:

> Greetings unto the populace of Ansteorra.
> I am HL Gerald of Leesville, last year's liaison to the Texas
> Renaissance Festival demo.  Yesterday I received a letter in the mail
> from Jeff Baldwin, Entertainment Director for TRF, that read as
> follows:
> "Dear Gerald:
> This letter is to inform you that, after a great deal of thought, I
> will not be renewing your contract with the Texas Renaissance
> Festival.  This has been a very difficult decision, but we feel that
> it is necessary due to continued violations of the festival dress
> code, demeanor code and our ongoing concerns about SCA participant
> adherence to our rules and regulations as outlined in our Texas
> Renaissance Festival participant handbook.
> We appreciate the fact that the SCA was an integral part of the
> festival during our early years.  However, over time, our
> organizations have grown in different directions.  We have become
> increasingly business oriented, while the SCA, in our opinion, has
> become less cohesive.  It is time for our organizations to part.
> Thank you for your 28 year participation.
> Best wishes,
> [sig]
> Jeffery L. Baldwin
> Entertainment Director"
> This morning I called Mr. Baldwin to talk to him about the letter, and
> the gist of the conversation is that, over the years, TRF has become
> more and more a theme park, with actors who are paid to make their
> decisions based on audience reaction, while the SCA is a group of
> role-players who make decisions based on personal reactions.  This is
> what he means by becoming "less cohesive".
> In talking with Jeff he wanted to make it clear that there was no bad
> blood between TRF and the SCA.  He said that this year's TRF liaison
> (Beowan) put in a good effort to insure that any requests he had made
> were carried out. The decision was a result of several years in hoping
> that the SCA could come closer to what the rest of the TRF personell
> were trying to achieve, and finding that it just wasn't happening.
> While there's a part of me that is sad to see the end of this
> particular yearly demo, I think we did a good showing for ourselves.
> I would like to thank all of you who participated in this year's
> demonstration, in whatever capacity.  Our fighters did a good job with
> the change in format and with the change of schedule.  Our artisans,
> as usual, did a wonderful job of displaying the depth and breadth of
> all crafts that are practiced/pursued within the SCA.  Ld Beoan did a
> splendid job of keeping things going and trying to enlist sponsors,
> and his coordinators worked hard to make sure that all the pieces that
> were part of the demo (waterbearing, parade, etc.) were taken care of.
>  To all of you, Vivat!
> I would end this message with a request; there was no fault, so please
> don't try to find any.  There was no malice in the decision, so try to
> find no blame. If you feel so inclined as to respond to this message,
> please do so by bringing back memories of past TRF demos that stand
> out.  This, I think, is a fitting end.
> I thank you for your patience.
> In service to the dream with a song in my heart, I am
> HL Gerald of Leesville
> Title bard of Loch Soillier
> A bard of Stargate
> Kingdom Ansteorra
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