[SCA-Dance] KWDS report (What I Did on my Summer Vacation...)

Mary Railing mrailing2 at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 20 13:28:59 EDT 2009

By car, Bloomington is five hours or less from Columbus, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, St. Louis, and Chicago.  Columbus would be several hours closer for folks from the East coast, making it possible for some people who would have had to fly to Indiana to drive instead.  Conversely, it would be significantly harder for anyone from Texas.  (I know Texas is also far from Indiana, but we did get a carload from Texas at a Mynydd Seren dance event and when we hosted the Known World Costume Symposium.)

I don't see any point in getting Kingdom bureaucracy involved at this stage. They are far less likely than we are to know or care about the pros and cons of various locations.  However, WE should be considering geography in picking bids.  For instance, I don't see both Bloomington and Columbus being in the queue.  If Columbus were picked, Mynydd Seren would withdraw our bid, rather than try for the next time.  I think the event *should* move from kingdom to kingdom, with a bias toward kingdoms east of the Mississippi, because that's where most of our dancers are.  I don't think KWDS should be outside the US twice in a row, but I think that a European bid could be viable otherwise (gotta be cheaper than Australia...)


From: Tim McDaniel <tmcd at panix.com>
Cc: dance SCA <sca-dance at sca-dance.org>
Sent: Monday, July 20, 2009 12:46:27 PM
Subject: Re: [SCA-Dance] KWDS report (What I Did on my Summer Vacation...)

On Mon, 20 Jul 2009, C. Timar <cctimar at member.ams.org> wrote:
> Columbus, in particular, is quite close to Hamilton,

For reference, driving distances are on the order of 650 km / 400
miles; flying is roughly 475 km / 300 miles.

> so those who couldn't come to Hamilton may also have trouble going
> to Columbus

if the trouble was distance rather than going into Canada versus the

> That being said, New York and Indiana are also in the same general
> area, as viewed from the distance of Seattle or New Orleans.

Um ... I wouldn't word it that way.  (My first reaction was "Are you
nuts?!  They're nowhere near each other!").  I would say: from much of
the US, you won't drive to KWHS in either Indianapolis or New York,
but instead would take a flight, which is likely to be in the
US $250-$300 range if you get the tickets in advance.  So, from the
point of view of travel, it doesn't matter that much for many people
where in the US it is.

I don't know how many people consider themselves to be in "driving
range" of New York versus Indianapolis.

Daniel de Lyncoln
Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com
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