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The Thirty-sixth Year

Dubh Thrainn -- Stormhold

December 8, 2001 (AS XXXVI)

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"It’s unusual for this correspondent to attend an event that does not require armour, but every year he is glad to make an exception for the Canton of Dubh Thrainn’s Annual Picnic. Once again a beautiful park and a well-sited gazebo next to a small lake provided a wonderful back drop for the day’s festivities. Small in comparison with the glorious excesses of the William Marshal Tourney and Feast the week before, the event still provided hugely in the entertainment and relaxing departments.

"The pot-luck picnic saw several tables overflow with delicious foods, Master Gunnric the Pict’s cheesecake won favour with all who sampled it, and earned a mention in court. Lord Ulric’s beverages were greatly appreciated too, and included lime meads, mokat (mulberry mead) and elderberry wine. The competitions were fiercely contested. After a three way tie in the skittles between Baroness Gwir, Lady Roisin Cinnsealach and Master Thorfinn Hrolfsson a final round determined Master Thorfinn to be the victor. The boules, too, provided tight results, and at the last throw Andrew of Borders Cross managed to get his boule extraordinarily proximate to the jack (resting against it!), and so he won the day. Andrew is departing the Barony of Stormhold to return to his native lands of Borders Cross, and we wish him well. In the sack race the heats saw Lord Airdin MacDara and Ilker win through to the final. The determining race could not have been closer, with Airdin just pipping Ilker at the post (well, tree, actually). Finally, the three-legged race was held. The rules required that one member of the team be clad in a dress, or be significantly smaller than the other. Andrew donned the required apparel to team up with Ilker and, despite an attempted tackle by His Excellency, the Baron of Stormhold (teamed with her Excellency), they prevailed on the day and were proclaimed winners.

"After a short court the day drew to a close, and the many happy and weary revelers went home, making a note in their diary to return next year to again enjoy the hospitality of Dubh Thrainn, and the fun of the day." -- Gwynfor Lwyd

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