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The Thirty-eighth Year

Poacher's Feast -- Caer Darth

May 17, 2003 (AS XXXVIII)

Mt. Madonna's County Park,
Mt. Madonna, CA

From The Page (April, 2003):

Drink & be merry amongst the towering woods of Mount Madonna! We bring the game ye bring the rest! There be games of skill with REAL bows & our famous bread joust! But don't forget your dancing shoes for the Pole dance, 'tis May you know!

Site will be at the "Redwood Grove" in Mt. Madonna's County Park. Site opens at 11 AM, Games begin at Noon, Pole Dance at 3 PM & Feast at 4-7 PM. Meat (Beef, Chicken & wild game = Choice by Archery or Apple Bobbing skill) will be provided, please bring a side dish enough to feed 4 others to accompany the meat - but if you're royalty, leave your regalia at home and come in disguise (the poachers won't tell!). Dance and revel in the early evening. If you wish to camp please be aware that the camping sites are on a first come first served basis (this is not a camping event). The Feast site is a Picnic site only! Tickets for feast will be $9 till April 15, then go to $12 on April 16. If you wish the "No- Meat Option", then tickets are $5 before 4/15 & $6 afterward. Children under 12 are at the no-meat price. Tickets will be available by mail or at Spring Coronet. There will be only 75 tickets for the feast. Tickets will be on sale till May 13. There is also a $4 per car fee that is collected at the gate by the Park.

Autocrat: Henry ap Eynhallow; (contact info omitted).

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The following chronicle was published in the June (2003/AS XXXVIII) issue of The Darkwood Drum:

Feasting with the Poachers
Lady Caterina di Guglielmo

On Saturday, May 17, Caer Darth hosted their Poachers Feast amongst the redwoods in Mt. Madonna County Park. The day was warm and sunny, with the main event site shaded by a grove of redwoods.

Chosen as Lord and Lady of Misrule from the 40 or so poachers and peasants in attendance were Seamus Padraig O'Baoigheallain and Rose de Le Mans. I was rejected as "too studious and hard-working", as I was working on some embroidery and gossiping when the judges came by. A misjudging of character if there ever was one!

We "poachers" determined the "game" we would be poaching & eating by means of a ring-toss. The bounty of our poaching was chicken, beef, and boar. Elk was also offered for tasting. Master Henry Enhallow used a most impressive and efficient method of starting the barbecue fire. Among the period contributions to the potluck were an asparagus dish from Apicius, a green sallet with fresh herbs, a mushroom dish, and a pudding with raisins, the name of which I unfortunately neglected to ask for.

A "Pas de Armes du Pain" was held to determine the Defender of the Lady of Misrule. Besting all opponents was Seana, new to Caer Darth.

After the feast, we were entertained by stories illustrated with belly dancing by Naadhira, sometimes known as Ysenda Macalane, and amazing feats of magic by Juan Santiago.

Capping the day's events was the maypole, accompanied by flute, drum, and much merriment. This is always a low-stress, family-friendly and very enjoyable event, and I hope to see you there next year.

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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