[Bards] Bardic Community

Robert Fitzmorgan fitzmorgan at gmail.com
Wed Oct 25 23:53:20 PDT 2006

On 10/25/06, Alden Drake <alden_drake at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

  Looking at Eisteddfod, I found that Eisteddfod is a kingdom calendar
> event.  Steppes Twelfth Night is not.  Steppes typically hosts Eisteddfod
> and tacks their event onto it, which is fine, but it seems to me (by what I
> saw last year) that the Steppes event overshadows Eisteddfod.  So what can
> we do to make Eisteddfod bigger and better?  What about combining Eisteddfod
> and the Bardic Collegium?  Do classes in the morning and afternoon, and then
> Eisteddfod in the evening?  What can we do in addition to these two
> things?  Have a bardic sponsored tournament to determine the "Bardic
> Defender"?  Have an A&S competition of original bardic compositions? In
> service,
> HL Alden Drake
> _______________________________________________

     I disagree that Twelfth Night attached it's self to Eisteddfod, it was
really the other way around.  I believe that Twelfth Night was always a
calender event.  As a Barony Steppes gets to have two events on the
calender.  Twelfth Night has been a major event for longer than I've been
playing,  and usually there are a lot of awards given out at the Twelfth
Night Court.  That couldn't happen if it were not a calender event.    I
suppose that Steppes may be taking advantage of the fact that they have a
Kingdom event attached to Twelfth Night to allow them use their second
calender event for something else, but if Eisteddfod were moved you can bet
that Twelfth Night would remain a Calender event.
    In the past Eisteddfod used to move around a lot.  You never knew from
one year to the next where or when it would be held.  It started being held
at kingdom A&S or LPT and a lot of the Bards, (myself included) were not
happy with that.  If you were competing in Eisteddfod you pretty much missed
the rest of the event.  Once it started being held at Twelfth Night a lot of
us really pushed to keep it there.
     Absent Eisteddfod the main activities at Twelfth Night occur in the
evening.  During the day it's mostly visiting.  If you spend all day in the
competition you haven't missed out on a lot.  At most other events there are
activities scheduled back to back from morning wake-up till the end of
evening court.  If Eisteddfod is to be held as part of another event then I
can't think of another event that is as suitable as Twelfth Night.  I also
like the fact that Steppes is centrally located.
    I wouldn't object to having Eisteddfod as a stand alone event but I
doubt that it can draw enough people year after year to make it economically
feasible.  Many bards feel that the Kingdom Bard is also the Crown's Bard
and that the Crown should have a part in choosing that Bard.  The Crown and
the Heirs are usually at Twelfth Night and can be involved if they choose.
A stand alone Bardic event may or may not have the Crown in attendance.
There is also the issue of where on the calender to put it.  It's a pretty
crowded calender.

Robert Fitzmorgan

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