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'Scuse me!?

This morning I checked out the event announcment for Coronation.  I'm a bad peer who didn't pre-register.  I've been working on a peerage scroll - shoot me.  I figured that Coronation might be a good event to slake a batch of plaster - there's nothing for me to do, but lots of people that I know.  This is a good recipe for a "sit in the corner and stir a bucket for twelve hours" day.  I read through the event announcement - looked promising.  Looked at the location - Kingston, NY - also promising.  Looked at the fee schedule...

I have sent an email off to the person in charge of gate requesting clarification.  What it says in only slightly politer terms is "You aren't seriously going to charge me $10 for gate/day board for my six month old infant, are you?"

Well actually, they aren't.  Because if they think they ARE, I'm not going.  I'm all for paying my freight - a child who is mobile, taking up space and eating lunch should pay.  If they wanted to charge me site fee, I'd be unhappy, but I'd pay.  Sites are expensive, and you do what you have to.  But a full dayboard charge for a nursing infant?  I think not.

I find it ironic that this comes from the same royals who reamed us out about the fees for 12th Night a couple of years ago.

Hopefully the response will be something to the effect of "so sorry -oversight on our part."  I'll let you know.


All is well.  The exact response to my inquiry (which was politer  than I remember typing it) was "No.  That would be silly."  I thanked them for their time and fast response.

As an aside, I didn't mean to imply that the royals have control over the fee schedules beyond approving the bid - very poor phrasing on my part.  Merely that both events in question were "on their watch."

It makes sense to me that children under a certain age should be free, as they consume nothing that the event provides.  However I will *never* assume that my little darling isn't being charged unless specifically laid forth in the announcement.  If so, that's lovely, but business is business and stewards do what they need to.

What we have he-are, is a failure to communicate...



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Mar. 30th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how much input the royals have over the event. I think when we ran Coronation in the Fall, we had pretty much free rein over the site and all things related to it. The royals had input for the schedule, but that was about it.

A brief survey of the EK events for the next month or so show that all, except Coronation, have adult, youth, and "child under X" fees -- where "X" varies from 2 to 12 and is free. Where there is a fee for smaller children, babes in arms are free. There is also a family cap for many events.

If it's not an oversight on their part, I think a stern letter to the incoming majesties is in order. Let me know and I'll back you up with a second letter.
Mar. 30th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
I somehow don't think this is something TRM-incoming are aware of, considering the fact that TRH are parents of a young child, and would be sensitive towards event staffers attempting to charge for babes in arms.

I would get in touch with the Coronation autocrat first. It may very well be a misprint or oversight, as not everyone who writes the event information in has done this sort of thing before...

Keep us posted.
Mar. 30th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
See the edit - all is well. Whomever entered the information probably assumed that "everyone knows that babes in arms are free," and ran into a literalist (me) who doesn't know that unless you tell me.
Mar. 30th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
See my edit above regarding the royals input. Poor language skills on my part.

Sounds like it was a sin of omission. I never assume freebees unless they are specifically declaimed. Ford's in his Flivver, all's well with the world.

Now that I've got that straightened out, I need to actually make a decision.
Mar. 31st, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Well that's easy. His excellency, Master Luke, and I will all be there, ergo you should be too. :)

SRSLY -- it would be lovely to be able to sit and talk a bit instead of saying "hi" while rushing around in search of or in attendance on their majesties.
Mar. 31st, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Ah, but will you help me stir? This is the problem with plaster slaking - the initial twelve hours of continual stirring. And I mean continual. The last time I did this I walked away from it for five minutes at one point (to use the ladies room) and it was setting by the time I got back. Hence my search for an event for the initial stir - that way I can Tom Sawyer my friends into helping.

By the way, *I* think the acupuncture must be helping. I had a far easier time understanding you on Saturday than I did before. Who knew acupuncture could cure an accent? ;-)
Mar. 30th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
It's really not the royals -- they don't have that level of control over the event. I expect that since they don't do big kingdom events in that shire that often, this is an oversight rather than a deliberate policy.
Mar. 30th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
See edit above - poor phrasing on my part.
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