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The Twelfth Year

Twelfth Night Revel -- Principality of Caid
January 14, 1978

From The Page (December, 1977):

Southern Twelfth Night will this year be hosted by the Barony of the Angels. The tentative menu already contains over 35 dishes, and with the kitchen supervision of Lord Gwydioan am'yGorllwyn, his wife, Lady Anna, and Lord Thelin von Kallenbach, we promise that no one will leave hungry.

The tentative site is the Torrance Recreation Hall at the corner of ... Since this hall is in the general complex, and only 500 feet from the police department, city hall, library, etc., we must remind people that the legal drinking age in California is 21, and that certain substances will not be allowed for smoking pleasure. No smoking of any kind will be allowed in the hall; there is, however, plenty of room outside and around the hall for this activity. There is parking for 1000 cars, and plenty of room to enjoy ourselves. Due to the fact that there is a minimum of dressing space, we must ask people come to the hall partially, if not fully, in costume.

ANY AND ALL PRESENTATIONS for the entire day must be described on a card and sent to Master Conrad von Regensberg before January 14 (contact info omitted). Announcements pertaining to the day's activities will be made during court; all others will be put on a bulletin board in the lobby of the hall.

THE COSTUME CONTEST will be sponsored again this year by Mistress Gabrielle Devereaux. Judging with her will be Lord Duryn the Red. Rules for the contest are as follows:

  1. Entrants must be male and female (couples).
  2. Costumes must be from the same period of time and country.
  3. Costumes must be comfortable enough to wear throughout Twelfth Night.
  4. Judging will be done at Southern Twelfth Night only.
  5. Costumes may have been worn a maximum of 3 previous times and still qualify for the contest.
  6. Authentiticy, while not mandatory, will definitely catch the judge's eye.
  7. Notice of intent to enter the contest must be sent to Mistress Gabrielle by January 1, 1978, and should include: names (SCA and mundane), addresses, phone numbers, period of time, and country.
  8. It would be nice to receive a written explanation of your costume: either your own story of who and where you are, or a documentation of the costumes themselves. This is not mandatory; it is only a request, in hopes that a costume book could be started for the College of Arts.

Due to all the lovely costumes that were presented last year, there will be a second place prize this year.

ALL ENTERTAINING must be cleared with Lady Fiona Gregorovna before Twelfth Night. Please get in touch with her if you are interested in entertaining (contact info omitted).

RESERVATIONS will be ... Please send all reservation monies to Viscount Morven of Carrick (contact info omitted).

Please bring your own dining service, as none will be available at the hall. If you need a place to stay in the Los Angeles area, please indicate this on your reservations. If you have further questions, please get in touch with the Autocrats, Mistress Gabrielle Devereaux and Lord Duryn the Red (contact info omitted).

From The Page (January, 1978):


This event has moved to a new site: the Mechanists Hall at (address/directions omitted).

ENTERTAINMENT has become the province of Lady Eyana Bat David. Please get in touch with either Lady Eyana or Mistress Gabrielle if you are interested in entertaining.

(the rest of the copy is a shorter version of the December info).

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at the Torrance Recreation Hall, Torrance, CA. Rain poured down outside. Lord Gwydioan am y’Gorlwyn and his wife, Lady Anna McAyre of Gorabh, and Lord Thelin von Kallenbach supervised a magnificent banquet. The hall opened at noon and at three the first call went out for the Grand March. Prince Martin and Princess Neptha welcomed Queen Allissandra and observed the Grand March. Then court began. Ann of Villanova and Morton the Grey received Awards of Arms from Prince Martin and Master Conrad von Regensburg received the Legion of Courtesy. The Order of the Seraphic Star initiated Cedric the Dark and Eyana bat-David nicChlurain. Viscount Morven of Carrick and Countess Amina Sherana de Talavera won the Costume Contest in costumes made by Lady Cristóbál degli Gilicine che Mangia Uome. Then came the magnificent banquet, with three removes and featuring a turkey stuffed with a chicken stuffed with a game hen stuffed with an egg. Revelry followed with juggling, singing, and a showing of the Pennsic War film.

“At Southern 12th Night, Cameron of Caldoon and Charles de Rouen came as beggars, but did not have tickets to the banquet. They implored Her Majesty Allissandra to be allowed to eat her table scraps, and Her Majesty showed pity on them and allowed them to sit on the floor in front of the high table while she threw scraps to them. Feeding these poor creatures amused Her Majesty so much that they ate rather well. That day Her Majesty wore a small intricate crown which, she explained, had been baked from bread dough and then gilded.” – Robear du Bois

“I think the formal announcement of our impending kingdom status to the Caidan populace occurred at this event.” – 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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