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The Eleventh Year

Dance Revel and Princess’ Birthday Tourney -- Barony of the Isles
October 16-17, 1976

The Dance Revel was held at the Goleta Public Library. The dance instructors were Lady Marisela of Muninsgard, Mistress Aurelia de la Licorne, and Lady Kerrinda of Kymry. The Zink Consort played during the evening. The following day a tourney in honor of the birthday of Princess Bevin was held in Kiwanis Meadows in Tuckers Grove Park, near Santa Barbara, CA. The winner of the lists was determined by the Princess and the ladies. A number of contests were held: Chocolate Chip cooking, best song in honor of the Princess, best poem in honor of the Princess, and best birthday card. Mary Taran of Glastonbury and Anna McAyre of Gorabh were the autocrats. Lord Renfield of the Inland March (Edmund Renfield Wanderscribe) donated a prize for a new order: Order of the Harried Hard Hat For the Beast Croaking (death). At the end of the fighting Princess Bevin awarded it to Lord Renfield for his imitation of a dead cockroach. Merselit won Lord Gwydioan’s herb contest. Joan of Crawfordsmuir won the Chocolate Chip cooking contest. Tristram of Ravensgate wrote the best poem in honor of the Princess.

“You may have noticed that there are a LOT of references to chocolate chips and chocolate chip cookies, all through Morven and Bevin's reign. Somehow the populace has found out Morven has a penchant for these tasty morsels. It is by now quite normal for them to receive SEVERAL plates full of cc­cookies at every court and event. Morven is beginning to suffer the consequences. Is this a subtle form of regicide??” – 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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