Pavillion Etiquette

The season for camping and day pavilions is upon us. But do we all know how to behave in pavilions? Maybe we should brush up on our etiquette. Just remember what Mom said and behave.

1. Don’t enter unless you are asked or invited.

Treat a pavilion exactly as you would someone’s home. Would you just walk in without knocking? I don’t think so! The only exception to this rule is when you must enter the pavilion to close flaps due to the weather. Then the owners will thank you!

2. Don’t sit in someone else’s chair unless you ask or are invited to do so.

If you break it you are responsible. (That has happened many times…I have a chair that I don’t allow anyone heavier than I to sit in. If it breaks with me it’s OK, but I wouldn’t want that to happen with anyone else.)

3. Don’t partake of their refreshments unless you are invited.

Most people who set out food bring plenty of food and are willing to share…But don’t assume, wait until you are invited.

4. Don’t take a shortcut through a pavilion or camp.

This is plain rude. Would you run through someone’s house? Don’t allow your children to run and play through the pavilions around the tourney field.

5. Don’t leave your stuff in common areas or in someone’s pavilion unless you ask.

Don’t clutter areas which are meant for all to share and don’t expect others to look after your “stuff”.

6. Don’t touch other possessions unless you ask.

That harp or sword is worth lots of money you may not have…so leave it alone! Don’t move that lace pillow, she’s been working on it for months, you don’t want to accidentally ruin it.

7. Don’t remove property from a pavilion without asking.

“She won’t mind if we borrow these chairs…she won’t be back until dinner.” This is also rude and could be considered theft!

8. Don’t expect others to watch your children.

I raised my kids…I don’t want to raise yours. When your children are in other peoples pavilions, watch them and teach them these rules. Not only will they be more pleasing to be around, but these rules may prevent them from accidentally getting hurt.

This article was initially written by Mistress Sine ni Dheaghaidh and was printed in the March/April (1999) edition of the Shire of Hindscrofts newsletter “The Key”, Volume 99, Issue 2. It is reprinted here with her permission.


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