Bartholomew and katherine, Baron and Baroness of Southron Gaard unto
the cultured and talented people of Southron Gaard, greetings,
It was our great pleasure to be able to attend Castelburn's second
Cockatrice Convivium over the weekend, a delightful combination of
music, dance and dramatickal performance, workshops, feasting and
The talents, planning and hard work of the people of Castelburn were
obvious throughout. Their efforts were enhanced by significant
contributions from three gentles of the Barony of Ildhafn --
Mistress Katherina Weyssin von Regenspurk, Lord Ludwig von Regenspurk
and Lord Tristan d'Avignon -- as well as support from several gentles
from St Kessog and the Lowlands of Southron Gaard.
In all, well over a dozen folk travelled to Cockatrice to add to the
strong local presence, and we heartily commend it to all who would
consider doing so in future. For those who cannot travel readily --
or who yearn for a taster for next year's event -- plans are afoot to
bring several of this year's highlights to Canterbury Faire next.
A planned side-effect of the event was the level of notice it
attracted to the group (billed, for the sake of media attention
spans, as the Dunediin Medieval Society). Around a hundred members of
the public came to the music and puppet performances, many to the
workshops and martial activities, and participation in the Lantern
Festival parade around the Octagon on Saturday night drew the
attention of much of the local population.
There is sure to be followup in the local media and you can see a
short preview from one source here: http://www.ch9.co.nz/node/9251
Our congratulations to the tireless Seneschal and Steward, Ignatius
of Castelburn, who also distinguished himself on Sunday by becoming
Southron Gaard's 10th authorised rapier combatant. Cockatrice was
quality throughout, and he and his skilled and wonderfully hospitable
team can be justifiably proud.