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The Eighth Year

May Day Festival -- Barony of Calafia
April 27-28, 1974

Held at the Laurel Street Picnic Area, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. On Saturday there were lists for the right to crown one’s lady Queen of the May, and the title Arbiter of Beauty. The two then presided over the revel that evening at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. On Sunday there was the Queen of the May’s court, followed by a maypole, hide and seek, clench-a-wench, poison, dancing, twealsey-whopping, challenges, dessert contest, and an arts auction. Matriana du Cameliard and Meg Shelford were the autocrats. Meg Shelford and Wilhelm von Messer and Armand Sebastian de la Forêt de Savigny were admitted to the Order of the Golden Trident.

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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