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The Twenty-sixth Year

October Crown Tourney

October 5-6, 1991

From The Page (September, 1991):

October Crown Tourney will be held at Gardner's Cove Resort, 13 miles west of Modesto. The site opens at 1 P.M. on Friday and will close at 6 P.M. on Sunday. The site fee is $5 per person over 12 years of age. There is also a $10 fee for merchants, please contact the autocrat in advance for reserving space on Merchant's Row for your booth.

The site is large with many old oak trees for shade. The San Joaquin River basically surrounds the site. Although neither deep nor swift in this area it represents a hazard to be aware of particularly for smalls. Swimming is not allowed due to quicksand and many lost fish hooks in the river.

The county health department has declared the water on-site as "undrinkable" since it is one part per million over the 500 ppm limit in chloride. The water should pose no actual health hazard except to those very sensitive to chloride. The water does however taste salty. You are recommended to bring a supply of drinking water but there will be an adequate supply for showers and washing.

We have showers and limited flush privies. Pets are allowed as long as they are on a leash. No ground fires are allowed, and raised fires should be closely watched as the grass is very dry. There is a small store on site with firewood, block and bag ice, sodas, beer, and snacks. We will be recycling aluminum cans, glass, and tin cans at this event, please help.

Lists signups will be held Friday evening form 7 till 9 and on Saturday morning form 8 A.M. until 1/2 hour before court. Court is scheduled to start at 10:30. Invocation will be at 12:30. The List should start at 1 P.M.

ACTIVITIES: ARTS-Performing Arts-original song or poem (period style). Fine Arts - Portrait, of someone in the Kingdom ofthe West. SCIENCES-Tourney Furniture and Master's Book. WOODEN SPOON-Pickling and Preserving (salting, drying, etc.). PIED d'ARGENT- Bransle Suite (Double, Single, Burgundy, Gay). PAGE SCHOOL-Children chosen classes to prepare for 12th Night Presentation. ARCHERY-There will be an archery field set up on Saturday and Sunday.

The College of St. Katherine will be serving breakfast for $3 both Saturday and Sunday.

Autocrat: Stephen of the Yews (name/contact info).

Directions: (omitted)

See photos of this event
On Sunday The Golden Stag Players Presented two plays:
Our Kind and Our Kind II: Mistress Laurel Seamchecker Explains It All At You

New: See video of Our Kind, and/or See video of Our Kind II


This was a very involved event for me. I was covering for the Vesper Principal Herald who could not attend the event, and I was trying to get the Golden Stag Players on track (this was our first performance).

I don't remember Saturday very well. It's mostly a blur. Sunday was the big day ... After the Pelican meeting I got told that the King wanted to talk to me about the heralds. Oh, shit ... what did I screw up on? Sigh. Nerves. Turns out that Their Majesties wanted to offer me membership in the Order of the Pelican. Gah! I was a bit freaked, to put it mildly. Okay ...

So, practically vibrating from that, and having to run through my head when, what royalty, etc., I wanted to do my ceremony at, I started getting the GSP ready to perform. Duke Paul (via Stephen of Bellatrix, his son) loaned us walls that were typically used around their encampment for walls. It was windy, I remember that. We had to wait for awhile for Their Majesties to show up, as They had said they wanted to see the play.

The author of the scripts had dictated that as a Royalty (fee to use his scripts), if we could get a video of the show, that would be good enough for him. Cool! We had a camera operator who had done some bits of filming the programs, with the sound off. Unfortunately, she forgot to turn the sound on. We still have the video - we call it our "silent year". The plays went over well (there were two, neither very long), and the GSP were off. (It is still hard to believe that 18 years later we're going strong ...). This was the last event we performed outdoors at -- the weather is too hard to predict and work with. -- Hirsch von Henford

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