Nine years ago! That's when the local hobbits started meeting at the Green Dragon every Friday night, for musings, music, mead and merriment. Come celebrate the anniversary with us, hobbits! Here are the party plans! Parties There are two parties, both held at the Green Dragon in Bywater on the LOTRO server Laurelin, at the usual time of 7:30PM UK/BST (2:30PM servertime). Here are some of the things planned (subject to change): The warmup party on Friday May 12 The Grand GDF Green Outfit competition (see below for rules) The Grand GDF Bywater Sights Parade - a parade through the areas surrounding the Dragon The Grand GDF Riddle round - riddles about the Dragon and Bywater The Grand GDF Barmy and rug lecture - why won't he ever change that old rug? GDF-related entertainment The main party on Friday May 19 The Grand GDF Arts and Entertainment Competition ceremony (see below for details) The Grand GDF Patron Poem Presentation (see below for details) The Grand GDF Anniversary Meal - 9 courses? The Grand GDF Old Patrons lecture - learn more about the hobbits of old! The Grand GDF Pony Dance - bring yer ponies for a dance outside the inn! The Grand GDF Anniversary Speech - short and sweet! The Grand GDF Fireworks Display - boom! Entertainers Green Dragon Friday is home to many hobbit performers. As usual, we ask our performers to: Prepare riddles, songs, poems, limericks or similar that relates to the Green Dragon, Bywater, Green Dragon Friday and/or its patrons. Sign up in advance for a given date by sending me a letter. Given the other activities planned these Fridays, there may be little to no room for on-the-day sign-ups. There will likely be most time available on Friday May 12. Any entertainment that is related to GDF somehow will be given priority. Keep your entries short and to the point (10 minutes is max, but shorter is better) Also note that GDF-relevant entertainment will be entered into the GDF Arts and Entertainment competition, see below Arts and Entertainment Competition (sign-up before May 10, entries before May 16) We'll have us a little competition this year too! A competition across arts categories! Performances: Write and perform a GDF-related song, poem, rhyme or short story during the anniversary (Patron Poems are also entered into the competition). For songs, you can enter solo or as a band. Paintings/drawings: Help us design a commemorative stamp for the GDF anniversary! Paint or draw a suggested stamp (at least 1280 x 960 size, but larger is better)! Videos: Create a GDF-related video and post it on YouTube (a simple recording of the happenings at GDF won't count). We'll pick some winners across categories, but not necessarily one from each. Here is how you can enter: Sign up in advance by sending me a letter, telling what you'd like to do. Do this before Wednesday May 10 at the latest - the sooner, the better. Performances are held during the two parties on the 12th and the 19th, so tell me which date you'd prefer (the Patron Poems are only performed May 19) Additionally, all entries must be sent to me Tuesday May 16 at the latest, to the email above. This includes text files with words for songs/poems/rhymes, pictures of stamps, and/or links to videos. All entries are likely to be posted here on the burrow. Prizes will be awarded during the main party on Friday 19. Green Outfit Competition (no sign-up, just wear a green outfit during the warmup party on May 12th) During the warmup party on May 12th, there will be a "stealth" outfit competition running through the night. A jury will choose which outfits they feel celebrate the spirit of Green Dragon Friday the best. Prizes will be awarded near the end of the night. The only rule? Your outfit has to have a green theme! That's it! It won't have to be fully green (I hear good things about yellow...), but the main colour must indeed be green. Apart from this, feel free to try express GDF through your chosen clothes or cosmetic items (including hand-held items). There will be no sign-up for the competition, just come dressed in your best greens. Patron Poem Presentation (sign up before: May 10, performance on May 19) We'd like to get to know our patrons better! And what better way to do that than to have yer write a short poem or song? And the theme of the poem/song has to be ... yourself. Basically, the poem should tell us: What makes you stand out from the others? Do you have special habits, background, preferences, idiosyncrasies, favourite colour or food, etc? Which characteristics define you as a hobbit? Write us a poem about it! Or perform it as a song with lyrics! (For instance, I might be inclined to write "an elegy for a burning bagpipe"...) All entries in this presentation will also be entered into the Arts and Entertainment Competition, see above. So send me a letter before May 10 if you'd like to take part, and send me the actual poem before May 16 to get into the competition. Who can participate? Please note that Green Dragon Friday is a hobbit roleplaying event, with traveling dwarves welcome. We kindly ask that men and elves stay away from the event. Not because we are mean and hate you (or the players behind the avatars), but because we'd like to keep the event hobbit oriented and somewhat close to the inn experiences you get from the books. So, create a hobbit character, stay in-character in /chat, and we'll have a grand good time together!