My kidling and I have been to every Ringcon, and the Ringcon dance is our favorite event of the year. We were sad, therefore, that there isn't going to be a Ringcon this Spring, but... hey, the Balrog Bash is happening instead! Woo hoo! We'll be there with bells on!
.... but then I saw that cute little notice: "Minors welcome until 10 PM!". Uh- oh. Unacceptable.
It's a 2-hour drive to Tacoma from here. There's no way in Hell I'm going to pay $20.00 for tickets, make that drive, then have to leave the dance before it's even half-over just because some idiot decided to impose an arbitrary curfew on teenagers. If I pay full price for my kid to attend a dance with me, she's going to attend the whole thing or I will know the reason why.
leannan_sidhe wrote: "From the mouths of Phil and Heather... Its the owner's rule. Not only that, but from what I understand, this came as a suprise to pretty much everyone, after everthing was set. Employees there said all ages, recently the owner dropped the "until 10pm" thing.
Is completely the brewery. I would suggest contacting them (the brewery) and complaining... "
Right, so that's what I've done, and I ask that everyone else who thinks this is a stupid and discriminatory rule do the same. The e-mail addy is: email@example.com. Thanks!
Dear Sir or Madam,
I was shocked to see the notice on the 'Balrog Bash' web-page http://www.heatherlands.com/balrogb
I have been a worker at the Washington Renaissance Faire for the past 6 years. My daughter, who is now 15, has been working at the Faire for the past 3 years. We have both worked every Ringcon, and our primary reason for going was the dance with Heather Alexander and Uffington Horse. We would very much like to attend the Balrog Bash, but not if it means she will be shown the door when the dance is only two-fifths over. I also don't notice any discount price offered for those people - whether minors or parents - who will have to leave three hours early due to your foolish and discriminatory rule.
In short, I consider this to be an insult and an outrage, and I certainly will not spend a single dime in an establishment that upholds such a policy. I think you will find that a great many parents in the Ren Faire/Fantasy Convention community feel the same way - there are already a considerable number of e-mails and blog posts about your rule going around the Internet, and there are sure to be quite a few more before the month is out.
If you wish to amend this regrettable situation, I can suggest a simple way to do it: change the rule so that minors may stay for the entire dance if they are accompanied by a parent, and make sure that that is noted on the web-page. If you do not want unsupervised teenagers there until 1:00 AM, that is understandable, but to make families specifically unwelcome after two hours at an event for which they have paid full price is not in keeping with your claim to be "a family-friendly restaurant".
Thank you for your kind attention,