Do novelty shoots have to be approved by the
Crowns to get on the schedule? Can any marshal
design and run a shoot for Pennsic and if so, who
compiles the "official" schedules?
Some of the period shoots (Pop-in-Jay, Wand
Shooting or Garland Shooting) all look like great
fun if billed correctly but as someone mentioned,
some archers like to actually "practice" for such
things. And it was difficult to know when such
opportunities were available (and I was camped
overlooking the range! God forbid if I had to
travel out from "town"!)
If they use the same hill setting as XXX, you
could make schedules of blocks (clout for this
hour, Garland shoot for this hour, Novelty #1
this hour, back to clout, garland, Novelty #2,
etc so that people know what is available. And
yes, some of the fighters, archers, nobility,
heralds, etc etc etc will have different
commitments at different times so they will be
unable to do it all... but
that is going to happen.
I am still a fledgeling so my scores may not
reflect the wisdom of the Masters here on this
list; please do not take my words as criticism -
you guys/gals are amazing in your skills and for
a first timer on the range, I felt safe,
informed, and moreso comfortable having my then 7
year old son shooting amongst "professionals".
But to have a rotation of shoots in succession
(not by an hour or so block at least) makes it
VERY hard to practice and adjust. The Masters
can do that easy (hence the title) but for the
fledgling archer and marksman, I needed practice,
practice and more practice ON THE SAME TARGET so
I could learn. PLEASE do not make the shoots
scattered and give archers time to learn one
topic before they have to tackle another.
Onn a side note, the kids archery range was
AMAZING and my son to this day still talks about
his experiences, the care, the thrill, and the
rewards. They are the archers of tomorrow and I
will, as a marshal, definitely be trying to help
there next year as well. The spirits working
there were blessed and I wish to thank them all.
In service to the Crown,
Tobyn Kembold, Bridge
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