From The Page (May, 1991):
It's coming! But we don't have a site yet! If you (yes, you!) do not help me come up with a new site for Ducal Prize Tourney we will have to buy out several warehouses worth of insect repellent and return to the Colusa Fairgrounds!
If you think you have a good site for Ducal Prize Tourney, or if you have ideas for competitions, or if you have donations either for it or for the Land Fund Day at Beltane, then please see any member of the Land Fund Board, or Frederick of Holland, Autocrat for Ducal Prize (address see Branch Directory/Tourneymaster).
From The Page (July, 1991):
Probable Site: Rancho Seco Park, Golden Rivers. Directions and site fee in the next issue of the Page. Merchants are Welcome, but are asked to donate 10% of their profits to the Land Fund.
Ducal Prize Tourney is coming! Be prepared! We are working on getting a new site, which will be nicer than the last one, and we are working on an exceptional schedule of events and competitions for your entering and viewing pleasure. Be sure to schedule a little time after Pennsic and Purgatorio to come to the center of Cynagua for a fine time!
Competitions you may want to prepare for in advance include:
"Hippie" filk - filk a rock/folk song of the "hippie" genre. (If you have a question, ask Eilis or Kathrine of Bristol, who
are sponsoring this one.)
Period filk - Otherwise known as "contra-fe*" . Yep, pick a period tune/song, and filk it. It doesn't have to be serious, but the original does have to be documented.
Curse the Darkness - Inventiveness counts.
Mushroom Anything - Cooking competition (will be on Sunday).
Dancing competition - (More information in the next Page, but it won't be just one dance.)
Clothing Competition - Hats and headgear (two categories, Tourney and Court, but no helms, please.)
And of course there will be the usual variety of games, fighting, athletic competitions, the raffle (the prize this time is a diamond willow staff) and all that sort of good stuff.
Donations are needed for both the Prizes and Auction, but also for the ever-popular Garage Sale, opening at 9 am (sharp) on Saturday. If you want to donate something, please talk to Frederick or Eilis or Kathrine. We need all sorts of things from jewelry to armor. Even if you don't have a lot of money, you can help the Land Fund by donating your time or services.
Autocrat: Frederick of Holland (see Directory- Tourneymaster)
From The Page (August, 1991):
Anyone arriving before 1 P.M. on Friday will be part of the setup crew, and will be put to work.
New Site! Site fee is $3/person for the entire weekend (Our Special Ducal Prize Discount).
The site has lots of old oak trees (shade!) and is surrounded on three sides by the San Joaquin River. There are flush privies, showers, and swimming in the river (at your own risk). Pets are allowed as long as they are on leash.
No ground fires are allowed, and raised fires should be closely watched. There will probably be some mosquitos, since we are near water, but it should not be as bad as last year. Merchants are welcome, and there is no additional merchant's fee. Merchants are asked to donate 10% of their profits to the Land Fund. A representative will be around on Monday to collect.
There will be the usual variety of games, competitions, fighting, athletic competitions, bardic activities and auctions. The schedule below gives what is planned for each day, so far. These things will happen, but a more complete schedule will be available at the gate.
Friday: (evening) All-Request Bardic Circle. We need volunteer bards who are willing to sing/playttell stories to order.
Saturday: (daytime) Full-contact no-holds-barred Garage Sale, Archery, Kids Hunkerhauser Lists, Dance Competition, Ducal Team Melee, Polearm Melee, Two-man team melee, Sword and Shield Lists. Book auction, food and select items auction. (evening) "Hippie Filk", Surprize Bardic,
Sunday: (daytime) More Garage Sale, More Archery, Hat/Headgear competition, Mush- room Anything judging, Water Jousting, Adult Hunkerhauser Lists. Resurrection melee Florentine Melee, Mass weapon Lists. Killer wide-open something-for-everyone Auction: (evening) Period Filk (Contre-fait), Curse the Darkness.
Monday: "Holmgang" Lists, Footraces, Archery results, Page Cover judging. Pay up. Go home.
We are looking for suggestions for interesting competitions which can be run on site without advance preparation. Call Frederick or Ellis with your ideas! Competitions you probably want to prepare for in advance include:
Page Cover Competition: To be judged on Monday. Make a Page cover, ready to use. Please leave the month and year blank so that Peredur can use it when he wants to. All entries, not just the winner, will be given to the Page.
Dancing competition-Couple dances. Winner will be the best overall couple, not the best individual dancer. The dances will be: Washerwomen's bransle, Earl of Salisbury pavane, a galliard, La Cassoule Nouvelle, and Hole in the Wall.
Water Jousting (for Kids)-Kids ride piggy-back or on the shoulders of an adult "horse". Kids are armed with water balloons. "Horses" will run past each other at a barricade in a series of passes. A team which stays dry while their opponents get wet wins. There will probably be a winner for "style" as well.
"Holmgang" Lists-Fighters are inside a 10'-12' circle. Losses determined by normal combat, or stepping outside the circle.
"Hippie" filk-filk a rock/folk song of the "hippie" genre. Pre-recorded accompaniment will be allowed as long as it is instrumental only and not too intrusive.
Period filk-Otherwise known as "contre-fait" (I misspelled it last month). Pick a period tune/ song/poem, and filk it. The result doesn't have to be serious, but the original does have to be documented.
Curse the Darkness-Inventiveness counts.
Mushroom Anything-Cooking competition to be judged on Sunday. Judgeships will be auctioned off.
Clothing Competition-Hats and headgear. (There will be two categories, Tourney and Court, but no helms, please.)
The drawing for the raffle will be held on Saturday evening. The raffle prize this time is a very nice diamond willow staff crafted and finished by Viscount Sir Kylson Skyfyre. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5 from whoever is wandering around selling them. They will be available at Kingdom and Principality events and at Ducal Prize itself, up to the time of the drawing.
Donations are needed not only for Prizes and the Auctions, but also for the ever-popular Garage Sale. We need all sorts of things from jewelry to armor, books to brew, services and feasts to camping equipment. If you can bring your donation to the event, we will gladly accept it there, but please drop us a note ahead of time if you can. If you want to donate something, please call or write to Frederick or Eilis or Kathrine.
Even if you don't have a lot of money, you can help the Land Fund by donating your time or services at the event. We will need people to man the gate, help the various autocrats with their jobs, act as heralds, marshals, medics, etc. And you can enter competitions and allow your skills to be auctioned off to benefit your patron and the Land Fund.
Autocrat: Frederick of Holland (phone), Donations Autocrat: Eilis O'Boirne (phone), New Site Autocrat: Stephen of the Yews (name/contact info) Money Autocrat: Wendolyn y Bryddwyr, Garage Sale Autocrat: Kathrine of Bristol, other Autocrats as needed. Donations and suggestions will be graciously accepted by any of these and by the Board of Trustees of the Land Fund.
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