[Sca-cooks] How Was Pennsic?
alysk at ix.netcom.com
Tue Aug 11 05:39:57 PDT 2009
>We took a walk and found the oven at the corner of Battle Road and
>Fosseway. They used fire bricks and mud - they would have preferred
>clay but they used what was there. They had taught a class earlier in
>the day but were very kind when we stopped by as they were getting
>ready to throw some bread in. I do not know the name of the
encampment >but I appreciate them taking the time to show us the oven
and let us >take pictures.
That was the Three Bears Camp. Ealdred and Angharad were the main ones
working on the construction and they are local folk to me
If it wasn't the mud, it was the dust. I spent my first day home
yesterday with coughing spells. My tent was right on Chandler Road, the
main road to the parking lot. Early in the second week, the water
trucks went by with the sprinklers to settle the dust, but after the
next bout of rain, no trucks went by and we had three days of dust. I
was a bit concerned when I could see a haze of dust above the road while
walking back to camp. The top of my canvas tent is gray this year.
Shoshonna didn't exaggerate on the wet. At one point all but one road
on the Serengeti was cordoned off and the main parking lot was closed
for at least a day. A number of the parking aisles remained taped off
after the general road was opened. Cars were stuck up to mid-wheel.
Somehow folk seem to think that gunning the engine will get them out of
the mud! I actually wore my Army poncho and rubber galoshes for only
the second time in 21 Pennsics. The mud was incredible.
Continuing the kvetching, the first day's heavy weapon battles ran hours
late. One of my camp's fencers stormed back into camp and threw down his
gear. He virtually spit out the words as he told us that he'd left the
rapier field in disgust. The "heavies" ran late and when they left, the
rapier folk had to clean up the field from their mess before the
scheduled rapier battle could begin: 2-3 hours behind schedule. That
was the worst day for being off-schedule.
And, yes, the archery field's location was not for the overweight and
out-of-shape. The Rose Youth Archery Tourney took place on the middle
Saturday. The small bus wouldn't go down the final road even though it
was dry because it hadn't been dry the day before. I confess to
grumbling all the way down the hill and wondered if I'd be able to get
back up it. (Got a ride in a truck.)
I went to - and moderated - several classes, mostly on SCA recruitment
and de-mystifying the peerages. It seemed as if there were more people
in classes this year. The first day of classes was more heavily
attended than I had seen in previous Pennsics.
The C-130s made two runs over the camp, one each week. The second week
we were treated to almost half an hour of (Apache?) helicopters
performing maneuvers above the merchant area and battlefield. Reliable
Pennsic staff sources said that they were using the encampment to
practice estimating numbers of "inhabitants" and other tactical
maneuvers. One of the two did a complete loop close to the ground
somewhere above the Runestone Hill area. Later, it hovered there for a
number of minutes while the other helicopter could be seen beyond the
battlefield. There are some blurry photos on this web site:
My camp had its photo in the final Saturday paper. We had at least one
person in camp from all the decades from in utero to the 70s!
While Wolgemut was at Pennsic, I never really saw them. Teribus was
much more in evidence in the various market areas. The play, "As You
Like It", received fairly good reviews. What I heard of the rehearsals
of the Pennsic Choir made me want to re-join the group. Midnight
Madness was just that. Merchants were crowded, although I don't know
how much money actually changed hands. I don't usually go out then but
thought I'd take a look this year. Got up to the Barn area after about
20 minutes, couldn't see the lumpy ground with my poor night vision and
finally gave up. There was a moon parade again which Three Bears
organizes. People in masks and semi-costumes walk through the merchant
area with various sky symbols. Rather pretty!
I do wish, however, that the Coopers would build a series of small
cabins on their property so we could stay in them!
Alys K., still coughing
alysk at ix.netcom.com
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