My campmates/Thunder family, did an AMAZING job with the vigil. I can absolutely say that I have never seen one so well and so beautifully decked out. All of the work is so much appreciated, including that from Xenophon Vaughn, Meabhdh and Rosamund du Grasse (who baked bread and made cheese) doing food, Isabella, Petra and Amy who doing the plating, Amber for being the person who was always there with a helping hand and Luiseach and Galyana for the awesome decor.
Thanks to Master Morien MacBain, Lord Dietrich Saphir and Lady Karin for managing the list and keeping things running smoothly. And thank you Morien also for the beautiful book for the list and the reminder of Walden Books! Thank you Paulette Lashley for procuring the lovely vigil book. Thank you to Ivan who opted to by my guard almost the entire night.
One of the things that I really wanted to have for my vigil was to have my Laurel cloak woven on site. Historically, in many places, weaving was a communal activity. It was also highly symbolic and played heavily into early myth and legend. This was not going to be an easy thing to pull off, but with the help of many excellent friends, my cloak was woven on site and so very many new people have also been introduced to the art of weaving as they helped to add length to my cloak. Lady Rosamund du Grasse has also beautifully produced a laurel wreath applique that will be sewn onto the cloak. I have so much joy that this happened and that so many were willing to step in and make it so! And to Alexande, from my household, I have to give special thanks because he so loved weaving that he finished the cloak for me after the vigil!
I was also honored to have her Excellency of Highland Foorde, Glynis, play her harp for the vigil, and interestingly enough, she also played for the vigil of Mistress Molly, who was my own Laurel.
Thank you also to those who came out that night to share their wisdom with me, and to their Majesties who trekked clear to e17 to hold Court. I am beyond honored.
(And thank you to Morien for the rather hysterical end to the vigil. lol)
Vigil photos by Heidi Muller Petty, Sharon White Hove, Beth LaScola and Annie Hamel.
My household clearly loves me so much that many of them actually put on pants twice during one Pennsic on my behalf! I am hoping that at some point photos of the procession will surface because I would love to capture that moment with my household and my e17 family.
And was beyond honored that Duke Timothy spoke for me as a member of the Chivalry, Mistress Rhiannon y bwa spoke as a member of the Order of the Laurel, Master Orlando was not present but sent his words as a Master of Defense with another member of his order, the graceful Countess Kalista Morganova speaking as Royal Peer, and dear Master Morien MacBain, I am sorry to say that I think everyone in the Kingdom will want him to speak for them after his eloquent and hysterical performance on my behalf. I am honored to have known you for my entire life, and to have been inspired and encouraged by you and Joe from a very young age (with assistance, of course, from Master Ral Partha, LOL).
And my own Laurel, Mistress Mary Isabel of Heatherstone, I cannot thank this amazing woman enough for being a huge part of my journey. It meant the world to me. As if honor enough was not heaped on me this Pennsic, I was weeping when I learned that the medallion that she delivered was from Duchess Elisheva.
Master Fridrikr provided one of those beautifully transporting moments that happen from time to time in the SCA. Moments where we can believe that for that span of time, we can see into the past. I do not think that I will ever have enough words to convey proper thanks to you for serving as my herald and for wordsmithing my scroll. For those not there, this was done in Old Norse. I heard it and was swept away. The time and care that went into this astounds me and I am humbled that this was done would just to do this for me. I understand that there will be an AEthelmearc Gazette article coming out about the crafting of this piece. I will definitely be sharing that link when it happens.
In addition to the members of my household, I was also surprised and honored (yes, I keep using that word) to see many friends from out of Kingdom had come to Court for this occasion. It was an absolutely magical night that I will carry with me forever.