Event Review - Kingdom A&S 2008 - by Ian Dun Gillan

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Reposted with permission from the Northkeep Email List, 2008.

Ciamar a tha sibh,

On this Saturday last folk from every corner of mighty Ansteorra traveled into the far north and settled upon fair Northkeep. People came with arts and crafts, the labors of their hands, hearts, and minds for the purpose to display the culmination of their skills in competition against one another. This gathering of the finest of Ansteorra's artisan drew with it many great Masters and Mistresses of the Arts, who had come to judge the works and to see the potential among the artisans. Our simple hall was hung with banners, and many a table was set, and the kitchen fires hung with many pots of soup or stew, all done by the many hard working and industrious folk of fair Northkeep. So many hands working in harmony made any work there was a need for so light it hardly seemed like work at all. On the dawning of the day the hall filled, the soup pots emptied, and so many fine works of art and skill were displayed that it became a whirlwind of wonder. Oh what glory exists when the Kingdom of Ansteorra comes together to hold an event in a place such as fair Northkeep.

Our thanks must certainly go to Her Majesty Vanessa who brightened the day with her presence, and to the Event Stewards for all their hard work and guidance; the ever industrious Her Excellency Elizabetta, my lovely lady wife Baroness Kelandra, and the unflappable Lady Faolan. Special thanks must go to Lady Geneveria and Lady Aderan for their work...and to everyone from Northkeep, the Northern Region, and all of mighty Ansteorra who helped make this such an outstanding event you know who you are and you have our utmost thanks. Especial honors for our hardy Baronial Guardsmen who braved the cold early in the day to serve not only the Barony but anyone who had need of their strong backs and eager hearts.

Among the artisans recognized for attendance at Gulf War was our own Damon Hroarson. It was a great pleasure to be there in Her Majesties court to participate in the auspicious occasion of the recognition of his noble qualities as he received a Court Barony, and to speak the linage of the circlet that was placed upon his brow. A circlet come from the head of Master Robert FitzMorgan given to him by HE Catrin ferch Guilliam ,and come to her from the brow of Master William Blackfox.. Such a linage for so noble an award is rare and wonderful indeed. Also to be there for the recognition of the two new Laurel candidates Rhiannon and Gunther. Among the other awards presented in the court was an Award of Arms for the new Lady Jutte of Northkeep, an Iris of Merit for Her Ladyship Lilas from Mooneschadowe, and a long time coming was Master Beorhtlic's Award of Arms. It is a good day when there are tears of joy and laughter that can be shared by all.

This was such a good event and I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. In looking ahead I do hope that we will see many more events like The Kingdom Arts and Sciences in the days to come.

Ian Dun Gillan
Baron of Northkeep
Lord of Chemin Noir