Sad news.

Jul. 31st, 2010 05:52 pm
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It seems too often that my excuse to post here is that I bear saddening news.

This morning, I learned that John Schulps, the knifemaker and ceramic artist who has for so long been a pillar of the Southern and Northern California faires, has passed away from terminal cancer.

Somewhere, if there is a peaceful realms, it is a safer and calmer place now. And he will be missed.

Edit: An obituary has been posted.
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I have postcards!

These postcards are good for ten dollars off of the gate price of admission to the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire, which opens to the general public next weekend (not tomorrow).

Unfortunately I can't just leave these at will call for people. However, they'll mailable. Comment with your address to this entry (comments are of course screened) and the number of postcards you would like, and I'll get them sent out as soon as I can.

Thank you!
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This weekend has seen the start of the participant season for Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire!

I was at both stakeout on Friday and the beginning of things for everyone else on Saturday, and it was pretty much uneventful as far as participant land goes.  I'm excited as usual, though, and this next month sees me hectically trying to get garb together, hoping that we can put up the booth in time, and wondering if I'll be able to keep good on my word that I'm not going to be doing stage shows this year.  My knees really, really hope that I can keep good on that.

For those with an interest in participating this year, I point you to the Faire's official site for participants.  They are in the process of revamping the website and that is therefore subject to change.  If I forget to put the new link up, someone should poke me at some point.

There were also two very interesting things/changes this year.  No styrofoam on faire site, and no smoking on faire site.  Both of those were courtesy of that the faire is on a Los Angeles County park.  There will apparently be dragon's circles through the faire for those who wish to smoke, though I don't know very much more about that yet.

But here we go once again, another season and another year.

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The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.

You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.

People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.

The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep.

Bissalama, Don Brown, ma'assalama.

Today, at 10:55 a.m., Don Brown, the beloved Mullah of the Teahouse of the Mullah Nasrudin's Donkey, the coffeehouse at Agoura Southern Ren Faire, Lark in the Morning, and Sweetsmill, passed away peacefully in his sleep. You can find the actual updates on the Teahouse site here.

Insha'allah, Don is in a better place now.

Don Brown was a wonderful man, a constant presence in my memories of childhood. I won't say that I knew Don well, at least not during the last ten years of my life, but he was a friend of the family and a good friend of both of my parents. I got the news of Don's passing this morning, as my father had been on the phone with Kristi and trying to book a flight up to Oakland, as we were going to be visiting. I will be sad always that I didn't make it up to visit him before the end.


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