The Ca’ d’Oro Salon is a department at Gulf Wars, a reenactment event held annually near Lumberton, Mississippi. Ca’ d’Oro is a place where we gather, socialize, and learn about post 13th-century arts & sciences in the atmosphere of a 15th-century Italian Salon where artists, poets, musicians, philosophers, nobility, and courtiers would have gathered to pass the time.
Gulf Wars XXVI of 2017 was spectacular! The Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon is already planning ahead for March of 2018 for Gulf Wars XXVII. Our department head for 2018 is Madame Cynthia du Pont. Our deputy is Maestra Giata Alberti. Our Ambassadors are Gwlados Vachan wreic Wymark, and Justina di Silvestri. Duke Brian Wilson, Sir Neil Grey, and Baron Luciano di Giovanni are our sponsoring partners and their household, Argent Lion, provides support all week.
Our past Ca’ d’Oro Salons have had a slew of living history activities:
We had a 15th-century cooking demonstration done by Gretchen Allen Johns and friends.
We had a main period pavilion and a second period pavilion provided by Duke Brian Wilson, set up by Argent Lion members, and appointed by Baron Luciano di Giovanni.
We had an amazing bocce ball tournament (and next year will have an Inter-Kingdom tournament with entrants from each Kingdom chosen by their Sovereign Majesties.
We had wine and refreshments for passerby who wanted to relax and socialize. We also enjoyed hosting Cynthia du Pont‘s enchanted ground in the evenings.
Roman coiffure was done by Domina Jael Ben Ari.
Period cosmetic instruction was given by Evanne Floyd.
Our period lunch potluck on Thursday was a hit.
Musicians stopped by to play for us intermittently throughout the day, and bardic circles were held each night.
At our Italian Social on Friday we met, ate, drank, stargazed, gathered around a fire and had the lovely Hextilda Corbett give us a lesson on the constellations, and then processed together to the Known World Party.
It was a beautiful week. Join us next Gulf Wars. We welcome all who would like to sojourn and learn about the arts and sciences of post 13th-century Europe in the atmosphere of a 15th-century Italian Salon where artists, poets, musicians, philosophers, nobility, and courtiers gathered to pass the time.