The first weekend in April was Ice Dragon this year. This is one of my favorite events to attend as there are many people and lots of things to do.
I arrived at the hotel on Friday and then headed to site to help the folks at The Burley Badger set up their merchant space. Their new things this year were plush dragons that were absolutely adorable, and some coloring books for the kids – or the kids at heart. Right near them was Lady Elska and her amazing scented soaps. They smelled so good – and she makes them all completely from scratch – making her own lye and everything. I still need to get to her class on that! Every time it is against something that I am teaching!
We finished setting up and headed back to the hotel and then out to dinner – yummy Greek food! Then bid each other a good night – as we knew that Saturday was going to be busy from the time we woke up.
I got to the site around 8 and got in to finish any last minute set up and to get changed. I was meeting Svana as she had a dress for me from Fenris, and I was going to have the Roman that I wore to Saturnalia pinned for some hemming as it was a good bit too long. (Huzzah to weight loss.) I kept missing Svana in the first part of the day, so I pinned the front of the Roman up so I wouldn’t be constantly tripping and got on with doing the needful things – chatting and visiting merchants. I spent a bit of time talking to Artemis about ideas for a metal coronet. I’m still not sure precisely what I want for it though. I’ve come up with a few things that I know I do not want – such as anything riveted onto it. I’ve spent enough time polishing coronets now to know how much of a pain cleaning properly around those are. I want my own to be a good bit easier to manage. I wandered my way up to the salons – and there I ran in to Svana! She handed me a lovely blue dress – and I scurried away to change into it and turn over the lovely – but too long – Roman. The exchange of garb having occurred, we chatted for a bit and I was ready to continue around the salons – when I was distracted by Morning Court.
His Majesty, Tindal, arrived for court – and got down to business of sending three deserving people off to sit Vigil. (Laurel, Defense, and Chivalry). After Court was suspended, a short Curia was held to approve a new award, and then Court was opened to read in to record awards that Their Majesties had been unable to catch the people to give them personally. After this interlude, I made my way back out to the salons.
I got to the other side and gleefully stopped to hang out with family. Highrafters and Caer Cinniuint were there with a lovely bit of space. So, I stopped in and got hugs from my Brothers – Matt and Michael and from cousins. I have to say, one of the things I love about the SCA is that I have family here. They are not blood family, but chosen family. These are, without a doubt, the people that I would do just about anything for. Yeah, these are the folks that I would help hide a body (unless they needed plausible deniability, in which case I’d take care of it myself). I love the family that I have found in the SCA.
While I had stopped to chat, His Majesty opened a court on the list field – and sent another worthy off to vigil for the Chivalry. I finished my tour of visiting folks and then headed downstairs for lunch and for a couple of meetings.
Lunch was nice – and the food was plentiful. My first meeting was about the changes to event announcement wording. I was particularly unclear about a couple of things going in to this meeting, but those were quickly cleared up right at the beginning. An hour had been set aside for this, but we did not need the full amount of time so I wandered back upstairs to find out that Davia had set up a Girl Scout cookie booth next to my friends. Obviously, a box of cookies had to be acquired before my next meeting – of the Cooks Guild.
The Cooks Guild here in Æthelmearc has been a bit, not defunct, but certainly not very active. There is a movement to revitalize it, and as I have an interest in cooking I decided to attend. The meeting lasted a full hour and was well attended by Laurels all the way to folks with no awards at all. We discussed ways to be more inclusive and supportive of each other and new people who are looking to cook feasts, dayboards, or just enter A&S competitions. I left feeling that while I am certainly not ‘good’ at anything in particular, that there was definite opportunity here for me to learn and grow in both my skills as a cook, and in planning and organization – and more importantly that I do not have to do it all. I think in some ways that has been a sticking point for me. If I don’t do all of it, then I should not do any of it. I really need to get beyond that particular mindset. No one is perfect in every aspect of something, and I need to remember that.
I spent the remainder of the day chatting with people and having fun. Before I knew it the time had come to help pack up the booth again. I pitched in with doing so – and sadly missed court – but we were on a bit of a time table due to when the site closed and how long court was expected to run. We managed to be almost entirely packed and ready to go just after court was done. The vehicles were loaded and I headed out – in the snow.
Apparently the Ice Dragon was up for one last hurrah and was not ready to pass! That night there was some rather horrible driving for people going home, and I was very thankful that I had opted to stay at the hotel a second night.
In all – an absolutely awesome weekend. My one regret is that I never seem to have enough time to talk to everyone that I want to or to do everything that I want to at an event. There were people that I did not get to hug or talk to, and I didn’t get in to see the entries for the A&S Competition. Next year I will make it a point to see the entries – and talk to more people!