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The Twenty-first Year

March Crown Tournament

March 21-22, 1987 (AS XXI)

From The Page (February, 1987):

On March 20 through 22 the Kingdom's most valiant fighters will compete to win the Crown for their fair ladies. The site will be the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley -- the same site as last year's June Crown. Be warned, it will be cold. Snow is a remote possibility, listen to weather forecasts. Muddy, wet and foggy are much stronger possibilities.

The site will open at noon on Friday and close at 6 p.m. Sunday. The site fee will be $3. There is a pond nearby, so parents should keep close watch on their children.

The household of Verdandi Urd will host a beggar's banquet that shall start 45 minutes after Saturday evenign court. For the paltry sum of $7 you can enjoy wonderful food, music, comedy and belly dancing. Part of the proceeds will go to the Land Fund. Call Jason D'Phoole or Catriona Cat Keeper at (phone) to find out where to send for tickets to this feast.

For more information, call the autocrat, Eleanor du Mont Saint Michel (contact info omitted) or Iseult Nic Elam (contact info omitted).

DIRECTIONS: (omitted)

From The Page (March, 1987):

On March 20 through 22 the Kingdom's most valiant fighters will compete to win the Crown for their fair ladies. The site will be the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley -- the same site as last year's June Crown. Be warned, it will be cold. Snow is a remote possibility, listen to weather forecasts. Muddy, wet and foggy are much stronger possibilities.

The site will open at noon on Friday and close at 6 p.m. Sunday. The site fee will be $3. There is a pond nearby, so parents should keep close watch on their children.

Household Verdandi Urd has cancelled their beggar's banquet.

The Mists Arts and Sciences will sponsor a tea and exhibition at March Crown. If you have something you are proud of, now is the time to show it off. Bring your needlework, woodwork, brewing, calligraphy, metalwork or anything that pertains to the arts and sciences. Bring your own work and encourage others to bring theirs. Contributions to the refreshments will be appreciated. For more information call Eveline (phone) or Seelie (phone).

The Pied d'Argent competition for March Crown will be Gathering Peascods. For more information about this dance, call Anne of Ockham at (phone).

The Wooden Spoon competition will be Hot Non-Alcoholic beverages. The competition will be held Saturday evening

The Queen's Guard will be challenging all comers on Sunday in a Guard the Box Melee and a Queen's Guard and Alumni vs. the Known World melee.

There will be a meeting of the College of Scribes on Sunday at March Crown.

There will be an auction to benefit Clan Kinnard at Crown. To make a donation or to get more information, call Ragnald at (phone).

For more information, call the autocrat Eleanor du Mont Saint Michel (contact info omitted) or Iseult Nic Elam (contact info omitted).

DIRECTIONS: (omitted)

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Reminisces:
"This is the event that was titled by those in attendance as 'Freeze In The Trees'.

"It was up in the mountains, and a storm came through, in March. This meant very very wet snow ... it was cold, and frustrating.

"Friday night was beautiful. During the night however, if you woke up (like I did), you heard a 'plop slide' sound on the roof of your tent or pavilion, which to someone who spent 15 years living in Alaska says 'Oh no! Wet snow!' -- which is exactly what it was.

"Unfortunately, most of the folk in attendance weren't prepared for WET snow (including the Oerthans and former Oerthans in attendance -- Oerthans don't CAMP in this stuff!). If it had been dry snow it would have been ok (although it would have been colder), but it wasn't. The temperatures were such that as the day wore on the snow melted, causing a HUGE mud puddle around the eric, not to mention in it, where the fighters were fighting for the Crown. (I seem to recall someone kept trying to fill in the mud around the eric with straw and branches from trees, which helped a bit, but wasn't 100% successful -- mud seeped into leather boots -- mine were trashed from this event.)

"Many of us made do by sticking our feet under firepits, and wearing more clothes than usual. Some folk who were better prepared actually had fun, I recall Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn making a snow griffin, and other such silliness ...

"While it was fun for some to blame the Oerthans for the weather, it was really just a bad case of 'the wrong site for the season' ...

"The finals were Kyslon Skyfyre (from Oertha/Alaska) and Jade of Starfall, who was Prince of the Mists at the time, with Jade winning for Anastacia of Starfall. This caused at least one law change that states that if someone is serving as a Prince or Princess in the West, that they cannot fight in a Crown Tournament ... the overlap was very short, but it was a bit disconcerting to some folks. Jade once told me a few years after the tournament that Kylson caused his only death during the day and the blow was hard. Because of that one fight, the only reason he won the tournament was that in the finals he didn't want to get hit by Kylson again so he hit him as fast as he could to avoid that situation." -- Hirsch von Henford


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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