[Ravensfort] Pennsic report, Sunday the 13th
barb at tamu.edu
Mon Aug 14 20:44:33 PDT 2006
Ansteorra is a long way from Aethelmearc. I mean, it's easy to throw
around numbers like 1,300 some-odd miles, but it's a much different
concept to have to actually traverse them.
We had grand plans to get going on Thursday, but didn't actually get on
the road until Friday. We drove, and drove, and drove, etc., etc.,
until Gregor and I were ready to collapse. We thought we'd be able to
do a marathon 24-hour driving session. Yeah, stupid, I know.
We got a motel room Saturday afternoon, and then continued on through
Saturday night. That got us to Cooper's Lake Sunday around 1:00 p.m. so
we didn't have to set up in the dark. Friends helped us set up, and we
were good to go in a few hours. Unfortunately, we arrived too late for
our friends' wedding and opening ceremonies.
After a well-deserved sit and a good spaghetti dinner from the
encampment kitchen, we took a tour around the merchants. I was able to
track down Mistress Lorraine in Ansteorra Royal, and finally was able to
introduce some of my East Kingdom friends to a good Ansteorra friend.
The introduction was made all the more interesting by the fact that
Lorraine was about to take a shower and was wearing, um, not a whole
lot. No, no, she wasn't naked! You people have such dirty minds! It
was more like a short sleeveless tunic. But I digress....
Around 9:00 pm we went on a candlelight memorial walk around the site in
honor of my Laurel, Mistress Roen, who died in March, and another woman
who I unfortunately never got to meet. I managed to avoid crying for
the most part, and everyone we encountered had kind words as we went
by. Afterwards, we all shared some favorite memories. Roen introduced
me to the wonders of the Hampster Dance, was an accomplished fencer, a
lacemaker, a costume designer, a Laurel, a Baroness of the court of the
Middle, and a wonderful wife, mother, and friend. And feel free to ask
me about ball fringe. It's worth it, trust me.
At that point, Gregor and I were completely exhausted and went to sleep
Thus ends the report for Sunday.
THL Catherine Barbary
P.S. Devin, feel free to put all my Pennsic Reports in the Quoth.
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