Jack Frost beds down
for winter at The Danelaw: In the few years that
we've owned the property, we haven't seen anything like
this before. The temperature must have plummeted to far
lower than normal. We're accustomed to seeing frost and
thin ice sheets on the ground but this time we found thick
ice sheets on the tents, and the creeks and ponds were frozen
over. The photo below is on the ice that ws on the roof
of the tavern. The $2 coin shows the thickness.
cleared for Marquee: Parts of the forest have been
opened up to accomodate a substantial sized Marquee. Other
parts ofthe forest will be similarly cleared to expand the
Site June 06
Completed!: The reception area is 100% complete
and just in time for the wet season. Last month we just
missed out on having the watertank connected to capture
230mm of rain (according to the rain gauge) that fell
on site. This would have provided us with over 25,000L
of water which would have overflowed the 22,000L tank.
Well, it was only the first drop of the wet season and
there's plenty more coming. The reception area has already
proved itself as a godsend during sudden rain.
area June 06
and drainage: Earthworks on the road surface
now 100% complete. To protect the road from runoff, concrete
pipes have been laid under the road and culverts dug.
The task that is before us is to lay over appoximately
20 tonnes of boulders by hand. These will act as retaining
walls around the under road drainage pipes and are to
prevent the road from washing away. We have gathered 23
tonnes (Yes 23 back breaking tonnes! ) of rock and we're
sure that people will be beating down our doors to offer
to help with building the retaining walls with them.
The official logo for the XIVAMC2007 has been selected. This
logo will appear on official merchandise for the event.
Now that the event logo has been selected, the first run
of the official XIVAMC2007 merchandise has been ordered
from the manufacturer. The first articles will be Polo Shirts
and hats. Photos, prices and other details will be posted
on the Merchandise Page as
soon as they are delivered.
A number of competitions
have been proposed and requested. To firm these competitions
up and to dedicate prizes to them, participants and
judges are required.
exclusively on the involvement of participants, both
as competitors and judges.
The list here
details the competitions that have been proposed so
far and the participants who have committed to help
run and/or judge them.
By Febuary 2007,
the list of competitions will be finalised.
To avoid offering
any activity that will not go ahead due to lack of
participation: Any competition that doesn't receive
the support of any participants by then will be published
on the Competitions Page
as 'Cancelled due to lack of interest'.
Tenders for the XIVAMC2007
Tenders are being called
from any group who wishes to run the tavern at the XIVAMC2007.
While we enjoy running the social hub at other events,
as the host group of the XIVAMC2007, we would like to
offer the opportunity to another group to put themselves
in the spotlight.
The Tavern is a central
point for social congregation and serves an important
role in the supply of refreshing beverages to thirsty
There will be only one
tavern at the event.
The tavern will be placed
in a prime location near the marquee and common areas.
Criteria that must
be met for a successful tender:
The tavern will need
to be self sufficient. (Includes setup and remove)
Drinks to be served
by decanting into period drinking vessels (mugs, horns,
glassware) at the bar for customer consumption. No
bottles or cans are to be handed over. This will avoid
unsightly non-period bottles and cans spoiling the
ambiance of the event.
Tavern staff to set
their own prices
Tavern staff to select
their own range of drinks and other supplementary
(and complimentary) snacks (please use the feedback
in the Registration
Database to help guide you. Supplement it with
your own research)
Tavern staff to set
own hours. You may want to be open during the day.
to provide own:
Period Tent (Please
provide a photo with your Tender)
torches, firepit(s), braziers)
Tables and Chairs/Benches
(if they should choose to offer them)
management area during the event. At the end
of the event Tavern staff will have to remove
all tavern rubbish with them.
All tenders must be submitted
by e-mail to Danelaw
by no later than 31st December 2006. Any submissions in
2007 will not be considered.
Tenders will only be considered
from registered participants. (There's no point accepting
a tender from anyone who hasn't made up their mind if
they're coming or not and no-one tolerates an "I'm
not coming unless I'm making money out of it" attitude).
The successful Tender will
be disclosed, in detail (no surprises), to all participants
by the 31st January 2007.
Tavern staff will sign
a site hire form
In the event that no-one
chooses to tender to run the tavern, the responsibility
for running the Tavern will fall back on Danelaw (as the
host group) subject to the same criteria as listed above
Markets - Suppliers,
Stallholders and Consignments of goods.
Bear with us here, it will
take a little to explain this one. We want to kill two
birds with one stone.
Discounts for work
- We have received a number of offers of assistance in
exchange for a discount on entry fee. Unfortunately, at
'$150-per-head-4-days-fully-catered' and the necessary
infrastructure that must be hired, we really don't have
much room to move on entry fees.
Also, since we have
been chipping away at the logistics for the event
since Easter 2003, there aren't many big jobs left
Naturally we will ask
everyone to chip in for their own benefit during the
event to make to as enjoyable for yourselves as possible
but there's no really big tasks that we can offer
(at this stage with fingers crossed).
Goods and Traders
at Market day - Market days at the Binannual
Re-enactment conferences are an ideal opportunity to pick
up all sorts of Gear and supplies to kit yourself out
for club and interclub events.
Most of us come with
extra cash because we know that we'll snap up a bargain
or a coveted item.
There is a plethora
of traders who provide gear that is in high demand
by re-enactors but who, for various reasons, are not
able or are unwilling to represent themselves at the
event, to the detriment of the re-enactor who misses
out on the opportunity to purchase sought after items.
So (here's how
it all comes together):
- to sweeten the deal for anyone
who is looking for a way to help cover their Event
- in the interest of having a huge
selection of wares available on market day, and;
- to intice traders who might not
normally make their wares available at a metal weapons
- We will use the Merchandise
Page to facilitate traders and participants to come
together and organise to have consignments of traders
goods sold at stalls manned by Participants at the XIVAMC2007
- Traders and participants/stallholders
can work out their own renumeration arrangement between
them by private treaty. We don't want to get involved
in that part
- The renumeration arrangement may be
something like 'in exchange for offering a consignment
of goods for sale at a stall a participant may receive
from a trader;,
- a cash payment
- free items/wares
- anything else that you may be interested
- An astute participant may organise
to represent a number of traders and may come off with
a great cache for their trouble nad may be able to establish
a long term relationship with numerous traders.
- Over the next few weeks we will be
contacting known traders/suppliers around the country
who don't usually make their goods available at Re-enactment
Conventions to invite them to offer consignments of
goods for sale. If they are interested we will list
their details on the Merchandise
Page so that participants who would like to sell
a consignment of goods on market day can contact them
to work out an arrangement.
- The Merchandise
Page will be updated as traders and participants
seal their deals.
- It will also keep everyone informed
on what will be on offer at the event.
- We hope that this helps
- those looking for a way to supplement
their Convention Fees
- all of the participants attending
- traders to establish a relationship
with more re-enactors.