[ANS] Seawinds Defender

The Shire of Seawinds invites you to join us as we choose our next defenders in the fields of chivalric, rapier, archery, arts & science, and bardic.

We have planned a Middle Eastern themed event that is sure to please!

HL Eleanor Elizabeth Caley is serving up a fabulous middle eastern evening feast - served in proper Persian style while lounging on the ground with pillows. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided and are included in the site fee.

Breakfast will be prepared by the Company of the Sable Ram and lunch will be a period and non-period soup competition. Seawinds will provide the breads and fruits to go along. In Seawinds, you NEVER go home hungry!

The competitions: There will be two victors chosen from each field. One will be our next Defender and one will be declared the populous favorite!

Lord Brian of the Loch has created a fabulous rapier tournament. The rapier tourney will be run in three sections. The first part will be a single elimination tourney. The second part will be a half hour "Battle for the Holy Lands" Bear Pit. The third part will be "Trade Road Raiders." The three winners from each part will then meet in a Round Robin Final.

Lord Madog of Glastonbury has prepared an entertaining chivalric tournament. The tournament will progress in several rounds. Test your mettle against the outgoing champion, fight challenges at the barrier, and join together in a snowball melee that will pit the Crusaders against the Moors!

Mistress Hillary will be heading up the Arts and Sciences competition. All levels of experience are encouraged to participate!

For our archery competition, come and test if your arrow can smote down the Frankish King of Jerusalem. Crossbows and longbows are both welcome.

The bardic competition will take place during feast. Bards are also encouraged to perform for the ladies' pavilion that will be set up alongside the tournaments during the day.

Come join us for classes in the afternoon. We will be teaching a Cordials class, Lucetting class, Equestrian Toys class, and a Vocal Heraldry class. Please consult the website for schedule and details.

The fun will last well into the evening as we transform the feast are into a Hafla with dancing, drumming, and good company.

Site fee is $15 with all-day feast included.

The site is wet in period containers.

Please refer to the Defender Website for more information at

If you have any questions, please e-mail the autocrats:
Arianna de Genevois arianna_janae@yahoo.com

Alix de Bohun czarena_unrest@yahoo.com

Driving Directions to Duval County Park:
Take your best route to George West. Take 281S to Alice (Approx 40mi). Exit 359/44W to San Diego (7mi). Left onto 359 to Benavides (17mi). Site is approximately 5 miles past Benavides on the right, immediately after a small rest area. Look for signs!

Site Opens at 5pm Friday and Closes at 1pm Sunday Location:
Shire of Seawinds (Benavides, Texas)