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On Saturday, CMS had its second medieval banquet which, by all accounts, went much better than the first one did. It was fun, it was entertaining, my hair looked beautiful, and there was entirely too much food. Highlights included a rap number in Old English, long-misplaced friends (including cwjat and someone who almost was in my department this year), and meeting the mythical Kevin.

I hired two friends from my own department to come over and braid my hair for me on Saturday afternoon. Happily, they were willing to work for lunch. For those of you who know her, Brooke does amazing things with hair. And she's willing to work for food! I needed my hair braided on top of my head so I could put straight pins through them to keep a veil on. A decent medieval-inspired outfit doesn't really work without something on your head, you see and, lacking an appropriate hat, this necessitated a veil.

I don't often have a chance to wear some of my nicer medieval-inspired clothing. I hadn't worn the full Russian outfit in several years, lacking an occasion for it and the hair-do. It still looks lovely, and is a particular warm and practical outfit for the depths of bitter winter, inasmuch as it involves a shift and two overdresses, one of which is of wool. C. took photos of me decked out, aerinah with a candy-cane-colored hair wreath, and Brooke hard at work creating our respective hair confections. (Tangent: Any of you Western Mass. folks or Smithies still have any contact with Meg and Vincent? Meg made me the dress, and I wouldn't mind thanking her again for it.)

The meal was in five courses: one to "open our stomachs", one of soup and savories, another of meats and tarts, another of desserts, and a last one to "close our stomachs". The only blatantly new world product involved in the course was an oversight of dried cranberries in one of the stomach-openers. Spotting new world products isn't just pedantry on my part: learning the history of food commerce is an important part of my professional training, you see.

There was entertainment as well: one choir and two CMS language professors. David Klausner did an amusing rendition of "The Miller's Tale". David Townsend started with an elegant poem on the Phoenix, translated into modern English from what - Latin? I don't know - and then segued into a high-energy rap number (entitled Deor - thanks hilly02). It was absolutely delightful, and I couldn't understand more than one out of every 12 words.

Thank you for all of your hard work, pittenweem, Kelli, Paige, and everyone else who was involved in the event!


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Jan. 12th, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC)
Shansy - I wrote Vincent a little while back. He had a blog on the 'net, Sam and Keet still have their contact info I think.

I still have a piece of that lovely purple wool. I'm thinking of turning it into an outfit for Vic.

I believe you can try lumpley@earthlink.net to get Vincent (lumpley)
Jan. 12th, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC)
This may also work for Meg directly: meguey@earthlink.net
Jan. 12th, 2004 03:11 pm (UTC)
Okay, I promise, I'm done now;)

All the Baker News your little heart could desire, including pictures of the kidlets and the kitties:)
Jan. 12th, 2004 03:29 pm (UTC)
Wow - thank you! That's more than I was even hoping for. The kiddies sure do look like their parents! It's so nice to read up on people I knew years ago and "hear" them sound exactly like themselves.
Jan. 13th, 2004 09:02 am (UTC)
Is there possibly a picture of this? It sounds lovely. I bet you looked great!
Jan. 13th, 2004 09:16 am (UTC)
I bet I could arrange for there to be one. I'll nab one from C. when he gets home.
Jan. 13th, 2004 09:17 am (UTC)
More precisely: yes, yes there are photos. And yes, all I have to do is choose one and edit it down for size and post it.
Jan. 13th, 2004 09:43 am (UTC)
Would love to see it, if you get the chance. *smiles*
Jan. 13th, 2004 10:07 am (UTC)
Hmmm. I think I may have some shots from the original wearings. I'll have to go poke around in my photo albums:) Is that ok Shansy?
Jan. 13th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC)
Absolutely - especially since I'm not entirely sure I have shots of it from then.
Jan. 13th, 2004 09:20 pm (UTC)
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