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The Seventh Year

Mayfest -- Barony of Madrone
May 27, 1972

From The Page (April/May, 1972):


The Barony of Madrone will host a Mayfest on May 27 on the Lange Estate from noon to dusk. Activities (in random order) include dancing; athletic contests, skits and stuns by the Order of Motley; twilsey-wopping; stilts contest and race; combat; cooking competiton (the dish shall be meat pye, the price an incredible wooden spoon on a cord); choosing a Mayqueen by a competition among the ladies involving the symbolic sacrifice, blindfolded, with a mighty sword, of a garlanded bull suspended from a tree, and ending with a Maypole dance, the last official activity; ending with cleaning the grounds. Ladies are requested to wear flowers in their hair. (directions omitted).

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in the Lang Estate Park, Bellvue, WA. There was dancing, a Maypole, pillow fighting, cooking contest, a May Queen, a wenching race, and lawn bowling. Gernot of Gallimaufry and Glynys of Arran were the autocrats. There was also a stilts race, and the cooking contest was for meat pies. The May Queen was chosen by having blindfolded ladies swing a sword at a bull suspended from a tree.

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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