Loc Bais Birthday Bash 2009
Loch na Bas became an Incipient Shire in the summer of 1995, with a Birthday celebration in all but one of those fourteen years. On June 13, 2009 AS XLIV Birthday Bash for Loch Bais took place as a one-day event at the Wesley Center, 520 University Parkway Natchitoches, LA 71457. To find your way, it was good to know maps or GPS still listed the street as College Drive. I considered it an unheralded quest, as the one Ambassador flyer listed no address at all. Complete directions were provided on he shire website. As I drew near, I sited Sibley Lake where the skeletal arm of the group’s device was found. Prior Gilbert welcomed us as Lady Marcilla le Despencer, Reservationist, presented each of the sixty-three attendees a token of the shire’s device cast by Baroness Bethany Bacon. The day began with donuts and breakfast beverages.
Although the summer solstice had not yet arrived, having all activities in air-conditioning was a genuine treat. Bethany taught How to Run a List discussing various tourney styles and placement of bye fights in lists. Youth Combat Class was both one on one combat and discussion with those new to the sport. The Historical Research Class was cancelled when no teacher arrived to teach it. Mistress Sarah Macgregor taught a Protocol and Precedence Class. Many brought drums for a Basic Middle Eastern Drumming Class taught by Baron Grimbaldus Bacon, the event’s autocrat. A number of youth played various period games and a round of Monopoly.
With THL Lannon as marshal and THL Jean Louis as HRH Onora’s guard, eight took part in the Defender Tourney. The Loch Bais Champion’s Rock stood ready to be claimed by Lord Olaf Bristlebeard, Sir Ashikaga Himimoto who was last year’s champion, THL Motan the Mongal, Baron Grimbaldus Bacon, Lord Griffin Fitzwyse, Lady Aishe, Lord Paul the Small or Lord John Bellringer. Placing third was Olaf; Ashi took second and Motan won the Loch Bais Championship and a fine belt token. Then he knelt before Princess Onora who tied her token, a small silver crown on a fine woven cord, to the handle of the hand painted Champion’s mug. This Mongol will represent Loch Bais in the Champion’s list this autumn with the top two finishers entered into the grand Tournament of Champions, later that same day.
Rixende de Rouen, one of six founding members of the group who were present, brought her baby daughter as well as her rapier gear. This Baroness of Ansteorra crossed blades with a combatant from Meridies then both practiced with new or interested gentles. For a brief period there were three dogs in attendance. Scratching behind ears was encouraged.
Making Flat Bread taught by Lord Leif Cliffstalker overflowed with attendees. That bread was the basis for build your own Shawarma with hummus and all the fixings as the fundraiser lunch. The Minden Methodist site frequently used for events would receive the donation. Lord Ebrahim brought a huge box of chips to our obvious enjoyment as well as his magic box for recording images. The guessing game sought the number of tiny cupcake papers – what is a birthday without cake? and Barbara Sterling found the winner to be Caellach mac Aedain, a newly renamed member of Blackmoor Keep.
Avalina produced some
wonderful cord on her lucet. Using multiple strands and colors of
cotton yarn, the process went speedily. Iain and Gwenllian wove and
Abigail Gryndley knit socks. Questions as to mice on a pillow
should to be addressed to our Princess. Bran Finn and Melisande
(Kingdom Poet Laurent and Kingdom Bard) offered their bardic
skills. Lady Elena Ivanova was
very successful in presenting her first feast. It included old
favorites and some new dishes to tempt our taste buds. It ended
with Neli’s famous pound cake, freshly whipped cream
and luscious fruit --
peaches if you were Princess. Hearing that Her Highness did not
require more baskets, Loch Bais presented gifts in a shiny metal
Baroness Barbara Sterling
Their Royal Highnesses
William and Onora have placed Bash on their progress.
Ask Shire members about local activities for after the event.
Evening Feast Menu:
Subject to Change
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