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Jan. 9th, 2017 02:18 pm
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12th Night was moderate fun. Too few people in too large a space to be a really great party, but we got about 40 people at Duchess's Ball which is good considering that was about 10% of the entire 12th night attendees. Sandro's ceremony was nice, and the choir sang three times (once at the ceremony, at the Golden Stag presentation, and again at the Duchess's Ball) which was really nice... I liked being able to hear a bunch of songs.
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I can't quite seem to find the right terms for google. Most pages seem ot be preoccupied with swear words, or curses.

This article looks promising https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/scl.50.15sau/details

page 951 of _Studies in Middle English Linguistics_ seems to say Lo! or Loo! might be like "Cool!" https://books.google.com/books?id=RppwKv9Oh8EC&pg=PA573&lpg=PA573&dq=chaucer%27s+exclamations&source=bl&ots=2U-WEdxG7Y&sig=uH9hNlObfpTsjwh1Xef8aq4EnrQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCMQ6AEwAWoVChMItcDq05-byAIVzJqICh3b1w00#v=onepage&q=chaucer's%20exclamations&f=false
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The Crosston ball is scheduled for the 28th, the last Saturday of February. It's going to be held at the Los Gatos History Club . Link to event and potluck-dinner information: https://www.westkingdom.org/as49/feb/crosston-dance-ball
If you would like to join the musicians, please contact me for a music packet. I think we have two new pieces this year, La Castellana and Beauté de Castille.
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Howdy everybody,

This week is the last practice of 2014, Dec17th in Menlo Park.
We'll be taking two weeks off for Christmas eve and New Year's eve.
We will resume Wednesday practices in Menlo Park for the first three (3) Wednesdays in January; the 7th, 14th and 21st.
On January 28th, we will resume the normal winter schedule with Dance practice in San Jose on the 4th Wednesday.

This leaves us with only 9 more Wednesday practices before the Crosston Dance Ball on Saturday February 28th, 2015. See website for details. http://www.westkingdom.org/as49/feb/crosston-dance-ball
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Crosston Dance Ball
The 2014 Peasant’s Picnic and Dance will be held at the lovely San Jose Women’s Club in San Jose CA. This enormous hall has a sprung wood dance floor!  In addition to dance and flirtation, there will be an arts display and a gambling den. There will be two preparatory dance classes: English Country Dance at 2pm, Italian and  French Dance at 3:30pm.
Dinner break is from 5-5:45pm. The Dance Ball begins at 6pm, ends at 10pm.(hall closes at 11pm) We do not have permission to use the kitchen, so please bring a picnic basket or plan to eat out. This is a damp site only  (Cider, beer, and wine ok, please no hard alcohol). Please mark your bottles and leave them with the bartender. (It’s an odd rule of the site that all alcohol must be served.)
If you are interested in playing with the dance band, please contact the autocrat who will send you a PDF of sheet music.
Event Schedule, The Crosston Dance Ball is Saturday January 25th, 2014: 1:30 pm, Hall Opens

2pm, English country dance class3:30pm, Italian and  French Dance

5pm, dinner

6pm Dance!

10pm, clean-up

11 pm Hall closes

Site Information:  San Jose Women’s Club. 75 S 11th St 95112 San Jose, CA

Please do not move the permanent furniture, and do not leave drinks on the piano.  Please keep outdoor noise levels down, as it’s in a residential neighborhood.

Please respect the loading zone in front of the hall. Parking is free on most streets.  Carpooling is highly encouraged. Nearest parking garage is SJSU’s North Parking garage at 10th and San Fernando, $5 all day.

Directions: From the north, take the 11th St exit toward  10th Street. From the south, take the 11th St exit toward 10th St. Turn right onto S 11th St, a one-way street. When you leave, remember to take 10th back to 280
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For all I was worried about Mists Coronet, it went really, really well. Guards and Courtiers were there to help set up the principality pavilions at 7am, by 9am we were ready to start. Lists went smoothly, the Princess’s tea had many contributions (and sugar-seeking wasps, dammit!), finals were completed well ahead of time and final court went smoothly. It was amazing to see so many people pitch in to drop tents and get off site quickly. I’ve been a bit burnt out on 10% of the volunteers doing 90% of the work in the last couple of years, so it was good to see our community come together.

I slept most of the day on Sunday, but got up in time to make the lasagna of laziness. )
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An article written by and for librarians; but so, so applicable to SCA regalia ministers: The Myth of the Free Gift.
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Put it on your calendars in PEN, the next Crosston Dance Ball will be on Saturday, 25January2014!

My vision of the dance balls tends to be very low-frills more-dancing, so if you have an idea you want to express, please come to a Wednesday dance practice and make your case on or before 16 October 2013. Early birds tend to get the worm for themes and decorations.

I'd like to run the ball as a donation-only event. No feast, bring your own pic-nic basket. Classes from 2-5, dinner from 5-6, Dance ball starts at 6:30 and goes until the hall closes. If you need a packet of sheet music please send me email off line, we should have the dance list settled by the end of September.
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This year’s dance ball was great. We had about 80 people, which was a good turn-out for a non-rainy day. I had a really great time. It occurred to me on my way to church this morning that the reason I’d had such a good time last night was because for the past two years the dance ball had been a test of endurance and pain management. After the foot surgery last March (thank you Jesus for the miracles of modern medicine!), and a way longer recovery period than I’d hoped for, I’m finally back to being able to dance all afternoon and evening with no more pain than any desk-worker who suddenly decides to spend a day moving around.

We had fewer musicians than usual this year, so a double helping of thanks to those who came to play: Geoffrey Matthias, Vyncent Atte Woodgate, Alef of King’s Crossing, Catharine de Holocombe,  John Rossingol, Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn, and Alessandro Cantori.

Thanks also to my fellow dance teachers: Vyncent, Aasa, and Brocc.

Bonus thanks to the autocrat team: Violet, who made things pretty; Cin, who negotiated for the lovely hall, and John, who jumped on the grenade to save the rest of us. Again.

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If you'd like to play music at the dance ball this year, please reply here and I'll send you a PDF of the sheet music to whatever address I have for you :) 

Set 1
Horses Branles
Rufty Tufty
Alta Regina
Branles of War

Set 2
Bell Qui Pavan and Galliard  (Choir)
Heart’s Ease    (Choir)
Cuckholds all in a Row   (Choir)
Black Alman
Petit Riense
Black Nag
Candlestick Branles

Set 3
Branles Charlotte
Pease and Pork Branles
Branles Pinagay
Jenny Pluck Pears

Event details here: http://crosston.westkingdom.org/danceball2013.html
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Christmas was nice. GM and I went to visit my parents in SoCal, so on Christmas day we went to the San Diego wildlife park to say hello to the rhinos and condors. On boxing day, we went to see the Adams Family Musical. Like most musicals it was charming, if a little thin on plot Then we came back home and lay around the house in utter sloth for a few days before New Year’s. I made a black eyed pea salad for New Year’s, and used the remaining peas to bulk out some red beans and rice. I’d never cooked with black eyed peas before, although I was vaguely aware that it’s a traditional new year’s dish in many parts of the US. I have a suspicion that it is one of those traditions that is making merit of necessity.

Diet: I’m either up 8.3 or down 40 pounds depending on which end you start from. GM and I are thinking about doing the 5/2 diet together over lent, and then I’ll (as necessary) do the final round of the crazystupiddiet in April or August.

Art: I spent most of 12th night in the arts display room, where GM and I had a display on tableware. We had some interesting talks with people about making vs. buying stuff, and about how we had come to the conclusions we had about the sizing of plates. I didn’t do any of the bread carving demos I was prepared for, but that’s ok. I had some every interesting talks about the fruit trencher project, and I really need to get my abstract written. Perhaps this weekend. The Duchess’s Ball at 12th night was fun. There was a lot of people I hadn’t seen before, which always makes the dance ball more of an adventure. Having Brocc be MC was wonderful.

Dance: The Crosston dance ball is scheduled for 9Feb2013, and I would strongly recommend coming and taking the day-time classes for anyone who is planning on attending the Perfectly Period Feast III in March. (Tickets for PPF III can be purchased here) he Crosston Dance Ball will give you a head start on dances that would be cool to know for the PPF after-dinner party. Wednesday Dance Practice will be focused on 16th century dances for the next few weeks, please write for times/directions.

[livejournal.com profile] gormflaith s home and resting comfortably after her (expected) surgery. I talked to her a little yesterday when she was still a big groggy on pain meds. I'll call again later today.

not yet

Jul. 9th, 2012 10:21 am
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Darn it! Does anybody know who posted this, http://www.scatoday.net/node/23013 ?

While Flidais did vigil at the West An Tir war, she's not going to be elevated until October Crown.
Oddvar was elevated to the Laurel during Saturday evening court at West/AnTir war.
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TRM Hauoc and Mina very kindly took time from their schedule to stop by dance practice last night and offer my practically perfect apprentice, [livejournal.com profile] gormflaith, membership in the Order of the Laurel! There was much sqeeing and hugging; I think a box of Kleenex came into play. And wine, because it was dance practice.

Her ladyship, the most excellent Flidais ní Eitigen has accepted; vigil and ceremony date to be determined.

Let the SEWING commence! ::happy dance::

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I'm thinking of teaching a class on basic feast planning and organization at A&S, or maybe at the next West Coast Culinary Symposium. If you were thinking about volunteering to cook your first feast, what would you want to know? 

Tentative class description: An in-depth discussion on the necessary steps to plan and execute an SCA feast. Topics will include planning, budgeting, basic food safety, working with your autocrat, and kitchen management. The goal of this class is to give you the tools to confidently prepare a feast so that hot food is hot, cold food is cold, and everything is served on time. We will not be discussing cooking or specific recipes.

I am thinking of including a section on "The 4 big things I did wrong at my first feast". I'll have some spreadsheet examples for the shopping  plan, and some example budgets.

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But still so very, very pretty, fabric "modeled from an embroidered traveling suit worn by King Gustav II Adolf, the Swedish king that ruled 1615-1632".

from another list "> Converting that, it's about $550/cdn/us per metre
> when done by hand embroidery. A mere $100 Cdn/US if it's
> the printed version on silk."

There are days when I'm kind of glad I can't sew, or I'd be re-arranging my budget to buy some of that.
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The Shire of Crosston's annual Dance Ball is Saturday, the 29th of January. Details on the Crosston website  and  the West Event Wiki.
Site: St. Mark's Episcopal Church 1957 Pruneridge Ave. Santa Clara, CA. 
Hours: Site opens at 11:30 AM Dance classes at noon, and at 5 PM the potluck starts. 
6 PM we will begin the ball, and the event ends at 10 PM. 
Set list under the cut )
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Duchesses’ Ball dance list:


Horses’s Bransle


Petit Riense

Montard Bransle

Queen’s Alman


West Kingdom Choir

Pavan/Galliard (to singing)


Bransle Charlotte


Black Alman




Dane de Cleves

Old Mole

Gracca Amoroso

Hyde Park

Gathering Peascods


Details about 12th night are here: http://www.westkingdom.org/node/297 and here: http://inthewest.org/wiki/Twelfth_Night_Coronation_2010#Schedule 

As far as I know, the Duchess's ball will be in the Court hall (Capital B&C) after a charity auction (7pm). I'm guessing the ball will begin about 8pm.

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Just leaving a note for myself so I won't forget: http://www.antir.sca.org/Upcoming/?Event_ID=2727
Is anybody else planning on going? It's the weekend between Mists Coronet and Prova Dura.


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