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The Fourth Year

Midsummer Picnic Benefit for the Artist
July 19, 1969

From The Page (no date/issue number):

Lords -- Ladies -- Good people All --

We of Toad Hall do most joyously announce the coming of yet another happy day of feasting, reveling, and sporting on the green. The occasion be that of the Mid-Summer Picnic to be held as a benefit for the Artisan's Guild, with monies collected to be used for the purchase of equipment and Research bookes for the use of any interested Society members.

This happy day shall be July 19th in this the year 4, at the Mills College Hocky Field.

Actrivities of the day are to include: games and competitions, dancing on the green, many and varied entertainments, and of course, feasting.

There will be prizes awarded to those who prove themselves best at Archery -- Javelin -- Wrestling -- Axe & Shield -- and Long Sword. There shall be a competition of 3 man teams (your choice of weapons and team-mates, but no 2 men on a team to bear the same weapon).

The feast will include all manner of cold sliced meat and fowl -- Cheeses, -- fishes-- and pickles of many and varied sorts -- salades, cool and crisp -- fresh, whole grain breads from the ovens of Lin, Master Baker to the Kingdom of the West. The meal shall end with a choice array of juicy fresh fruits marinated in wine, a fitting finish for a hot summer's day. To quench the thirst there will be iced mint tea and cold cases of bright, bubbling beer.

As the day draws to an end, there will be more dancing on the green, singing and varied entertainments.

Tickets are $2.75 each and must be purchased by July 16th. No tickets will be available at the picnic. Mail they orders to ...

Make thy checks payable to "Geraldine of Toad Hall." Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped, envelope.

The festivities shall begin at 11:00 a.m. with the raising of the summer wreath and a dance around the green. This shall be immediately followed by the first competition. The feasting will begin at 3:00 p.m. After thou has eaten and drunk thy fill, thou art invited to stay on into the approraching evening for more dancing and mayhap some songs and entertainment.

Come early -- bring thy Pavlions and blankets for lawn-sitting and picnicking. Pre-1650 dress required.

Bring a light heart, a high spirit, an empty belly and a deep thirst.

Happy summering, and good cheer to all from --

Toad Hall ----

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at the Hockey Field at Mills College, Oakland, California. Toad Hall was the sponsor. A feast was provided. Contests were held in archery, javelin throwing, wrestling, axe and shield, long sword, and three man teams.

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“These were always great fun, and the steadily growing households of Toad Hall and Lorraine looked forward to them. I kind of remember this one, but I'm not sure what Artist was being benefitted...” – Stefan de Lorraine

“I think this was to raise money to pay for supplies for Mistress Johanna von Griffenhurst to make the Great Book of Arms. (A book with a whole page for the arms of each armiger in the Kingdom, and Johanna was doing them all.) As usual, Geri (helped by most of the teen-aged members) did the feast, and I ran the contests. I think we did weight classes in the wrestling, but Michael Walrus (Mike Peterson) was pretty unbeatable in the heavyweight class. He chaired the Math Dept. at Marin Catholic High School, and coached wrestling & JV football as well. He was incredibly strong & a really nice guy. Oh, yes, he lived on a little houseboat named the Walrus in Sausalito.” – Robert of Dunharrow

Description of this event, © Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
This is from The History of the West Kingdom, Volume 1 (the only volume produced). When reading this text, please keep in mind the following disclaimer:

Disclaimer: This history may have errors in it, as much of the detail is “remembered” history, or as one of the cover pages of the original type-written manuscript states “The material within is derived from the information printed in The Crown Prints and in The Page, and from the memories of the participants.” The original document was typed on onion-skin paper, with hand-written notes (often in the margins). All attempts have been made to reconcile the notes with the original document.

Annotations, when they are added, are from The Annotated History of the West, Volume 1, which is the same text as Master Wilhelm's mentioned above, with commentary from members of the SCA who were active at the time of the event, and are added to help clarify questions and expand on what happened and why. This volume is copyright © Ken Mayer (Hirsch von Henford).

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