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The Eleventh Year

First Annual Feast of Fools, Canton of Lyonesse -- Barony of the Angels
April 1, 1977

Held at the American Legion Hall, Wilmington, CA. The theme was Come as You Are Not (within SCA limits). There were three removes totalling fifteen dishes. Lord Gwydioan am y’Gorlwyn and Lady Anna McAyre of Gorabh were the autocrats. Sir Morven of Carrick won the “Gammy” Award for best calves. Jason Griffiths of Shadowhyrst won for Most Provocatively Dressed Male. Augustine Johannes won for Most Un-Provocative Male (as a unicorn). Lady Huette von Ahrens of Schloss Drachenhaus won for Most Unprovocative Female (a witch complete with frog and apples). The Arts and Sciences held a Slave Auction which brought in $25. Sir Morven directed a Miracle Play with Master Conrad von Regensburg as God, Lord Renfield of the Inland March (Edmund Renfield Wanderscribe) as a demon, Hedgia du Loup as Lucifer, and Duke William of Hoghton as an angel. The King and Queen of Fools were decided by a thumb wrestling contest won by Jason Griffiths of Shadowhyrst. Jason Griffiths and Fiona Bo-Peep (Gregorovna) were crowned Rex Stulti and Regina Stulti by a bevy of clerics, complete with a sceptre (a toilet plunger), and orb (a grapefruit with a corkscrew in it), and gold (paper) crowns. The King named Duryn the Red as his consort and the Queen named Nicole Deveraux as hers.

Rounding out the evening’s entertainment was a sword dance by Hedgia du Loup, accompanied on the drums by the Negri Kahns. Not to be outdone, the Brotherhood of the Blade led by a pirate who looked suspiciously like Viscount Hugh did the infamous Brotherhood chug-a-lug song with almost fatal results to HM Rex Stulti, who almost drowned in his three quart mug! The evening ended with a cheer for the kitchen staff, including Lord Gwydioan, Lady Anna, Lord Cedric the Dark, Lady Joan of Crawfordsmuir, Lady Gabrielle, Lorraine d’Alsace, Lady Eyana bat-David NicChlurain, and others.

“Most memorable "come as you're not" costume, however, remains (and is still talked about,) Princess Arabella, who is quite diminutive in stature and came as "Tall." She wore a simple floor length gown which hid her tremendous platform shoes.” – Martin the Temperate

Description of this event, © Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
This is from The History of the West Kingdom, Volume 1 (the only volume produced). When reading this text, please keep in mind the following disclaimer:

Disclaimer: This history may have errors in it, as much of the detail is “remembered” history, or as one of the cover pages of the original type-written manuscript states “The material within is derived from the information printed in The Crown Prints and in The Page, and from the memories of the participants.” The original document was typed on onion-skin paper, with hand-written notes (often in the margins). All attempts have been made to reconcile the notes with the original document.

Annotations, when they are added, are from The Annotated History of the West, Volume 1, which is the same text as Master Wilhelm's mentioned above, with commentary from members of the SCA who were active at the time of the event, and are added to help clarify questions and expand on what happened and why. This volume is copyright © Ken Mayer (Hirsch von Henford).

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