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The Fourteenth Year

Valentine Revel -- Province of the Mists
February 16, 1980 (AS XIV)

From The Page (January, 1980):

The Valentine Revel will be held on 16 February from 7:00 to 11:00 pm in the Parish Hall of St. Mark's Episcopal Church (details omitted) in Berkeley. Church parking will be available to us, and a map and directions ... will be in the next issue of the Page This will be a BYO everything revel. No food or drink will be provided.

We request that everyone make an effort to wear the read and/or white costume dictated by tradition for this revel. There will be contsts for the best favor, the best embroidered garter, and the best poem on the subject of love or the beloved. If there is a demand for one, there will be a bardic circle. There will also be much dancing. (See notice for dance classes under Mists Regular Activities.)

There will be a helm-passing to cover the hall rental. Also, we would like many banners to help disguise a fairly astere hall. These should be brought to Nicorlynn of Caer Wydyr (contact info omitted) the week before the event. We would also like people to volunteer before the event to help with clean-up. Remember, if you don't volunteer, you may get drafted. If you have any questions, call the autocrats, Nicorlynn of Caer Wydyr (phone omitted), or Eilonwy Morguause Gray (phone omitted).

From The Page (April, 1980):

It was a dark and stormy night. This, however, did not deter some 40 intrepid revelers from gathering at St. Mark's to pay proper homage to St. Valentine. (This was not a bad turnout, considering that we were in direct conflict with both DunDraCon and the Darkover Convention being held that week-end.) Many people brought wonderful sweetmeats formed in the honour of the day to share with all. There was much wonderful dancing ... we would particularly like to thank the Markheim Consort for braving the weather to play for us. Several clove lemons made a mysterious appearance and circulated through the hall.

Prince William and Princess Maythen, who were pressed into duty as judges for the various contests, held a short court to announce the winners. The winner of the favor contest was Nicholas Worthington's lady, for a lovely embroidery of an interlace with a swan at one end and a lion at the other. However, by that time, Master Nicholas had vanished and we were unable to determine the lady's name. (My lady, please contact the Seneschale to collect your price.) The unnanounced contest for best red and white costume was won by Ella de la Vergne and Grun der Spitzenkloppler. The poetry contest was also a tie, won by Count Frederick of Holland and Eilis O'Boirne for poems which treated the same subject from different points of view. THey received, respectively, the top and bottom of an enamalled box, and the Chain of the Poetry Competition was given into their joint custody for the coming year. Court concluded with a short talk by the Princess on the coming War, and an exhortation to every citizen of the Mists to do his duty.

It was in all a thoroughly satisfactory revel and enjoyed by all who attended.

Chronicle by Eilis O'Boirne, Chronicler for the Province of the Mists.

Description of this event (if any), taken from The Page, or from memory of at least one person who attended the event.

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