check this and let me know more names of those who helped, please
- Greetings from Linette!
Spring War Practice has ended, but the warm feeling generated when
friends and colleagues gather in camaraderie still lingers! I cannot
fully express how grateful I am for all of the generous help given by
the wonderful people who attended and worked at this event, but I
will try. If I miss anyone, please know it is from my over-tired
brain malfunctioning and not from a lack of gratitude.
First, thank you to all those who attended despite the cold
weather! We had many people at the event with some traveling from as
far away as Carolingia. Thank you for joining us and supporting the
Southern Army and the western region of the Kingdom. We are always
glad to see our friends and neighbors from far and near!
Thank you to the crew who slogged away for set-up, clean-up, and all
weekend: Arthur, my Deputy Autocrat, who did various jobs and helped
me keep my head together; Armand the Groundskeeper, who persevered
despite personal tribulations; Snorri, who graciously loaned us a
rental tent for Troll; and the rest of the crew: Wulfgar, Ivan,
Sasha, Kara, Cat, Keeti, Wolfram, Etain, Sorcha and kids, Erec,
Connal, Orlaithe, Hroudland, Olwen, newcomers Meera and Patrick,
Marcus, Fabrisse, Gwenllian, Connor, Mara, Alana, Joscelin, and friends.
Thank you to the marvelous Kitchen staff who provided us with a whole
weekend of wonderful food: Head Cook Elisabetta, Victor, Cat, Keeti,
Gerald, Marcus, Fabrisse, Connal, Orlaithe, Asa, Macy (at her first
event!). Thank you very much to the crew who willingly came in after
the feast and washed mountains of dishes with no running hot
water: Wolf, Jayme, Erec, Wulfgar, Mara, Oddvar, Bleiddwn, Ivan,
Titus, and any others I've missed in the chaos post-feast.
Huge Thanks to my able Reservations Clerk and Head Troll, Constancia,
and to her willing helpers Apollonia, Fiona, and Colin. Thanks to
Gerald and Hroudland who provided heaters, and Connal for his lanterns.
We had a wonderful day of A&S education in addition to the fighting,
thanks to the SWISS Alliance. Thank you to organizers and teachers:
Sol, Isabel, Ros, Gwenllian, Magdalena, Jayme, Sabine, Alana, Barry,
Tristan, Erlan. A special thank to Mistress Anne Liese, who filled
in for the Dyeing Class at the last minute, and spent a whole day
creating wonderful colors for all to see. Thank you to Ros and Raven
and crew for organizing the Herbal Tea and Embroiderer's Solar, and
thank you to Celleach and the Athena's Thimble folks, and all the
others who attended - and to the musicians who added so much by
bringing live music to it: Skyn Wynd and Wyre, with Marcus, Ana, Sol,
Fabrisse, Connal, Orlaithe; and also Erlan and Sabine who played as
well. Thanks also go to all who helped with the Passport Scavenger
Hunt: Celebriande, Sol, and all those who acted as stations on the Hunt.
War Practice wouldn't be the same without melee combat, so thank you
to the marshals and list ministers who made it possible: Wulfgar,
Ivan, Mord, Mary of Montvale and helpers. Thank you to Alana,
Domenic, and all the teachers and marshals down at the Archery Range
and Thrown Weapons Range: Jibril, John, Talmar, Colin, and Sam, and
I'm sure there were others. I heard there was a great turnout of
interested folks! Thank you also to Hroudland for running Youth
Combat, and to all those who helped him.
We experienced considerable trials and tribulations with this event,
including poor weather predictions and a site which was in
unexpectedly poor shape. However, the people who willingly pitched
in and helped to make this event happen are simply amazing and I
raise my glass to you all. Some of you are old hands and have been
serving our Society for decades. Some of you are new and leaping in
with both feet. All of you, individually and collectively, are the
reason why our Society is such a wonderful place, and the reason why
I will treasure my memories of this weekend for many years to come.