SR - Missed opportunity

Gary Koehler midnightk at
Fri Feb 12 15:52:58 PST 1999

Sir Lyonel
you are not biased in the least, i traveled from gatesville for the event
and had a glorious time, the food was good and the company even better, the
masks and displays ,tablesettings and overall relaxing atmosphere were
stupendous. The Theme with death went over exceptionally well ...I
especially enjoyed hearing that hans was endee prayed for .. but it was
because of those prayers that he was sent to hell...
Dies laughing

and the ewer and chalice that were floating through the room followed by the
stuffed chicken that was saying eat more pork was truely enjoyable( you had
to be there to understand).Much laughter and merriment were had by all and I
truely am looking forward to next year's candalmas, although the next event
steward will have a tough act to follow.

Lady Annora vonKohler
-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis Grace <sirlyonel at>
To: ansteorra at Ansteorra.ORG <ansteorra at Ansteorra.ORG>;
southern at Ansteorra.ORG <southern at Ansteorra.ORG>
Date: Friday, February 12, 1999 5:34 PM
Subject: SR - Missed opportunity

>Salut Cozyns,
>Lyonel aisai.
>I have to confess, I'm not very big on court events.  You know:
>Candlemas, Twelfth Night, that sort of thing.  I can usually tell
>approximately how they'll go long before I arrive, and I tend to think
>of such events as a compliation of long courts, peer circles, rehashed
>gossip, sore feet, and less than enough to eat throughout the day.
>I'd rather be fighting.
>Well, this year's Candlemas was the exception that proves the rule.  To
>repeat a line I've heard repeatedly since the event ended, "I've never
>seen so much quality shtick at one event."  I'm hoping we get some
>pictures posted to the Bryn Gwlad website soon, but I know they won't do
>it justice.
>Throughout the day, in a hall darkened slightly by black banners, death
>stalked the hall.  Masks--garish, whimsical, elaborate--hid the faces of
>those who did not want Death to recognize them.  Lady Zahara won the
>best mask competition with her Castle Mask.  Earl Gerard came as the
>spirit of Ansteorra, decked in yellow and bearing a ten-pointed black
>star mask.  Lord Ramone wore a colorful helm of leather, and masks of
>papier-mache, clay, and feathers appeared throughout the hall--more
>masks than I've ever seen at an SCA masque.
>Deaths ranged from the comical (Sir Dieterich's Tailor, Hans positively
>melted) to the melodramatic (Lady Ebergardis's suicide over her lost
>man) to the dramatically realistic (Duke Kein coughing and choking and
>calling for something to drink and then--after taking a swig from a mug
>proffered by Death himself--hacking up blood as he collapsed).
>Some of the dead hung out in the purgatory lounge, playing games with a
>Persian angel (played by Lady Aurighe).   Others wandered the halls,
>playing poltergeist.  One lady "possessed" a man and caused him, in a
>violent fit, to lash out at the Baron.  Friars wandered the hall selling
>indulgences.  Mourners prayed at the gates of purgatory for the souls of
>their lost friends.
>A little after sunset, Sir Emrys led a somber procession carrying
>Baroness Briana's rose covered bier into the hall to confront Death.
>With a stirring performance, Sir Emrys and his friends won back the
>Baroness.  I saw a dozen people shedding tears (one of them was Baron
>James of Severne--Lord John's foul cur of a brother--made a ham-handed
>attempt at kidnapping Baroness Jehanne, only to be captured
>and--uh--questioned by the Baronial Guard.  Later he was beheaded, and
>his head was brought in a a halberd that all might see the justice of
>Bryn Gwlad.
>Finally, drunk with power, Death began a Danse Macabre, leading the poor
>souls of the day's victims around the hall in ghoulish display.  The
>Baron and Baroness entered the hall with candlebearers and--calling for
>light--banished Death from Candlemas.  White banners unfurled at the
>Baron's command to cover the black.
>In addition to all the marvelous persona play, Baroness Clarissa and her
>cadre of cooks provided a running sideboard feast.  Food was available
>from 2:00 through until 8:00.  It was marvelous being able to eat
>whenever we were hungry, and their were no server-problems, no lines,
>and no complaints.
>We had music, classes, and activities to keep the children busy.  Court
>was even fairly short.  Some of you, realizing that my wife, Mistress
>Aquilanne, was event steward, might think me a bit biased.  Maybe, but
>still--if you weren't there for Candlemas--you missed an incredible
>lo vostre por vos servir
>Sir Lyonel Oliver Grace
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