[Ansteorra] The Texas Rennaisance Festival Demo

horoun horoun at swbell.net
Wed Dec 4 11:09:37 PST 2002

 A question or two
 1)Do we still have any gear in either building we need to remove?
 2)Does the possesion of the building just *poof* revert to TRF?
 3)If #1 is a yes is there need for a removal crew?
>On Wed, 4 Dec 2002 11:10:50 -0600 "Gerald Norris" <jerryn at houston.rr.com>
>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
>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
>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
>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
>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,
>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
>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
>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
>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
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