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The Ninth Year

Walpurgus Night Festival -- Barony of the Golden Rivers
April 26, 1975

From The Page (April, 1975):

The Wizard's Guild in the Barony of Golden Rivers will host a Walpurgis Night Festival on Saturday, April 26, from 5:30 till 11:30 pm, in the recreation hall at the Vangard Apartment Village in Sacramento. Tickets are now available for a $1.00 donation each; children under 12 will be admitted in reasonable numbers if accompanied by a ticket-holder. Proceeds will pay for the hall and some of the food, and will finance several worthy causes in the Barony. Tickets may be obtained in the following manner: (instructions omitted)

The Walpurgis Night Festival will include a communal banquet, for which all who attend will be asked to bring a salad, side-dish, appetizer, or dessert of sufficient size to serve seven or eight people, or a main dish of sufficient size to serve four or five people. On the back of each ticket will be suggested which type of dish to bring; this is our attempt to round out the meal and the abdomens present, and to avoid 1001 salads. If you have a preference, inform Lady Dea when you order your ticket. Of course households or other groups may combine their culinary efforts into a single dish of appropriate size. Please bring your own beverage.

There will also be a Seven Sins Confessional, at which all lords and ladies of the Society will be invited to confess their most wicked sins publicly before a tribunal consisting of the Devil's Ears, the Devil's Eyes, and the Devil's Mouth. Come prepared; you are limited only by your ability to stretch the truth. Prizes will be awarded to the Most Sinful.

In addition, there will be a procession and court, various kinds of entertainment, a bardic circle (bring your instruments, you poetry and your wit), and just possibly a maypole. The festival is still in the planning stages, so if you wish to make a presentation of any sort, please contact Lady Dea or Lord Edward (farspeaker numbers above). A special invitiation to participate in the bardic circle is extended to all bards and minstrels. Your barony would like to have banners to display about the hall. If you would like your banner to be displayed, bring it to the hall at any time from 3 to 6 pm that day. The schedule is approximately as follows (schedule omitted):

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at the Recreation Hall, Vangard Apartment Village, Sacramento, CA. This was a fund-raising event. A potluck banquet was held. There was a processional, a baronial court, a maypole, stage magic, madrigal singing, a Seven Sins Confessional, and a bardic circle. Markus the Blue, Dea Devra Dhahabiya, and Edward of South-Haven were the autocrats.

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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