The 1st Saturday in October we have a family tradition. It usually starts with a trip up to Pine Valley the night before the marathon to drop the runners off, then the marathon the next morning. Then later that night the Shelton/Wells men all go out to eat Chinese before they attend the Priesthood session of conference. It was a tradition that Scott Wells started and luckily they have carried it along. The women decided that since they were going out to eat that we would too. The last 4 years we have gone out to Tuacahn because Jan has The Kings Feast that weekend. Her drama kids are just getting ready for the Shakespeare competition that SUU puts on in October and Jan does a big dinner Renaissance style...no utensils. The setting is in the Royal Court and Andy is always the King.
We have salad and rolls while the kids do a couple scenes that they have prepared. Then dinner which is usually chicken, thank goodness, potatoes and a veggie. If you want salt you have to call for the Mistress of the salt or the Lord of the salt and then give them a kiss on the cheek as payment. This is Shayne getting some "salt".
While you eat beggars (students) try to get money from you and to get rid of them you throw some change across the room. There is always one that tries to sell you a fork but if the Kings catches you then you go in the stocks. You can also pay to have someone put in the stocks. This time the students solicited money to put the King in the stocks.
He was not happy. But did it anyway and while he was in there JoEllen took the thrown. All the money raised helps to get the kids to the competition.
Then more monologues and scenes and songs. Then we have desert and go into the auditorium to see the 10 minute ensemble act that they are taking to compete with. This year it was Richard the III and they took 1st place with it. It was awesome! They also won a couple 1sts and 2nds in different categories. Overall they ended up winning sweepstakes! They competed against 31 other schools from all over the western states. They did a great job and should be proud of their accomplishments. We were able to go up and stay a couple days because Jan needed Joel to drive the bus. So I came up later and stayed as a chaperon. It was a good needed break for things to come.
While we were up there we were able to see Katie compete in the Tech Olympics. Another part of this whole competition. She and her partner were in charge of hair and makeup. They were told what to do and where timed and judged on how well they did.
She didn't win but it was a lot of fun to watch. The judge told her that her pin curl was perfect.
We had a lot of fun with Jandy and the kids. It was good to get away.