Modesto Center Plaza,
From The Page (November, 2006):
Greetings to the West Kingdom Populace! This year's Twelfth Night is being hosted by the Barony of Fettburg! Come join us in celebrating the investiture of our next King and Queen Uther and Kara. We have a block of rooms reserved for us at the Modesto Double Tree. Remember- when reserving your room, you must mention you are with the SCA for the discounted rates. Our rates are for Single/Double - $99 plus tax; Triple/Quad - $109 plus tax. If an extra bed/cot is needed, this might cost a little more. These prices are lower than the normal rate for Friday and Saturdays at this hotel; room rates are normally starts at $119 plus tax and goes up from there. Parking is included with the hotel for those reserving rooms; valet service is also available. The larger room will be the feasting hall. There will be Merchants, Page School, the Casbah and a display room.
Merchants please contact Marcus Stonegrinder, Kingdom Merchant Coordinator, for information on space and cost. His contact information is (email address omitted).
Site Information: Modesto Center Plaza, which is adjacent to the Double Tree Hotel. Ticket prices (before December 15) is $15 (non-members: $3 NMS to be paid at the door); tickets are available at events or through the mail. Checks should be made out to "SCA, Inc - Kingdom of the West", please put "Twelfth Night" in the memo area. Be sure to include a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) when purchasing tickets through the mail. After December 15, the prices will be $20 (again, $3 NMS to be paid at the door) and held at the door; also, any tickets ordered through the mail without an SASE will be held at the door for pick-up. Site opens at 10 am and closes at 10:30 pm.
Autocrat: Cassandra Cernakova (contact info omitted).
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"This was the first Twelfth Night I’d ever served as a member of a guard, and I was excited to finally be able to give a bit back to this group that I’ve come to consider as a second family of sorts. Entering the courtroom and seeing the Arms of the West Kingdom in such a huge display surrounded by the arms of all the past royalty made me feel like I was a part of something grand.
"The Feast Hall was already being converged upon by the populace. Elegant displays containing yummy treats and savory foods appeared on the tables, and soon the room changed from a drab room to a colorful and festive Hall. I had the pleasure of Baroness Susan [of Bellatrix]’s company until I was called for my shift. First hour: Guarding the lovely Princess Ysabella, the stunning Teutonic Goddess, radiant in her Landsknecht outfit and her shiny hat.
"I loved being able to see all of Her Highness’ interactions with the populace. It gave me greater insight to the poise, grace, and presence required of a Princess. I felt proud to be the one watching over her as she made her way around.
"After my guard shift was done, Éireannach [Katleen Nic Ghiolla Chainnigh] asked me if I was willing to stand in as a member of the court during [King] Rolf & [Queen] Aurora’s last court. I was pleased to do so, for it gave me a unique opportunity to witness a number of really great things, and I was able to see the serving side of the Royal support team, rather than the protecting side. Elisabeth René de Champagne was due to become a Pelican, when King Rolf asked her husband, Sir Richard de Camville to kneel next to her. They were both entered into the order together, but Richard’s was a drive-by birding.
"It was also a rare treat to see my friend, Fearghus mac Airt, propose to his lady, Sylvie [la chardonnière]. He asked her the question in front of all the assembled court. I am keeping good thoughts for their future together.
"After first court, I was fortunate enough to be witness to [Prince] Brion of Bellatrix taking my fellow guardsman, William Warren, as a man-at-arms.
"Coronation court had [Crown Prince] Uther and [Crown Princess] Kára arriving with all due pomp. Time was growing short, so they were not able to have their first official business outside of the swearing in of the peers and the establishment of their champions. It was an honor being there to see Marcus, the Page of my household named as the Queens’ Boffer Champion. Uther closed the duties of the day by making an inspiring speech to those gathered, inspiring us to bring fresh new faces into the fold. His words and enthusiasm earned him a standing ovation as he left the room.
"The courtroom was cleared to make way for the Duchesses’ Ball. The Treblemakers, led by Alys Sheffield, brought the crowd in with their beautiful singing. Masks were donned, and the dances begun. Eventually, “King Arthur” and his “Knights of the Round Table” showed up to join the revelry. Sadly, a rather smelly greenish knight followed, and challenged His Majesty. It was good that Sir Gawain was there to take on the Green Knight’s challenge in the name of the King. While Gawain attended to the challenge, the other Knights danced with the populace. I managed a fun and flirty procession with Sir Bedivere, and finally a Black Allemande with Sir Gawain before His Majesty Arthur told him to complete the Green Knight’s quest. It was sad to have to stop dancing with such a fine and noble man, but His Majesty commanded it… what is a beautiful Lady to do but cry and wave a handkerchief?
"Gawain was successful in his quest, and the event itself ended splendidly. Nothing less in the greatest Kingdom in the Knowne World." -Victoria of Lynwood
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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