[Sca-cooks] Who gets in free to feasts.

S CLEMENGER sclemenger at msn.com
Fri Aug 22 06:21:44 PDT 2008

It's nice, isn't it, that our SCA structure is flexible enough to allow us 
to shift practices to suit local/regional needs?
I don't know that we exactly trade scullery work here (although I know what 
you mean), but there are people some of us sort of...informally help out, by 
anonymously paying site/feast fee.  Grunt work is just done by 
volunteers--we have a 20-year old tradition, thank goodness, of the cooks 
not being expected to clean up, for instance.  (Although we sometimes 
Our current baron and baroness opt to pay fees, but it was their choice.  I 
do, definitely, think it's classy.  But then, I'm a huge fan of classy 
behavior, wherever I see it.  I'd much rather focus on the gems in my life 
than the jerks!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sharron Albert" <morgana at gci.net>
To: "Cooks within the SCA" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2008 10:25 PM
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Who gets in free to feasts.

> I, too, live in a small barony. We don't automatically comp anyone.
> Even our baron and baroness pay event fees. We all know we need all
> the fees for the expensive sites, and to build our funds at cheaper
> sites so we can afford the more expensive ones. We're not talking big
> amounts of money here: usually the fee is $5 or a tad more (not
> includying NMS). Only our annual feast is more, around $15 for site
> and food (and we usually lose a little money on that one).
> We do not, however, argue with the prince and princess if they don't
> pay, or the king and queen if they come and don't pay (although most
> of them fork the event fee over and show their membership cards
> without prompting, setting a good example). If they don't pay we just
> quietly agree among ourselves they don't have good manners (G). But I
> learned that 'paying' courtesy from early Westies like William the
> Lucky and Hilary of Serendip, who not only paid out of their own
> pockets to come visit Oertha's groups in our formative years, a lot
> of times, but insisted on paying the event fee.
> We do, however, trade scullery and other work for people who we know
> can't afford the feasting event. It helps guarantee the cooks don't
> have to do clean up too (G). Again, small group means small work
> force, and we all work at events.

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