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The Fortieth Year

Purgatorio Coronation

August 26-28, 2005 (AS XL)

San Benitos Fairgrounds,
Tres Pinos, CA

From The Page (July, 2005):

Spend the golden summer weekend in witness to the pageantry and splendor accompanying the Coronation of the Royal Heirs. The site is in a wonderful valley with pleasing views. Expect fighting, a rapier eric, equestrian events, arts, sciences, and more. Please see the competitions calendar for information regarding the Arts and Sciences, Wooden Spoon and Pieds.

Equestrian: Stall Rental (required to use their stalls) $10 per night (meaning an additional $20 for the person to have their horse at the event, above and beyond the site fee). These fees are NOT to be paid at Gate, please see Autocrat for paid placard. Please notify Marguerite du Royon at (contact info omitted) if you are bringing your horse, or have questions regarding the horses.

RV Fees: $12 per night (meaning an additional $24 above and beyond the site fee). RV Spaces are available. Some of them have water & power available (Bring extension cords and hoses). Those wishing RV spaces need to reserve them with the Autocrat, prior to the event. These fees are NOT to be paid at Gate, please see Autocrat for paid placard.

Site Information: Site fee is $10 for members, $13 for non-members (WKWC will be available). Kids 12 and imder are $5. The site opens at Noon on Friday for general populace (this includes those with horses, please plan your arrival accordingly), and closes at 4 pm on Sunday. Merchant Gate opens at 10 am.

Autocrat: Hraefn fram Lindune (contact info omitted).

See photos of this event

Jade of Starfall

Per chevron inverted wavy ermine
and vert, a double-headed eagle
sable and a compass-star argent.
Eliana Fraser

Gyronny vert and argent, a
leopard sejant within a
bordure Or.
Jade's Arms by Khevron Oktavii Tikhikovich Vorotnikov;
Eliana's Arms by Vigdís vestfirzka


"My wife (Aldith Angharad St. George) and I attended on Saturday.

It was warm, but a cool breeze was wafting through the site most of the day, which helped a lot. Without the breeze it probably would have been unbearable.

First court of the day started a bit later than expected, but this often happens. I can't relate all of the business in court, but, there were a few highlights. The Baron and Baroness of Darkwood, Erich der Helmschmied and Liesl Helmschmied were admitted to the Order of the Pelican as one of the first pieces of business of the day. A bit later in court, Sir Thomas Edmund of Ruislip (current Earl Marshal) was also admitted to the Order of the Pelican. Somewhere during court, and I can't remember the exact sequence, the Bard of the West, Veronica da Lugano was admitted to the Order of the Rose Leaf.

Congratulations to all, and to those who received recognitions whose names I do not remember. Sorry. I am sure the official court reports will handle all those I missed.

Then a break occurred, and eventually Coronation. Not a lot to say about Coronation -- seen 20 or 30 of them, you've seen them all. <ggg> (This is not a jab at Their Majesties, just that Coronation, while a spiffy ceremony, and a very important one of course, is not one I have a lot to comment on most of the time ...)

First Court of Jade and Eliana included the Knighting of Leohtulf of the Silver Hills, which was the main reason I was attending the event. I was pleased as punch to be able to witness this, as he is a good friend, and well deserving of this recognition.

Again, various other things occurred, including taxes from Rivenoak, and a bit later a change of Baron and Baroness.

We had planned on leaving, but then found that Their Majesties were going to speak about the scribal situation in evening court, so we stuck around, and right glad we were to have done so.

During the afternoon various activities occurred, although most of what I did was hang out with friends and chat, and collect photos from various folk for the West History site, which I hope to start updating soon. My former apprentice Juan Santiago and some others were out fencing, and three of these (including Juan) completed their Journeyman trials, which were announced in evening court. There were arts and sciences competitions, and all the usual "stuff", including a Queen's Champion Tourney.

Evening court included Their Majesties bringing forward the former Chancellor of the College of Scribes Aja du Jardin, and Richard de Camville, and announcing what needed to be done with the scribes. I am recounting this based on my recollection, and if I get anything wrong, I apologize in advance, but this is what I remember:

In addition to the above, Their Majesties then named Aja a Baroness of the Court of the West, which was a pleasant surprise for her, and everyone, and was well received.

Of course, other things happened in court, including the former Baron/ess of Rivenoak being named Baron and Baroness of the Court of the West, but for some of us, after the Scribal issues were resolved, everything that happened in court was a bit of a blur ...

What a day! There was a lot of partying of course in the evening, and we ended up leaving around 9:30, much later than planned, but very satisfied with a good day ..." -- Hirsch von Henford

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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