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The Thirty-fourth Year

Arts and Sciences -- Darkwood

September 24-26, 1999 (AS XXXIV)

Fort Ord Travel Camp,
Monterey, CA

From The Page (August, 1999):

Darkwood's annual Arts & Sciences weekend will be held at Fort Ord Travel Camp. The site opens at 1:00 p.m. Friday and closes at 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Please note that there is limited water on site.

Classes include but are not limited to: Overview of Medieval Armoring, Skaldic Poetry, Beginning Easy Period Cooking (or how not to be embarrassed at the potluck). Real Wood Roast, Beginners' Dancing, Mummers' Plays (in two parts). Focus and Meditation within Fighting, How to Run a List Table, Voice Heraldry, Book Heraldry, How to be an Autocrat, Newcomers' Class, Beading, Cabochon for Embellishment, Corset Patterning, Embroidery, Finger Braiding and Knitting the Reluctant Way.

In addition to the assortment of classes held all day Saturday, Darkwood invites you to bring your lunch and eat with the Baroness to celebrate her birthday and, Saturday evening, dine with our Barony at the annual Last Baronial potluck. The potluck breakdown is by mundane last name: A-E salads, F-I bread/pasta, J-1 desserts, M-R main dishes, S-2 side dishes.

Sunday morning, bring your breakfast to the Baron's pavilion to hear and share stories of Darkwood's Illustrious history. There will also be a Light Archery Course for anybody who would like to try it. Pit your skills against the Baronial Company of Archers on this very popular and exciting walk. If you have Light Archery equipment, bring it. If you do not, we will have loaner equipment.

The Darkwood Needleworkers Guild is sponsoring a competition for Needleworked Garb Accessories, including but not limited to period belts, headwear, shoes, favors and pouches. Spiffy prizes will be awarded to first and second place in each of two categories: "Beginning-Intermediate" -those using a stitch technique for the first time (the predominant stitch in your entry); and "Intermediate-Advanced" —those who have used this technique before. Techniques include beadwork, needlepoint, cross-stitch, Assissi Work, white work, black work, crewel work, surface embroidery (satin stitch, split stitch, etc.), metal threadwork, quilting, trapunto, and raised work. Documentation is not required but will be given extra points and figured into your overall score. All entrants will receive a favor, made by Catherine Lorraine of Stonegate Manor, to thank you for entering. For more information, please contact Isela di Bari (contact info omitted).

Darkwood will also be hosting two Arts Competitions: "1000 Years of Art" and "Toys" (catapult, rattle, etc.—not just toys for children).

Site Fee: $5 per person

Autocrat: Theiadora Groves (contact info omitted).

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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