Held in the Sons of Norway Hall, San Diego, CA. Mistress Louise of Woodshome and Lady Gisele Hildegaard of the Mystic Dragon were the autocrats. The hall opened at noon. Rondel NegriKhan and Company performed a play, and everyone greeted each other. Prince Martin and Princess Arabella held court, beginning with a Grand March. King Andrew and Queen Patrice attended. Prince Ivan du Gray and Princess Kathleen, Prince and Princess of the Principality of the Sun in Atenveldt also attended, as did Princess Kaylin, Crown Princess of the Middle Kingdom. King Andrew gave Awards of Arms to Alexander Greylorn, Ann Christopher of Cheshire, Dana of Coloraine, Duryn the Red, Eloise of Lancaster, Graciela de Lagos y Santara (Margare of the Silver Dragonfly), Huette von Ahrens of Schloss Drachenhaus, Lorissa du Griffin, Heinrich Palantine, and Neptha of Thebes. King Andrew then admitted Avram of Mercia to the Order of the Leaf of Merit and gave a Grant of Arms to Gabrielle Deveraux NicChluraine. Prince Martin admitted Käthe von Munchausen-Trimara and Cedric the Dark to the Order of the Dolphin. Many beautiful scrolls were handed out. Then the members of the Order of the Pelican were called up and Conrad von Regensburg, Crescent Herald, was admitted to the Order by King Andrew, to a standing ovation. Viscount Morven of Carrick, assisted by other members of the College of Equestrian Arts, presented King Andrew with a 50 lb. bag of carrots for his horses. The winners of the Costume Contest were Master Conrad von Regensburg and Lady Celeste Lamouray de Provence, in red and brocade costumes made by Celeste. Then the banquet was held in two seatings, owing to the number of people. At the banquet, the “Royal Baker” declared that bagels were “the bread of the day” and a tray of three huge bagels covered with cream cheese was brought out, to the amusement of His Jewish Majesty. Various entertainments were performed during the banquet. While the hall was cleared for serving dessert and some dancing, a final court was held upstairs, at which the members were entertained by belly dancing, Master Ioseph of Locksley’s songs, and a motley medley by the Brotherhood of the Blade.
“[... brought out, to the amusement of His Jewish Majesty.] “This reminds me that the term "The Kosher Coast" may have been coined around this time. There was HJM Andrew, I could style myself HJH, and I think the AnTir prince (Edward?) was too.
[Various entertainments were performed during the banquet.] “One of the entertainers was Christopher of Houghton. He was juggling and I remember at one point he mis-juggled and dropped everything. Well the crowd was sorely disappointed, the room filled with sounds of "ohs" and "aws." I flexed my royal whim and uttered something about Christopher losing his head over such a performance and he retorted, "But your highness, I have the crowd in Awe." Great comeback, (probably a standard part of a jugglers' repartee, but I had never heard it before), and everyone loved the "besting" I had just taken (me too).“ – Martin the Temperate
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