Le bon vin fait le bon barde

The Shire of L'ile du Dragon Dormant presents "Good Spirits Make For A Happy Bard" Saturday November 20, 2004.


From the event flyer:

"Hear me tale, lad!

I passed through the Northern Shores, recently, on a trip that started from Ruantallan-By-The-Ocean to this dark inn, close to the South End of our great and faire Kingdom. During my travels, I took a boat on a great and majestic river. At the end of a day, the captain of the boat told me that the island we would spend the night on was the home of a terrible dragon that hadn't been awake for the past 10 years. Being adventurous at heart, I decided to tempt me fates and go to the Inne Of The Sleeping Dragon. As soon as I set me foot inside the place, I noticed that the atmosphere was very warm, friendly, and somewhat inebriated. I knew I was going to enjoy me stay there. Sure enough, as soon as I sat down in an empty chair, by the fire that was roaring in the fireplace, a very comely wench came and asked me what I desired. I explained to her that I was but a stranger and that I did not know the local customs. She smiled to me and went away. She came back with a (rather large) goblet of mead. She then explained: "Good stranger, it is customary for us to welcome guests with a goblet of mead. Once you will have wetted your throat, you shall stand on the stool and you shall decline your name, so that all might know who you are." I emptied the goblet of mead (which was not bad at all), and then stood on the stool and said "Me name is Sean McCulloch. I am here for the night." Hearing that, the whole crowd welcomed me by saying: "Be welcome, Sean McCulloch, in the Barony of the Isle of the Sleeping Dragon!" During the evening, I overheard 4 or 5 people wearing a badge azure, a border or with an open book of the same, talking about the 20th day of the month of November. They were planning on inviting a brewer of renown, Lord Ludwig von Eisburg, to share his knowledge of the arts of fermentation. They were talking about a seminar, and then a sumptuous meal and finally, stories, songs and music. Talking about the meal, they said that every dish should include some kind of alcohol. But on those words, they went out of the Inne, into the dark night.

That's me tale, lad."

The Isle of the Sleeping Dragon will be hosting, on the 20th day of November, a seminar on how to brew mead. The teacher shall be Lord Ludwig von Eisburg.

This seminar is the first of an intended series of 3. The first one (2004), will be bent on showing beginning brew ers how to make mead. The second seminar (2005, intermediary level) will assume that the brewers attending it are no longer beginners and that guests have one or two batches of mead done. The third seminar (2006, advanced level) will assume that the guests have several batches of mead completed and that they will be able to discuss issues and ask educated questions.

The site will open at 11:00 AM, and at 12:00 PM (noon), the seminar will start. The site will be open at least until 11:00 PM, or later if people want to continue the revelry.