Yesterday the Shire of Mynydd Seren in the Middle Kingdom hosted The
Constellation Scribal Retreat and it went very well. The Site did not burn
down, explode and to my knowledge nobody died. We had about 30
participants come from all over the kingdom. Every single region of the
Middle Kingdom was represented by participants who came to the event.
Instructors also came from far and wide in the kingdom. No less than 15
people went out of their way to tell me how wonderful the event was and the
Kingdom Signet said he would love to see this event happen again next year.
The success of this event had much to do with those who stepped up . I
very much wish to thank these people who not only showed up but did such
wonderful work as to make things look easy.
Much local help was given:
Richard - Relatively new to participating in the shire helped with set-up
left site and then came back to help with tear down, even bringing a vacuum
Alan - Arranging the site, opening site and helping to ensure we put things
back the way they should be during tear down so the Shire may keep its
Taran - Provided and put up signage. Helped with Set-up and Ran "troll",
answering questions and directing people to where they wanted to go;
Johannes - Crash-o-crat helped find places for people to stay and had many
people stay at his place, also for sharing thoughts and ideas prior to the
event, teaching, tutoring and Clean-up;
Anne - Hostessing people in her place and helping with the end of clean-up;
Kara - Feast-o-crat cooked an excellent lunch that everyone loved, cleaned
up the kitchen BEFORE and after setting up for lunch, came in UNDER her
Sionnan - Helped with lunch and reminded us of basic rules of the site;
Veena - For providing crash space;
Dan - For coming to the event and talking about bamboo to scribes;
Audelinde - For letting us borrow Dan;
But these are not the only people who helped make the Constellation Scribal
Retreat a Success. Indeed people came from all over the Kingdom that made
this event a success! Here are those that I caught doing awesome and what
I caught them at doing:
Jocelyn of Lutterworth - For teaching two well attended calligraphy
classes, offering to tutor and informal teaching as well;
Iohannes Weisswald - For teaching and for setting up a scribal geek out and
petting session of period manuscripts at the Lilly Library here in town;
Justice McCartan - For coming and giving the Keynote Talk as the Dragon
Signet, for lots of informal teaching as well; and some very nice talks
Ambr Stormwatch - For braving flood waters to teach what few others teach
so well, how to draw Acanthus leaves, keeping me updated on her ability to
come and for several good conversations;
RanthulfR - for teaching two classes, tutoring three people, setting up a
wonderful display in the Scribal Show, Tell & Try area and for helping with
Roana - for teaching a class, and keeping me updated on her ability to come;
Katerina - For teaching a class, volunteering to tutor, showing me (and
many others,) her book binding examples, going out of her way to make sure
I had her class notes and DVD
Arina - For teaching a class, doing informal teaching and for helping with
Angharad - For volunteering to tutor, informal teaching, making period
paintbrushes and discussions on how to make parchment;
Angus - For braving flood waters to come to the event to help with the
And most importantly:
Hroswitha my wife - for helping me find my head once it left my shoulders
and keeping me pointed mostly in a straight line and putting up with the
autocrat of the event in her own home.
I also want to thank everyone who came. You also made this event special.
Scribes so rarely get to hang out with one another and do scribal stuff
without being worried about getting the combat scribed scroll done in time.
It was an honor and a treat to be surrounded by so many people with varied
scribal interests each joyfully sharing and learning from one another. You
also kept site in good condition and that made the clean-up go so much
easier than it otherwise would have.
If I have missed you or something that you did to help, please forgive my
event addled brain. I certainly wish to give credit where it is due.
Please know that you too have my large thanks!
People of the Middle Kingdom, of the Known World, these people deserve a
round of applause and your best shout of appreciation! They certainly have
Yours In Service,
THLord Ian the Green
"Veritatem resistit simplicitate"
My Blog <http://scribescribbling.wordpress.com/
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