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The Eighth Year

Spring Prize Tourney and Revel -- Province of Southern Shores
April 6, 1974

From The Page (March, 1974):

In the tradition of the Bellatrix-Bufo-Norden Price Tourney, the Province of Southern Shores announces the Spring Prize Tourney and Prize Revel on Saturday, April 6, in Sunnyvale (in the environs of San Jose). The tourney and revel, with intervening pot luck dinner and cooking competitions, will be open to all. The gentlefolk of the kingdom are encouraged to sponsor events during both tourney and revel: a minimum donation of 50 cents per sponsored event is asked to benefit the provincial coffers. The sponsoring lord or lady is to provide suitable manner of reward for the competition, purses of coin of the realm, wine, or interesting remunerations: the committee reserves the right of final say on any prizes. Help in developing competitions will be available, so don't hestitate to call if interested in sponsoring a competition. Those interested should call Duke Paul of Bellatrix (phone), preferably by February 25. Such events as Great Sword, Melees, Dying, and Tweelzey-wopping will be featured at the tourney, and non-martial events are encouraged also. There will be a kite competition, with prizes for most beautiful and best flight, so start making yours. Reveling and competitions such as Musical Beds, Lowest Decolletage, and Punning should fill the evening with merriment following a pot luck dinner. Those interested in partaking of the dinner should bring dishes (not necessarily medieval) to feed 5 to 10 people; there are also many pleasant restaurants in the vicinity. The tourney and revel will probably be at Braly Park in Sunnyvale, but the site has not yet been confirmed. For further information see next month's Page or call Karyn the Indefinite or Elspeth O'Byrne at (phone).


From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Sylvandale Picnic Area, Coyote Creek Park, San Jose. There were prize contests in Most Beautiful Kite, Best Flight, Unorthodox melees, team fighting, and contests with varied weapons. A prize revel followed, with contests such as Musical Beds, Lowest Decollatage, and Punning. There was also a potluck feast. Duke Paul of Bellatrix was the autocrat for the tourney and Karyn the Indefinite and Elspeth O’Byrne were the autocrats for the revel.


Annotations:
“I recall this as an excellent example of just how much fun the Kingdom could have throughout the entire spectrum of SCA activities - all at one event.” – Kevin Peregrynne

“As I recall, autocratting the revel meant opening our living room for the party ...” – Eilis O’Boirne


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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