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The Twelfth Year

First Crown Tournament -- Principality of Caid
April 22-23, 1978

From The Page (April, 1978):

The Principality of Caid is about to become a Kingdom -- and it will be holding its first Crown Tournament on April 22-23 at Glen Helen Park in Dreiburgen (Riverside, CA). The partk will open at 5:00 PM on Friday, April 21. There is a parking problem, so that it will be imperative that you UNLOAD ALL OF YOUR GEAR BEFORE YOU PARK YOUR CAR.

In addition to the Crown Lists, there will be many contests with prizes, and in addition, Recognitions of Excellence and Princely Largesse given by the College of the Sciences for a variety of endeavours.

CONTESTS: COOKING (main course pies and puddings -- as in Bread Puddings); ILLUMINATION (half-folio (12"x18") sized scroll with an illuminated border and an illuminated capital letter (L,K,B,I, or W) -- there will be extra points for authenticity of design; contestants should leave enough room for a 1" margin all the way around (for framing), and room for a 6" wide shield within the border (as well as room for lettering, of course); CORONATION HERALDRY CONTEST (design a Great Seal of Caid (2 1/2" diameter)); AUTHENTIC TOURNEY SITE, or OUTWARD MEDIEVAL APPEARANCE OF THE PAVILLION (all pavillions are fair games for the judges; extra points will be given for coolers covered with something, beverages NOT in cans, all plastic hiden, etc.); and DESIGNING A CROWN (see below).

Because designing a Crown for CAID is too important to trust to one event, this contest will run at several events to gather as many fine designs as possible for consideration. Designers may send in ideas, if they cannot attend events (designers do not have to live in Caid to enter this contest!). This Crown Tourney, therefore, will see the first of several contests for a CAID Crown Design. Entries will be judged at each event, and the top designs will be given recognition and prizes, and will be published in The Crown Prints (Caid's soon-to-be-Official newsletter). Each contest will have its own prizes. When a collection of top designs has been gathered, a Grand Price winner will be selected. If that design is suitable, crowns for Caid will be made from it.

Designs should be drawn (not verbally described); if you cannot draw, have a friend do it for you -- and credit the artist, please. Different designs for King and Queen may be submitted. Designers may submit as many designs as desired, as many times as you have designs. Mailed-in designs will be judged at event nearest the time they are received. Designers should take into account the scepters already presented to the throne of Caid (see The Crown Prints for an illustration -- The PAGE was not supplied with details). Designs should incorporate some or all of the symbols for SCA King (laurel wreath) or Queen (rose wreath), and/or Caidan symbols: crescents and crenellations. Other design factors may be used, of course.

ABOUT FEES: If you come in Friday night between 5:00 and 11:00 PM to camp, you will pay 50cents per person per night AND YOU WILL SIGN THE WAIVER AT THE GATE. If you come in Saturday morning between 7:00 and 9:00 AM you will enter through a second gate that will be manned by SCA folk; and you will pay either $1 per car if you ONLY stay during the day OR you will pay 50cents per person if you are camping. If you enter the park AFTER 9:00 AM, you will pay either the $1 at the ranger station or, if you are camping that night (Saturday), you will tell the ranger you are with the SCA and you are camping. THey will let you drive to the site, where the constables will extort your 50cents per person for camping. The second gate is the one through which you will enter between 5:00 and 11:00 PM on Friday, 7:00-9:00 AM on Saturday, or Saturday night. This second gate will be manned by the SCA; the ranger station by rangers (obviously). The park must be vacated by 5:00 PM on Sunday. (Everybody got that? ...)

There will be NO GROUNDFIRES; you can bring your own hibachis or barbecues; bring your own charcoal. It will be cool during the day, almost certainly windy from late afternoon to evening, and COLD at night. There is also some poison oak, so be aware of where you walk. Volunteers willing, there will be some taxi service from site to parkinglot.

(Directions omitted)

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND DETAILS ON CRASH SPACE in Dreiburgen, get in touch with the Autocrat, Baroness Alison von Markheim (contact info omitted).

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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