[Glaslyn] North Texas Irish Festival

Gail gailh at fanninelectric.com
Sun Jan 30 17:30:48 PST 2005

now.....I've never *been* to the North Texas Irish Festival....but if its at
Fair Park, you might invite the Equesterians to play in the old Pan Am (Pan
American) arena and ride around providing atmosphere.

Galen (in a fit of wishful thinking)

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From: "Steppes Seneschal" <steppes.seneschal at gmail.com>
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Subject: [Glaslyn] North Texas Irish Festival

> North Texas Irish Festival, what a great place for us to show off.  It
> consistently has been one of the best public exhibitions of our little
> hobby.  As a matter of fact, our group won the trophy for BEST
> CULTURAL DISPLAY a couple of years ago.  In a day and age where
> writing a letter to a friend has been replaced with an email,
> demonstrating calligraphy for scrolls and painted achievements has a
> huge impact.  We see this stuff daily, whereas most people see
> calligraphy only on wedding invitations, and much of that is done by a
> machine.
> Granted, many of my skills would not be "allowed" there for various
> reasons (Brewing – TABC and Dallas would freak, and Tanning hides –
> the people eating around the area would freak), luckily my activities
> are the exception and not the rule.  Weaving and spinning are always a
> big draw as are the costumes.   After seeing the map today, we
> definitely have that large open area to fight in.  If the numbers for
> heavy practice stay as high as they have been, then it would be short
> sighted to not relocate the fun to Fair Park for the day.  Let's not
> forget the light weapons fighting in this.  Show the public why you
> wear the white or red scarf on your arm, it's because you're good with
> a blade, fast, sure footed and focused.  Few in the modern world could
> consistently hit a swinging tennis ball with a thin steel blade.  The
> archers are not to be left out of this, we might not be allowed to
> shoot, but we could bring some toys to show off.  I shudder to think
> that many people actually think that the odd mechanism used in the
> movie "Van Helsing" was a working crossbow.  And, I'll bet you a penny
> that the average Joe does not realize that the last name Fletcher, is
> actually from the trade of making and fletching arrows.   I don't
> think the feather-burning jig would be welcome, at least its smell,
> but the rest of the fletching process would be, plus you might end up
> with a few dozen more arrows, or bolts, than you had the day before.
> Let's see. I have now picked on the calligraphers, the weavers, the
> costumers, the heavy fighters, the light fighters, the archers, the
> bowyers and the fletchers. Who did I leave out? Of course the
> herbalists!  I even have some home grown dried hops to contribute to
> the demo!  Granted, that is all that I have, so we will need some true
> herbalists to set up this display.
> My point is simple, this is our time to shine.  Don't show up because
> you feel you must, show up because you truly enjoy your craft, and see
> the benefit in bringing others 'to the light'.
> --
> Jon Rolfsson
> Steppes Seneschal
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