No, wait. We knew that answer.
Anyway, I have voluteered to autocrat the next Chalice of the Sun God in 2008. So yes, I am nuts.
On the plus side, I will not be a landed baroness by then, so I will have plenty of time to prepare. Or so I think. Being the hyphenated kind of person I am, it is never too late to start planning.
For those of you who would like to participate on A&S or Performing competitions, here's the lowdown: The theme of the event, hence of the competitions, will be Persephone's Story. Anything that has to do with that will go. It can be a journey through the underworld, it can be weddings, it can be harvest, it can be pomegranates, you name it.
Oh, and you can get extra points by explaining how your entry relates to the theme of Persephone's legend.
So why giving away the theme so early? Because most artisans and performers would probably like to have plenty of time to prepare their entries. To be honest, some things require plenty of time for research and knowing what you are doing in advance helps a lot. I would like to see plenty of people participating.
Persephone's legend is pretty well known, but just in case, here is a little refresher from Pantheon.org:
"Persephone is the goddess of the underworld in Greek mythology. She is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, goddess of the harvest. Persephone was such a beautiful young woman that everyone loved her, even Hades wanted her for himself. One day, when she was collecting flowers on the plain of Enna, the earth suddenly opened and Hades rose up from the gap and abducted her. None but Zeus, and the all-seeing sun, Helios, had noticed it.
"Broken-hearted, Demeter wandered the earth, looking for her daughter until Helios revealed what had happened. Demeter was so angry that she withdrew herself in loneliness, and the earth ceased to be fertile. Knowing this could not continue much longer, Zeus sent Hermes down to Hades to make him release Persephone. Hades grudgingly agreed, but before she went back he gave Persephone a pomegranate (or the seeds of a pomegranate, according to some sources). When she later ate of it, it bound her to underworld forever and she had to stay there one-third of the year. The other months she stayed with her mother. When Persephone was in Hades, Demeter refused to let anything grow and winter began. This myth is a symbol of the budding and dying of nature. In the Eleusinian mysteries, this happening was celebrated in honor of Demeter and Persephone, who was known in this cult as Kore."
More info to come as we get closer.
Let me know if you have any questions.