by Joy & Jessica Knight - St. Wolfgang's Bavarian Guild
On June 17 & 18, a small group of St. Wolfgang's Bavarian Guild members went to Ye Merrie Greenwood Faire to present the Guild's puppet version of St. George and the Dragon.
The show was performed with a brand new set of puppets built in Guildmaster Steven Overton's workshop, over a two week period of time, by a group of very dedicated St. Wolfgang's members.
The puppets were designed to be caricatures of the nobles of St. Wolfgang's, with the show being presented to the royal court by the household staff and the monks and nuns of Bavaria. After hours and hours of being hot-glued, sewed and cut, those of us attending Greenwood plus our fearless Guildmaster Steve created the six fabulous marionettes for St. George.
Now we had our puppets, but alas, our crew was short a few, so as Bavarian tradition goes, we recruited a few extra members - Bill & Kirby to complete our ragtag bunch - thank you Bill & Kirby!
At last, we were ready to head up to Washington and on Friday, after collecting the puppets, the food, and all the other necessities, we boldly headed out. Yes there were a few mishaps, but nothing the Bavarians were not able to handle.
After five hours in the car, we finally came to the Shire of Richland, only to discover that no one knew where Bavaria was supposed to set up. So, those of us that were there, set up pop-up tents, and attempted to get some sleep before the performances of the morrow.
At last, when Saturday arrived along with the rest of our team, we began the fun of Oh where, Oh where does Bavaria go?. Thanks to Marjorie, the lovely head of Greenwood Faire, we finally were placed right across from one of our performance stages. Not just one, but a hop, skip, and a jump from the other stage. Thank you Marjorie for our wonderful place setting - making us performance accessible - Yeah!
The morning performance was, as usual, the perfect dress rehearsal. Not only did we perform, but we pulled off four wonderful performances. Of course there were bumps, but we Bavarians are not perfect (although rumor has it that we are close to it).
The audience got to meet each puppet and puppeteer after each performance, and the Queen came by and saw the puppets. The Duke's Ambassador, Baron von Holstein, made a presentation to the Queen with many of us in hand. Others wished the Queen good health and happiness in their own way. Her majesty also sent a most wonderous painted egg to the Duke and Duchess for their Munich Museum of art treasures. As always, Bavaria enchanted Greenwood and gained favor in the eyes of her majesty, or so we hope!
Our Brothers and Sisters also joined Greenwood's Brothers and Sisters for a delightful game of bowls that knocked the socks (if they were wearing socks) right off the pirates. (and, believe it or not, the Greenwood and Bavarian clergy actually beat them without cheating, from what I understand.
Mother Superior of the Sisters of Aggravation has said that next year cheating is in order. Only a nun would know - besides, it's only some holy fun.
Fun was had by all, clergy and pirates alike. The audiences enjoyed the spectacle, and so did we. Thank you puppeteers and extras alike - we couldn't have done it without you, and we can't wait for Greenwood next year.
Since our Bavarian enclave was right near our friends of the Seattle Knights, we got to see some of their amazing performances as well, complete with a few new members of their own to join in the fun.
Well, by the end of the fair we were all happy and exhausted, so we packed up our little Bavarian tent, said goodbye to our Greenwood and Seattle Knight friends, and headed for home, where we all arrived safe and sound.
Thanks everybody for making Greenwood a fun fair once again.