Re: [Ayreton] Ayreton Event, Symbols and Mayoral Selection
- I respectfully disagree with the last part of Alexanders statement on the Lord Mayor's office. If we choose to make Ayreton a group with a more formal status within the SCA, it would not be appropriate to keep the remnants of the previous informal structure in competition with a new Baronial structure. However, it may please the Baron/ess to create, and select by whatever means, those Champions, Deputies, Assistants and General Lackeys they choose, one of which could happen to be a Mayor In Charge of Schtick.
As I have said previously, I very much agree that the official symbols of Aeryton, whatever its status, should follow acceptable rules of heraldry, for all of the good and practical reasons that those rules were developed in the first place.
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From: "AlexdeSet@..." <AlexdeSet@...>
Sent: Sunday, July 8, 2007 10:43:32 PM
Subject: Re: [Ayreton] Ayreton Event, Symbols and Mayoral Selection
Since it's inception, the Lord Mayor of Ayreton has been a figure of schtick, originally picked by the Rite of Random Chance. (Well, that's what I was told at the time.)
Anyway, I think the office of Lord Mayor should remain a figure of unifying schtick, and there is no real need for accountability since the idea is to have fun. Certainly the Office of the Lord Mayor (and Lady Mayor) and the Lord/Lady Mayor's Office of Special Events has done great good within the Greater Ayreton Co-Prosperity Sphere. I think that work should continue, and that it need have nothing to do with whether there is a change in the status of the Ayreton geo-political groups.
If there is to be another Ayreton event, Kingdom event or otherwise, someone has to step up and start the process. When an autocrat makes themself known, then an "official" sponsoring group can chime in (actually, it could be group first, then 'Crat, I suppose). After that, the volunteers would sign up, and we'd be off to send in a bid for a kingdom event, or to hold another "Ayreton" event. Personally, I think more events are better.
I respectfully suggest that a segmented ring is not an accepted heraldic charge. I submit that there are Heralds out there (You know who I am talking about-those of you who are group Pursuivants or Regional/Kingdom officers, or Heralds-at-Large) who can make learned suggestions instead of guesses, the way I do it.
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For point of reference, there have been spring crown tourneys in the near past (Bloomington, IN) that used a LARGE tent as the "backup indoor site" for the fighting.
Pretty risky, honestly, but there is precedent for doing it.
I tend to agree wtih Christian: 750 is managable with careful planning and communication for parking.
Suggestion: take a look for the last 10 years at weather on Memorial Day weekend. Historical data is a good guideline for figuring odds.
Coronation attendance tends to be low anywhere, so I'm not sure that's a good judge (Duke Felix was the last coronation to be held there - quite successfully IMO.)
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I can't imagine Ida Noyes -- or the Midway itself, for that matter -- being able to handle that kind of load -- Spring Crown pulls hundreds of people. The access issues alone would create havoc.I disagree. As a point of reference, the typical attendance for the University of Chicago Folk Festival (an annual three-day event also held primarily at Ida Noyes) is over 500 (over the course of the weekend; having worked at it a half dozen times, I'm pretty sure they don't get more than 300 or so in Ida Noyes at any one time). Parking gets tricky, meaning that sometimes people have to park up to 1/2 mile away. Typically, the Folk Fest holds temporary parking spots available, directly in front of Ida Noyes, for guests to unload equipment (a lot of people bring instruments, and find a spot to jam).Midway Plaisance, or more relevantly the greensward between 59th Street and Midway Plaisance, provides an uninterrupted space approximately 150' x 1300', with much, much more space available by crossing streets. That green space is a City park, which complicates matters if we want to formally reserve it, but not impossibly so. Setting up a tent big enough to fight under, though, is a real problem-- so we'd need an indoor alternative sight for the tournament, in case of bad weather (something like the big gym at Crown Pavilion?)XF
- I highly concur with the former hizzoner Alexander on
the UN-accountability of the office of the Lord Mayor.
We created it for fun and another venue for schtick in
order to bring the groups together, and it seems to be
And for the THOUSDANTH time...YES! it really *WAS*
Random Chance the first time. Any subsequent
'elections' were not overseen by myself, so I can't
speak for those.
Also - I've already put in that I would love to
support a Crown bid, but I'll say it again in case
anyone else is interested in jumping in.
--- AlexdeSet@... wrote:
> ???? Since it's inception, the Lord Mayor of Ayreton
> has been a figure of schtick, originally picked by
> the Rite of Random Chance. (Well, that's what I was
> told at the time.)
> ???? Anyway, I think the office of Lord Mayor should
> remain a figure of unifying schtick, and there is no
> real need for accountability since the idea is to
> have fun. Certainly the Office of the Lord Mayor
> (and Lady Mayor) and the Lord/Lady Mayor's Office of
> Special Events has done great good within the
> Greater Ayreton Co-Prosperity Sphere. I think that
> work should continue, and that it need have nothing
> to do with whether there is a change in the status
> of the Ayreton geo-political groups.
- As a co-overseer of the first Election, I can also confirm that the process was entirely random. I'm not saying that there wasn't a back-up plan, or something, I'm just saying that that first election, as conducted, was entirely random.Christian Fournier
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--- In Ayreton@yahoogroups.com, Robin Goldman <ladyscribe07@...> wrote:
> I think we should do do Spring Crown at Ida Noyes if we can, although
the school could work fine too. I agree with Ian, we need to decide
now if we are doing it or not.
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Greetings Good Gentles
Several days ago there were several postings from some of you concerning my performance of this job, the Lord Mayor of Ayreton. Concerns were voiced that I had exceeded the original intent, that I should be a "figure of unifying schtick" alone. I held myself in reserve to consider all aspects of the history of the mayors before me and the spirit of the creation by its authors.
This job is not as easy as it may seem. Since its inception, we have grown as friends. We have seen the benefits of our efforts to play nice together. I consulted the original charter. I had been priviledged to have been consulted upon its creation, as at the time I was seneschal of the Shire of the Grey Gargoyles. I have since been an advisor to some of those who held the office. I have taken council on this matter from the most forthright person I know, my lady wife, who's never afraid to tell me when I err.
In my travels through the Kingdom, far flung friends have asked me "what the heck is this Ayreton thing?" "What is a Lord Mayor?" I explained that the idea was to promote unity of the various Chicagoland groups, that we were doing much better than in the past at cooperation and coordination thanks in part to the group. Finally that the Lord Mayor was someone WHO HELD NO OFFICIAL STATUS, but acted as a figurehead for these efforts. Even our present King asked these questions. He seemed pleased at our progress.
But as we have grown, so has the job. I'm finding that to merely be a parade grand marshall is to shortchange all of you. In introducing questions, I hope to engender necessary discussion and promote the progress we deserve. I enjoy the fun aspects and will certainly continue to offer "official town jobs" and such. I do not seek to usurp power, but to empower all of you. I will not speak just for the interest of one group, but all. Please continue to approach me and ask what is in your hearts.
In Service to the Midrealm and Ayreton
THL Etienne le Couteau des Roches