[Elfsea] Everyone is a Hospitaler

Armand Dragonetti dragonetti at generich.com
Tue Sep 16 16:44:36 PDT 2003

Greetings from Lord Armand,

I have quoted Lord Ceatta's "Thank you" message below because, I too, would
like to Thank him and all of you that helped make the Keller Library Demo
such a success! We had several people express more than a casual interest in
fighting and learning more about us. This is what we have been after and we
have another opportunity at the Arlington Library Demo on Tuesday, 9/23 (a
week from now).

Now, what we do once we have attracted a little attention can be even more
important than getting it in the first place. HL Brigit is doing an amazing
amount of work as hospitaler, even while planning an awesome competition at
Defender. Thank You, HL Brigit! You're doing marvelous! However, while she
does get around alot, she simply cannot be *everyone's* first impression of
Elfsea. We all need to be hospitalers. Especially now. I know many of us are
distracted with Defender preparations, but unfortunately it has come to my
attention that some of the newcomers we've attracted have met with poor
initial experiences. This is very distressing to me. Especially since I have
contributed to some of it. Mundanity prevented me from following through
with some of my intentions. This is a problem for all of us and though we
are all volunteers, *Please*......let's try to be extra aware of those new
faces we see at activities and show them the friendly side of Elfsea that we
all love and follow through on our words. I've often looked around when I
first arrive at an activity to find no one new, then go off and do my own
thing and never think to look around again. It's very easy to get focused on
your own art, activity, fighting, planning, whatever, but let's make an
extra effort to be aware of those new faces when they walk up. We've worked
hard to get them to take that first step.

Having said that, I know we have made very positive impressions on several
new folks and it looks likely we'll see continued participation from a few.
I am looking forward to attracting even more at the Arlington demo. I know
this time before Defender is challenging, but it also provides one of our
greatest opportunities, so please remember, we are all hospitalers, all the

In the service of Kingdom & Crown, I remain,
Lord Armand Dragonetti
Vicar of Elfsea

From: "Spence Mabry" <smabry at flash.net>

> Well, yesterday turned out to be a great day for a demo and for fighting
> at the Keller Public Library.  For all of you who turned out, I want to
> say "Thank You" in a very heartfelt manner.  For the Third straight
> year, we have been the center-piece of their little demo (in fact, their
> coordinator said she didn't think it would be successful IF we weren't
> there!  That should make all of us feel good!) and we have already been
> invited back for their 4th Medieval Faire next year.  So start planning.
> The weather cooperated perfectly for all the fighters, both heavy and
> light and I want to thank all those who were there.  In the heavy lists,
> we had Earl Drake, Mistress Stella, His Next-cllency Armand Dragonetti,
> Colete, Tomas, Tristan, Conner, Louis, Finn, Irina and 2 others whose
> names escape me at the moment.  In the rapier list, we had Don Valentyn,
> Dirk the Just, Rixende, Seamus, Caelin, and one other whose name also
> escapes me.  To those people, I humbly apologize.
> Pyro, Genevieve, Aeryn Robin, Siobhan and her mother, Wormy, Her
> Next-cllency Amilene, Siobhan ui Neill. Brighid Ni Sheachnasigh and
> Mistress Stella all had wonderful demos going on.  Tara, Don Alaric,
> Daniel Stewart, their next-cellenices children, Colete's children, and
> again a couple of others whose names I missed aided and assisted and
> made this a wonderful event.  Mistress Stella and I had classes
> scheduled, but mine got pre-emptied by two wonderful ladies from the
> Greater Fort Worth Herbal Society, so I yielded to them.  There was even
> live harp music by the MicheMalou Celtic Harps (a wonder to listen to)
> and wee ones from La Touche Fencing fencing in-between our bouts.
> And to top it off, we had, at last count, 14 -- that's right, FOURTEEN
> -- people to show enough interest in us to ask for more information.
> And special thanks to Lady Sibri for providing two photo albums of
> Elfsea history for display!
> This is starting to be one of our bigger recruiting events, so if you
> were not able to make it out this year, please plan on it for next year.
> As things progress, I will keep everyone informed!
> Lord Ceatta o Gulcleth
> Demo Coordinator, Barony of Elfsea

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