Held at Greyhaven, Berkeley.
“These were fairly popular and quite entertaining. I went once, but the tobacco-laden atmosphere was kind of oppressive, particularly to my asthmatic lady, and we didn't repeat the experiment. Had a good time, though, and I think the tradition was kept up a lot longer than a lot of West Kingdom traditions. Some version of it may still be happening, for all I know.” – Stefan de Lorraine
“Bardic revels were always fun. I don't know if the SCA does them much any more, but they were fairly common in the early days. Basically you sit in a large circle and everyone in the circle recites a poem or song, though poetry was always much more common than songs. I learned of a lot of fun poetry from them.” – Steven MacEanruig
“At least down here in Caid, we still hold informal Bardic Circles. There are a couple of Baronies which hold bardic circles every month. We did for a while in Altavia & will start up again on 11/19/99. I had a lot of fun at the few Bardic Circles I attended at West Kingdom Tournies.” – Charles of Dublin
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