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The Eighth Year

First Samhain Revel -- Barony of Madrone
October 27, 1973

From The Page (November, 1973):

The Baron's Samhain (= All Hallow's Eve) Revel will be held on October 27 from 6:00 pm till idnight at the Meadowdale Community Club. Houses Barque and Falldeer Hall are autocrats. The schedule is as follows: 6:00, grand procession and opening court. 7:00, general potluck feasting (bring enough for ten). During and before feasting, ad lib singing, music and dancing where appropriate, free-style wenching, and other such games.

Come masqued as an ancestor of your Society identity, or as one of the Tuatha de Danaan. Kitchen facilities and all such conveniences will be available. Bring trenchers, goblets, food and drink, banners, and especially candles or candle-lit lanterns or lamps.

To get there ... (directions omitted).

From The Page (January, 1974):

The Madrone Samhain Revel was held October 27 with an Irish theme. On the feast of Samhain the ancient gods and one's own ancestors are said to join the mortal revellers; guests were therefore asked to dress either as one of the ancient gods or as an ancestor of their Society persona. Guests also brought candles to light the hall, thus avoiding recourse to the demon Electicity and preserving a proper atmosphere for the night when the ancient ones walk. Prizes were awarded for costumery and storytelling, and the Queens' Order of Grace, stealthily spirited up from the Central Kingdom, was presented to Amy of the Barque. The gods and ancestors continued with feasting, dancing, drinking and general revelry far into the dark and stormy night. By cockcrow all had vanished, indeed with such completeness that the great hall showed no signs of having been occupied bo mortals or by ghosts.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at the Meadowdale Community Club, North of Seattle, WA. People came in masque and costume. Liam of the Barque autocratted. The guests brought candles to light the hall. At the baronial court Amy of the Barque received her Queen’s Order of Grace pendant, which had been brought up from the south. There were prizes for storytelling and costumes. A potluck feast followed court.

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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