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The Eleventh Year

New Year’s Eve Feast -- Province of Southern Shores
April 30, 1977

From The Page (April, 1977):

The PRovince of Southern Shores invites you to a May Feast and Revel on Saturday evening, 30 April AS XI, followed by a Tournament and May Day Celebration on Sunday. We will feast in the great hall of the Covenant Presbyterian Church (address omitted). Doors open at the Feast site at 5:00 PM and the Feast is to begin at 6:00 PM.

We ask a donation for the Feast of 350 pence (175 pence for children and vegetarians). There will be three sumptuous courses, fruits and pies, and plenty of our best mead. All cookery will be according to the best Medieval sources. We request reservations, and the donation for reservations sent after April April 23 will be 450 pence!

Following the Feast, we will select the Lord and Lady of the May to preside at the next day's festivities, when we will again raise a Maypole and hold Tournament at Stanfard University's Palm Drive Oval. The evening's activities will continue with plenty of dancing, and a contest for choreographed Court dance (bring your music on cassettes).

Reservations should be sent to the Autocrat ... (contact info omitted).

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in the Covenant Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto. A three course feast was served. The lord and lady of the May were chosen to preside over the tourney the following day. Eudaimon of Alexandros was the autocrat. There was a competition for original Renaissance dance choreography.

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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