academie: Coronation Coordination (say THAT 3 times fast!)
scavard at hotmail.com
Mon Jan 29 09:17:39 PST 2001
I wanted to pass a quick Academie-wide note to everybody to let you know
whats happening regarding Coronation planning, and to better prepare you in
case you hear something come from someone you weren't expecting to hear
#1: Storvik is running Coronation, the Autocrat is Dame Brenna. She is in
#2: Her Highness Princess Mary-Grace views Coronation as a very important
day in Her life, and She has some VERY specific things that She wants to
have happen that day. She is also in charge.
#3: Princess Mary-Grace has a very pro-active group of retainers, who act
immediately upon Her request, and who also come up with stuff completely on
their own. They are ALSO in charge.
#4: The site has been moved to "Goochland", which is between Richmond and
Charlottesville, VA. I do not know if that is Crown Land, or if Caer Mear
or Isenfir claim it. Either way, there is likely to be a local person
tagged to be in charge of site-related functions. I do not doubt for a
moment that this person will ALSO be in charge. :)
Get the picture? Lots of cooks, lots of people "in charge". But only ONE
Ball and only ONE Academie running it.
So everybody here knows, the Coronation Ball is being coordinated by Lady
Etain, who will be leaning upon the Academie for as much support as she
requires. Make no mistake, this is an Academie-sponsored Ball, and we will
be heavily involved with virtually every aspect of it. Etain is heading-up
our effort, but she can only effectively do her job if she is included in
*all* of the planning. If any of the people "in charge" fail to communicate
with Etain, then the risk that something important might slip through the
cracks is apparent.
I am Etain's primary backup for this, and in her stead, I am temporarily
her point of contact with the Autocrat. Her Highness should now be
communicating exclusively with Etain. Her Highness' staff should *also* be
communicating exclusively with Etain, although I know that this idea has not
yet firmly taken root with them.
At Marinus' "Revels" event, we were approached by Baroness Rosine regarding
some details for Coronation dancing. I know that Lord Bryan had been
contacted privately by HRH's staff on a different topic, and I also know
that HRH's staff were acting under the misconception last week that someone
*other* than Etain was running dancing. These symptoms are indicative of a
lot of well-meaning, VERY enthusiastic people, who are failing to
well-coordinate their efforts. ;)
If you are approached by any of the multiple people who are "in charge" of
Coronation, by all means listen to what they have to tell you and to what
they're requesting. Keep in mind that though they're asking you, they're
probably really asking the Academie. When they finish, thank them for their
time and let them know that you will pass this information to Etain, who
will include it in her planning. You may also use my name if you'd like...
consider Etain and I interchangable, what I hear, she hears. If you receive
a personal request, that's great, but as a courtesy you should pass word to
Etain so she can be aware of it. She cannot plan for things that she does
not know about. :)
There are a LOT of cooks, and they're not all talking to each other right
now. Until they do, and until the message they're sending gets
better-coordinated, the only way we can ensure that dancing at Coronation
comes off smoothly is if WE coordinate things ourselves. If you learn of
some new 'want' or 'need' for Coronation, let Etain and/or myself know as
soon as possible.
If something urgent comes up, don't rely on email -- call me. My numbers
are: 301-737-0437 (home), 301-862-5710 x323 (work).
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