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Important Beltane info

Ugh. OK, I've got this event to run, so I figured I'd pimp it here, since it's going to be the primary topic in this journal for a bit.

We're having our (roughly) 13th annual Beltane event at The Land Celebration this year. (At least I think it's 13th. I believe it was 1992 when Jennifer W and I started doing the camping-out events, and that's where I'm counting from. The holiday itself, of course, is far older, but let's not split hairs.)

If you're anywhere near the DC area and think you'd like to attend a relaxed, medieval feasting and camping event on the weekend of May 13th-15th, go here and sign up. I'll need to approve you, but I'll do that directly (provided I like you, of course.)

I must extend my thanks again to Xian for working out details with the owners of The Land Celebration. Apparently, the way it works is that there is a $100 fee per day for us, as a group, to use the site. Then, it's $15 per day, per person. It seems that they are counting the daylight period as a "day" rather than an overnight stay. It's all very complicated.

At any rate, we've negotiated a bit of a group rate, and it breaks down to this:

If you come Friday and stay till Sunday, the fee will be $28.00. If you show up on Saturday, it's $18.00. That should more or less cover the $100 site fee per day as well, meaning X, Allie and I don't have to suck up all that extra cost.

Now, we have the question of dancers. I have a tentative yes from YaMeena of Martiya Possession for a performance Saturday night. I'm not yet sure how many of the troupe will make it, so the cost will be either $300 or $400. If I assume I'm dividing that by roughly 25-30 people, everyone will need to tack on an additional $10 to have the dancers. I can't afford to handle much more of that cost myself.

I personally adored their performance last year, but I need to take an informal poll here and see how many of you will be willing to pay that much. Furthermore, I need to know who's coming this year.

I know everyone prefers to leave their options open until the last minute, but I IMPLORE you to RSVP this time. If you can't come, or you feel the cost is to high, say so. If you think you might make it, but you prefer to keep your options open until the last minute, would you kindly *also* say so? That way I can keep a "might be there" list. Feel free to email me privately, if you like. You will contribute greatly to my peace of mind if you will let me know whether or not to expect you.



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Mar. 22nd, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
but let's not split hairs.

no, we'll just singe them when we jump over the fire whilst wearing skirts kilts, like a certain person who shall remain nameless... *snrrkle*
Mar. 22nd, 2005 11:55 pm (UTC)
Mar. 22nd, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
The place sounds really cool. I'd like to come. I don't believe I can make it Friday unless I head out there in the evening -- I know I'll be working during Graduation. However, my attempt to get friends from here to go will be renewed! The money might be an issue for some, but I'll help them out.

Anyhoo. Yay, Beltane!
Mar. 22nd, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC)
1. If money remains and issue I will totally pay your way.

2. If rides seem even *slightly* flaky, call me - I'll come and get you. (Advance notice = fabulous, but not having my favorite Amy ever at beltane = not an option)
Mar. 22nd, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
i can actually go this year!!

i believe i'm getting a ride from lorelle on saturday morning...but i have to work out the final details with her.

how should i get the money to you, anyway?
Mar. 22nd, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
You are, barring any sudden horrific relapse in my condition. I suspect that in almost 2 months' time, I'll be up for that length of drive, but right now I can't say anything for positive. I'll keep up with therapy.

Mar. 22nd, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC)
Just waving hi to Elle. *waves*

You were missed Sunday evening. We talked about that Dar Williams song "The Christians and the Pagans" and I got teary, and had warm thoughts of you. *hugs you*
Mar. 23rd, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)
Awww. *hug* Speaking of, I bought the album with that song on it, and found that I like the live version better. So if you want that album it's yours. :)
Mar. 22nd, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
Hurray! Sarah!

Um, you can paypal it to me. Just use the fenrissATobscureDOTorg address. Or we can work it out another way, if you prefer. Just so glad you're coming!
Mar. 22nd, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
I'm most definitely there!

What's your paypal info for the giving of the payments and donations towards those bajillion little side expenses you always end up incurring but very rarely ever mention to anyone? You know, those ones that would effect your mortgage this time around. /pest

See you manana! (Want picking up at ze metro?)
Mar. 22nd, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC)
Re: *Boingboingboing!*
Paypal: fenrissATobscureDOTorg

I will announce that option on the list soon.

See you manana! (Want picking up at ze metro?)

Ooh. That'd rock. Usual place and time? And what does your Friday look like? Any time for sewing? Boing!
Mar. 23rd, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
Re: *Boingboingboing!*
Same bat time, same bat channel -- and *yes!* I've got time on friday for sewing! (The answer to that questino, for the next 2 months, is more than likely going to be "Yes!" :>)

p.s. Should we cut tomorrow and actueally sew-sew on friday? Or should I bring my sewymachina both times?
Mar. 23rd, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
Re: *Boingboingboing!*
Not sure if we'll get to the sewing part tonight or not. But maybe you should bring it just in case? It's your call of course. Don't inconvenience yourself.

Mar. 23rd, 2005 12:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, cool. I may finally reappear at an event. I haven't been to one in a VERY long time.
Mar. 23rd, 2005 12:16 am (UTC)
Mar. 23rd, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)
i'll be there, but i'll need a ride. and help shopping for basic camping gear, of which i currently have none. i've loved camping the few times i've done it, but i haven't had anyone to go with regularly and couldn't really afford to have my own stuff til now.
Mar. 23rd, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC)
Hiya! Just saw your sign up request and approved it.

You've got a couple of options for the camping. The Land Celebration does have some little bungalows I think. The cost to stay in one would probably be less than buying a tent, etc. However, if you *want* to have the gear, then I can offer a few suggestions. Check out http://www.campmor.com. They've got some spectacular deals on tents. You can probably get one suitable for two (who are willing to get cozy :) for as little as $50. And I highly recommend an air mattress! Getting some air between you and the ground is more effective for keeping warm than any number of blankets.

Beyond that, everything else is optional. Try looking back through the archives of the Yahoo group for camping suggestions. Also, X and I will post more thoughts about that in the next few weeks.

Hurray! It'll be so great to have you out for the event!
Mar. 23rd, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
definitely want the gear, and i actually had an air mattress; somehow when Farrah and i broke up, she got all the camping stuff that I paid for (air mattress, cooking gear, electric lamp, etc.) and i got the leaky tent that someone had given her. i don't get it. :-P i could probably get them back, but that'd be kind of petty at this point.
Mar. 23rd, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)
I'm a "maybe"...leaning strongly toward "yes"

I would come for Saturday and Sunday.
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