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The Eleventh Year

Samhain Revel -- Barony of Madrone
October 30, 1976

Held at the Meadowdale Country Club, Edmonds, WA. People came dressed as their ancestors, figures from mythology, or private jokes. Festivities opened with a processional to Cernunnos and his lady. The processional followed no order, as there is no rank after the grave. Revellers were welcomed to the celebration of the Celtic New Year, when the dead walk, fairy mounds are opened, and the Lady gives custody of the year to the Horned God. Sumptuous potluck feasting followed, in a hall lit soley by candle and fire light. Julian of the Purple Mist won the wine contest; Daniel of Shadygrove won the Storytelling contest; Alysson won the meatpie contest; and a costume judging was held. The decisions were: Best Male Costume - Chronos; Best Female - the Hag (Maire ni Monivea); Most Celtic Male - Bran the Blessed (Julian of the Purple Mist); Most Celtic Female - a water kelpie (Gwendolyn Caer Cerddinen); Most Outrageous - Sister Appassionata (Serena); Special Award: Celtic Border Figures (Edward of Stonehaven and Caitlin na Darac); Best Group - King Arthur and horse, Monty Python style - (Edward Zifran of Gendy and Alysson); and Most Archaic - The Egyptian Goddess of Life (Fiona di Varanus).

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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