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The Seventh Year

First Bardic Revel -- Province of Southern Shores
June 23, 1973

From The Page (May, 1972):


Be it known to all that the evening of Friday, June 23, will mark the first Bardic Revels for the Province of the Southern Shores. All who practice an art or craft should come prepared in their skill or with examples of their handiwork. All gentlefolk whose natures incline rather to watching, listening, and being quietly merry, come also, for those are honourable skills. Whatever it is you do (within reason and decorum), bring it! Wine, (some) bread and cheese will be provided, along with divers entertainments. Refreshments you may bring for your enjoyment and that of others will be welcome. The Revels will be held at Woodwose Hall, the home of Lord John and Lady Susanne, Deputy Mistress of Arts for the Southern Shores, (address, phone omitted). The time is 8 in the evening, but those who come earlier will not be turned away.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at Woodwose Hall, Palo Alto. Suzanne of Woodwose Hall autocratted.

“I don't remember if this was actually the first one, but I recall being there and having a great time. All these people who actually liked poetry. I haven't seen Suzanne in many years, but I retain fond memories of her. How can you not like someone who tells you that your renditions of poetry send shivers up and down her spine.” – Steven MacEanruig

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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