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The 2013 Collegium is nearly upon us!

Details on the event can be found at http://www.cantondesforge.org/Saltare2013.html.

A schedule of classes and revels can be found here.

The time for the 2012 Saltare Collegium draws nigh! This year’s event will be held in Lawrenceville, GA on June 16. Details can be found at the event web site and the Facebook page.

We are also still looking for teachers, so if you are interested please email the Guild Steward.

Thanks to all of you for helping to make this year’s Saltare Collegium a great success! In addition to all the great dancers, the teachers, musicians, and the Shire of Vulpine Reach made it a day to remember.

This year’s Saltare Collegium was a great success, and there are many people without whom it could not have happened. Thanks to the Barony of the South Downs for hosting the event and providing organization, support, and delicious food for us. Also thanks to the members of the Shire of Talmere who helped us secure the site and provided addition signage.

Of course, without the fine teachers, talented musicians, and enthusiastic dancers the day would not have been possible, so we are grateful to all of you who attended and hope to see you again next year!

If you would like to host the Collegium next year, it’s never too soon to start planning for it. Please send any bids or questions to the Guild Steward. The sooner planning begins, the more smoothly things will go.

You don’t have to wait until next year to get your next dance fix, of course. If you need resources to help start or improve your local dance practice, let us know and we can get you what you need. Many good resources can be found through the Saltare website as well. If you would like to host a Regional Dance Practice, we can help you organize that as well.

A new section has been added to the contest page for this year’s Saltare collegium, discussing what one might do do become a better dance partner.

Only five weeks left until this year’s Saltare Dance Collegium! The class schedule has been posted, and there’s plenty there for everyone to enjoy: 17 teachers, 27 classes, and over 40 hours of instruction on European dance, Eastern dance, and music of both styles. There will also be an afternoon practice session for the musicians and classes on how to teach dance and run a hafla. The evening will feature a European ball and a hafla, both with live music and a tasty shared sideboard prepared by Mistress Serena.

Check out the event website for directions and more information.

From the Minstrels’ Guild:

Greetings, friends!

We had a wonderful complement of live musicians for the White Rose
Ball at TRM’s Thomas and Elisenda’s recent Coronation. If you weren’t
there, you missed a wonderful evening of live music and dance.

Provided enough musicians can attend and participate, the Minstrel’s
Guild plans to have a presence at the following events this spring and
summer:

May 1st: Crown List tourney
June 5th: Kingdom Arts and Sciences Faire
June 19th: Saltare Collegium
July 17th: Royal University Meridies (RUM)

We’d love for you to join us. If you have an interest in period
instrumental music, please join the Minstrel’s Guild and get
involved. Players of all instruments and skill levels are welcome.

Our Yahoo group mailing list can be found here:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/meridianminstrelsgld/?yguid=414812942

We also have a new Facebook group located here:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=110296309004911

We look forward to playing with you and helping creating a wonderful
atmosphere for those who attend events in our fair kingdom.

Yours in service,
Lady Fiona macLachlan
Guild Steward
Minstrels’ Guild of Meridies

The regional dance practice (hosted by Bryn Madoc) is coming up soon (March 13). It should be a great day of dancing, and we encourage anyone who can make it to come join in. If you would like to use this opportunity to practice teaching, please feel free to contact us as well.

For those of us not going to Gulf Wars this year, the Barony of Bryn Madoc is hosting a regional dance practice on Saturday, March 13 in Watkinsville, GA. There will be classes all day, focusing on basic repertoire dances, and possibly some more challenging choreographies as interest dictates. If you want to work on your dance skills (or dance teaching skills), come and join the fun! Click here for directions and details.

Despite the chilly weather, it’s time to start planning for the Spring! Coronation is the weekend of April 10, and the ascension of Thomas and Elisenda will be celebrated with the traditional White Rose Ball. If you are interested in helping to plan or run the ball, please contact the guild steward.