minstrel: Bardic Activity at GWW

Ercil C. Howard-Wroth ercil at astrid.upland.ca.us
Fri Jan 31 14:30:49 PST 1997


Hope that lots of you are coming!  Lots of fun
to be had....  
Astridhr
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Bards at War...

	We bid you a mighty welcome to the Great Western War! You
are a bard who has journeyed far and you wonder what has been
planned to honor your arts.  Read on and come make merry as a
bard at war. 

	Come and visit the Circle of Bards booth located in the
merchant area.  Registration for competitions, information,
publications, and tapes will be available.

	Open Bardic Circles will be held on Friday and Saturday at
8pm, and on Sunday night at 9pm approx.  (Please bring some wood
if you can as we are a bit short, but absolutely NO wood
gathering from the park please).  Any level of player is welcome. 
We will have a moderator for each circle.  The Bardic Circle
bonfire is located at the firepit by the flagpole.  You may wish
to bring seating.  Some will be provided.

	Saturday and Sunday at noon in the Food Court Pavilion, The
right noble Guild of Saint Genesius will perform the famed play,
``Mistress Laurel Seamchecker''.  Come and enjoy, laugh and point
to these noble players who will bring to life roles of infamous
and famous character.

	If you would like to learn to Fyrewalk or Fyrecrawl, but you 
had no one to ask or if you are just a bit on the reserved side, 
come register at the Circle of Bards booth for a mentored Fyrewalk/crawl 
with a bard who enjoys and is experienced with this bardic artform.
(Available Saturday and Sunday nights).

	Everyone Wins!!! Saturday night `Win A Bard, Entice a
Bard'.  All bards and all encampments who wish to participate
must register at the Circle of Bard's Booth on Saturday before
5pm.  Encampments will be given markers for their campsites. 
Participating Bards will wander the encampments and perform after
dark on Saturday night.  On Sunday morning by 2pm the bards will
cast their vote for their favorite, kindest, most hospitable
encampment.  Encampments are encouraged to make any participating
bards feel welcome.  That encampment will win their choice of one
of the participating Bards for two hours on Sunday night
(specifics to be worked out individually).  Winners announced at
Closing Court on Sunday evening.  Please participate!  Everyone
Wins!! Bards perform and Encampments are entertained!!

	Sunday afternoon there will be a bardic competition in
conjunction with the Laurel Prize Tourney and the Arts Reception. 
If you wish to participate you MUST pre-register on Saturday at
the Circle of Bards Booth in the Merchant area.  This is to
facilitate scheduling.  Check at Circle of Bard's Booth on Sunday
BEFORE noon for your scheduled performance time.  

	The competition itself is to perform an original work in a
traditional style or a traditional work.  Documentation of some
kind is encouraged.  The work may be a story, song, instrumental,
or poem with a 7 minute maximum performance time.  The winner
will be announced at closing court on Sunday evening.

	If you do not wish to be in the competition but would like
to perform as part of the Laurel Prize Tourney please do pre-
register also at the Circle of Bards Booth in the merchant area.

	Beginners and advanced are all encouraged to participate in
both the Laurel Prize Tourney and the competition.  

	Sunday night following closing court the merchant area comes
alive with `Merchant Madness'.  Bring your peg leg and a bottle
of rum as the madness goes on there will be a Sea Chanty
Singalong Concert, sponsored jointly by the Royal Crescent Navy
and the West Kingdom Royal Navy, in the Food Court Pavilion. 
Featured will be the ``Best Caidan Pirate Song'' CONTEST (piracy
FOR or AGAINST Caid), with a *splenderific prize* for the winner! 
Contest rules: Original lyrics to a period or original period
style melody (no modern filk please).  All eras of piracy
acceptable.  Please come to the Navy area by the dock prior to
Sunday evening for more information and to enter the competition. 
The Chanties will begin at the Food Court Pavilion at approx.
8pm - 9pm.   The Sea Chanty singalong will continue by the fireside
down at the docks (bring rugs or other seating).  

	The Open Bardic Circle scheduled for Sunday night will begin after
the Midnight Madness Sea Chanty singalong at 9pm approx.

Daily Bardic Schedule:
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Friday Night:

1.  8pm - Open Bardic Circle at the Bardic Bonfire (flagpole).

Saturday all day:  

1.  Circle of Bards booth open   Merchant Area
2.  Registration for mentored Fyrewalks & all bardic competitions 
- Circle of Bards Booth.	
3.  Registration at the Navy Area by the dock (prior to Sunday
evening) for `Best Caidan Pirate Song'.

Saturday at Noon:

1.  The Guild of Saint Genesius presents ``Mistress Laurel
Seamchecker''.  Food Court Pavilion.

Saturday Night:

1.  8pm - Open Bardic Circle at the Bardic Bonfire (flagpole).
2.  7pm - Win a Bard, Entice a Bard - competition until the encampment
markers fade...

Sunday Morning before 1pm at the Circle of Bards Booth:
 
1.  Participating Bards in `Win a Bard - Entice a Bard' should
come and vote for your favorite encampment.
2.  Encampment representatives should note which bard they would
like for 2 hours Sunday evening in case they win.
3.  Bards who have pre-registerd for the Laurel Prize Tourney OR
Competition should check for their performance time.

Sunday all day:
 
1.  Circle of Bards booth open   Merchant Area
2.  Registration at the Navy Area by the dock (prior to Sunday
evening) for `Best Caidan Pirate Song'.

Sunday at Noon:

1.  The Guild of Saint Genesius presents ``Mistress Laurel
Seamchecker''.  Food Court Pavilion.

Sunday Night:

1.  Circle of Bards booth open at Midnight Madness

2.  8-9pm - Sea Chanty Singalong Concert during Midnight
Madness - food court pavilion.

3.  9pm - Open Bardic Circle at the Bardic Bonfire (flagpole).

4.  9pm - Sea Chanty singalong continues at firepit by the dock.


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                                         Astridhr Selr Leifsdottir
                                              E. Howard-Wroth
  
ercil at astrid.upland.ca.us                            Shire of Heatherwyne
..uunet!astrid!ercil                                Kingdom of Caid


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