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The Seventeenth Year

Rowany Festival - Rowany (Lochac)
April 1-4, 1983 (AS XVII)

From The Page (March, 1983):

THE ROWANY FESTIVAL -- A glorious celebration of Chivalry, Courtesy, and Rowany. FEATURING: Our first Quest; tourneys; a live Fox and Geese game; war and target archery; Hrolf's Birthday Bash, in which he challenges one and all, with preference given to belted fighters; an Easter Egg Hunt; Little Rock War II; roast beast (fire regulations permitting); contests in abundance - e.g. most authentic breakfast, most beautiful and appropriate headdress; best period favor; and many more.

DATE: 1-4 April, 1983, AS XVII.

Site: 40 acres of beautiful Australian bushland in the Blue Mountains at the Faulcon's Bridge. The site is about 90 minutes from Sydney by car, and public transport is available.

Full details of all the special site features will be sent to all those who have paid, along with much other specialist knowledge necessary for camping medievally.

Cost: [up to $30 for Australians] In order to encourage overseas visitors, the autocrat has decreed that there shall be no fee for overseas guests of the festival.

For further information, write: The Autocrat, Rowany Festival (address omitted).

From The Page (June, 1983):

Greetings good gentles!

I write in the hope of intriguing you about the happenings in this far land - the CROWN PRINCIPALITY OF LOCHAC.

The Rowany Festival was a great success, especially with the addition of four Western visitors, and half the Shire of Innilgard attending (Anneala Scir ran into monetary difficulties). Fighters progressed with alarming haste under the tutelage of Mistress Hilary of Serendip and Sir William the Lucky. Mistress Käthe Willig von Mainz was pressed for information on costume and anything else we thought she might know, and Eric Edmundsson found a warm niche with the brewers. They travelled to all three groups during their all too brief stay.

We now have three "cipient" groups, as Innilgard became a Shire at the Festival. There are rumors of an interested group in Bristane (Queensland) and one actually forming in Melbourne (Victoria) under the name of Stormgard. That would make 5 out of 7 states!

A steady stream of awards has been flowing since Twelfth Night, and we now boast a peer and near two dozen armigers. Some of our people are travelling west (actually east from here) this year and in the further future. We eagerly welcome any travellers from the Rather-More-Known World -- please tell us beforehand that you are coming! The fighting season in Rowany runs as yours does in World time, in Autmun, Winter, and Spring, as it's too hot to fight in Summer. I'm not sure how widespread this is in Lochac. Likewise the major court has been declared to be Midwinter (Winter Court) as Twelfth Night this year was over 105° F with 85% humidity.

If you are seeking first-hand news, a Quill Pal system has been set up. Write with your interests to ... (address info removed as not useful after all these years -- Hirsch)

(This chronicle was authored by Rowan Perigrynne)

Description of this event (if any) taken from The Page.

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