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The Eighth Year

First Anniversary Shire Banquet and Revel -- Barony of the Golden Rivers
November 24, 1973

Held at the home of David of Castlewhyte, Sacramento, CA. A potluck feast was held. Some 48 people attended. There was a shortage of food as only sixteen dishes were brought. Duke James Greyhelm and Duchess Verena of Laurelin attended. Llewellyn Manor provided flower centerpieces, a roasted turkey and a gorgeous white cake complete with castle and moat. Gerald and his madrigal singers performed, Winn read poetry, Daffyd (Tachi-bana Kage) played the guitar, and Patrice du Couer Fidel taught medieval dancing.

“This was the first major documented outbreak of Boggies (cf. Bored of the Rings) in the Central Valley. Primarily resulting from an uncontrolled growth in the population of immature specimens with neither the means nor ability to purchase or prepare food but a remarkable ability to crowd to the front of the pot-luck line, they denuded the not so groaning board in an eye-blink.
     “A campaign of extermination at the hands of those at the end of the line who had supplied the victuals was narrowly averted by emergency supplies of take-out arriving in the nick of time. Other outbreaks occurred in Rieslingshire and Shasta and later spread to the Mists over the years, but the seasonal outbreaks at the golden Rivers Anniversary feasts were notorious.
     “Otherwise it was a great party and a good time was had by all (once their blood sugar levels returned to normal).” – Kevin Peregrynne

“House Castlewhyte had requested a $1 donation at the door. By one report, the event also featured a "Most Beautiful Lady" contest, judged by 'smalls' present; winner was Patrice du Couer Fidel. (But am I conflating with a later event, perhaps?)
     “Sir Kevin's words aptly fit the rumors that floated back. GR was already having 'etiquette problems', evidence by David of Castlewhyte's homily in the November newsletter.
     “Casa de Alivio, the household of Rodrigo and Yolanda de Cerdana (put a squiggle over the n) formed thenabouts. Also Stonehaven, household of Freeman Stone and Lady Kriemhilde. We proudly announced David, Cheryl, children Todd and Theron, and William of Gallo as our first new armigers (September crown, King Henrik).
     “Issue 3 of the 'Shire Scribe' (newsletter) surfaced; cover art by Tim Kirk.
     “And Sir Kevin had just begun regular combat training in the backyard of his North Sac house.” – Edward of Southhaven

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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