[Ravensfort] Event Report: Gleann Abhann Coronation
Corbisier, Barbara L
barb at tamu.edu
Thu Nov 10 23:28:17 PST 2005
And I was there! Of course, you couldn't tell it from those pictures, 'cause the photographer
managed to miss where we were sitting in every shot. A few of us from Ansteorra (9 to be exact,
including His Majesty Jason and His Highness Mahdi) made the treck to Gleann Abhann to show our
support for our sister Kingdom.
Very long court, and very emotional. There were a number of gentles in tears as former Meridians
became Gleann Abhannians. Or maybe it's Gleann Abhannites. Maybe nobody's decided that yet.
But it was the same kind of good tears that one sees at a wedding or graduation.
There were a number of crown heads from the Known World--besides Meridies and Ansterorra, the
Crowns of Northshield, An Tir, and Atlantia were all present.
The rest of the day was mostly filled with meetings about Gulf Wars for two of my travelling
companions, Mistress Kaitlyn McKenna and Lady Isobail inghean Gilla Chriosd, so HE Mistress
Lorraine Deerslayer, Master Francois la Flamme and I went to admire the A&S display. There was a
fine display of lace, and an impressive sugar plate subtlety with fabulous documentation.
We went to a delicious dayboard and made sure that Kaitlyn and Isobail got something to eat. I
remembered I needed to track down a Gleann Abhann scribal person to see if we could get some of
their charters for us to paint and send back, but unfortunately they didn't have any. Well, that's not
quite true. They had exactly one AOA charter (not one design, one charter). The others, along with
the digitized designs, had been destroyed in the hurricane. But Their Majesties Gleann Abhann did
receive a number of scroll blanks in their presentation gift baskets from the other kingdoms, so they
should be off to a decent start. There were at least two places on-site that were giving out garb and
other SCA necessities to those who needed it. It was heartwarming to see our SCA family come
together to help out those of us in need.
Kaitlyn and Isobail were still in meetings, so we watched the heavy list and chatted. There was a
gentle who had a guessing game she brought around, where we guessed the number of keys in a
bottle. Lorraine and I were presented with tokens of the event from a group whose name I
unfortunately cannot remember right now.
Towards the end of the day, Kaitlyn and Isobail finally returned! They apparently had productive
meetings, so they were in a good mood despite the fact that they hadn't seen the sun all afternoon.
We were able to chat with HRM Jason for a bit, who was appreciative to have some of his populace
Feast was a buffet style affair that went very smoothly considering there were ~300 people signed
up. After feast, there was free wine and beer (woo hoo!), so I took advantage of it. Hey, any event
that has free adult beverages is a great event by any measure.
I had heard tell of drive-through frozen daiquiri stands in Louisiana, so I decided that I needed to
experience such a wonder for myself. After making a few new friends in Gleann Abhann, we left site
so I could avail myself of this opportunity. I decided against getting an entire *gallon* of frozen
daiquiri, but I was sorely tempted. "You mean you can get an entire *gallon* of daiquiri? In a drive-
through?????" We planned on watching a DVD Isobail had brought with her, but everyone fell asleep
halfway through except me. I had to finish my drink. Or as much as I possibly could, which was
nowhere near the entire thing.
We left the next day, only taking a few wrong turns and stopping to appreciate a foreign Wal-Mart.
All in all, a long trip, but how often do you get a chance to witness the birth of a new kingdom? I
was glad to be there.
Orationem pulchram non habens, scribo ista linea in lingua Latina.
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