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The Thirty-fourth Year

Great Alpensee Spring Slush Sortie -- Alpensee

May 9, 1999 (AS XXXIV)

Echo Summit Sno-Park,
S. Lake Tahoe, NV

From The Page (May, 1999):

Greetings and salutations from the incipient Shire of Alpensee! We here in the snow covered highlands invite one and all to a day of revelry and excitement in our frosty environs. The Great Alpensee Spring Slush Sortie will be our first event ever, and we hope to make it a wonderful yearly occurrence.

The site opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at sunset. The activities will include such amusing diversions as: Shield sliding (bring your board!), snowenemy building (followed directly by snowenemy slaying), pitched snowball battles, relay events, best integration of snow clothing with garb and much more.

Although it will probably be warm and sunny, May can be a fickle mistress in the Sierra, so garb for this event will be extended to all cold-weather wear for the comfort and protection of all!

Lunch will be served at 1:00 p.m. for $3.00 per person. It will consist of mutton stew and bread (vegetarian stew will be available by advance reservation; just give the autocrat a call).

Site fee: $1.00 per person over 12 years of age PLUS the Echo Summit Sno-Park has a $5.00 per car permit requirement. These permits can be purchased en route at the gas station in Kyburz or at any Shell station in South Lake Tahoe.

Autocrat: George of Berwick (contact info omitted).

"This was Alpensee's first-ever organized event as an incipient group, and I was both seneschal *and* autocrat...if I'd had it to do over again, it definitely would not have been scheduled for Mothers' Day, but at the time I was pretty clueless regarding getting dates on the calendar and so forth. I got an awful lot of help from co-autocrat Lysander Griffing (who unfortunately does not play SCA any more). I think Lysander really did 5 times as much of the actual "work" on it as I did.

"The actual site was the Echo Summit "Sno-park" off Highway 50, just before it goes over the summit to the Tahoe basin. The weather was clear but windy, and very very COLD. We had a pretty cool (no pun intended) array of activities planned, up to and including sledding on shields (didn't get to try that one) and "snow enemy" building followed by "snow enemy" slaying. This was probably the closest we'll ever get to actually shooting arrows at a human being - it was a great deal of fun, snowmen make excellent targets! Two types of stew were available for the populace, one lamb and one vegetarian - we made waaaay too much and I had leftover stew in my freezer for months afterwards (it also didn't help that some of folks *brought* food - oh, well). A splendid time was had by all, and I know I learned a lot for the next time." -- George of Berwick

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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