Held at Big Trees Camp, Redwood Regional Park, Alameda County, California. Douglas and Lorna reigned. This was the first overnight crown tourney. At opening court, following the Grand March, the Prince and Princess of An Tir, Edward Zifran, Bastard of Gendy and Fiona di Varanus, leading a delegation from the Principality of An Tir, swore fealty to their majesties Douglas and Lorna. King Douglas gave Awards of Arms to April of the Dales, Donn an Bronach, Katherine of Sheppy, Maurice Negri-Kahn, and Rondal Negri-Kahn. He then admitted Arabella Rohnesse de Lyonesse, Duke James Greyhelm, and Duchess Verena of Laurelin to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. Scrolls were handed out and Baroness Trude Lacklandia presented King Douglas with two last cans of Beck Beer. The formation of the Veterans of the Pennsic Wars was announced, whereupon one member asked if it would be raining at the meeting. Lady Adrienne of Toledo announced her intention to travel to the East and offered to carry his Majesty’s greetings. The Order of the Wooden Spoon contest was held and the Crown Lists were run. In a hard fought final Count William of Hoghton defeated Duke James Greyhelm to stake his claim on his second crown. Donna of Rollingwood (Donna of Willowwood) was his lady. At second court, upon the request of the Knights of the West, King Douglas knighted Rand of Dunbar. Count William of Hoghton and Countess Donna of Rollingwood (Donna of Willowwood) were invested as Crown Prince and Crown Princess. Sir William the Lucky passed the Muckin’ Great Clubbe on to Christopher of Hoghton. Court then adjourned for the Royal Potluck Dinner, which was followed by general revelry and a bardic circle.
The following day saw the completion of the Queen’s handkissing contest and the archery contest, along with numerous challenge matches, melees, and a Viking Holmgang. At final court Queen Lorna admitted Fiona MacGregor (Natalya de Foix) to the Queen’s Order of Grace. The winner of the Order of the Wooden Spoon contest for Meal-in-a-Loaf was Annette of Faire Monte. The winner of the Archery Contest was Dell of Dragonsforge, followed by Ann Dudley de Brandhard. The winner of the Queen’s Handkissing Contest was Martin the Temperate, who received the Queen’s Garter as his prize. King Douglas gave Awards of Arms to Frances of Dragon’s Forge and Hallgerd Egilsdotter. Hallgerd has made a needlepoint tapestry of King Andrew’s first reign in a manner similar to that of the famed Bayeaux tapestry. Her tapestry was displayed to the astonishment of the populace. King Douglas then admitted Duke Henrik of Havn to the Order of the Leaf of Merit. The knights of the West then petitioned the Crown to knight Morven of Carrick, which King Douglas did. He then admitted Trude Lacklandia to the Order of the Laurel, and, in a first, admitted Bjo of Griffin (Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani) and Linda-Muireall von Katzenbrasse at the same time to both the Order of the Laurel and the Order of the Pelican. The populace was then dismissed to clean up and depart.
“Unless one was present at court and close to the throne, Rand's responses and recitation of the Oath of Fealty was all but inaudible. At our household encampment during lunch, one of the ubiquitous yellowjacket wasps crawled into Rand's sandwich. All unaware Rand bit his sandwich and the sandwich bit back - repeatedly until the wasp was crushed and the bite of bread etc. spit out. By the time of the ceremony Rand's mouth and tongue were quite sore and swollen (no allergic reaction thank goodness) and he had to mumble through the ceremony. I donated my belt and chain and the household chipped in for a pair of spurs for the ceremony.” – Kevin Peregrynne
“For a further small take on Rand's knighting. The next day I came across him, still in his sleeping bag and just starting to crawl out. It developed that he had partied a bit and finally crawled in to sleep still wearing his full leg armor. He admitted that he thought his legs felt a bit odd, but that he was too sleepy and/or inebriated to notice much.” – Steven MacEanruig
“Rand was wearing his armor when he was knighted, and he continued to wear it through dinner and into the evening's revelry. He would, after all, have to take his belt off in order to take his armor off. He didn't remember when he went to bed, but he woke up in the middle of the night and slowly realized he was REALLY uncomfortable. It took a while to figure out why he was so uncomfortable, but he finally realized he was still wearing his armor. I don't know if this is a first, but I suspect that very few fighters have gone to bed in their armor. Perhaps I don't want to know if they have.” – Robear du Bois“It probably was a first, and a very Rand sort of thing to do. Patrice used to force him to do his armoring in the back yard because she didn't want passing motorists and small children to see him shaping his cuisses by hammering sheet steel over his bare thigh.” – Kevin Peregrynne
“I wish to state for the record that everyone in the Kingdom knows that Rieslingers were a gentle people and not heavy partiers, that said I will continue with my story. After I was stung in the mouth by the yellowjacket, everyone around the eric kept offering me something alcoholic to drink (for medicable purposes only). That is the true reason I got falling down drunk it wasn’t my fault -- really. (If you believe all that I have a bridge to sell you.)
“Anyway the next morning, as it was traditional for an old knight to challenge the new knight, I was expected to fight despite one of the worst hangovers I have ever had. My challenger was Duke Aonghais, who, according to Douglas came to him to get pointers on how to kill me. I am glad to say that I killed him and was able to swagger off the field before spectacularly throwing up.
“My knighting -- Kevin is slightly mixing up events. I didn’t receive spurs at that time. I was given spurs as a gift from Phil and Patti at the next Twelfth Night. They have horse hoofs on them and I will always cherish them.” – Rand of Dunbar
“Lorna was quite proud of herself as well. During her first reign, Ian of Cawdor had been captain of her guard and went on to be knighted. Rand was the current captain of her guard. Upon his knighting he relinquished his captaincy. Lorna honored me with the post. She would go three for three within two months.” – Martin the Temperate
[ ... admitted Bjo of Griffin (Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani) and Linda-Muireall von Katzenbrasse at the same time to both the Order of the Laurel and the Order of the Pelican.] “I remember John op Griffin saying that he had gone to Big Trees with a wife and came back with two Mistresses!” – Fredrick of Woodlyn
“I'm glad to have this settled. John remembered my getting those awards from Kevin Peregrynne and I thought it was Andrew of Riga (another chalk-mark for increasing short-term memory!)
“It was a complete shock. I'd long ago resigned myself to not being with the "SCA in crowd" and also to being just enough of a voice-raiser to preclude ever getting such awards.
“In a strange way, getting both awards at the same time was a disappointment, because it would have been nice to spread it out a bit ...
“But John's comment made the day!” – Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani
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