Spring Bazaar and Festival Discussion Thread Tonight Citizens of Britain and Dawn gathered to discuss the upcoming Faire with Event Moderator Seppo. Discussion centered around the theme and opening ceremonies. The Faire is to be a Shard Wide Effort that showcases the varied conventions that set Baja apart from other servers and communities. Festivities are to be held on the 28th of this month. Time is estimated to be between 4:00 - 7:00 PM PST pending discussion. (3 Hours.) The next committee will meet on Saturday, May the 7th at 3:00 PM PST. The location will be the Event Moderator Hall in Northern Britain. Consideration 1 - The Opening Event. We discussed an opening event - something scripted and practiced - to begin the Faire. One option is a Dance around the Festival Pole. Something we would practice IC. Another is for the Knights of the Realm to enter in a boastful procession while passing between two flames of purification. (I suggest research be done on real world Beltane and Imbolc Rituals - as well as the SCA and Renaissance Faires - before the details are set in stone. The above might provide ...inspiration.) Consideration 2 - Theme. EM Seppo expressed his desire for this event to showcase the varied tropes and fictional conventions of Baja. The Yattering. The Chickens. Sake. The Dark Moon. Enormous Pets. So on and so fourth. (I suggest that the Spring Festival be based on real world Spring Faires and Events centered around this Season. Beltane. Walpurgis Night. Renaissance Faires. There are numerous real world traditions to draw upon for inspiration and event ideas.) Consideration 3 - Tournement. EM Seppo expressed his desire for a Best Shot Robin Hood Tournement to be held during the event. We would need to consult with M!S who would be the obvious canidates for hosting the event. (Unless - of course - the Best Shot Tournement and the Festival are held on the same evening.) There are other Challenges and Games that can also be implemented during the Faire. Consideration 4 - Time. We need to decide what time of evening would be best for all parties - and the Shard - as a whole. The current proposed time is 4:00 PM PST / 7:00 PM EST. The goal is for the Festival to be no more than 3 Hours. (5 if a Best Shot in the Realms Tournement is held the same evening.) Consideration 5 - Town Guard Ritual Promotion. The Town Guard is to receive their promotions during the event.