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[livejournal.com profile] ornerie wrote:

I wanna see photos of the dress!!! :D

In fact, there were several layers of dress.

dresses )
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I told [livejournal.com profile] gwacie:

We could play the [livejournal.com profile] reasie game. What do you want to hear about first? Ceremony? Food? Clothes? People? Wise advice?

She replied:

Start with the vigil :) Did you do a formal vigil? With a tent and things?

The question itself makes for an interesting bit of inter-kingdom anthropology: if I hadn't talked to [livejournal.com profile] sue_n_julia, I might not know what you mean about the tent. Vigils in An Tir are pretty free-form: usually there's a spread of food and the opportunity to talk to the person on vigil, sometimes in private, sometimes in a big group, but there's no real standard, and no requirement to keep non-peers from hearing the secret knowledge. "Formal" to me means "research vigils for knighthood and do the rituals involving a formal bath and clothing of a certain color". Since I was basing my ceremony on the Golden Fleece ceremony, and members of knightly orders were already knights, I didn't feel the need for the ritual bath. Instead, I made lots and lots of food.

food, people, advice )
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My Laurel elevation will be Saturday afternoon at June Faire. Right now, royal court is scheduled for 4:30 PM. Following [livejournal.com profile] aelfgyfu's example (twice is a tradition, right?) the 'vigil' will be in the early afternoon. It will involve fifteenth-century snacks, some hemming, and the wisdom of peers. Carousal will follow court.

Please let me know if you can make it, if you want to camp with us, if you need a ride, and if you'd be willing to bring food and drink.
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It's now confirmed: my Laurel ceremony will be at June Faire, which runs May 30-June 1 in Port Gamble, WA, a ferry ride from Seattle. If you've never been to an SCA event and are at all curious, you should come to this one: it's a demo in the daytime, so there's lots of stuff geared toward new people and the general public, and in the evening there will be a party. If you're already in the SCA, then you know you should come.
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As of final court at Kingdom Arts & Sciences, I'm on vigil for membership in the Order of the Laurel (the SCA's highest arts and sciences honour, if you're not familiar with this stuff). [livejournal.com profile] glasseye and I had already checked out of the hotel, so [livejournal.com profile] aelfgyfu had to lure us to court ("It's just in fifteen minutes! We're only waiting for Her Majesty to make a phone call, no, you probably don't want to walk past her right now . . .") and thrust a tunic at me.

Now I have to plan a ceremony. I'm thinking I will research actual induction ceremonies for fifteenth-century knightly orders. Things to do:


  • Talk to Their Majesties and choose a date for the ceremony between now and July Coronation. (June Faire?)
  • Write a poem for Their Majesties.
  • Get my hands on a copy of the statutes of the Order of the Golden Fleece (Boulton says they discuss the induction of a new member at some length), and translate the relevant sections.
  • Think about clothing. (Some women wore the regalia of the Order of the Garter; can I find a picture?) Anyone want to help me sew a mantle?
  • Scroll? (As a "copy of the statutes of the Order"?)
  • Talk to [livejournal.com profile] glasseye about "admission fee" (part of admission to the Orders of the Garter, Golden Fleece, etc.)
  • Party!

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