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The Sixth Year

Queen's Tea
May 29, 1971

From The Page (May 1971):

Oyez! Oyez!

Good people all give heed to this Notice of Great Import. On the 29 of May in this the year VI anno societatus during the reign of King Hagen the Strong there shall be a
Pot-Luck Picnic and Revel
to honor our Queen.

This shall be a day devoted to gaiety and frivolities many and varied in nature.

Firstly there shall be the Blessing of the Beasts. All subjects of this realm who have animals they would like to have blessed by Father Ruthven are welcome to bring them on this day. You are encouraged to bedeck thy beast with garlands of flowers or what other ornamentation does seem appropriate. After the Blessing they shall each be presented with their master to the throne. Her Majesty, Queen Ruth, shall award a prize to that beast which she finds most pleasing.

Immediately following the Blessing there shall be a Hobby Horse Parade. Young Equestrians are asked to bring their mounts and to display their riding skills before the King and Queen. The Queen will present an award for the most beautiful hobby horse and the King will present an award to the rider who handles his horse most skillfully. All those riders of the realm who do participate will be allowed to partake of a toothsome treat prepared for the occasion by the Queen's own royal Pastry Cook.

There will be a wrestling competition with the winner being presented the traditional "Tub of Brawn" (an old English potted meat dish).

All the ladies are encouraged to wear garlands of flowers in their hair. The Queen shall award a prize to the maide who makes the most beaufiful wreath. (She neednot have grown the flowers herself.)

Nextly there shall be a cooking contest open to all good cooks of the realm. Entrants shall make at home and bring to the picnic a Medieval Confection and must be prepared to tell of its origin.

There shall be a wenching race. In this competition the winner is the first gentleman who runs to the end of the field, picks up his wench and carrise her (without dropping her) back across the finish line. The prize is a loaf of bread, a jug of wine. (You have already supplied the "thou".)

Master Lin, Guild Master of the Bread Bakers and Brewers Guild announces that there shall be a beer and bread tasting at this evening, all brewers and bakers in this land are welcome to appear on this day with samples of their wares so that each may congratulate the next on his or her ever increasing skill in these two fine crafts. Please don't expect to sample if thou hast not brought a sample.

Her Majesty hopes that you can come to the Queen's Picnic and extends her love and good will to you her subjects and hopes that each of you will enjoy good health and prosperity through the year VI anno societatus.

The location of the Queen's Picnic is Redwood Bowl, Redwood Regional Park. (Directions omitted)

Please do not pile unsightly, anachronistic gear like cameras, styrofoam coolers, combat boots, diapers, Coleman stoves, plastic bleach bottles of coolaid, aluminum beer cans, et cetera, et cetera on the two long picnic tables you will find as you enter the picnic area. These are reserved for the Pot-Luck feasting and the Contest Entries. Please try to make the food you bring as attractive and as in period in appearance as possible (no plastic bowls etc). Also a word about Pot Luck--remember it means each brings something to share with all and you share in what everyone else brings as opposed to the popular belief that meaning is you bring an empty pot and hope for the luck to have it filled.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Ruth’s honor in Redwood Bowl, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, California. The Order of the Wooden Spoon was created, and the first competition, for Medieval Confections, was won by Rima of Rockridge.

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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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