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The Eighth Year

Calafian Birthday Tourney -- Barony of Calafia
November 10-11, 1973

From The Page November, 1973):

The Calafian Birthday Tourney will be held in Balboa Park near the Lawn Bowl Green between (address info omitted). The winner of the lists will receive a Barrel Hume of special design donated by the Iron Baron, Kirby D. Wise. The schedule is as follows (omitted):

The Embroiderer's Guild will judge the Embroidered Sleeves Contest during the tourney. Judging will be on design and execution. The design need not be original, but neatness will count. The sleeves must be for a lord or lady's costume, but need not be worn at the time of judging.

In the afternoon, approximately 1:30 pm, will begin the lists for the Arbiter of Beauty. The winner will receive the Girdle of Hippolyta to present tot he lady of his choice.

The Banquet will be held at st. Paul's Episcopal Church (address omitted). The doors will open for the Grand Entrance at 6:30 pm. Shortly after 7:00 pm, toasts will be made and dinner will be served. Various entertainments will be presented throughout the dinner. No alcholic beverages will be allowed.

During the Grand Entrance, please present the Herald at the door a card with your name and titles in block print for announcement.

The cost of the Banquet will be $3.50 for adults and $2.00 for children. All reservations must be in by November 5, 1973. No exceptions will be made. Reservations should be sent to Baron Talanque (contact info omitted).

On Sunday afternoon, a contest for the ladies will be held, the Orc Pleaser Contest. Makir the Orc (also known as Rand the Silversmith) will be judge. The ladies may try to please the Orc by means of song, poetry, dance, story, etc. The Lady who best pleases the Orc will be presented a piece of silverwork by him.

There will be a few revels after the banquet on November 10, held at various houses for those who are still game. Bring thine own.

For those will need a place to stay over, contact Lady Janây d'Aquitaine (contact info omitted).

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at the Lawn Bowl Green, Laurel Street Picnic Area, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. On Saturday there were lists for Champion of the Barony, whose prize was a Barrel Hume of special design by Kirby Wise. There were lists for Arbiter of Beauty, who could present the Girdle of Hyppolyta to the lady of his choice. There was a banquet and revel at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. On Sunday there was an Orc Pleaser contest, games, and an embroidered sleeve contest. King Henrik attended.

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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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