Also, GBACG has been busy planning our events and workshops for next year. Something to mark your calendar for is Elizabeth & the Pirate on Feb. 24 in Oakland. This is going to be an amazing event: join Queen Elizabeth I and the Irish pirate Grace O’Malley for a banquet at Sequoia Lodge (where we held the Lord of the Rings dinner). Break out your fanciest Renaissance costumes, or your dressy 16th century pirate gear — or come as a cleaned up peasant. It should be magical — I can’t wait!