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The Seventh Year

Twelfth Night Revels -- Barony of Calafia
January 13, 1973

From The Page (January, 1973):


The Baronies of Calafia and the Angels will hold a Twelfth Night Festival and Banquet on January 13, 1973, beginning at 11:30 am. The daytime highlight of the Festival activities will be a human Chess Match. The game will be primarily non-combatant, with challenges decided by a variety of means. The Banquet and Revel will be held at the Palacio Mabuhay (address omitted) for a donation of $3.00 per person. Attendance will be limited to 80, and no tickets will be sold at the door. Reservations should be made prior to January 5, and should be mailed to Mistress Meg Shelford (address omitted).

Children will attend a private banquet hosted by House Young Fire, in an adjacent room with adult supervision, and they will not be admitted to the revel. A wine punch will be served, otherwise, bring thine own aquavitae. As partial requirement for admittance to the revel, all those planning to attend are asked to prepare a poem in hnour of the new year. Further information about the Festival and Revel will be included with the confirmation of reservations.

(schedule omitted)

The theme of the Twelfth Night (and Day) activity is to welcome the New Year together, in joy and peace. All events during the Day (and Night) will be stressing this theme. In the chess game, the ladies will have probably a better chance of defeating the lords (en masse, or single combat) than the men do when they will fight another man. The Banquet will be traditional, with even more sport than the chess game. We therefore leave this warning to all that come to the Twelfth Night: The object is Jest, Joy, and Fun, nothing in Malice or Spite; of those who would enter in--Beware! theirs may be the LEAD tonight.

Those wishing to spend Saturday night over in San Diego, please indicate on your reservation forms (to be found on the last page of the Page), so that housing may be arranged.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at the Palacio Mabuhay, San Diego, CA. Meg Shelford was the autocrat. There was a live chess game. Baron Talanque formed the Order of Leodamas and admitted Eilonwy de Lyur as the founding member. Baron Sárkányi Gerö admitted Sieglinde von Krause to the Order of the Seraphic Star (Barony of the Angels).

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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