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On the Phoenix Swords Facebook, I posted an “are you okay?” meme for the folks I know.  And someone who has performed with us and has their own act now commented that they were doing okay. And for the most part that seems to be true

I am taking cues from Guy Windsor, Jess Finley, D’Mon Stith by looking at manuals to improve our historical show.

I have been picking up online skills like a crazy person. We have permission to use our workplace media connection and I am taking full advantage of it to contact family and friends with the bells and whistles. I am taking courses and working full time. (Don’t ask about housework)

cleaning

The troupe has reassured me that I am not wasting their time with online meetings and that it helps to be connected.

We are even participating in an online fundraiser for the New Hampshire Renfaire:
https://www.facebook.com/events/750596312343495/

But it’s hard to be productive all the time and we still have bills to pay. We pay for storage and practice space and we are NOT practicing. Two performers will not be able to join us for wildly varying reasons-one because his job is trying to keep safe so he cannot attend or participate in any public performances for a set time. The other works in a high-risk group and does not want to bring sickness to us. He calls himself ‘the canary in the coal mine.’

In New England, we only have about four good months and people are itching to get out into them.  And you can’t practice fire in the house. (well you can but it’s a bad idea)  Just like everyone else, I HAVE THINGS TO DO.

I get it, we all do. I love my day job but will I have it in a month? My family, many are elderly-will I see them through 2020? One senior describes her role as “inmate” because she cannot leave her apartment for any reason and food is all but slid under the door.  I am grateful to be mobile and able to go outside.

And this “new normal” has brought out the serious mental imbalances in some of my friends. I hope that they survive physically, mentally, and spiritually. Praying for them every day.

I have nostalgia already for close contact performances. It’s going to impact our shows-can we still fight and “bag” our falchion fighters?  Take audience participation?  What about our spotters and fire breathers?  I’m trying to figure out how to do the human connection hands-free. Better work on those charisma skills!

Keep your fingers crossed for Fall faires, my friends. I am rubbing my rabbit’s foot like a sander and hoping the best for everyone, and that includes you.