A posting on KASF.
Honestly, this has to be one of my favorite events even.
Yes, and in the words of stanci, rapier is not all there is out there. (But it is still a lot of fun.)
My one complaint about KASF was the lack of time to go and geek over each entry at leisure. There were so many cool entries that I almost underwent ferret shock.
Court was fun and I was thrilled to see Cassie get her Golden Dolphin, Katarina her AoA and melaniesuzanne her Coral Branch. Plus Master Tristan getting his Pelican was way cool.
After a rather hurried lunch, we went to the hall where the performing arts competition was taking place. Regrettably, I had missed Cassie's juggling performance, but I was on time to listen to melaniesuzanne's awesome Middle English song. I was getting a little bit ansty because it was already 1:30 p.m. and I was supposed to help elizabethnmafia to judge the rapier research competition that she was sponsoring. Soooo, I requested to take an earlier turn so I could go out and do my stuff.
I was rather pleased with my performance, except that I ran slightly out of breath just as I was finishing my second verse. This is a Sephardic piece that sounds easier than it is, since most of the tune is going up and down in notes with no place to breathe.
After I finished with my song, I ran out ("Hello lady, I love you, bye, bye") to the other room where I found elizabethnmafia waiting for me. It was the same room where the judges of the Royal Brewer competition were claustered, and it was insanely funny trying to concentrate on those two serious papers about rapier while listening to the running commentary from the judges next to us.
"Hey Roz, why are we doing judging papers? We should be judging alcohol instead!"
"Yeah, bel. They are having more fun than us!"
At any rate, the entries in question (rapier, not alcohol), were two excellent pieces by Connor S. and Dante. In the end, Connor won the day, but I have to say that it is great to see such dedication to the art. And elizabethnmafia is doing a wonderful job promoting the study of the masters in the Kingdom.
Once I finished with the rapier judging, I went to the Persona Pentathlon room, as I wanted to see what was up there. Particularly, I wanted to check out the entries by <elizabethnmafia and charlgirlgenius (which by the way were awesome). So there I am, minding my own business, when I get roped by Duchess Simone and Baroness Maddalena.
"Hey, you do Elizabethan, don't you?"
"Er, I do 16th Century, yes."
(*Note: I do French, not Elizabethan, but it is still 16th C.)
"And you know clothes construction . . ."
"Okay, we need a judge. Here, can you judge this?"
To make a long story short, I ended up judging elizabethnmafia's excellent entry.
No rest for the wicked.
The rest of the afternoon went out in a blur. I really wanted to do more in the way of dropping notes and tokens on various entries, but there was simply not enough time. BTW, Mel, Katharine, Geoffrey (both of you), Mathilda, et.al. your entries were awesome. I was also thrilled to be able to say hi in person to isenglass and hazebrouck.
My insane French jacket was apparently well received. At least two people told me that I was insane, and yet another one told me that my stuff disgusts her. Yay!
Oh, and Dunstan gave me a personal token for my performance, which meant a lot to me. Plus, I got a nifty goblet for winning best performance at the competition.
I am a happy belfebe.
And now, back to the salt mines.