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Kingdom A&S Competition Wrap up and Commentary

Alas, Real Life (tm) kept me from doing this on Sunday, which is normally the day I like to do post event wrap ups.  Better late than never, I suppose.

I went around photographing folks and checking out the various artisan's displays.  While I was doing that, I was minding the Silent Auction that I run (this is the third year).  The money raised goes towards funding the judges' luncheon at Estrella War.  Any extra gets used by the KMoAS for general expenses.  We had some pretty good swag this year, including some ceramic-ware and a set of Viking brooches made by His Majesty.  Overall, I think we made a little under 300 dollars for the office.  Not bad for a day's work.

The natives were getting restless, so as soon as the word was given, the general competition room was opened.  Folks stampeded in and checked out the various entries.  There was a lot of really cool stuff.  My personal favorite was the boat.  The creator, Lord Johann, said he was going to launch at Great Western War (which is going on right now in Caid... I'll make it out there one of these years...)

I also got the chance to check out the Brewing and Champion's rooms.  I took pictures of the brews and also got a chance to take pictures of all of the Champion entries and entrants.  All three ladies had fantastic displays and the entries looked quite magnificent.  Congratulations to Lady Elsa, the new Kingdom Champion!  The official results list is located in the Kingdom A&S Website.

Afterwards, I took some shots around the populace room, which had been turned into an area for final court.  I got some pictures of folks sitting around and getting ready as well as the bardic stylings of Lady Inara, who kept the crown going until Their Majesties arrived and court began.  The category winners all received scrolls commemorating their win.  Congratulations to Mistress Isabel d'Estella for her elevation to the Laurel!

Once court ended, a lot of folks took off to the various after revels.  However, the event wasn't over!  Mistress Jehanne took over the room, cleared the chairs and started leading dance along with Mistress Elaine and Sir Wulfhere.  Those who stayed behind got a heck of a work out!

Eventually, The crew of Brymstonne came out in their Tudor finery from last week.  The evening ended with fun, laughter, and lots of action shots.  Check it out!

Here's a link to the entire album on Picasa.  Feel free to use any of these pictures in your own Facebook, blog or other sharing, as long as you leave the copyright intact.  If you are interested in getting a high resolution copy of the image file, contact me directly at so we can work something out.  I'm also going to start being available at events to take more formal portraits.  My next major purchase is a tri-pod.

On October 15th, Yehoshua and I will return to the Barony of Tir Ysgithr for their annual Dragon's Horde event.  I'll be covering court (of course) but I'll also be providing extended coverage of the Science Exposition being hosted by Hanim Ari, who is the overall steward for this event.  It should be quite interesting.

Until then, Atenveldt!