Her name is Eilis (I think?). She looks to be in her late 20's/early 30's. She moved into the area from New Haven, CT last year. I think she may live over in KC proper, but she didn't know about the Shire. Ysabel has run into her at some events and was chatting with her, and found that she had run into the usual issue with the Barony--the Fight Practice. That's their main focus every week, and then some people do stuff in the background, but they are not good about talking to new people, or introducing them around, or stuff like that. Unless you're a fighter, then you're golden.
The Shire, OTOH, is heavily arts and sciences oriented. We do have some fighters, who usually attend the Barony's fight practice. It's so close-by, and they have some of Calontir's best fighters! So the Shire has not been very regular about our own fight practices. So our meetings are a lot of sitting around, chatting, and crafting, with a business meeting at some point.
Anyway, I was chatting with Roderick, who was a new guy that I was mentoring along last year when I was chatelaine. He's very big into music (he has a master's degree in it) and I know just enough about medieval/renaissance music that I can follow the conversation. He's super-nice and so happy to be in the SCA. People like him keep me grounded in what is important about this organization when the politics get me down.
Anyway, we were talking about some rare book on recorders that he is researching. He doesn't use computers, so I said I'd see if the text is online in a PDF or something. He's trying to get a copy via inter-library loan, too. Anyway, he's convinced me to try out the music practice on Tuesday nights at Margaurite's house. She lives very close to Aileth (from the Barony) who hosts sewing on Tuesday. Since Aileth starts up at 5:30 and Margaurite usually doesn't get home until after 8 pm, I should be able to do both.
I took out my old recorder last night and did some practice runs. I'm not sure about the tuning, but it still plays well. It needs cleaning, so I'll get on that later today. Margaurite would prefer a wooden recorder, but this is what I have on hand, so this is what I will start with. She did like the idea of a fourth person in the group, because there's some very good quartet music out there she's been wanting to try.
Looks like our Shire is going to put in a bid to host Known World Costuming Symposium. Our group has been running the Calontir Clothier's event for, I don't know, 20 something years? So we have experience, and the event is starting to draw out-of-kingdom teachers and attendees.
However, we do have some logistical issues to think about. I need to sit down with Giraude (who is the one in charge of the bid) and bring these things up for her to consider.