About this Event
- The Feast this year will be modeled on the approach taken last year: thus, it will be split into the two phases of Comestion and Comessation. (They're real words, look them up.)
- One ticket will encompass both phases; whereas the other ticket type will only pertain to the second phase.
- Doors will open to full (Comestion) ticket holders at 7:00 PM.
- Doors will never open, properly speaking, to partial (Comessation) ticket holders; but the phase of the evening including them will begin around 8:15, being held outside—hence the doors thing. They'll still be allowed inside betimes to urinate and such, however.
- Comestion (the eating eggs and bacon bit) will commence at 7:15 PM and end by 8:15 PM. A full ticket is required for this portion of the Feast.
- Comessation (the toasting, drinking, singing bit) will commence at 8:15 PM and run through the remainder of the evening. Both a full ticket and a partial ticket suffice for participation in this portion of the Feast.
- PARTIAL TICKETS WILL ONLY GO ON SALE ONCE SUFFICIENT OF THE FULL TICKETS OPPORTUNITIES HAVE BEEN CLAIMED FOR THE COVERAGE OF COSTS - SO ACT FAST, AND DON'T BE A CHEAPSKATE!
- A certain number of "early bird discounts" are available for FULL tickets who purchase before September 30, on a first-come-first-serve basis: a discount of over 10%! Use promo code "early" (all lowercase). The link to supply a promo code is in the top left of the order form area.
The Long-Winded, More Fulsome Explanation
What year is it?
Yes, indeed, we are alas in a similar situation this year as we were last year. As such, we will be taking appropriate cautions in the arrangements with the spreading out of tables and such, and have the greater part of the evening's activities occur outside.
If the civil authorities decide to incinerate the First Amendment right to assembly before the date of the event... well, we'll figure something out.
The program this year will be just as last year, with the "traditions" taking place around the bonfire rather than the table. After the meal, we will proceed outside and be joined by those ticket holders who only opt in for that part of the event, and begin with the the singing of the In Paradisum as grace after meals and the praying together of Comlpine (night prayer); and then the toasts and drinking songs and such like will commence.
Apropos this year as it was last year, here's Belloc waxing poetic about the, ahem, little things in life...<blockquote>The Microbe is so very small</blockquote><blockquote>You cannot make him out at all,</blockquote><blockquote>But many sanguine people hope</blockquote><blockquote>To see him through a microscope.</blockquote><blockquote>His jointed tongue that lies beneath</blockquote><blockquote>A hundred curious rows of teeth;</blockquote><blockquote>His seven tufted tails with lots</blockquote><blockquote>Of lovely pink and purple spots,</blockquote><blockquote>On each of which a pattern stands,</blockquote><blockquote>Composed of forty separate bands;</blockquote><blockquote>His eyebrows of a tender green;</blockquote><blockquote>All these have never yet been seen--</blockquote><blockquote>But Scientists, who ought to know,</blockquote><blockquote>Assure us that they must be so ...</blockquote><blockquote>Oh! let us never, never doubt</blockquote><blockquote>What nobody is sure about!</blockquote>
A Summary Statement
In spite of all trials and adversity, a feast it shall be, and as enjoyable as ever!
We hope you will join us!
A Bunch of Stuff We Didn't Say Above
- As the majority of our time will be spent out of doors, please take all necessary sartorial precautions—i.e., dress appropriately for the weather.
- Tickets defray the costs reflecting the level of participation, and provender of food and drink in one case, or just drink in the other; but mostly, tickets help control numbers and also will provide a donation to our incredibly generous hosts at Ivy Hall. So, don't complain, and no, you can't get a free pass.
- In addition to whatever one would normally bring (Whiskey, for example, is always welcome), please bring a flashlight (if you don't have a phone that does this sort of thing) or other means of illumination sufficient for reading, as we will be praying Compline outside in the relative dark and there may be other printed material to which we will need to make reference, like a pledge of allegiance to the CDC.
- Any questions and concerns that remain after this are frankly probably superfluous and not worth consideration, but if you really must, then by all means go ahead and address them to the organizer.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
International Institute for Culture, 6331 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, United States
USD 20.00 to USD 30.00