[Elfsea] Everyone is a Hospitaler

Don and Monica dmriney at earthlink.net
Tue Sep 16 18:49:13 PDT 2003

Can we have the times and such for the Arlington Library Demo?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Armand Dragonetti" <dragonetti at generich.com>
To: "Barony of Elfsea" <elfsea at ansteorra.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2003 6:44 PM
Subject: [Elfsea] Everyone is a Hospitaler

> Greetings from Lord Armand,
> I have quoted Lord Ceatta's "Thank you" message below because, I too,
> 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
> fighting and learning more about us. This is what we have been after and
> 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
> amount of work as hospitaler, even while planning an awesome competition
> Defender. Thank You, HL Brigit! You're doing marvelous! However, while she
> does get around alot, she simply cannot be *everyone's* first impression
> Elfsea. We all need to be hospitalers. Especially now. I know many of us
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> time!
> 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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