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End-of-year Ball

For the last dance-class of the year, we dressed in our finest and had a small ball, choosing dances in turn from the Canterbury Faire ball list, or from amongst other favourite dances.

The gentlemen were Master William de Cameron, Don Gregory Tortouse de Sloleye and Lord Ludwig von Regensburg; the ladies, Mistress Katherina Weyssin, Lady Caterine de Vantier, Lady Anna de Wilde and Lady Katherine of Glastonbury.

We began, as is customary, with Ballo del Fiore.

Then, for the first set:

Auckland Museum Community Consultation Workshop

Yesterday Eleanor Hall and I attended the inaugural Community Consultation Workshop held by Auckland Museum. The event brought together representatives from the various community groups that have been involved in displays and demonstrations as part of museum exhibitions over the last year. There were roughly 30 people there, representing perhaps a dozen community groups.

Last Dance Class of 2011

As usual, regular dance classes will take a break from St Catherine's until after Canterbury Faire. TheBirthdayBall 243 last dance class of 2011 will be on the 1st of December, and the first class of 2012 will be on the 16th of February.

No dancing tonight

Dancing is cancelled tonight, as we're all packing for Labour Weekend. Sorry about the short notice: I'll be there for a few minutes around 7:30 just in case.


Shirts and Chemises with Chantelle

Chantelle is offering her assistance to any gentles who wish to start, make or finish a shyrte or chemise this Tuesday night, from  6:30pm at number 6 Aratonga Ave Greenlane

Come join the fun...and remember, there are only two weeks till festival so why not spread them out!

- posted by Katherina on Chantelle's behalf -



Patterns for a 16th C man's shirt or woman's high-necked chemise:


Website updates

For those who regularly read the site, a couple of updates have taken place recently - just in case you're wondering where a page you used to look at has moved to!

The Regular Activities link has moved to the menu on the left.

Event report: Hastilude

William (and baby daughter), Katherina, Ludwig and Caterine travelled to Hamilton on Saturday to attend Cluain's monthly Hastilude.

We had a very pleasant and relaxed afternoon: there was some fencing, a lot of boffer-fighting for the kids, lots of cooking, sewing, and socialising, then a potluck dinner - with a surprising range of extremely tasty, and in many cases well-researched, dishes - in the evening.




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