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The Eighth Year

Spring Tourney -- Reislingshire
April 27, 1974

From The Page (April, 1974):

Rieslingshire announces a Spring Tourney to be held in Kearney Park on Saturday, April 27. A lists will be held to determine the Champion of the Shire (to succeed Duke Paul of Bellatrix), and there will be both pair and team melees. Also, the Shire will field a group of its fighters to take challenges in order to see just where it stands (or falls) in the Kingdom. Blind Man's Bluff, and possibly Clench-a-Wench, will be played during those times that the fighters perspire from exhaustion, so be prepared for a little exercise. A potluck revel will take place Saturday evening at a location to be announced later. Overnight floor space is available at several homes, so if you intend to stay, or have any questions, call Douglas Longshanks (phone).

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Kierney Park, Fresno, CA. Douglas Longshanks was the autocrat. Once again Duke Paul of Bellatrix won the lists for Champion of the shire. There were pair and team melees, Blind Man’s Bluff, clench-a-wench, and a potluck revel.

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“This was Patti, Rand of Dunbar and my first Rieslingshire experience. We arrived Friday evening at Ian and Amanda's house, discovering that the weekly shire poker game and beer party was in progress - upon our arrival this continued (sans poker) as an in informal revel involving the entire Shire populace and all of the out of town guests, lasting until the small hours. Saturday's tourney was low key and fun - everybody fought everybody else several times (I think I did fairly well in the Champion Lists, but I don't remember how well). The after tourney revel was at Douglas and Lorna's house and matched or surpassed Friday for endurance and enjoyment. Sunday everybody met at Radio Park for bashing practice and sharing of techniques with the out of towners, then headed home.
     “As the three of us were just getting out of Fresno on our way home Carnary, our VW square back broke down. After AAA towed us to a foreign car repair place (closed on that day and hour), we phoned Ian and begged sanctuary. By the time he got us and our gear back to his house a revel similar to Friday's was already forming. To cut the story short - by the time our car was fixed and we departed for home again on Thursday after brunch, the three of us had experienced Rieslingshire hospitality to a mind boggling extent - with visiting and discussions of the whichness of why during the days and revelry every evening until we dropped. As we made our farewells we dubbed them the SCA's only permanent floating revel.
     “We didn't miss another Riesling event (including while my arm was in a cast) for the next several years.” – Kevin Peregrynne

“One of the fighting events that occurred that day was a melee where, Duke Paul, Sir Kevin and myself (as Kevins squire and fairly new fighter) fought against all of Rieslings fighters (6 or 7 ?). Kevin and I held the right flank and Paul charged the left. While the extent of my participation was guarding Kevin’s flank, I was shocked to find that at the end only the three of us were standing.
     “Also where we broke down was on Highway 99 just outside the town of Madera. I still remember the station attendant telling us that if we wanted too, we could look through a hole into the ladies room. The guy wasn’t too bright because Patti was in it at the time (Kevin can tell you about that story!).” – 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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