It's the 13th of December, 19 B.C. and the sundial in the Rowany forum reckons its 2 hours past midday. The Romans under Augustus have finally completed their conquest of the Iberian peninsula, your home and the home of your ancestors. But you just don't care! Your part of the peninsula fell to the Roman war machine over 100 years ago and, besides, your not going to let the news spoil your enjoyment of the afternoon's entertainment.
As you lounge back to watch the finals of the chariot races you marvel at the clarity of the cool water in your goblet, brought to Rowany from the mountains by the recently completed aqueduct. You snare a sweet pastry from the tray of a passing servant as you consider entering the javelin competition. Or perhaps the mosaic competition is more your style? There is also the promise of catching a glimpse of your King and Queen, Siridean and Siban. One thing is certain though, life in Rowany under the governance of Gui and Aelfled has never been so good!
Rowany's Governors, Gui and Aelfled, would like to invite you to:
Rowany Yule A.S. XLIII - an Iberian afternoon
This year's Yule Feast will present an afternoon of feasting and entertainment modeled on the outdoor banquets of ancient Rome with the influences of Iberia and Northern Africa. Food and refreshments will be served from 2:00 PM and throughout the afternoon. The day will feature fencing, heavy and archery tournaments. Martial competitions will also include such events as chariot races, pilum and plumbata throwing, combat archery and an armored footrace. The Iberian afternoon will also see the return of the 'A&S' in an afternoon competition' featuring such events as mosaic, embroidery, sewing, calligraphy and poetry.
After the formalities have been competed the campfire will be lit to carry the conviviality into the evening.
So, whether you would like to spend the afternoon engaged in a multitude of activities or simply lounge about while food and refreshments are delivered to you, the Iberian afternoon has something for everyone.
Midday 13th of December 2008 to midday 14th December 2008
Tara Guide camp, 335 Taylors Rd. SILVERDALE
Day visit (i.e. not camping) / Camping in a tent / Camping in bunk house
$20 / $30 / $40
What to bring:
Costume, sun hats, feasting gear, beverage of choice, and chairs or picnic blankets (this is a lounging event and chairs will not be provided). If you're camping you will need your tent and other camping gear. If you're in a bunk you'll need to bring sheets and a pillow case.
Food and non-alcoholic refreshments throughout the afternoon. Breakfast will be provided for campers. The site has toilets and showers.
Tara has nice flat grass for camping on with numerous picnic shelters, water taps and fireplaces.
The Olave centre has toilets and 4 shower cubicles which will be available to all campers.
Firewood is available on site but, as it is a catered event, we expect we only have a single bonfire (weather permitting).
Anyone who would like a separate fire for Arts and Sciences related reasons (e.g. cooks guild, metal casting etc.) must contact the stewards before the event.
There will be a rapier and heavy tournament held at different times in the afternoon so those wishing to compete in both may do so.
There will also be two archery competitions:
Royal Round, for which you must supply your own equipment and, Combat Archery target competition where you may use your own SCA legal bow and blunts or use the bows and blunts supplied.
Chariot Races: teams of three, two pulling and one riding, compete in events time by clepsydra (period water clocks).
Armored Foot Race: individual competitors run a timed 100 yard course wearing a helmet and carrying a roman shield and lead weighted spear. The fastest entrants will compete in a final. Equipment will be supplied.
Pilum Throwing: individual competitors will compete to throw a pilum (roman spear) the furthest. The three highest placed entrants will compete in a final. Equipment will be supplied.
Plumbata Throwing: individual competitors will compete to throw plumbata (roman lead weighted darts) closest to a distant stake in the ground. The three highest placed entrants will compete in a final. Equipment will be supplied.
Ballista Shooting: this is currently in the 'possible' but may run out of time category. Individual entrants get to fire live ammunition from Corin's ballista at a target. Top three places compete in a final. Equipment will be supplied.
Also, if any siege engineers out there are interested in a siege competition, let the stewards know.
ARTS AND SCIENCES IN AN AFTERNOON
These will be a series of competitions to be completed in an afternoon. Because of the nature of the competitions it is unlikely that anyone will have time to participate in more than one (but if you do finish one quickly your free to do more).
A Toddler's Tunic: Cut and hand sew a tunic for a toddler. You don't need to model the tunic an actual toddler, a minimum size pattern will be provided. Some material, scissors, needles and thread will be provided but feel free to bring your own sewing kit and plain (i.e. not patterned) cloth. There may be a minimal charge, in the order of $2 - $5, for people requiring materials.
A Mosaic: Make a mosaic on a theme yet to be determined. All materials will be provided but there may be a minimal charge in the order of $2 - $5.
Calligraphy, a poem by Ovid: Copy a poem by Ovid in your best hand. Entrants will require their own pen and ink but paper will be provided. Calligraphers interested in participating that have spare pens and are willing to lend them and mentor interested newcomers to the art are invited to contact the steward.
Embroidery: Embroider a motif on a theme yet to be decided. Some material and thread will be provided but feel free to bring your own. There may be a minimal charge, in the order of $2 - $5, for people requiring materials. Embroiders interested in participating that have spare hoops and other materials and are willing to lend them and mentor interested newcomers to the art are invited to contact the steward.
Poetry: Devise a poem on a theme announced at the event. The top three entrants will be asked to recite their poems, or have another do the recitation, during the final court and the winner will be judged by popular acclaim.
A note on the minimal charge for competitions: we are endeavoring to make the competitions free for all but depending on the numbers attending the event and how cheaply we find materials; we may need to ask for a small fee.
CONTACT THE STEWARDS
Email the stewards at: email@example.com
Barony of Rowany (Silverdale, New South Wales)