The Barony of the South Downs cordially invites you to attend Red Tower XXXVI and the return of the Drying Flagon Tavern!
September 19-21, 2008
Camp Rutledge at Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge GA
This year we are reopening our fun-filled tavern, complete with the return of board games, card games and of course - gambling! Throughout the day you will find classes and fighting scenarios designed to entertain both the fighters and spectators. As always, the centerpiece of the event will be the traditional Red Tower Tournament!
Fees and reservations
In recognition of the rise of food and travel costs we are changing to a Tavern Meal format so that we may keep the cost at $6. You will still receive a gracious amount of food, but there will not be as many different dishes. [Note: The tavern will serve no more than 100 people.]
Our event fees are a-la-carte
Adult site fee: $11.00
Child site fee: $5.50
Bed & breakfast: $7.00
Non-members add: $3.00
An additional $3.00 parking fee per vehicle (or an annual ParkPass) is required by Hard Labor Creek State Park. You can pay this at the gate/troll.
Per Meridian Kingdom law, no family shall pay a site fee higher than three (3) adult member prices for admission to an event as long as the children are 15 years of age or younger and they are all members. Proof of membership, immediate family relations, and age may be required.
Please make checks for reservations payable to SCA, Inc., Barony of the South Downs
When you send in your reservation, you can save time at check-in. Send a note to Andreva with your modern name, SCA name, membership number, expiration date, and what you're buying (adult, child, site, B&B, feast, non-member) for who. If Andreva has your email address, she can send you a confirmation or contact you if she has any questions about your reservation.
Lady Andreva Rigaldi
Mistress Jadi Fatima al-Ishfahani al-Samarkandiya
From Atlanta or Augusta
Take your best route I-20 in Georgia. Take Exit 105 (Newborn Rd) and go north a bit over 2 miles. At the fork with the trees, stay left to go into town. Cross over US 278. [**] This is your last chance to pick up any supplies. The road will dead-end shortly. Turn left, take the next right (Fairplay St), crossing over railroad tracks. Go about 3 miles, during which you'll cross through town (watch your speed) and enter the Park. Go past the sign for Camp Daniel Morgan. The road will be ahead on the right. From the turnoff, it's about two miles. About the first third of the road is paved.
Take your best route to US 129 northbound. Once it merges with US 441, keep going north for 23.8 miles. Looking for signs for US 278, bear left on GA 24 Spur (Ward Road) and go 0.5 miles. Bear left on US 278 and go 8.1 miles. Turn right at the light on Newborn Road and continue at [**] in the directions above.
Take your best route to Macon Hwy (US 129/441) at Hwy 53 on the north side of Watkinsville. That's the starting point used here.
Go south on Macon Hwy for about 3.8 miles. Pass GA 186 (High Shoals Road), turn right onto Price Mill Road. Go 6.6 miles. Bear right on Wellington Road. Go 0.8 mile. Cross over GA 83 (the main road through the town of Bostwick). The road becomes Malcolm St. Go 0.4 miles. Turn left onto Fairplay Rd. Go 7 miles, during which you'll enter the State Park. The road to the site is a switchback on the left.
Bostwick may be your last chance to pick up any supplies. They have a gas station. To get back on track, you can take First Street going south and it will become Fairplay Road at the edge of town.
About the event site
Camp Rutledge has four units of cabins with four single beds each that cannot be moved. Some cabins will be reserved for other guests and staff - they will be marked as such. "Common rooms" will be reserved - please do not sleep in them without permission.
Each unit has a bath house (two toilets and showers each) and there is another much larger bath house near the feast hall. Each cabin has electricity. Bring bedding and electric fans for your comfort. Sorry, no overnight tenting on site is allowed.
The terrain is heavy mixed forest and slopes down from the entrance/exit where the staff cabins, royal cabin and the feast hall are down to through the cabin units to the field and thence to the lake about 60 feet in altitude. Google Earth says it's about 680 yards from the road in front of the staff cabin out to the edge of the pier.
Looking at it from the sky over the lake, the field is shaped a bit like Australia. Size: about 160 yards by 80 yards. The sun's path in the sky goes from the road up to camp diagonally across the field and down towards the lake.
Barony of the South Downs (Rutledge, Georgia)