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The Thirty-third Year

Archery Tournament and Hawks Feast -- Darkwood

January 23, 1999 (AS XXXIII)

Watsonville, CA

From The Page (January, 1999):

One and all are invited and encouraged to attend the Hawks Feast and the Darkwood Archery Tournament. The archers from all corners of the Knowne World are invited to demonstrate their prowess at target archery in the tournament. Archers will be participating in IKAC and Royal Round Competitions to win prizes. And qualifying archers will also shoot to determine the Baronial Archer Champion and the next member to join the Baronial Company of Archers. Please note that Crossbows are WELCOME at this site.

After the tournament please join us in the potluck Peasant feast, hosted by the Canton of Hawks Haven. The canton will be providing the main meat course, and there will be easy recipe ideas for you on the back of the tickets. Please make enough to share with 8-10 people.

Archery List Fee: $3.00. Baronial Archer: Armand de la Croix (contact info omitted)

Feast Tickets $5.00. Feastocrat: Mara of Seamew Haven (contact info omitted)

Autocrat: Theiadora Groves (contact info omitted)

The site opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 10:00 p.m. We would like the current members of the Baronial Company of Archers to arrive at 8:30 a.m. to assist with setting up the range. Warm up will begin soon after 9:00 a.m. with the tourney starting at 10:00 a.m. The feast hall will be open for set up at 4:30 p.m., and the feast will begin at 5:00 p.m. Please note there are no kitchen facilities available (other than power sources for crockpots).

The following chronicle was published originally in Therie Tales, Vol. V Issue III, Mar. 1999 (AS XXXIII), provided by Anne de Calafia:

     Braving the rain and chill, archers made a good showing. After much encouragement and chiding, I decided to shoot. There were about twenty entrants, but this was reduced to fifteen by the end.
     Art Mac Orm and I slogged through mud and rain and threats of banishment by our ladies to represent Bestwodeschire. After the tourney, there was a piece of chain armor to shoot. There were many "gafaws" and shaking of heads die to our light weight target bows (40 and 45#); howver, scepticism was put to rest when we sent arrow after arrow through the armor at twenty paces. Woe to the "Fyrdsman" that wears such a "byrnie".
     At the end of the day, the sun came out a little. Court was held with our king present. Art Mac Orm and I won first and second place. Special thanks to the darkwood Archery Guild. They hold an enjoyable and well organized tourney; in spite of the weather. (Author's Note: Many good ideas were precipitated for our future guild by this tourney. Also, to have our own initiation for new members.)
     To all armorers out there, the test had interesting results. The chainmail had SCA standard unjoined links [butt end]; not the old method of riveting or soldering them together. The rings were all forced apart by even "light" draw weight bows. None of the rings were broken. This seems to be a good arguement for riveting rings together [Chronicler's Note: Feel free to rivet and solder if you have as much time as God.]
     Brennus of Aachen

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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