Once again, Bhakail has shown itself to be full of creative, talented, slightly foolish (I’m looking at you Ian), and generous folks. Baroness Sabine de Kerbriant, Lady Margretha la Fauvelle (honorary Bhakaili) and Lord Ian Douglas all supplied entertainment throughout the day, as judges and royals went about the business of selecting new bardic champions. Ian courageously put his neck on the line for the entertainment of our Queen. He managed to make it out with his head still attached, no Bhakailies were banished and the crowds were mightily entertained, so I count that as a successful performance. Ian also made an fine retainer on a day when I was particularly difficult to retain for.
Sabine and Margarita were, as always, a joy to both see and hear. They graciously stayed after the event to hold a demo/concert for some of the folks who regularly use the senior center. I was able to overhear some of the comments after the concert, and it was well received. One of the folks even stole a poster from the show!
As some of you know, Mistress Alys Mackyntoich received her Laurel at this event, and to her we say congratulations. And I would like to let folks know about her processional. Lord Martyn de Halliwell wrote her an original composition, Sabine played it, and many other Bhakailies wearing masks made just for the occasion were part of the processional. All of this assisted in creating a ceremony that was lovely and transformative.Thank you to all those who participated.
But on to Bardic. Although no Bhakailies entered this year, some friends of Bhakail did. Congratulations to Mistress Judith FitzHenry and Lady Katrusha Skomorakh made it to the finals with three rounds of fantastic performances. They did not make the judge’s jobs any easier. In the end Lady Ysemay Sterling is replacing our own Martyn as King’s bard and Master William the Alchemist is now the Queen’s bard. Lady Astrid Failen created a beautiful scroll for Ysemay.
Martyn was also inducted into the Order of the Maunche on Saturday with a lovely and comical scroll created by Lord Reijnier Verplanck.
I would also like to send a special thank you to Baroness Scheherazade who assisted me with some back trouble. You made the day more bearable.
One final note – I often hear, from folks who know about these things, that Bhakailies are always enthusiastic, energetic, and fun wherever they are, and whatever they are doing. These traits are noticed and appreciated by folks far and near, and most especially by me. I never tire of seeing all the good works you do.
Yours in Service