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The Twelfth Year

Ducal Prize Tournament -- Barony of Golden Rivers
October 22-23, 1977

From The Page (October, 1977):


The Ducal Prize Tournament will be held on October 22 and 23 at the farm of Lord William of Gad in the Barony of Golden Rivers (Lodi, CA). During these two days, a total of 30 competitions will be held. The sponsors of the competitions have donated prizes which will go to the winners. There is an entry fee for each competition; the money thus raised will go to the Land Fund for the Kingdom.

If you are unable to attend, you may still enter any competition where active participation is not required. Send your entry and entry fee to the tournament with someone who is coming.

WORK PARTY: Please remember that there will be a work party on October 15 at the tourney site to get it ready. Bring a picnic lunch, rakes, hoes, and shovels.

COMPETITIONS: (list omitted -- it's huge, published in two different newsletters)

DIRECTIONS: (omitted)

For more information about the Tournament or the Land Fund, contact Duke James or Duchess Verena at (contact info ommitted).

From The Page (December, 1977):

This tourney was held at the farm of William of Gad in Lodi, CA. King Paul and Queen Carol held Opening Court, at which the contests were announced, and various fighters and archers were auctioned off to sponsors for various contests. The wagering contest, sponsored by Duke James Greyhelm, began at this time, and the rest of the tourney saw numerous wagers on almost any subject, notably the outcome of competitions. Two competitions were added at the tourney: Offhand Weapons, sponsored by Duke Paul of Bellatrix, and Hide and Seek in Full Armor, sponsored by Lady Megan of Starforge, who was "It".

Duke Paul won in Double Weapons, Shortsword and Buckler, and Offhand Weapons. The winner of the Hide and Seek contest was Lady Tamsin of the Raven Tresses, who hid so well that the heralds had to call for her to come out. Broadsword and Shield was won by Crown Prince Terrence of Halliday. The Archery contest was won by Aarond the Grey; William of Tiburon won the Knife-fighting contest (which was fought with boffer knives dipped in charcoal); and Aarond the Grey won the SCA Anecdote contest with his tale of the first tourney.

Duke Henrik of Havn won the Nighttime Ninja Contest, not by killing the Daimyo, but by killing the ninja who did and stealing the prize (quite proper for a ninja). The Photography Contest was won by Frederick of Woodlyn, Baron of the Angels. Dierdriana of the Misty Isles won the Costume-Under-$5 Contest, Baroness Lyndia of Woodlyn won the Fabricated Jewelry Contest, and Mistress Annette of Faire Monte won the Handcrafted Jewelry Contest. Sean a Claidheanh won the Leathercraft Contest, and Lady April of the Dales won the Lamb Cooking Contest. Michaëla de Neuville won the Puppet Contest, and Baron Kevin Perigrynne and his lady, Baroness Patrice de Couer Fidel won the Wagering Contest as a team entry. Lady April of the Dales also won the Athelbrose contest.

A number of nice objects were auctioned off for the benefit of the Land Fund. Chief among them was a portion of the prize-winning Atholbrose. (Lady April also sold several copies of her prize-winning Atholbrose recipe for the benefit of the Land Fund. She would be delighted to sell more copies, at $1 each, to anyone who will send her a check for that amount ... (contact info omitted)).

The Land Fund cleared $788, bringing the total amount in the Fund to $3889.49.

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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