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The Seventh Year

St. Valentine’s Day Revel -- Province of the Mists
February 17, 1973

From The Page (February, 1973):


The Province of St. Andrew and the Province in the East Bay, sponsored by the Twelfth Night Committee, will jointly hold a revel on February 17, in honour of St. Valentine's Day. The theme of the evening will be Courtly Love, as befits this holiday. A court of love, dancing, and other entertainments are scheduled. The court of love will included a discussion of Andreas Capellanus' Rules of Courtly Love, which can be found in the Viking Portable Medieval Reader, as well as in other places. Refreshments will be potluck, and each contributor is asked to bring something sweet to eat or drink-- this may include fruit, cheese, etc., as well as baked goods, candy, mead, and the like. At some time during the evening there will be a poetry competition. The entries should be poems in honour of the poet's beloved (real or imaginary). Everyone is invited to enter and to read their work aloud. You may ask someone to read your poem for you. Since this is a sentimental occasion, the ladies are asked to wear their prettiest dresses, and to make favours for their lords. The gentlemen, in return, should look their best, and provide their ladies with flowers to wear.

The St. Valentine's Revel will start at 7:30 pm, on February 17, in the hall of All Souls Episcopal Church at Spruce and Cedar Streets in Berkeley. A small donation of 50cents per person will be asked of those entering the revel; the money will be used to defray the expenses of this and future events of both provinces. For more information call Lord Andre de Sevastopol and Lady Gormflait ni Cuallachta at (phone omitted), or Sir Steven MacEanruit at (phone omitted), or Lady Morrigan Caillte at (phone omitted).

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at the All Soul’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley. The revel was jointly held with the Province of St. Andrew’s. At this time the Province of the Mists officially acquired its name. There was a court of love, potluck refreshments, and the First Annual Poetry Contest, won by Karina of the Far West.

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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