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The Twelfth Year

April Fools Tourney -- Barony of Golden Rivers

April 1&2, 1978

From The Page (April, 1978):

Activities planned for this event include a Most Foolish Challenge Contest (not limited to fighting or fighters), real challenge-fighting, possibly some team terrain fighting, and a Foolish Arts Pentathlon (strange musical instruments -- must play a recognizeable tune; ridiculous/scurrilous/obnoxious scrolls -- illumination counts; foolish blazon -- make up the arms (a drawing may help); poetry -- ode to a fool or fool's day; "kookie cookies" -- visually; and gurneying (face making); silly songs; dopey dancing -- must provide your own music, if any; and ladies' ankles). There will also be an overall prize for Most Foolish Fool or Jester.

The site is the Negro Bar Campground by the American River, just below Folsom Lake. Pavillions may be set up early Saturday, but not Friday night. Activities will begin about 2:00 PM on Saturday.

The site includes running water and modern euphemisms, hibachis and lanterns are permitted; and we will probably be able to use the firepit. The days will probably be cool and the nights cold.

DIRECTIONS: (omitted)

FEES: There will be a 50cent charge for campsites, and a 13cent-stamp entry fee for each contest entered. For more information call the Autocrats, Edward of South-haven (phone omitted) or Ursula Bhouqlesbayne (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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