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Twelth Night 2002

Kingdom Twelfth Night is the biggest event of the winter reign and used to be THE event. These days that has faded somewhat (IMHO) for two reasons: 1) the size of the halls we can afford and 2) the number of regional 12th nights or other good events that draw people. In general, it is hard to find a hall that will fit 800 people in a combination of dinner seating and court seating. Actually, we just need to come to the realization that (like with many other events) these larger Kingdom-level events are become big time events and need a realistic budget. We already pay on the order of $25/person for a cramped hall and taxed cooking facilities. I would be willing to pay $30 or $35 for a hall with enough space. Adding $4000-$8000 to the site budget should be able to land us some reasonable event space.

Anyway, back to the event report: this year we held the event in the Hollywood Fire Hall in (you guessed it) Hollywood, MD (far southern MD). That used to be a spacious hall, but not with the numbers that we had. In fact, thanks to a surprise snowstorm in the Deep South, we had far fewer people than we anticipated. I estimate around 400-500 people instead of the 800 expected. Still, it was far from empty in there.

As you might expect, as Monarchs at the big event of the season, we had a lot of awards to give. As a result, we had two formal courts (one in the morning and one in the evening) plus an informal one during the Ball. Even though a bunch of the people we had hope to catch did not make, enough did that it all worked out. Plus splitting things up between two courts keep the crowd from getting too antsy. Unfortunately, the dais was back lit for the morning court and with the dim hall, only one of the pictures that Etain took of the proceedings merits display.

The event included the usual sumptious feast and deserts and was followed by a Ball that featured a new dance choreographed for the occasion by Lord Vard. To the amusement of many who thought that I could not even spell ‘dance’, I danced a few with Her Majesty and a few more with Etain. Then, it was time to move to the post-revel phase with beer for all. (Hits: 1172)

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Twelth Night 2002
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