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The Ninth Year

Samhain Revel -- Barony of Madrone
October 26, 1974

From The Page (October, 1974):

On Saturday, October 26, from 7 pm onward, the Household of the Barque will host the Madrone Samhain (pronounced Sow-ween) Revel at the Meadowdale Community Club (see map). This is the same location as last year. Again as last year, this will be a costume party. Participants are asked to represent one of the ancient gods or heroes, or an ancestor of their Society persona. A brief explanation should be provided; prizes will be awarded for authenticity and other factors. Deirdre Muldomhnaigh will gladly help provide information and suggestions. Other contests will include the telling (not reading) of tales of ghosts, gods, or heroes, either original or traditional; the concoction of Athol Brose, and impromptu poetry compositions on subjects to be announced on the spot. Harpists, pipers, and other musicians are, of course, specially honoured and welcome.

Samhain is a Celtic feast. Things Celtic are encouraged, but the Barque strives to avoid racism; participants may feel free to represent other ethnoi in their costumes and stories. Samhain is, as well, one of the great pagan religious festivals, but all are reminded that the practice of denominational religious rites, wizardry included, is not part of official Society functions. We do not expect Christian ceremonies at Twelfth Night.

Please bring candles to light the hall and firewood to warm it. Any decorations or banners may be left at the Barque (address omitted), on Friday night, so that we may put them up in advance. On Samhain the ancient gods and the folk of olden times join the feasting; please provide a large, sumptuous potluck contributions lest we offend Them. The Meadowdale Community Club facilities include a fireplace, a piano, euphemisms, and a kitchen of sorts (there is running water, but the refrigerator and oven have perished. At least two of the burners on the stove do work, and we hope to provide other facilities for wearming.) There is a rental fee, and a witches' cauldron will be available to receive donations toward defraying this expense. All who wish to assist this noble enterprise are welcome; contact Liam of the Barque or Deirdire Muldomhnaigh at (phone) for further information.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at the Meadowdale Community Club, North of Seattle, WA. There was a prize for best costume (everyone was supposed to come in a costume), and contests for storytelling, Athol Brose, and poetry on the spot.

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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