Oh what a whirlwind of events this day held! Fox Hunt VI is an event hosted annually by the Shire of Foxvale. What was originally a one-day event in years past ballooned into a three-day camping event with many special events within the event.
Fox Hunt VI was the home of the Rose Tournament this year. If you are not familiar with this tournament, it is a competition where members of the Order of the Rose choose a team of champions to battle on their behalf until there is a Winner. There were 16 members of the Order that attended and competed in the Tournament. I had volunteered to help with list sign-up and before I knew it I had somehow said yes to helping with heralding the list field. Both activities were new to me, but it was great being able to learn more about each task. I suppose that's just the nature of volunteering. The battles were fierce and the Roses were beautiful. The detail work on many of their dress was exquisite and festive. There was much light-hearted rivalry but everyone clearly had a good time. Foxvale being my local shire, I was proud to overhear many attendees complementing on how well they were enjoying the event and event site.
On top of the Tournament, there was much other celebrating to do. Their Royal Majesties were gracious as ever by granting the local Shires' request of creating the Barony of Ayreton. I guess that makes it official, and I now live in the Canton of Foxvale. With every new Barony comes a new Baron and Baroness, my personal congratulations to our new Baron Serjeant Henry of Exeter and our new Baroness the Honorable Lady Nadezda ze Zastrizl. I wish the best to them and our Barony on its new journey.
Taken by Thomas Henneman
Their Royal Majesties were in attendance and held Court during the late afternoon. This was to be a grand celebratory court since The Honorable Lord Sabah would enter into Knighthood during the proceedings. I must admit, I had no intention of attending Court that day. I was a bit worn out from the trip out on Friday and Saturday's activities. I only attended because a friend was going to receive an award. Low and behold I was called in front of Their Majesties. I was surprised, of course, and so were my friends. They had no idea that it was going to happen.
I was awarded companionship to the Order of the Willow. Thank you to all of those who took the time to consider me and send in your recommendations. I would be lying if I said that it doesn't feel good to know that someone appreciates my work. I was given a beautiful scroll made by Lady Yzabels du Corbier and a wonderful badge with the depiction of a willow on it. I don't know who created it, but I wish I did. I love the design, and want to wear it every day.
My night ended with Feast. There was a High and Low feast at this event. I opted for low feast, but still would sneak into High Feast from time to time in order to watch some of the great entertainment. Also at one point all Foxvale servers and stuarts were asked into Feast to receive the award of the Purple Fretty. It was nice receiving two awards in one day. They had a fantastic line-up of acts, organized by The Honorable Lord Kuji Kaoni Musashi. The overall affect gave High Feast an upbeat, lively atmosphere. The food was yummy, and I'm sort of glad that I sat Low Feast instead of High Feast. I liked the ability to go grab what I wanted, sit down, and eat. We were done eating much faster than High Feast, but having good table company is what made me stay through the rest of the time. I do not remember anyone's name that I sat with, but they were wonderful and I hope to cross paths again. Close to the end of High Feast, The Honorable Lord Kuji took the stage as the final act. It was an absolute riot as Kuji requested the assistance of Sir Sabah with his linking rings routine. The two made a great duo, keeping everyone in stitches. I will never forget the look on Sabah's face, and what he accidentally blurted out, as Kuji made the rings mystically come apart six inches in front of Sabah's face. It was a wonderful ending to a great Feast.
Sunday morning came, and we were all on the road again. I commend our Event Stuarts and Feast Stuart for taking on such a big event, at such a last minute. From what usually is a one-day event with about a hundred people, to a three-day event with about five hundred people. It is impressive that you all still have your heads attached. I commend them not only because I've seen what they went through, but that I'll have their job next year. Hopefully I will successfully fill their shoes.