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The Twenty-fourth Year

First Sword Tourney -- Esfenn

October 14, 1989 (AS XXIV)

From The Page (September, 1989):

The Shire of Esfenn cordially invites the populace of the West to attend its 7th Annual First Sword Tourney on October 14 at Weekes Park in Hayward. This year the First Sword Tourney Lists will be open to all swordmen of the West. The winner shall serve as the military representative, military spokesman and field commander for the Shire. Copies of the First Sword Rules will be available at the event or in advance by sending a SASE to the seneschal of Esfenn. In addition to the First Sword lists there will be a Prize Tourney, and competitions for the Best Favor, Best Disguised Ice Chest and Most Medieval -Looking Sunshade. In the evening, there will be a revel at Weekes Hall. The activities at the revet will include a potluck feast, competitions for Best Decorated Table, Most Appetizing Dish, and Best Homemade Liqueur. There will also be dancing and gaming. There will be more information on the site, the competitions and the prizes in the October Page. The autocrat is Christopher of York (name/contact info).

From The Page (October, 1989):

Gallant warriors all! Ever wanted to lead your own army into battle inspired onward by the cheers and cries of your friends and loved ones? Here's your chance! On October 14, the Shire of Esfenn will hold its 7th Annual First Sword Tourney at Weekes Park in Hayward. Please take note that the First Sword List is now open to all swordmen of the West (no residency requirement). To the winner belongs the honor and glory of leading Esfenn and her mercenaries into battle against the raging hordes who annually assault our borders. After the First Sword List there will be a variety of melees and single elimination lists for prizes. (including the ever popular treasure chest melee). There will also be activities for non-fighters: dance practice on the green, medieval board gaming, Jou de boule, hunkerhauser, a treasure hunt, and back by popular demand, two classes from the Arts and Sciences tourney. Robert Ringweaver will be teaching his class in Celtic Twisted Wire. (this time there will be two projects available, forks and spoons), and Baroness Seelie Brianna of Sutherland will be teaching her basketweaving dass (limit of eight students, $3.50 for materials). The tentative schedule is as follows:

9am      Set up
10 am     First Sword Lists open
11:30 am     Lists close
Noon     First Sword lists
After Lists     Prize Melee/lists
Noon-?     Celtic Twisted Wire Classes, Basketweaving Class
2 pm     Treasure Hunt
3:30 pm     Revel Hall open for set-up
4:30 pm     Competitions - Best Decorated Table, Most Appetizing Dishes
5 pm     Potluck Feast to start
After Feast     Dancing and Gaming
Competitions - Best Homemade Uquer, Best Dancers
9:30 pm      Clean-up begins

The potluck feast categories are as follows: (by legal last name) A-F, desserts; G-M, bread or cheese; N-S, main dishes; and T-Z, Salads. Please note NO PETS are allowed at this park and the hall is discreetly wet. The autocrat is Christopher of York (name/contact info).

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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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