Re: [SCA Newcomers] Camping event
- In a message dated 4/1/2007 3:19:20 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
<<I guess I can sum up my question as: What Do I Do?
I'm not going to fight, but everything else is a mystery to me. So what
would you do after you decided to go? Nothing is too small a detail! >>
The first thing you need to do is decide where you are sleeping and keeping
your stuff. Are there cabins available? If so, check with the
reservationist to see if there are spaces left and what they are like - do you need to
bring a mattress, for example, or are cots with mattresses provided? If there
are not cabins, you need a tent of some sort. Modern tents are perfectly
fine, but I strongly advise against backpacker style small tents that you have
to crawl into and out of. It's very difficult to dress in medieval clothing
inside one of those, and can be even harder getting in and out. You want
either a cabin style or a high dome that you can stand up in and walk in and out
the door of.
Next, sleeping stuff. Keeping your bed off the floor is advisable. For
one, it's easier to get in and out of bed and you can store stuff under your
bed, leaving more floor space free. Two, it's often warmer being off the
ground. And three, when a tent gets wet, it is usually due to seepage up through
the floor rather than from drips from the roof. So if your bed is on the
floor, it's the first thing to get wet. If it's raised, you can have a dry
comfortable bed even if your feet are sloshing around on the floor.
For storing stuff, the modern solution is to put everything in plastic. The
period solution is to put things in containers with legs, so the bottom of
the container is not on the floor (see three under tents).
What to do at the event? Some possible options: Watch the fighting.
Waterbear (carry water) for the fighters. Help with some set-up or clean-up task
at the event. There may be classes available to take. Look for a period
games tent or corner. If you know how to play chess or backgammon, those are
both period games; bring your set along and see if you can find someone to play
with. Bring a small period-appropriate art or craft and work on that while
you watch other things. Look around and see what crafts other people are
doing and ask them about what they are doing.
Most especially, when you arrive at the event, notify the person at the gate
that you are new and ask where you can find the chatelaine (some kingdoms
use the term hospitaller; in the East it is chatelaine). This is the person
whose job it is to help newcomers get acclimated. If for some reason the
person with the title isn't available, most likely the person at the gate will be
able to direct you to someone else who can show you around.
And don't be afraid to ask questions or to offer to help. The most likely
responses are to tell you as much as you want to know about the question or to
gladly accept the help. Events take a lot of work to put on, and more hands
makes it easier for everyone.
Shire of Silver Rylle, East Kingdom
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