[Ansteorra] Pennsic Assistance
Stefan li Rous
StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Mon Jun 5 17:43:09 PDT 2006
I flew to Pennsic 27 through Pennsic 33 but had just taken a new job
last year in July, so didn't get to go last year. 
For the last few years you have been able to mail packages directly
to Pennsic for pickup at the Merchant's trailer, even if you weren't
a merchant. It does cost you an extra $5?, $10 per package. I have
been mailing up a footlocker of stuff which would be oversize for the
airlines. The price from Austin is about $20 to $30 depending upon
whether you send it USPS or Federal Express or whether you send it
through one of the mail stores. Federal Express has better tracking,
but it they may not have a drop off point close to you. The mail
stores are concenient, but they charge you about 40% more than
Federal Express and all they do is hold it for Federal Express.
To mail your package home and/or other stuff you have bought at
Pennsic, there is a small postal trailer set up at Pennsic. You do
have to be careful though, since they have very limited hours.
10am-2pm and only M - F. So, if you miss that window, you will have
to figure another way to get it home.
The airlines reduced the maximum wieght for each piece of luggage. so
you do want to keep that in mind when deciding which things to pack
to fly home with and which to mail. For a number of years, I flew
home with a large number of books and my dirty laundry got mailed
home. :-) But since the maximum is around 50 instead of 70 pounds
I've had to be more cautious of that.
For carrying stuff on the airplane, I use a footlocker with wheels on
it which fits just within the maximum size allowance. Then I strap an
ice chest to the top of it with a nylon strap. This lets me move both
together around the airport by myself. The ice chest then gets
emptied of gear at Pennsic and used to keep cold foods and drinks in.
You can also carry on one bag, which in my case is an overnight bag I
sling over my shoulder. In addition, the airlines let you bring a
coat, which is in my case is one of my SCA cloaks. This saves a lot
of space in my luggage, even if it might be a bit strange walking
through the Austin airport with it over my shoulder with 100 degree
I know have a Pennsic household who have a spare tent, sleeping bag
and cot for me, but I have carried a small nylon tent to Pennsic one
year and shipped the sleeping bag, since it was light but bulky.
To avoid bringing a bed, I took a muslin sheet/table cloth that I got
from a thrift store and folded it in half and then sewed it up into a
large bag with one end open. At Pennsic, I would buy one of their
straw bales for $5 and then break it up and stuff the bag with it. At
the end of Pennsic, I would just dump out the straw, because disposal
of the straw comes in that price, fold up the bag and bring it home.
Some of those years I ate at the food court for dinner and got a ride
into town and picked up non-cook things for breakfast and lunch. Many
groups sponsor things like the corn party or the Ansteorran Chili
Night and if you can find out about those, you can use that to avoid
the food court and save some money.
Some day I will get around to writing all this and some other stuff
up about flying to Pennsic and other events and get it into the
Florilegium. In the meantime, please feel free to email me if you
have any further questions.
 (Since I just got laid off from my job a few weeks ago, and am
looking for another, I'm not sure if I will be able to make this
Pennsic, either. Grumble. Grumble.)
On Jun 5, 2006, at 4:50 PM, Melinda wrote:
> Is there anyone that has some extra space for stuff that would be
> willing to help me out with getting my things to Pennsic? I'm
> flying but would be more than willing to give some money towards
> gas or whatever to have help in transporting my stuff. If you are
> willing to help please email me directly at melindaaerin at cox.net
> Thanks in advance.
> In Service,
THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas
StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
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