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The Seventh Year

First Provincial Festival -- Province of the Mists
May 20, 1972

From The Page (April/May, 1972):


There will be a Provincial festival on the twentieth of May in the Amphitheatre Playfield, Tilden Park, Berkeley (see map -- omitted), at wihch two champions for the Province will be chosen. Only Province residents should compete. The first will be a fighter, chosen by the time-honoured method of combat. The winner will be presented with a loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and a jeweled collar. He may wear the collar at all Society events in token of his position as Champion of Arms for the Province. When a new Champion of Arms is chosen the collar and title will pass to him. The second will be a Champion of Arts. Practitioners of every skill (singing, dancing, declaiming, bagpipe playing, what have you) and of every kind (men and women, fighters and non-fighters) will compete on an equal basis. The winner will be given a loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and the title of Provincial Champion of Arts.

Their Incipient Majesties, James and Verena, have graciously accepted an invitation to attend the event, along with their court, if they are able. At their command two additional events will take place: dancing, and qualification of new fighters.

Early morning: Set up. The field is not reservable so we must come early to take possession.
10:00 March of the people before Their Majesties.
10:30 Qualifications and challenge matches.
11:00 Dancing, while challenges continue on a second field, which they may do for most of the day.
12:00 Lunch break
1:00 Competition for Champion of Arms.
At the end of the competition for Champion of Arms, the main field will be given over to non-fighting events and the competition for Champion of Arts.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Meadow Playfield, Tilden Park, Berkeley. King James and Queen Verena attended. Lists were held for the Champion of Arms, who got to crown his lady Queen of the May. There was also a competition for the Champion of Arts. By this time Tarysa of Rivendell was Provincial Mistress of Arts, Donna of Rollingwood (Donna of Willowwood) was Chatelaine, and William of Hoghton and Cormac na Conacht were Deputy Seneschals.

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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