Kingdom Arms by Robin of Thornwood Calligraphy by Robin of Thornwood Populous Badge by Robin of Thornwood

The Seventh Year

Beltane Coronation Festival

May 6-7, 1972 (A.S. VII)

From The Page (April/May, 1972):


This May Tourney, like the past, will be held in Briones Regional Park.

Saturday, May 6 8:00 Gates Open
9:30 To encourage early arrivals, cars may not be brought onto the field after this time, but they may be brought down to the area across the creek from the field for unloading.
10:00 All cars will have left the lower field for the parking area, and must be out the gate by 10:30
10:00 Also at 10:00 waivers should be turned in, especially for those who wish to qualify and for officials.
10:15 Qualifications of new fighters. 11:00 Court of King Paul and Queen Carol; Coronation March; Coronation of Prince James Greyhelm and Princess Verena; Court of King James and Queen Verena

Competition for the Title of Portector of His Majesty's Wards.

6:30 to 8:00 Those who are leaving for the night may bring cars down.

Sunday, May 7
9:00 Official start of day's events.
9:00 to 10:00 Cars may be brought down for those who were not present overnight.
4:00 Cars may return to the field for loading.

* Schedule highly subject to modification in case of rain. Events omitted because of rain may be held during the Provincial tourney on May 20.

At times not specified: Challenges, dance contest, competition for Order of the Wooden Spoon and Order of the Crock, archery contest, javelin contest, footraces.

Targers are needed for the archery and javelin contests. Eliazar Ben-Dovid, in charge of the archery competition, is looking for assistants to help set up the targets by Saturday afternoon. At the same time he would like to hear from those planning to use crossbows, so that a proper competition may be arranged. The contest will be on Sunday.

Volunteers are needed to man the gates during the times that they are open. All are reminded of the park regulation forbidding the consumption of wine and spirtous liquors, which is being strictly enforced. Wine bottles will not be left in the trash receptacles or be otherwise in evidence. Further, by order of HIs Majesty, no one who is under the influence of or who is engaged in drinking alcholic beverages (including beer) will be allowed on the field.

Those who wish to register challenges are requested to appear before the Mistress of the Lists armed and ready to go.

Those who have questions on the operation of the tourney or other aspects of the Kingdom are asked to take their questions to either the Seneschal on duty, the King, the principal Herald, or the Mistress of the Lists, in order that confusion may be decreased. If you are in doubt as to the proper person to see with your question, consult the Seneschal (in red, with a golden key) on duty.

Notate Bene: When cars are being drven on the field, they will go SLOWLY, no faster than walking pace.

Note also the follow excerpts from the park regulations:
...7. Gates to all camping areas will be locked from 10:00 PM through 8:00 AM.
8. Quiet hours will be from 10PM through 8AM.
9. Overnight car-pass is required for each car in the part past 10:00 PM ...

As of this writing, a fire alert is up and no open fires (from candles to Beltane bonfires) are allowed. All candles must be in Sierra-Club-approved candle holders. Fires may only be in approved fire pits, of which there are none to our knowledge in Homestead Valley. Grills and hibachies must be off the ground. We are negotiating to get teh current 50cent parking fee rescinded in our case. We have little hope of this, however, so come prepared with change for parking as well as for passing the helm.

Once again we are asking for contributions towards the rental of chemical toilets for the use of our large group. It is suggested that each group (household, province) cound contribute $5.00, and there would be no problem in the rental. Checks should be made to the Seneschal, and be sent to his address (omitted).

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Briones Regional Park, Homestead Valley, California. Paul and Carol held court. Queen Carol admitted Crown Princess Verena of Laurelin to the Queen’s Order of Grace. Then James and Verena were crowned by Paul and Carol. King James established the title of Count for those who had been King once, Countess for those who had been Queen once, and Duchess for those who had been Queen twice. Paul and Carol were acknowledged as Count and Countess, and all past Counts, Countesses, and Duchesses were so acknowledged, dated the day they stepped down after crowning their successors. King James made Geraldine of Toad Hall the first Crown Baroness. Queen Verena admitted Ann Parkhurst of Gatehouse to the Queen’s Order of Grace. Paul of Blackchurch won the Wardlord competition. Janice of Ilwheirlane was abducted and rescued by the hordes. Joan of Sea Keep won the Order of the Wooden Spoon for soup and bread. Gerald Whitebeard won the Kite Flying contest. A live chess game happened on the second day and first night.

James Greyhelm
Per bend sinister, argent a
sinister dragon's wing erased
azure, and azure a pair of spears
bendwise sinister argent.
Verena of Laurelin
Azure, in canton a crux
ansata patty Or.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission

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“My then father-in-law (Geraldine's father, Gerald Duncan Wenker, aka Gerald Whitebeard) died in about April 1971, just 2 months past his 65th birthday. Obviously he did not win a kite-flying contest in 1972, but rather the contest was The Gerald Whitebeard Memorial Kite-Flying Contest, yet another Geraldine production, held to honor her father's memory. (He loved flying kites.) Gerald Whitebeard was given an Award of Arms posthumously (by James & Verena, I think). He was always very generous in sharing his beer and the olives he cured each year.
     “For those who don't know already, Ann Parkhurst of Gatehouse (more often called "Lady Mom" or "Mom Zimmer") was the mother of Paul Edwin Zimmer (Master Edwin Bersark) and Marion Zimmer Bradley Breen (Mistress Elfrida of Greenwalls).” – Robert of Dunharrow

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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