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The Twenty-ninth Year

Tournament d'Amour
Don't Passover Easter Tournament & Feast -- St. David's

April 15, 1995 (AS XXIX)

U.C. Santa Cruz,
Santa Cruz, CA

From The Page (March, 1995):

"Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs, Being purg'd, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes, Being vex'd, a sea nourish'd with loving tears. What is it else? a madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet." -Shakespeare

Come one, come all to st. David's Tourney of Love. Arm yourself well, and strike a blow for the winged tyrrant. Have at your side your sweetest lady or some token of her love. Arm yourself, also, with a quill and be prepared to defend your Love with the pen as well as the sword for this is a tournament of arts as well as combat.

Tournament rules are as follows:

  1. There will be an arts tournament running simultaneously with a tournament of combat.
  2. Competitors may enter either tournament or both.
  3. All entrants must have a consort who need not be present.
  4. All fighters must carry a favor.
  5. Each round will be worth points.
Victory will be given to the couple (or individual) with the most points at the end of the day.

The combat tournament rules will follow 14th - 15th century romance tournament rules (i.e. a series of challenges). There will be four rounds as follows: a plaisance (counted blows, three "good" hits required to eliminate opponent) or a outrance (counted blows, otherwise standard combat conventions) - combatants' choice; single combat on a footbridge; great weapons at a barrier; challenges as the consorts see fit.

The arts tournament will include competitions for: most romantic declaration of why you are fighting/competing for your consort; best favor; love sonnet composition - extra points for composing on site; bardic/musical performance (romance theme) - may be vocal or intrumental music, story-telling, or poetry reading - extra points for original compositions.

The site will open at 10:00, armor inspection will begin at 10:30, and fighting will commence at 11:30. A potluck and dancing revel will follow the tourney. Please bring a dish according to your mundane last name: A-H salad or side dish, I-P main dish, Q-Z dessert. Directions to the revel are available from the autocrat.

Site fee: $3.00

Autocrat: Laelia Caoilainn nic Bhreanainn (name/contact info)

Directions: (omitted)

From The Page (April, 1995):

Today is Passover, tomorrow Easter, the Autocrat Jewish & the Fightocrat Presbyterian; watcha gonna do? Don't Passover Easter!!!!

A tournament of fun and silliness!! Lists start at 11:30 to find the Bunnykins of St. David! Standard List EXCEPT the Finals will be an Easter Egg toss for accuracy & distance. (Will the Warlord of St. David volunteer as target??) (OF COURSE we don't cook the eggs).

All fighters will be required to dance the Barroom Brnsle. Full armor, no shield, short weapon (supplied) tucked into the belt. All join hands in a circle for a Bransle Double taught by (at least one third of) the Baronial Dance Mistress. Like Musical Chairs, when the music stops; the melee begins!

Companions of the Banana SLug cooking contest -- colored eggs, any form. Site fee- bring a newcomer and it's free. (Don't bring a newcomer and it's free. Donations accepted.) There will be a Bowling for Peers competition (Bowling for ??? if not enough peers attend).

Grand Feast -- at Porter College, UCSC Fireside Room (w/nice cozy fire in fireplace). IN the style of a medieval & renaissance University celebration featuring Beer! Dates stuffed w/cream cheese & egges, Beer! Artichokes w/Blueberry Rice, Beer! Fried Oranges w/Honey, Pears in sirrop, Music & Dancing and other delights including Beer! (DRY SITE by Order of the UC Regents) (does that scan? Of course not; it's magic!) Fee $5 in advance to Feastocrat -- Sir Robert (address omitted).

Directions: (omitted)

Autocrat: Laelia Caoilainn nic Bhreanainn (name/contact info)

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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