Would it be possible, to have something like "half place in a tent and the other half on the outside"? - I think, people are easier, to take a seat on the outside of a tent, when they just want to have a short rest.
And I do not know, if everybody knew in 2017, that your community-place was for anybody in the VU and not only for Guests of the Kettles, because it felt like it was a part of your Camp and not for wole of the VU - I hope, you can understand, what I mean...
our plans was to create a more open place, as you suggest, to ensure that more people will feel welcome. We also plan on events (no matter what) which invites people in.
We also hope to be close and visible from the kommandatur so that we won't be on the edge of the camp 😉