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The Third Year

Revel With Fighting
July 21, 1968 AS III

From: Tournaments Illuminated, Number 7.1, published between regular issues in order to inform our divers members of the various Summer events that are schedualed. Prime among which is


.. held at the instigation of Frank Herbert and the San Francisco Examiner.

As many of you are aware, Frank and his camera man were at the June Tourney at Mills, taking pictures for a story to appear in California Living, the sunday supplement section of the Examiner. The story is about the Society, needless to say, and the problem is this: They didn't get enough of the right kind of pictures for the story. (Too much green for the costumes to show, I believe was one of the problems) Therefore, and since we couldn't have any revels after the Tourney due to the repair work being done of the Student Union building, Frank and the Examiner are sponsoring revels. This sponsorship entails the purchase of a pig (whole, and hopefully a wild boar, though that part isn't certain), the cooking of that pig well before the event, and the arrangement of a place for us to revel. A place well away from civilization (you can barely see the road) but easy to reach.

THIS WILL BE A REVEL WITH FIGHTING. We call it taht because it isn't a crown Tourney. Otherwise consider it a Tourney, because it will be outdoors on a green, and we want plenty of fighting. Some really good action shots that will do the skill of the fighters some credit in color on paper. Come prepared to be well photographed, and come prepared to fight. Also, bring about 25cents in case the money from the Examiner doesn't cover the cost of the pig. Plus anything you may want to eat besides roast pig (Such as salads, vegetables, bread, etc.) and anything you want to drink. (Yes, bring your own booze, and good brown ale) There won't be any formal challanges, just fighting, maybe dancing, lots of eating, etc.. So, having told you the reasons, and telling you to call if you have any further questions (phone number) I'll go on to tell you how and when to get there.

THE DATE is July 21st, which is a Sunday, and the time to start is about one, which means you should plan to be there by noon. Repeat; JULY 21st, ABOUT NOON, and don't forget to bring yourself something to drink and a quarter $.

TO GET THERE from San Francisco ... (other directions removed).

Now, is that clear? NOON, at LAKE LAGUNITAS, on land possessed by the Marin Municipal Water District.

If you still have doubts, take heart. There will be a friendly native guide stationed at the Fairfax municipal parking lot to direct you; so once you've gotten that far you can't go wrong.

This land is normally closed to the public on Sundays, so the only people who are likely to happey by may be occasional hikers, and they, we are informed, are not likely. It should be an ideal setting. The area is magnificent, and we are asked to keep it that way. Feel warned before hand; no debris should be left, no fires or swimming (it's Marin's drinking water), keep your dog on a leash, and all like that. We shouldn't have any border disputes, so it's going to be free and lots of fun.

Description of this event, © Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
This is from The History of the West Kingdom, Volume 1 (the only volume produced). When reading this text, please keep in mind the following disclaimer:

Disclaimer: This history may have errors in it, as much of the detail is “remembered” history, or as one of the cover pages of the original type-written manuscript states “The material within is derived from the information printed in The Crown Prints and in The Page, and from the memories of the participants.” The original document was typed on onion-skin paper, with hand-written notes (often in the margins). All attempts have been made to reconcile the notes with the original document.

Annotations, when they are added, are from The Annotated History of the West, Volume 1, which is the same text as Master Wilhelm's mentioned above, with commentary from members of the SCA who were active at the time of the event, and are added to help clarify questions and expand on what happened and why. This volume is copyright © Ken Mayer (Hirsch von Henford).

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