May 2018

Today, I wanted nothing more than to thank all the people that helped make Altavia Anniversary such a wonderful and whimsical event yesterday. Sadly, yesterday’s joy is now tempered with the loss of a dear friend of Altavia, Her Ladyship Meala Caimbeul. I mourn with all those who hold this dancer, bard, rapier fighter, herald, beloved Caidan in their hearts. May her memory be a blessing.

But even through such sadness, the light of the love that was on display yesterday still shines. So many people worked so hard for so long to make a special day for Altavia. Your Excellencies, Cecilia and Christof, thank you for taking such good care of Altavia during your years and for helping guide Niko and I as we take our first steps in this role. Thank you to Madelena for stewarding the event and to our Seneschal, Meliora, for all the behind-the-scenes work that you do so very well. Thank you to Juanica for not only being an amazing Chief Lady but for running a very successful Arts & Sciences competition and for creating a space for bardic performance. Thank you to Cassandra for continuing to be the best Captain of the Guard a baroness could ask for. Thank you to Dame Selene and her new protégé, Haddassah, for ensuring the Royals had a lovely repast for lunch.

I know there are many others to thank and I hope to do so in person over the next coming events. Thank you to all who joined in the spirit of whimsy with flower crowns, wings, music, theatre, and even donkey ears. We could not have asked for a better day. I love you all.

Briana MacCabe

Baroness of Altavia