From The Page (August, 2001):
The time has come, the Mists Bard said,
to talk of many things:
of songs and rhymes and Saxon verse,
of praise to queens and kings,
and picking words out of a hat,
both solemn and silly things...
Indeed, good people of the Mists, the time has come for the Mists Bardic Competition and Feast. The festivities will begin at 1 P.M. with the competition starting at 1:30. This is a fine event for all people, as it involves good food, wonderful entertainment, and fine fellowship. We will have games, audience participation, bunnies, and many wonderful things. Special poems or songs celebrating bunnies are encouraged as contributions from any members of the audience.
The competition will consist of five rounds: a period piece, a piece in a period style, masterwork. Bard's choice, and the popular three words out of a hat. The Bard's choice this year is to use the image of a tree as an extended metaphor in a period style. For example, you can use a series of conceits in a sonnet, a series of linked kennings in a Saxon or Norse verse, an allegorical image as in the Romance of the Rose, or whatever your poetic soul can contrive. If you wish to know more about the requirements for the competition, please contact the Bard. The contestants will be judged on artistic merit, keeping in mind that this is a job interview for the year-long position of Bard of the Mists. Please feel welcome to join us in the meadhall and share in our poetic endeavors.
Site info: Site opens at 11:00 A.M. and closes at 10:00 P.M.
Site fee: Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $8.00 for children. Children under five eat free.
Autocrat: Branwen Cryccthegn Deorcwuda (contact info omitted).
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