August 8th, 2010
|03:27 pm - Dublin Irish Festival: Smashing Success|
To start with, the numbers:
- Attendance: 327 at formal count.
- Collection for St. Brigid's charities: $200.08
This is clearly our single largest event ever, and also the first event where we've made use of a proscenium format for a ritual.
We held rehearsals and worked with sound amplification and a good amount of athenamsb's vocal and guitar stylings. Everyone who spoke did so with authority, deep feeling, and wonderful emotion. Everyone who supported us in the crowd did so with gusto, and everyone who advertised for us brought home the crowd. This was an astounding effort on all levels, whether someone was on stage, encouraging people to come, or sitting in the audience. Thank you all!
And we got (most of) the service on tape, which, as soon as I can get it transferred and spliced together, we'll be sending it off to Isaac Bonewits so he can see just one more example of the fruit of his work.
Our omens? Strength, Homeland, and Hearth. Good omens indeed.
My feelings are best described in a conversation I had with seamus_mcnasty before the ritual:
Seamus: You ready for this?Love to the Cranes!
MJD: I'm ready. We've been practicing for this for 8 years.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: jubilant
Current Music: "Good Guys Win", -JB
Absolutely thrilled!!! :D You guys rock socks! duh :D
I can't wait to see the video. Way to go, Cranes!
I'm burning it to DVD right now to send to Isaac. I have to make sure it works, but once I've done that, I'll ship a couple of copies out to people I think really ought to see it. . . like you!
We may put it up for sale, too, so others can get it.
|Date:||August 9th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)|| |
I wish I coulda been there!
I wish all of ADF could have been there. I'm still reeling :)
Sooo awesome! I'm so happy for everyone :) and it's especially nice to read something that worked well in this crazy planetary wackiness!
Indeed, it went smooth as a baby's bottom! Which I've always found to be a slightly creepy way of describing anything. . .
We have had amazing support: it's not us becoming leading lights, so much as reflecting the light of others who join us on the path.
Congratulations!! Hate to say this, but I know you'd pull this off!! That's not to belittle all the hard work that went into it, though, from those on stage and off!
I also wanted to say thanks for putting the link to your "Theatre for Ritual 1, Question 4" for proscenium. That was fantastic information, thanks for putting it up there, I'd experienced the different sorts, but never looked at all the advantages and disadvantages (hopefully you can put this in the category of: Yes, people read my stuff, and find it useful).
|Date:||August 9th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)|| |
Just intentionally knowing
that there's more than one type of space can really have a huge impact on how well a ritual goes. I'm indebted to druidkirk
who made me learn that stuff. ;)
|Date:||August 9th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)|| |
Congratulations! Seems like a big step for ADF and Paganism in general.
It's what Isaac saw in his Vision. We made it.
Now, the trick is to keep it going!