> But then I may be unusual in that I spend a lot of my time at big SCA events in classes.

I'm not entirely joking when I ask: what else would one do during the day?
But seriously, Lilies is the only war I'd suggest considering trying to replace one or two of the A&S tents.  It's been two years since I've been to a foreign war, but it's been my impression that classes there tend to be a bit cramped, time-wise.  A class is one hour (or occasionally two) but you'd better be out right away because the next class can't start until you clear out.  A focus on quantity.
This year at Lilies, I spent more than an hour at the hands-on fire safety class (die flames, die!  Fear my sodium bicarbonate!), two or three hours dropping in and out of a paper marbling workshop, and several hours most days on the same woodworking project.

Not wanting to intrude on campsites is definitely a legitimate concern, as is difficulty finding camp locations (I once spent an hour tromping through boot-sucking Estrella mud looking for the Crystal Flute competition.)  If the idea of reducing A&S tents were to be workable at all, it would require some serious work implementing logistics such as scheduling, camp/location-signs, and publicity.  (And notifying the A&S Info-table of class cancellations would need to be made a priority rather than the current hit-or-miss.) 
I really don't know whether it would save enough money to be worth it, since I don't know how much difference one or two tents would make in rental costs.  But if there is indeed a large cost difference, it's worth considering.


On Wed, Dec 28, 2016 at 1:11 AM, Stefan li Rous <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I would agree with most of what Lucinda has to say, although I’m less shy about wandering into a camp and asking if I’m in the right place. But often a class is cancelled or a class is too full. In that case, if the classes are close together, I can chose another class to attend. If they are spread around in different camps, that is difficult to do.

Also, I often attend several classes in a row, one after the other. It can sometimes be difficult to get out of one class, especially if it is running late, and get to the next class before it starts or the tent is full. Even when all classes are grouped together. Much more difficult when they are spread around to different camps.

The time I can see for holding a class in a camp is when special tools or setup is needed, such as some cooking classes or a blacksmithing class etc.

But then I may be unusual in that I spend a lot of my time at big SCA events in classes. Sometimes teaching, but more often as a student. Like the Florilegium, my interests are wide-ranging. :-)


> I would miss the A&S tents.  I feel awkward wandering into someone's camp
> looking for classes.  I don't really know many people outside of my tiny
> group.  I have ended up in wrong camps looking for classes in the past.
> What if that camp doesn't make it to Lilies at the last minute and
> cancels, there I am wandering around trying to find them.  At least
> sometimes the A&S tents know of the cancellations.  Also the classes are
> closer together to go back and forth between them.
> Just my thoughts
> -Lucinda

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