Triumphs and Trials
Welcome back to the House of the Lotus. The past two months have been so packed that we’ve barely had time to tell you about our goings-on!
Congratulations are in order for Sayyida Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya, who is now the Queen’s Bard, after a hard-fought victory against some of the finest performing artists in the SCA. She has some big plans for the coming year, including organizing fighter and consort poems for Crown, sponsoring a Comedy Bard competition at the Great Northern Thyng, and continuing to build Opera dell’Est into a serious performing group.
Opera dell’Est, under Sayyida Laila’s direction, had its debut performance at the East Kingdom College of Performers Challenge Event on March 2. The House of the Lotus was well-represented, with Lord Jibril al-Ghazal singing a tenor solo, and Estienne de Bellefaye as the resident Baritone soloist. The performance was a great success, with noteworthy performances by the whole group. Special kudos go out to Lady Sólveig Bjarnardóttir, who sang two gorgeous solos AND conducted the choir! She’s not a member of our household, but she’s certainly an honored friend.
Four members of the household drove halfway across the country to attend Gulf Wars. Sayyida Laila taught three classes, and competed for the A&S War Point. Though she didn’t come home with the win, she represented the East honorably. Bahja al-Azraq made an impact with his generous spirit and his delightful dancing. He’s new to Persian and middle eastern dance, but you’ll be seeing more of him in the future, to be sure!
The House of the Lotus spent a good portion of the war at the incredible Ca D’Oro Salon, lounging about with Salon staff and the fabulous ladies of the Known World Courtesans’ Guild. If you ever have a chance to attend Gulf Wars, Ca D’Oro is the place to be!
Unfortunately, while at Gulf Wars, Sayyida Laila’s wheelchair broke. The ladies of the Courtesans’ Guild, led by the kind and courteous Lady Chiaretta di Fiore, started a benefit to help Laila replace, and in fact, upgrade her mobility device to a motorized chair. This would help give her back some level of autonomy, and make it easier for her to participate in outdoor events. It would also help take some of the physical strain off of her attendants, Lord Jibril al-Ghazal and Bahja al-Azraq. Laila has since been able to replace her manual chair, but the benefit for the motorized chair is ongoing. Please donate if you can.
This weekend, the House of the Lotus will be represented in the Crown Arts & Sciences Championship by Sayyida Laila, who will be performing a Ladino song called “Nani, Nani” and presenting some of her fascinating research on medieval Sephardic music. Then, next weekend, the Honorable Lady Ajir Tsagaan and Lord Jibril al-Ghazal will join her in providing music for the Coronation of Ozurr and Fortune.
If you have any questions about our goings-on, or are interested in patronizing or joining the House of the Lotus, please send us a message through our contact link, or at HouseoftheLotus@gmail.com. See you next month!