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The Eighth Year

May Revel -- Barony of the Golden Rivers
April (?), 1973

From The Page (May, 1973):

The Golden Rivers May Revel will be two days of Maywine, Mayflowers, and going-a-Maying, all on May 12 and 13. It will be held at the Gadbury's farm near Lodi. (address/directions omitted) Money donations will be needed for cash expenses, such as rest room rental. Since cooking may only be done at the one barbecue pit, it must be a joing effort; therefore, those expecting to be there for the evening meal should bring something to be barbecued (something real, not hot dogs or ground whatever) and something fo the salad pot. Those expecting to stay the night should bring bedroll and breakfast. Those afraid of the dark should bring shelter.

A handcraft exhibit will be held with judging on Sunday. The winners will be auctioned off. THose wishing to exhibit should contact Lady Johanna (contact info omitted). Singing, fighting, dancing and drama will keep things from getting dull. Schedules will be provided at the revel, with some of each on each day. For further information, contact David of Castlwhyte (phone omitted).

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at the Gadbury Farm, home of William of Gad, Lodi, CA. There was a maypole, a handcraft show, dancing, singing, strolling players, fighting, and a potluck dinner.

“This was the first time I ever met Rieslingers. Doug, Lorna and a few of their friends from the new, or was it still incipient shire of Rieslingshire had driven up to Lodi from Fresno to attend the first major event of their neighbors to the north. None of us were fighters, but since Doug had brought along his epees several of us fenced on the side. As the day drew on, Sir William the Lucky and Sir Steven MacEanruig came forth and announce that there was going to be a tourney. Back then they traveled up and down the Kingdom giving little out of the way groups a chance to participate in the real SCA. They picked several of us to fight and helped get us suited up in the two sets of loaner armor that they had brought with them. I know I didn’t last long, but it was both Doug’s and my first time fighting in the SCA. I will never forget it and will always be in the debt of those two travelers for what they opened up for me. I’ve often day dreamed of following in their footsteps but have never done so.” – Rand of Dunbar

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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