From The Page (August, 1973):
The Beggars' Burdica, held June 3 by House Irinia and House Merriment, drew an attendance of 65 people, proving at least that Anachronists like to grubby once in awhile. The Baron and his Herald and Knight Marshall were the sole representatives of nobility at the event; all others came incognito as the motley assortment of thieves, beggars, wenches, merchants, gypsies, mendicants, and you-name-it as has been assembled under Society auspices in recent memory. Lady Giesele's House Mystic Dragon provided a delectable beggars' feast, and the populace played a wide assortment of games which would be too messy to play well in traditional medieval finery. (We would warn that waivers might be considered in the future, at least for Clench-a-Wench; Lady Bevin got clobbered on the head rather nicely-- and it hurt, chaps.) The houses of Irini and Merriment were so pleased with the response to the event that they plan to make it an annual event. (Rumor hath it that Garryl Harper the Flaming Sword, MGC, was challenged and defeated by a giant mushroom which pelted him with nuts-- but this, of course, could not be true!)
From the History (by Wilhelm):
Held at Sequoia Park, San Gabriel, California. House Irini and House Merriment were the hosts. Only the Baron and his officers were allowed to come in court dress. There was a cooking contest for beggar’s dishes (less than $2). About sixty five persons attended. Alejandro de Salamanca was now the Failte Master of Sciences.
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