Below photos: Nicole Scofield
Phew! I have no clue how I'll manage to catch up with this blog, since I seem to have a new event or project to write about every time I sit down to try to talk about one of the ones that's already happened. Today I'll tackle the Fest of St. Pyre in Loch Salaan, which was April 24. I decided to go to this event last-minute when it turned out Her Majesty needed some attendants. It was a fun girls' trip, since she, another one of her ladies, Lady Britta, and I, all drove down together and stayed at our friend Lady Dria's house. We made the pilgrimage to Ikea in Salt Lake, which I'd never done before, and had a fun night getting to know Her Highness Esther, also staying with us. She is a very talented belly dancer, and as soon as we all sat down with a beer she was offering lessons to Lady Britta and I. I was abysmal, but Britta did very well.
My car project on the way was attaching the blackwork cuffs a friend made for me to my Italian camicia. I did a trade with him for a pair of green knitted socks. The cuffs have garlic bulbs (which, in addition to being one of my favorite foods, hearkens back to the garlic flowers on my device) and knitting needles with green knitting on them. I got so many compliments on these. I just attached little ribbon ties to the cuffs, but will probably go back and do buttons. The cuffs are just thick enough that the wrists of my sleeves are too snug, so I'll have to work on that too.
Also staying at Lady Dria's was Princess Esther, who gave us a mini belly dance lesson the evening before the event. She's a very talented dancer, and we had a great time.
The drive to the site in Logan the next morning was so beautiful that I had to take a bunch of landscape pictures, but I'll just subject you to one.
The event was a lot of fun. I especially enjoyed the carrot nose tourney and the barroom brawls put on by the heavy fighters. In the carrot nose tourney fighters attach a carrot to their helms and must try to break off the carrots of the other fighters. The barroom brawl included a tavern table made of a shield and swords, and various barroom implements such as a guitar, a turkey leg, a dead cat, bottles, tankards, etc. Those of us in the audience had beanbag tomatoes to throw at the fighters. Here are a few shots.
In the afternoon we had some time to do a photo shoot of Her Majesty and her many ladies who were in attendance. As you can see, I've added additional trim and sewn some freshwater pearls on to my Italian gown. It was a lot of fun to wear, and I got a lot of compliments. The one thing I'll change next time will be to add more room under the arms. They are high enough that I can't comfortably tie my own shoes. There are a few shots of Lady Britta and I together in our matching Italian dresses. Her beading on the bodice was just amazing, and the smocking on her camicia was too.
Below photos: Nicole Scofield
There was also a lovely feast, an A&S competition, a bardic competition, and of course, court. Here's a shot of Her Majesty and Her Highness showing their unadulterated girl power. There was a lot of laughter and lightheartedness at this event, and it was a great time.
The after party at Lady Dria's house was nothing short of absolutely wild. It was just a huge pack of SCA-dians, mostly women, dancing and imbibing until the wee hours of the morning. It was a great time, but oh boy was the drive home the next morning rough. Oy.
There was some dancing in the late afternoon, but I was pretty worn out from attending Her Majesty and watching the fighting, so I just observed (which felt very strange). The evening court was exciting because the premier members of the Order of Defense were announced, and one, Don Killian, is a friend of ours. There were many moist eyes, including Their Majesties', as the names were read. There was a delicious feast in the evening, with a lovely soup, pork pies, prime rib, and lots of wonderful side dishes. We stayed the night with friends in the area, and drove home the next day full of excitement
Well. I still have lots to catch up on from the last few months, so let's start with a chat about Artemisia's crown tournament, held in April in the Barony of Loch Salaan (Salt Lake City, UT). This event was a bit hectic for my husband and I, since it took place on the first full day of Passover. In order to attend the first night seder (which is a big deal), we drove the 6 or so hours to the event early in the morning, and managed to make it to the site just as the competitors were beginning to process.
It was an incredibly windy day, and I filled in as head lady in waiting since our actual head lady is the kingdom list mistress. The fighting was wonderful, and there were a lot of competitors who could easily have come out on top. In the end, though, it was His Highness Ibrahim and his consort Princess Esther who won the day. My Jewish friends and I had a good laugh about the possibilities that will about because we will have a Queen Esther during Purim (the spring holiday that celebrates Esther's saving of her people). Here's a photo just before they were crowned, with Their Majesties to the right followed by Dame Jennet.
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