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The Fifth Year

Harvest Revels -- Barony of Madrone
October 31, 1970

From The Page (October, 1970):


To be held at the home of the Seneschal, Raymond the Mild (address omitted), Saturday, October 31, from 6:00 p.m. till exhaustion!

Among the events will be an old harvest festival custom whereby all drinking is done by order of precedence, first the Harvest King, then the Queen, then everyone else. We are open to suggestions as to the fate of anyone who violates this rule.

Attendees will be expected to provide their own drink, and contribute either food or however much money they think appropriate-- preferably the latter, and preferably in advance. I hope to make this feast more lavish than those provided for Tournaments.. if I may boast a bit, we are well known locally for the quality of our feasts. If you do not come to our revel, you will regret missing it. Imagine a feast of fish and mutton with chillded potato soup seasoned with dill and sour cream, baked potatoes, hot mushroom soup, baked bread, apple joice, wine and beer, nuts and pomegranates, other fruits, cheeses made from raw milk, desserts to delight the tongue.

The house will be lit by candles alone, and there will be various appropriate seasonal games, such as dunking for apples--in beer, a game of forfeits with the harvest king and queen, a procession with candles to a silent wooded graveyard in search of ghosts and spirits, not to mention dancing, singing, and laughter.

Fighting can probably be arranged, weather permitting, for Sunday morning or afternoon, if enough people are interested. Any other suggestions or plans should be communicated to Lady Sheen of Ire, House Penniless, (address omitted).

If anyone from the south should wish to come, lord Boncueur de Myrobolan is planning to attend these revels in his 6 passenger fire chariot. He will leave early in the mornign of Fri. Oct. 30th, spend Saturday and Sunday in Madrone, and return to Berkeley Monday, Nov. 2nd. His farspeaker # is (phone ommited), if you are interested.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at the home of Baron Raymond the Mild, Olympia, WA. A Harvest King was made of cornstalks and a scavenger hunt was held.

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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