We invite you to make the pilgrimage into the mountains of Santa Barbara for a weekend of feasting and fighting, storytelling and merry-making. The Bard of Darach competition is open to all the bards. Join us for their wit and words. Armoured Combat and Rapier fighters will have tournaments along with other contests and activities for non-fighters.
Be sure to visit the reliquaries of the "saints of the SCA". Many a fighter owes their continuing intelligence to St. Helm de Freon the patron saint of armourers, and autocrats pray to St. Helia de Hands for last minute volunteers. Visit the roadside shrines to these and other "saints" on your way through our Canterbury Tales.
Combat Activities The Pilgrim's Road was often dangerous and, as such, our event will host themed rapier and armored combat scenarios. Arts & Sciences Classes and Scriptorium Pilgrimage was also a time of learning, when travelers had a chance to meet others from far flung villages and share their skills and trade. We shall have a Scriptorium and other arts & science classes throughout the day on Saturday.
Storytelling Without the tales of other pilgrims, the road would have been unbearable. We will be hosting a bardic competition to select the Bard of Darach. And, of course, the entertainment for the evening will include recitation of passages from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Youth Activities Youth activities will focus around storytelling. Various activities will be available for the young pilgrims to enjoy. Tavern Like any good Inn on the Pilgrims route we will have a Tavern where bards may perform and pilgrims may share a tankard. Due to California laws the Tavern will only provide Non-Alcoholic Beverages, but you are welcome to bring home brews for yourself or to share.
Games Various games and activities will be available for the Pilgrims throughout the weekend.
Site opens at 4:00 pm Friday
Site closes 11:00 am Sunday
Armoured Combat and Rapier lists close at 10.00 a.m. Fighting to begin shortly after this.
Armoured Combat Scenarios
Anticipated scenarios will be a Round Robin mixer to determine two champions. The champions will then lead two melee teams in a final round to determine the final victor. For the initial Round Robin, we request that fighters supply a Letter of Venancy, so that they may be known amongst the populace by their deeds. Suggested reading: Letters of Venancy
FRI through SUN
Adult, including feast, $60*
Adult, without feast, $40*
Child 5-15, including feast, $40*
Child 5-15, without feast, $30*
Children 4 and under, free
SAT only (day trip)
Adult, without feast, $15*
Child 5-15, without feast, $10*
Children 4 and under, free
* add $3 for all non-members; Registration postmarked after 3/1/2008 are subject to a late fee of $5, not to mention the chance of not getting in.
Site fee includes bunk space in the dormitory-style cabin for two nights, dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch & the feast on Saturday, and breakfast Sunday morning. Bring your own bedding, i.e. sheets & blankets, or sleeping bag
Make checks payable to "SCA Inc. / Shire of Darach"
Directions to Star Route 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 From the South: Take Hwy. 101 north to Route 154 exit (State Street) in Santa Barbara. Go straight across State Street and follow the signs for Rt. 154. Go approximately 16.5 miles from the beginning of Rt. 154. Turn left on the road that leads to Camp Whittier, Rancho Alegre Camp, and the Ranch Camp (there are signs at the junction). Go all the way to the end/top of this road, to St. Vincent de Paul Ranch Camp.
From the North: Take Hwy. 101 south to Route 154 exit (towards Los Olivos) near Buellton. Go approximately 19 miles on Rt. 154. Turn right on the road that leads to Camp Whittier, Rancho Alegre Camp, and the Ranch Camp (there are signs at the junction). Go all the way to the end/top of this road, to St. Vincent de Paul Ranch Camp.
Note: The road from Route 154 to the site is rough and portions are unpaved or only partially paved. Very few motor homes and only some fancy sports cars are able to negotiate this road, so please think ahead. Always drive slowly and carefully up to the site. There are some narrow stretches where only one car can drive through.
Lord William Hethefelde
Shire of Darach (Buellton, California)