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58Re: [Authentic_SCA] Re: Seeking Spanish info

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  • Beth
    Feb 2, 2001
      This is an announcement for an event held in Meridies called Andalusian Extravaganza. I enjoyed the historical text and the link they provided for more information. Their focus seems to be dance.
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Mark Calderwood <mark-c@...>
      To: Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com <Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com>
      Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2001 8:34 PM
      Subject: [Authentic_SCA] Re: Seeking Spanish info

      > > have several books on
      Arabic and Islamic poetry, I was going to  calligraph
      > > several
      poems for guests to read.
      >Wow, you're going all out! 
      Congratulations on putting together something so

      Thank you! I'm a huge fan of themed events that expose people to something
      new, and have run a few over the years, mostly from the Middle east or
      Byzantium. They involve a lot of research and are a lot of work, but I
      think are very well worth it.

      For this particular feast I'm looking at Moorish banners and tiraz curtains
      for the walls, the floors will have rugs, cushions and a few low stools.
      I'm considering making a latticework screen to seperate male and female
      diners, but that may not end up being practical. Lighting will be provided
      by several polycandelon/mosque lamps we have, and I'd like to have a go at
      a really sexy pryamidal chandelier style based on an example in a Spanish
      mosque. The food will be served on low tables in accordance with the
      etiquette of Ziryab although I draw the line at fine leather being used for
      tablecloths!), and I'm hoping to hire some green-glazed Islamic/Byzantine
      serving dishes reconstructed from archeological finds by a local potter.
      Knowing my kitchen team the food will be sumptuous and blessedly free of
      non-period middle eastern items!

      As well as that, I hope there will be lots of poetry reading, games (chess,
      zatrikion, alquerque, sirret), I daresay plenty of lighthearted flirting
      through the screen, music, singing and dancing. I hadn't thought of a
      puppet show, but it's a good idea, if I'm not exhausted with all the
      rest  of the preperations!

      where are you going to be putting it on?  If it's near the San
      >Francisco Bay Area, myself and some others would be happy to perform,
      >sure. :)

      It's in Sydney, Australia. Not very close to the bay area, but you've got
      eight months to save up your plane fare and come over! :o)


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