[ATE] Granite Mountain Yule

The season of warmth is at its end and the gentle white blanket of winter prepares to claim its place in the cool pines surrounding the Shire of Granite Mountain. All are invited to draw nigh and sit by the warm hearth of friendship and witness the challenges of the day.

A gathering of friends and kin would not be complete without food and drink. Let us feast in elegance! A bounty of beast, fowl and earth's delights will be prepared by the feast steward, Lady Annalena Gianetta dei Medici da Vicinza. Volunteers for entertainment between courses will be greatly appreciated, please contact the autocrat to be put on the schedule of events.

Feast Menu: First Course: Fresh Vegetables & dipping sauces, Bread Basket - shire bread, pumpkin bread, assorted rustic breads. Brie baked in phyllo with honey and pecans, with apple slices. Marinated olives and mushrooms, assorted pickles. Marinated Chickpea salad with onions, parsley & pomegranate seeds. Deviled eggs. Baby lettuces, edible flowers & herb salad with dried fruit and candied walnuts. Raspberry or Ranch dressings. Assorted mini quiches; ham & cheese, chicken & broccoli, artichoke & herb. Cream of broccoli soup with apple bread croutons. Vegetable minestrone soup, New world beef stew.

Second Course: Grilled eggplant with bulger stuffing. Turkey with hazelnut & dried fruit stuffing spiced baby carrots puree and green beans almondine. Smoked ham, brussel sprouts sauteed in bacon and apple cider. Baked squash and spices. Prime Rib roast with caramelized onions; sour cream & horseradish sauce and au jus. Herbed yorkshire pudding, broccoli timbales, new world roasted baby potatoes

Third Course: Lemon cheesecake with carmel pecan crust, New world apple orange-craisin streusel pie, pears poached in spiced wine with vanilla cream, ginger bread.

Other diversions from the woes of winter shall include an armored prize tournament for those wishing to demonstrate their prowess in various forms of the arms of peace.

All artisans, those established and budding are encouraged to devise a yuletide or seasonal display for their table to be entered in our annual centerpiece contest.

Members of the populace can try their hand at various games of skill through out the afternoon. Don't forget you're dancing shoes because we shall be learning the steps and kicking up our heels in dance.

There shall be a visit from Father Christmas for the youngest gentles.

Last but not least! Do not forget our annual greedy gift exchange, please remember to bring a wrapped gift (1) for each participant, but remember its every lord and lady for themselves, no ones gift is safe! Adults as well as children may participate.

Merchants are invited to be on hand to cast away any lingering melancholy and spare change.

Site opens at 10am, closes at 10pm. No pets, no indoor smoking, this is a discreetly DAMP site, no camping.

The site fee includes feast and is payable in advance on the ACCEPS website (http://acceps.ansteorra.org/) or if available at Troll. There is a maximum cap on attendance so pre-register early to insure attendance.

Adults (SCA members) - $15.00;
Adults (non-SCA) - $18.00;
Youth (age9-17) - $10.00;
Children (age 8 & under) - Free!

Directions to Site: Smoki Museum, 147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott, Az 86304.

Take your best route utilizing I-17 to AZ-69 (exit 262). Head west on AZ-69. Follow AZ-69 for 33 miles then bear left onto Gurley ST. Follow Gurley to a light signal for Arizona Ave. Turn right (north) on Arizona Ave. The museum is the second stone building on the east side of Arizona Ave.

Google Map and Yahoo Map directions seem accurate, for those links, as well as Yule Feast updates visit the shire website http://www.granitemountain.org/Html/yule.html

Autocrat: Lord Brian the Pious (Brian Cole) kod_x@yahoo.com
Feastocrat: Lady Annalena Gianetta da Vicenza di'Medici (Teryl McClung) terylmcclung@yahoo.com Location:
Shire of Granite Mountain (Prescott, Arizona)