[Cynnabar] Generalist Events vs. Niche Events or Opening the Can of Worms

Kevin Lemon uillec1314 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 15 23:46:50 UTC 2011

Much like the musician that enjoys playing music at Terp, I enjoy fighting
at events, fighting is also a lot of work, I don't get to shop, do thrown
weapons, archery or classes, but I am not asking to be paid for my
performance. On second thought I do have the chance to do all of those other
things it's called free will, but I choose to fight.

To tell you the truth I am not concerned what the K of C, VFW, Democrats,
Masons, Sci Fi people, skate boarders or the Michigan Malita does. Maybe it
works for them, I get the feeling there is more the one camp on this issue
within the borders of Cynnabar.

I looked up the definition of volunteer and no where could I find any
mention of being recognized or being compensated.

What did Grand Tourney make last year, don't know but I am sure someone can
tell us. As for who got comped, not sure. But I do know that Lady Ilse who
did the lunch tavern DID NOT get comped.

To tell you the truth after being in the the SCA 6-7 years I never heard of
people being comped until a few months ago. At the meeting this past Monday
when the purposed budget for Terp 2012 was handed out I noticed that 108
paying adults were expected to attend, another 23 Instructors and 17
Musicians were expected and were going to be comped in one way or another. I
mean really what does that figure out to, something like 30% of the people
attending the event are either paying half or nothing at all. But wait this
does not include royalty or people working troll or lunch tavern.


On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 6:25 PM, Heidi Lemon <heidi.ma2 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I am going to put my foot in my mouth and really say what I mean.
> If someone wants an audience and to be paid for their services, you have
> the Renaissance Festival.
> In the SCA we are our own audience and we support each other.
> Ilse
> On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 5:55 PM, Greg Less <greg.less at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi All-
>>> 3) Teaching is volunteering. It's fun. It's also work. The fact that
>>> in general the SCA doesn't recognize teachers through some kind of
>>> discount (in effect making them pay to teach) doesn't make it right.
>> Back to who should pay...
>>   In my opinion, if we comp teachers for doing what they enjoy, we are
>> effectively subsidizing the hobby of some of the players and not othes.
>> Since this is an opinion, and one that not everyone agrees with, let’s set
>> it aside for now and instead look at some of the various slippery slopes
>> comping teachers can take us down…
>>    1. Every time a fighter steps into armor and fights someone who is
>>    less skilled, teaching occurs. Should my entry into Grand Tourney be comped?
>>    What about a knight’s? How about a duke’s?
>>    2. At Terpsichore the last two years Master Midair spent the afternoon
>>    teaching Jason and I to play chess. We were so inferior to his skill level
>>    he was playing both of us at the same time, while knitting. He clearly was
>>    acting as a teacher at the event. I hope he had fun, but it might have bored
>>    him to tears - we are really rank amateurs... Should his site fee have been
>>    waived?
>>    3.  What about people who work more than others? If one dance teacher
>>    at Terpsichore teaches one class, and another teaches four classes should
>>    the person who teaches four classes have four times as much site fee
>>    waived?
>> Regards,
>> -Gregoire
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