From The Page (April, 1981):
The weekend of April 11 and 12 will stage the Principality of the Mists Coronet Tournament at Camp Berryessa in Vinhold. You might recall that this was the site of the recent "debate" between the Principality of the Mists and the Principality of Cynagua.
Opening court will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, when the schedule for the various competitions will be announced. The lists will close at 10:30 a.m. If you are entering the six-fold lists please plan on spending the night, as some competitions like dancing may be held during the evening. Their Highnesses, Prince William and Princess Hilary request that anyone who has a chess set to bring it. Remember also, there is a gate fee of $1.50 per person and that the closest gas station is several miles from the site. Also, the camp ranger has guard dogs and requests that attendees not bring their animals.
The following is a brief synopsis of the six-fold elimination lists as it will be run at this event:
1) All entrants will enter at least 5 of the 6 areas. 2) All entrants must be entered in the fighting area. 3) Each entrant's 5 best scores will be combined to determine the next Prince and Princess of the Mists. 4) The individual areas will be run as follows:
Fighting: A single elimination lists will be run. Any necessary byes will be taken in the first round.
Chess: A single elimination lists will be held. Any necessary byes will be taken in the first round. The rules will be as in modern chess, save that the Queen's move is limited to one square in any direction.
Heraldry: A written test will be given. It will include identification of some of the prominent arms from the Principality, blazoning and emblazoning of some of the prominent arms from the Principality, and questions on basic heraldry (ordinaries, common positions of animals, etc.).
Dance:Entrants will dance a pavanne and galliard and a bransle suite consisting of a double bransle, and bransle of Burgundy, and a bransle gai. In addition, each entrant will perform one dance of his own choosing; music for common dances will probably be available, but if you wish to do someting exotic it might be well to bring your own tapes. (Note: belly dancing is not acceptable for this portion.)
Music: Entrants will perform a piece of authentic medieval or Renaissance music on the instrument of their own choice; voice being an acceptable instrument. The piece will be short -- not more than 3 minutes at the absolute longest. Those wishing to perform a composition of their own in a medieval or Renaissance form should be prepared to document the authenticity of their composition.
Literature: Each entrant will present a brief tale, poem, or other work of authentic medieval or Renaissance literature. The work should be short (or a short excerpt) -- requiring nor more than 3 minutes at the absolute maximum to perform. Those wishing to perform a work of their own composition in a medieval or Renaissance form should be prepared to document the authenticity of their composition.
5) Dance, music, and literature competitions will be judged by the contestants. Eacn entrant will select the 5 best among the other entrants, ranking them in order. (The rankings will be combined to give an overall ranking for the area.)
This is a two-day event. Set-up will commence on Friday afternoon after 3 p.m. Camp Berryessa, owned by the Boy Scouts ... (description of amenities omitted).
For aditional information contact either Lord Catalin di Napoli at (phone) or Lord Ahmed ibn Tr'bai at (phone).
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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