Yule Was a Fantastic Event!

What follows are the notices and thank you's sent to the Baronial List for this fantastic event!

From the Event Stewards

First, I want to beg your indulgence for the delay in sending this out. It is not that Diomedes or I had forgotten: I have been busy with finals this week (and WOOHOO! they're done) and the navy is well--the navy.

So without further ado, on to the thank yous!

First I would like to thank THL Thangbrand for creating such and amazing feast. It was interesting and different, but not too different. Huzzah!

THL Xian made all of the effort that goes into organizing and executing the preregistration and actual day of gate activities look easy. Huzzah!

Master Arion was gracious and allowed himself to be volunteered to organize those members of the populace who were interested in serving feast, and it was handled superbly. Huzzah!

THL Jess was the mastermind responsible for planning and bringing to fruition the decorations that were a tremendous part of setting the mood for Yule. Huzzah!

All four of these good gentles were wonderful to work with and made our job as Event Steward easy. I know that none of them could have completed their respective tasks without assistance from other members of the populace, and Diomedes and I would like to second their thank yous to all you who helped. This Barony is a tremendous place to live and we are fortunate to have been able to be a part of the planning process for this event.

Thank you to the Barony as a whole for this wonderful first experience as an Event Steward; it was truly humbling how generous everyone was with their time, experience and willingness to lug awkward things to different locations all in the name of putting on this event.

Inga and Diomedes

Sent to the Dragon's Laire Email List on 12/11/2014

From Their Excellencies At First

His Excellency and I had a fantastic time last night at Yule. And I personally received many compliments from our visiting Cousins about how great this  Barony is. You guys make our job look easy. We are so honored to be able to serve Dragon's Laire as your Baron and Baroness. 

Baroness Eilidh

Sent to the Dragon's Laire Email List on 12/07/2014

From Their Excellencies, At Second

Huzzah Diomedes and Inga,

This was indeed a spectacular and inspiring event. To be honest We have been agonizing over what to write in our report and when it comes to thanking people it is an almost impossible job because everyone did such an amazing job and there were so many members of the populace who did big things and small things that all contributed to this wondrous event.

We do wish to specifically thank Diomedes and Inga for jumping in and doing an exemplary job of event stewrding their first event. Well done.

To the event staff who honored and continued their commitments Our special thanks as well. Her Ladyship Xian, His Lordship and now squire to Sir Cedric,Thangbrand, Mistress Angharad and Master Arion, Thank you so much.

We would however like to take this moment to thank a few people who don't really get noticed because they are doing things that are absolutely essential to Us as Coronets of Dragon's Laire but add to the event in very profound and seemingly minor ways but are still so appreciated. Thank you to Dame Ellen for sewing, of her own volition and pure desire for service, the new cover for the Baronial kneeler, it is beautiful. To Dame Gwen for tirelessly and consistently giving of her skill, largesse so that we all in Dragon's Laire may bask in the glory of our word fame. Thank you to Her Ladyship Thalia for taking the beautiful donation of a pillow from Druim Na Doinian and remaking it as a back pillow for the Baronial thrones. Now it is beautiful and practical. Thank you to Shalimariah for working so hard to remake some of the award necklaces so that they would be more brilliant as strands of rank.Thank You to Her Ladyship Ela for tirelessly, obsessively and cheerfully painting scrolls and directing her brilliant staff in making those scrolls despite her own personal and very difficult real life events. Words cannot express Our appreciation for her efforts and dedication. Thank You to Her Ladyship Kassandra. Her dedication to the arts and support of the arts is amazing and her efforts to sit with all the incredible contributions of the artisans of Dragon's Laire reflects that love.

We have been also struggling with how to make the following statement without sounding smug and conceited, because it is not about Us as Baron and Baroness, but about the Barony and its strength and wonder. There are people who serve the Coronets who are serving the Barony and helping Our populace be extremely proud of the Barony we live in but directly serving Us as Baron and Baroness. We feel personally very honored and humbled that people like His Lordship Renart, Mistress Ailianorra, Her Ladyship Aileen, His Lordship Myrik, His Lordship Squire Ermannrich, Dame Madrun, Dame Brighid, Sir Andras, Sir Cedric, Master Talentus and Maestra Jenae give Us so much support and work. It is an awesome thing to be Baron and Baroness and it would be easy to get self centered about it but these people keep Us grounded and help Us realize that We are serving them and the populace and that their efforts make the Barony of Dragon's Laire known throughout the Kingdom as the beautiful, friendly, talented and hard working Barony that it is. Thank you.

We have missed many, and that was not Our intent, but We want to say that Saturday night We could not sleep because it was like waiting to go to Disneyland. We were so pleased, proud, humbled and excited that this was the most fun We have ever had at a feast and it was all because the atmosphere in the room was electric, people were happy and Dragon's Laire is truly the most awesome Barony in An Tir.

In Joyful and Humble service,
Baron Conchobar Mac Eoin and Baroness Eilidh
Proconsul Augusti, and Proconsula of Dragon's Laire

Sent to the Dragon's Laire Email List on 12/11/2014

From THL Khulan and Arcos Thorfinn

What a fine night we had!

Yule was amazing! The food, the fun, the people! Really enjoyed the folks we sat with and the wonderful meal that was prepared. Great job to all of the Autocrats, Cooks, Servers and Helpers, Cookie decorating and tasting, the A & S display and incredible workmanship, the favors, tokens, the rousing auction. A very fine job on the care and consideration that was taken to insure everyone had a good time. Court was awesome. Loved the surprise pleasure on Thorfinn's face at Court.TWICE. Thank you very much, it was a memory maker for us.

Thank you all for the little extras in seating, parking.....backing out of tight places and the sporting bids to win the amazing 5lbs of fudge. OUR group WON and it was as amazing as it looked! We were pleased to see everyone. A wonderful first Yule for our new Baron & Baroness. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU!!

Thorfinn & Khulan

Sent to the Dragon's Laire Email List on 12/07/2014

From the Feast Steward!

Mighty Barony of Dragon's Laire it is my pleasure to give great thanks to all who contributed to the success of the feast last night.
To my kitchen crew:

My clean up crew:
Cleaning up and washing dishes is a thankless job. These guys are my heroes, that stayed to the bitter end until the kitchen was clean and every utensil was washed. (standing ovation please)

All of the first remove was made ahead by:

The amazing Lambas bread was made by hand, thank you so much for your toils!

I realized yesterday I have alot to learn about running a kitchen for a large feast. If it were not for the experience, help and cool reserve of others The success in the kitchen would not have been so great. For those I reserve the highest accolades: Rykeza for your help in the smooth running of the kitchen, Sir Cedric for your help in cleaning up.

Much thanks to the event stewards, Diomedes and Inga. Love your managment style.

Lastly, I would like to recognize my wife for putting up with me as I worked on the Yule feast menu and recipes.

Thank you all so much for contributing to the success of the feast!
HLS Thangbrand

Sent to the Dragon's Laire Email List on 12/07/2014

From the Gate Staff

Many thanks to Shalimariah for helping get thru the initial rush at gate (and several hours hours after) with a cheery smile of welcome for our guests! And to the lovely lady from House Awry, Lady Skalla, for watching gate so I could help at court. And to Gabrielle who was there when I needed her. Also thanks to Diomedes and Inga for their hard work coordinating a memorable Yule celebration. And lastly my thanks to our guests who waited patiently for their turn to sign in.


Sent to the Dragon's Laire Email List on 12/08/2014

From the Server Wrangler!

Thanks to all who helped serve table at Yule Feast last night: Karen Meyers, Sir Andras Truemark, Arkhai Ne'khurin, Jennifer Lee, Diana Cartier, Matt McCalla

You made my job of organizing table service easy!

In Appreciation of Good Help,
Arion the Wanderer

Sent to the Dragon's Laire Email List on 12/07/2014

Decorations Happened Too!

I'd like to take a moment to thank those good gentiles who helped me decorate the hall. They were there early, stayed late and executed my vision with a cheerful heart. I could not have done it with out them!

Seonag of House Awry, Chris and Brandy beautifully set up each feast table and, along with Diana Cartier, hung all the banners around the room. Anya had the tedious job of prepping all the Command Hooks so the banners could be hung.

A big thank you goes to Ela, Chris and Brandy for helping me collect pine cones from Dio and Inga's yard for use on the tables.

A special thank you also goes to Kassandra and Xian, who at the last minute, brought holly to complete the decorations.

Although she was only there for court, Ela helped with decorations by providing the linens for the head and dessert tables and the electric candles used during feast.

If it wasn't for the help of these individuals my vision wouldn't have come to fruition. Thank you for all of your hard work. You can be on my team any time.

And last, but not least, to Dio and Inga for asking me to be part of their team. I love you guys and the event was amazing! Your hard work seemed effortless.


Sent to the Dragon's Laire Email List on 12/08/2014

Date: Dec 6, 2014
Location: Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
1015 Veneta Ave
Bremerton, WA 98337

The Event Stewards

THL Diomedes Pleurokopeon
THL Inga Alric

Yule Staff

Feast Steward: THL Thangbrand
Pre-Registration: THL Liu Xian

Photos from Yule 2012

Don Talentus shared the photos he took at Yule with us. Visit his site to see them.