From The Page (February, 1978):
The members of Darachshire invite the people of the Kingdom of the West to Darachshire's Fourth Anniversary Tourney and Fund-Raising Event for the Crown Prints. There will be a revel held after the tourney at the House of Glen Laurie (contact info omitted). The tourney site is Arroyo Verde Park on Foothill Road in Ventura, CA. The site will open at 8:00 PM and close at dusk.
The Lists will be for the Champion of Darachshire. There will be a small entry fee (20cents to 50cents) for the contests: half the fee will go to the Crown Prints. Please enter as many contests as you can -- it is a worthy cause.
THE CONTESTS are: CHAMPION OF DARACHSHIRE, CHALLENGES (Challenger pays the fee), RIBALD POETRY, HANDMADE LACE (see details below), COOKING (finger foods to be served later at the revel), HERALDRY (very simple), DARTS, CHILDREN'S COOKING CONTEST, CHILDREN'S COLORING AND STORY CONTEST, SPECIAL COLORING CONTEST (no age limits), and BEST DEATH.
THERE WILL BE PRIZES for each contest, and some will have more than one place prize.
Help Darachshire help the Crown Prints Printing Press Fund. Anyone who wishes to donate something to be auctioned off between rounds will be appreciated -- please take your article to Mistress Bjo before the tourney, or bring it to the tourney with you. Nothing is too small or too large to auction. We even plan to auction off the fighters of the day, so bring your extra coins.
Extra food and drink at the revel would be most welcome. If you need a place to crash, please get in touch with the Seneschale of Darachshire, Jayme O'Darcy of Glen Laurie at the House of Glen Laurie. She has plenty of room. You may have to share the dog's house, but they are very friendly and nice and warm. The House of Glen Laurie is just down the road from the park.
THE HANDMADE LACE CONTEST is open to all types of lace, including but not limited to Knitted, Crocheted, Tatted, Bobbin (Warning! Anyone entering this lace will probably be accosted by the sponsor of the contest for lessons), Punsetto (Needle Made), Teneriffe, Richelieu Work (Cut Work), and Embroidery on Net.
From the History (by Wilhelm):
Held at the Arroyo Verde Park, Ventura, CA. Jayme O’Darcy of Glen Laurie was the autocrat (and canton seneschal). The event was also a fundraising prize tourney for the Crown Prints. Baron Frederick and Baroness Lyndia held opening court. Then the lists and contests were held. This time the winner of a round of fighting and the person who had bought him/her in the fighters auction were given a choice of prizes. Sir Stephen MacEanruig won the Lists to become Champion of Darach. Baron Maihie MacFergie won for Best Death. Shannon beat out Viscountess Lorissa in the coloring contest. Victoria won for Best Field Costume. Lord Thin Robert of Lawrence won the Heraldry Contest. There were also contests in Ribald Poetry, Handmade Lace, Finger Foods, Darts, and an auction with Baron John ap Griffin as auctioneer. Some $100 was raised. There was a revel at the House of Glen Laurie, Ventura. Prince Martin gave Awards of Arms to Angelique of Glen Laurie and Jayme O’Darcy of Glen Laurie.
[Baron Frederick and Baroness Lyndia held opening court.] “Held court or attended? I believe Jessica Llyrindi of Northmarch given up by this time and let Darach have its independence. But it was never an Angels offshoot. And I'm surprised I wasn't in attendance as Prince.” – Martin the Temperate
Description of this event,
© Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
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