in va sion:
1. An annual gathering at a given Renaissance Faire of Otters (former and present readers of the newsgroup alt.fairs.renaissance) from around the country.
2. A weekend of games, shows, food, flirting, and fun.
This past weekend was the official "Invasion" weekend for MDRF. Generally the festivities start Friday night at Queen Maggie's Meet-n-Greet at the Hotel Otter. I've never been able to make it to one of those because I usually get off work too late in the evening to make it to MD in time. Unfortunately this year wasn't much different.
I didn't get off this year either but instead spent Friday night in Alexandria Hospital with my mother. She had knee-replacement surgery on Wednesday. She was still incoherant and in a lot of pain on Friday. My brother was with her most of the day and had a real struggle trying to get her to agree to be transferred to a rehab facility. She wanted to go home but insurance won't pay for a full-time nurse and neither of us can take off work for an extended period of time to care for her.
He finally got her to sign the paper though. Unfortunately for me, he was already commited to a wedding in Richmond on Saturday. Since my plans were a little more tenuous, I got the job of supervising the transfer. I got her over to the rehab center. She was still pretty cranky and in a lot of pain but she did manage to eat a bit and take her meds before I left at 3:00 PM. I decided it was too late in the day to garb-up so i just threw my bags in the car and headed for Faire.
I got there around 5:00 PM and headed for the Dragon Inn where I was supposed to meet Celly. I ran into John, Lisa and the kids on their way out and made plans with them for dinner. I found Celly at the Dragon but making plans to leave to take the loverly Rose to her hotel because she wasn't feeling well. Just before they were ready to leave the NC Wenches that she was staying with showed up and whisked her away. (She showed up the next day none the worse for wear)
Since I was only there for a couple hours I didn't do anything but go to Pubsing. As soon as that was over we headed back to the hotel so Celly could change clothes. We Wenchnapped Kerry and met up with Salim's Lot. Our original plan was to go to Outback but there was a 90 minute wait. We went by Applebee's but they looked too crowded too. Our next try was Casa d'Italia (where Celly and I (and Kerry) had our first dinner together and where we had our engagement dinner last year) and the wait was only about 10 minutes. We had an excellent dinner while Kerry and Samantha broke Lisa with their rendition of Calimari Theatre.
On Sunday, Kerry, Sharon, Celly and I arrived well before Gate and stood under the trees as Otters drifted in from the parking lot. I met Todd and Maddy from NY (I think) and the NC crew rolled in as well as lots of locals. Cronnacht arrived with his latest leather creation -- a dragon codpiece. Yeah, it really was as scary as you're imagining.
Cannon go boom and we're off for the Sunday morning Wenchslide! There weren't as many participants this year as in years past however I did manage to take a few pictures. Being the good Rogue that I am, I carried all the stray baskets and belts to the bottom of the slide. While taking pictures and waiting for everyone to finish their sliding, I met a yummilicious new NC Wench named Amanda who wanted one of my favors.
So I gave her one. hehehehe... I fairly certain she felt favored afterwards.
Everyone headed over to the Dragon Inn to hang out. I spotted a rose seller and gave him a couple of the hits I had prepared for some of the out-of-town visitors. They were delivered successfully much to their surprise. Hee-hee! I love being sneaky.
After a while everyone drifted away so Celly and I decided to head off in search of food. Then we headed to the Globe to catch The Bloody Drama. It was hilarious! After that we just sort of meandered about the faire until it was time for Teatro's The Italian Wedding. Celly had a Secret Otter delivery for Columbina so we stayed for her show (She kissed me! Heh-heh!) and Dinty the Moor's show.
Afterwards we wandered down to the Dragon Inn again to kill some time before Stupina's Genius At Work show at 4:00 PM. Celly and I got our Stupina t-shirts and then said our buh-byes to John, Lisa and spawn as they headed back north. We retrieved Kerry and met up with Lance and Evelyn at the White Hart for Pubsing. The energy was really "on" for Pubsing and we all mourned that fact that the weekend was over as we headed out to the parking lot. It was a much shorter Invasion that I would have liked and I didn't get to spend nearly enough time with the out-of-towners I'd I woud have liked. Hopefully I'll get to see everyone on closing weekend though.