[Darkwood-SCA] Darkwood Bard of the Oaks

Anne of MDR anneofmdr at sbcglobal.net
Sat Sep 17 11:28:45 PDT 2005

Hi John,


You might want to ponder giving a class on how to compete in a Bardic
Competition at the upcoming Darwood A&S!





From: John Rossignol [mailto:giguette at pacbell.net] 
Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2005 11:29 AM
To: Caer Darth; Darkwood
Subject: Re: [Darkwood-SCA] Canton Meeting Notes - September 11, 2005


Laurie Hupman wrote:

September 24 is also Darkwood A&S at Coyote Lake in Gilroy.  Info can be
here:  http://www.naadhira.net/DarkwoodAS.htm.  Not only are there lots of
fabulous classes, there will be an A&S display (finished or works in
and a competition:  "Food in Honor of Darkwood."

Oyez!  Oyez!  Darkwood A&S will also feature the famous Darkwood Bardic
Competition, wherein shall be determined the next Bard of the Oaks.  Come
all ye Budding Bards, ye Minstrels Majestic (or Maniac), ye Skalds of
Scansion!  Here is the chance to show us your stuff in relative safety.

The terms of the contest are easy, nothing to it.  Each contestant must
(1) A period piece, or a piece in a period style.  This can be a song,
story, instrumental piece, etc.
(2) A masterwork (i.e. a piece which really shows off your talents; should
be at least period-esque, sort of)
(3) A piece on a theme, or in a manner, to be revealed to you on the morning
of the contest (Muhahahaha!)

The duties of the Bard of the Oaks are light, and the opportunities
nefarious...er, I mean multifarious.  He or she must (1) present a piece at
Baroness' Masked Ball, White Shield Tourney Feast, and Darkwood A&S (or have
a representative convey your words, if you are unable to attend); and to (2)
conduct the Bard of the Oaks competition at the next Darkwood A&S.  Besides
this, being Bard also gives you great opportunities all year long to show
off, make people sing stuff, and get away with really bad puns.

You have all seen how much fun *I* have been having as Bard of the Oaks,
garnering fame and glory as I go.   ;-)  Here's your chance to get in on
some of that.  If you are a singer, a poet, a storyteller, a player of a
more-or-less period instrument, or even (gasp) a magician -- in short, if
you are a practitioner of any bardic art -- here is your shot at becoming
the official and beloved <g> Bard of the Barony of Darkwood.

Please let me know if you are interested in competing, or even if you just
have questions about the position or the competition.

John Rossignol,
Bard of the Oaks

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