Hello everyone. EDIT: Please note that this event has been postponed until September. Following a meeting this evening with the community of Chesapeake, I would like to invite everyone to come to Chessie for the next rares festival. This will be the 21st rares festival. Specific dates will be announced when they are finalized; at the moment, June 19-27 looks likely. We are now planning for September 2015. The theme will be "Gypsies, Goblins, and Pirates, oh my!". The location will be announced closer to the first day of the festival. Co-hosts: Brian DeSpell (@brianfreud2), Jack Sparrow (@4gregu), and Lady Ivy Covedweller, Governor of Vesper (@Riyana) Silent auction: @Captn Norrington Traders house auction: Brian DeSpell (@brianfreud2) Live auction: Vesper Auction, hosted by Ivy (@Riyana) and Victor II (@Speranza) Staff: Angelica @blend Dark Rayne @Lord Gareth - Governor of New Magincia @DreadLord Lestat - Governor of Jhelom (as Scabby) Jelly Bean @Lady Laurel Lady Lauren (@Murc) - Governor of Moonglow MaintSorc @Mirt NANOC Lady Phoenix - Governor of Trinsic @Scribbles Sir Mack Pappy Temptation Lord Victor Speranza II (@Speranza) - Governor of Minoc The goal of this event is to help to rebuild the links between the people of Chesapeake and all of the rares collectors on every shard. It seems that most of the interaction the people of Chessie have with us happens at events, while most rares collectors, if they visit Chessie, only ever see our rather vigorous PvP side - i.e. our general chat. This has created an unpleasant situation for both sides. The previous 2 Chesapeake festivals, in 2010 and 2011, were successful in addressing this when it previously was a problem. Therefore, this fest is in the hopes that, by giving everyone a chance to meet outside of EM events, we can begin to rebuild some ties between the two communities. An Introduction to Rares Fests: (borrowed from @blend) It was devised by some volunteers of this forum. DVI who performed the 1st time of the beginning in 2008 told me. "The greatest reason why I perform this festival is strengthening of a community. Forum member is active in different shards. In order to strengthen a community, We gather at one place." The focus of this fest is intended to be on growing the rares community while improving relations between Chesapeake and the other shards, with "stuff" a secondary concern. Thanks for reading. Please post a reply below to reserve a vendor. As on Izumo, there will be both rares and non-rares vendor houses. Please identify which you would like; you can have both. Please help keep this thread clean by only replying to request a vendor.