This past weekend was "Cooks and Bards". Well, the official title is "The Fifth Annual Knowne World Bardic College and Cooks Collegium" -- but who wants to write all that out? "Cooks and Bards" will do nicely -- or KWCB.
And now for the magic rundown of everything that happened that weekend
(or at least that which I can remember):
- Bento lunchboxes! I saw one of these a few weeks ago and dropped the oh-so-not-so-subtle hints. Keith not only got me one for my birthday (the purple one!), but also the Vegan Lunchbox book to go with it. I can't wait to pack my first lunch!!!
- Helene and I really need to stop traveling together. Just like at Blackstone Raids, our trip consisted of us traveling down in 70+ degree weather, experiencing the temperature drop during the weekend which was accompanied by rain, and then going home in a minor snow storm.
- Three words: Steelers Smiley Cookies!
- When you hear "GROT!" being called out across the room, it can only mean one thing -- it's a Forbidden Pennsic reunion. In this case, the director (Zsof) and two cast-mates (Ursula and now I can't remember the other lady's name, but she played the Chatelaine) were all attending KWCB.
- As I was getting ready for KWCB, I started grabbing my feast gear out of the box to pack it. Then I decided against that action and just brought the whole thing. Amazingly enough, Zsof had forgotten her feast gear! It all balanced out and I got to spend some quality time getting to know her better. The 'Verse Rocks!
- I got dragged up on stage by Helene and we performed the song "I Wish I Could Go Back To Pennsic", filked from the song "I Wish I Could Go Back To College" from the Broadway show Avenue Q. (Helene wrote most of the song. I helped in tweaking a couple of lyrics.)
- Forbidden Pennsic on CD and DVD!!!! Get yours now before it's too late! (Thanks Helene!) Better yet -- being told that someone loved you so much in Forbidden Pennsic they bought the DVD so they could watch it over and over again.
- Spending quiet time alone wandering the nature trails near the camp. It was a great way to center and rejuvenate myself, just being with The 'Verse. Plus, it gave me the energy to be able to exist alongside some other people who where there and trampling upon my nerves.
- Feasts from both days just helped confirm that I really need to create my idea for a class about how to make SCA feasts more accessible to vegetarians. I'm sorry, but I paid the same feast fee as everyone else -- I should at least be able to eat something other than cheesy toast! (Translation: they had wonderful vegetable dishes, which they served with meat on top of them -- which thereby prevented me from eating them. And this was after I had contacted the Head Cook to let them know that I was attending and after they gave me a list of all the ingredients in the dishes so I knew which ones I couldn't each. Presentation killed edibility.)
- Nothing says "Happy Birthday" than having 120+ people sing 10-15 verses of the "Viking Birthday Dirge" to you. I am sure I got very red in the face.
- During the Sunday night feast, Helene and I performed a tale of some truth and much embellishment. The crowd loved us! (Now she says she's going to drag me kicking and screaming into the bardic community. Nooooooo! :-)
- Lunch at Tandoori's on the way home! Absolutely delicious food!
All in all it was a fantastic weekend! Although I wish some other people could have been there, I know they all had their own fantastic weekends to experience. Someday we'll get together, and when we do we'll be able to share the details to a fuller extent.
Until next time!