[Northkeep] Re: Newcomers At The Park (long)

Chris Birdwell angusmgunn at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 6 07:43:34 PDT 2006

I really didn't get to stay long last night, working and all, however we did have two new fighters in armor and several we haven't seen in a while. Several of our people were hanging about and there also seemed to be at least a couple of interested parties that were being spoken to by those not in armor. Things are getting more active there now, and I know part of that is due to the weather. However, and I hate to say this, I hear alot and see a little. A few more people are coming out but there is little garb and even less A&S or music. The more we get together and are together in a group, Heavy, Light, A&S, Music, what have you, the more attention we will draw. The area in Mclure park where we hold heavy practice has plenty of room for everyone. There are more fighters in armor, more going on and mor people in the park. It is time to try and grow our numbers, introduce new people to the kind of fun we have, and show them a degree of hospitality we have maybe been lacking
 in. So next wed. come out and see us and especially see them. The newcomers are the future of our organization and without them we fall into disrepair. I will climb off the soap box now, and BTW, I REALLY like the idea of a monthly or so revel, invite new people, weare garb, show pictures, have fun and am willing to host. Off the soap box now.
  Centurion Angus Gunn
  Squire to Sir Casius Lepus
  Captain Borderguard
  Recruiting cheerleader

"j.t.herring" <j.t.herring at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
  Used to be not all that long ago Fighter Practice was a great gathering
place for us all. Northkeep got together all in one place and enjoyed
itself, those who fought did their thing, those who did not fight gathered
around to talk. Fighter practice is a place that really helped Northkeep
bond as a group. I would like to see that happen more. Having so much go on
that one night a week helps people with full schedules to be able to put in
some SCA time and to connect with their SCA friends.

The Wednesday night practices really can showcase the SCA better to new
participants and bystanders than a lot of other efforts that we could go to.
Not to belittle any ones ideas or plans, this idea can work together with
others. As long as there are a few brave souls willing to step up and do
something about it. Every fighter practice is a demo or a new participants
class just with out all the extra planning.

Having a printed flyer to hand out to people is a great idea if my vote
counted I would say we do those again. Also getting our practices on a Tulsa
community calendar might be a good idea.

Fighter practice is a great place to meet with new people to the SCA and
help get them some education, some socialization, and so experience in the
SCA. We could maybe even throw a mini court at a practice every once in a

What about getting banners on poles with portable holes to spruce up our
look, what about trying to get people to show up in SCA clothes rather than
street clothes? And having people there doing art and sciences, heck even
some people playing music or singing once in a while wouldn't be all that
bad. If we all just put a little effort into making it out on a Wednesday
night think about what fighter practice could become.

>From what we are seeing here on the mailing list it looks like people would
be into beefing up our Wednesday night practices to a full-blown SCA
experience. So lets see what people do with that. Lets see if our different
varieties of fighters come out to play, lets see if out artisans come out to
work their crafts, if our drummers come drum, if our talkers come talk. If
people do come out to practice then lets discuss ways to make this happen
more often. If no one shows up then we will know it was all talk and we can
try something else.

I am not saying that all of the meetings need to happen on Wednesday at
practice. Other meetings and even revels should be planned. I am simply
trying to say after all this writing why not make the most of a good
opportunity and return to the idea that Fighter Practice is hub for activity
and participation in our Barony.

Kind regards,

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