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The Thirty-third Year

Middle Eastern Feast/Collegium -- Bestwodeshire

October 24, 1998 (AS XXXIII)

Redding, CA

From The Page (September, 1998):

Come join our Shire's 5th annual MidEast Feast. For those of you who have attended in years past, look for something different this year. Proposed activities include: a belly dance class, a drumming class, heavy fighting, various areas of A&S, page school and a Design the Shire's Device contest. Our feastocrats. Lord Christobol and Lady Natasha deLucian have titled the menu "A Crusader's Sampling of the Mediterranean." The dishes will start in France, head towards Italy, then advance around the Mediterranean Sea. Lost of singing, dancing and perhaps even some juggling to entertain during the feast.

The site will open at 9:00 AM with classes starting at 10:00 AM. Seating for the feast will start at 5:30PM.

Cost: There may be a small fee for some of the classes for materials.

The feast is $12.50 reserved, $15.00 at the door. Children 6-12 half-price. Under 6 free. Seating for the feast is limited to 100, so please reserve space with the Autocrat, Robert the Unready, (phone), after 4:00 PM, please leave name, number of reservations and phone number.

The following chronicle was published originally in Therie Tales, Vol. IV, Issue VI - Dec. 1998 (A.S. XXXIII), provided by Anne de Calafia:

Greetings to the shire,
     First of all, I wish to thank all those who worked so hard on our Middle Eastern Feast. We couldn't have done it without you. By all of us pulling together, despite our differences, we managed to have a successful feast. (I hear that our visiting Royals were quite impressed with our shire.) Again, thanks to all for making this possible.
     Congratulations to Lord (or should that be Lord, Lord, Lord) Robert on receiving the Leaf of Merit. Congratulations to Lord and Lady De`Lucian on their awards also.
     As some of you know, Elena (Lynette) and I will be co-auto and feastocrating the next feast. We will be needing your help with this. We will be in need of volunteers for entertainment, kitchen help, servers, etc. If you are interested in helping out, please contact either one of us.

Yours in Service,
Lady Deirdre of Wexford.

The following chronicle was published originally in Therie Tales, Vol. IV Issue VI, Dec. 1998 (AS XXXIII), provided by Anne de Calafia:

(ARTICLE) A look back at... the Middle Eastern Feast and Collegium

     With a visit from the Royals, the Feast was made complete and was a success once again. Estimated attendance was around 80ish. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and there were no adverse incidences to report. The events progressed from the Collegium to the Feast and then to Court being held within the Hall.

     The Collegium was diversified and blessed with many talented SCA'ers sharing their knowledge and skill. Fighting techniques and an archery class captured the combative arts populace. Page school saw many a boffer construction (even the "big kids" were in on the fun). All of the classes (too many to list seperately) were well received and appreciated by the participants. Viscountess Eowyn and Prince Fallen also both made gracious contributions.

     Meanwhile, the cooks were furiously stirring up the main courses behind the kitchen doors. Four courses and many hours passed as the food and drink flowed freely. The entertainment was remarkably plentiful. From song to story there was a multitude of talent displayed. Of course, no self-respecting Middle Eastern Feast would be complete without belly dancers galore. We even got treated to some of the shires younger up-and-coming dancers.

     Court was held after the feast with King Jade and Prince Fallen. Lord, Lord, Lord Robert was bestowed a Leaf of Merit and the Feastocrats were both inaugurated as Shield Bearers of this great Principality. Lady Diedre of Wexford received her Award Of Arms, as well as, a few members from other attending shires and baronies. Bestwode made a wonderful presentation of gifts when called upon in court.

     The Feast concluded with some Court Dancing. Well, eh, we tried at least. Was I an "A" or "B"?...

-- anonymous

Description of this event (if any), taken from The Page, or from memory of at least one person who attended the event.

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