[Ravensfort] Update on the Bardic Guild

Gary and Carolyn Pace bandb.ravensfort at gmail.com
Tue Nov 8 13:38:30 PST 2011

Greetings, That is great news about the success of the first bardic guild
meeting. Good to see another one already set to go. It also sounds like
your brainstorming came up with some wonderful ideas for the future as
well. Vivat to Lady Keely for the first bardic meeting! And thanks to the
Lizard Keep for opening up their home to the meeting.

On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 5:38 AM, Keely Disman <kdisman at gmail.com> wrote:

> Greetings unto the Populace!
> Okay, keep in mind, I am a bard so you will understand why this is a
> little long winded!  (Have you ever known a bard who wasn’t?)  Besides,
> this was our first meeting and we covered a lot of ground!
> Our first Bardic Guild meeting went very well.  Combined, we had eight
> people who showed up (five adults and three children)!  Thanks go out to
> Angela, Amelia, Chrystal, Dom, James, Jessica, and Daire for their
> participation and input.  And special thanks go out to Dom and Dave for
> opening their house to us.
> After perusing the mass amount of bardic material which was brought, we
> began working on song lists that people are interested in learning which
> included everything from ‘Vivat the Dream’ and ‘Rising of the Star’ to ‘The
> Dark Lady’.  Angela brought her guitar and wants to learn the music as
> well as the words.  Chrystal has been hiding talent from us and is
> interested in learning more about guitar music as well!  The possibility
> of group performance seems to have a lot of interest. We also came up with
> some ideas to get the children more involved in the Bardic Guild such as
> what simple instruments they could play in accompaniment, doing a magic
> show, or possibly doing small skits.
> Discussion covered other things as well, like the combining of feast and
> bardic activities at events, whether we should begin having a bardic class
> at every event we hold, and potentially having a Punn-off or even an Insult
> competition to help liven things up.  Event classes could be long or
> short and would cover the gamut of bardic activities from songs, poems,
> story-telling, dance, magic, juggling, instruments, history, bardic
> etiquette, and so one.  The possibilities are endless.  Hence, one of the
> reasons I love the bardic arts!
> The Bardic Guild will be looking towards adding our voice to the Quoth,
> including the potential for articles on bardic etiquette and history and a
> song of the month.  I will be contacting some of the other local bardic
> groups and the kingdom list in an effort to cross-post information about
> our meetings, conversations, questions, etc. in the hopes of promoting
> bardic interest and interaction on a broader level.  Goodness knows,
> there are many bards out there who have far more experience than I do and
> their input and participation will be very welcome.
> Unfortunately, it is at this time going to be very difficult to create a
> set date and time for future bardic meetings since those interested have
> such varied schedules.  So, each month we will decide on the
> date/time/location for the next meeting.  In an effort to help spread
> things around, it will be a good idea to change the location that way there
> is not a constant drain on any one location and hopefully this will give
> our members who are interested but can’t travel as often or as far, a
> greater chance to participate.  With that in mind, we also discussed the
> necessity of a staging area so that people can carpool if necessary.  For
> anyone coming in from out of town, it will be possible to arrange for crash
> space so long as we know it is needed in advance.  At this time, we are
> looking at only meeting once a month, though, should interest and schedules
> conflict too badly, it is always possible we can arrange to meet more often.
> In an effort to promote unity within the barony, we are looking at
> combining the Bardic Guild meetings with other guild meetings.  This
> month we combined with the Brewer’s Guild.  Next month, Angela, who has
> opened her house to us for the next meeting, suggested holding an Archery
> meeting in conjunction.  Posts will be made concerning all of this as
> details are hammered out.
> Now for the part you have all been holding your breath waiting for (hope
> you haven’t turned blue!). . . at this time, the next Bardic Guild meeting
> will be held December 17th, 2pm, at Angela and Brian’s house.  I will
> re-announce this as we get closer to the date or if anything changes, but
> this way people can have a better chance to mark it on the calendar.
> Anyone with any questions or suggestions can email me off-list.
> Keely
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Pasquale and Giovanna
Baron and Baroness of Raven's Fort
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