Friday, July 31, 2020

A Virtual Enchanted Ground Bardic Circle

As some of you know, I am a long time participant in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group that does historical recreation, mostly medieval and renaissance but including everything before the seventeenth century. I normally spend two weeks of each year camped out with ten thousand other crazy people in a private campground about an hour north of Pittsburgh. One of my contributions to the event is hosting a bardic circle, a group of people sitting around a campfire in my encampment in the evening entertaining each other with poems, stories, songs, music, and on one occasion a play. The idea is to create the illusion of a group of period people entertaining each other, so all conversation is "in persona," done from the point of view of the invented period person you are playing. Not "this song is late Elizabethan" but "this is a song popular at Her Majesty's court." Pieces do not have to be actually period, although period pieces are appreciated.

Due to the present unpleasantness, Pennsic was cancelled this year, I think for the first time in the fifty some years it has been happening. I am accordingly holding my bardic circle online using Zoom, starting this Sunday, which would have been the first night of the second week, when I normally start the circle.

Everyone is welcome, including people who only come to listen, but if you are going to be visible on Zoom you should be wearing something that looks plausibly period.

The schedule is:

Sunday, starting at noon Pacific time


Monday-Wednesday starting at 3:00 P.M.


Thursday starting at noon.


Friday starting at 6 PM.


Anonymous said...

Is the time zone US PDT?

David Friedman said...