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Hey, look! Me, Dani, and Mel are on the Valhalla banner! Woo!

The Valhalla Renaissance Faire

The Valhalla Renaissance Faire, South Lake Tahoe, CA

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I will x-post this to the Yahoo! Group. This is from Marti, who is a head honcho up with Bill Watters. Take this into heavy consideration when you guys make your garb. If you think Dani and I are ever strict about what you can/can't wear, remember that it's not because WE'RE the picky ones--but because the superiors out there want their events to be as real as possible, which means no blue spandex tights, unless it's a garb-optional event such as Calaveras was. ;) From Marti:

As a GM and faire producer / theatrical manager there are a couple of things that sway my decisions on how I run my guild and which guilds I let into a faire – from a costuming and entertainment points of view.

As a GM I’m responsible for the look and entertainment value my group presents to / at the faire. Our guidelines are (always necessary) revised over the winter holidays and presented to the guild in January. Our costuming guideline is strict and is getting stricter still as I’m trying to define and polished our look. I have a costuming director who is responsible for making sure that everyone in the group adheres to it. And I have no issue with having a smaller group of members that welcomes the guidelines and conforms to them rather than having a whole bunch of people who want to just come to faire and have fun. To me we are a collective and we need to act as one collective and fill one mission and we’re either all together in this, or look will sloppy. First one will get me to the faire. Second one won’t.

I’ve noticed that I don’t look at my guild just from the eye of a GM but from a faire producer’s point of view. Questions I ask: do we look like a collective serving a common goal, does our entertainment fulfill what a faire producer would be interested in having at his / her faire? Are we educational and entertaining? Etc. I don’t believe enough GMs out there look hard enough at their groups from this perspective and that’s where they fail and then wonder why they have not been invited back to a faire.

I’m in charge of theatrical vision of Calaveras, Sonora, Valhalla, Golden Gate. Calaveras I pretty much let anyone in. Why? Cause there isn’t a cohesive vision for the event. That’s hard for me. My mission is to bring together a walk through time village. Now that means I have everyone from Vikings to Civil war groups on site and I can “hide” the groups that are not 100% on par in their look among groups that are. This is a good event for people to start their year with, and for me to see what I have to work with for my other events. It is also a good event for me to let new guilds start up and gauge their activities for other events, give them my thoughts on how to improve, etc.

Golden Gate was / is a new event. Up to last year it was a “will let most guilds in.” event. Last year however I have announced that NOT ALL guilds will be returning for 2006. I’m sticking to that. We looked closely at the costuming / theatrical / entertainment value of groups. I can tell you that as hard as this will be for me, at least 5 guilds off the top off my head will not be returning.

Valhalla: much smaller footprint, rebirth of an old established faire that was considered once one of the best events out there. What can I say… strict rules on costuming similar to RFP, need for great entertainment value. I have over 40 guilds trying to get in. There will be perhaps 15 guilds with environmental arenas let in.

Sonora? Similar to SF.

Its about a vision, not enough people take that into consideration. I want my faires to look professional, not like a bunch on playtrons with a pop up tents or umbrellas. As such, I want costuming guidelines to be adhered to, and guilds that always strive to do better. I want to preserve the old Valhalla quality and bring that sort of quality to other events I’m running. And I can tell you now, people will be / in some cases already are pissed off because they know they’re not getting in. They blame it on politics when they’re denied for an event. It has nothing to do with that. It has all to do with the look and entertainment value a group brings to a faire.
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William Dampier
You are 63 %Treasurer, have 68% Seafairability, crave 31% Bloodlusting, and lust 34% in Wenchwanting!
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Foolish Behaviour:
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Weather forecast for Sonora/Calaveras.

Looks like it might dry up after all. Let's hope the trend continues and it reaches 70 degrees for the weekend! Keep your fingers crossed, guys! :) I'll continue to post updates.
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The weather is looking like it might be rainy at Calaveras this year, guys, so just in case, make sure you bring warm clothes, umbrellas, good tents, things like that. Anything to keep dry. I'm hoping for a change in the weather, but the 10-day forecast has it raining all the way up to the 8th so far, so cross your fingers and hope the weather takes a drastically dry change. :)

And remember your paperwork! If it's not turned in already, send it now or give it to Dani Friday night!

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Dear Friends,

Our new CD 'The Double-Cross' has officially been released.
Please come and join us at the CD release party at The Little Fox
in Redwood City on March 4th, as we celebrate our spicy new recording!

Tickets for our first annual festival, 'Karfluki Fest 2006', are on
sale now.
Free Festival Artist Sampler CD, with online advance ticket purchase,
while supplies last.

See you soon!

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We're on the Calaveras Celtic Faire's poster! Okay, so our name isn't, and our pics aren't, but it does say "Street Performers" in the feature box, and that's US! Woooooo!!!

Ah...it's the simple things in life we treasure most. ^^
Foolish Behaviour:
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Women are great. You gotta love 'em....
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But give one an inch, she'll stab you in the back....
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Heaven forbid you come better prepared than her....
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She always has another guy willing to fight you for her!
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Foolish Behaviour:
pleased pleased
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Hey, guys, I may need some serious help from all of you. Those of you who haven't read my latest journal entry, go back in time to when we went to Chevy's for dinner after the guild meeting. Does ANYONE remember the total bill? Does anyone else remember that I paid my portion with my card? Does anyone remember that I was paying $15 on my card, and everyone else paid cash?

Did anyone else see my receipt? If anyone did, it was likely Dani as she was sitting right next to me.. Did anyone take a receipt with them? Does anyone remember if I took mine for my card transaction, or did I leave it?

I'm asking all of these odd questions because I just found out that my account was debited $103.05 from Chevy's, when it should have been debited only $15. I think we may have a serious problem at hand here. What if our waiter charged it all to my card and took the rest of the money for himself, guys?

Do you all remember how much you paid for yourselves? All of this information, all of these details and more will help me resolve this issue. I already filed a claim with my bank on it, but it will take them 10 business days to resolve it, IF they can do it on their own, and IF they don't need any further information that I can't provide them. That's why I need as much info as you all can muster up. Please think hard on it. If this guy did take all the money for himself, I want his ass fired and reported to whatever PD or bureau handles thieving employees. I'm sick of being walked on by others, and I will see this resolved, but I need all of your help..

Thanks, guys..
Foolish Behaviour:
irritated irritated
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