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The Eighth Year

First Provincial Tourney -- Province of Southern Shores
May 19, 1973

From The Page (May, 1973):

The Province proudly hosts its first Tourney, under the auspices of Duke Paul and Duchess Carol of Bellatrix. Fighting, feasting and frolicking will commence at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 19, at Linda Vista Park in Cupertino. Duke Paul welcomes all fighters to show their prowess at arms. All archers are invited to compete for prizes awarded by Neil of Gyr. For those more peaceminded, there will be dancing; for all those interested, Tarot readings will be held by Miranda of Sylvandale to benefit the College of Sciences. A salad competition, open to all who can concoct an edible vegetable salad, tossed or decorative, will also be held. To benefit mothers at the tourney, there will be an attempt to organize a nursery area and games competition. Those wishing to help, please call Erryk Blackwolf at (phone omitted) or show up at the tourney. Child patrol watches will allow all to enjoy the tourney.

Revels will be held afterwards at the home of Neil of Gyr, near the tourney site. For further details, contact Colleen Elizabeth at (phone omitted). Bring potluck. For details about the tourney itself, call Karyn of Wolfheim (phone omitted).

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at Linda Vista Park, Cupertino. Duke Paul of Bellatrix and Duchess Carol of Bellatrix were autocrats. Neil of Gyr held an archery contest. There was dancing, and a salad contest. Miranda of Sylvandale gave Tarot readings to benefit the College of Sciences. Revels followed at the home of Neil of Gyr.

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“I have one small item to add to the first tourney of the Province of Southern Shores of May 19, and that is that I won the list, having fought for Baroness Sabrina de la Bere. It was the first tourney of any sort that I had won, and I lived in San Jose at the time, so it was a special moment for me.” – Andrew of Riga

“Brings back many memories. I had forgotten about Miranda, though I certainly never forgot about her when she was around. A talented and lovely lady whom I had a moderate crush on at that time.” – Steven MacEanruig

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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