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Re: Fighting and fun

Poster: "Ed Hopkins" <Ed.Hopkins@MCI.Com>

Ianthe d'Averoigne speaks eloquently of making combat more accessible
to spectators, and adds:

> To those who bridle at "theater," "tarting up the lists" or "demeaning
> themselves by playing the fool", I would point out that arts can be enjoyed
> on many levels.  Embroidery, cooking, metal work, calligraphy, bardic arts,
> and the rest can all be worked by those of any proficiency and can bring
> visual or vicarious enjoyment to all.  [...]

I have seen cooking for spectators (mundanely (at Japanese restaurants
and at fudge-making establishments)) and I have heard of people
watching metalworking, but the bardic arts is the only part of
Mistress Ianthe's list that I've seen pitched to the crowds at
SCA events.  Of course, my experience is limited.

-- Alfredo el Bufon
And children coming home from school 
  Look in at the open door; 
They love to see the flaming forge, 
  And hear the bellows roar, 
And catch the burning sparks that fly 
  Like chaff from a threshing-floor.
   -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
      "The Village Blacksmith" 
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