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The Eleventh Year

Fall Festival and Halloween Revel -- Province of the Mists
October 30, 1976

Held at the Meadows Playfield, Tilden Park, Berkeley. Duke James Greyhelm was the Champion of Arms, crowning his lady Duchess Verena of Laurelin, Queen of Love and Beauty. A Halloween revel was held at the home of Duke William of Hoghton. There was a Costume Contest, won jointly by Duke James Greyhelm, in a blue bathrobe as Master Edwin Bersark, and Micaéla de Neuville, as an angel. Gormflait ni Cuallactha, Micaéla de Neuville, and Countess Patrice d’Cilla were the autocrats.

“If I remember correctly, you were supposed to come as a (different) SCA member - Verena came as me, with a false mustache and costume, and I wore an old terrycloth bath robe and a sporran, along with fraternal order sword - the usual house wear of Master Edwin - I walked in, and Andrew of Riga looked at me quizzically, and I rolled my shoulders forward, and hunched over a bit - imitating one of Edwin's mannerisms. He suddenly got it and literally fell to the floor laughing. I think that William of York was next to Andy as well, and had much the same reaction. Jenet of Two Minds came as Ardis (Sumer Redmane) We all had a great time.” – James Greyhelm

“I think this was the one where William the Lucky and I came as each other. I borrowed his simple green shirt and he borrowed my simple blue shirt, each with a bit (and only a bit) of trim.” – Steven MacEanruig
“I came as William the Lucky. I had a golden tan jerkin with a blue embattled shoulder top. I sewed a gold circle on the blue top and had a fair copy of the armorial jerkin that Lucky was wearing at the time. I covered the outfit with cloak. Lucky asked me who I was supposed to be. I threw back the cloak and said with a big grin, "You!"” – Wilhelm von Schlüssel

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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