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The Seventh Year

First Baronial Expedition -- Barony of the Angels
February 24, 1973

From The Page (March, 1973):

On Saturday, February 24, the Barony of the Angels will embark upon the First Baronial Expedition. The purpose of this expedition is further to explore His Excellency's land holdings to the east and to engage in the good fellowship and merriment of the Current Middle Ages. The destination of the Expedition is Joshua Tree National Park and Hadley's, a remarkable emporium specializing in dried fruit, nuts, james and hellies, and fine local wines. If thy mouth watereth at the tought of any of these delicacies, bring with thee the coin of the realm. This is an all-day activity, with participants requested to bring a picnic lunch for everyone in their party. Field medieval attire is required (no delicate silks and velvets, please, as this is rugged high desert country), and warm cloaks are advisable; it's apt to be cold and windy in February.

Staging for this expedition will take place at the home of the Incomparable Giacomo and Kathery stuart of Moray (address, directions omitted). RSVP with one of the area hot lines or the Goldins, so we'll know to wait for you. But the caravan leaves promptly at 0900, so try to be on time. If in doubt about the weather on the day in question, call the Goldins at (phone omitted). Participants residing in or near the Canton of Gorgonoth (Riverside), call the Gorgonoth Seneschal for information on staging in that area. The central Barony caravon will rendevous with the Gorgonoth contingent on the way to the park.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

The expedition gathered at the home of the Incomparable Giacomo, and traveled to Joshua Tree National Park and then to Hadley’s, an emporium specializing in dried fruit, nuts, etc. A picnic lunch 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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