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April 27th, 2008


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07:46 pm - Raw Numbers
Final numbers from ritual today:
  • Attendance: 78
  • Canned goods: 91
  • Number of speaking parts I had in ritual: 0
I love the way my Grove has grown. . .
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Barefoot Children", -JB

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From:kargach
Date:April 28th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
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Wow, the most SLG has ever managed is 70. How smoothly do things go when you reach that size?

- Rob the curious liturgist
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 28th, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
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Actually, pretty well. We were somewhat expecting high numbers (though not quite that high), and so were prepared with enough waters and some extra vessels to carry the waters in.

The distributing of Waters was (predictably) the real "difficult" part of the rite, but with three vessels and enough cups, and people being willing to sing a very lively version of "Pour the Waters" with good, upbeat drumming, we managed to distribute the Waters pretty efficiently.

We also had an interesting "layout" for the rite, where the Folk were not distributed in a circle, but were actually distributed among benches and picnic tables that were in the middle of the ritual area. Because the space was arranged for grilling and not for ritual (our original site, which was better for ritual, was still under construction, and so we were moved by the park), the tables were bolted down in places that made creating a circle very difficult. So we had sort of a mass of people sitting among the benches and tables through the rite.

Our water distribution was more like distributing drinks at a party than doing our normal ritual.

And for Beltaine, that was quite appropriate. :)

This was a new high for us, breaking our previous high of 73 from last Autumnal Equinox.
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From:nontacitare
Date:April 28th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
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We also had an interesting "layout" for the rite, where the Folk were not distributed in a circle, but were actually distributed among benches and picnic tables that were in the middle of the ritual area. Because the space was arranged for grilling and not for ritual (our original site, which was better for ritual, was still under construction, and so we were moved by the park), the tables were bolted down in places that made creating a circle very difficult. So we had sort of a mass of people sitting among the benches and tables through the rite.

I actually liked the layout. It was nice having a place to sit and tables to place things on, and I felt more a part of the group with all of us clustered together than I might have in a large circle. It reminded me a bit of morning meetings at PSG. Overall, the site lent itself to the celebration.
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 28th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
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We were discussing the seating afterwards and noted that the circle, had we gotten 78 people into it, would probably have been gigantic and would have lead to issues with projection and such.

It's one of those accidental solutions that comes up in ritual where you think, "Hey, that's not such a bad idea, even if it wasn't planned!"

Actually, even passing the Waters around was easier for that many people, from a purely logistical standpoint.

I also liked how people had someplace to bang their hands to make rhythm, if they felt moved to do so.

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