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The Tenth Year

St. Valentine’s Day Revel -- Barony of the Golden Rivers
February 14, 1976

Held at the home of David of Castlewhyte, Sacramento, CA. David and Cheryl of Castlewhyte were the autocrats. An auction of decorative boxed meals prepared by the ladies was held, as well as an auction of medieval valentine gifts prepared by the men. The children judged Josette du Chantecleer Most-Lovely-To-Look-At and Baron Kevin Peregrynne Most Colorful Gentleman. Matriana du Cameliard took over as Mistress of the Golden Key.

“I donated a rattan-edged tourney battle axe with the head shaped like a sideways heart - covered with red duct tape and the shaft wrapped with gold mylar tape with a gilt braid wrist loop. Several of the Barony's ladies had put me up to it so the bidding was spirited, I believe Matriana and a syndicate of my household's ladies finally outbid the field. I recall that Stone did more or less the same with a heart shaped shield (one of his first curved laminate prototypes).
     “Cadwallader Stone of Stonecroft's development of a technique (actually two techniques) for mass producing curved plywood blanks for (usually) heater shields should go into the AHP about this time. Prior to his invention, curved shields were mostly dished or rolled sheet metal heavy, expensive and difficult to make compatible with rattan weapons. Within a few months of our building (his plan, my workshop) the Barony's laminating press, nearly every heater using fighter in Golden Rivers had one - either in use or in progress. (It also enabled us to mass-produce scutum shields for the next Caid rebellion).” – Kevin Peregrynne

“I ought to point out that Edward of Southhaven (in one of his recent messages) corrected me ... he made the heart heater, probably using Stone's technique/press.” – Kevin Peregrynne
[The children judged Josette du Chantecleer Most-Lovely-To-Look-At and Baron Kevin Peregrynne Most Colorful Gentleman.] “For the life of me, I cannot recall what I wore (unless it was my Tudor Twelfth Night outfit, which was predominantly red and white).” – Kevin Peregrynne

Description of this event, © Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
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