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The Thirtieth Year

March Crown Tournament

March 23-24, 1996 (AS XXX)

Van Vleck Ranch,
Rancho Murieta, CA

From The Page (March, 1996):

March Crown Tournament will be held at the Van Vleck Ranch in Rancho Murieta (East of Sacramento) March 22 through 24, 1996. The site opens at noon on Friday and closes at 4:00 pm on Sunday.

All fires must follow SCA West Kingdom standards. NO DOGS ALLOWED. All other pets must be on leash and attended at all times. Horses are welcome and will be provided a shady area. This is a new site on the Van Vleck Ranch, and as this is an undeveloped area there is no water on site. There will be a water buffalo for non-potable water needs, but be sure to bring drinking water. There are stores 1.5 miles from the site at the Rancho Murieta Shopping Center. There will be Porta-privies only, plenty of shady glens for camping, and is a discreetly wet site. All children must be supervised at all times as there are two small lakes to camp around. NO SWMMING or WADING.

Fighters: Lists sign-up will open at 2:00 pm on Friday and close for the evening at 9:00 pm, and then will reopen at 8:00 am on Saturday and close at 9:45 am. All fighters entering the Hsts need to provide a lists shield and a pennant to add to the pageantry of the tournament. A shield should not exceed 3'' wide by 4" long, and should have a 1/4'' hole drilled in at the top. If a fighter does not bring a lists shield, rental shields will be available for $1.00. Opening court will be at 10:00 am followed by Invocation.

Arts & Sciences: Be sure to visit the A&S paviHon on the Eric. See the February Page or contact the A&S Ministers for competition information. There will be a Middle Eastern Dance .Competition at the Golden Rivers A&S area on Saturday evening.

Archers: Bring your bows. Activities will include IKAC and Royal Round shooting for score and basic instruction for beginners. Some loaner equipment will be available.

Merchants: Contact Eric von Steinhaus (phone) for Merchant Space information.

Announcement: The Kingdom Seneschal will be conducting an informational meeting on mundane and Kingdom law and how it effects merchants on Saturday night at 8:00 pm at March Crown. Those who currently merchant, or would like to, should attend.

Notes from the Constabulary: Our first event of the season looks as if it will be one of great attendance. The constables on gate would greatly appreciate the populaces help with signing in the populace on both Friday and Saturday. A sign-in sheet will be up at gate. If you do volunteer, please remember to be at gate on time. Others will wish to leave, and the ones remaining don't want to be short handed. Also, Kingdom fire rules will be in effect. Remember to keep your fire off the ground and have a fire extinguisher or water bucket handy. The legal age for alcohol consumption is 21.

Site Fee: $6.00 per person, $3.00 for children 12 and under.

Autocrat: Lady Anastacia Grindstad of Raven Oak (contact info omitted).

From the Queen's Guard regarding a Passage of Arms at March Crown

We, the Members of Her Majesties Guard, do invite one and all to participate and witness a Passage of Arms in Her honor. This occasion to be held the Sunday morning of March Crown Tournament at the hour of 10:00 am.

As she demands of us courtesy, chivalry, skill and grace, so does she ask Her populace to display these attributes at this grand event. She also asks that any non-combatants come and join Her in the Gallery to witness these displays.

A Passage of Arms is not solely a test of skill at combat, nor should it only display the participant's innate chivalry. So, to demonstrate and support the Arts, the Guards asks that all participants present a rose in any form to Her Majesty when petitioning for admittance.

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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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