Roundtable Minutes 9/6/12

ALABAMA RENAISSANCE FAIRE
Minutes of Meeting, 9-6-12
Those present: Darlene Freemon, Amber Anglin, Debbie McCullough, Ann Iaria, David Mitchell, John Givens, Jamie Lewis, Donna Miles, Perri Scott, Kathy McAdams, Donna Mitchell, William Freeman, Suzie Shoemaker, Lori Woolfolk, Chris Crosslin, Cherri Fuller, Lee Freeman, Aubrey Gaskins, Jim Lake, Mary Nicely, Billy Warren
1. The Roundtable welcomed Jamie Lewis to his first meeting and thanked him for his interest in the Alabama Renaissance Faire.
2. Billy Warren reminded everyone that the Roundtable is not participating in First Friday this week (Friday, September 7) but encouraged everyone to be ready to participate – in full costume – in the next one (FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5) since that is the last one before the 2012 Feast and Faire.
3. Billy Warren thanked the members of the committee who worked on the photographs which will appear in the next issue of Renaissance magazine: Sue Bevis, Carol Burhans, Lee Freeman, Darlene Freemon, Don Green and Lori Woolfolk. In no more than a 10-day turnaround time, these committee members worked tirelessly to make the project happen. Darlene Freemon, with her experience in magazine publishing, served as the point person to communicate with Lady Janet to fill in certain gaps in the proposed article.
Lori and Jerry Woolfolk stepped forward to provide needed photographs to add to the collection provided by Lady Janet. A great, big thank-you to Lori and Jerry!
There was applause for this hardworking, dedicated committee!
Darlene Freemon reported that the next issue of Renaissance magazine featuring the Alabama Renaissance Faire is scheduled to be published by September 15.
4. Ann Iaria reported that she is working carefully to schedule complimentary hotel rooms for this year’s Feast and Faire. Thanks, Ann!
5. Donna Miles reported that she is currently corresponding by email with a couple who is considering to stage their wedding at the 2012 Faire.
6. Billy Warren distributed and briefly reviewed paper copies of an email in which he shared two important pieces of information with His Highness King Matthew and Her Highness Queen Erika:
a. That any specific ideas they might have for activities at the upcoming Feast should be shared via email directly with Donna Miles; and
b. That they should communicate with William Freeman via email their plans for their abdication or demise at the end of their year-long reign on Sunday, October 28 (the second – and final – day of the 2012 Faire).
7. It was agreed that Billy Warren should write a letter of congratulations to Larry Bowser, General Manager of the Marriott Shoals Hotel, for the hotel’s recent designation as the best hotel in the Marriott chain in all of North America!
8. Mark Newton announced that we will have a comfortable mat to place on the floor of the Information Booth at the 2012 Faire. Thanks, Mark!
9. Donna Mitchell suggested that the Roundtable place a book in the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library in memory of Emma Stevenson, the late grandmother of David Mitchell. Billy Warren stated that he will take care of this matter.
10. It was noted that the annual costume-making workshop will take place on Saturday, October 13, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., in the rear yard studio at the Kennedy-Douglass Art Center.
11. There was applause for Darlene Freemon and her Creative Writing students at Florence High School. The current issue of Signatures, the Creative Writing magazine done by students at Florence High School under the sponsorship of Darlene Freemon, has recently been awarded a Gold Medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
12. In a drawing, both Amber Anglin and Mark Newton won a black-and-white movie still from the older film version of “Ivanhoe.”
13. Billy Warren announced that the owners of the Bluewater Polo Field have scheduled a ring-jousting event on Saturday, October 20, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (the same day as the annual Renaissance Feast).
During a discussion of this proposed event, the following statements/observations/agreements were forthcoming:
 Because the event is set to take place between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., it is “doable” for Roundtable members to participate in it.
 It’s great to know that a community group wants to schedule its own Renaissance-related event during Renaissance Month.
 Roundtable members in costume will add greatly to the ambience of the event.
 Groups such as the Rainbow Dancers and the Kozakys will add another dimension to the event.
 Inviting certain crafts vendors and food vendors to participate in the event is a good idea.
Billy Warren stated that he is scheduled to meet with the planners of the event at noon on Wednesday, September 12. He will communicate the results of that meeting via email with all members of the Roundtable.
14. Aubrey Gaskins stated that he will compose a letter regarding the possibility of a feast for Roundtable members at Stephano’s on Thursday evening, October 25. He will email the letter to Billy Warren who will forward it to all members of the Roundtable.
15. Billy Warren announced that he will forward to all Roundtable members an email from Lady Janet at Renaissance magazine. It gives everyone a chance to vote for their favorite Renaissance Faire. Billy encouraged everyone to vote (for the Alabama Renaissance Faire, of course!) and to forward the email to everyone on their list. Who knows? The Alabama Renaissance Faire might get the most votes!
16. John Givens reminded everyone that the well-known play, “The Little Shop of Horrors,” will be staged at the Shoals Theater on Thursday through Sunday, October 11-14. Both he and Will McCullough are in the play.
17. William Freeman invited everyone to a free performance of her stage play, “The Case of Humanity vs. Pontius Pilate.” It will take place at Magnolia Church of Christ on Saturday, September 15, 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, September 16, 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
18. Billy Warren reminded everyone that the next meeting of the Roundtable is THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 12:00 NOON, at Richards Education Center.

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